Voyage to Madagascar

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Spectacular scenery awaits throughout this Madagascar expedition with Zanzibar, Comoros, Réunion and Mauritius. Our East Africa expedition combines the rugged Comoros Islands, the colorful chameleons and pristine coral reefs of Madagascar, and the volcanic peaks of Mauritius and Réunion.
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Trip type
Group Tour
Lodging level
Basic - 2 star
Physical level
Trip pace
Balanced schedule


    • Six day tour of Madagascar where you stroll through the white sand beaches of Mauritius
    • In Zanzibar, wander through a labyrinth of serpentine alleyways in Stone Town (a world heritage site)
    • Witness 32 species of reptiles; and over 100 species of birds,
    • Enjoy superb snorkeling at Nosy Hara, a World Wildlife Fund coral marine ecoregion

What's this trip about?

    Spectacular scenery awaits throughout this Madagascar expedition with Zanzibar, Comoros, Réunion and Mauritius. Our East Africa expedition combines the rugged Comoros Islands, the colorful chameleons and pristine coral reefs of Madagascar, and the volcanic peaks of Mauritius and Réunion.

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Itinerary focusActive
Group sizeIntimate group - 12 max
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportN/A
Start CityZanzibar
End CityMauritius

Travel Themes

  • Cultural
  • Education / Learning
  • High Adventure
  • Local Immersion & Homestays


  • Africa
  • Comoros
  • Madagascar
  • Mauritius


  • Zanzibar


  • Educational/ learning
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling
  • Wildlife viewing

Trip includes

    • All gratuities;
    • Accommodations in our hotel and on board Island Sky as outlined in the itinerary;
    • All onboard meals and group meals ashore, including soft drinks, beer, and wine with lunch and dinner;
    • Arrival and departure transfers on group dates;
    • Services of the expedition staff, including lectures, briefings, slide/film shows;
    • All group activities and excursions; landing and port fees; and medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance;
    • Pre extension includes all of the above

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Travel Map

Day 1 (November 30):
Arrive in Zanzibar and transfer to the Sea Cliff Resort with the rest of the day at leisure. Those arriving in the morning may choose to join a tour of Jozani Natural Forest Reserve for nature walks to search for the photogenic red colobus monkey, Skye’s monkey, duikers, and more than 40 species of birds. Gather at the hotel this evening for a welcome reception and dinner.

Day 2 (December 1):
This morning tour one of Zanzibar’s many spice plantations, famous for their production of nutmeg, vanilla, cinnamon, pepper, and cloves. Continue to Stone Town to wander the labyrinthine alleyways lined with fascinating Moorish, Arab, Indian, and European architecture. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before embarking the Island Sky in the early afternoon.

Day 3 (December 2):
Our lecturers introduce the extraordinary natural history of this region. Be on deck to watch for the dolphins often seen cruising these waters.

Day 4 (December 3):
Disembark in Iconi, one of the oldest settlements on the island, and take a short drive to view the ruins of an 18th-century palace. Continue through scenic countryside to a plantation to learn about the cultivation of ylang ylang and exotic spices. The tour ends in Moro...
Day 5 (December 4):
Mayotte is an overseas territory of France, yet geographically it remains part of the Comoros group. A drive along the scenic southern coast brings you to a museum that unlocks the secrets of ylang ylang and vanilla, and a garden stroll reveals luxuriant tropical vegetat...
Day 6 (December 5):
Go ashore at Nosy Komba, a peaceful fishing village that is close to a small reserve for dimorphic black lemurs. Here you can observe the engaging, semi-tame lemurs up-close for excellent photographic opportunities. With luck, you may spot a Parson’s chameleon, one of th...
Day 7 (December 6):
The archipelago of Nosy Hara consists of 12 limestone islands with white-sand beaches, karst rock cliffs, and pristine coral reefs. Board Zodiacs to explore the fascinating geology of this region and step ashore on secluded beaches for nature walks. Spend the afternoon snorkeling to discover the amazing diversity below the waves.

Day 8 (December 7):
Disembark in Diego Suarez and board 4x4 vehicles for a scenic drive to Montagne d’Ambre National Park. Search for rare, localized crowned lemurs, as well as Sanford’s brown lemurs, striped mongoose, and a wealth of birds, including endemic Madagascar crested ibis and Amb...
Day 9 (December 8):
Depart overland for Ankarana National Park this morning, renowned for its dramatic landscapes: karst pinnacles, or tsingy, deep forest-filled canyons, a labyrinthine cave system, and a vast network of underground rivers. Wildlife is profuse in this park and you have exce...
Day 10 (December 9):
Spend the day at sea attending lectures and joining naturalists on deck to search for sea birds and marine mammals.

Day 11 (December 10):
Nosy Mangabe is a haven for a variety of wildlife. Species commonly sighted include black and white ruffed and brown mouse lemurs, leaf-tailed geckos, tree frogs, and with luck, the world’s smallest vertebrate, the thumbnail-sized dwarf chameleon. Return to the ship for ...
Day 12 (December 11):
Masoala is the largest national park on the island. On hikes through pristine forest you are likely to encounter red-ruffed and white-headed lemurs, greater hedgehog tenrecs, and ring-tailed mongoose. The park is also home to various species of brightly colored mantella ...
Day 13 (December 12):
Two tour options are available today. Those with an interest in natural history begin with a drive through lush vegetation, then board traditional dugout canoes for a leisurely cruise through a maze of mangroves, and enjoy a refreshing swim from a lovely white-sand beach...
Day 14 (December 13):
Relax on deck and attend lectures that highlight our intriguing final ports of call.

Day 15 (December 14):
Lush, volcanic Réunion is an overseas territory of France. Explore St. Denis, a small colonial town whose pervasive French and Creole ambiance is reflected in picturesque town squares. A breathtaking drive into the island’s dramatic mountains brings you to a volcanic cra...
Day 16 (December 15):
Disembark the Island Sky after breakfast and set out on a tour of the island’s scenic highlights. A drive inland takes you up to, and around, the rim of an extinct volcanic crater and the Grand Bassin sacred lake. After lunch visit a magnificent waterfall which cascades ...

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Last Updated: 8/2/2018

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Explore the rugged Comoros Islands and enjoy the sights of the colorful chameleons and pristine coral reefs of Madagascar. Gaze at the volcanic peaks of Mauritius and Réunion and stroll through the white sand beaches. During this six day tour through Madagascar tour as you'll set your sights on 32 species of reptiles  and over 100 species of birds, among them rare endemics such as the Madagascar fish eagle and white-breasted mesite.
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