Ring tailed Lemurs in Isalo National Park, Madagascar. Photo: GettyImages-498552680
4.9
| 9 reviews

Trek the Remote Trails of Madagascar

11 nights
Challenging

Get off-grid on this truly remote ramble, hiking through two of the wildest national parks on the extraordinary 'Great Red Island'

What's Included?

Activities & Certified Guides

All itinerary activities with expert, English-speaking trekking guides

All accommodation

5 nights camping, 6 nights in hotels

Meals

All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 8 dinners

Transfers

All airport and local transfers, with cooks and porters for the treks through Isalo and Andringitra

Equipment & Permits

Twin-share expedition tents, plus entrance fees for the National Parks and the private reserves

Small Like-minded Groups

Solo-friendly by design, join our small n’ sociable groups of up to 12 like-minded, active and outdoorsy people
From

excluding flights

What's it like?

4.9
| 9 reviews
An incredible adventure in an amazing country!
June 2024
Michael A.
An incredible adventure in an amazing country!
June 2024
Michael A.
An incredible adventure in an amazing country!
June 2024
Michael A.
An incredible adventure in an amazing country!
June 2024
Michael A.
An incredible adventure in an amazing country!
June 2024
Michael A.
An incredible adventure in an amazing country!
June 2024
Michael A.
An incredible adventure in an amazing country!
June 2024
Michael A.
An incredible adventure in an amazing country!
June 2024
Michael A.
An incredible adventure in an amazing country!
June 2024
Michael A.
So much more than expected with stunning hikes & wildlife galore!
June 2024
Alex E.
So much more than expected with stunning hikes & wildlife galore!
June 2024
Alex E.
So much more than expected with stunning hikes & wildlife galore!
June 2024
Alex E.
So much more than expected with stunning hikes & wildlife galore!
June 2024
Alex E.
So much more than expected with stunning hikes & wildlife galore!
June 2024
Alex E.
So much more than expected with stunning hikes & wildlife galore!
June 2024
Alex E.
Madagascar seems a country of contrast and extremes
May 2024
Garth A.
Madagascar seems a country of contrast and extremes
May 2024
Garth A.
Madagascar seems a country of contrast and extremes
May 2024
Garth A.
Madagascar seems a country of contrast and extremes
May 2024
Garth A.
Madagascar seems a country of contrast and extremes
May 2024
Garth A.
Madagascar seems a country of contrast and extremes
May 2024
Garth A.
Madagascar seems a country of contrast and extremes
May 2024
Garth A.
Madagascar seems a country of contrast and extremes
May 2024
Garth A.
I really enjoyed this trip
May 2024
Jessica H.
I really enjoyed this trip
May 2024
Jessica H.
I really enjoyed this trip
May 2024
Jessica H.
I really enjoyed this trip
May 2024
Jessica H.
Ring tailed Lemurs in Isalo National Park, Madagascar. Photo: GettyImages-498552680
Andringitra National Park, Madagascar. Photo: Shutterstock-1761255830
Pic Boby campsite by night, Madagascar. Photo: Host/Tamana Adventure

Trek and wild camp through the otherworldly canyons, plains, forests and peaks of the Isalo and Andringitra National Parks

Hike and scramble to the summit of Madagascar's second-highest mountain, the imposing Pic Boby (2658m)

Eyes peeled for lemurs, the island’s most famous residents – from ring-tailed and red-fronted browns, to tiny mouse lemurs

Key Information

Day 1

Welcome to Antananarivo

Antanarivo, Madagascar. Photo: GettyImages-1148554615

Touch down in Madagascar's capital, affectionately known as Tana, meet your host at the airport and transfer across the city to your hotel. Meet up with your fellow adventurers for dinner and a chat through the adventure to come.

Day 2

To the South

Chameleon at night, Madagascar. Photo: GettyImages-1188636178

Hiking

2hrs

The sheer size of Madagascar means that taking a domestic flight is common on many trips here, so you'll be hopping on a flight today to reach Tulear (Toliara), 1000km south on the western coast, and your gateway to reach the two national parks that you'll be trekking through. Warm up for your trek with a night walk tonight at Antsokay Arboretum, getting your first glimpse of Madagascar's native plant and wildlife, including the tiny nocturnal mouse lemur and the enigmatic chameleon.

