Journey with us to the magical island of Madagascar in August 2018 for an off the “beaten path” adventure in Africa to explore a bizarre world completely unlike any you’ve experienced before!
Welcome to Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar! Madagascar is the fourth-largest island in the world. You will be amazed by this African island’s biodiversity, home to some 2,300 species of plants and animals, many of which are found nowhere else on earth. But this island’s greatest secret is its warm and friendly people. The Malagasy are proud of their heritage and are keen to share their art, handicrafts, food, and music with travelers to Madagascar.
We begin our journey in Madagascar in Ambositra, a small town recognized for its Zafimaniry woodcarvings and handicrafts. The Zafimaniry people are known for the typical wooden architecture of their houses, and their woodcarving knowledge and art was added to UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage sites.
We then drive to the Manandriana area to learn about silk weaving from a group of local women weavers. From the silk worm to a woven scarf, discover the art of transforming a cocoon of wire and different stages of silk weaving. You will learn about the different stages of silk weaving, cooking the cocoons, spinning, dyeing, and weaving. And you’ll even try your hand on the loom!
For the next two and a half days, you will boat down the Tsiribihina River, showcasing everyday life, riverside, in Madagascar. You’ll likely encounter Madagascar boatmen, barges, and motor freight carrying local villagers and goods, as well as herds of zebu cattle that cross the river. In the evenings, we’ll leave the river to set up camp on the bank of the river. This is truly off-the-beaten-path – you will be putting the “Adventure” in AdventureWomen, as you sleep under the stars in your tent in your comfortable sleeping bag. Our campsite is on a huge sandy bank bordering a neighboring forest.
You’ll enjoy seeing your first baobab trees along the river. There are nine species of the iconic baobab tree found in the world, and six of them are found in Madagascar. Baobabs are often referred to as “upside-down trees”, due to the root-like appearance of their tangled branches.
Madagascar is also world-famous for its lemurs. Lemurs are primates that look something like a cat crossed with a squirrel and a dog. These animals are unique to the island and display a range of interesting behaviors. Today, lemurs are found in virtually all of Madagascar’s ecosystems and share some of the social and behavioral characteristics of monkeys, including forming social groups, eating fruit and vegetation, and being active during the day.
After your Tsiribihina River experience, four-wheel-drive vehicles are waiting to take you to Tsingy of Bemaraha National Park. This is a true African bush adventure where you will be traveling on bumpy roads as you drive through remarkable, relatively remote countryside before arriving at your hotel.
The Tsingy are a very peculiar rock formation, which only exist in Madagascar. These limestone pinnacles are formed by the slow sedimentation of coral and shell along with the effects of wind and water. These “stone forests”, which can tower several hundred meters high, contain a labyrinth of caves, underground rivers, and canyons, where rich populations of bats, lemurs, birds, and a specific flora thrive.
We then head to Morondava, a city on the west coast of Madagascar. The protected area of Menabe Antimena is characterized by a dense and dry forest, alternating with landscapes of mangroves and some wetlands. This area hosts eight lemur species, five species of rodents, three species of carnivores, seven species of insectivores and eleven species of bats.
We end our Madagasgar adventure, leaving the countryside and heading back to Antananarivo, Madagascar’s capital. You’ll enjoy learning folk songs and dances from a group of local women as you celebrate the warmth and hospitality of the friendly Malagsy!
Join us in August 2018 for culture, wildlife, art, river cruising and camping on a true African adventure on the magical island of Madagascar!
- Madagascar Adventure Tour: Day-by-Day Itinerary
- What’s Included on your Madagascar Adventure Vacation
- What to Pack for a Vacation in Madagascar
- Traveling Tips & Information About Getting to Antananarivo, Madagascar
- Detailed Itinerary: Madagascar Adventure Tour
- A forest of stone
- 3-day river cruise on the Tsiribihina River meeting local people and learning about their lives
- Search for lemurs, birds, chameleons and rare flora on the riverbanks, found nowhere else on Earth
- Explore Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park for 3 days with stunning rock formations only found in Madagascar
- Marvel at the fauna and baobab trees found in Menabe Antimena
- Learn silk weaving and embroidery from local women
What You'll See and Do
- Cultural Exploration
- Local Delicacies
- National Parks
- Natural History
- River Cruising
- Spa Element
- Wildlife Viewing