Trekking in Madagascar Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Private Group Adventures
Walking & Trekking
Trip Code:
Activity Rating - Moderate/Challenging
Moderate / Challenging

You are moderately fit and have an interest in remote or challenging environments. Some previous experience is required for activity based trips.

15 Days Land only
Ages: 18+

Trip Overview

This exciting itinerary allows us to experience the incredible diversity of Madagascar, predominantly on foot. We trek in Andringitra National Park, one of the most beautiful and biodiverse parks on the island, and in Isalo National Park with its unique landscape of rock formations, deep canyons, waterfalls and natural swimming pools. We go in search of lemurs in Anja Reserve and visit Ranomafana National Park, walking through spectacular scenery in the hope of spotting endemic lemurs, including dancing sifakas. Throughout the trip, the unique wildlife of this island will enchant and amaze.

At a Glance

  • 10 nights hotels with en suite facilities, 4 nights full-service camping, some basic campsites, all with shared facilities
  • 5 days walking with full porterage
  • 3 shorter daywalks
  • Altitude maximum 2658m, average 500m

Trip Highlights

  • Trek in Isalo National Park
  • Climb Madagascar's second highest peak - Peak Boby
  • See lemurs in their natural habitat
  • Relax on the beach in the coastal town of Ifaty

Is This Trip for You?

Activity level 4 (Moderate/Challenging):

This trip is suitable for clients with a good level of fitness. Previous trekking experience is desirable but not vital as long as you are confident of your physical condition. Some of the areas we visit are quite remote and will have basic facilities. Some of the walks in the national parks are uneven and may be slippery underfoot so you need to be comfortable with this. In addition, some of the trekking days are quite long, and at certain times of the year, the heat can make these walks more strenuous.

Madagascar is a rewarding destination with its wealth of flora and fauna, but, before you decide to travel, we would highlight the following issues for you to consider:

Travelling by vehicle in Madagascar can be uncomfortable as some of the road quality varies. Please read our travelling conditions for more information. We do have some longer drives but the diverse scenery more than makes up for time spent on the bus. We break up our road journeys with stops to visit villages, to take photos and to stretch our legs.

Madagascar is one of the world's poorest countries and a degree of flexibility and improvisation is required at times. The tourist infrastructure in Madagascar is relatively new and some services are limited. It is not unusual for there to be changes to accommodation or internal flights and for this reason, the order of the itinerary (but not the content) may sometimes change.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

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Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Antananarivo; overnight.

    The group flights usually arrive into Antananarivo in the early afternoon and the group will be met and transferred to the start hotel. Land Only clients should aim to arrive at the hotel this afternoon. In the evening our guide will hold a welcome meeting to discuss the week ahead, give advice on the local area and answer any questions.

    Accommodation: Hotel Belvedere or similar
    Standard Hotel

  • Day 2

    Morning city tour; transfer to Ambositra.

    We take a morning walk to the upper part of Antananarivo, ascending to Antaninareina (the commercial and administrative part of town) and walking to the main entrance of the Queen's palace, with outstanding views over Tana. In the afternoon we drive to Ambositra, where we have the chance to visit some Zafimaniry handicraft centres.

    Walk: Distance 4 km Ascent 160m Descent 0m Max Altitude:1360m Time: 1.5 hours

    Accommodation: Artisan Hotel or similar
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included:
    Distance covered: 4 km / 2 miles
  • Day 3

    To Antoetra; full-day trek through hills and rice fields, visiting local villages.

    A full day walking to Antoetra allowing us to discover and explore the Zafimaniry villages. The Zafimaniry people are renowned for their woodcarvings; in their villages, even the houses are works of art! In 2003, the Zafimaniry people and their work with wood were considered to be masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, a list maintained by UNESCO to protect and preserve their way of life. We will walk through habituated areas - through rice fields, hills and small villages, following regular paths used by locals. After the walk, we drive back to Ambositra.

    Walk: Distance 10 km Ascent 238m Descent 311m Max Altitude: 1780m Time:6 hours

    Accommodation: Artisan Hotel or similar
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included:
    Distance covered: 10 km / 5.5 miles
  • Day 4

    Transfer to Ranomafana N.P.