Day 3

The trekking begins

Girl hiking on a traiI in Isalo National Park, Madagascar. Photo: GettyImages-520167199

Hiking

2-3hrs · 7km · 120m up · 120m down

Driving

7hrs · 215km

Wake up early and hop in the van for the drive from Tulear (Toliara) to Ranohira, the gateway to Isalo National Park and the starting point for your two-day trek through this remote region. The trail winds through a stunning landscape of towering sandstone formations, deep canyons, and lush greenery. You will stop for a picnic lunch in a scenic spot surrounded by endemic plants and trees – with plenty of chances to spot your first wild lemurs of the trip. Camp out beneath mango trees for your first night beneath the stars in Madagascar.

Day 4

Trek to Isalo's natural swimming pools

Isalo natural pool, Madagascar. Photo: GettyImages-1282996580

Hiking

6-7hrs · 18km · 645m up · 140m down

Roll out of the tent at sunrise to see the morning sun illuminating the Isalo massif before hitting the trail, reaching a forest at the foot of the cliffs that is home to unmistakable ring-tailed lemurs and the agile white sifakas. Trek deeper into the canyon between the towering walls, winding to reach the summit of the Isalo ridges giving a clear panorama to the north. After six hours of trekking through an evolving landscape of colours and textures through the heat of the day, you're rewarded with the most beautiful of Isalo's natural swimming pools. Take a well-deserved swim and enjoy sunset, before dinner at the next camp spot.

Day 5

Namaza River and the Nymphs Waterfall

Ring tailed lemurs in Anja community reserve, Madagascar. Photo: GettyImages-1454340022

Hiking

4-5hrs · 14km · 150m up · 350m down

Driving

6hrs · 215km

Tuck into breakfast at your final camp spot in Isalo, pack down camp and trek out of the park, traversing a plateau resembling a classic African savannah. Descend a steep valley on a well-maintained trail to reach the forest-flanked Namaza River, hiking along the river with yet more lemurs in the canopies for company, until you reach the Nymphs Waterfall. The trek winds down as you arrive back at Ranohira, where you'll hop back in the van for the onward drive to the village of Ambalavao. Spend the night in bungalows in a beautiful spot, enjoying a comfy bed and shower conveniently wedged in between the two trekking and camping sections of your trip.

Day 6

The Andringitra trek begins

Tsaranoro Cliff Madagascar
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Hiking

8hrs · 17km · 1421m up · 504m down

From one trek straight to another, you'll drive into the Tsaranoro Valley through some stunning highland landscapes, to reach the trailhead for the hike into the Andringitra National Park. Start the climb to the Andringitra Massif with the majestic Tsaranoro cliff towering in the background, and after a few tough hours you'll have lunch and cool down with a swim in the river. Continue through a lunar landscape nicknamed 'Diavolana' ('moonlight' in Malagasy) until you reach the Andranolava campsite, beside a river at 1965m. Tonight's campout at this altitude will be colder, so wrap up and settle in ahead of summit day tomorrow.

Day 7

Summit Pic Boby (2658m)

Hikers ascending to Pic Bob in Madagascar
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Hiking

6hrs · 14km · 693m up · 693m down

Pic Boby is the star attraction of Andringitra National Park and Madagascar's second-highest mountain at 2658m, which you'll be summiting today. An early morning start with an hour of gentle hiking through the Andohariana plateau will lead you to the foot of huge granite cliffs, marking the start of the ascent to Pic Boby. After two and half hours of steady hiking and some rock scrambling, you'll be stood at the summit taking in a full panorama of the entire region. In very good weather, you can even see the Isalo massif, which you trekked through a few days ago. Descend from the peak via the same route, continuing along the foot of the cliffs back to the campsite to enjoy the rest of the afternoon by the river, where you can relax and recover from your summit exploits.

Day 8

The final stretch

Andringitra np Madagascar
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Hiking

7hrs · 24km · 456m up · 1180m down

Roll out of the tent to the first rays of sunlight coming down the cliffs and the plateau, tuck into breakfast and set off toward the Namoly Valley, passing waterfalls and taking in the stunning landscape of the Andringitra Mountains. Your hike today passes through past crystal-clear streams with opportunities to swim before tackling some steep inclines. You will spend your final night camping in the Madagascan wilderness at a picturesque campsite surrounded by the natural beauty of this remote area.

