Welcome to Madagascar


Wild World

Madagascar is unique: 5% of all known animal and plant species can be found here, and here alone. The island's signature animal is the lemur of course, but there are many more weird and wonderful creatures: the eerie-looking fossa (a cat-like predator), colourful and camouflaged chameleons, oddly shaped insects, vivid frogs, graceful rays and turtles, several species of sharks, and humpback whales during the winter months. Trees and plants are just as impressive, be they the distinctively shaped baobabs, the fanning ravinala (travellers' palm), the hundreds of orchids or the spiny forests of the desert south.

Epic Landscapes

The remarkable fauna and flora is matched by epic landscapes of an incredible diversity: you can go from rainforest to desert in just 300km. Few places on Earth offer such an intense kaleidoscope of nature. There are sandstone canyons, limestone karsts, mountains, fertile hills cascading with terraced rice paddies, forests of every kind – rain, dry, spiny – and a laterite-rich soil that gave the country its nickname of 'Red Island'. With 5000km of coastline, the sea is never very far, turquoise and idyllic in places, dangerous in others.

Island Adventures

Making the best of Madagascar can be challenging (and expensive): it is the world’s fourth-largest island and its roads are dismal. For those who relish an adventure, however, this is a one-of-a-kind destination: the off-road driving is phenomenal, there are national parks that only see a few hundred visitors a year, regions that live in autarky during the rainy season and resorts so remote you’ll need a private plane or boat to get there. There are also more activities than you'll have time for: hiking, diving, mountain biking, kitesurfing, rock-climbing, you name it. Oh, and there are plenty of natural pools, beaches and hammocks on which to recover, too.

Cultural Insights

Madagascar has been populated by successive waves of migrants from various corners of the Indian Ocean. This cultural melting pot has evolved into an intricate set of beliefs and rituals that revere ancestors’ spirits. For travellers, attending a famadihana (traditional exhumation and reburial when relatives can communicate with their forebears) can be the highlight of a trip. There is much history to discover, too, from Antananarivo's sacred hills to the pirate history of Île Sainte Marie.


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2-Day Private Tour to Ampefy from Antananarivo

Day 1: Antananarivo - AmpefyMeet in the reception of your hotel between 8am and 8.30 am before departing to Ampefy which is located at 120km from the capital, in the rural commune of Itasy in Soavinandrina district and mostly the geographical center of Madagascar. It is a village perched on the edge of the Lily, which feeds a small crater lake. Two of the most famous sites you will get to visit on this tour are 'The Geyser' and 'The Lily Waterfall'. Many interesting sites are to be found in this region like the lake basin and its surrounding areas. You will discover also a volcanic landscape in this tour. Around 9.30 am you will be visiting Lemur Park which is a private reserve located at 25km from the capital, close to Katsaoka river and between Fenoarivo and Imerintsiatosika. You will find birds, medicinal plants, reptiles and mostly Lemurs (Black and white ruffed Lemur, Common brown Lemur, Coquerel’s Sifaka, Crowned Sifaka, Eastern Lesser Bamboo Lemur, Mongoose Lemur and Ring Tailed Lemur). After it you will continue to Ampefy. You will arrive in Ampefy at approx 12.30pm, and have the most delicious lunch at Eucalyptus hotel Around 2pm at afternoon relax at the famous waterfall - La Chute de La Lilly. 26m high, this waterfall comes from Itasy lake formed by ancient crater. The place was once called Antafofo. Its name was changed when a settler came to live at the scene and lost her daughter named Lily in the waterfall. This waterfall is has beautiful landscape not to be missed in while your stay in Madagascar.Back to the hotel at the end of the afternoon in Ampefy. Overnight: Eucalyptus hotel, AmpefyDay 2: Ampefy - AntananarivoAfter the breakfast the driver will pick you up and take you to marvelous place known as 'Geyser' which is located  22km from Ampefy, the region also includes Ampefy geysers. Geysers of Amparaky come from the artesian wells phenomenon, not volcanic geysers. The difference is essentially the fact that the expelled water is not very hot. You can hike around to discover the volcanic landscape of the region which is the prolific fruit trees. You will then enjoy lunch at the La Terasse or Chez Jacky Hotel restaurantAt 3.00 pm you will travel back to Antananarivo and will be dropped in your hotel at the end of afternoon.

