Madagascar Adventure

14 Days | Look out for lemurs, butterflies and chameleons on an adventure through Madagascar

4.6 out of 5 based on 58 reviews submitted.
Wildlife
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Take to the wilds of Madagascar on a mission to spot rare and unique wildlife on this 14-day adventure to the island’s hotspots. You’ll be lazing on white-sand beaches, exploring tropical rainforests and spending time with a huge variety of local wildlife, including the lemur – the island's most popular animal inhabitants! Dig a little deeper into the local culture and interact with communities, getting an insight into the day-to-day life of the Malagasy peoples. Discover the French influences in Antananarivo and Antsirabe as you wander the twisting alleys and chill out in your free time, where you can go whale watching, walking or wildlife-spotting.

Trip overview

Map of Madagascar Adventure including Madagascar
Start
Antananarivo, Madagascar
Finish
Antananarivo, Madagascar
Theme
Wildlife
Destinations
Madagascar
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
YBSN
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Count how many species of lemur you can spot as you explore the Isalo National Park, Ranomafana National Park and Andasibe National Park.
  • Join a local guide on a night walk and catch sight of the exciting nocturnal species that come out when the sun goes down, like endemic butterflies, chameleons and mouse lemurs.
  • Learn more about the important Malagasy process of silk production by visiting an association outside the village where silk weavers use their craft to preserve local tradition and support local women in the community.
  • Support a noble cause while exploring Anja Community Reserve and the Mitsinjo Forest – these reserves are not just sanctuaries for wildlife but also beacons of community empowerment and conservation.
  • Take a hands-on chocolate-making class and learn the secrets that make Malagasy chocolate unique and delicious. Then, sample your creations with pastries, tea, coffee and rum!

Is this trip right for you?
  • Although anyone with a good level of fitness should be able to partake in this trip, there are several challenging guided day walks through the many national parks, which can be hot and humid. Please ensure you bring sturdy hiking or trail shoes and comfortable clothes.
  • Road conditions in Madagascar are notoriously very poor and unmaintained. Due to government inaction and yearly monsoons, conditions can be terrible and a level of patience is required. Most of the driving days on this trip will be long and bumpy.
  • Sometimes, you’ve got to rough it to get among it! Some accommodation is basic and may not have the creature comforts of hotels in bigger towns and cities. Be prepared for no wi-fi or air conditioning.

Itinerary

Map of Madagascar Adventure including Madagascar

Inclusions

Meals

13 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 1 dinner

Transport

Private Vehicles, Plane

Accommodation

Hotel (8 nights) Bungalow (4 Nights) Gite (1 Night)

Activities
  • Tulear - Antsokay Arboretum
  • Isalo National Park - guided walk
  • Ambalavao - Antemoro Paper Factory visit
  • Ambalavao - Anja Community Reserve
  • Fianarantsoa - Betsileo: village visit and walk
  • Ranomafana NP - Night Walk
  • Ranomafana National Park - Rainforest walk
  • Ranomafana - Conservation Lecture & Lunch
  • Ranomafana - ValBio Research & Conservation Centre
  • Ambositra – Woodcarving workshop visit
  • Ambositra - Village Visit
  • Ambositra - Sandrandahy Village Lunch
  • Andasibe National Park - Analamazaotra Special Reserve Night Walk
  • Antananarivo - Malagasy Chocolate Workshop
Add on activities
  • Antananarivo - Ambohimanga Rova Tour (per person; maximum 4) (including entry, guiding & camera) - MGA 10000 - MGA15600
  • Antananarivo / Tulear - Leader-Led City Tour - Free
  • Tulear - Recycling Museum - Donation - Free
  • Ifaty - Reniala Private Park Visit - MGA35000
  • Ranomafana - Station Thermale - MGA5000 - MGA5000
  • Andasibe National Park - guided walk - Free

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights on your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

2. An internal flight is included on this trip. Baggage allowance is as follows:
- Checked: 1 Bag, max 20kg
- Carry-on: 1 bag, max 5kg.

3. Internal flights in Madagascar are often delayed and or cancelled at short notice.

4. A copy of your passport is required at least one month before departure to book flights.

5. To protect against cholera, travellers who have spent time in Ethiopia, Kenya, and South Africa before arriving in Madagascar are required to take 100 mg of Doxycycline upon arrival. Tablets will be provided by Malagasy health authorities, after clearing passport control. Currently, short layovers are exempt from this requirement. People with diabetes and pregnant women are also exempt. This measure remains in effect until further notice.

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Reviews

4.6 out of 5 based on 58 reviews submitted.
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Katherine · Traveled May 2024
This was a fabulous trip with the perfect blend of wildlife and crafty activities. A reasonable level of fitness is required to get the most out of the trip and I found a hiking pole was helpful with the uneven terrain (I left it with one of the guides at the end of the trip). Patrick was an amazing leader who shared his extensive knowledge of his country. Very unspoilt with few tourists - go and see it soon!
Review submitted 22 May 2024

Jo · Traveled November 2023
Madagascar is a fascinating destination and really does require you to be an Intrepid traveller. This trip offers a terrific mix of experiences that keep you smiling everyday, from the beautiful coast and clear blue seas, to magical baobab trees, swimming in oasis-like waterholes after long hot walks and of course, chameleons and lemurs galore. What a magical place!
Review submitted 18 Dec 2023

Jekaterina · Traveled November 2023
Review submitted 06 Dec 2023

Enric · Traveled November 2023
Intrepid's Madagascar Adventure delivered a thrilling experience. We explored stunning landscapes, diverse wildlife, and learned about Malagasy culture from our knowledgeable guide, Patrick. Despite challenging roads, our driver navigated expertly. This first-time adventure exceeded expectations, thanks to Intrepid's planning and small group size. I highly recommend it!
Review submitted 07 Dec 2023

Natalia · Traveled November 2023
Great trip to discover the beautiful country of Madagascar! 100% recommended. National parks and landscapes are very diverse. Walks are easy , just a bit adventure spirit and good hiking shoes are required. I loved watching so many lemurs and chameleons! Our tour guide Bruno and the local tour guides were excellent. Very proffesional and knowlegeble.
Review submitted 26 Nov 2023
Madagascar Adventure
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AUD $4,769