    Today we head south and east to the well visited national park of Ranomafana. The drive takes us through spectacular scenery, past neat Betsileo rice paddies and thick forests. We reach our destination in the afternoon and after some time to rest at the hotel, we take an evening walk along the roadside of Ranomafana to spot nocturnal wildlife.

    Accommodation: Hotel Le Grenat or similar
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included:
  • Day 5

    Morning visit to Ranomafana N.P.; transfer to Ambalavao in the afternoon.

    In the morning we visit Ranomafana National park - a mountainous rainforest park with elevations ranging from 600m to 1400m that contains many different forest types (from lowland rainforest to cloud forest and high plateau forest), and provides opportunity to see various species of lemurs (Golden bamboo lemurs, Greater and Lesser bamboo lemurs, Red-bellied lemurs, Red-fronted lemurs, Mile Edward’s Sifaka) as well as birds, frogs, reptiles, snails and orchids.

    In the afternoon, we drive to Ambalavao, the commercial centre of the southern Betsileo region, renowned for its folk art and craft. Whilst here we will visit a wine farm and also take the opportunity to learn about the production of the Antemoro-paper: a paper which is produced from the bark of the Havoha-tree.

    Walk: Distance: 6-8 km Ascent 120m Descent 120m Max Altitude: 1000m Time: 4-5 hours

    Accommodation: Tsienimparihy Lodge or similar
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included:
    Distance covered: 7 km / 4 miles
  • Day 6

    Early transfer to Andringitra N.P. to start the three-day trek to climb Peak Boby.

    Early transfer to Andringitra National Park - one of the most beautiful and biodiverse parks in Madagascar. Andringitra National Park has been managed by the WWF since 1993, and has three distinct eco-zones: low altitude rainforest, montane rainforest and high altitude vegetation. Although Andringitra contains diverse wildlife (over 100 bird species, 50 mammal species, including 13 lemurs types, and 55 species of frogs), the prime reason for visiting is for the stunning landscape, vegetation and superb trekking. More than 1000 plant species are known to exist in this national park alone, and the guides are highly knowledgeable on the plants contained within the park and their medicinal uses.

    In the morning we visit two famous waterfalls: 'Riandahy' and 'Raimbavy' and then we begin our trek to reach the second highest peak in Madagascar, Peak Boby. Peak Boby is also known as 'Pic d'Imarivolanitra' which means 'close to the sky'. The trek begins in forest which slowly becomes replaced by alpine meadows covered with orchids by the end of the rainy season. Leaving the forest we ascend a steep path which arrives onto the Andohariana plateau, climbing higher behind granite mountain tops. As we walk through the high montane vegetation we reach a natural pool, which offers a freezing but very refreshing swim! After approximately 6 hours of walking, we camp at Anderamposty (2100m).

    Walk: Distance 9 km Ascent 530m Descent 90m Max Altitude: 2080m Time: 6 hours

    Full-service Camping

    Meals included:
    Distance covered: 9 km / 5 miles
  • Day 7

    Andringitra National Park

    The longest day of treks, we begin our climb to the summit of Peak Boby early, to avoid climbing in the full heat of the day. This is a day to keep your camera handy as the trek climbs higher, giving unrivalled views and superb high-altitude flora. Although this is the highest accessible peak in Madagascar, it is a technically easy ascent up carved steps, and we should reach the summit after about 3-4 hours. We descend the same route back to our campsite where we have a chance to relax by the river while our lunch is prepared. After lunch, we head out through moon-like landscapes, granite cliffs and a forest of palm trees known as Gloka, on our way to our campsite. After approximately 6 hours of walking we camp at Iantaranomby (1650m).