$162 Day Trips & Excursions

Full-Day Andasibe-ANALAMAZAOTRA Special Reserve Private Tour from Antananarivo

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Analamazaotra Special Reserve, Andasibe, Toamasina ProvinceThe nearest national park wher you will find the endemic Lemurs of MADAGASCAR. Endemic FAUNA and FLORA Duration: 12 hours

$1860.67 Day Trips & Excursions

14-Day Gorilla Encounter Overland Tour from Nairobi

ItineraryDay 1: Nairobi – Lake Nakuru National ParkStop At: Lake Nakuru, Lake Nakuru National Park, Rift Valley ProvinceWe depart Nairobi early and descend into the ‘Great Rift Valley’, an enormous cleft in the Earth’s surface stretching from the Red Sea to Madagascar but with particularly marked escarpments here in Kenya. We stop at a lookout point to take in the magnificent views. Our overnight stop is Lake Nakuru National Park, a relatively small park (by African standards) however prolific in wildlife, sited on the Great Rift Valley floor. The shallow soda lake attracts a huge variety of birdlife – especially flamingos, which may gather in such numbers that (when viewed from above) they form a strikingly pink ‘fringe’ around the lake-shore. However Lake Nakuru is not simply a bird sanctuary, it is also home to buffalo, lion, rhino (black and white), leopard, warthog, baboon, antelope, and a variety of smaller animals. A delightful introduction to East Africa’s wildlife diversity that we search for in an afternoon game drive making use of local guides and smaller safari vehicles for a more intimate experience.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Punda Milias Camp, Nakuru, KenyaDay 2: Lake Nakuru - EldoretStop At: EldoretFrom Nakuru we continue northwest and climb in altitude towards the town of Eldoret en route to the Ugandan frontier. We cross from the Southern Hemisphere to the Northern Hemisphere today over the Equator, enjoy some time here learning a little about its significance and taking photos before moving onwards to Eldoret. The name ‘Eldoret’ is based on the Maasai word ‘Eldore’ meaning stony river due to the stony bed of the nearby Sosiani River. The town is the 5th largest in Kenya and is the fastest growing with a population of approx. 194,000. We camp outside of the town in a unique campsite. It is created on a hilly forest tribal land, which was once home to members of the ancient Sirikwa tribe. Preserved on the site are excavations with stone sides, commonly called Sirikwa holes, which are believed to have been roofed and occupied by the inhabitants of a bygone age.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Naiberi Overland Camp, Eldoret, KenyaDay 3: Eldoret - KampalaStop At: Red Chilli HidewayWe cross into Uganda, Winston Churchill’s ‘Pearl of Africa’, a country with beautiful natural scenery and a rich mosaic of tribes and cultures. Travelling through Uganda you will be captivated by its sheer overwhelming beauty and friendly people. Our first night we camp in the capital city Kampala, which is an attractive hilly city, bustling with roadside traders, markets and busy matatu (mini-bus taxi) stands. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Red Chilli Hideway, Kampala, UgandaDay 4: Kampala – Queen Elizabeth National ParkStop At: Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kasese, Western RegionFrom Kampala, we travel west towards Queen Elizabeth National Park, across the Equator again, through fertile green terraced hillsides, lush banana plantations, steep mountains and tangled forests with herds of Ankole cattle with their incredible long curving horns roaming the roads and paddocks. We camp a short distance from the Queen Elizabeth National Park. Here you will have the opportunity to relax and unwind, take a walk in the surrounding areas and mingle with the local community.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Simba Camp, Queen Elizabeth National Park area, UgandaDay 5: Queen Elizabeth National Park Area Stop At: Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kasese, Western RegionThis morning we enter the Queen Elizabeth National Park and take in the magnificent views of the mountains that separate Uganda from central Africa as well as Lake Edwards and Lake George. Queen Elizabeth National park has over 500 species of bird and 100 species of mammals making it one of the most bio diverse national parks in the world and if we are lucky, we may get to spot these animals en route to Kyambura Gorge for the trek to see the chimpanzees. Unlike their larger cousins the mountain gorilla, chimps live mostly in the trees and so our viewing is usually peering high into the forest canopy. However, the experience of seeing man’s closest relative in the wild is a memorable one. Chimpanzee Trek permits are issued by the wildlife authority in groups of up to 8 people per group. Depending on our group size, we may trek on the afternoon of Day 4, morning of day 5 and afternoon of Day 5 or morning of day 6.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Simba Camp, Queen Elizabeth National Park area, UgandaDay 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park - Lake Bunyonyi Stop At: Bunyonyi Overland ResortWe leave the picturesque hills of the national park and make our way to the lush and stunning ‘Lake Bunyonyi’ (‘Place of many little birds’). This lake is 27 km long, 7km wide and at an elevation of 1950 metres above sea level is surrounded by undulating hills between 2200m to 2478m high. With a depth of nearly 900m in parts this lake is the second deepest lake in Africa (the deepest being Lake Tanganyika in Tanzania). With twenty-nine islands that can be visited by local boats, the lake is a great place to unwind, relax and explore on the days that we don’t trek to see the mountain gorillas. Over the next two days the group will be split with one group trekking to the mountain gorillas while the others relax at Lake Bunyonyi to enjoy the many activities on offer. Lake BunyonyiThere are many activities to do here such as hiring canoes to visit some of the lakes islands, visit local tribes and villages, visit the local orphanage, bird watching and nature walks. Alternatively, just relax around camp, catch up on your travel diary or postcards to home.Mountain Gorilla TrekkingThis region of Africa is home to the world’s remaining 700 mountain gorillas, many of which inhabit the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. [We