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Madagascar Encompassed

Group Tour

22 Days From A$7,761

Overview

If you thought that a visit to Madagascar was just about seeing lemurs then think again, as there is so much more to discover on this fascinating island. This trip eschews domestic flights (which are notoriously prone to delay, cancellation and strike action) in favour of exploring at a slower place and in greater depth by minibus, riverboat, 4WD and on foot, the incredible diversity of flora, fauna, landscapes, people and culture that the world’s fourth largest island has to offer.

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HIGHLIGHTS

At a glance

MEALS

21 x Breakfasts
21 x Lunches
21 x Dinners

TRANSPORT

Minibuses, a privately chartered riverboat (see Supplementary Information section), 4WDs and our own 2 feet. No domestic flights.

GROUP SIZE

Maximum: 12

CARBON CONTRIBUTIONS

A carbon-offsetting contribution to Eco Act for all bookings

EXPERT TEAM

The full services of a Wild Frontiers Tour Leader with local guides where appropriate

ACCOMMODATION

All accommodation as outlined in the itinerary

ACCOMMODATION

As an overall ethos, wherever possible we aim to use characterful accommodation that enhances the overall travel experience, not just offers a bed for the night. This can obviously vary dramatically from country to country and from trip to trip. 

On this particular trip we will stay in a mixture of comfortable hotels and lodges along with some more basic accommodation (particularly in Manja and Morombe), when we are on our adventurous 4WD overland route from Morondava to Tulear. There will be 2 nights wild camping in tents as part of our riverboat trip along the River Tsiribihina.

Please note that the accommodation mentioned in the itinerary is intended as a guide only and is always subject to availability.

ENTRANCE FEES

All entrance fees for sights mentioned in the itinerary

FITNESS RATING

Moderate

FITNESS RATING

LOW: You should be comfortable walking around towns and cultural sites. May include some optional walks (typically 1-2hrs).

LOW/MODERATE: May be of a long duration and/or involve numerous border-crossings. May include easy/moderate day walks (up to 2-3hrs/day). You should be relatively fit and lead a generally active lifestyle.

MODERATE: May include several easy/moderate day walks (up to 2-5hrs/day) possibly at altitude. You should be relatively fit and lead a generally active lifestyle. Previous experience of similar trips helpful.

MODERATE/HIGH: May involve several days of moderate hiking (up to 3-6 hrs/day) possibly at altitude. You must be a fit and active traveller with appropriate trekking experience.

HIGH: May involve several days of moderate/strenuous trekking (up to 4-7 hrs/day) possibly at altitude. You must be a very fit and active traveller with appropriate trekking experience.

Map & Itinerary

Individual departures may vary so please refer to the information in the tour specific links in the Dates and Prices section below

Madagascar Encompassed
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DAY 1: TOUR STARTS IN ANTANANARIVO (TANA)

DAY 1: TOUR STARTS IN ANTANANARIVO (TANA)

The tour starts this afternoon in Madagascar’s highland capital, Antananarivo which is better known by its shortened name of Tana. Our joining hotel is located very near to the airport so anyone arriving on a late flight need not worry about any lengthy transfers after what is likely to have been a long flight.

Gassy Country House or similar
Dinner

DAY 2: TANA - ANDASIBE NATIONAL PARK

DAY 2: TANA - ANDASIBE NATIONAL PARK

This morning we take the National Road N2 to Andasibe, a journey of approximately 5-6 hours (dependent upon Tana traffic!). This drive brings us to the humid part of the country through the green landscapes of the east, with primary forest and lakes. En route we’ll stop in Mandraka to visit the private reserve of ‘Peyrieras’ where we can see all different kinds of chameleons, snakes, lemurs and butterflies. We will then continue on to Andasibe National Park, arriving late in the afternoon where we’ll check-in to our hotel for the night. Approx 5-6 hours driving on asphalted roads

Andasibe Hotel or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3: IN ANDASIBE NATIONAL PARK

DAY 3: IN ANDASIBE NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast we will enter Andasibe National Park and hike for around 3 – 4 hours. The National Park comprises a huge tropical rain forest in the east boasting of nine species of lemurs. The highlight is the ‘Indri Indri’ which are the largest lemurs of Madagascar. This 810 ha reserve is home to other unique flora and fauna and contains a wide variety of orchids, a verdant canopy, endemic animals such as chameleons, tenrecs, and many varieties of birds. After the hike we will take a stroll through Andasibe village, a typical Betsimisaraka (The-Many-inseparable) village, the second largest tribe who cultivate rice and vegetables. This will give us an opportunity to experience their lifestyle and culture. In the late afternoon we will visit the private park of Vakona including ‘lemurs’ island’ to see three species of lemur. It provides a perfect opportunity and great location to take photo of these fascinating animals close up.

