Madagascar Lemurs, Baobabs & Beaches

15+ Days


+ 2



12 Years

£ 3895

The Wonders of Southern Madagascar

Visit the iconic Avenue des Baobabs and explore the wonders of Southern Madagascar experiencing its most diverse environments. We will visit some of the best national parks accompanied by a Malagasy naturalist guide to ensure you have the best chance of witnessing as well as learning about all of the wonderfully unique flora and fauna of Madagascar. The south west is filled with adventure, iconic Madagascan animals, fabulous wildlife watching opportunities, outstanding landscapes, an abundance of culture and gorgeous hidden beaches lining the Indian Ocean; all waiting to be explored, encountered and cherished.


Madagascar is a one-off; there is no other place like it. Its landscapes, animals and plants are simply incredible! Near the equator with an astonishing array of habitats, ranging from rainforests to deserts and from mountain tops to mangrove swamps, it is one of the most important countries for biodiversity on the planet. The tropical climate is a perfect host to the process of nature and, like nowhere else, the variety and richness of life has flourished. We will see much of the unique flora and fauna of Southern Madagascar on this great tour.


As part of our commitment to responsible travel and in conjunction with we finance a tree nursery and orchard in Italavina – which is a long term reforestation project.

Price £3,895 / $4,295

Based on 2 pax. Excludes external flights.


Tailormade Departures



Day by Day

Upon arrival in Antananarivo you will be met by our driver and transferred to your hotel for the night.

An early morning transfer to the airport in time to take your flight to Morondava. Upon arrival you will meet your guide and transfer to your hotel.

This afternoon/ early evening you can visit the  well known Avenue de Baobabs.

Today you will spend a full day travelling by 4x4 to the village of Bekopaka.  This is an interesting and eventful journey on difficult roads and you have to cross rivers before arriving there.

Today you will visit the stunning Tsingy – classified  by UNESCO.  You will explore this area for around 2-3 hours.

In the afternoon you will continue to explore Manambolo Canyon by pirogue.

A short 4wd transfer takes you to the gate of this mysterious maze of rocks spires.  It is truly a wonder to cross those canyons along the adventures trails, steep ladders.  You will have your own guide, so you can chat with them about the best route for you in order to avoid some of the heights / rope bridges

Today you will drive back to  Kirindy Reserve.    This afternoon you will be able to visit the reserve and this evening can enjoy a night walk within the reserve

Today you will head back to Morondava where you will enjoy an afternoon at leisure. You have another opportunity to visit the Avenue des Baobabs if you wish.

This morning we will set off to the Andasibe - Mantadia National Park (previously known as Perinet) where you will spend 1 ½ days exploring this wonderful environment. En-route we will stop at a farm specializing in Madagascan reptiles and butterflies, before arriving at the hotel.

This afternoon you will get the chance to stroll around the private reserve of Vakona Lodge with the opportunity to spot Lemurs and Crocodiles.

This evening, take a twilight/nocturnal walk, looking out for the nocturnal species of lemur by catching their eyes in the torchlight.

Today we will explore Andasibe National Park. Overnight hotel.

We will set off early this morning for a full day journey to Antsirabe (Via Tana). The driving time is approximately 7 hours, however with stops en-route we will be on the road much longer. We will stop for lunch along the way and enjoy the Malagasy life along the roads.

We will set out after an early breakfast towards Ranomafana National Park (approx. 4hr journey on good roads). We will stay just outside Ranmafana (just 10 minutes from the park entrance). This afternoon you have the option of visiting the thermal baths in Ranomfana or the park itself, although it will be a little sleeping the in the afternoon.

We will set out after an early breakfast towards Ranomafana National Park (approx. 4hr journey on good roads). We will stay just outside Ranomafana (just 10 minutes from the park entrance).

Transfer to our hotel near the Isalo National Park. En-route we may get the chance to stop off at a traditional market and pass through quaint villages.

Today we will visit this breathtaking National Park.  This extraordinarily unique area of natural beauty is unlike any other place in Madagascar.

