Madagascar trekking holiday

“Now here’s a real adventure – trekking through Madagascar, with two days on the river, too, camping out and experiencing this wild island at its wildest.”


Antananarivo | Ambohimahasoa | Ialatsara Lemur Forest Camp private reserve | reforestation project at Tsarasoa | six days trekking | two days on the river | wild camping | Vohipeno | Manakara | Antsirabe

Description of Madagascar trekking holiday

This Madagascar trekking holiday is a serious – and seriously exciting – adventure, trekking from west to east, from dry terrain to tropical rain forests. Along the way, we will climb the second highest mountain in Madagascar, which stands at 2,658m and, either side of the trek, there will also be time to spot lemurs, meet local craftspeople and visit a tree planting project.

You don’t need to be Indianna Jones or a modern day explorer to enjoy this holiday, but it’s not for the feint hearted. Be prepared for steep terrain and trails that are often poorly marked. We spend long days trekking and need to maintain a steady pace, and on many nights camp out under the stars. There is also a stretch of the journey undertaken on the water, where we may experience some exciting rapids and white water. Leave your comfort zone behind and come prepared for an adventure you’ll never forget.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
We cater for both vegetarians and vegans.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Your local agent on this trip will give you a personal and knowledgeable insight of the region. We are very active in reforestation and in 2008 raised funds for 230,000 trees to be planted. For every client booked on any Madagascar trips, we finance one tree per day per client. We have just received our certificate that in 2010 our trips (many of these through funded the planting of 400 trees.

This is a trekking trip which allows you to explore the country in a low-carbon way. On this expedition, we camp for a number of nights in between treks, not only is this a sustainable form of accommodation but we ensure that we follow responsible camping procedures which leaves no negative evidence of our presence.

When not camping we stay in small towns and villages interacting with the locals, learning of local environmental issues. For example we stay at Ialatsara Bungalows which are in the middle of an eco reserve and have been built from local materials to blend into the surrounding forest. Food is produced from the family's farm.

We support the conservation of the rainforest, through which 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.

The Impacts of this Trip

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.

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 for example, 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. Guests the chance to visit Tsarasoa on this trip where they can see reforestation efforts for themselves.


2 Reviews of Madagascar trekking holiday

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 22 Sep 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Definitely our 3-day trekking! Not only we saw beautiful landscapes and met very friendly people, but we also developed a connection with our porters and guide as we shared more than just meals. We felt more as a little group and they told us they appreciated it as well.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Bring warm clothes! The difference between day and night temperature is huge and evenings can be fairly cold.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes. For all national parks, 50% of the fee you pay goes to the local community, so those tickets are a great help for them.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Reviewed on 04 Jul 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Sleeping in the tent, kanoeing. the sound of nature en the fact that there were no tourist

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Please take warm cloth with you! It is cold during the nights arround Pic Boby

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

What an experience! Sometime heavy but always a hand to help.

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