Trip Overview

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.

Main Attractions

  • 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
  • Hiking
  • National Parks
  • Photography
  • Sightseeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Antananarivo
Welcome to 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!

During your adventure, you’ll get to know 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!

You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

Enjoy a lively welcome dinner as you get to know your fellow travelers this evening. Share stories and learn about why each woman in your trip is excited to explore Madagascar!
Dinner

Overnight: Hotel Colbert

Day 2

Antananarivo to Ambositra
Leave Antananarivo this morning and head for Ambositra. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant along the way.

When you arrive, explore the town. Visit a local woodworker to learn about the traditional uses of each type of wood.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Artisan Hotel

Day 3

Ambositra
Drive to the Manandriana area to learn about silk with local women. From the silkworm to a woven scarf, discover the art of transforming a cocoon of wire and different stages of silk weaving. You will see the different stages of silk weaving, cooking the cocoons, spinning, dyeing, and weaving. Try your hand on the loom! Join a local family for lunch.

Take some time to relax at your hotel this evening.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Artisan Hotel

Day 4

Ambositra to Ranomafana National Park
This morning, you will visit an embroidery workshop led by local women. Spend some time with them to learn how to embroider tablecloths and bedding.

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

Head out of Ambositra and drive to Ranomafana National Park, which will take about four hours. Enjoy watching the countryside during your drive. Ranomafana National Park is 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.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Hotel Thermal

Day 5

Ranomafana National Park
Madagascar is 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. Madagascar’s lemurs — isolated from evolutionary changes of the world — radiated into the large island’s many niches without much competition or predation. 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.

Head out to explore Ranomafana National Park. Search for lemurs – curious primates that look a bit like a cat crossed with a squirrel and a dog.

Go out on a special night walk to look for nocturnal species.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Hotel Thermal

Day 6

Ranomafana to Kirindy Forest
Leave Ranomafana National Park and drive about an hour and a half to Fianarantsoa. Catch your charter flight to Morondava, saving you a lot of driving time today.

Before you arrive at your hotel, stop at the Avenue of the Baobabs to enjoy the sunset. These giant trees are a remarkable sight in the orange glow of the evening light.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Relais du Kirindy

Day 7

Kirindy Forest
Spend today exploring this area. The Kirindy Forest Reserve protects the dry deciduous forests, which are home to the giant jumping rat, as well as seven species of lemurs, the fosa (the only predator of lemurs), and endemic reptiles.

Spend some time viewing nocturnal species tonight – a rare opportunity!
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Relais du Kirindy

Day 8

Kirindy Forest to Tsingy de Bemahara
Today your four-wheel-drive vehicles are waiting to take you to Tsingy of Bemaraha National Park. This is a true adventure – you will be on rough roads for about six hours. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant along the way. At the end of your drive through remarkable, relatively untraveled countryside, you’ll cross the River Manambolo and arrive at your hotel.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Soleil des Tsingy

Day 9

Tsingy de Bemahara

The Tsingy are a very peculiar rock formation, which only exist in Madagascar. They are limestone pinnacles, formed by the slow sedimentation of coral and shell along with the effects of wind and water. The Tsingy have been forming since Madagascar separated from the mainland of Africa 165 million years ago. These strange “cathedral like” peaks can tower several hundred meters high. These “stone forests” contain caves, underground rivers, and canyons, where bats, lemurs, birds, and a specific flora have adapted.

Explore this remarkable national park and enjoy a picnic lunch along the way.

After a full day exploring this unique area, spend some time relaxing at your hotel.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Soleil des Tsingy

Day 10

Tsingy de Bemahara
You have the option to hike the Great Tsingy today. As soon as you start the hike, you’ll be required to wear a harness. Start in the forest and hike for about half an hour before entering the canyon watching for lemurs and birds along the way. The climb is mostly bouldering, and you’ll do some scrambling. You’ll be clipped in with your harness, and you need to have good balance, core strength, and upper body strength, but you do not need climbing experience. If you have an intense fear of heights this activity may not be for you.

Stop on a few platforms, crossing suspension bridges along the way, before making your way to the bottom of the canyon. You’ll walk along the bottom of the canyon, at times having to crawl on your hands and knees. Look for mongoose on the canyon floor! Climb back up on ladders (you’ll be clipped in for safety) and hike out. This excursion will take most of the day.

For those of you who choose not to do the Great Tsingy, take the day to rest and relax at your comfortable lodge.

Have dinner with your group to talk about your activities from today!
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Soleil des Tsingy

Day 11

Tsingy de Bemahara to Antananarivo
Drive to the airstrip for your charter flight to Antananarivo.

Head to Lemurs Park, a private reserve that was created in 2001 to protect and educate the public about the different lemur species in Madagascar. The long-term goal is to reintroduce them into their natural environments. The park is home to nine species of diurnal and nocturnal lemurs, and has more than 70 plant species so the lemurs can feed on leaves or insects in addition to the fruit and vegetables they are given by the park.

Have a farewell dinner with your new AdventureWomen friends. Reminisce over all the memories you have made and celebrate the end of an amazing journey through this truly spectacular country.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Colbert Hotel

Day 12

Depart Antananarivo
Enjoy one last morning in Antananarivo before departing for the US. Say goodbye to your new AdventureWomen friends as you transfer to the airport for your flights home.
Breakfast

Please note: AdventureWomen will attempt to adhere to the itinerary as much as possible. However, certain conditions (political, climatic, environmental, and cultural) may necessitate changes in the itinerary. AdventureWomen reserves the right to alter any itinerary at any time, if necessary. We will attempt to notify participants of changes as far in advance as possible. Costs incurred by such changes will be the responsibility of the participants. 