Andasibe Hotel or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4: ANDASIBE NATIONAL PARK - ANTSIRABE

DAY 4: ANDASIBE NATIONAL PARK - ANTSIRABE

This morning we’ll head back towards Tana, from where we’ll start heading south to join our loop of Madagascar. We should arrive in Antisarbe by the late afternoon, for the chance to relax a little before dinner this evening. Approx 7-8 hours driving on asphalted roads

Plumeria Hotel or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5: ANTSIRABE - MIANDRIVAZO

DAY 5: ANTSIRABE - MIANDRIVAZO

Antsirabe is considered Madagascar’s most elegant city as well as being home to more pousse-pousses (local-style rickshaws) than anywhere else in the country. We’ll have the morning to discover some of the craft skills for which this temperate city is well known before heading west towards Miandrivazo, some 4-5 hours away and located in the savannah of the lowlands as opposed to the green of the highlands. Approx 4-5 hours driving on asphalted roads

Princesse du Tsiribihina or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6: MIANDIRIVAZO - TSIRIBIHINA RIVER

DAY 6: MIANDIRIVAZO - TSIRIBIHINA RIVER

This morning we transfer the short distance to Masiakampy where our privately chartered riverboat will be waiting to take us down the Tsiribihina River. This trip allows us to get away from any crowds and to meet the people who use the river as their main conduit for travel. Today we plan to take a short hike up to a waterfall with a natural pool for a swimming opportunity. There’ll be ample time to just relax on board and watch life go by, but in addition we’ll be stopping at villages to meet the Sakalava people who are the major ethnic group in this region. After dinner on board, we’ll set up camp on the banks of the river. See the ‘Riverboat Cruise’ box below for more details. Approx 5 hours by riverboat

Wild Camp
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7: ON THE TSIRIBIHINA RIVER

DAY 7: ON THE TSIRIBIHINA RIVER

This morning we plan to take a walk around a local village before we continue our journey downstream, with a good chance of seeing lemurs, crocodiles, bats and some amazing birdlife in the primary semi-dry forests that line the riverbanks. The scenery changes quite dramatically today as the river takes us through the Tsiribihina Gorge. For a second night we’ll set up camp by the riverside to take in the tranquillity of the Madagascan bush. Approx 5 hours by riverboat

Wild Camp
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8: TSIRIBIHINA RIVER - BEKOPAKA

DAY 8: TSIRIBIHINA RIVER - BEKOPAKA

Our last morning on the river takes us through to the largish settlement of Belo Tsiribihina which, despite its remote setting, is home to Mad Zebu, one of the country’s best restaurants where we plan to have lunch. Here we bid farewell to our riverboat and meet our 4WDs who will take us north along rough roads towards the village of Bekopaka, which sits at the entrance to the stunning UNESCO World Heritage Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park. Approx 3hrs by riverboat + 4hrs driving on dirt roads

L'Olympe du Bemaraha or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9: BEKOPAKA – TSINGY DE BEMARAHA NATIONAL PARK - BEKOPAKA

DAY 9: BEKOPAKA – TSINGY DE BEMARAHA NATIONAL PARK - BEKOPAKA

Today will be dedicated to exploring the world of the Tsingy de Bemaraha, a limestone massif spectacularly eroded into karst pinnacles some of which can reach up to 50m in height. For those feeling adventurous, we’ll drive 90 minutes north to enter the world of the Grand Tsingy, which is home to the highest pinnacles. Access to this part of the National Park requires a short trek through dry western deciduous forest. We plan to spend the rest of the day exploring this natural phenomenon. The pinnacles themselves are accessed by way of a regularly maintained via ferrata. Here we will also have the opportunity to explore a series of caves and canyons linking these natural wonders, as we enter ever deeper into the National Park. No previous experience is needed and safety harnesses are provided but you will need to be agile and able to scramble over sharp rocks. For those feeling slightly less adventurous, there will be the opportunity to explore the smaller but equally impressive Petit Tsingy which is accessible from Bekopaka itself and which does not involve the need for any safety harnesses. Whichever option you choose, today will also be a day where wildlife sightings including 7 species of lemur, should also feature prominently. Approx 3 hrs driving on dirt roads (if visiting the Grand Tsingy)

