why madagascar safaris are truly unique

Madagascar is a destination like no other and has even been named the ‘8th continent’ for its enchanting beauty and resplendent breadth of diversity. An early breakaway from the earth’s single landmass Gondwanaland over 165 million years ago, this stunning island, located 250 miles off the coast of East Africa, is the world’s fourth largest. The majestic Red Island's landscapes vary from palm and forest-fringed beaches, to semi-arid deserts, limestone pinnacles, volcanoes and grassy plateaus. Combined with the immense diversity of the wildlife on offer, Madagascar is often referred to as the 'Galapagos of Africa', still providing to this day, one of the most unique and unheard of wildlife adventures left on the planet.

bearing witness to such rareness of natural phenomena makes this one of the most rewarding destinations on earth.

  • In this unique environment, even time feels skewed, as if the twin processes of evolution and extinction are happening simultaneously. Rustling with bug-eyed lemurs, shy geckos, giant moths, and other freaks of nature, this island in the Indian Ocean will give up its secrets if you’re willing to be patient.

    Sophy Roberts, journalist travelling with NWS in 2017

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Madagascar Photography Safari with Shannon Wild

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Madagascar Safari Reviews

  • We had a wonderful trip! Everything went very smoothly and professionally. We were fortunate to have great travelling companions in our small group with everyone getting on really well throughout our travels. Our guide, Marc, was excellent, very professional and organised but also great fun and joining in with the spirit of our fun and games. We knew at all times what was happening and what to expect and he told us so much interesting stuff, not only about the places we visited and the animals and reptiles we saw, but also about the country, the culture, etc. It was an eye-opening experience. The hotels and meals were excellent and much better than we had expected. All in all, this trip was everything we had hoped for and more and we would definitely recommend NWS to friends. Another thing that was great was the Vamoos app on the iPad. I used it all the time and it worked like a charm, even though we didn't always have great internet. Well done on that!

    Madagascar Small Group Safari 2018

    5 out of 5
  • From the first contact with NWS to the end of the trip, everything was perfect. Harriet at NWS was always very responsive to my questions. The trip itself was awesome - the level of service was excellent and I didn't have to worry about a thing. All the pre-departure information was comprehensive and the lodgings were great. The guides were friendly, professional, informative and safety-conscious. I enjoyed seeing the different parks and experiencing the different landscapes of the country, and I learned a lot about the culture and history of Madagascar. I saw and did everything I wanted and more. I am so glad I booked with NWS - they really made my trip effortless!

    Madagascar Wildlife Safari

    5 out of 5
  • Our trip was amazing - we couldn't have had a better honeymoon. Madagascar and the people we met along the way were amazing. I'll fill out the online forms as well, but I wanted to say thank you for your help in creating our itinerary and making it a perfect balance of adventure and relaxation to celebrate our marriage!

    Madagascar Honeymoon Safari

    5 out of 5
  • We had a wonderful time in Madagascar. The trip was perfectly organised from the beginning to the end. Our guide had a deep knowledge about the culture and wildlife of Madagascar which made our tour perfect. It was really nice to see the lemurs in their natural habitat in Andasibe and Mandatia. We could get really close to the lemurs at Palmarium Reserve, and we could also see the aye-aye face to face. All the accommodations were really nice and the food and service was really good.

    Madagascar Wildlife Safari

    5 out of 5
  • It was great! I was pleasantly surprised at how close we got to the lemurs in the wild. The facilities were all very good -- some were luxurious, even. The food was excellent, and I ate way too much. The transport was good -- all the drivers were very skillful. Marc, our guide, was really wonderful -- very knowledgeable, and professional. He was very good with our group dynamics, and encouraged/supported our bonding. He was extremely helpful and supportive to me after I injured my knee, for which I will be forever grateful. All of the local guides were super -- I was delighted to meet Loret Rasabo, whom I had read about in Patricia Wright's book, ‘For the Love of Lemurs’. Overall, it exceeded my expectations, and I was very pleased with every aspect of the trip. Everyone did a great job, and I liked the small group format.

    Madagascar Small Group Safari 2018

    5 out of 5
  • An amazing trip. On the whole, my experience of Madagascar – including my time with NWS – was fantastic, and I'm really glad I went. Pre-trip preparation and communication: excellent. I had a lot of questions via email and they were always answered promptly and fully. I really appreciated NWS's willingness to adapt my itinerary to include my own independent plans. Accommodation: very good; I was entirely happy with all three hotels. Our guides were friendly, knowledgeable and had great patience and fortitude for my passion for photographing wildlife. I liked Shannon and Russ very much and they were both very generous with their time and energy. To see so many lemurs and to have the opportunity to photograph them was great – the joy of such an experience is truly contagious!