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Traveling to Madagascar



Arrival and Departure Information

Arrive in Antananarivo, Madagascar (TNR) on August 3, 2021 any time.

Depart Antananarivo, Madagascar (TNR) on August 14, 2021 any time.

We are happy to help you make your flight and travel arrangements. If you’d like to do anything prior to or following the AdventureWomen trip, we’d be delighted to help you arrange any trip extensions you’re interested in.

Note: The recent trend in travel is for travelers to finalize their plans much closer to departure time than was customary in the past. While we try to be as flexible as possible booking last-minute registrants, we must release hotel rooms two to three months prior to departure! Please keep this in mind when making your travel plans.

Passports and Visas

Citizens of the United States must have a passport valid for six months beyond your travel dates with at least two blank facing pages. If you do not have a passport, please apply now!

US Passport holders will need a visa to visit Madagascar. We will provide detailed information before your departure on how to obtain your visa.

Activity Level

We rate this trip as Active. Our Active adventures get you on your feet. You should be in good physical condition and be prepared to hike for up to five hours, multiple days in a row, on uneven surfaces with some steep ascents and descents. Please note that this is a general description of what you might encounter; for specific details about your trip, please consult the itinerary.

We recommend training before your trip (with your doctor’s permission!) to make the most of your adventure. We have a partnership with FitForTrips, a company that will design an individualized fitness plan for you with this itinerary in mind. Best of all, AdventureWomen guests get a 25% discount with the code FITWOMEN. Learn more on the FitForTrips website.

You should come with a flexible, adventurous, and enthusiastic spirit, and a wonderful sense of humor that adventure travel requires.

Health Considerations

Make an appointment with a travel clinic. There are no immunization requirements for travel to Madagascar, however your local travel clinic may have recommendations for you based on your age, health, and past vaccination history.

For more health information, go to www.cdc.gov/travel and navigate to the page about Madagascar.

How to Register

Call the AdventureWomen office at (800) 804-8686 to determine space availability and register for this trip. We can complete your registration, including taking your credit card deposit over the phone.

If you prefer, you can register online by clicking “Sign Up for this Trip” on the trip page.

Please be sure to read the AdventureWomen policies before registering!

Preparation and Packing

Once you register for your adventure, we will send you a comprehensive preparation guide including weather information, gratuity suggestions, and a packing list.

As a reference, AdventureWomen typically suggests $200-250 for gratuities on most trips. Detailed information will be provided to you prior to departure.

Forms and Final Payment

The deposit for this trip is $800, and is nonrefundable and nontransferable. Once you book, you will need to fill out and return to AdventureWomen:

  • Information Form
  • Booking Conditions Form
  • Copy of Flight Information
  • Copy of Issuing Page of Passport (Photo Page)

Final payment is due to AdventureWomen in a cash form (check, money order, or wire transfer). A maximum of $1,500 per person can be put on a credit card, which includes your deposit.

Final Payment Due Date: May 5, 2021

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

What's Included

Included

  • Accommodations as per itinerary based on double occupancy
  • All meals as listed in the itinerary
  • All ground transportation
  • Domestic flights (priced separately from the main itinerary)
  • All entrance fees
  • Fully-guided sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary
  • English-speaking hiking guide throughout the trip
  • Bottled water during excursions and drives
  • All gratuities except head guide

Not Included

  • International airfare to Madagascar
  • Optional activities
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages (unless otherwise specified)
  • Fees for passport, visas, immunizations, or travel insurance
  • Cost of hospitalization or evacuation
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities for head guide

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Accommodations

Colbert Hotel

The Colbert Hotel shines at the heart of Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar. Situated in the city center, its privileged location will impress you with its panoramic view of the city.

Amenities:
Soap, shampoo, conditioner, hair dryer; electricity; Wifi

Artisan Hotel

This small, basic hotel is a perfect place to stay in Ambositra. You’ll enjoy the woodcarvings around the property as well as the simple but excellent local cuisine.

Amenities:
Soap; electricity

Hotel Thermal

The Thermal is close to Ranomafana National Park and boasts spacious bedrooms, cuisine with vegetables grown on the property, and thermal baths. The hotel strives to support the local economy by creating jobs while limiting its impact on the environment.

Amenities:
Soap, shampoo, conditioner; electricity; limited Wifi

Relais du Kirindy

The bungalows at Relais du Kirindy are all on raised decks and set a short walk from the main area of the lodge. En-suite bathrooms are found at the rear of each room, and a shaded deck is at the front. The main part of the lodge is reminiscent of an upmarket safari lodge, with a large pool and deck area as well as an open-plan lounge, dining room, and bar area.

Amenities: Soap; electricity; limited Wifi

Soleil de Tsingy

Nestled at the heart of a well-preserved natural area, the Soleil des Tsingy Hotel is the ideal base for an extraordinary stay in the Tsingy of Bemaraha. Enjoy the infinity pool, a wide choice of menus at the restaurant, a dramatic view of the Manalambo river, and the stunning sunset, while you appreciate one of the most impressive and unique natural views in the world.

Amenities: Soap, shampoo; electricity; limited Wifi

Please note that all amenities were current when written and are subject to change at any time.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686