Madagascar Cultural Tours

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MG1 Madagascar Tour

14 days from Antananarivo to Antananarivo

An island of gold-sand beaches lined with swaying palm trees, diverse topographical wonders that combine to house incredible arrays of endemic flora…

TZ2 Tanzania & Madagascar Tour

27 days from Nairobi to Antananarivo

A special treat before we head into the heart of Tanzania on this 27-day, adventure-packed tour, we have time to explore Kenya's capital, Nairobi, a…

KT2 Kenya, Tanzania & Madagascar Tour

34 days from Nairobi to Antananarivo

Boasting astounding diversity and abundance of exotic nature, humbling landscapes of snow-fringed mountains and dusty plains, and friendly peoples…

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The fourth largest island in the world, Madagascar is one of the most bio-diverse countries on earth, home to thousands of species of plant and animal life of which about 80 percent cannot be found anywhere else on the planet. Lying off the east coast of Africa, Madagascar is very different from its neighbours, and its uniqueness in the world has led some to class it as the Eighth Continent.

Since it split from the mainland 165 million years ago, many species that are unique to the island have evolved, including 3,000 indigenous species of butterfly. Ringed by golden beaches and palm trees, it has an interior that is resplendent in its variety, from grassy plateaux to volcanoes and opaque forests and natural reserves.

Madagascar, an island country set in the stunningly blue waters of the Indian Ocean, is a country with diverse topographical wonders, tribal cultures and endemic flora and fauna. It is possible to go from rainforest to desert in just 300 km (186 miles) and with 5000 km (3100 miles) of coastline encircling the nation, that island mentality is hard to escape.

The prehistoric break ups of the supercontinents, as well as subsequent breakups of land and movements of landmasses millions of years ago, meant that Madagascar has developed in isolation.

In the eastern areas of Madagascar, lowlands and tropical forests exist. The dense rainforests of Analamazaotra Special Reserve, a mist-enshrouded rain forest, create an awesome spectacle in the early morning.

The interior of the country has a landscape dominated by a red earthed plateau, which provided the nickname for Madagascar of the Red Island. Central highlands and areas such as Antsirabe, are the industrial and agricultural backbone. Beautiful rice terraces are found near thermal springs, grassy plains and subhumid forests.

As one travels west on Madagascar tours, the cooler temperatures of the highland give way to the humid mangrove swamps in the extreme west as the land gradually slopes towards the Mozambique Channel.

Prior to colonization, Madagascar’s capital city Antananarivo already had a large population, impressive considering Madagascar is considered one of the last landmasses to be settled. An important transocean stopover on trading routes, successive waves of Arab and European traders arrived on the shores as the wealth accumulated in the land resulted in a rising of various kingdoms.

The French were the last rulers of the country before Madagascar became an independent state in 1960, with French leaving a lasting impression of colonial style buildings in Antananarivo, along with a collection of old wooden houses and modern offices.

Easily Madagascar’s most recognizable and famous residents, the lemur is endemic to the island nation. Our Madagascar tours focus heavily on this curious animal, with stops in Berenty which is famous for its population of ring-tailed lemurs, Isalo National Park where you can hear lemurs call alongside river oases, Ranomafana National Park with its high altitude rainforest that holds the golden bamboo lemur, as well as the Analamazaotra Special Reserve which is home to the larger indiri lemur. Of course, there are dozens of types of lemurs and so often the memories from Madagascar tours are overwhelmed with interactions from these magical creatures.

Besides the leaping lemurs, one can discover a kaleidoscope of colours within the birds of Madagascar. From the Madagascar green sunbird, which has an iridescent green head and throat, the cuckoo-like blue couas, blue pigeons, paradise flycatchers, two species of falcon (Newton falcon and Madagascar falcon), to the two species of black vasa parrot; there is no shortage of birds for the birder.

Madagascar is a country that is unlike anywhere else in the world. The smiling faces found beneath the baobab trees or the ravenala traveller tree make for a kind culture. It might be the sweeping landscapes and biodiversity that leads you to Madagascar but it is the combo of everything it has to offer that stays with you.

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