Set off in August 2021 with AdventureWomen for a 12-day trip through Madagascar, the fourth-largest island in the world. Discover its biodiversity, meet the friendly Malagasy people, search for lemurs, and get off-the-beaten-path on this remarkable adventure!
Arrive in Anatananarivo, fondly called Tana by the locals, where you’ll meet your expert Malagasy guide who will be with you every step of the way on this exciting journey, helping you spot lemurs, learn about local crafts, and explore quiet areas of Madagascar. You are also accompanied by an AdventureWomen Ambassador, committed to helping make your experience a fun and personally rewarding adventure, and cheering you on as you reach beyond your comfort zone to take on new challenges in your own unique way! Sit down to a lively welcome dinner with your group, meeting the other adventurous women exploring this remote corner of the world with you.
Madagascar is fairly undeveloped, so you’ll see very few tourists, but you’ll also be traversing a large portion of the island by road, which is part of the charm of this journey. Set out from Tana for Ambositra, where you will sit with a group of local women to learn about the process of silk weaving, all the way from the silkworm to a woven scarf. Try your hand on the loom! Before leaving Ambositra, meet a local women’s group to see how they embroider tablecloths and bedding.
Head to Ranomafana National Park, home to 12 species of lemur, including the bamboo lemur, the greater bamboo lemur, the black and white ruffled lemur, and the very rare aye-aye. Spend a full day hiking in the rainforest searching for these curious primates that look a bit like a cat crossed with a squirrel and a dog. Their eyes are very inquisitive! Take a privately chartered plane to Morondava before setting off for sunset at the Avenue of the Baobabs. These giant trees, which sometimes look like they are upside down, are a beautiful sight in the orange glow of an African sunset.
Next up: more lemurs! The Kirindy Forest is a dry deciduous forest, home to seven species of lemurs as well as the fosa, the only predator of lemurs. Head out for multiple walks in the forest, including an exciting night walk to search for nocturnal species.
After spending two nights in the Kirindy area, set off on a cross-country adventure! Your four-wheel drive vehicles await to take you from the western side of Madagascar across to the east to Tsingy de Bemahara National Park. The drive is long, but it is part of the fun of traveling in a country with few tourists. When you arrive in Tsingy de Bemahara, rest up – tomorrow you’re exploring the park! The Tsingy are a peculiar rock formation that only exists in Madagascar. These limestone pinnacles have strange cathedral-like peaks that tower several hundred meters high, and the stone forests contain caves, underground rivers, and canyons.
After two days exploring the Tsingy, board your charter flight back to Tana, where you’ll visit Lemurs Park, a private reserve created to educate the public and to protect different lemur species. This is your last chance to come face-to-face with these unusual creatures. Reminisce about your fascinating adventure with your new friends over a farewell dinner, celebrating the end of a unique experience.
Journey with AdventureWomen off the beaten path, and explore the remote and intriguing island of Madagascar, searching for lemurs and making friends along the way.
- Search for multiple different species of lemurs, native only to the island of Madagascar
- Meet with local women’s groups to learn about silk weaving and embroidery
- Go on a night walk through the Kirindy Forest to search for nocturnal species
- Explore the Big Tsingy, hiking through bizarre limestone formations and crossing suspension bridges for a birds-eye view
- Soak in the sunset at the Avenue of the Baobabs
What You'll See and Do
- Cultural Exploration
- National Parks
- Wildlife Viewing