L'Olympe du Bemaraha or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10: BEKOPAKA - KIRINDY FOREST RESERVE

DAY 10: BEKOPAKA - KIRINDY FOREST RESERVE

After breakfast we’ll cross the Manambolo River by ferry and drive back via Belo Tsiribihina to Kirindy Forest Reserve. After checking in to our accommodation we’ll head out for a night time nature walk in the hope of seeing the fossa and the giant jumping rat!

Relais du Kirindy or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11: KIRINDY FOREST RESERVE - MORONDAVA – BELO SUR MER

DAY 11: KIRINDY FOREST RESERVE - MORONDAVA – BELO SUR MER

We wake early (!) and drive to the famous ‘Avenue of the Baobabs’ in time for one of Madagascar's most iconic sun rises. From here we’ll stop for supplies in Morondava, before heading off on our real adventure southwards towards Tulear. Come prepared as we will not see asphalt for several days (!) and will have many rivers to cross along the way. The exact route that we take may be dictated by local river levels as well as the impact that the previous year’s cyclone season may have had on watercourses. However such uncertainty will be par for the course over the next few days and part of the fun. Our aim today is to get to the small fishing village of Belo sur Mer, situated on the beach and famous for its traditional open-air schooner construction, which we hope to be able to witness this afternoon. Approx 4hrs on dirt tracks

Ecolodge Du Menabe or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12: BELO SUR MER - MANJA

DAY 12: BELO SUR MER - MANJA

Today we’ll continue our off-road adventure towards the inland town of Manja where we’ll stay in by far the most basic hotel of the trip. Approx 5hrs driving on dirt tracks

Kanto Hotel or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13: MANJA - MOROMBE

DAY 13: MANJA - MOROMBE

Today’s drive is a long but rewarding one with beautiful scenery, huge baobabs, spiny forest and more rivers to cross. Along the way we’ll pass several small villages and take time to ponder over the fact that the rough track we are taking was once a well-maintained national road! After crossing the Mangoky River by ferry we’ll continue on to our beachside hotel in Morombe, where we’ll pass some immense rice plantations that help feed this rice-loving nation. Approx 8hrs driving on dirt tracks

Baobab Morombe or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14: MOROMBE – MIKEA

DAY 14: MOROMBE – MIKEA

After breakfast, we’ll continue our drive taking in the striking coastal scenery which offers a mixture of large dunes, sandy beaches, yet even larger baobabs (!), spiny forest, and mangroves. We’ll encounter the most difficult part of the journey – a 30km stretch of sandy road after Befandefa - before finally reaching our beachside lodge which will be our base for the next 2 nights. Approx 5hrs driving on dirt tracks

Mikea Lodge or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 15: IN MIKEA

DAY 15: IN MIKEA

Our lodge lies on an idyllic stretch of white sandy beach and so is ideal for beachcombing, visiting local Vezo fisherman villages or just relaxing. There’ll be the opportunity for a 4km hike inside the nearby forest, where we may meet with the Mikea, a hunter-gather tribe who even today rarely engage in any contact with the outside world and who live predominantly on the wild honey they forage from beehives. In the season (usually July to September) there may also be the chance to take a boat-trip out to see humpback whales but as this is always dependent on local conditions it hasn’t been included and would need to be arranged on an ad hoc basis at additional cost. Approx 2/3 hrs walking distance, total distance 4km

Mikea Lodge or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 16: MIKEA – ISALO NATIONAL PARK

DAY 16: MIKEA – ISALO NATIONAL PARK

We’ll spend the morning taking our final drive along Madagascar’s stunning coastline southwards to Tulear where we come to end of the dirt road and join the asphalted road known as Route National 7. Now the scenery changes quickly as we ascend into, the lands of the Antandroy, a tribe of Bantu origins, and whose tombs we will see along the way. Our destination today is considered to be one of Madagascar’s highlights - Isalo National Park with its striking sandstone rocks formations – and this will be or base for the next 2 nights. Approx 4hrs driving on dirt tracks + 4hrs driving on asphalted roads

Satrana Lodge or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 17: IN ISALO NATIONAL PARK

DAY 17: IN ISALO NATIONAL PARK

We’ll have the full day to enjoy the delights of Isalo on foot. We’ll start with a short trek to a beautiful natural swimming pool and then continue deeper into the canyon. Isalo is known for its strange geological formations, eroded by the rain and the wind, which offer some of the most spectacular scenery of the country. This is also a place where the Bara tribes used to bury their dead. If we are lucky, we may see lemurs during our walk today.

