Madagascar is an exciting and rewarding place in which to travel, although its infrastructure is a few years behind its African neighbors meaning that flights can be delayed, roads rutted and accommodation basic. Its wild, unpredictable character is part of its charm, however, and we’ve used our years of experience traveling in Madagascar to devise a range of tried and tested itinerary ideas.
Revel in the color of the vibrant villages, trek through primary rainforest or laze on sweeping stretches of empty coastline. Whether you’re embarking on a family adventure or in search of a touch of luxury, our travel ideas make a good starting point for planning your tailor-made vacation to Madagascar.
Ideas for your trip to Madagascar
These itineraries are designed to give you some suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Madagascar, and they showcase some of the routes that we’ve found work particularly well. Treat them simply as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely for you by one of our specialists based on your particular tastes and interests.
Hear the haunting call of the indri across the Andasibe rainforest at dawn.
Search for a variety of lemurs and other wildlife while hiking through the rainforest.
Take a bike ride through the small villages of Île Sainte-Marie.
Enjoy a picnic on one of the island’s idyllic deserted beaches.
Go whale watching off Madagascar’s eastern coast (seasonal).
Visit Madagascar's eastern rainforests.
Trek for lemurs in a number of national parks.
Swim in the natural pools of Isalo.
See the Spiny Forest.
Snorkel on the southern coast.
Watch lemurs and sifakas roam the gardens of the hotel.
Explore the nearby forest looking for chameleons and lemurs.
Relax and enjoy a picnic lunch on an idyllic private beach.
Take a sunset cruise through the mangroves.
Search for lemurs in Madagascar's rainforests.
Walk in the Ifotaka sacred forest and view tombs hidden deep in the undergrowth.
Explore the spiny forest and the wildlife that lives within.
Relax on the idyllic beach at Manafiafy.
Enjoy exceptional bird watching whilst on a river cruise.
View the famous Baobab forests.
Cruise along the river on your private barge.
View lemurs and sifakas in their natural habitats.
Visit the famous Tsingy.
Walk to the waterfalls in Amber Mountain National Park, finding chameleons as small as your thumbnail on the way.
Lie on Nosy Komba's white sandy beaches watching the local fisherman paddle past in their pirogues.
Explore the Ankarana Special Reserve at night, looking for sportive lemurs, chameleons and more.
Explore the beautiful Ile Sainte Marie by bicycle.
Dance with the Antandroy people in Ifotaka.
Search for ring-tailed lemurs in the Sacred Forest.
Unwind on the beautiful rugged coast at Anjajavy.
Seek out the wildlife in the Anjajavy Private Nature Reserve.
Some of our favorite travel guides
On a Madagascar vacation you’ll see wildlife found nowhere else on Earth. Trek through rainforests teeming with lemurs, chameleons and exotic birds, swim and snorkel with marine life or explore the island’s culture on a riverboat cruise. Africa specialist James shares his ideas.View this travel guide
Madagascar’s forests shelter so many endemic wildlife species that visiting is like arriving on another planet. Following your guide through the trees, Indris cry overhead while chameleons lie perfectly camouflaged in the undergrowth. Africa specialist Andrew shares his wildlife experiences.View this travel guide
Thanks to a Dreamworks film of the same name, Madagascar proves a popular choice for many children. As the animals found here are no threat to humans, you and your family are safe to explore the endless parks on foot, in search of local wildlife.View this travel guide
Home to unique wildlife, dense rainforest and beautiful white sand beaches, Madagascar has something for the most discerning honeymooners. Add to this small, boutique hotels and great food, and your Audley tailor-made honeymoon to Madagascar won't disappoint.View this travel guide