Madagascar expeditions

Madagascar at a glance

Population: 22 million

Terrain: Coast, desert, jungle, rainforest

Get in touch to find out more about expeditions to Madagascar.

Ideas for your students' expedition to Madagascar

Here is just a flavour of the amazing things your students can do on an expedition Madagascar.

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Expedition phases

Your students choose activities from any of the following phases:

Acclimatisation

Madagascar national parks

To get acclimatised to Madagascar’s climate, you can embark on a couple of easy treks. 

Explore the forests in Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, or experience the arid heat of the Isalo National Park. There are also stunning treks to lakes Tritriva and Andraikiba, with opportunities to explore rural villages and learn about the way of life here.

Trekking

Andringitra National Park

5 Days

The Andringitra National Park, in the south-east of the island, offers rewarding treks in its majestic mountain range. Climb Pic Boby (2,658m), the second-highest peak in Madagascar, and take in the spectacular views of neighbouring Pic Imarivolanitra.

5 Days

Project

Spiny Forest community project

Take a 4WD adventure passing ancient tribal culture to one of the most pristine areas of forest in Madagascar where you will live and work among rural communities in the Spiny Forest.

You could help build a new school and tourism infrastructure; a valuable contribution to reforestation which helps local tribes establish vital income sources.

In-Country Agent

Shaun Reverley
 
Shaun is our In-Country Agent for Madagascar and, as a tour guide there, he is our local source of expertise. Shaun is fluent in French and can also tackle some Malagasy!

Factfile

Languages spoken: Malagasy, French
 
Time zone: GMT +2 
 
Interesting fact: Madagascar's isolation means there is a wealth of biodiversity. In fact, 70% of species that inhabit Madagascar are to be found nowhere else on the globe.
Trekking

Madagascar Highlands

3 - 5 days

The highlands around Fianarantsoa really are off the beaten track. Trek along ancient trading routes through Betsileo villages, rice paddies, fields and the beautiful rainforest corridor. Arrive at the coast and if you are lucky you will be able to experience the madness of the 'jungle express' train back to Fianarantsoa.

3 - 5 days

Project

Highland village community project

Take a five-day trek and carry out project work at remote communities along the way. You get involved by helping to build classrooms, market stalls for a local weaving co-operative, and restore cyclone-damaged buildings. As well as contributing to development, you also get the chance to immerse yourself in Malagasy culture and learn about the ancient rituals of the remote areas you visit.

Madagascar project

Children in the rural Madagascan villages will give World Challenge teams a very warm welcome.

Rest & Relaxation

Snorkel in the Indian Ocean

Snorkel over some of Madagascar's 450km of barrier reef. Madagascar’s coastline supports the third-largest coral reef system in the world and you could be lucky enough to spot all sorts of marine life, from sea turtles to humpback whales.

Madagascar lemurs 

Spot as many lemurs as you can

Madagascar rainforest 

Relax with a swim in the rainforest

Madagascar is magical!  You will feel that you have reached the edge of the known world.
Mike, our Madagascar Expedition Planning Manager

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expedition for your students

Coast, desert, jungle, rainforest