Cathy's verdict
There is nowhere quite like Madagascar – many of its natural treasures and wildlife are only found here, along with spectacular landscapes from glorious beach to dramatic canyons. As much of the island is off the beaten tourist track, a small group tour with expert guides and like-minded company is ideal.

Recommended tour operator: Rainbow Tours

Rainbow Tours says

Madagascar – we can’t think of anywhere else in the world that boasts such rich diversity in one island, with all the ingredients for the holiday of a lifetime.

  • cultural immersion
  • indigenous wildlife
  • small-group tours

This Indian Ocean paradise is home to more than 100 species and subspecies of lemur as well as the world’s smallest and largest chameleons, an abundance of geckos and more than 100 species of birds found nowhere else.

And it’s not just about the prolific wildlife – Madagascar is also rich in fascinating cultural experiences and diverse landscapes including scenic highlands, lush rainforest, granite canyons, sandstone canyons and barrier reefs.

Whether you are travelling with others or solo, Madagascar is best explored as part of a small group tour. We offer a carefully-crafted choice of options with the choice of a guaranteed single room (we try to keep the supplement as low as possible) or we will try to match you up with another traveller on a twin-share basis.

With five or more departures each year, our most popular itinerary for solo travellers is our two-week Wildlife Discovery Tour. With expert guides, comfortable accommodation in a range of lodges and small hotels, like-minded company and unique experiences, it’s truly spectacular.

From night walks in Analamazaotra Forest Station to a visit to Lemur Island (a refuge for lemurs confiscated from trappers) and time in the Andasibe-Mantadia, Isalo and Ranomafana National Parks, it’s a kaleidoscopic insight. Chances are you will see Ringtail, Woolly, Dwarf, Mouse and other lemurs, Indris, Verreaux’s Sifakas, chameleons, geckos, endemic birds such as Mesites and Ground-Rollers as well as rare orchids, Baobabs and a taste of Malagasy culture. Wow!

If you would prefer a private tour, with your own driver and guide, our expert team of Madagascar specialists can tailor make your ideal itinerary.

Discover our full range of small group tours in Madagascar and find out more about its various regions.

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