An In-Depth Exploration of the Planet's Most Unique Biodiversity Hotspot
Madagascar is indeed a world apart. Its rain forests are home to diademed sifakas, indri and tenrecs, while baobabs and pachypodia punctuate its desert landscapes. Curious about those exotic-sounding names? For even the best-traveled nature lover, Madagascar offers a kaleidoscope of discoveries. It's no wonder WWF has chosen it as a priority place—more than 80 percent of the island's rare and intriguing plants and animals, including more than 100 different varieties of lemur, exist only here. Look for them, plus Parson's chameleons, iridescent sunbirds and a host of intriguing animals you'll find nowhere else on Earth. Madagascar is a living time capsule: once part of a super-continent, Madagascar broke away from that landmass 100 million years ago and has since existed largely in biological isolation. Come with us to discover a "continent" you never knew existed!
See a wide variety of fascinating lemurs—a rare encounter with these primitive primates found only on Madagascar, due to the island's biological isolation over millennia
Explore four distinctly different national parks plus a private nature reserve to experience a stunning cross-section of Madagascar's wondrous biodiversity
Maximize your time with nature and wildlife via our chartered flights, which ensure timely, efficient travel conveniently linking areas otherwise difficult to connect
Our Madagascar Adventure Is a Standout in an Outstanding Land!
When it comes to unique destinations for nature adventures, it's tough to top Madagascar. Some 80 percent of its intriguing plants and animals exist nowhere else on Earth. Nat Hab is one of very few travel companies offering guided adventures through this remote “lost world," connecting you intimately with this intriguing island and its singular wildlife. Take a look at what sets this trip apart:
Explore a Biodiversity Hotspot Before the Rest of the World Gets There Natural Habitat Adventures is one of few tour operators offering trips to this unusual nature destination. And our itinerary is as diverse and uncommon as this land itself: we explore dense highland rain forest, wander through moss- and lichen-laden cloud forest and delve into arid canyons. There’s time to relax on the golden shores of the Indian Ocean, search for rare frogs and geckos on night walks, spot several varieties of endangered lemurs in forests, and scan coastlines for pods of dolphins and migrating whales. With Nat Hab and WWF working together to create this unique itinerary, you won’t find a more comprehensive nature-focused adventure!
Small Groups and Rare Wildlife Encounters Go Hand in Hand Genuine wildlife encounters are always more likely with fewer people. We explore this rare, legislated island with a maximum of approximately 10 travelers, ensuring you the most personal nature encounters possible.
Maximize Your Time with Wildlife—Not Looking Out a Window
With other companies, you could spend most of your time traversing the world’s fourth largest island in a vehicle. When you travel with us, you'll enjoy an itinerary meticulously crafted to immerse you in nature. Of course, we include the “must-see” places, but by including chartered flights, we can avoid long drives to revel in wildlife encounters found nowhere else on Earth.
Fly on Dependable Chartered Aircraft While most Madagascar tours utilize the national carrier, Air Madagascar, we opt to charter our own flights to avoid the national carrier's terrible reputation for delays and cancellations. The unfortunate truth is that travelers booked on Air Madagascar can at times wait a full day or more in the airport, or be re-routed requiring a 24-hour overland drive on very poor dirt roads. To avoid this exceedingly unpleasant experience, we have opted to use only private chartered flights. Chartering is a big commitment, but by doing so, we get where we need to be in a timely manner, to maximize our guests' positive nature experience.
Unique Accommodations in Proximity to Nature When it comes to lodgings, we put the emphasis on "secluded," with stays on private reserves and in protected national parks. From an out-of-the-way bungalow tucked amidst lush gardens to your own eco-villa on a private nature reserve accessible only by private airstrip, you couldn’t ask for more intimate natural settings. Anjajavy Lodge is a special highlight: as the country’s only Relais & Chateaux property (a 4-star establishment by European standards), you’ll have access to more than 17,000 acres of private reserve encompassing deciduous forest, mangrove, tsingy and marine habitat and sheltering some 1,800 floral species, the intriguing Coquerel’s sifaka and a variety of chameleons and birds. At Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, our private estate stay includes an exclusive visit to a small lemur preserve on the property where we often get very close to some of Madagascar’s famous fascinating creatures.
Window Seats for Everyone
We make sure you have access to an unimpeded view from all of our vehicles. The private 4x4s we charter have five cushioned passenger seats—one in front next to the driver, followed by two rows of two seats each—though we limit our capacity to just four travelers in each vehicle for maximum comfort, viewing and photo opportunities. During our jaunts by private coach, everyone has a window seat along with an average two seats per traveler, allowing ample space for cameras and gear.
Travel in the Company of a Highly Experienced Leader, Plus Top Local Guides
While some companies may put a less-experienced local guide in charge—who may or may not speak fluent English (not all Malagasy guides do)—we provide a world-class Expedition Leader whose first language is English, plus an outstanding local guide, for an all-encompassing interpretive experience. Our Expedition Leader provides expert management and the integrated perspective of a professional naturalist, while our Malagasy guide adds in-depth local knowledge, helping to maximize the variety of wildlife you’ll see. We're also joined by regional park guides in the various places we visit, adding even more expertise. Our Expedition Leaders have additional training and resources provided by WWF’s top scientists—an NHA exclusive! See Expedition Leader bios with traveler comments regarding the quality of our leaders.
Our Quality-Value Guarantee Ensures Your Outstanding Nature Adventure
With Natural Habitat Adventures, you receive our exclusive guarantee that clearly states that we will meet the high expectations we set forth in our promotional materials. To our knowledge, this is the most ambitious guarantee made by any adventure travel company. Read our important promise.
Feel Good About the Way You Travel We all care about the planet, and you can travel with us knowing that the emissions from your trip are 100-percent carbon-offset. Natural Habitat Adventures is the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company, a feature that is especially critical when considering that wildlife and habitats are under substantial threat from our planet’s warming temperatures.
Natural Habitat Adventures Is World Wildlife Fund’s Travel Partner
Because of our commitment to environmentally friendly travel, as well as the exceptional quality of our small-group nature adventures, World Wildlife Fund, the world’s leading environmental conservation organization, has named Natural Habitat its worldwide travel partner—a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!
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