Day 9

Visit a Community Reserve and Drive to Fianarantsoa

Dirt road, Madagascar. Photo: GettyImages-1456112074

Bush Walking

2hrs · 4 · 60 up · 20 down

Driving

6hrs · 120km

Leaving the campsite, a short walk takes you to the village of Sendrisoa which is is a Malagasy rural commune located in the south-eastern part of the Haute Matsiatra region. Here you bid farewell to this wonderful place as you begin the drive back to civilisation. Given the poor condition of the road the going is slow, but this confirms the sense of remoteness that comes with the trek you've just completed in this region. You'll make a short detour for a hike through Anja Park, a community-run reserve famous for its ring-tailed lemurs. Continuing on the journey, you will stop at villages en route for a glimpse into rural Malagasy life, before coming to Fianarantsoa where you will spend the night.

Day 10

Colours and cultures of Madagascar

Malagasy women, Madagascar. Photo: Host/Tamana Adventure

Driving

10hrs · 255km

After a week in the wilderness, its time to see the other side of life in Madagascar as you eat into the multi-day journey from your trekking spot to the capital. Road travel is slow in Madagascar due to the fluctuating quality of the roads, but this provides a great opportunity for an insight into life here. On your road trip today, you'll pass through charming villages showcasing local life and traditional architecture, including Ambositra – renowned for its woodcarvers and vibrant handicrafts, as well as the stunning highland landscapes with grasslands and volcanic formations. Eventually, you'll reach Antsirabe: the third-largest city in Madagascar is known for its colonial charm, thermal springs, and colourful pousse-pousse (a type of rickshaw). Enjoy some free time here to explore in the late afternoon and evening before bunking down in a cosy hotel.

Day 11

Explore Antsirabe on two wheels

Cycling Antsirabe, Madagascar. Photo: Host/Tamana Adventure

Cycling

3hrs · 20km · 120 up · 50 down

Driving

4hrs · 179km

You'll have a chance to stretch your legs again this morning before the final stretch of driving to the capital later. Hop on a mountain bike to explore Antsirabe and its rural surroundings as you pedal through the town's charming streets, past colonial architecture and out into the countryside. Pedalling mostly off road on rough tracks, you will roll through lush, green hills and past traditional Malagasy villages, stopping to buy local foods and learn insights into the unique local culture and way of life here from your guide. Tuck into lunch at a local restaurant before it's time for the drive back to the capital, Tana.

Day 12

Cocoa workshop in Tana & farewell Madagascar

Cocoa workshop, Madagascar. Photo: Host/Tamana Adventure

No need to rush to the airport on your final day today, as all flights depart in the afternoon and evening. So, enjoy a morning getting hands-on with one of Madagascar's most famous exports: Malagasy cocoa. Your host has their own kitchen in Tana, which you'll head to for a workshop with a chef where you'll make your own chocolate bars using the revered cocoa and unique Malagasy spices. Grab one last lunch in Tana before your host transfers you to the airport for your onward flight.

Day 1

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 3 – Day 4

Campsite · Twin tent

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 5

Bungalow · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 6 – Day 8

Campsite · Twin tent

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 9

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 10

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 11

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 12

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Malagasy cuisine is a result of the island's diverse cultural heritage, which includes African, Arab, Indian, and French influences. The traditional Malagasy diet primarily revolves around rice, meat, fish, vegetables, green leaves, and tropical fruits – including mangoes, lychees, pineapples, papayas, and bananas, to name a few. Rice is the staple food of Madagascar and forms the basis of most meals. It is typically served with various accompaniments such as chicken, zebu (a type of cattle), pork and river or sea fish. In urban areas, you can find a variety of street food options. These include samosas, masikita (grilled skewers of zebu), and various fried snacks and soups. On the treks, breakfasts are substantial and include hot drinks (tea, coffee and hot chocolate), fruit juice, bread, jam, honey, cheese and eggs. Lunches are cold picnics with sandwiches and seasonal fruit. Dinner is a hot cooked meal with a starter, main course and dessert.

Vegetarians can be catered for on this trip, however vegetarianism is not part of the Malagasy culture and as such, the options can be of a limited nature compared to what vegetarians are used to in the Western world. Please advise of any dietary requirements in advance using your passenger info form. Please note that unfortunately, Halal and gluten-free diets cannot be accommodated on this trip.

What is the accommodation like?

Antananarivo

Your arrival night is spent in Madagascar's capital at the San Cristobal Hotel, a 3-star boutique property conveniently situated near the airport – ideal for your domestic flight on Day 2. There is a terrace, a garden and a bar and you'll stay in twin-share rooms with ensuite bathrooms.

Camping at Pic Boby, Madagascar. Photo: Host/Tamana Adventure
Camping

You'll spend five nights camping in Isalo and Andringitra National Parks as you tackle the treks through both parks. You'll be sleeping in twin-share dome tents with sleeping mats. The treks are fully supported by a team of porters, so your camping gear, the group cooking equipment and other facilities will be transported and organised by the porters. There will be 'bush showers' available for al fresco washing each morning.

