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Lemurs, Baobabs & Tsingy Safari

A stunning safari to see the lemurs, baobabs and tsingy in Madagascar.

Duration 9 days
Price From $3,112
When May - Oct
Destination Madagascar

Safari Overview

This unique safari explores the world’s fourth largest island, Madagascar, with a focus on wildlife and the stunning varied landscapes of this exciting country. Discover the limestone pinnacles of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Tsingy D’Bemaraha National Park and the try to capture some incredible images of the iconic Avenue of Baobabs at sunrise. 

What makes this trip extraordinary

  • Close encounters with lemurs including Verreaux’s sifaka, fork-crowned lemur and red-tailed sportive lemur.
  • Capture a unique angle on the much-photographed ‘Avenue of Baobabs’.
  • Exhilarating hiking through the pinnacles and cathedral-like spires of the Tsingy D’Bemaraha.
  • A good chance of spotting fosa in Kirindy Private Reserve.

Seek out numerous species of lemur for which Madagascar is famed and explore lakes, mangrove swamps and gorges.

Day by day

Day 1

Arrive Antananarivo

On arrival in Antananarivo (often abbreviated to Tana), you will be met by your driver and driven to your hotel where you can relax before your adventure begins.

Overnight: Relais des Plateaux

Day 2

Antananarivo - Kirindy Forest

Transfer to the airport for your early morning flight to Morondava. On arrival you will be met and transferred in your private 4x4 vehicle to Kirindy Forest (about 2 hours on a dirt road) to your accommodation. Settle in and if time allows you may take part in an afternoon activity.

Day 3

Kirindy Forest

Spend the day in Kirindy Forest. Set off on a walk in Kirindy Forest, a dry deciduous forest famous for the giant jumping rat and home to seven species of lemur including common brown lemurs, Verreaux's sifakas and the smallest of all primates, Madame Berthe’s mouse lemur. Some habituated fosa hang around the researchers’ campsite and can be seen in broad daylight with relative ease most times of year. Several bats, tenrecs, mongooses and rodents complete the mammal population. 40 birds, 50 reptiles and 15 amphibian species are also found in this magnificent forest. At sunset head for the Avenue of Baobabs to try and capture that iconic shot.

Day 4

Marofandilia - Bekopaka

This morning after breakfast depart on the long 8 hour drive to Bekopaka passing the Avenue of Baobabs and then continuing to Belo sur Tsirbihina, the cultural capital of the Sakalava tribe. The drive is very bumpy but you'll pass scenic countryside and the arid forest of the sandy red land of western Madagascar. There will be plenty of opportunities to stop off for photos. At Belo Sur, cross the Tsiribihina River on a floating pontoon ferry and then continue by road to Bekopaka.

Days 5-6

Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park

Over the next two days you will be taken on a guided excursion in the spectacular mineral forest of Tsingy de Bemaraha exploring both the Petite Tsingy and Grand Tsingy. Tsingy is the Malagasy word for ‘walking on tiptoes’ and the nearly impenetrable labyrinth of limestone needles justifies this name. The whole protected area, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1990 comprises a surface of 1.575 km squared.

Day 7

Bekopaka - Morondava

Today start the return journey by road, across the car ferry pontoon to Belo Sur and the long dusty road back to Marofandilia. En route, you can also stop at the ‘baobab amoureux’ which is a natural twisted baobab 5 km from the main road. Baobabs are distinctive trees adapted to thrive in harsh conditions. Six of the nine species of baobabs are found only in Madagascar so it's no surprise that this is the national tree. You may have a second opportunity for photographing the Allée des Baobabs before arriving at your base for the night.

Day 8

Morondava - Antananarivo

Today you will be driven to Morondava in time for your flight back to the capital Tana. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 9

Depart Antananarivo

Check out of your hotel and continue with your onward travel arrangements.

Trip Details

Trip information

This is a tailor-made safari and can be adapted to suit your travel preferences.

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