Trekking holiday in Madagascar

There's no better way to immerse yourself in the "Lost World" of Madagascar than on foot. This trip combines camping and hotels with portered multi- and single-day treks.
Antananarivo Ambositra Trek in Antoetra Visiting local villages Ranomafana National Park Ambalavao Andringitra National Park 3-day trek up Peak Boby Anya Reserve Lemurs 2-day trek in Isalo National Park Ifaty Beach
£2999excluding flights
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15 Days
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Description of Trekking holiday in Madagascar

One of the world’s most biodiverse and beautiful islands, trekking in Madagascar is most definitely one of the best ways to fully immerse yourself in natural beauty. Slow travel at its most serene and sensuous, we take in rainforests, waterfalls , cloud forests, natural swimming pools and, of course, the sights and sounds of Madagascar’s eclectic wildlife.

This holiday is not a walk in the park, however, with treks that we rate as moderate to challenging, staying in hotels for eight nights, but also hiking and camping for five nights with full porterage. They are walks in national parks however, with treks in no less than three of them: first, Ranomafana NP where hikes take you up through various ecosystems including rainforest and cloud forest to an elevation of 1000m. This is wildlife central with chances to spot various species of lemurs, reptiles, chameleons, mongooses and a vast array of birdlife. An evening walk here brings all sorts of nocturnal creatures out to play too.

Then onto Andringitra N.P, considered by many to be the island’s most magnificent and where we will spend three days trekking to Peak Boby, the highest point of the great granite Andringitra Massif. This is a journey that takes us from 650m to 2,658m, with over a hundred bird species en route that fill the luscious forests and echo around the waterfalls and even a forest of palm trees. This is three days of trekking paradise.

Isalo NP is a much more rugged experience, where our two day trek takes us through sandstone landscapes that have been eroded into dramatic ridges and canyons, with rocky spires sticking up sporadically across this magnificent terrain. As does its wildlife, with lemurs a plenty.

Visiting local communities is also a core part of this trekking holiday in Madagascar and so, in between hiking, we are welcomed into the Zafimaniry villages around Antoetra. These are the indigenous people of the Central Highlands whose wood carvings and artisan skills, including their house building ones, are protected by UNESCO as Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.


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Optional single supplement £400.
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Small group tours:
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modeled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. Those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.
Our top tip:
Madagascar's highlands are surprisingly damp and chilly. Bring warm layers, especially for Peak Boby.
Trip type:
Small group tour, min. age 18. Average 4-16 people.
Activity level:
Moderate/challenging. Av. 5-8 hrs trekking, 7-15km.
8 nights simple hotels with en suite, 5 nights basic camping.
Solo travellers welcome. Single rooms available with surcharge.
Accom, transport, tour leader, local guides, porters, listed activities. Intl. flights if booked.
All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners. Allow around £150 for extra meals, extra for drinks.


1 Reviews of Trekking holiday in Madagascar

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 17 Nov 2015 by

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

Conquering the Grand Tsingy

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

Be prepared for the long travelling days and the risk of an upset stomach (take supplies of Imodium and rehydration sachets). Saying that, the rewards are an abundance of wildlife and amazing landscapes that are unique and a once in a lifetime experience.

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

The tour did visit a local wildlife sanctuary and our tour leader did find out of the way places in small villages to purchase food and gifts.

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

Our Tour Leader was very knowledgeable and looked after the group very well. The trip is filled with a varied and extremely interesting itinerary that includes amazing landscapes and unique wildlife.

Responsible Travel

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Few holidays have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a trekking trip. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem in certain places and therefore our trip leaders encourage clients to stick to advised routes in order to minimise this. Our tours are designed to entertain as well as inform about wildlife issues and promote animal welfare. When we visit National Parks such as Ranomafana , Andringitra and Isalo N.P, we pay park fees which contribute to the upkeep of these parks and the myriad of unique (and sometimes endangered) species which can be found there e.g. ring-tailed lemurs and baoab trees. Local guides are also employed when we enter these reserves. This creates employment and gives clients an altogether more informative, genuine experience.

Water is a really important issue with cycling trips and whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital that we have a system for providing clean water without causing lots of waste with plastic bottles. Lack of recycling is already a massive problem in India so we suggest that instead of repeatedly buying bottled water, guests should re-fill a singular bottle

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.


Accommodation and Meals:
We will be spending the most of the trip in tourist class hotels and five nights in full service camping. The vast majority of the staff is from nearby villages and they even offer accommodation for staff staying in villages further away. This industry is a great source of employment for local people, so by staying in these hotels and campsites we are providing a steady source of income for local communities. You will also find that some of the hotels have solar panels -meaning a smaller carbon footprint- whereas many work on their own electricity generators but switch them off from around 22:00 to 07:00. In terms of meals, hotels will source local produce as much as possible and clients are encouraged to explore local restaurants and markets if convenient. In Ambalavao, we can even stop at a wine farm and buy straight from the source of production. The cuisine has been strongly influenced by the French and the seafood is particularly fresh.

Local Craft and Culture:
Although this is a largely nature based trip, we incorporate as much benefit to local people as possible. One of the ways to support local people and boost the economy is to buy crafts along the roads in the smaller villages which we pass. There is some very creative Zafimaniry craftsmanship in Madagascar using recycled materials to create toys, decorate items and jewellery. For example, in Antsirabe, people sell souvenirs made from aluminium cans and in Ambostria, they use recuperated wood. The Zafimaniry people are renowned for intricate woodcarvings and this can be observed even in the decoration of village houses. Guides are careful to explain that anything made from animal parts and shells should not be purchased as this trade is detrimental to many of the wonderful species we find here.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

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