Satrana Lodge or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 18: ISALO NATIONAL PARK – AMBALAVAO

DAY 18: ISALO NATIONAL PARK – AMBALAVAO

After breakfast we head on to Ihosy which acts as a de facto capital of the Bara tribe who are predominantly Zebu shepherds. We’ll pass through the immense savannah lands of the Horombe Plateau before coming to Anja, a community run park started by local villagers, where part of the income pays the teachers of the local school. Here we’ll walk for a couple of hours into the nearby forest to see almost guaranteed up-close sightings of large families of ring-tailed lemurs. From here we’ll continue to Ambalavao, which houses the fascinating Anteimoro paper factory. Tonight we’ll stay in the middle of the Betsileo highlands. Approx 3hrs driving on asphalted roads

Betsileo Country Lodge or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 19: AMBALAVAO – RANOMAFANA NATIONAL PARK

DAY 19: AMBALAVAO – RANOMAFANA NATIONAL PARK

Ambalavao has its market day on Wednesdays and hosts the second largest Zebu market in Madagascar where cattle sellers have been known to walk from Tulear (400km's away) to attend, we will get to experience the spectacle of market day before we leave for Ranomafana. Ranomafana, which lies in tropical rain forest typical of Madagascar’s east coast. Here, rather than rice fields or zebu herdsmen, we’re more likely to see small villages selling bananas or charcoal. There may be time this evening to wander the friendly streets of the small village which sits near the entrance. Here we’ll take a short night walk outside the park, hoping to encounter some of the endemic chameleons, tree frogs mouse lemurs that make Ranomafana their home. Approx 4hrs driving on asphalted roads

Centrest Sejour or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 20: RANOMAFANA - AMBOSITRA

DAY 20: RANOMAFANA - AMBOSITRA

We’ll have the morning to explore some of the best trails inside the National Park. With our specialist guide we’ll enter the rainforest in the hope of seeing, amongst others, the golden bamboo lemur which was only discovered in 1986. However in addition to lemurs, the park is also rich in birdlife, reptiles, butterflies, lichens, and orchids. The tracks are steep and can be very slippery, but we do not plan to cover a huge distance on foot as the emphasis is very much on experiencing the diversity of the rainforest. After a well-deserved lunch we’ll head north towards Ambositra, a great place to pick up some last minute souvenirs. Approx 3.5hrs driving on asphalted roads

Artisan Hotel Ambositra or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 21: AMBOSITRA – TANA

DAY 21: AMBOSITRA – TANA

After breakfast, we’ll head back to Tana, retracing our steps from Antsirabe to the capital. En route we plan to stop in the town of Ambatolampy which is renowned for its traditional metalwork. In Tana we will have our final dinner together before the tour ends. Approx 5.5hrs driving on asphalted roads

Gassy Country House
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 22: TOUR ENDS IN TANA

DAY 22: TOUR ENDS IN TANA

The tour ends today with a free morning to relax in the hotel.

Gassy Country House
Breakfast, Lunch

ACCOMMODATION USED ON THIS TOUR

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Mid-Range
Good quality service and overall comfort
Superior
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Mid-Range
Good quality service and overall comfort
Superior
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Mid-Range
Good quality service and overall comfort
Superior
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Mid-Range
Good quality service and overall comfort
Superior
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Mid-Range
Good quality service and overall comfort
Superior
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Mid-Range
Good quality service and overall comfort
Superior
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Mid-Range
Good quality service and overall comfort
Superior
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Mid-Range
Good quality service and overall comfort
Superior
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Mid-Range
Good quality service and overall comfort
Superior
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Mid-Range
Good quality service and overall comfort
Superior
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Mid-Range
Good quality service and overall comfort
Superior
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Mid-Range
Good quality service and overall comfort
Superior
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Accommodation displayed here should be taken as a guide only. *Please refer to the Detailed Itinerary of your individual departure for more information.

