Immerse yourself in the wonderful world of Madagascar as you discover unique species such as playful lemurs, bright chameleons and intriguing Verreaux’s sifakas. This 13-day exhibition will take you into the heart of Madagascar journeying from the dense rainforest of Ranomafana to the canyons of Isalo, you will explore this magical island alongside a wildlife expert who will give you insight into this fascinating and thriving animal kingdom.

Trip highlights

Encounter fascinating endemic species with a wildlife biologist, including the wailing indri lemur, the dancing sifaka, and tiny chameleons.

Visit the field station of primatologist and National Geographic grantee Patricia Wright, one of the world’s foremost experts on lemurs.

Explore the iconic baobab trees of Tsimanampetsotsa National Park, where National Geographic has funded research on an extinct gorilla-sized lemur species.

Itinerary - 13 Days

1-3 Antananarivo, Madagascar/Andasibe-Mantadia National Park

Arrive in Antananarivo and transfer to Vakona Private Park, where we’ll look for orchids, lemurs, and birds amid the lush lianas and ferns. Spend a day hiking in Andasibe-Mantadia National Park. Keep your eye out for some of the 14 lemur species that live here; and enjoy a guided night stroll, spotting brightly coloured chameleons, frogs, and lizards.
Le Louvre Hôtel & Spa; Vakona Forest Lodge (Days 2 and 3: B/L/D)

4–7 Analamazaotra/Ranomafana National Park

In Analamazaotra Reserve, track the indri, the largest lemur species. Then spend two full days exploring Ranomafana National Park. In 1986, National Geographic grantee and primatologist Patricia Wright discovered a new lemur species here—the golden bamboo lemur. On hikes, look for more than ten species of lemurs, as well as tenrecs and mongooses. Visit the Centre ValBio, founded by Pat, and hear about the latest studies that she and her team are conducting.
Plumeria Hotel; Hotel Thermal Ranomafana (B/L/D)

8-9 Isalo National Park

Head west toward Isalo National Park, stopping en route at paper-making and weaving workshops. Spend the next day hiking Isalo’s dramatic landscape of sandstone canyons and unusual rock formations dotted with gem-coloured natural pools, and catch the sunset at the sandstone “window of Isalo.”
Isalo Rock Lodge (B/L/D)

10-11 Toliara/Anakao/Tsimanampetsotsa National Park

Travel to the coastal town of Toliara and board a boat bound for our oceanfront lodge in Anakao. Take a day to explore Tsimanampetsotsa National Park, where National Geographic has funded research on giant lemurs. Wander among Dr. Seuss-like baobab trees; explore the grottos where blind fish swim; and spot some of the park’s 100-plus bird species, including greater and dwarf flamingos and the Madagascar plover.
Anakao Ocean Lodge and Spa (B/L/D)

12-13 Toliara/Antananarivo

Fly from Toliara to Antananarivo. The next day, visit the Royal Hill of Ambohimanga—a UNESCO World Heritage site. Later, transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Relais des Plateaux (Day 12: B/L/D; Day 13: B)

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