Included will be the opportunity to swim in a natural pool with lunch on the trail.

Today we head to Ifaty and the Indian Ocean. This afternoon we can relax at a lovely hotel with bungalows along the beach

You will have a transfer to Tulear Airport, where you will catch the Air Madagascar flight from Tulear to Tana.  We will meet you again at Tana airport and depending on your time of arrival, you can visit the handicraft market, before transferring to your hotel.

Transfer to the airport in time for your flight home.


Area Map

Beach Extension: Disovering Ifaty

Just north of Ifaty you can find the Reniala Nature Reserve ‘Spiny Forest’ , a remarkable habitat adapted to the heat and drought of the area giving it the resultant thorny &/or bloated drought resistant trees and plants. The spiny forests inland from Ifaty are of great interest to birdwatchers and botanical enthusiasts alike. Here you will be able to see some very large iconic Baobab trees, an abundance of birds (a true paradise for ornithologists) as well as possibly some locally endemic species such as the long-tailed ground roller and sub-desert mesite. This unique habitat is severely threatened by deforestation and by visiting these sites, you will not only enjoy some of the little remaining spiny forest in Madagascar, but also actively contribute to its conservation (the sites are currently not protected). A visit here can be organized by the hotel, and you can even travel there by pirogue – which we highly recommend. Overnights Le Paradisier or similar.


Day 15  : Transfer to Tana and Flight home

We will catch the Air Madagascar flight from Tulear to Tana. Depending on your time of arrival in Tana you can visit the handicraft market and you will also have a day use room at a local hotel. If the internal flight is later in the day, we may recommend spending an additional night in Tana, however most flights leave just after midnight so you don’t need to get to the airport until 10pm. Transfer to the airport in time for your flight home.


Day 16  : End of trip

Flight home

Beach Extension: Discovering Ifaty - £TBC

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Best guide ever

We just wanted to say what an amazing trip you organised for us in Madagascar. Tuju (our guide) was the best guide we have ever had… honestly he couldn’t do enough for us and instinctively seemed to know what was important to us.
we are definitely recommending you to our friends :-). It was an amazing experience, so glad we went.
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Faces of Madagascar

Madagascar is a unique destination, one not without its challenges (roads: terrible, very terrible, ok), but looking back, the diversity of the country, with wildlife, plant life, and above all, wonderful people, resulted in those roads being fondly remembered in moments of levity. The baobab trees were one of the highlights; it is hard to imagine the powerful spirit that emanates from them, despite not being even close to huggable! The various lemur species caused breathless awe, and especially on "Lemur Island", they were within touching distance. I found myself eye to eye with chameleons rotating their own eyes independently, and they were fascinating. The island is a photographer's paradise. There was great beauty in the countryside and the warmth of welcome from the people was humbling, despite many living in very poor circumstances. Madagascar is a huge island, and considerable time was invested in getting from place to place. Our guide, Blaise, and our driver, Daniel, were outstanding. I tend to wander off to take photos; Blaise was my shadow and always alert to what was going on. Daniel did not let an idle moment pass; he took meticulous care of our vehicle. The three weeks spent on this island reminded me of its unusual history, and seeing the wildlife up close and personal clarified my understanding of how evolution in this particular place has given the world species unknown elsewhere. My traveling companion and I are women of a certain age, and in truth, this trip is not for the faint-hearted; some days we were bone-weary. But the trip was filled with moments of great joy and excitement, moments I will always cherish. Pioneer Expeditions is an excellent company, and I highly recommend working with them. From the first contact I made with the company and throughout the process of actually deciding to travel with them, with all of the questions that arise in the course of undertaking this kind of adventure, their responses and attentiveness were exemplary.

 by Wendy
Madagascar Adventures

I spent an amazing 2.5 weeks exploring such an amazing Country. I if I'm honest I didn't appreciate the size of the island! We saw so much with fantastic guides and drivers.

Expect lots of adventure, exploring different landscapes on some of the journeys and meeting some amazing locals.

Professional highly knowledgeable service from start to finish. I would highly recommend the Pioneer Expeditions team.

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