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The route


Baobabs & Dancing Lemurs

160 million years ago Madagascar split from the African continent to form the fourth largest island in the world.
At that time mammals did not even exist (they appeared around 100 million years later), which is why Madagascar is without the typical fauna found on the African continent. Other than bats, that were able to fly from the continent, there is not a single Madagascan mammal species that you can find in any other place of the world.
Madagascar is one of the most bio-diverse countries on earth, home to thousands of species of plant and animal life of which about 80 percent cannot be found anywhere else on the planet. Even 65 percent of all bird species are endemic to Madagascar.
The local ethnic group that forms almost all of the 22 million population are the Malagasy. They are divided into two subgroups: the "highlanders" of the central plateau and the "coastal dwellers" elsewhere in the country. The history of has many influences from Arab merchants, Portuguese, French, Dutch and English.

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Highlights include:

  • Antananarivo (Tana): The capital city offers a blend of French colonial architecture, bustling markets, and historical sites like the Royal Hill of Ambohimanga, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Avenue of the Baobabs: Located in the Menabe region, this iconic avenue is lined with towering, ancient baobab trees, creating a stunning and photogenic landscape.

  • Morondava: A coastal town that serves as a gateway to the Avenue of the Baobabs. Explore the local culture, markets, and enjoy the coastal scenery.

  • Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park: A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Tsingy de Bemaraha is known for its otherworldly limestone formations, sharp limestone pinnacles, and unique wildlife, including lemurs and chameleons.

  • Andasibe-Mantadia National Park: A primary rainforest reserve that provides an excellent opportunity to spot lemurs, including the indri, Madagascar's largest lemur species.

  • Isalo National Park: Famous for its sandstone formations, deep canyons, and rich biodiversity, Isalo offers hiking trails to explore its unique landscapes and cool natural pools.

  • Ranomafana National Park: A lush rainforest known for its diverse flora and fauna, including various species of lemurs, chameleons, and the elusive golden bamboo lemur.

  • Kirindy Forest Reserve: A dry deciduous forest known for its unique wildlife, including the fossa (Madagascar's largest carnivore), various species of lemurs, and chameleons.

  • Ifaty and the Spiny Forest:  Unique Spiny Forest known for its distinctive vegetation adapted to arid conditions.

  • And more....

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Accommodation on bed and breakfast basis, dinner included on first and last night, 4x4 rental (day 3–25), fuel, two 4WD assistance/escort vehicles with drivers (day 3-25), English speaking local guide, bus and driver from Tana to Manambto and return (day 26-30), entrance and guidance fees at all parks and reserves to visit, as per the itinerary, boat transfer Manambato/Akanin’ny Nofy/Manambato, all transfers airport/hotel/airport in Tana and Self Drive Adventures escort.


International airfares, optional activities, meals other than listed (budget EUR12-15 per lunch/dinner or around EUR900 total per person, vehicle guarantee of EUR640 cash approx. AUD1,190 per 4x4 (to be returned at the end of the hire if the vehicles have not been damaged), travel insurance, visas and vaccinations and local tips (budget approx. EUR150 per person). Car excess and car rental terms and conditions will be supplied separately


Below is a schedule of prices based on vehicle number. Upon booking we will ask you to let us know at which level you are willing to join the group. e.g. I there are 2 cars booked, and when you book you are the third car, you may select that you are only prepared to join the group when there is a minimum of four cars. As soon as we reach the minimum number of cars based on this selection from everyone who has booked, we will advise you that the trip is confirmed, and you can start booking flights and making other arrangements.

3 cars (prices per person): 2 people per 4x4 (twin/double): EUR10,790*

4 cars  (prices per person): 2 people per 4x4 (twin/double): EUR9,995*

5 cars (prices per person): 2 people per 4x4 (twin/double): EUR9,385*

6 cars  (prices per person): 2 people per 4x4 (twin/double): EUR8,995*

7 cars (prices per person): 2 people per 4x4 (twin/double): EUR8,500*

Single supplement if single accommodation requested: EUR1,190*

We can provide pricing if you have more than 2 people per 4x4.

*The prices above are for 2024 only. 2025 prices to be confirmed in November 2024. There is a maximum of 7 vehicles (plus support vehicles). Prices are subject to exchange rate fluctuations – please see booking form for all terms and conditions. Prices subject to change in case of a significant depreciation of the Malagasy Ariary currency compared to the euro of -5%, and in case of fuel increase of more than 10%, between the date of deposit and the full payment for the tour.


All travel subject to COVID situation prevailing


09 Oct - 08 Nov – 31 Days - sold out


07 Oct - 06 Nov – 31 Days - open for bookings

Have your own group?  We can tailor your trip.


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