PRIVATE HOLIDAYS: DATES DON’T FIT?

All group tours can be taken on a private basis.

REVIEWS OF THIS TRIP

Additional Details

Responsible Travel

Women’s co-operative

On this tour you will be given the opportunity to visit an indigenous women's co-operative.  This co-operative was set up by the local women to retain their craft whilst earning a much needed income.

 

Supplementary Information

Travel along the Tsirbihina River

This photo shows a boat typical of that which we plan to take for the 3-day/ 2-night trip along the Tsirbihina River. The exact boat used will depend on the group size and availability but you can expect to find onboard a shared area for relaxing and dining (where we'll take all of our meals). There are no washing facilities or toilets on board but during the journey there will be waterfalls and swimming holes which you can use to freshen up and we will make regular bush stops. We will moor up each night along the riverbanks and set up tents and a toilet tent which we'll be carrying with us. This is not luxury cruising but it's not expedition basic either. Come expecting a real off-beat adventure with a modicum of comfort and you won't be disappointed!

Getting There

If you would like us to send you a quote for the suggested tour flights or on any alternative flight that may suit you better, please let us know, noting that for our US clients, we will most likely refer you to one of our preferred partners. For this trip our suggested flights from the UK (subject to change) are shown below.

If you wish to arrange your own flights you are completely free to do so and in this case we can arrange any transfers or supplementary accommodation that you may require. However please note that if you are planning on making your own flight arrangements, we recommend that you first check with us to see if the trip is guaranteed. We then suggest that you purchase flights that are flexible and ideally refundable as due to the nature of adventure travel, itineraries and destination accessibility can change at any time. For more information, please refer to our booking conditions.

Please note for this tour we can provide complimentary arrival and departure transfers for all passengers travelling on this tour, these may be private or shared.

Flight Code Departing Arriving
ET 701 London Heathrow (LHR) 20:15 Addis Ababa Airport (ADD) 06:35
ET 853 Addis Ababa Airport (ADD) 08:50 Ivato Airport (TNR) 13:40
ET 852 Ivato Airport (TNR) 14:30 Addis Ababa Airport (ADD) 19:20
ET 700 Addis Ababa Airport (ADD) 01:20 London Heathrow (LHR) 06:35

Visas

Visas are necessary for many of the destinations we travel to and while we aim to provide you with the most up-to-date information, requirements frequently change and as such for the latest advice we advise that you check with the relevant embassies or contact our recommended visa agency, Travcour www.travcour.com 

For this tour UK passport holders currently require a visa for Madagascar, which can be as an e-visa prior to arrival.

Non-UK passport holders or non-UK residents should contact the relevant embassies for individual requirements. 

Further details will be sent out to you on booking, however ensuring that correct and valid visas are obtained remains the sole responsibility of the client.
 

Extensions

If you have more time available, why not arrive early to adjust to a new time zone or just to get a feel for the country before your tour starts? Or alternatively you might choose to allow a few extra days after the tour to relax or to undertake some further exploration.

The choice is completely yours and we can usually arrange anything from simply additional accommodation and transfers to full tailor-made itineraries.

Below is just a small sample of what you could do. Please contact the office for more details and to discuss your individual requirements.

Ile Sainte Marie

You could head down to the Pangalanes Canal and over to the idyllic Ile Sainte Marie for some beach-time. Allow 6-7 days.

Governmental Travel Advice

Many governments issue advice which highlights potential hazards their citizens might experience when travelling abroad. We strongly suggest you refer to your country’s particular advisory site before booking and contact us if you have any queries or concerns. Click to follow links to the advice of the British Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or the US State Department.

Non-UK citizens should consult the travel advice of their respective governments.

Key Information

CLIMATE

While the climate of Madagascar can vary quite significantly as you travel from east to west and from north to south, in general there is a rainy season (often with cyclones)  that runs from November to March. Our trips to Madagascar are typically designed to fall within the dry season (April to October), during which time temperatures can vary from early 30’s in the daytime in the lowlands of the west, to single digits at night in the central highlands. In general, June is the coolest time of year to travel but even at this time, you can expect many sunny warm days. Be warned that in the rainforests of the east it can rain at any time of the year! 