    Madagascar Photography Safari with Shannon and Russ

    4 out of 5
  • We had a fantastic trip. Our guide, Njiva, took great care of us and really made our trip special. He made sure we saw everything we hoped to see (plus more) and he taught us so much about Madagascar. We not only got to see the amazing biodiversity of Madagascar, but also got to meet the wonderful Malagasy people and learned about the challenges the country faces. All of our accommodations were great. Our driver also did a great job. Three of us are photographers and spent a lot of extra time photographing the wildlife. Njiva and the national park guides were very patient with us and helped us get the shots we wanted. Our visit to Madagascar has changed our perception of the world. Thank you so much. We hope to return.

    Tailor-made Madagascar Safari

    5 out of 5
  • Excellent! Our night walks were always fascinating and we nearly always saw unusual animals – assorted chameleons, frogs and the memorable mouse lemur. The night excursion to see the aye-ayes was another unforgettable experience. Throughout, our guide Michel's experience, keen observational skills and knowledge enriched these experiences. We highly recommend Michel Andry through NWS as he was excellent and highly responsive to clients with lots of questions and diverse interests. He often went out of the way to accommodate our expanding interests and questions. Occasionally local tours went longer than expected because of our interests or because of the richness and diversity of the wildlife available and we greatly appreciated the flexibility we had to take advantage of the opportunities.

    Tailor-made Madagascar Safari

    5 out of 5
  • This was our first time planning a trip to Madagascar and Will Bolsover made everything very simple. Our main guide was fantastic! He was extremely knowledgeable and very efficient in ensuring our trip went smoothly.

    Madagascar Wildlife Safari

    5 out of 5
  • We would like to particularly mention Maxi, our guide at Isalo. He was extremely knowledgeable about both the wildlife and local people, spoke excellent english, was enthusiastic, friendly and very good company on our trek. The highlight was definitely the wildlife, particularly Verreax's sifaka at Isalo and some beautiful black and white moths in the hotel garden at the beach.

    Madagascar Wildlife Safari

    4 out of 5
  • In the afterglow of our return I can't think of anything [improvements]. The personal touches from start to finish were impressive. Your service did not feel tailor made for one and all but certainly felt tailor made for and to US. Thank you

    Madagascar Wildlife Safari

    4 out of 5
  • Toky Andriamora was superb. He made our trip. Very competent ornithologist. English excellent. Very caring. New everyone. His local guides, Zarka at Antisibe and Stefan at Ranomafana were excellent with good English Anjajavy Hotel was of course excellent, wildlife there was superb and beyond our expectations.

    Madagascar Wildlife Safari

    4 out of 5
  • Tsu (spelling?) [our guide] in Madagascar was truly brilliant - he was friendly, knowledgeable and always organised everything perfectly! Couldn't praise him highly enough!

    Madagascar Wildlife Safari

    5 out of 5
  • Lemurs and lemurs! I wanted to see as many varieties as could fit in. One of the things we enjoyed most was the great combination of being able to search for and see lemurs in the wild (and hear the Indri call), but also to be able to then get up close and interact with them though the private reserves (Palmarium and Vakona).

    Madagascar Wildlife Safari

    4 out of 5
  • Just a note to let you know what a GRAND trip we had. All lodging facilities were outstanding, but I must admit, Isalo was amazing!!! The staff need to be praised for their attention to detail, their interest in their clients and their kindness and generosity toward the clients and the local citizens. Our trip was a trip of a lifetime and one that will be in our hearts and minds for years to come.

    Madagascar Wildlife Safari

    5 out of 5
  • Can't praise [NWS] highly enough! They were always friendly and extremely helpful, especially when we had to cancel our trip at short notice and re-book it again for this year. Elysee our guide for the 1st week in Masoala was outstanding. Excellent at finding the wildlife on both day and night walks, and his enthusiasm and knowledge made him a joy to be with.

    Madagascar Wildlife Safari

    5 out of 5
  • I would like to thank you for all the extra work you did behind the scenes whilst we were in Madagascar to ensure that our holiday ran as smoothly as possible; it was very much appreciated.