    Walk: Distance 20 km Ascent 1092m Descent 1526m Max Altitude: 2658m Time: 10.5 hours

    Full-service Camping

    Meals included:
    Distance covered: 20 km / 11 miles
  • Day 8

    Andringitra National Park

    Today we have our final day of walking in Andringitra National Park. After breakfast we leave the mountains, exploring some of the villages on foot. With the decreasing altitude, we pass by many forms of succulent plants, such as the Pachypodium (looking like a mini baobab tree), Euphorbia and through savannah landscape. After approximately 4 hours, we camp at Meva Campsite in Tsaranoro Valley (900m)

    Walk: Distance 13 km Ascent 237m Descent 899m Max Altitude: 1535m Time: 5-6 hours

    Full-service Camping

    Meals included:
    Distance covered: 13 km / 7 miles
  • Day 9

    Visit Anya Reserve to look for Ring-tailed lemurs; to Isalo N.P.

    We drive to the little town of Ranohira today, which is the base for visiting Isalo National Park. Along the way we visit the small reserve of Anja, where Katta (otherwise known as Ring-tailed) lemurs can be observed in their natural surroundings.

    Accommodation: Les Toiles de l'Isalo or similar
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included:
  • Day 10

    Exploring Isalo National Park

    One of the highlights of the trip, we spend two days exploring Isalo National Park. Isalo is a vast region of wind-polished and water-scoured rock towers, deep canyons, gorges and oases, often described as Eden. Today we will start by walking along a relatively flat path, following the foot of the rocky mountain range, until the magnificent Canyon of Makis where we will search for cheeky Ring-tailed lemurs and the Verreaux Sifaka. From here, we will do a fairly steep climb, (those suffering from vertigo may find this challenging) and then walk through the scenic, moonlike landscape of the park to our campsite.

    Walk:  Distance 11 km Ascent 461m  Descent 410m Max Altitude: 1094m Time: 5-6 hours

    Full-service Camping

    Meals included:
    Distance covered: 11 km / 6 miles
  • Day 11

    Continue exploring Isalo National Park

    Today is our second day spent exploring Isalo National Park. Today we will visit Namaza waterfall, once again in search of cheeky Ring-tailed lemurs and the Verreaux Sifakas. We will then head to the 'Piscine Naturelle' (natural swimming pool), a beautifully lush spot in such an arid landscape, where we can swim and relax after the hot walk. Perhaps the magic is just to soak up the sheer beauty of the park. The combination of coloured, eroded rock formations, strange plants and the enveloping silence make this one of the most captivating places in Africa.

    Walk : Distance 10 km Ascent 30m Descent 20m Max Altitude: 1200m Time: 5 hours

    Accommodation: Les Toiles de l'Isalo or similar
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included:
    Distance covered: 10 km / 6 miles
  • Day 12

    To west coast and beaches; overnight at Ifaty beach

    After an early breakfast, we drive to Tulear, among the dry forests of the west and the spiny desert of the south, and we pass both the 'Mahafaly tombs' and the 'Antandroy tombs', briefly observing their ornate decorations. Antandroy and Mahafaly are reputed to be the most impressive of all Malagasy tombs, with the Antandroy tombs being large and brightly painted, relating to the life story and wishes of the deceased. They are also topped with zebu skulls which were sacrificed during the funeral festivity - a ceremony of great significance. Mahafaly tombs are characterized by their wooden sculptures known as 'Aloalo', relating to the life of the deceased and their unfulfilled dreams, as well as their rank within the clan. After a brief stop in Tulear, we continue past the coastal town of Ifaty to our hotel on the beach.

    Accommodation: Hotel de la Plage or similar
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included:
  • Day 13

    Free time for relaxation or optional activities at Ifaty beach.

    Today we have a free day at  Ifaty beach. Running all the way around the south-west Malagasy coastline, Ifaty beach lies on one of the world's largest barrier reefs and hence is an excellent venue for scuba diving. Between late June and early September, whales can be observed off Ifaty's beautiful white beaches and the offshore islet of Nosy Ve is a terrific place for snorkelling. Protected by coral reefs, the beach and waters beyond the hotel offer a welcome rest from your trekking itinerary for those who wish just to relax.

    Accommodation: Hotel de la Plage or similar
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included:
  • Day 14

    Fly to Antananarivo.

    Today we transfer to Tulear airport for our flight to Antananarivo which will arrive in the afternoon. Depending on the flight schedule, you may have free time to explore Antananarivo on your own.

    Accommodation: Hotel Belvedere or similar
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included:
  • Day 15

    End Antananarivo.