Camp Catta

Camp Catta is in a stunning location at the foot of the iconic cliff of Tsaranoro within Andringitra National Park. There is a beautiful eco-pool with incredible views over the National Park to cool off in. You'll stay in simple but clean twin-share bungalows with private toilet facilities.

Fianarantsoa

During your journey from Andringitra all the way back to Antananarivo you'll overnight at Hotel Ambalakely near Fianarantsoa. The hotel has Scandinavian roots, reflected in the fresh decor. You'll stay in twin-share rooms with ensuite bathrooms.

Antsirabe

In Madagascar's third-biggest city – Antsirabe – you'll overnight at Hotel H1 Antsirabe, a quaint hotel with a garden, a terrace and a restaurant. You'll stay in twin-share rooms with ensuite bathrooms.

Antananarivo City

The 4-star Grand Hotel Urban is set in Antananarivo, a short walk from Ambohijatovo Garden and 750 yards from Mahamasina Municipal Stadium. The elegant rooms have city views and feature air conditioning, satellite TV and a safety deposit box. Hairdryers are available. An a la carte breakfast is offered daily. The hotel has a wellness area for massages and beauty treatments, and it also offers laundry services, currency exchange and a concierge.

Upgrades

For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room and tent can be booked throughout the trip for an extra charge, see Optional Extras. Please request this at the time of booking (this is subject to availability).

This trip has been rated as Challenging

This is a challenging trek for many reasons – the distances are plentiful, and cross areas which don't always have a marked trail. The National Parks are very remote and the sense of being out in the wilderness is wonderful, but you'll need to possess a love for being in remote places with limited comforts. The heat can play a factor in this part of the world, though there are fantastic swimming spots to cool down at various points in the trip. In Andringitra, the elevation gain required to get to Pic Boby is significant, however most people with average fitness and some trekking/hiking experience can reach the summit and at 2600m there shouldn't be any issues with the altitude.

What will I need to carry?

You'll need to have a mid-size trekking pack to carry various items during the trek, namely water, camera/phone, water purification, suncream and additional layers for sun protection, swimwear and travel towel for the wild swim spots. Your main pack will be transported during the treks by the team of porters.

Isalo National Park is located in the southwestern part of Madagascar where from April to December is the dry season, so expect minimal rainfall or none at all. Temperatures will range from 20°C (68°F) to 25°C (77°F) during the day; nights can be colder, with temperatures dropping to around 10°C (50°F).

November to December is the transition period between the dry season and the wet season. Temperatures can rise slightly, reaching up to 30°C (86°F) during the day. Showers and thunderstorms become more frequent, and the landscape starts to become greener.

Andringitra National Park is located in the southeastern part of Madagascar, and its climate is influenced by the nearby Indian Ocean which makes the temperatures slightly cooler on average than those listed above for Isalo. Before the summit of Pic Boby, you'll be sleeping at close to 2000m above sea level, so the night there can be significantly colder than all other nights on the trip.

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Ivato International Airport, Antananarivo

Any time on Day 1

Ends

Ivato International Airport, Antananarivo

13:00 on Day 12

Transfers

Your host will meet you on arrival at Ivato International Airport, Antananarivo, on day 1 and transfer you to your hotel in Madagascar's capital city. On Day 12, your host will transfer you back to the airport in the afternoon, in time for any onward flights in the evening.

If you are arriving before day 1 or departing later than the times described above on the final day of your trip, your host can arrange private transfers for you upon request (please see the optional extras section for prices).

Travel options

There are direct flights to Ivato International Airport in Antananarivo from Paris, Nairobi, Addis Ababa, Johannesburg and Mauritius. For travellers from the UK, US and other major hubs in Europe, you can take a direct flight to any of the aforementioned hubs and transit there for the flight to Madagascar.

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What's included?

  • Twin-share expedition dome tents
  • Sleeping mats

What's available to hire?

  • Trekking bag
  • Sleeping bag

What do I need to bring?