    Madagascar Wildlife Safari

    4 out of 5
  • We greatly enjoyed our trip. Our arrangements in Mauritius were good and Lakaz Chamarel was great! Everything went well in Réunion and we greatly enjoyed the helicopter trip. Madagascar was great, particularly our guide Njiva who accompanied us on our road trip from Tana to Andasibe, Ranomafana and down through Isalo to Tulear. Definitely impressed by him. He went out of his way to make our trip very successful. Air Madagascar did not prove problematical at all - in fact we took off 20 minutes early one flight. Charter flights were good. We loved most of the accommodation here – Masaola Forest Lodge, Anakao Ocean Lodge and Anjajavay were excellent!

    Tailor-made Madagascar, Mauritius and Réunion Safari

    5 out of 5
  • I enjoyed the proximity to the wildlife and what I saw........ also that there was a guide at all times with me. I was nervous travelling but World Primate Safaris (Natural World Safaris) made sure I was taken care of every step of the way Thank you

    Madagascar Wildlife Safari

    4 out of 5
  • I think it would be difficult for you to improve on perfection! What can I say? It was a truly wonderful and memorable experience, and from being met by our guide Njiva at Antananarivo Airport to our departure we felt we had nothing to worry about, everything was taken care of for us.

    Madagascar Wildlife Safari

    5 out of 5
  • This was the best trip we’ve ever had. The parks were amazing. All of the properties you organised for us were terrific. The local guides were incredible. We saw other tours with guides that wouldn’t hold a candle to the ones we travelled with. We were so grateful for the guides we had and the experience they created for us. They made the trip and the experience special and we’re both incredibly grateful. It was all so fun!

    Tailor-made Madagascar Safari

    5 out of 5
  • It was amazing and everything worked like clockwork. We were totally happy with your holiday package and service.

    Tailor-made Madagascar Safari

    5 out of 5
  • NWS have a 3/3 track record of setting the right expectations and then delivering to what's promised. Very impressive for wildlife holidays.

    Madagascar Wildlife Safari

    5 out of 5
  • Excellent. Very well organised. Food and accommodation first rate. Maximised time in the country. We were most fortunate to have a superb guide in Mia who took second place to the local guides used in the parks. I was so pleased nearly all guides were able to tell us about the birds in addition to lemurs.

    Madagascar Small Group Safari 2017

    5 out of 5
  • Wonderful experience. All arrangements were handled seamlessly – difficult to do on a two-month journey!

    Tailor-made Kenya & Madagascar Safari

    5 out of 5
  • The organisation of the trip by NWS and their local partners was excellent and very professional. All transport, hotels, transfers, etc. went well, very smoothly, with very good and reliable drivers in great and comfortable cars. Also the Vamoos app was excellent! Travelling with NWS was great, lovely and friendly people to be in touch with and plan your journey!

    Madagascar Photography Safari with Shannon and Russ

    4 out of 5
  • Overall, our journey was excellent. There are so many things to learn when travelling so far from home to a foreign country. There was a lot of car time due to our budget and time constraints, but our Natural World Safaris Destination Specialist and our assigned guide did a great job of making the best of our time. We saw everything we had planned to see and more. We would plan a trip to this destination again and with this company – great help from Destination Specialist, great choice of guide, overall good customer service.

    Tailor-made Madagascar Safari

    5 out of 5
  • Overall it was a very good trip, and I loved the size of the group – it was just right. Beautiful parks and animals, good food and a very good guide. The app (Vamoos) was very also very helpful. Oliver gave frank and timely advice, and was very helpful overall.

    Madagascar Small Group Safari 2018

    5 out of 5
  • Excellent trip in almost every respect. It exceeded our expectations. Marc was an excellent guide. We liked the size of the group and also the quality of the guiding, accommodation and food.

    Madagascar Small Group Safari 2018

    5 out of 5
  • The trip went like clockwork from start to finish, very well organised and a great tour. Very good guides and a great place to visit.

    Madagascar Small Group Safari 2018

    5 out of 5
  • Trip went well. Our guide was very knowledgeable and helpful in every way. Our driver was also both a good driver and pleasant company. We felt we saw almost everything there was to see! Certainly plenty of lemurs of all species. There was good balance between rainforest and more open country, and the final couple of days on the coast were a pleasant change. We greatly enjoyed seeing things being done (e.g. aluminium casting, blacksmithing, walking round a town, etc.). There was a good mixture of places to stay.

    Tailor-made Madagascar Safari

    4 out of 5
  • It was wonderful. NWS is a class operation. The service and guides were terrific.

    Madagascar Wildlife Safari

    4 out of 5
  • This was an excellent trip. The itinerary was varied. The tour director/guide (Mya) was very knowledgeable and spoke excellent English. Transportation was comfortable and accommodations and food were of high quality overall. I was very pleased with the way your staff dealt with our missed plane connection and the need to get us to our first safari destination.

