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Madagascar Safari Tours and Holidays

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Madagascar, set 400 kilometres off the east coast of Africa, enveloped by the clear warm waters of the Indian Ocean. The large island of Madagascar is know for its beautiful untouched beaches, pristine coral reefs, palm fringed tropical island archipelagos and bizarre but wonderful wildlife. Madagascar's landscape is equally diverse, with lush wet rainforests and dry spiny deserts, lunar landscapes of limestone formations, uninhabited off-shore islands, beaches and baobabs.

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Upcoming Madagascar Trips

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1000 Views of Madagascar - 11 days Antananarivo 06 Sep 2016 USD $2,929 1000 Views of Madagascar - 11 days Map
Land of Lemurs
Meet Madagascar's unique wildlife

Madagascar has the highest bio diversity on the planet with an incredible 95% of the species unique to the island, including over 50 types of lemurs - the island's star attraction. The brilliant national parks spread out across the island offer ample opportunity to see this amazing wildlife from the mountainous Isalo National Park to the Special Reserve of Andasibe.

Madagascar Lodge accommodated safaris

Discover the best of Madagascar from national parks home to staggering wildlife to unspoilt beaches with the comfort of ending each day in good value 2-3 star hotels and the option to upgrade to 3-4 star hotels on selected departure dates.

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1000 Views of Madagascar

11 days | FROM USD $2,929

An island of adventure! Discover rare lemurs, colourful tribes, parks,...

Madagascar tour reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on 3 recent reviews — See All Madagascar Reviews

Fantastic! Guide very helpful and knowledgable. Activities full on with down time to rest at the end. A beautiful place and in the short I was there, I managed to see a range of landscapes and participate in a wide range of activities.”  

Linda Hammond • Submitted 25 Apr 2016

The tour was just amazing. It was great to spend these days in Madagascar. I learned a lot about the nature, landscape, culture and the people who live there. Our guide, Armel, has a wide knowledge about Madagascar and all the animals and plants, which he shared with us. It was always very interesting to listen to his words and we were welcome to ask all our questions. Armel leaded the tour just perfectly. He showed us all sites of Madagascar and was very funny all the time. His short briefings every evening were very helpful.

The tour itself was a perfect mixture between activities and freetime. We hiked a lot, climbed on rocks and went to caves and we were able to spent the last two days just at the beach. It was the perfect finish for our tour. Everything was well organised and I would recommend this tour to everybody.”  

Natascha Blösch • Submitted 25 Apr 2016

The tour was just amazing. It was great to spend these days in Madagascar. I learned a lot about the nature, landscape, culture and the people who live there. Our guide, Armel, has a wide knowledge about Madagascar and all the animals and plants, which he shared with us. It was always very interesting to listen to his words and we were welcome to ask all our questions. Armel leaded the tour just perfectly. He showed us all sites of Madagascar and was very funny all the time. His short briefings every evening were very helpful.

The tour itself was a perfect mixture between activities and freetime. We hiked a lot, climbed on rocks and went to caves and we were able to spent the last two days just at the beach. It was the perfect finish for our tour. Everything was well organised and I would recommend this tour to everybody.”  

Natalie Paulse • Submitted 25 Apr 2016

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Highlights of Madagascar

Island hop from Nosy Be, the largest of Madagascar's offshore islands to beautiful Saint Marie with its almost Caribbean flavour. Whether it be whale watching or bird watching, world class diving or snorkelling, sailing on a dhow, trekking through the wildlife rich rainforest or simply lazing on a deserted beach, Madagascar cannot fail to delight. With a tailor made safari your own safari and spend as much time relaxing in the sunshine as you like or meet the varied wildlife of Madagascar at the Andasibe Special Reserve, Ranomafana National Park and Isalo National Park or on Nosy Be Lokobe Nature Reserve.

With an incredible bio-diversity, startling range of endemic species, miles of tropical coastline and swathes of pristine jungle and cloudforests, Madagascar has plenty of natural attractions and here are some of our favourites:

Indri lemur in Madagascar - On The Go Tours
Natural diversity

Andasibe-Mantadia National Park

Home of the sacred Indri, the largest lemurs on earth, whose mesmerising call can be heard periodically throughout the day, the Andasibe-Mantadia National Park is an extraordinarily diverse region and a big hit with guests to the country. In addition to the various species of lemur that dwell within the park, explorers may also get the chance to witness some fascinating reptiles such as geckos, chameleons and boas as well as over a hundred different types of bird.

