Southern Madagascar is consistently the hottest and driest part of the country, with surreal landscapes to fulfil any photographer’s dreams. Exotic flora, spiny forests and giant baobabs conspire to make the visitor feel they have arrived on another planet.
The far southeast is difficult to access by road so most travellers fly into Fort Dauphin, where two oceans meet and tales of shipwrecked sailors and ruthless pirates abound. Stay at a luxury camp surrounded by forest on the banks of the Mandrare River where you can experience Madagascan tribal traditions and explore the beautiful natural surroundings which are home to ring-tailed lemurs and Verraux’s sifaka along with nocturnal species. Venture north to the coast at Manafiafy (formerly Sainte Luce) to experience life in a traditional fishing village, explore coastal rainforest and mangroves with lemur spotting & seasonal whale watching on offer best from July to September.
To the south west, you can reach the stunning Parc National d’Isalo via the coastal town of Tulear. Isalo is one of Madagascar’s most visited and most beautiful national parks where, after a morning clambering up escarpments and along canyons, walkers can enjoy a well-earned dip in one of the natural rock pools.
Where to go in Southern Madagascar
Les Dunes d'Ifaty
Toliara & Ifaty, Southern Madagascar, Madagascar
Beautifully located overlooking the Mozambique Channel, Les Dunes d’Ifaty is a comfortable and charming beach resort in southwest Madagascar, perfect for a little R&R after travelling around Madagascar's national parks.
Mandrare River Camp
Ifotaka Community Forest, Southern Madagascar, Madagascar
Madagascar Classic Camping's Mandrare River Camp has six tents and offers a luxury camping experience, with strong focus on local culture and the natural environment. Explore the Ifotaka community forest with its population of ring-tailed lemurs.
Jardin du Roy
Isalo National Park, Southern Madagascar, Madagascar
Jardin du Roy is one of three French-owned hotels situated in private grounds close to Parc National d'Isalo. The hotel offers comfortable and spacious accommodation in 25 rooms.
Andasibe-Mantadia, Antananarivo, Antsirabe, Ranomafana National Park, Isalo National Park, Ifaty
This itinerary really showcases the bizarre wildlife that Madagascar is so famed for. Your journey will start in the east of Madagascar where you’ll witness the largest lemur in Madagascar, the Indri, in Andasibe National Park. Look out for the Golden Bamboo lemur amongst the dense forests of Ranomafana National Park and end further south,...
GBP £4,600 pp
Ultimate Kenya and Madagascar
Maasai Mara & Madagascar
This wildlife focused itinerary combines a traditional and authentic Kenyan safari which allows you the opportunity to spot big game, and at the right time of year, the Great Migration in the Maasai Mara before you go in search of the rarer lemurs which can only be found in the wilds of Madagascar. Mixing authentic accommodations in the best...
GBP £10,000 pp
Mandrare River & Manafiafy
Be amazed by this adventurous and immersive trip that takes you off the tourist trail to some of Madagascar's most beautiful areas. Journey from the capital to the intimate river camp and the stunning luxury beach lodge where you will fall in love with everything Madagascar has to offer. Explore the wildlife rich Mandrare river before flying over...
GBP £6,200 pp