Madagascar in Depth

24 Days | Unearth the unique treasures of Madagascar on this in-depth adventure.

4.4 out of 5 based on 7 reviews submitted.
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Take an in-depth journey into Madagascar and learn what makes this island nation so incredible. Madagascar's wildlife has developed in isolation for millions of years, and the vast majority is endemic to the island as a result. There are 33 species of lemur and you'll have an opportunity to meet them as you travel the country visiting remote national parks, pristine beaches, winding rivers and towns and cities with a culture all their own.

Trip overview

Map of Madagascar In Depth including Madagascar
Start
Antananarivo, Madagascar
Finish
Antananarivo, Madagascar
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
Madagascar
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
YBSCC
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Wander around 800-year-old trees along the Avenue of the Baobabs.
  • Cross the Big Tsingy via suspended bridge.
  • Float down the meandering Manambolo River on a morning canoe trip.
  • Stay in a cottage deep within the Ranomafana National Park, surrounded by lush rainforest and countless species of flora and fauna.
  • See how many species of lemur you can spot in Isalo, Andasibe and Ranomafana national parks (there are 33 different types!).
  • Chill out at laidback Ifaty – this Malagasy seaside village will provide you with plenty of options to explore, adventure or relax as you wish.

Is this trip right for you?
  • A good level of fitness is required for this trip, there are treks and camping and long journey it is a long trip so we recommend being in good physical condition to get the most out of your trip.
  • There are two nights of river camping on this tour. There are no bathroom facilities and it will not be possible to shower for three days, though water is available for washing.
  • It takes a while to see all this trip has to offer, and some of the places we visit are remote, so you need to be able to manage long travel days and bumpy roads.
  • Some accommodation inside the national parks is basic and may not have the creature comforts of hotels in bigger towns and cities. Be prepared for no wifi or air conditioning, but also for charming, tucked away locations you won’t quite believe are real.
  • The visible vertical drop at the Big Tsingy can be quite intimidating especially for those with vertigo. 
  • This itinerary includes a canoe ride along the Manambolo River.

Itinerary

Map of Madagascar In Depth including Madagascar

Inclusions

Meals

22 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners

Transport

Private Vehicles, Boat, Plane, Ferry

Accommodation

Hotel (14 nights), Camping (2 nights), Bungalow (4 Nights) Cottage (2 Nights) Gite (1 Night)

Activities
  • Miandrivazo - Tsiribihina River Trip
  • Bemaraha National Park - Small Tsingy walking circuit
  • Bemaraha National Park - Manombolo River Canoe Ride
  • Bemaraha National Park - Big Tsingy Trek
  • Morondava - Sunset at Baobab Alley
  • Antananarivo / Tulear - Leader-Led City Tour
  • Tulear - Antsokay Arboretum
  • Isalo National Park - guided walk
  • Ambalavao - Antemoro Paper Factory visit
  • Ambalavao - Anja Community Reserve
  • Ranomafana - Station Thermale - MGA5000
  • Ranomafana NP - Night Walk
  • Ranomafana National Park - Rainforest walk
  • Ranomafana - Valbio Research & Conservation Centre
  • Ambositra – Woodcarving workshop visit
  • Ranomafana - Conservation Lecture & Lunch
  • Ambositra - Village Visit
  • Ambositra - Sandrandahy Village Lunch
  • Andasibe National Park - Mitsinjo night walk
  • Antananarivo - Madagascan Chocolate Workshop
Add on activities
  • Antananarivo - Ambohimanga Rova Tour (per person; maximum 4) (including entry, guiding & camera) - MGA 10000 - MGA15600
  • Antananarivo - Lemur's Park (Per Person) - MGA80000
  • Tulear - Recycling Museum - Free
  • Fianarantsoa - Betsileo: village visit and walk - Free
  • 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 exclude Day 3 (River Camping), Day 12,13 (Lodge) and Day 14 (Guesthouse) where you will be in shared accommodation, and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
2. A sleeping bag or sleeping sheet is required on this trip please refer to our packing list, we also recommend a head lamp for camping.
3. There is an internal flight included on this trip. Baggage allowance is as follows: Checked-in: 1 Bag, max 20kg
Cabin Luggage: 1 bag, max 5kg. Internal flights in Madagascar are often delayed and or cancelled at short notice, for this reason we have included an additional day in Antananarivo to safeguard against possible changes to flights. For this reason, we do recommend booking any international departures until departure day.
4. Days 21 and 22 in Anakao has bungalow style accommodation. In true Eco fashion there is no running water in the bungalows and there is no hot water in the camp. Each bungalow is regularly supplied with a bucket of fresh water for washing and flushing the toilet.

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Reviews

4.4 out of 5 based on 7 reviews submitted.
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Christine · Traveled November 2023
The tour through Madagascar was varied and we enjoyed it very much, even if we sometimes wished the driving routes were a little less long. We saw lots of different lemurs and chameleons, especially on the second part of the tour, which was great. We really appreciated Patrick as a guide, his always calm and friendly manner. He enjoyed sharing his extensive knowledge with us, was always open to talking about any topic and also revealed a lot about his private life, which was very interesting. Many thanks.
Review submitted 29 Dec 2023

Francisca · Traveled October 2023
If you enjoy an adventure, (not for comfort tourists) and want to see unique wildlife and flora like lemurs and chameleons and baobabs whilst being on a well managed tour with attentive, hard working informative guides, then Intrepid Madagascar in Depth is for you. Really enjoyed it and learned a lot about a country which holds many treasures but is also in danger of losing them. It is a magic country and so glad Intrepid took me there.
Review submitted 03 Dec 2023

Rosemary · Traveled October 2023
An amazing, unique adventure to discover the beautiful people and culture, as well as the weird and wonderful creatures of Madagascar. You will be taken over by lemur-fever! Not always easy-going but if you're up for a challenge, the rewards are truly magical.
Review submitted 17 Nov 2023

Ronald · Traveled June 2023
Trip Madagascar is awesome the food is excellent what i didnt espect even on the boat trip chef-kok Eric maked the best food, the activiteit was awesome to do i Will recomand this trip for sure todo geen you visit Madagascar 💪😊
Review submitted 11 Jul 2023

Kenneth · Traveled September 2022
This is a fascinating and ultimately very enjoyable trip, but it is not without its challenges. There are long days of travel (longer than trip notes indicate) and Intrepid should look at making itinerary changes to add internal flights or find other ways of reducing time in the bus on some days. You need good fitness to cope with the travel and activities in the first part of the trip, and you also need to be comfortable with bush toilets! Overall we had a great time and are very glad to have done this trip, but we now time to recover!
Review submitted 20 Oct 2022
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