BAGS

  • Soft overnight duffel bag or rucksack
  • Trekking pack (25-35 litres)

CLOTHES

  • Lightweight waterproof jacket
  • Fleece jacket or similar, for colder evenings
  • Buff or neckscarf
  • Lightweight trousers/shorts/skirts
  • Long sleeved thin shirts for sun protection
  • T-shirts
  • Underwear and socks
  • Swimwear
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunhat
  • Sleepwear (layers or thermals will be useful as it can get cool at night whilst camping)
  • Hiking boots (worn-in)
  • Sandals or trainers for around camp

SLEEPING

  • Cotton or silk sleeping bag liner
  • Sleeping bag (3 or 4 season as it gets cool at night whilst camping)
  • Travel pillow or pillowcase
  • Thermarest or sleeping mat if you wish to use your own, if not then a sleeping mat will be provided

OTHER

  • Universal travel plug adapter
  • Power bank or solar charger
  • Passports (and visas)
  • Travel insurance documents
  • Ear plugs
  • Insect repellent
  • Suncream
  • Personal first-aid kit (inc. blister treatment)
  • Anti-malarial medication
  • Personal items (biodegradable toiletries, sanitary wear etc)
  • Toilet kit (toilet paper, biodegradable bags to carry paper out to dispose of)
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Alcohol hand-gel
  • Headtorch or torch
  • Reusable water bottle - aim to carry a minimum of 2 litres, in 2 bottles or 1 bottle and a bladder
  • Biodegradable wet-wipes
  • Energy bars and snacks - read our article on Best Hiking Snacks
  • Water purification tablets/treatment system - read our article on the Best Water Filters for Adventurers This is optional as filtered water will be provided.
*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

Single room at Urban Grand Hotel (post trip)

Payable Before Departure

Single room at Urban Grand Hotel (post trip)

Per Night

Single/Twin/Double room at San Cristobal Hotel (pre trip)

Payable Before Departure

Single/Twin/Double room at San Cristobal Hotel (pre trip)

Per Night

Twin/double room at Urban Grand Hotel (post trip)

Payable Before Departure

Twin/double room at Urban Grand Hotel (post trip)

Per Night

Optional Private Room & Tent Upgrade

Payable Before Departure

Optional Private Room & Tent Upgrade

Private airport transfer - each way (1-4 people)

Payable Before Departure

Private airport transfer - each way (1-4 people)

Michael A.(June 2024)
An incredible adventure in an amazing country!
An incredible adventure in an amazing country!
An incredible adventure in an amazing country!
An incredible adventure in an amazing country!
An incredible adventure in an amazing country!
An incredible adventure in an amazing country!
An incredible adventure in an amazing country!
An incredible adventure in an amazing country!
An incredible adventure in an amazing country!
An incredible adventure in an amazing country!

Some unbelievable trekking through Isalo and Andringitra National Park’s. Summiting Pic Boby and swimming in natural pools were highlights! Amazing varied landscapes and scenery with an abundance of wildlife too. There is a decent amount of driving involved per the itinerary but the trekking and cultural experiences are well worth it. Bruno was an amazing lead guide, constantly taking the time to explain things to give us a deeper insight into Malagasy culture and way of living, particularly as we walked through remote villages. The food was also incredible and substantial (zebu steak on an open fire while camping was a highlight!) Would highly recommend this tour.

Alex E.(June 2024)
So much more than expected with stunning hikes & wildlife galore!
So much more than expected with stunning hikes & wildlife galore!
So much more than expected with stunning hikes & wildlife galore!
So much more than expected with stunning hikes & wildlife galore!
So much more than expected with stunning hikes & wildlife galore!
So much more than expected with stunning hikes & wildlife galore!
So much more than expected with stunning hikes & wildlife galore!

Where to start… do not be put off by the length of some of the drives. They pass relatively quickly as you watch the scenery change whilst passing towns and villages. They are also completely worth it for the x2 hiking locations you visit! Our guide Bruno was fantastic, always happy to help and having been doing tours for the last 20yrs, knew people in nearly every town we stopped in to get information, demonstrations or just have a friendly chat. He also went above and beyond to ensure the trip ran as smoothly as possible. The food at all points was top notch! Zebu rib steak whilst camping in the mountains, to Malagasy stew in a rural town, all amazing! 3 tips if you do this trip,

  1. Bring thermals. We woke to frost on the ground the first night at 2000m after hiking in 30 degree weather the day before.
  2. If you hire a sleeping bag. You won’t get a 3 season, I slept in a 2 season at best with shorts and had to wake at 2am to change into more clothing and thermals before seeing the frost.
  3. Embrace it all! The country is amazing and it is what you make of it. We will be recommending this trip to anyone who wants an adventure where you will not see many other tourists, experience a unique culture and see some amazing wildlife at the same time.
Zoe A.(June 2024)
Rewarding adventure with great local knowledge

I think the MBA description is accurate (except ref 3 season sleeping bag, see below).

