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 Safari Reviews

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 wonderful. NWS is a class operation. The service and guides were terrific.

    Madagascar Wildlife Safari

    4 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
  • 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
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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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