Southern Madagascar, Lemurs, baobabs & beaches

Lemurs are just one of the highlights on this 12-day trip to southern Madagascar – national parks, tumbling waterfalls, friendly people, baobabs, beaches and every flavour of flora and forest await.
Antananarivo Andasibe National Park Antsirabe Ranomafana National Park Isalo National Park Ifaty Reniala Nature Reserve ‘Spiny Forest’ Tulear
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£2350 excluding flights
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Duration
12 Days
Type
Small group
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Price includes full board, english speaking guide, domestic flights, national park fees and all activities as per itinerary
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Description of Southern Madagascar, Lemurs, baobabs & beaches

The diverse landscape and environments of southern Madagascar are the destination for this guided nature trip, with plenty of opportunity to spot its most famous residents, lemurs. We will visit some of the best national parks, sites and arboretums the island has to offer, exploring off the beaten track places along the way, too. You’ll be accompanied by a naturalist guide to ensure you have the best chance of seeing lemurs, as well as a host of other creatures, learning about all the wonderfully unique flora and fauna of the ‘red island’ as you travel.

This 12-day trip begins by visiting Andasibe National Park, Ranomafana National Park and Isalo National Park, where you can see lemurs, reptiles and numerous species of birds against a mixture of landscapes, from cloud forests to grassy plains and rock massifs. You then transfer to the southwest of the island, an area filled with adventure, iconic Madagascan animals, fabulous wildlife watching opportunities, outstanding landscapes, an abundance of culture and gorgeous hidden beaches lining the Indian Ocean. In the small fishing village of Ifaty, enjoy snorkelling and relaxing on the beach, looking out for whales migrating up the Mozambique channel, and from here visit the Reniala Nature Reserve ‘Spiny Forest’, home to iconic baobab trees.

Accommodation is in hotels and eco-lodges. There are group departures from March to December, and tailor made departures on request.

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£2350 excluding flights
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Price includes full board, english speaking guide, domestic flights, national park fees and all activities as per itinerary
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Diet:
We cater for both vegetarians and vegans.

Reviews

11 Reviews of Southern Madagascar, Lemurs, baobabs & beaches

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Reviewed on 16 Aug 2019 by

Seeing the Indri close up in the wild and spotting chameleons and birds were the most memorable parts of the holiday. Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Jul 2019 by

It was all very memorable . I loved the very diverse landscapes - one minute you had the feeling you were in Africa and the next minute Peru - such is the mixture of people and scenery. Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Nov 2018 by

We were very impressed with all aspects of this holiday and felt that it was faultless throughout. The itinerary suited us and went like clockwork, our guide and driver were excellent, the hotels and food were beyond our expectations. Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Nov 2018 by

Most memorable were the National parks, lemurs and chameleons.... Great holiday. Stayed in some lovely places. People were very friendly. Food was good and rum cheap!! Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Oct 2018 by

This was the best holiday I have ever had. I enjoyed every minute. The group size of eight people was ideal. My previous visit to Madagascar (with another company) was like 'a school trip' rigid and over organised. This trip was very well organised, yet had a degree of flexibility. Read full review

Reviewed on 24 Aug 2018 by

There were so many memorable experiences from this trip that will stand out for a lifetime! I honestly felt like I was away much longer and in multiple countries, such was the diversity of landscape throughout the trip. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 May 2018 by

Difficult to say as there were so many wonderful moments. The quality of the accommodation was very high. The guide and driver professional and extremely knowledgeable. And of course the lemurs were glorious. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Aug 2018 by

Excellent - this was an amazing trip to see the lemurs. We saw 16 species, most in fairly close proximity as well as other wildlife. Read full review

Reviewed on 29 May 2017 by

Everyday was different and memorable. The Madagascar vacation was an absolute success. Wonderful country and a lot a lot to offer to the tourists. Read full review

Reviewed on 31 Oct 2017 by

The most memorable was the lemur island near Andasibe, where we were able to see a ton of lemurs! Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Nov 2014 by

The most memorable part of the holiday was visiting the National Parks in Madagascar. Read full review

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.

Planet

Following on from an ongoing commitment to reforestation in Madagascar, in 2011 We launched a long term reforestation project in Tsarasoa. This year We are investing in a new long term project, the official project was launched in May 2011.

