Highlights of Madagascar for the Active and Adventurous
These locations are some of the most impressive and exciting in all Madagascar, resulting in a varied and adventurous circuit; mostly well off the beaten track. This very special itinerary takes in each of Madagascar’s major ecosystems; the rainforests of the east, dry deciduous forests of the west, bizarre spiny desert of the south, mountainous interior and jagged limestone karst of the tsingy on the west coast.
The adventure begins with Kirindy (with the world’s highest primate diversity), where you will have a good chance to glimpse Madagascar’s apex predator the fossa, unique giant jumping rat and the smallest primate in the world, the Madame Berthe’s mouse lemur, before moving to the Tsingy of Bemaraha (one of only two natural World Heritage Sites in Madagascar). Walks in the Grand Tsingy here are adventurous but provide spectacular scenery and acrobatic Decken’s sifakas. Heading east you will cross a part of the central highland plateau that few others get to see whilst taking in some local culture, before arriving at Ranomafana National Park. Here you will experience a completely different ecosystem with many special rainforest wildlife encounters hopefully including the wonderful aye aye, golden bamboo lemur and Milne Edwards’s sifaka plus a plethora of endemic birds and frogs. Next you will pass granite massifs and ring tailed lemurs before entering the eroded canyon lands of Isalo. Further south still is the arid spiny bush around Tulear where the flora and fauna has had to adapt to extreme periods of draught. Finally, quality time is enjoyed in the Andasibe area for primary rainforest exploration and a whole cast of different lemurs. With such a range of remote and breath-taking locations, this adventure will reveal the hidden charms of a Madagascar that few are lucky enough to see.