Duration: 16 days
Group size: This trip has proved to be extremely popular. In order to satisfy demand it will run twice, the first in the first half of July and the second immediately after, in the second half of the month, following the same itinerary. It is now full for both trips!
Dates: July 2021
Cost: Approx. 16 days £1850 (Single supplement £500) International airfare approx. £750
Madagascar is unique: 5% of all known animal and plant species can be found here, and here alone. The island’s signature animal is the lemur of course, but there are many more weird and wonderful creatures: the eerie-looking fossa (a cat-like predator), colourful and camouflaged chameleons, oddly shaped insects, vivid frogs, graceful rays and turtles, several species of sharks, and humpback whales during the winter months. Trees and plants are just as impressive, be they the distinctively shaped baobabs, the fanning ravinala(travellers’ palm), the hundreds of orchids or the spiny forests of the desert south.
The remarkable fauna and flora is matched by epic landscapes of an incredible diversity: you can go from rainforest to desert in just 300km. Few places on Earth offer such an intense kaleidoscope of nature. There are sandstone canyons, limestone karsts, mountains, fertile hills cascading with terraced rice paddies, forests of every kind – rain, dry, spiny – and a laterite-rich soil that gave the country its nickname of ‘Red Island’. With 5000km of coastline, the sea is never very far, turquoise and idyllic in places, dangerous in others.
Being the fourth largest island in the world, there is so much to see. While it is impossible to visit all areas, I have taken the advice of our hosts and come up with a 14 day itinerary that I think will satisfy all of our needs and ambitions where Madagascar is concerned. It will give us a variety of landscapes, exotic plants and trees, a host of colourful birds, pristine coastal waters teeming with tropical fish, brightly coloured amphibians and lizards, and several varieties of lemur only to be seen in Madagascar.