Like Nowhere Else on Earth: The Wildlife & Cultures of Madagascar

Explore what makes Madagascar so unique as you go off the beaten path to speak with locals, see lemurs up close and visit some of the island’s national parks with an expert naturalist.
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Program No. 21585RJ
15 days
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At a Glance

Separated from the African mainland more than 100 million years ago, Madagascar is a living laboratory of evolution. More than 80 percent of the island's flora and fauna, including over 100 species of lemur — the island's endangered and charming primate — exist nowhere else on Earth. Among beautifully vivid extremes, from primary rainforest to sandstone desert, learn about natural history, critical conservation issues and the amazing diversity of this natural wonder.
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Let's Go!
Walks can be steep and strenuous, on uneven, muddy/sandy terrain; distances covered depend on wildlife sought and group’s ability. Vehicle transfers up to four hours some days. Elevations up to 4,100 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Hike into the wilds of Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, home to more than 300 species of orchid, 20 species of lemur and an astounding array of endemic species.
  • Join a naturalist on hikes into Isalo National Park to search for the iconic Ring-tailed Lemur and Verreaux's Sifaka.
  • Spend two nights in the coastal village of Ifaty, learning about the local lifestyle and endemic flora and fauna.

General Notes

Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available. Madagascar can be a rigorous travel destination, both physically and mentally. Please be prepared to discover not only the amazing biodiversity of Madagascar, but the realities of life in the country, too.
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Tanjona Raharijaona
Tanjona, better known as Ta, grew up in the small village of Imerintsiatosika, not far from the capital city of Antananarivo. As a child, he loved being in nature, frequently listening to the birds in the forest and moving wayward chameleons from the sides of roads and back into the forest. It was this love of nature which inspired his decision to study Madagascar’s unique biodiversity while at university in Antananarivo. In 2007, Ta began working in the travel field.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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