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Amazing Madagascar

Mark and David's verdict:

Renowned for its profusion of wildlife and flora, 80 per cent of which can be found nowhere else on Earth, Madagascar is a nature lover's dream. The island's unique evolutionary path has produced elephant birds, giant lemurs and pygmy hippos. It also offers dazzling beaches and clear turquoise waters teeming with marine life.

Recommended tour operator: Rainbow Tours

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Rainbow Tours says

Madagascar is one of the world’s truly exclusive experiences: unique wildlife, dramatic scenery, a paradise of island archipelagos and unspoiled beaches for nature lovers. There is nowhere like it on Earth and now is the time to visit.

  • Superb beaches
  • Tailor made itineraries
  • Unique wildlife

Madagascar’s infrastructure has been improved, yet the country remains off the radar of the masses and retains an air of enticing mystery. As specialists, we offer a wide and flexible range of tours and holidays. We have a range of holidays with regular departures but places are limited so we recommend you book early.

Our popular Madagascar Wildlife Discovery Tour is a great introduction to this surreal country taking you from the humid rainforest to the seasonally dry woods, revealing exquisite wildlife in a comfortable and manageable 11-day itinerary. Highlights include visiting the reserves in the Eastern Rainforest belt at Andasibe-Mantadia, home to the cheeky Indri lemur and 11 other lemur species, with a stay in the cosy family-run Vakona Forest Lodge.

Our Madagascar Made Easy Deluxe trip is perfect for those who want a relaxing look at all this island has to offer. Travelling through the Merina villages observing the Malagasy culture, exploring the wonderful wildlife of the Andasibe-Mantadia National Park (Perinet) and staying in one of Madagascar’s best beach hotels, this trip is a quintessential Madagascar holiday. The Anjajavy Hotel is one of the island’s hotel treasures. Sitting on a secluded coast at the end of the peninsula, the beach’s turquoise waters stretching into the Mozambique Channel and the forest behind home to the unique wildlife, five nights here is a fantastic end to your time on this island.

For those who prefer to explore a country’s most remote corners, taking themselves off the beaten track but without compromising on comfort, our Southern Madagascar Forest and Beach is the perfect choice. Imagine 12 days of rare wildlife, unique flora and stunning landscapes alongside hot showers, delicious food and the warmest of welcomes.

For advice and inspiration from our Madagascar experts on our range of holidays, all of them available to be tailor-made to your requests, get in touch today.

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