Reef and Rainforest Tours is the first, longest-established and most experienced specialist tour operator in the United Kingdom for Madagascar. Our director, Alan Godwin, first went to Madagascar in 1992, when it was still a communist dictatorship with very few visitors and the only vehicles on the roads were clapped out Citroen 2CVs and Dianes, held together with rubber bands.
Now Madagascar has a much improved infrastructure and a small but good range of high quality hotels, island resorts and forest lodges. Natural history tourism is becoming one of the major sources of income for the country: by visiting Madagascar, you contribute directly to the conservation of its precious remaining forests and wildlife.
TAILOR-MADE MADAGASCAR TOUR ITINERARIES:
|Diverse Madagascar in Considerable Comfort
Of great appeal to those wishing to travel in a high degree of comfort at a gentle pace without too much driving. From £5125.
|The De Luxe Grand Tour of Madagascar
For a well-paced overland journey escorted by private guide and driver experiencing panoramic landscapes and unwinding at Anjajavy Resort, the most exclusive luxury coast resort in the country. From £5325.
|Wildlife-Rich Reserves and Charming Tropical Isles
Combines the exceptional wildlife and scenery found in the most important reserves of the north and west with a beautiful tropical island for pure beach relaxation. From £4365.
|A Marvellously Natural Madagascar Honeymoon
If a reason for getting married was ever needed, this is it! Combining the most exclusive coastal resorts in the country with the many natural history marvels to be found in Madagascar’s forests. From £5135.
|Northern Madagascar for the Actively Adventurous
This tour includes some of the most exciting locations in all of Madagascar resulting in a varied journey mostly well off the beaten track. from £4645.
|Adventure Overland: From Hauts Plateaux to Spiny Forest
For active individuals who relish good hiking, stunning landscapes, varied wildlife viewing, unusual flora and friendly encounters with interesting tribes will greatly appeal. From £3765.
|Madagascar’s Delightful Diversity – On a Budget
Designed for the budget-minded traveller with limited time who wishes to enjoy a good spread of Madagascar’s manifold attractions at an affordable price. From £2995.
|Perinet, Mantadia and Anjajavy – In Style and Comfort
Giving those with limited time the chance to gain an excellent insight into what makes Madagascar such a special holiday destination whilst enjoying luxury lodge and boutique resort comforts. From £3875.
|The Wildlife of the Dry South and West
Designed for those wishing to visit Madagascar from December to April when rain is more frequent, and includes prime wildlife locations which normally receive the least precipitation. From £4180.
|A Deservedly Deluxe Honeymoon to Madagascar & South Africa
A mix of highly contrasting exotic worlds - Madagascar's forest, Indian Ocean beaches and lemurs, and South Africa's bushveld with elephants, lion, leopard, rhino and buffalos and more on luxury safari. An altogether wonderful wildlife honeymoon. From £5195.
||Madagascar & South Africa Wildlife Spectacular!
Combining the weird and wonderful wildlife, forests and landscapes of Madagascar with luxury African safari game drives in South Africa. Experience two very different wildlife destinations in one holiday. From £4945.
Lazy Madagascar & Mozambique - Lemurs and Indian Ocean Delight A combination of Madagascar's extraordinary lemurs and other rainforest wildlife with Mozambique's pristine Indian Ocean coast and fabulous marine life. From £4290
|We offer Small Group Tours / Set Departures to Madagascar for those who enjoy travelling together with like-minded people.|
The fourth largest island in the world, Madagascar broke from continental Africa 65 million years ago, leaving its flora and fauna to evolve in isolation. Nearly all Madagascar’s mammals and reptile species and almost eighty per cent of its plants are endemic; that is, to be found nowhere else on Earth.
The best known animals are the attractive tree-dwelling lemurs: other favourites include the chameleons with their independently swivelling eyes (said by the Malagasy to be keeping watch on the past and the future), countless species of insects, spiders, and butterflies, and many endemic birds of special interest to ornithologists.
Of note botanically, the eerie spiny forests of the southwest are unique to Madagascar, the lush eastern rainforests harbour many endemic species, and in the west are found species-rich dry deciduous forests. There are seven species of baobabs - put into context, Africa and Australia have only one species apiece – and other interesting plant families such as aloes, euphorbias and pachypodiums, well adapted to arid environments.
With such an extensive coastline, Madagascar has miles of beautiful beaches, palm-fringed shoreline, numerous offshore islands and coral reefs providing wonderful snorkelling and diving.
A unique mix of African and Asian ethnicity yet united by one language, the Malagasy are friendly and well-mannered, characteristics which even the abject poverty of many of the people has failed to lessen. Each of the eighteen tribal groups has its own unique customs, taboos and traditions, often pertaining to the wildlife present in their area.
To visit Madagascar is to experience a land like no other.
Travel between the end of April and end of November is preferable to avoid the wet season, with April/May and October/November being best for animal activity. Notwithstanding some geographical variations, June to September normally offers dry, cooler weather.
