Tours of Madagascar take you to secluded mountains, luscious rainforests and open savannahs. It’s the ideal place for animal lovers, with its many species of birds, insects and animals. Book one of our guided Madagascar tours and journey through the landscapes with an expert local guide. Our tours will help you find the many varieties of lemur that live on the island, as well as relaxing in luxury hotels and eco lodges and teaching you the fascinating local way of life.
Our luxury Madagascar tours include the Madagascar Ultimate Luxury Wildlife Experience tour. Relax on the golden beaches, enjoy exquisite cuisine and a tranquil spa in your opulent beachfront hotel and explore the many varied landscapes of the island. For an overview of the many attractions available, choose our Madagascar Classic Tour. Wander through mountains and rice fields, pick up trinkets, souvenirs and delicacies in the local markets and unwind in thermal springs. You’ll also be able to see colourful birds and jumping lemurs, take in colonial architecture and enjoy views of the baobab trees.
Our Madagascar Island Bliss tour allows you to enjoy the white sands and warm rays of the island’s beaches along the Indian Ocean coast. Spend long lazy days soaking up the sun, cooling off in the crystal clear waters and enjoying lounger service. You’ll also visit a private nature reserve, taste freshly caught local fish and see energetic lemurs as they bounce through the landscapes. Nature lovers and those wanting to enjoy the country’s national parks should book our Colours of Madagascar Tour.
Madagascar National Park Tour
“The Ranomafana National Park is one of the only places to witness the golden bamboo lemur. It’s wonderful observing them feed.”
“Street food here is delicious. Make sure you try ranomafana (savoury fried rice cakes served with onions and chillies) and the sweet koba akondro (ground peanuts, mashed bananas and honey wrapped in boiled banana leaves).”
“Hire a driver – not only will they give useful advice on places to visit and eat, but the roads here can be difficult to navigate for first-time visitors, as you will mostly be driving off-road.”
Frequently Asked Questions
What language do people in Madagascar speak?
The official languages of Madagascar are Malagasy and French. We recommend you bring both Malagasy and French phrasebooks to ease communication. French is predominantly spoken in the more populated city areas, becoming less frequent the further you travel from the centre.
What currency should I bring to Madagascar?
The official currency of Madagascar is the Malagasy ariary, though hotels and restaurants may accept euros. We suggest bringing some of each currency and enquiring with each vendor as to what they would prefer to be paid in. Cash machines are only available in city centres and their reliance on mobile networks means they are scarce elsewhere. Many cash machines will not impose a withdrawal limit, though international usage fees are likely – please check with your bank.
What’s the weather like in Madagascar?
Generally speaking, the subtropical climate here maintains consistent heat throughout the year. The hottest months to visit are between November and March, where temperatures have an average high of around 26-28°C. July and August are much cooler, with the average temperatures here being 17°C.
A trip to Madagascar offers truly breath-taking scenery, exhilarating wildlife encounters and a wealth of unforgettable excursions. Whether you’re a fan of the outdoors –and keen to explore the dense forests and rugged peaks –or you’re in need of an escape on pristine sands as turquoise waters lap at your feet, Madagascar has it all.
Why you'll love Madagascar...
• Watching as lemurs climb the branches above at the Andasibe National Park
• Looking out across the vivid terraced rice fields of Ambalavao
• Photographing the extraordinary sandstone formations of Isalo National Park
• Exploring the mangrove forests of Anjajavay
• Sampling the local cuisine, such as foza sy hena-kisoa (stir-fried pork and crab served with rice and spices)
• Trying to spot the camouflaged chameleons of the Anya Reserve
• Engaging with the local Malagasy villagers
• Spotting turtles and wandering through the spiny forest of Berenty Reserve
• Observing the splendour of Madagascar’s flora at the Saidi Botanical Gardens
Did you know?
• In the 17th century, Madagascar was once a prime haven for pirates, and it is rumoured that buried treasure remains concealed across the island.
• Around 90% of the world’s population of lemurs live in Madagascar.
• Tsingy National Park is comprised almost entirely of limestone karstic plateaus, and the name ‘Tsingy’ translates to ‘place one cannot walk barefoot’.
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