“Travelling makes you speechless and then turns you into a storyteller.” Ibn Battuta
This saying rings true through the jungles, beaches, canyons and markets of Madagascar. Stories are waiting to be collected and told, waiting patiently in the vibrant mixture of stylish, rustic and wild landscapes of this African island. Wearing its heart on its sleeve, Madagascar and its people anticipate your adventure, welcoming you to its eccentric and treasure-filled shores. JENMAN African Safaris have put together a list of our top 5 tours, ensuring you get tastes of beach and forest, of relaxation and exploration.
1000 Views of Madagascar
They say a picture paints a thousand words. As such, our 1000 Views of Madagascar tour could scribe a book on the colourful and character-filled country that is Madagascar, an island waiting to be explored. The adventure begins in Tana and travels through unspoiled nature, the dense forests of Andasibe, the eroded hills of Antsirabe, Fianarantsoa, Isalo National Park, Ifaty and Tulear.
This 12-day tour of Malagasy discovery includes lemurs, colourful tribes, tropical beaches, bustling markets and ever-changing scenery. From the sweeping canyons of Isalo National Park to the peppered palms and white sands of Ifaty, the lemurs of Andasibe and the markets of Tana, your memory banks and hearts will be full.
Barefoot Southern Luxury Explorer
Adventure mixed with luxury awaits in colourful and character-filled Madagascar! Our Barefoot Luxury Southern Explorer itinerary offers exploration in style. From walks in Sacred Rain Forests, which are dotted with the tombs of Ifotaka, to tours that deliver you to the heart of the local village and its market, your senses will be enticed and entertained every step of the way. 90% of the island’s biodiversity is found nowhere else on earth, a veritable garden of Eden. With bird watching, guided walks, authentic tribal displays, deserted beaches, seasonal whale watching, lemur spotting and canoe trips through the mangroves, Madagascar offers a travel tincture for everyone.
Ile St Marie is a very long and very thin strip of tropical beach and turquoise sea paradise in the heart of the Indian Ocean. Our Madagascar St. Marie Beach Package is an invitation for absolute island relaxation. Small in size and intimate in nature, Ile St Marie is out of the tourist spotlight. Despite stretching only 50km long and only 7km wide, the island offers a full range of activities to keep you entertained.
Its soft beaches are lined with coconut palms, coral reefs, inland waterfalls and basalt rock formations; an explorers paradise. Known locally as ‘Nosy Boraha’, the island also boasts forests with characteristic lemur species as well as sand dunes and mangroves. Fishing villages exhibit local tradition, complete with a pirate cemetery fulfilling one’s cultural curiosity! From scuba diving to snorkelling, reading, or fishing, you’ll be able to really feel as if you’re living the life of Robinson Crusoe – albeit with a little more luxury and a lot more fun!
Nosy Be, meaning ‘Big Island’ in the local language, is Madagascar’s top beach destination. Covering an area of 320 km sq, Nosy Be has turquoise waters, vibrant coral reefs, forests and mangroves filled with rare and fascinating wildlife. It is a bucket list destination for nature lovers of ocean and land, and Madagascar’s most popular resort destination.
Like the nearby Comoros islands, it is a production centre for the perfume from the ylang-ylang trees. Other island products include sugar cane, coffee, vanilla, pepper, saffron and other spices – making the Nosy Be markets rich in local treasure.
After four days of excursions to smaller islands, lemur spotting and visits to the bustling local market, you’ll be transferred to the capital of Madagascar, the city of Antananarivo. This bustling city will add the perfect finishing touch to your beach package holiday by giving you a taste of the buzzing city life of Madagascar.
From the white beaches of Nosey Be to the forests of Andasibe National Park, our Beach and Lemur Explorer will satiate your adventure appetite. This conservancy is full of untouched montane forest and natural beauty and is home to almost all of the eastern rainforest indigenous wildlife. This area is known for its population of Indri Lemurs, which are the largest living lemurs. During the morning and again in the late afternoon, the sights and sounds of the various lemurs offer an unforgettable wildlife experience.
Pack your passport, your curiosity, your swimwear and your appetite for adventure and plan a trip to the weird and wonderful world of Madagascar!