Madagascar is legendary for its unique flora and fauna, and rightly so. This huge island arguably offers visitors some of the most distinctive wildlife holidays on the planet. Madagascar’s biological riches include unique landscapes like the tsingy limestone plateaus of Ankarana and Bemaraha, the bizarre spiny bush of the arid south and balmy tropical beaches in the northwest. But for most, the number one attraction is the lemurs, of which there are over 100 species. Innumerable other nature highlights include the world’s smallest and largest chameleons, an abundance of fascinating geckos and frogs, and over 100 species of birds found nowhere else. (See our Lemurs Facts Infographic for more insight on Madagascar's lemurs).
Tailor-made Madagascar holidays & small group tours
Our specialists can tailor-make an individual Madagascar holiday of your choice – see our suggested tailor-made sample itineraries for ideas of what works best. Alternatively, you can sign up for one of our popular small set group departures, which are in-depth wildlife tours. Either way, we will provide you with the best knowledgeable and experienced, professional English-speaking guides and drivers during your time in Madagascar.
Why book a holiday to Madagascar with Rainbow Tours?
We have the most extensive choice of holidays to Madagascar of any UK tour operator and can take you to all the better known highlights as well as the less visited outposts. Our Madagascar team has been travelling in, writing about and arranging holidays to the country for well over 15 years and we have long been recognised as the UK's leading provider of tourists to the island. Derek Schuurman, the team leader, has written and contributed to several guidebooks about Madagascar, including Bradt's 'Madagascar Wildlife: A Visitors Guide' and 'Globtrotter Madagascar Guide', the latter being the only English guidebook for Madagacar which has a Malagasy co-author. Our team will be on hand to assist you from when you make your equiry, until you have returned from your trip, particularly taking variables into consideration such as the (currently) changeable domestic flight schedules, which we monitor closely and are adept at working around.
We are very proud of our Madagascar programme . As well as offering the most popular wildlife reserves and beach destinations, we have pioneered Madagascar travel to lesser-known and more remote places like Anjajavy, Ifotaka, Marojejy and Masoala. We continue to explore the island so that we can enrich our choice of Madagascar holidays, whilst we continue to support worthwhile tourism and conservation enterprises.
Madagascar Development Fund and other NGOs
We are honoured to work closely with the Madagascar Development Fund (MDF), a non-profit organisation that finances small development projects in rural areas. If you are interested in spending the day with Brian Donaldson, the former (and last) British Ambassador to Madagascar visiting some of these projects, we would be delighted to arrange a full day trip for you to gain insights to the real Madagascar. Our itineraries also include visits to other noteworthy initiatives which we have known for a long time, such as the reforestation projects of Association Mitsinjo at Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, where we encourage cliens to partake in activities such as planting endangered, endemic trees: what better way could there be to literally put something back into Malagasy soil?
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