Scenery of Ranomafana National Park - Madagascar - On The Go Tours
Lemur research centre

Ranomafana National Park

A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Ranomafana National Park boasts the most important field research centre in Madagascar, dedicated to the complete understanding of lemurs, several species of which reside within the park. If the rampant wildlife in the park isn’t enough to tickle your interest, the varying elevation of the park means that the landscape is as diverse as it is stunning as cloudforest runs down into turbulent white water surrounded by lowland vegetation.

Isalo National Park - Madagascar - On The Go Tours
Jurassic wonder

Isalo National Park

While this park has a number of beautiful animals worth seeing, the real attraction of this park is its fascinating Jurassic sandstone formations that have been shaped and eroded from years of rain and wind. Yet, that’s not all this park has to offer. The grounds are peppered with caverns, gorges and waterfalls, making the scenery of the park some of the most exhilarating in the entire country. With a year-round warm and dry climate, there is never a bad time to check out this national gem.

Antananarivo - Madagascar - On The Go Tours
Colourful capital

Antananarivo

This thriving and colourful capital city has centuries of intriguing history, complemented by the scattering of gorgeous colonial buildings that line its streets. Antananarivo, or Tana as it’s known locally, is home to a number of attractions, which make a visit to this city well worth the rather strenuous effort required to navigate its chaotic streets. These include the Zome Market, the Royal Hill of Ambohimanga and the Prime Minister’s Palace.

Ifaty - Madagascar - On The Go Tours
Beach bliss

Ifaty

With perfect golden sands that gently shift with the ebb and flow of the tide, which, in turn, sparkles in the endless sunshine, Ifaty is one of the premier destinations in the entire country for those seeking the ultimate Madagascan beach experience. The shore is often lined with narrow wooden fishing boats, giving the town an authentic feel without making it seem too industrial. The crystal clear water is also filled with dozens of different fish, making it perfect for snorkelling.

Get to know Madagascar

Recommended Reading

  • Ghost of Chance
    by William S. Burroughs
  • Muddling Through in Madagascar
    by Dervla Murphy
  • The Eighth Continent
    by Peter Tyson
Did you know...?

Facts about Madagascar

  • Over 80% of Madagascar's wildlife is not found anywhere else in the world because the country is so isolated.
  • Despite the popular children's film Madagascar, there are no hippos, elephants, lions or zebras on the island.
  • The lemur is sacred to the people in Madagascar and many legends link the animal to humans.

Madagascar Travel Advice:

We closely monitor current travel guidance for Madagascar and follow advice as set out by the British Foreign Office. Safety of our travellers is paramount and we recommend that you check the latest travel updates from the relevant advisory body in your country.

Online Travel Resources for Madagascar:

REFER TO: Fodors, Bradt, CN Traveller and World Travel Guide.

ALSO SEE: The official Madagascar Tourist Organisation site and the latest Madagascar Weather Updates from the BBC.

Madagascar Entries in our #feelgoodtravel photo competition

Our winners have been announced! View the winners gallery..

Feelgood Competition Entry 'Amazing and in love (with the world and my husband)'
When I travelled to MADAGASCAR I felt
Amazing and in love (with the world and my husband)

“My husband and I visited Madagascar for a week in 20110 to celebrate our first wedding anniversary (traditional gifts are paper, and areoplane tickets...”

by Bronwyn Westmore

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Feelgood Competition Entry 'Drunk but happy'
Feelgood Competition Entry 'Awestruck'
Feelgood Competition Entry 'Exhausted but exhilarated'
Feelgood Competition Entry 'Awed by the beauty of the country.'
Cultural Experiences, Local Partners OTG Handpicked
Cultural Experiences, Local Partners

On our OTG Handpicked range we bring you best-of-the-best cultural experiences in destinations where you’ll join travellers from other travel brands on your tour, safari or sailing holiday. Collaborating with our carefully handpicked portfolio of local partners, these holidays represent exceptional value and there’ll be plenty of cultural experiences shared with other like-minded travellers.

Group sizes and accommodation standards vary by destination where typical group size is 18 travellers and hotels, boats and safari lodges are of a 3-4 star standard.

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