IS THIS TRIP FOR ME?

It may sound obvious but Wild Frontiers tours are not always for everyone and it is important to us that the tour you choose is the most suitable. All our tours have a fitness rating as a guideline but you should check the day-by-day itinerary carefully. In certain instances we may ask you to complete a travel questionnaire before confirming your booking in order to ensure your suitability. Should you have any concerns about your ability to partake in any aspect of the tour then please contact the office.

KEY ASPECTS TO CONSIDER

Anyone in a reasonable state of health, with an open mind and a sense of adventure should be perfectly able to cope with this tour, as many of the activities are optional.

However please come prepared for some very bumpy roads (and thus some long driving days) and some real adventures involving several river crossings. Conditions in Madagascar can be unpredictable and a flexible attitude is essential during this trip. Most walks are considered moderate but can be opted out of or alternative easier ones may be available if preferred.

Please be advised that on this trip vegetarians can be catered for but the selection and variety may be limited.

THE NATURE OF ADVENTURE TRAVEL

We feel that it’s worth pointing out that while we will always strive to stick as close to the stated itinerary as possible, it may be necessary from time to time to make changes to our itineraries or services (due to weather, political and religious influences etc.) and this can happen with little or no notice. This unpredictability can be one of the most exciting aspects of adventure travel and for many of our clients often leads to unexpected highlights as the tour-leader necessarily adapts the tour to the changing conditions. However we are aware that this lack of assuredness may not suit everyone. As such, with the greatest respect, if you are someone who needs to know that everything will happen exactly as planned, we would kindly suggest that perhaps our tours are not for you. Adventure travel can be infectious and once you’ve caught the bug, it is likely to never leave you, but especially if this is your first such tour we would strongly urge you to give us a call if you have any concerns whatsoever about your suitability for this trip.

TRAVELLING SOLO AND SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS

As a company approximately 70% of our clients are solo travellers, so it’s very unlikely you’ll be alone!

Our prices are typically based on twin-share accommodation but single supplements are not compulsory for any Wild Frontiers tour. If you prefer not to pay a single supplement we’ll pair you with someone else of the same sex for you to share with throughout the trip.

On this trip, if you do opt to pay for a single supplement then please note that it will cover you for all nights of the tour including all camping nights, when you would get your own tent. 

Please note that paying a single supplement entitles you to lone occupancy of a single room. In many cases these rooms will be of the same size as a double/twin room, but in some cases they may be smaller.
 

INSURANCE

Insurance that provides cover for emergency repatriation in case of a medical emergency is compulsory for all tours. You should be aware that due to some of the geographical areas visited and some of the activities included on certain of our trips some standard insurance policies may not always provide adequate cover. As such we strongly recommend that you purchase a policy that adequately covers your trip. If you choose to purchase the Wild Frontiers bespoke policy through Travel & General (currently available to UK residents only) then please note for this trip the minimum required level of cover will be the Standard policy. Please see the Insurance section for more details.

General Information

TOUR PRICE

All our tours are priced on a land-only basis, giving you maximum flexibility when deciding how to get to and from your tour.

DEPOSIT

A £200 (or equivalent) deposit is required to confirm your booking.

PROTECTION FOR YOUR MONEY

For further details please see our travelling with peace of mind page

WILD MILES

This tour will earn you 11274 Wild Miles

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

We believe in a completely transparent approach to pricing with no hidden extras. As such, please note that the following are not included in the cost of the tour.

Visas & Travel Insurance: Visas will always be tour/nationality dependent but travel insurance is mandatory
Tips: Always optional but some guidance will be given in the pre-departure information documents
International Flights: Please ask us for an obligation-free quote for flights which originate in the UK
Airport Transfers: We include complimentary transfers if arriving/departing on the suggested group flights
Beverages & any costs of a personal nature: This will include items such as laundry and souvenirs

WILD FRONTIERS COMMUNITY

If you’re still not sure if this trip is right or just want to see get some different perspectives, then why not have a look at the wide variety of resources we have on our website? Browse our community section to read our blogs, watch videos and find out about our events. 

WHY WILD FRONTIERS?

We are frequently asked what makes Wild Frontiers different from other tour operators. Visit our Why Wild Frontiers page to find out.

INSPIRATION