As Kensington’s Africa Director, I am overjoyed with our recent addition to our award-winning Africa portfolio – private guided safaris and tours to the eco-rich isle of Madagascar!
So unique that ecologists refer to it as the 8th continent, this isolated wonderland’s playful lemurs, phenomenal beaches, baobab trees and outlandish creatures are quietly climbing their way to the top of every globetrotter’s hit list. Not to mention the rare flora and fauna found nowhere else on earth. Madagascar is definitely a step beyond the quintessential Big 5 of the African safari – here, the starts of the show are the 70 different species of interesting looking lemurs, color-changing chameleons, alleys of towering baobab trees, cascading waterfalls, lunar landscapes, beach ringed isles, tropical jungles, carnivorous plants and hundreds of rare birds. It’s never a dull moment in Madagascar – it truly is a world onto itself!
I’ve noticed a recent trend of travelers who are looking at Madagascar as the perfect addition to any Africa safari or as a show-stopping standalone adventure. Which is not surprising as it promises to deliver that once-in-a-lifetime adventure that travel aficionados seek. The country is only now really beginning to embrace tourism after years of being off the map so even the most intrepid explorers haven’t visited yet.
As per our usual Kensington fashion, you can customize your Madagascar tour to suit your travel style, schedule and budget. Featuring expert private local guide, driver, hand selected properties, internal flights and much more, choosing Kensington will make your Madagascar adventure wildly unforgettable!
Check out Kensington’s collection of new Madagascar tours here: http://www.kensingtontours.com/tours/africa/madagascar
(Antananarivo, Andasibe-Mantadia National Park)
You wake suddenly, sure that the haunting, melodic wail was a figment from your dreams. As your eyes adjust to the darkness around you, you hear it again; this time carried through the trees from a distant part of the forest.
(Antananarivo, Ambositra, Ranomafana, Fianarantsoa, Isalo National Park, Ifaty)
Entering the pristine rainforest, the cool air fights the warm sun for your attention; crystalline rivers meander through the loamy earth as the clear notes of birds ring out like church bells.
(Antananarivo, Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, Antsirabe, Ranomafana, Fianarantsoa, Isalo National Park, Anakao)
The mist is heavy deep in the Madagascan rainforest and sweat drips from your brow after a full-day hike. Then you see it grazing among the bamboo thickets – the rare golden bamboo lemur – and your heart leaps.
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