MG1 Madagascar Tour
The Lost Continent
Leapin lemurs!; Guided forest walks; Five different national parks and reserves; Unique flora and fauna; Meeting the friendly locals; Fascinating pre- and post-colonial historyINQUIRE ABOUT THIS TRIP
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Dates & Prices
Prices below are per person, twin-sharing costs in US Dollars (USD). Pricing does not include airfare to/from the tour and any applicable taxes. For single supplement rates and taxes (if any), please refer to the entries under the blue box below.
|Start Date||End Date||Price||More Info|
|Thu 14 May 2020||Wed 27 May 2020||$4680 USD$4380 USD||Discounted|
|Thu 16 Jul 2020||Wed 29 Jul 2020||$4680 USD$4380 USD||Discounted|
|Wed 30 Sep 2020||Tue 13 Oct 2020||$4680 USD$4380 USD||Discounted|
The above prices are subject to an additional $116 for taxes/fees levied on flights that occur as part of the tour. The internal airfares ARE included (any exceptions are listed in red below), but we list the taxes separately on your invoice as they are beyond our control and can change at any time.
Optional Single Supplement: $833 USD (number of singles limited).
Our Madagascar tour reveals an island of gold-sand beaches lined with swaying palm trees, diverse topographical wonders that combine to house incredible arrays of endemic flora and fauna and friendly, traditional peoples with tribal cultures.
Madagascar has all the right ingredients for an unforgettable tour destination; and this small piece of paradise does not fail to live up to its potential.
As we travel through scenery of mist-enshrouded virgin rainforest, rice paddies fringing low hills, deep canyons carved into peculiar shapes by erosion and Eden-like waterfall oases, we see Mother Nature at her best and come to appreciate the uniqueness of this special place.
We see ruined palaces, brightly coloured houses stacked on hillsides, bustling markets and innumerable intriguing sites that detail the area's pre- and post-colonial history - and of course, we'll be sure to see plenty of lemurs, which can be found naturally only in Madagascar and on one or two surrounding islands.
Truly a tour like no other!
Brenda G. (Downers Grove, IL, CA)
My overall impression of the tour was a feeling that I had gained an insight and familiarity with a place rarely visited or even spoken of. Now, when I happen to see a world map, my eye goes to that little chunk of land next to Africa, and I remember the dancing lemurs, the chameleons on our night walks, and especially the hard-working, smiling people that constitute this beautiful island.
Cameron C. (St. Louis. MO, US)
I had a wonderful experience with Adventures Abroad. It was my first time joining a trip like this and I'm happy to say I'd do it again in a heartbeat. Of course, the highlight of the trip was seeing all the exotic wildlife (lemurs in particular). I'm still amazed at how many species we saw. I was also impressed with how comprehensive the tour was. Madagascar is huge, and I didn't come home thinking "Well, I wish we would have seen that". I got my money's worth. It had a great balance with some trips to the little museum in Berenty, the center in Ranomafana, and Lemur Island. The guides were phenomenal. I have nothing but great things to say about all of them. They were friendly, informative, and a joy to be around. I was sad to say goodbye to our local guide. It was like saying goodbye to a friend for the last time (unless I go back).
Carol H. (De Pere, WI, US)
Our local guide,who was with us the entire time, is a wonderful and delightful man with a broad smile and winning personality. We were so fortunate! He is an extremely knowledgeable naturalist with a great eye for spotting not only lemurs and chameleons, but insects and birds as well. We most enjoyed the spiny forest and Berenty Private Reserve with its leaping lemurs and inquisitive ringtails. Surreal and other-wordly, the spiny forest is unlike anything we have ever seen. Our tour leader had a great depth of knowledge, which she shared on a daily basis. She was smart, savvy, kind, always considerate, well-informed, and a person who loves the country, the people, the culture and the biology of Madagascar. Our accommodations more than met our expectations. This was an incredible journey of discovery to a place whose animals, people and landscapes are like nowhere else on earth. As biologists. this was a bucket list item for my spouse and me. Adventures Abroad did a superb job with crafting the itinerary, selecting great accommodations, arranging wonderful dinners in some fantastic restaurants, and hiring one the best tour leaders in the industry. Kudos to AA!
Danielle D. (San Antonio, TX, US)
I really enjoyed the hikes, even the strenuous ones. The flora and fauna sightings were excellent. I still can’t figure out how the local guides spot some of the animals and insects like they do, but each hike was a new and exciting experience. We loved our tour leader. She was a wealth of information about the country, history, and people. I loved her excitement about the lemurs. And she could spot them like the locals too! Our local guide through the tour was absolutely the best! He was our guide, security guard, assistant, and friend all wrapped into one very kind, considerate, and professional leader. We really enjoyed his stories, anecdotes, and happy face every day.
Heather F. (Toronto, ON, CA)
Laura is charming, friendly and outgoing. She is good with people and always had an eye on the group dynamic. She took issues in stride without making a fuss.
Heidi C. (St. Louis, MO, US)
Great trip, one of the most interesting places I've ever traveled to. I loved the days in Ranomofana and getting to see the operation that Patricia Wright started there. Also loved the hiking portions. The transportation used on this tour was clean and comfortable. I think we stayed in the best hotels and lodges that were available.