    Madagascar Small Group Safari 2017

    5 out of 5
  • Fantastic - it could not have gone better. We were so well catered for and it delivered everything it said it would. The whole experience, from working with Oliver on the details of the the trip to the actual trip itself with Nzato, was great.

    Lemurs & Beaches Honeymoon Safari

    5 out of 5
  • All of the accommodations were great and the service was amazing. The guides can make or break a trip, but we had guides that were informative, friendly and loved their jobs. We spent a lot of time in Madagascar on our patio, enjoying the lemurs and other animals that came around, and we saw every species imaginable in Kenya (including the Big Five within 24 hours). Also, our Destination Specialist (Oliver) was the best! He answered all of our questions and was always available. The logistical arrangements were fantastic and everything worked like clockwork.

    Tailor-made Kenya & Madagascar Safari

    5 out of 5
  • Excellent and met all expectations.

    Tailor-made Madagascar Safari

    4 out of 5
  • Very satisfying, good variety in landscapes and habitats. Some really nice and diverse accommodations.

    Tailor-made Madagascar Safari

    5 out of 5
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Island Biodiversity

Some of Madagascar's main attractions are the island's weird and wonderful lemurs. Not found anywhere else in the world, they live here in abundance with no big cats or wild dogs to hunt them, and they are, truly bizarre. Each with its own character and identity, living in its own unique habitat, an encounter with these endearing creatures is truly unforgettable. From the smallest mammal in the world – the nocturnal mouse lemur – to dancing sifakas bouncing across the dusty ground, teddy-bear like indri and eerie-looking aye-ayes, a Madagascar safari does not disappoint.

These heart-warming primates however, are not the only attraction to what is known as ‘The Red Island’. With 98% of the island’s native reptiles and amphibians (made up almost exclusively of frogs!) being endemic, there are opportunities galore to interact with these bizarre inhabitants, from chameleons the size of a fingernail, to the ultra camouflaged leaf tailed geckos. 

A safari to Madagascar is not like traditional African safaris where you explore by 4x4, here you take in the wildlife on foot. Madagascar is a prime destination for getting up close and personal with the wildlife you meet along the way, learning about the small things as much as the big and taking in the sheer diversity of one of our planet's forgotten havens. Madagascar drifted from mainland Africa way before any big cats, elephants or apes evolved, making this one of the most diverse, yet safest, wildlife safari hotspots in the world today.

The diversity of the people, the geography, the wildlife, the culture, make this a must see on any adventurer's list

WALKING WILD & MALAGASY LIFE

Yes, Madagascar safaris can be challenging; roads are rough, transport infrastructure is minimal and distances are long. However, this is more than compensated for by the friendliness of the Malagasy people, the wide choice of comfortable accommodation and the diversity of the culture, geography, climate, wildlife and people. 

After such an exciting wildlife holiday, what better way than to relax on the pristine beaches that border the Indian Ocean, the turquoise waters of which are perfect for diving, home to swordfish, sharks, stingrays and whales. 

Combining the uniqueness of the island with a few days of beach relaxation and the hospitality of the Malagasy people makes for the perfect safari, and it is an ideal destination for families, honeymooners and even solo travellers.

With such a variety of appeal it is also comforting to the traveller to know that Madagascar is one of the most affordable destinations in the Indian Ocean region.

  • Wow! My first truly wild Aye Aye in 40 years of visiting the island. And my first Greater Bamboo Lemur. And one of the most appreciated dinners ever, after our safe descent, and the icing on the cake – a Tenrec bustling through the grass near the road. Another first.

    Hilary Bradt, NWS small group leader - Madagascar Oct 2016

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  • Thank you. You really do go above and beyond at Natural World Safaris, and I appreciate it. This due diligence you give investigating partner properties is so important when we are all talking about ethical tourism, and trying to get beneath the surface of the greenwash. Thank you!

    Sophy Roberts, Journalist - Madagascar Dec 2016

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Why book with us

We are destination specialists

Our team of specialists have extensive on-the-ground knowledge and have all lived, guided or explored in great detail the destinations that they sell. They will design your journey around you, at the right place at the right time.

We are wildlife specialists

As a leading specialist operator we have excellent partnerships with naturalists and conservationists. We know our wildlife and do what we can to preserve its natural habitat.

We really care about our destinations

At Natural World Safaris we frequently monitor the social, economic and environmental impact of our travel operations to ensure we are at the forefront of a sustainable and ethical tourism industry. 

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