Luxury travel specialists Luxtripper has created three new conservation-focused itineraries that explore the fascinating island of Madagascar.
The ultimate destination for nature lovers, Madagascar, the planet’s oldest island, boasts one of the most unique landscapes in the world. The island country has been classified as a biodiversity hotspot, with over 90% of all of its plant and animal species found nowhere else in the world.
Luxtripper’s three new itineraries offer travellers once-in-a-lifetime experiences and explore an island of humming rainforests and mangroves, soaring mountains and white sandy beaches with crystal clear waters. Highlights include a tour of the Spiny Forests of the Mandrare Valley, home to inquisitive groups of ring-tailed lemurs, native cuckoos and the impressive ancestral tombs of the local Antandroy tribe; the wildlife-rich Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, with its more than 100 species of birds and chameleon; and beachside eco-lodges in the tropical islands of the Nosy Mitsio Archipelago.
Guests will be introduced to the customs and culture of some of Madagascar’s 18 tribes by knowledgeable local guides and invited to observe initiatives such as the Stitch project, which provides women from the local community with sustainable livelihoods by training them in embroidery, English and business skills.
The new itineraries include the nine-night Best of Northern Madagascar, which explores the Montagne d’Ambre National Park, and includes accommodation at a secluded nature lodge as well as nights at Constance Tsarabanjina, a stunning eco-resort on a private island in the country’s northwest; the en-night Wildlife, Tribes & Islands of Madagascar, which includes a spot of blaming in the Mandrare Valley, and a visit to the Nosy Be archipelago; and the 12-night Exploring Madagascar’s Great South, with stays at The Mantadia Lodge in Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, and a rainforest lodge on Manafiafy Beach.
The best time to travel to Madagascar is between April and December, where guests can expect warm and sunny weather. July to September is the country’s peak period and the best time to view humpback whales.
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