Linda D. (Moorpark, CA, US)
Lemurs! There was a magical/transcendent moment on one of our walks when the group was calling to each other that was unlike any experience I have previously had. How wonderful...how privileged to have that opportunity. Also, the walk into the canyon at Isalo to the "blue" and "black" pools was not to be missed. A bit of work, but for so much natural beauty! The local guides were universally knowledgeable and understandable. I thought they were excellent overall. The food was excellent. We had an experienced tour leader, she impressed me with her knowledge and her obvious love for the country visited. We had very good hotels. Another amazing voyage of discovery. Thanks Adventures Abroad!
Patricia B. (Hacienda Heights, US)
Serra is a real professional. She took care of every situation with aplomb and a sense of humor. She had a challenging group dynamic to begin with but her talk to the group did the trick and things settled down. She made everyone feel special.She always checked on the slow pokes like me and saw that an alternative plan was in place. I really enjoyed my time when the manic hikers went off into the dust.Ben and Dennis (local guides) went out of their way for us. Dennis took me to the police station to get a patch for my CHP son. He also helped me find a mask I wanted. I have asthma and am generally falling apart and Dennis kept an eye out for my welfare. Lovely men - both of them.
Susan D. (Highlands Ranch, CO, US)
Bravo! Endless great memories and pictures.
*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.
The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.
Le Louvre Hotel & Spa
Rich in history, Le Louvre Hotel & Spa was constructed by the engineers of the Eiffel Tower in 1930 and ... stands out in Malagasy hospitality. Situated at the heart of the business district, our establishment is perfect for your travel or business stays. With its breathtaking view of the capital, the hotel remains a first choice in Antananarivo.
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Setam Lodge is at the entrance of Ranomafana National Park and makes the most of its location, with each of ... spotless, but simple chalets, taking advantage of the fantastic views over the forested river valley over which it looks
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Beautifully appointed gazing out across to the towering granite boulders that characterise the Isalo National Park and surrounding area, Satrana ... is one of the best properties on mainland Madagascar and a truly superb spot to spend your time in this stunning part of the country.
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Vakona Forest Lodge
The design of the bungalows has been conceived in the respect of the local Malagasy architecture. Each of the double ... has its own terrace with an outside little living room, bathroom with warm water, individual toilets, a personal safety deposit box and mini-bar.
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Since 1937, this has been a private reserve in the ancient tamarind forest of the Mandradre River, now of world ... and also featuring an Atandroy museum. Since that day, lemurs living here have mostly lost their fear of man, and are easier to observe. Rooms and bungalows are equipped with a fan and mosquito nets.
Room amenities: Fan, private bathroom with shower, hot and cold water, mosquito nets.
Breakfast and dinner daily (local restaurants and hotels/lodges). All transport, accommodation, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for driver-guides, restaurant staff, porters. Airport transfers for land & air customers and for early arriving/late departing land & air customers who book their extra hotel nights through us.
International airfare to/from the tour. Tour Leader gratuities, lunches(box/picnic lunches from lodges available for purchase), drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), international (if applicable) and domestic air taxes, visa fees, and any excursions referenced as 'optional'. Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Optional trip cancellation insurance. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on shopping, and visas.
Seasonality and Weather
While a Madagascar visit can be enjoyed year-round, the principal wet season is from late December through to the month of March; often involving cyclones, it is probably best avoided! The best time to go to Madagascar is therefore between the months of April through to mid-December. Being prepared for all weather conditions is always recommended as weather patterns do not necessarily stick to the traditional seasons. Madagascar is a huge country and therefore climate varies hugely subject to your geographic location.
July to September are often considered the prime months to visit with excellent weather. This is before the warmer season begins later in October.
October and November are excellent for baby lemurs, though lemurs in general can be seen year round.
September to December is a great time for combining lemur watching, chameleons and beach holidays with hot, relatively dry weather.
Transport and Travel Conditions
24-30 seat bus, perhaps smaller if groups size warrants. Roads are generally not good, some are just plain bad. Though all efforts are made to ensure that vehicles are in excellent condition, punctures and weather may cause delays and require patience. Because our dates coincide with the drier time of year, dust can be an annoyance; some travellers have suggested bringing masks to enhance comfort.
The #3 difficulty rating on this tour: In order to fully enjoy and experience what Madagascar has to offer, one must be prepared to hike over uneven terrain, perhaps with mud and rocks and roots and heat. The lodge properties we use are also very spread out and the distance from main building to guest rooms may be considerable. There are also plenty of stairs throughout. Of course we do not "force" anyone to participate in activities listed in our itinerary; however, if one chooses to skip walks, one will miss most of what the country has to offer the visitor.
Am I suitable for this tour? Please refer to our self-assessment form.
Hotels and lodges have hot water, electricity (maybe part-time), mosquito netting, dining areas, bar, sometimes swimming pools. Remote lodges are not air-conditioned though many are at higher elevations where heat is not a factor. Hotel porter service is available throughout (see 'Inclusions'). Single rooms are limited and likely smaller than twins. Many lodges are quite spread out and you will need to be able to walk up to 10 minutes from public areas to your room.
Staff and Support
Tour Leader throughout, drivers, local guides at various locations.
Groups of 7 or less may be led/guided by one of our local Madagascar-based personnel.
Maximum 18 plus Tour Leader
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