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Madagascar Safari Holidays…

ENDANGERED

See unique wildlife in spectacular landscapes.

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Toweing mountains, rain forests and unique culture.

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Discover a world of exotic wildlife with expert guides.

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Enjoy relaxation and water sports on exotic islands.

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If your over-riding thoughts of Madagascar are lemurs and more lemurs then it’s time to think again! While these unusual endemic primates are widespread across the country, this Indian Ocean island actually offers far more than that, and the rapidly improving road network and tourism infrastructure is making it an increasingly popular destination for those wanting something just that little bit different.

Antananarivo, the capital, is built on hills that take you and the buildings continuously up and down. It has tiny, colourful houses with pointed or triangular roofs, while the city is particularly beautiful at sunset, as everything acquires an orangey hue, making everything seem even warmer. From the central highlands of the island, you can branch out in any direction taking in the verdant and hilly rainforests of the eastern highlands, or the drier and rockier southern terrains, and perhaps finish with perfect beach luxury on the isolated north-west coast.

The fourth-largest island in the world is home to 5% of the world’s plant and animal species, of which more than 80% are endemic to Madagascar. This includes some of the 32 species of lemur, including the ape-like Indris with its unique and unusual call, the mongoose-like fossa, the largest carnivorous mammal on the island, the nocturnal aye-aye and tenrec (spiny hedgehog) and some of the most amazing amphibians and bird-life that you will ever see.

Staying in comfortable 4-star accommodation, and being driven around by knowledgeable and local private guides, you will also gain insight into the interesting Malagasy customs and cultures of this former French colony. Ancient tribal traditions are still widespread, including the spiritual ‘turning of the dead’ when relatives are removed from the family tomb and their lives celebrated with festive ceremonies of singing and dancing, before being returned to their burial place.

The translation of the word safari is actually journey – so for a ‘safari’ like no other, Madagascar is the place to be – unique wildlife, spectacularly diverse scenery, beautiful beaches, history, culture and tradition.

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Isalo National Park

Isalo's spectacular natural beauty and bizarre, ethereal landscapes of eroded ‘runiforme’ sandstone formations transport visitors into another world. Dating to the Jurassic period, deep canyons with riparian forests, palm-lined oases, fire-resistant tapia forests, and open grasslands merge to form this incredible terrain, which attracts hikers from all over the world to admire in awe.

Ethereal, almost mystical sandstone ridges known as ‘runiformes’ dominate the landscape of the park, which seem to rise out of the endlessly flat plains like phoenixes from the ashes. Vast canyons, deep gorges and razor-sharp pinnacles make up this magical and mystifying domain, which is home to an array of lemur species, including the ‘dancing’ sifakas, as well as a variety of birds and reptiles.

There are a number of popular hiking circuits throughout the park that attract adventure lovers and outdoor enthusiasts from far and wide. The ‘piscine naturelle’, aptly named for it’s beautiful waterfall that tumbles into a deep green pool is a true oasis in the heart of the otherwise harsh canyons. Head to the ‘Canyon des Singes’ ('Canyon of Monkeys') for a breath-taking hike through the forest where you will be accompanied by ring-tailed lemurs leaping through the trees.

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Isalo National Park

Isalo's spectacular natural beauty and bizarre, ethereal landscapes of eroded ‘runiforme’ sandstone formations transport visitors into another world. Dating to the Jurassic period, deep canyons with riparian forests, palm-lined oases, fire-resistant tapia forests, and open grasslands merge to form this incredible terrain, which attracts hikers from all over the world to admire in awe.

Ethereal, almost mystical sandstone ridges known as ‘runiformes’ dominate the landscape of the park, which seem to rise out of the endlessly flat plains like phoenixes from the ashes. Vast canyons, deep gorges and razor-sharp pinnacles make up this magical and mystifying domain, which is home to an array of lemur species, including the ‘dancing’ sifakas, as well as a variety of birds and reptiles.

There are a number of popular hiking circuits throughout the park that attract adventure lovers and outdoor enthusiasts from far and wide. The ‘piscine naturelle’, aptly named for it’s beautiful waterfall that tumbles into a deep green pool is a true oasis in the heart of the otherwise harsh canyons. Head to the ‘Canyon des Singes’ ('Canyon of Monkeys') for a breath-taking hike through the forest where you will be accompanied by ring-tailed lemurs leaping through the trees.

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You have given us so much more than we ever had the right to expect. This was the perfect holiday in every sense - exciting, comfortable, educational, brilliant fun, a wonderful itinerary and every last detail organised and delivered to perfection. I do hope you all have the time and the opportunity to enjoy the sort of life enriching experience you have just given to us

George and Diana Kenning, UK

Africa Exclusive provided me and my family with an unforgettable, life changing adventure. It was an ethical and authentic African experience and the treatment and service was first class. We felt like participants rather than merely tourists. Amazing. 

Steve Coogan, British Actor

Every day brought new adventures and we learnt so much about every aspect of Kenya, its people and the wildlife. Within 24 hours of leaving home we were sitting overlooking Samburu, eating a bush picnic lunch while watching elephants and getting to know our two Samburu guides. How amazing is that?!

Jill Whittingham, UK
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