may travel into neighbouring Rwanda to trek for the gorillas on rare occasion].On the day of our trek we gather in the early morning to meet our local guide and tracker. Walking in small groups we trek into the thick rainforest. The trek can be demanding at times with uneven terrain and hilly rainforest but the privilege of spending time with a family of these gentle primates makes the effort well worthwhile. To many people the day’s trek and time with the gorillas remains their most exciting wildlife encounter in Africa. The usual procedure, once we have located the gorilla ‘family’, is to squat or sit down and simply observe them for around an hour – the time set by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (the national body charged with controlling and maintaining the gorillas in Uganda). Gorillas are sociable creatures, living in groups between 12 and 20 individuals, usually led by an ‘alpha male’ (the ‘silverback’ - so called because of the silver hair on his back which grows once the male gorilla attains maturity). Most people find that the gorillas are remarkably human-like at close quarters – particularly in the social interaction between family members and in ‘play’ activity in which the young engage. Photography is permitted (although not with a flash and there are restrictions for those who wish to use a video camera.)Your permit allows you one trek and gorilla viewing (time limited to one hour). However, because the authorities maintain strict limits on the number of visitors allowed to view the gorillas each day we may spend several days in the area while all passengers in our group complete the trek and viewing.NB: Depending on the availability of the gorilla permits the tour itinerary may vary in day to day running order which is based on the brochure itinerary. From time to time we may have to trek on different days. If at any chance our Gorilla trek should be in another neighbouring country, e.g. Rwanda (instead of Uganda) this may entail extra visa fees although we shall endeavour to advise you before departure of any significant changes to the tour itinerary. Please take the above itinerary as a guideline only. This applies to Day 7 – 9 of this tour.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Lake Bunyonyi Overland Stop, UgandaDay 7: Lake Bunyonyi rest days or Gorilla Trek dayStop At: Bunyonyi Overland ResortIf not trekking, today is free to explore the surrounding area, discover the Islands by boat on Lake Bunyonyi or relax back at camp catching up on some well-deserved rest and relaxation.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Lake Bunyonyi Overland Stop, UgandaDay 8: Lake Bunyonyi rest days or Gorilla Trek dayStop At: Bunyonyi Overland ResortToday is a trek day or a day at leisure to enjoy the many optional activities in Lake Bunyonyi. Whether relaxing on the shores of this deep Crater Lake with a good book or heading out to the village and orphanage to gain an insight into the everyday life of Ugandans in this area - you’ll no doubt wish you could stay in this beautiful part of Africa for longer. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Lake Bunyonyi Overland Stop, UgandaDay 9: Lake Bunyonyi - KampalaStop At: Red Chilli HidewayLeaving Lake Bunyonyi we make our way back across the Equator (stopping for a photo opportunity if we did not stop on route to Queen Elizabeth National Park) through lush pasture lands and the northern reaches of Lake Victoria (largest lake in Africa) to Kampala where we will overnight. Kampala is a hotspot for great food and entertainment. If time allows, take the night out and try the local cuisines and enjoy the hospitality and friendliness of the local Ugandans. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Red Chilli Hideway, Kampala, UgandaDay 10: Kampala - JinjaStop At: Nile River ExplorersLeaving Kampala we drive the short distance to the town of Jinja on the banks of Lake Victoria and the Nile. It was in 1862 that the British explorer John Hanning Speke recognised Lake Victoria as the ‘source of the Nile’ settling a long running dispute about Africa’s (and the world’s) longest river. From this modest monument the Nile begins its 4132-mile course through Uganda, Sudan and eventually Egypt to the Mediterranean Sea.Our camp is situated on the grassy banks overlooking the Nile River. It is here that we usually have the option to try river rafting - an exciting day out for those enjoying the thrill of ‘white-water’. There is also the opportunity to make some difference to local children at a local school project: ‘Softpower’ is a locally run voluntary programme aimed at building and improving schools in the Jinja area to which your contribution of a few hours of painting or plastering is always most welcome. Other activities at Jinja include mountain biking, quad biking, village walks and even cruises! Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Nile River Explorers, Jinja, UgandaDay 11: JinjaStop At: Nile River ExplorersEnjoy a free day in this magical place and the many optional activities on offer. Adrenaline lovers can head to the world class rapids and try rafting - an exciting day out for those enjoying the thrill of ‘white-water’. Those seeking a more relaxing day can visit the local community or simply just relax at camp.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Nile River Explorers, Jinja, UgandaDay 12: JinjaStop At: Nile River ExplorersEnjoy a last day on the banks of the Nile exploring the surrounding community, the town of Jinja and discover the beauty of the river Nile as you relax on its banks or indulge in the many optional activities on offer. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Nile River Explorers, Jinja, UgandaDay 13: Jinja – Eldoret Stop At: EldoretAfter our refreshing stop at Jinja, we retrace our steps across the border to the Kenya’s frontier and onwards to Eldoret, where we will camp for the evening. Tonight, you can celebrate the last evening of your Gorilla Encounter with your fellow travellers and exchange stories, emails and laughter around the campfire one last time.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Naiberi Overland Camp, Eldoret, KenyaDay 14: Eldoret - NairobiStop At: Karen CampThis morning we make our way south to the Capital city ‘Nairobi’ where our tour ends on arrival in the late afternoon. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

