Wildlife holidays in Madagascar
Tell me about Madagascar …
Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world. It lies off the coast of east Africa, across the Mozambique Channel, and straddles the Tropic of Capricorn.
Madagascar enjoys an extensive network of protected areas, most of which are open to visitors. The park fees incurred on a tour in Madagascar go towards maintaining reserves, with some economic benefits to local people ensuring that Madagascar’s tourist industry provides a good incentive to conserve its valuable ecology.
Its exceptional biodiversity and the disturbingly fast pace of environmental destruction make Madagascar a world conservation priority.
Our Madagascar specialist recommends...
"The ‘Madagascar’s Lemurs’ tour is one of our most popular tours going in search of the vast array of lemurs, birds and the other unique wildlife. Our ‘Northern Madagascar – In Search of the Aye-aye’ holiday visits the rainforests of northern Madagascar in search of endemics, the highlight of which is the bizarre Aye-aye." - Paul Stanbury
Why go on a wildlife tour in Madagascar?
Separated from the African mainland for some 165 million years, the island has developed in its own ecological niche. Today it possesses a unique and extremely diverse array of wildlife.
Endemics account for about 80% of its plants and 40% of its birds. Virtually all of these mammals, reptiles and amphibians occur nowhere else in the world, making Madagascar wildlife holidays truly unique experiences.
Madagascar is home to:
- 34 known species of chameleon (whereas Africa has only 9!)
- 30 lemurs (primates unique to Madagascar)
- 7 baobabs (Africa has only one species)
... and many more. Even now, as biological survey work continues, new species are still being discovered.
Naturetrek’s Madagascar tours
Naturetrek offers a range of natural history tours and wildlife holidays in Madagascar, including:
- Madagascar – a 23-day tour in Madagascar, searching for the endemic birds, mammals and plants of the island’s forests
- Madagascar’s Endemic Flora – a botanical holiday in search of the island’s unique plant life
- In Search of the Aye-aye – the mysterious Aye-aye Lemur is the main focus of this tour in Madagascar, but we also look for many other fascinating endemic mammals and birds
All of our Madagascar tours are led by an expert naturalist.
But we offer even more!
View the full selection of our Madagascar tours or call us now on +44 1962 733051 to find out more
WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR Madagascar HOLIDAYS
This was a truly wonderful trip, with a group that gelled together and some excellent sightings - well worth the early risings and long walks. Dave Mallon was, for me, the perfect tour leader, being not only very knowledgeable and competent but also entertaining and fun to be with. He imparted information well and his ability to communicate readily with the local people was a valuable bonus. He took great care of us both in terms of our physical well being and our enjoyment of the wildlife, always ensuring that people saw what they wanted to see - quite an achievement given the wide-ranging interests of the group! Dave was more than ably supported by Claude Rambelosan who was also extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic, and a good communicator. The local guides and support staff, particularly our driver and his assistant, were all very good and helpful. Maurice at Andasibe was a great character and an excellent guide. This was my first experience with Naturetrek but you will certainly be amongst my first choices when planning my next adventure. Many thanks
Claude Rambeloson was not only an excellent guide he was a model of what a guide can do. For example, he would make a point of asking me of I had got a good view of a bird that others at the front of the group had seen and if I had not got a good view he would make a point of finding it again for me. He did this repeatedly. He was well organised, knowledgeable, attentive, enthusiastic and charming company too. If there is any kind of performance-related payments for guides, he deserves top money.
Overall an excellent holiday. Andy is a very good, hard working guide.