The countryside & views were diverse & beautiful. Despite this tour not being hugely focused on wildlife, we saw lots of chameleons, lizards, lemurs and even some snakes. I'm pleased I took my small binoculars (and they were fun for some of the kids we met). I loved all the opportunities for swimming, even when the water was properly chilly. The hiking was as described - some long days, sometimes steep and precarious, with really varied landscapes. All of it is on paths that already exist, but not overused and I think we only saw one other group in our time in both parks. It definitely met my expectations.

Barnabas was an excellent guide, very in tune with what us visitors might find interesting and very aware of individual needs. The National Park guides were also good - but not necessarily strong English - speaking French is helpful if you want to communicate more widely. We also really appreciated the excellent logistics team - Olivia, Fetra & Ranto - tents were clean & perfectly pitched, the food was tasty & plentiful AND they found the energy to have fun with us. Whenever we reached camp, they were already there and post hike tea & nibbles were provided.

The roads ARE bad and the drives ARE long. Camping in Andringitra IS cold, I agree with another reviewer who said take thermals & 4 season sleeping bag - it was so cold our swimming stuff froze solid overnight and had to be defrosted over the breakfast cooking fire. We really felt that night for the logistics team & porters who don't have access to clothes/kit that we might take for granted. I took a thermarest but didn't need it as the foam sleeping mattress was good.

Prepare your bag so that at the end of Isalo hiking you can quickly access you gear for Andringitra. We were not actually in a camp to execute this 'manoeuvre'. This is the evening that is spent in Camp Katta

At no point were we asked to use our chemicals or filters for water - it was portered even up to the Pic Boby camp.

I found all the accommodation very comfortable except the room in Antsirabe which was just a bit tired and cold and lacking in any atmosphere. I'm being fussy, but it just wasn't as good as the others.

I felt that my belonging and myself were safe - I found Malagasy people friendly & respectful, but particularly so in the countryside. (I spent a further 2 weeks doing solo travel). Many people are as interested in you as you are in them.

Ian C.(June 2024)
A very enjoyable trip of great diversity

Whatever you're expecting from this trip it'l probably provide something rather different. There is such a diversity in temperature, terrain, people, flora and fauna - it's best to leave your expectations behind and just enjoy it for what it is. Firstly a note on the travel - when they say Madagascar's roads are bad believe it. Road travel is slow due to the size and frequency of potholes, expect to travel no more than 100 miles a day even on the main roads (route national). Temperatures - it was early winter when we visited (late May) and we encountered temperatures between 27-28 degrees during the day down to 3 or 4 degrees at night in our high camp. Best to pack a set of thermals and take a 4 seasons sleeping bag (not 3 seasons as suggested) - we woke up to frost on the ground one morning. The people are lovely and so, so friendly - we didn't encounter any of the threat that is sometimes present when travelling in Africa. Our guide, Barnabas, was superb as were all the local guides, the porters and logistics crew and our longsuffering driver (see my comment on the roads above). We quickly reached the conclusion that the plants in Madagascar were more dangerous that the animals - no poisonous snakes and no predators bigger than a Fossa (google it). The landscapes range from the desert environment near Tulear to the sub alpine environments of Isalo and Andringitra and everything in between. The currency is crazy - I've never taken half a million of anything out of a cash machine before and spent it all and more in less than two weeks. About half the population live in Tana (the capital) so it's a real culture shock when the hustle and bustle of Tana hits you after days in the wilderness. If you want something that you know you've enjoyed tremendously but can't quite put your finger on why this is probably the trip for you.

Grace F.(June 2024)
Fantastic trip, amazing guides

Really loved this trip! Madagascar is such a beautiful country and Barnabas and all the local guides were fantastic. There are some long drives but they are still beautiful and they did take pretty much exactly the length of time it says in the description. I think it helped that our group was smaller than the previous group so if you can try to get a smaller group! Madagascar feels very undiscovered in areas so really worth the visit. Was really great to see lots of lemurs and iguanas too! Remember to take lots of warm layers and a 4 season sleeping bag - the nights get cold when you’re camping at 2k metres.

Garth A.(May 2024)
Madagascar seems a country of contrast and extremes
Madagascar seems a country of contrast and extremes
Madagascar seems a country of contrast and extremes
Madagascar seems a country of contrast and extremes
Madagascar seems a country of contrast and extremes
Madagascar seems a country of contrast and extremes