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

Rainbow Tours says

A holiday in Madagascar is one of the world’s truly exclusive experiences: unique wildlife, dramatic scenery, a paradise of offshore islands and unspoiled beaches for nature lovers. The world’s fourth largest island, there is nowhere else like it on Earth – as you might have gathered, we’re passionate about Madagascar.

  • Spectacular scenery
  • Tailor made itineraries
  • Unique wildlife

The country’s infrastructure has been improved, yet it remains off the radar of the masses and retains an air of enticing mystery and natural wonder.

We offer a wide and flexible range of small group tours and tailor made private holidays.

Our signature Madagascar Wildlife Discovery small group tours (from September to November) offer a spectacular two-week immersion in all that makes Madagascar so special. We’ll take you to the most spectacular National Parks – Andasibe-Mantadia, Zombitse Forest, Isalo and Ranomafana – with expert guides throughout. These trips are about maximising your chances of seeing unique wildlife in a diverse range of habitats – many species of lemurs, endemic birds, reptiles such as chameleons, and an unsurpassed array of plants, from baobabs to orchids.

If your interests include Madagascar’s culture and music, our Magical Madagascar small group tour in April includes the Nosy Be Jazz Festival on the quirkily-named Nosy Be Island.

When it comes to private holidays, we can tailor-make any itinerary to suit your time-frame, budget and interests. To give you an idea of what we offer, check out Classic Madagascar Overland. Experience the Central Highlands and Ranomafana National Park before heading on to Isalo National Park. Finish up relaxing on the white sands of Ifaty and the Mozambique Channel. It’s a popular choice for families as well as couples.

On our popular Rainforests, Wildlife, Tsingy & Beach private tour, your spectacular tour of Madagascar’s Northern parks circuit culminates in a few blissful days in the Nosy Be archipelago or on the sublime Sambirano coast.

Madagascar Made Easy Deluxe is the perfect choice if you want to experience Madagascar’s culture, wildlife and beaches with a more laid back two-centre schedule.

Up the budget for our superb Icons of Madagascar in Style private holiday where the accommodation is a notch above, including the luxurious Mandrare River Camp. It’s also a great choice for a honeymoon.

The best time to visit Madagascar is between April and December.

Explore our full range of holidays in Madagascar and talk to one of our expert travel advisors for in-depth knowledge and honest advice.

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