A Small-Group 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 nowhere else on Earth. There is no better way than with a small group to experience this living time capsule that broke away from the super-continent more than 100 million years ago. Discover a "lost world" you never knew existed as you experience individual close-up encounters with some of the planet’s most unusual species.
Travel in the smallest group to see a wide variety of fascinating lemurs—a rare encounter with these primitive primates found only on Madagascar
Explore four distinctly different national parks, plus the private Anjajavy nature reserve with unique and seclude habitats accessible only via our flight into the private airport
Maximize time in Madagascar’s wild areas—and minimize long dusty drives—via chartered flights that ensure timely, comfortable travel linking areas otherwise hard 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. To truly discover this island continent requires the smallest of groups, as well as exclusive transportation and other trip features that are missing on most organized tours. Take a look at what sets Nat Hab’s Madagascar journey apart:
A Maximized Itinerary for Your One (and Only?) Madagascar Journey Most people who visit Madagascar do so just once in a lifetime, so it’s important to maximize each and every day. Compare itineraries carefully: On other Madagascar trips, several (or many) days are wasted traversing the country in vehicles or spent lounging on beaches. There’s nothing wrong with sitting on a beach, but when you travel to Madagascar with Nat Hab, you’ll maximize your time spent in the areas that make the world’s fourth largest island so special. Of course, we include the “must-see” places, but by including chartered flights—rather than spending long days sitting in buses—and access to a selection of fascinating, rarely-visited areas, we are able to expand valuable time reveling in wildlife encounters found nowhere else on Earth.
The Smallest Groups (Just 10-11 Guests!) Ensure Authentic Encounters
Genuine wildlife encounters are always more likely with fewer people—and are impossible with groups of 20 or more travelers. On our Madagascar adventure we explore this rare "lost world" with a maximum of 10 or 11 travelers, ensuring you the most personal nature encounter.
Chartered Aircraft Maximizes Our Time in Nature…and Avoids Hassles
When other companies do choose to include flights, they most often utilize the national carrier, Air Madagascar, an airline with one of the worst reputations for delays and cancellations. The unfortunate truth is that travelers booked on Air Madagascar can sometimes wait a full day or more in airports, or be re-routed to require a 24-hour drive on very poor dirt roads. To avoid this exceedingly unpleasant experience, and to be certain we don’t waste our valuable days in Madagascar, we use our own privately chartered flights. This is a big commitment, but we're ensuring we get where we need to be in a convenient and timely manner, and maximimzing our guests' positive nature travel experience.
Unique Accommodations in Close Proximity to Nature—Including Anjajavy Lodge
When it comes to lodging, we put the emphasis on "secluded" with stays on private reserves and inside protected national parks. From an out-of-the-way bungalow tucked amid lush rain forest 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 the property's small lemur preserve, where we often get very close to some of Madagascar’s famous fascinating creatures.
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. 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!
Window Seats for Everyone
During our wildlife drives, we make sure every guest enjoys access to an unimpeded view. 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 and who is experienced in guiding in Madagascar, plus a highly-trained local guide. 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 diverse 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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