We have set up a tree nursery and orchard for a local school. We have already started building the fencing (350-400m) and are in the process of planting a well designed/equipped 100 tree orchard as well as 100 luguminous and 100 moringa Oleifera (nutrional plants) on a piece of land we have bought for the school.

After the first couple of years this will produce 200 young fruit trees saplings (to be planted on student's family land) + 1800 leguminous trees (to be planted on community land).

The plan is that the first harvest of Ananambo nutritional leaves will be ready by 2013/14 to supplement the daily diet of students. Once the trees start growing and with the first seeds (papayas, passiflores, moringa, etc, ...) a small poultry operation will be launched, providing eggs and occasional meat for special school events.

The association of poultry and fruit trees is extremely beneficial for both and is a long long time old practice in Madagascar.

After 5-6 years, daily fruit distribution for students will be possible.

We employ one permanent gardener to maintain and direct student's works and are able to implement this with the support of our clients travelling to Madagascar with us (approximately 2% of the trip cost is donated to this project) and our local partner who is extremely active in reforestation of this area.

By supporting the conservation of the rainforest, we can encourage the authorities to recognise the potential of wildlife tourism and photographic safaris, ensuring the protection of this unique environment. You will be issued with instructions as to how you can help to preserve the environment and we hope that you will follow our advice to help make a difference.

As part of our commitment to responsible travel and in conjunction with Woodstock.org we finance a tree nursery and orchard in Italavina – which is a long term reforestation project.
Participating in this reforestation project will enable you to be and feel closer to the local population by interacting and discovering their culture. You will learn many instructions about how to develop and conserve this environment.

In addition to the reforestation project of Madagascar this expedition focuses on the very wide wildlife of Madagascar: Lemurian Catta, chameleons, birds and other endemic species... All these wide varieties can be spotted inside and sometimes outside the National Parks. We are committed to respecting all the local rules given by locals and guides such as never disturbing animals in their environment. Our skilled guides will hand down all information about safety, respect and behaviour to our clients.

People

Our local staff accompanying this expedition will give you a real sense of Madagascan culture. We only use Malagasy guides, pay all staff fair wages and treat everybody on the trip, including staff, with equal respect and we expect you to do the same. We offer a continual training program for our local guides including English language lessons as well as continual development in activities such as rafting.
Our local agent has an active approach to employing and mentoring guides in Madagascar. One of whom joined us when he was 16 and a ‘street kid’ . Our agent took him under his wing, trained him up in all rafting skills, language skills, guiding skills and at the age of 29 he is one of our popular guides.

Accommodation
We use locally owned.
Sample:
Camp Catta:
Who helpt a development project, in order to help the villages. Which includes the following: Inauguration of the clinic. Consistent of the school Aid and formation to the agricultural techniques

Another camp:
Created in 2002 by a French-Madagascan family - Ialatsara Lemur Forest Camp aims at restoring and protecting fauna and flora. Located by the roadside RN7 52 miles away from Ambositra this ecotourism site was initially connected with Ranomafana National Park. Its specific biodiversity gathers together six species of lemurs, seven species of chameleons, as well as wide varieties of birds, reptiles, orchids… By favouring genetic mixing and improving the availability of food resources inside the site this project intends to maintain and even increase the wide population of existing Sifaka.

It is principally wildlife tourism that brings people to Madagascar and by using local businesses and services we can inject much needed capital into the local economy. On this expedition we are following a responsible camping procedure which leaves no negative evidence of our presence. We stay in small towns and villages interacting with the locals.

We have set up a tree nursery and orchard for a local school in Italavina. We are now in the process of planting (and nurturing) a well designed/equipped 100 tree orchard as well as 100 luguminous and 100 moringa Oleifera (nutrional plants) on a piece of land we have bought for the school. We plan for the first harvest of Ananambo nutritional leaves will be ready by 2014/2015 to supplement the daily diet of students. Once the trees start growing and with the first seeds (papayas, passiflores, moringa, etc.) a small poultry operation will be launched, providing eggs and occasional meat for special school events.
We employ one permanent gardener to maintain and direct student's works and are able to implement this with the support of our clients travelling to Madagascar with us (approximately 2% of the trip cost is donated to this project) and our local partner who is extremely active in reforestation of this area.

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