Madagascar

The only place in the world where you can see lemurs in the wild, Madagascar is home to a unique plethora of wildlife. Boggle-eyed chameleons, dancing lemurs, and leaf-tailed geckos are just the start.

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.

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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 have few natural predators and live here in relative abundance. 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 and unusual 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.

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. 

Talk to one of our specialists for further details on travelling to Madagascar.