Madagascar Tailor-made Holidays

Reef & Rainforest is the UK's longest-established specialist for Madagascar, having operated there since 1992


Reef & Rainforest is the United Kingdom’s longest-established and most experienced specialist tour operator for Madagascar.

Our director, Alan Godwin, first went to Madagascar in 1992 when it was still a rigid communist dictatorship with few visitors, awful roads and hotels, abject poverty and clapped-out Citroen 2CVs literally held together with rubber bands. He saw the potential, however, and perservered: now Madagascar has a significantly improved infrastructure and a good range of high quality hotels, island resorts and forest lodges. And of course, its amazing, unique wildlife.

Wildlife tourism has become one of the major sources of foreign income for Madagascar: by visiting Madagascar, you contribute directly to the conservation of its precious remaining forests with their unique wildlife, and the welfare of its people, who are among the poorest yet friendliest in the world. Your contribution enables hiring of park rangers, who guard the precious reserves from encroachment by illegal loggers, slash-and-burn farmers and bush hunters. Fees paid to local guides percolate down through the poor communities near the parks. Isolated lodges and resorts fund local schools and clinics. It all adds up.

Madagascar has come a long way since we began organising tailor-made and group tours there in 1992. Back then our groups were led by Hilary Bradt (Bradt Travel Guides founder and author of the first guide to Madagascar) but our clients endured poor accommodation and infrastructure (the wildlife made up for it, though). Things have improved considerably: many good hotels and resorts have opened; the roads and vehicles are better; the parks have upgraded their accommodation; and the food is even more delicious. Come with us to Madagascar and you will see in the best possible way what makes the Big Red Island so special.

Madagascar Wildlife Holiday Ideas

# Tailor-Made Tour

The Endemic Birds and Lemurs of Madagascar

An extensive itinerary taking in all of Madagascar's main ecosystems and focusin...
# Group Tour

A Magical Journey through Madagascar with Quentin Bloxam

An overland journey through Madagascar of exceptional variety....
# Family Holiday

Madagascar for Luxury Loving Families

A luxury Madagascar family holiday with plenty of lemurs, chameleons and other w...
# Family Holiday

Family Friendly Fun in Madagascar

A carefully designed to appeal to cost-conscious families wishing to experience ...
# Tailor-Made Tour

Marvellous Madagascar in Romantic Luxury

An extra-special itinerary for honeymoons and romantic holidays, carefully craft...
# Tailor-Made Tour

Highlights of Madagascar for the Active and Adventurous

This adventure will reveal the hidden charms of a Madagascar that few are lucky ...
# Tailor-Made Tour

Best of Northern Madagascar and Perinet

An ideal trip for those wishing to travel in a good degree of comfort at a gentl...
# Tailor-Made Tour

Simply Madagascar on a Budget

Despite its low price tag, this itinerary does not shirk from showing off a good...
# Tailor-Made Tour

Best of Natural Madagascar

A breath-taking natural history programme featuring exceptional wildlife and rem...

Featured Accommodation

Ravintsara Wellness Hotel

With its extraordinary setting and its wide range of facilities Ravintsara Well...

Sakatia Lodge

A wonderful seafront lodge on Nosy Be island popular amongst Divers and snorkell...

Tsara Guest House

A rustic and friendly guesthouse in Fianarantsoa....

Mantadia Lodge

One of the most comfortable accommodation options in the Andasibe area...

Relais du Kirindy

The most comfortable of accommodation standards for visiting the Kirindy reserve...

Tamboho Hotel

Comfortable hotel set in landscaped gardens and opposite the Tana Waterfront sho...

Destination Map

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Madagascar: -18.766947, 46.869107

Best Time To Visit Madagascar

Travel between the end of April and end of November is preferable to avoid the wet season, with April/May and October/November being best for animal activity. Notwithstanding some geographical variations, June to September normally offers dry, cooler weather. From September to November, many bird species are displaying, nesting and in breeding plumage, and baby lemurs can be seen clinging to their mothers. Try to avoid late December to early April – wet season.

Travel Info

Flight Time
11 Hours

Time Zone
GMT +2

Best visited
May to November

Language Spoken
Malagasy & French

22.92 Million

Area Specialist

Ian Loyd

There is one main bugbear when travelling to Madagascar – Air Madagascar. It frequently changes its domestic flight schedules in a seemingly random way, playing havoc with painstakingly designed itineraries. The good news is that we are so experienced in sorting out the ensuing problems that most tours still run smoothly : if not quite the same, then as near as possible to the original. It takes years to “know” Madagascar, and you can be 100% sure that we do.

If you have any questions regarding travel to Madagascar please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965

“It was a fab trip. Everything went very well in Madagascar. All the local guides were really good but special praise goes to [our guide] at Andasibe – so knowledgeable and interesting. He, like all the guides, showed a real love for the wildlife and environment. Excellent wildlife: highlights – fosas in daylight within 10 mins of the first rainforest walk, diademed sifakas, golden bamboo and ringtailed lemurs and giraffe necked weevil.

Ms J B - London