Madagascar Tailor-made Holidays

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

Madagascar

Reef & Rainforest is the United Kingdom’s longest-established and most experienced specialist tour operator for Madagascar. It takes a long time to truly know the island, which is bigger than France with many hidden attractions, and our knowledge leads to superlative tailor-made and group tours there.

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 clearly saw the potential, however, and persevered: now Madagascar has improved infrastructure and a good range of high quality accommodation. And of course, its unique wildlife is as wonderful as ever.

Back then our groups were led by Hilary Bradt (Bradt Travel Guides’ founder and author of the first ever travel guide to Madagascar) but our clients endured poor accommodation and infrastructure – the wildlife made up for it, though. Things have since improved considerably: many good hotels, lodges and resorts have opened; the roads and vehicles are far better; the parks have upgraded their accommodation; the guiding has become much better; and the food is even more delicious.

Wildlife tourism has emerged as a major source 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 presence facilitates the hiring of park rangers who guard the precious reserves from illegal logging, slash-and-burn farmers and bush-meat hunters. Fees paid to local guides and hotel staff salaries percolate down through the poor communities near the parks. Isolated lodges such as Anjajavy and Eden Lodge fund local schools and clinics. It all adds up.

Wildlife-wise, our clients are regularly seeing such rarities as wild ring-tail lemur, various sifakas, predatory fossa, giraffe-necked weevil, helmet vanga, flatid leaf bug, and perhaps the oddest of all Madagascar’s mammals, the nocturnal aye-aye. Added to that are the three main habitats: wet rainforest, dry tropical deciduous forest and the unique spiny forest, found only in Madagascar’s far southwest. Our expert English-speaking guides are all tried, tested and trusted to deliver to you a marvellously memorable journey to the Big Red Island.

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

Beaches, Tsingy and Wildlife of Northern Madagascar for Families

A well-paced itinerary showcasing many wildlife and landscape highlights finishi...
# Tailor-Made Tour

Madagascar’s Endemic Birds

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

The Wildlife of Madagascar’s Magical Forests with Oliver Smart

Discover the unique and photogenic wildlife of Madagascar's three key forest eco...
# Group Tour

Madagascar Overland Encounters Group

An ever popular overland journey through Madagascar taking in many of its iconic...
# Tailor-Made Tour
# Family Holiday

Madagascar for Luxury Loving Families

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

Family Friendly Fun in Madagascar

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

Wild Madagascar in Comfort

An extra-special itinerary crafted to provide minimal travel, rustic chic luxury...
# 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

Madagascar’s Whale Sharks, Lemurs and Tsingy

This itinerary showcases Madagascar’s unique terrestrial and underwater attrac...
# 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...

Nature Lodge

Charming bungalows offering a superb panoramic view of the Bay of Diego, the Moz...

Black Lemur Camp

Black Lemur Camp is ideal for wildlife lovers looking for a nature experience of...

Sakatia Lodge

A wonderful family run and seafront lodge on the small island of Nosy Sakatia, p...

Tsara Guest House

A rustic and friendly guesthouse in Fianarantsoa....

Mantadia Lodge

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

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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
April to November

Language Spoken
Malagasy & French

Population
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

Tour guide was perfect (Excellent++). Attentive and caring. Outstanding person. Became part of the family. Give her an award!!! Local guides very enthusiastic and knowledgeable and pleasant people to be with. Helen’s enthusiastic and sparkling voice was a pleasure to hear on the ‘phone. All questions answered in detail and printed information sent was helpful. You guys really cared. Very attentive in Madagascar and went well. Very pleasant and good driver. No corners cut and a well planned trip with all details covered. Perfect for us. Due to good guides and spotters we saw 16 species of lemurs and plenty of them. Never in my wildest dreams did I expect to see so many species and so close to us. Marvellous – very emotional. Lemurs are such wonderful gentle creatures. This trip was so well-designed for people like us. I will never forget this trip in my life. What a humbling experience it was. Some time in the future we will be back to see these special animals. In the mean time I look to our video footage of our time with the lemurs of Madagascar. Helen Cox – well done. Your company is at the top of our list.

Mr & Mrs M - Berkshire