From September to November, many bird species are displaying, nesting and in breeding plumage, and baby lemurs can be seen clinging to their mothers. Try to avoid late December to early April – wet season.
In association with nhbs Environment Bookstore
|Mammals of Madagascar
||Birds of the Indian Ocean Islands||Bradt Wildlife Guide: Madagascar Wildlife
With superior accommodation, remarkable scenery and an impressive variety of wildlife both terrestrial and marine, this “Madagascar soft adventure” is an excellent introduction to the Big Red Island. Find out more...
A well-paced overland journey escorted by private guide and driver, with panoramic landscapes, a luxury coastal resort to end and a cast of irresistible lemurs and other unique wildlife only to be found in Madagascar. Find out more...
This breathtaking Madagascar wildlife tour combines exceptional wildlife and scenery found in some of the most important wildlife reserves in Madagascar with a beautiful tropical island for coral reefs and pure beach relaxation. Find out more...
Something extra-special to look forward to after your wedding, this delightful Madagascar honeymoon begins with the perfect location for some well-earned relaxation: Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge. It then reveals the many natural history marvels to be found in the forests of Madagascar, ending at a lovely lodge on its Baobab Beach. Well worth getting married for. Find out more...
These locations are some of the most impressive and exciting in all Madagascar, resulting in a varied and adventurous Madagascar holiday, mostly well off the beaten track. Including Kirindy with the world’s highest primate diversity, two World Heritage Sites, a mountain climb through the pristine rainforests of Marojejy and ending at the stunning Masoala where the rainforest meets the shore. Find out more...
A comprehensive natural history exploration of many contrasting, unique regions appealing greatly to active individuals who relish good hiking, stunning landscapes, varied wildlife viewing, unusual flora and friendly encounters with interesting tribes. Find out more...
Designed for the budget-conscious traveller who wishes to enjoy a good spread of Madagascar’s manifold attractions at an affordable price, including a rainforest reserve, the best dry deciduous forest park and beach time at a tropical island. A well rounded and stimulating Madagascar budget holiday of exceptional value. Find out more...
The following compact itinerary is based on a film shoot for the Holiday Programme arranged for the BBC by Reef and Rainforest Tours. It gives those with limited time the chance to gain an excellent insight into what makes a Madagascar holiday so special, while enjoying luxury lodge and boutique resort comforts. Find out more...
Suiting off-season travellers (Dec-Apr) when rain is more frequent, this itinerary includes a range of prime wildlife locations which normally receive the least precipitation, revealing a wide variety of habitats and species to perfectly suit rainy season travellers, or indeed those going at any time of the year. Find out more...
A mix of highly contrasting exotic worlds - Madagascar's forest and Indian Ocean beaches with endemic small wildlife (e.g. various lemur, chameleon, gecko species) and South Africa's bushveld with the Big Five and more (elephant, lion, leopard, rhino and buffalo) on luxury safari. An altogether wonderful wildlife honeymoon. Find out more...
Combining the weird and wonderful wildlife, forests and landscapes of Madagascar with luxury African safari game drives in South Africa. Experience two very different wildlife destinations in one holiday Find out more...
A combination of Madagascar's extraordinary lemurs and other rainforest wildlife with Mozambique's pristine Indian Ocean coast and fabulous marine life Find out more...
This superb itinerary covers the renowned overland route via Andasibe-Mantadia (Perinet / Analamazaotra), through the scenic Hauts Plateaux, to stunning Ranomafana and Isalo National Parks and then to the coast and spiny forest at Ifaty – varied scenery and habitats, wildlife-rich, many lemur encounters, friendly people – and exceptional value for money.
IMPORTANT NOTE (1): Despite recent improvements, Madagascar still has some accommodation of a low standard, and a precarious infrastructure including unreliable domestic flights, poor communications and bad roads. Many areas are isolated and far from medical and other services. Trails can be strenuous, campsites and park huts basic. Bookings are only accepted if the client accepts Reef and Rainforest Tours has done everything in its power to ensure there are no difficulties, but has limited control over standards of equipment, availability of accommodation and other services, airline and hotel reservation policies, flight schedule changes or breakdowns in communications.
IMPORTANT NOTE (2): Each location generally has limited satisfactory hotels, and international and domestic flights often fill early. Because increases in hotel beds and flight seats have not kept up with visitor numbers, early booking for tailor-made tours is advisable to secure desired itineraries, particularly during high season (from late May to mid November). Some waitlisted nights are to be expected if booking less than 18 months in advance. Waitlists usually clear prior to departure. We do our utmost to secure accommodation specified in your itinerary, but alternative accommodation will be offered and must be accepted by you in the unlikely event waitlisted nights do not clear or if the hotels over-book their rooms. Your booking is conditional on your understanding and acceptance of this situation.
We saw ten species of lemur which was clearly the highlight of the trip…I must say Madagascar is a hugely underrated destination. The wildlife, fabulous scenery, varied geography and the people make the country a very attractive active holiday destination.
Mr A N, Bangkok.