This tour is organised and led by Steve Davey | The land arrangements are sub-contracted to Intrepid Travel, but the tours don't appear on the Intrepid Travel website | The only way to book is through this site!
For most people, Madagascar is synonymous with wildlife - especially the various species of the endemic lemur, and many tours focus exclusively on this aspect of the country, to the exclusion of everything else.. I am always stuck by the incredible people of this unique island, and so have worked out an itinerary which also encompasses some of the amazing cultures and historic towns.
One of the most incredible places we visit is the village of Soantanana - home to an austere Christian sect, who process to church dressed entirely in white. There are unique landscapes in Madagascar too. This includes the eroded limestone Tsingy, and we visit one of the most photogenic of these, the Tsingy of Bemahara on an adventurous expedition by 4WD and local ferry. We also visit the famed Avenue of Baobabs, and in the South we explore a spiny forest and have dinner amongst the baboabs. We will visit a number of national parks and reserves that will give us the best chance to see as much of the incredible wildlife of Madagascar.
The trip will include extensive photography tuition from professional travel photographer, Steve Davey, countless photo opportunities and the company of fellow photography enthusiasts.
Landing in the capital Antananarivo, we swiftly drive south to the historic town of Antsirabe, which boasts faded colonial architecture and a concentration of the local hand-pulled rickshaws known locally as pousse-pousse.
We then continue further South to the pleasant town of Fianarantsoa, a photogenic place in its own right, but our staging point for a visit to the austere Christian village of Soantanana where the people process to church, dressed entirely in white. We will be invited to accompany them to the service, and then to lunch: a humbling and utterly photogenic experience.
Our next stop is Ranohira, for the Isalo National Park, which should be our first chance to see some of the endemic lemurs, which the country is most famed for. We also visit the Anjà community reserve - one of the best places to see the iconic Ring-tailed Lemur.
Further South to Ifaty on the coast, we visit a number of wildlife reserves, including the Zombitse-Vohibasia NationalPark and the Reniala Reserve. We have an alfresco meal in the latter reserve amongst towering Baobab trees.
After our jaunt in the South, we fly back to the capital, before catching another flight to the Eastern city of Morondava. Home to the striking Avenue of the Baobabs, we undertake an adventurous drive and local ferry ride to the Tsingy of Bemahara. This sprawling sea of sharp karst limestone peaks is one of the iconic landscapes of the country. The name itself means "the place where one cannot walk barefoot" in the local dialect.
After two days exploring the landscapes and wildlife of this region, we return to a forest reserve near Morondava for a final night in the wilds before our return flight to Antananarivo, where we will have some time to explore this vibrant and historic capital city.
We have designed this to be a premium tour, and have opted to stay at some fantastic hotels and camps throughout the country. We have included links to these in the itinerary. Do check them out!
Please note: domestic flight schedules in Madagascar are subject to change and delay. At the time of organising the trip, the precise timings for flights had not been released, and so on travel days we will need some flexibility. Rest assured though, we will do our utmost to fit in everything and will make the most of any spare time which eventuates on travel days!
Because of the cost (and quality) of the accommodation on this trip, we will need to manage the bookings so that no one is left with a single room, without paying the single supplement. If you are a solo traveller then every effort will be made to ensure that there is someone for you to share with. This has usually always been possible, but if you are flexible about the choice of accommodation when filling out the booking form, then that will give you more chance to secure a place.
Highlights of this trip
• Avenue des Baobabs
• Dancing Sifaka Lemurs
• Soantanana village
• Tsingy de Bemaraha
• Isalo National Park
• Historic Antananarivo
• Photography tuition
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This tour is led by Steve Davey - a professional photographer, whose work appears in publications all over the world. He is the author of the bestselling Unforgettable Places To See Before You Die (BBC Books). Steve recently published Footprint Travel Photography 2e (Footprint Books), which covers everything that you would ever want to know about travelling with a camera. Click for more.
Land arrangements are sub-contracted to Intrepid Travel, who have many years experience in running small group adventures.
Bookings are made through the Intrepid Special Groups Dept. in the UK not the Intrepid website or Stores. Use this link for more information
Impressions of Madagascar Itinerary
Day 1: Antsirabe
Day 2: Fianarantsoa
Day 3: Fianarantsoa
Day 4: Ranohira (Isalo)
Day 5: Ranohira (Isalo)
Day 6: Ifaty
Day 7: Ifaty
Day 8: Antananarivo
Day 9: Morondava
Day 10: Bemaraha
Day 11: Bemaraha
Day 12: Bemaraha
Day 13: Marofandilia
Day 14: Antananarivo
Day 15: Tour ends
Start: 5 June 2020
End: 19 June 2020
Price: From £3650 pp
excl. flights, based on
Min 8, max 12 people
Places left: 12
Trip is to be confirmed.
Single supplement: £700
flight cost £750