Location of Adventure
Approximately 10-12 Travelers
A very important feature of our Madagascar safari is the small group size, as nature travel is best experienced with fewer people, in order to enhance intimate encounters with wildlife and nature. Our Madagascar Wildlife Adventure is capped at 12 travelers, while our Madagascar Wildlife Photo Adventure accommodates a maximum of 10 travelers.
- Trip price includes: Accommodations, services of Nat Hab's professional Expedition Leader(s), local guides and camp staff all meals from dinner on Day 1 through lunch on final day, most gratuities, airport transfers on Day 1 and final day, all activities and entrance fees, all taxes, permits and service fees.
- Internal air cost includes: All charter flights within the itinerary.
Travel to and from the start and end point of your trip, some alcoholic beverages, some gratuities, passport and visa fees (if any), optional activities, items of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry and internet, etc.), airline baggage fees, airport and departure taxes (if any), required medical evacuation insurance, optional travel protection insurance.
Specialized 4x4 Land Rovers and Land Cruisers
Our Private Leaders
Moderate to Difficult
In order to participate fully in this adventure, guests must be able to walk unassisted for at least 3 miles in a single stretch along dirt paths, up and down steep and sometimes slippery slopes, over or around tree roots that protrude from the trail, up and down tall steps cut into the paths, and occasionally off-trail and into the brush over wet leaves, tree roots and through hanging vines to see wildlife. The group may do multiple hikes during a day, with total distances exceeding 5 miles. Travelers must be comfortable crossing a sturdy bridge over a gorge, walking through sand and into knee-deep water to climb into and out of a boat with assistance, and walking along wooden boardwalks without a railing. All guests must be able to climb stairs unassisted.
Days are often long, as mornings typically start before daybreak with dinner served after sundown. All of our wildlife-viewing activities are conducted on foot and require a combination of endurance, balance and a good view of the trail underfoot. Trekking poles can be highly beneficial, and we will provide these to anyone who would like to use them at any point during the trip. Most of the required walking activities are considered moderate with regard to exertion level, though some are more difficult, particularly in the rain forests. While our longest excursions can last up to four hours, we move at a leisurely pace, interspersing many stops to view wildlife in the trees around us with bursts of more moderate exertion as we trek between wildlife sightings. While all activities are optional, those who can walk longer distances on more strenuous trails will gain the most from this trip and may see more wildlife species that reside deeper within the forest. Longer and more difficult hikes may be offered in certain areas when time permits.
Our private chartered flights utilize unpressurized turbo-prop aircraft that may fly as high as 10,000 feet. Elevations can reach 4,700 feet above sea level during our excursions. Temperatures can be quite cold in some areas, especially during the months of July and August, while heat in other areas can demand greater exertion, particularly during September through November departures. Some of the roads we drive are winding, and guests who are prone to motion sickness are advised to carry medication for such conditions. Other roads may have potholes, creating rough driving conditions and possibly causing you to bounce a bit in your seat.
Important Information About This Trip
Madagascar’s varied ecosystems offer a range of nature encounters. We will hike in rain forests (which can be hot and humid), take boat rides to view wildlife, and we may have the chance to snorkel, for those who desire. Participation in all physical activities is optional. We ask our guests to understand that the accommodations in Madagascar are not, collectively, of the standard that may be found in other more established African safari countries. Some lodgings are relatively luxurious while others are plain but clean and comfortable. In all cases, we have selected the best accommodation available at each location. Changes to the itinerary may occur in order to take advantage of conditions unique to the season and/or to accommodate unexpected internal chartered flight schedule changes; therefore, itineraries may on occasion need to be rerouted or redesigned without notice.
Since the areas you will travel to on this trip are remote and wild (that's why we go there!), we require medical evacuation insurance for this program. If you decline the medical evacuation insurance coverage offered by Natural Habitat Adventures (NHA), we require that you send us documentation of the independent coverage you have selected. We recommend that your chosen independent insurance plan includes at least $250,000 in medical evacuation coverage. Please note that we will add the cost of NHA's medical evacuation policy (currently $48 per person) to your tour invoice until you provide our office with proof of coverage including your insurance company's name, phone number and your individual policy number. Thank you for understanding that our policy exists exclusively in the interest of our guests' safety.
To protect your investment and to provide peace of mind while you travel, we also strongly recommend purchasing comprehensive travel insurance. Plans may cover everything from medical treatment to trip cancellations and delays and lost luggage. Please contact our office if you would like more information about the medical evacuation and comprehensive travel insurance policies we offer by calling 800-543-8917.
Getting There & Getting Home
You must arrive in Antananarivo, Madagascar by 3 pm on Day 1 for a 7 pm welcome dinner. You are free to depart Antananarivo any time after 3 pm on the final day (Day 13).
We can best serve you if our Natural Habitat Adventures Travel Desk makes your reservations, as we are intimately familiar with the special requirements of this program and can arrange the most efficient travel. Please call us at 800-543-8917.