$75 Tours & Sightseeing

Universal Studio Singapore

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productYour vacation remains incomplete without some entertainment and adventure, and the Singapore Universal Studio offers both. Based on the Hollywood theme, the Universal Studios is located in the Sentosa Island and makes the world of movies a reality! Consisting of different zones, themed rides and thrilling shows, the Universal Studios is a haven for people who love movies.Hollywood: If you have not got the chance to visit Hollywood in USA, Singapore's Universal Studios is the best place to go to. The Hollywood Boulevard at the Universal Studios is the exact replica of the original in Los Angeles. The New York Zone of the place is amazing too and you would definitely get to feel and enjoy the liveliness of the most vibrant city in the world.Ancient Egypt: The Ancient Egypt zone is a place where you would get to try your hand at adventure with rides like the Revenge of the Mummy – The Ride and Treasure Hunters. The place also has the Lost World which features two themes, the Waterworld and the Jurassic Park.Far Away: The movie world cannot be complete without a fair share of fantasy and this is what Far Away offers. You can get the opportunity to enjoy the world of your fairy tale characters and ride on some great rides like Enchanted Airways, Shrek 4-D Adventure, Magic Potion, etc.Sci-Fi City: The highlight of this particular zone is the duelling roller coasters which ride at a height of 42.7 meters.Madagascar: Madagascar is a movie liked by most children and adults, and this zone is based on this movie and its four characters: Alex, Gloria, Marty and Melman. You get to explore lush jungles and enjoy some thrilling rides during your tour of Madagascar.All in all, a day at the Universal Studios would be filled with fun, excitement and adventure.Inclusions:Entrance TicketsAccess for all rides and attractions at Universal Studios (Except Rockclimbing)Duration: 8 hoursLocation: Universal Studios Singapore, Sentosa Island

