Discover our guide to the most beautiful ecotourism trips in Madagascar. Recognized for its natural and cultural riches which are still preserved, the “island-continent” is home to the largest number of species of flora and fauna in the world.
Explore Madagascar on a self-drive (self-guided) or in a small group, accompanied by a recognized guide. Go on an adventure during a trek in the highlands or relax in a charming ecolodge near a magnificent white sand beach… An ecotourism trip to Madagascar means immersing yourself in the heart of a unique nature, in private or in small groups and taking the time to meet the local populations.
What to see and what to do in Madagascar?
If the islands of Sainte-Marie and Nosy Be are the main tourist areas of the country and sites conducive to a relaxing stay in ecologe or the ideal starting point for a sailing cruise, the south and the north of the island, less frequented, are also full of natural and cultural wonders to discover during a guided tour.
From Diégo-Suarez to the rice fields of Antsirabe, passing through the valleys of Ifasy and Sambirano, you will meet many Malagasy craftsmen and actors whose know-how, traditions and dreams you will discover…
With friends or family, travel the country from east to west, from the province of Tamatave to that of Morondava, go down the Pangalanes canal, a veritable vegetable empire at the crossroads of lakes and lagoons, follow the Alley of the Baobabs and set off meet the famous Tsingy de Bemaraha.
Travel the island from North to South, from the magnificent bay of Diego-Suarez to the rice fields of Antsirabe, passing through the authentic valleys of Ifasy and Sambirano, or from East to West, from the province of Tamatave to that of Morondava; walk down the legendary Pangalanes canal, then follow the Alley of the Baobabs and meet the famous Tsingy de Bemaraha. The red island has something to seduce all types of travelers!
Do not miss a stop at Andasibe National Park, with a little luck, you will wake up to the gentle cry of the lemurs! Brickaville is the ideal starting point for hiking through the typical Malagasy villages.
Then discover the diversity of the fauna and flora of the Pangalanes canal, a veritable plant empire at the crossroads of lakes and lagoons, let yourself be amazed by its most beautiful palettes of color, before immersing yourself in the heart of life in the village of Antanambao.
Cross the legendary National Route 7 (RN7) crossing the center of the country, from the mountains of the Highlands to the coast in the southwest of the island, passing through the semi-arid massifs, and set off to meet the endemic flora and fauna of Ranomafana and Anja parks.
Stop off in Ambositra, the capital of Malagasy crafts, then embark on a trek of a few days in the enchanting Andringitra Park or in the Isalo National Reserve.
Head east to observe the whales and the abundant flora and fauna endemic to the Tamatave region, and enjoy time to share with the locals. Departing from the capital Antananarivo, take the direction of Tamatave, in the east of the island, stopping at the Andasibe national park.
Once you arrive in Tamatave, you can enjoy many excursions, hikes, visits to the palm grove …
Then set sail for the paradise island of Sainte-Marie. A true haven of peace with its crystal clear waters and its nests of whales in gestation between July and September. Just opposite and accessible by canoe.
When to travel to Madagascar?
The climate is very variable from one region and from one season to another.
The period from July to September corresponds to the high tourist season during which climatic conditions are favorable in most regions. However, there is a risk of strong trade winds in the north, and the east of the island is subject to a rainy climate during this season.
It is therefore preferable to leave in September or October, the ideal season for those who want to travel the whole of the island.
The off-season from April to June also allows you to discover the country in peace and in pleasant temperatures. Note, however, that some sandy tracks may be impassable due to the rains of the previous months.
Finally, avoid the period from November to March which corresponds to the rainy and cyclone season.
Ideas for ecotourism stays and tours in Madagascar
Discover some examples and itineraries to give you inspiration in choosing your future ecotourism trip to Madagascar!
Trekking and exploration circuit in the heart of Makay
Alone or with friends, combine business with pleasure and embark on a human and sporting adventure off the beaten track in the astonishing Makay Massif!
Supervised by a specialized guide, you will set off to explore the wonders and will venture where no one has gone before, swimming, crawling, jumping, paddling, climbing, to reach the sumptuous peaks of the gigantic labyrinth of Makay and observe many species of lemurs.
An unprecedented experience in total immersion in the heart of an extraordinary nature allowing you to actively participate in conservation and development actions in the villages of the region and thus help the local populations to live better.
- Live a timeless adventure in a still virgin and wild Eden
- Go where no one goes with the best specialists in the region
- Discover and observe a wild and unique fauna
- Contribute to the preservation of biodiversity and help local populations to live better
- Make enriching encounters and share strong and unforgettable moments.
Adventure and discovery tour of the South West of the Big Island
Go on an adventure with this exceptional 3-week expedition in the heart of Madagascar and discover the thousand faces of this land of contrasts rich in endemic flora and fauna. An exclusive itinerary to discover off the beaten track of the south-western quarter of the country.
The descent of the Manambolo river to reach the west coast and the famous mineral formations of Tsingy de Behamara, cabotage along the Mozambique Channel in a dhow or outrigger canoe, walks on foot and in a zebus cart, the ascent by the Isalo massif and the rice fields of the central plateau after a seaside stopover, without forgetting the many indigenous encounters … will make this trip an experience rich in adventures and emotions!
- An extraordinary expedition whose very varied itinerary has never been proposed.
- The friendliness of a small group allowing qualitative meetings with the Malagasy, especially in remote areas
- Accessing Tsingy Park via the Mananbolo River is a must! Many trips along the water, walking and zebus cart.
- A real “old-fashioned” adventure: accommodation will not be reserved systematically, to leave room for improvisation and allow the program to be adapted from day to day.
- This semi-organized tour is therefore not suitable for everyone …
Discovery tour and authentic encounters
Discover the true face of Madagascar through its magnificent landscapes but also the warmth of its inhabitants. Embark on a journey of contrasts rich in encounters and emotions, between land and water, natural parks and dream beaches, bustling cities and peaceful fishing villages … At every moment the impression of discovering a new land!
At the crossroads of Africa and Asia, Madagascar transports you to a whole new era. Discover, meet, amaze yourself! From natural parks to fishing villages, from the gentle rhythm of carts crossing rural villages to the tribulations of tuk-tuks in cities, it is a journey of contrasts rich in encounters and discoveries that awaits you!
- Malagasy smiles and human warmth
- The authenticity of the many encounters
- The true face of Madagascar, without pretense
- A 100% ethical trip
- The beauty of the landscapes