The Best of Madagascar 2021

Destination: Madagascar

Duration: 15 days

Group size: This trip has proved to be extremely popular. In order to satisfy demand it will run twice, the first towards the end of June and into July and the second immediately after, following the same itinerary.  It is now full for both trips!

Dates: Group 1 – Tues. 23rd June – Tues. 7th July 2021                                                        

            Group 2 – Mon. 6th July – Mon. 20th July 2021

Cost: Approx. 15 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.

The Best of Madagascar

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2 thoughts on “The Best of Madagascar 2021

  1. We are interested in this trip. I am very keen to go to Madagascar. Jill and Stuart Smith recommended you. Are these trips full? I have not filled in a registration form yet. I am somewhat concerned whether it will be possible to get insurance after Covid.

    I am wondering whether you got to the Altai or if Covid prevented it. We went a few years ago.

    Cheryl

    • Dear Cheryl,
      I am so sorry, I have only just picked up your message. You can imagine that there has been very little activity with foreign trips, or the need for planning at the moment. No, we didn’t get to Mongolia. All my trips for this year have been cancelled. As far as next year is concerned, I am not making any decisions until the New Year but I am not very optimistic. Technically, Madagascar is full (I was running two trip back to back because of the numbers involved. However, if it does go ahead, I would imagine that some may have lost their appetite for foreign travel, particularly to countries with a more basic infrastructure. Once a decision has been made, one way or the other, I will post information on my website. Again, sorry for the very late response to your message. Best wishes,
      John

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