$866.25 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Sambatra Magic Madagascar

From Antananarivo Airport you will take a 55 minute flight to Sainte Marie Island where a representative will meet you for a 15 minute pirogue ride to Sambatra Beach Lodge.The days spent on the island is totally at your leisure.Attractions on the island include:Pirate CemeteryWould you believe St Marie has one.ZooSmall but playing a part in educating the community with Madagascar’s local wild life, fauna and flora.Ile Aux Natte LighthousePay a small fee and see a breath-taking view of the entire southern reef.Reef SnorkellingDo this whenever, where ever, so many spots to choose from. Ile Aux Sable – Chartering out to 2 small sand bars where fishing and snorkeling are a must.Activities available at an extra cost include bike hire, diving, fishing, motor bike hire, explore Ile Aux Natte Island and Pirogue Trips.Laze on the beautiful white sand beaches, explore the island, snorkel in the crystal blue waters or sip cocktails at the beach bar.  It’s all up to you!After these incredible 5 nights on the Island, unfortunately it’s time to say goodbye.  I representative will escort you for your boat trip back to Sainte Marie Island and onward to Antananarivo Airport for your return flight home. 

$33.50 Cultural & Theme Tours

Mauritius Half Day City Tour-Port-Louis

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Citadelle de Port-Louis, Port-Louis, Morbihan, BrittanyFort Adelaide was built in a strategic location overlooking the harbour of Port Louis which made it easy to look out for any incoming enemy vessels. The British are thought to have built this forte in fear of a civil war from the remaining French settlers on the island. You get a stunning view from the Forte overlooking the whole of Port Louis.Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Central Market, Port LouisBeing the main city in Mauritius, Port Louis Central Market (also known at the Port Louis Bazaar) is the home of the largest market, where you can find fresh food items, local dishes, and various handcrafted goods that are useful to locals and serve as souvenirs for tourists. Port Louis' rightly famous central market, the center of the local economy since Victorian times, is a good place to get a feel for the everyday life of many locals. Watch the hawkers at work and buy some souvenirs. Most authentic are the wonderful fruit and vegetable sections (including herbal medicines and aphrodisiacs)Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Le Caudan Waterfront, Port LouisLe Caudan Waterfront offers a unique shopping, leisure and work hub, in the capital, on the water’s edge. Since its opening in 1996, it has shown undeniable know-how and expertise in commercial activities and entertainment. On top of being an undeniable must for shopping, Le Caudan Waterfront is also a business centre, a melting pot for local artists and the favourite meeting place for gastronomes, tourists and locals looking for leisure and entertainment.Duration: 1 hourStop At: St Louis Cathedral, Port LouisPort Louis city has many stories to tell, visit the Saint Louis Cathedral among the oldest church in Mauritius. Built in 1814/15 and promoted to Cathedral in 1847, the church is the final works of Governor Sir Robert Farquar. The construction of the church in the shape of a latin cross when viewed from above complied to plans drawn from 1736-1739 . One thing that unfortunately has lost its glory of the days is about the fountain found at the front of the Cathedral. This obelisque with four lion heads on each side used to carry water from the ‘Pouce Stream’ towards this part of the city, among others. The ‘monument’ is still present nowadays but doesn’t provide any water… one of the other works of the Governor Vicomte de Souillac.Duration: 10 minutesStop At: China Town, Port LouisThe Chinese have traditionally occupied an important position in the life of Port Louis, and the area between the two 'friendship gates' on Royal St forms the centre of the city's Chinatown. Here you'll take in the rich mercantile life of the Chinese community, busy Chinese restaurants and grocery stores, and streets echoing with the unmistakable clatter of mah-jong tiles.Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Aapravasi Ghat, Port LouisLocated on the bay of Trou Fanfaron, in the capital of Port-Louis, the Aapravasi Ghat is the remains of an immigration depot, the site from where modern indentured labour Diaspora emerged. The Depot was built in 1849 to receive indentured labourers from India, Eastern Africa, Madagascar, China and Southeast Asia to work on the island’s sugar estates.Duration: 10 minutes