Madagascar Tours

Madagascar Tours

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 5,000 km (3,100 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,...   Read More
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Discover the country's true culture with the help of experienced local guides

 

 

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Some of our tour leaders who have led these tours.

Martin Charlton
"Don't pack anything that you would be upset to lose, that needs to be ironed, or is encased in glass." - words to live by.
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Jonathan Hodgson
Jonathan has lived much of his life dedicated to the idea that he would rather have a wealth of experiences than a wealth of riches. Having taken up a…
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Victor Romagnoli
I love the excitement of getting up each morning on a tour and not knowing exactly how a day will unfold. It keeps me on my toes so to speak, and adds a…
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Chris Tripodi
I travel because it is the most interesting thing I can think of doing between meals. The magic and the challenge of this job is seeing the world itself…
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Name:
Martin Charlton

EDUCATION:
Bachelor's Degree in Geography; further studies in Archaeology & Anthropology. Life's real education happens outside the classroom.

LANGUAGE:
English and some French & Spanish.

TOURS LED:
Having led tours for Adventures Abroad for almost 25 years, there are few corners of the globe where Martin’s left a stone unturned: everywhere from North Korea to Nauru, Saudi Arabia to Sudan, Guinea-Bissau to French Guiana. With over 200 tours through over 125 countries under his belt, it might be faster to list the regions where he hasn’t led a tour.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
"My love of travel and infectious enthusiasm for different cultures has taken me to over 155 countries. The further off the beaten path, the better. For a favourite place: perhaps South Georgia Island, the Canadian Arctic, or Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic. World's best city = Istanbul!"

ABOUT:
"Don't pack anything that you would be upset to lose, that needs to be ironed, or is encased in glass." - words to live by.

Name:
Jonathan Hodgson

EDUCATION:
BA in Psychology at McGill University; MBA at the University of British Columbia; self-educated passion for history and culture.

LANGUAGE:
English; conversational French; improving Spanish and Russian. And a decent Scottish accent.

TOURS LED:
I have led tours in over 100 countries over the last 14 years of working for Adventures Abroad on all of the continents except for Antarctica.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
Where to begin? Each place has something that makes it a special destination. A few that spring to mind: Kaieteur Falls in Guyana; the snow-covered mountains of Ladakh, India; sipping tea in a chaikhana of the old town of Bukhara, Uzbekistan; and watching the changing colours of Uluru (Ayers Rock) at sunset.

ABOUT:
Jonathan has lived much of his life dedicated to the idea that he would rather have a wealth of experiences than a wealth of riches. Having taken up a nomadic lifestyle shortly after finishing his undergraduate degree, he has been on the move on and off over the last 25+ years. The wanderlust has taken him to basing himself in places such as Scotland, Australia and Uzbekistan, and to visiting many more locations around our planet. Now (sort of) settled in Vancouver with his wonderful (and patient) family, he still loves the idea of having the world as his office and always enjoys trying to capture the essence of the locations he travels and tours in with his photography.

Name:
Victor Romagnoli

EDUCATION:
HBA English BA History

LANGUAGE:
Being able to speak several languages has made travelling an enriching experience; the conversations one can so easily slip into with locals - who come from all walks of life - adds greatly to my feel for a place.

TOURS LED:
Over a span of almost 30 years, I have lead tours virtually all over the globe.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
Some of my favourite tours just come into being suddenly as a result of a request; someone will ask me to put together an itinerary that will include the highlights of several countries and the next thing you know we have, for example, a tour to Uruguay, Paraguay & Bolivia, or Lesotho, Namibia & Botswana. Sometimes I will be asked to arrange a detailed itinerary to just one region within a country - like a close up look at Sicily or Crete or the Basque Country or Newfoundland. Without the keen curiosity that so many of you travellers have, none of these "spontaneous" tours would come into being. But they do.

ABOUT:
I love the excitement of getting up each morning on a tour and not knowing exactly how a day will unfold. It keeps me on my toes so to speak, and adds a breath of excitement to each day on tour. With almost 30 years of tour leading under my belt, I thank all of you for being a part of this exciting journey.

Name:
Chris Tripodi

EDUCATION:
University for Mathematics. College for Music. But the greatest education I've received has come from Earth while travelling. "Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have travelled."

LANGUAGE:
I can ask 'Where is the toilet?' in 57 languages.

COUNTRIES VISITED:
80%. I need a new passport every 20 months.

TOURS LED:
West Africa to South Africa, El Salvador to Argentina, Samoa to Seychelles, Portugal to Romania, Jordan to Japan.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
Departures hall.

ABOUT:
I travel because it is the most interesting thing I can think of doing between meals. The magic and the challenge of this job is seeing the world itself as the tour with several smaller journeys along the way. I enjoy that time at the end of one trip, before the start of a new one, where the sadness of leaving one place mixes with the excitement of approaching another.

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 5,000 km (3,100 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.