    Depending on flight times there may be the opportunity to embark on an optional short visit to Ambohimanga, the fortified village and its Royal Palace. Ambohimanga, otherwise known as Blue Hills, was for a long time forbidden to Europeans. The kings and queens returned here for rest and relaxation on top the forested slopes of this hill-top village. From here began the line of kings and queens who united Madagascar into one country. Ambohimanga still remains of spiritual significance for the Malagasy people with ceremonies and rituals still taking place.

    Meals included:

All ascents, descents and distances listed above have been measured by our local partners or tour leaders. Please note that different GPS measuring devices can give differing results dependent on the barometric pressures at the time. Measurements stated throughout these trips notes are given to help you understand the types of terrain and distances you will encounter.


Hotels & Camping

You will spend 10 nights in hotels with en suite facilities, and 4 nights full-service camping, with some basic campsites, all with shared facilities. We use tourist class hotels throughout the trip except during the treks where we camp in the national parks.

The hotels are simple but comfortable. Most of the hotels have mosquito nets in the rooms. Please note that although all of the hotels are said to have a reliable electricity and water supply there may be instances in which you experience some gaps in supply - this is more a reflection of life in Madagascar than the standard of the hotel. Please be aware that some hotels do not have 24 hr electricity, and in some, hot water is not always available. There is WiFi in most of the hotels but often this is only in the communal areas and not in the rooms.

During the camping portions, we will be camping in small mobile two-person tents. The camping is full service so the tents will be erected for you. Campsites in the parks in Madagascar usually offer only very basic facilities. You should not expect hot showers, flushing toilets and western standards of cleanliness at some of the places we stay. Some toilets may be long drops. Please come prepared. All camping equipment is provided except sleeping bags.

Where a single supplement is available, paying for a single will only guarantee a room for single use. It does not necessarily mean a twin or double room will be provided for sole occupancy.

Please note that a member of the group may be allocated a single room by default if the make-up of the group means there isn’t anyone for them to share with. Paying the supplement in advance is the only way to guarantee a single room.

Single supplements cannot be refunded retrospectively.

Single supplement from £330.00

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners included.

Food standards in Madagascar can vary and are probably not of the same standard you are used to at home. A one-course lunch/dinner should cost £4-6 while a three-course lunch/dinner should cost £9-12 . Please allow approximately £160 for meals not included, plus a little more if you enjoy a drink with dinner! Malagasy lager is reasonably priced and easily available. Malagasy wine is also reasonably priced but is not to everyone's taste. It is sometimes possible to get hold of French or South African wine. A delicacy in Madagascar is the various flavoured rum’s which are widely sold and very reasonably priced.

Please note that if you eat neither fish nor meat, your food options will be rather limited (i.e. omelette, cheese, pasta, vegetables and rice) on this trip. Breakfasts are usually simple: eggs, a baguette, jam and coffee or tea, and sometimes fruit. You may wish to bring something to supplement your morning meal (e.g spread, peanut butter etc).


Travel is mainly by small private bus. Most of this trip is on well-surfaced roads with occasional poor and bumpy sections. There is one internal flight from Tulear to Antananarivo.

On the treks, we walk from camp to camp. Porters will assist with all luggage - you just have to carry your daypack.

Madagascar has a varied landscape, flora and fauna and this trip gives you a great overview of its culture, people, varying landscapes, vegetation and unique wildlife. However to do this we do cover quite a distance. The majority of the roads are well-surfaced, but it is worth noting that Madagascar is one of the poorest countries in the world and the infrastructure reflects this. Some roads will be better than others, and at times a little patience, humour and flexibility may be required!

The driving distances are as follows.

Approximate driving time including stops in is brackets:

Antananarivo - Ambositra: 265 km (8 hours)

Ambositra - Ivato: 15 km (dirt road,1 hour)

Ambositra– Ranomafana: 155km (7 hours)

Ranomafana - Ambalavao: 130km (5 hours)

Ambalavao – Andringitra NP: 45km (dirt road, 4 hours)

Tsaranoro Valley – Ranohira: 235km (7 hours)

Ranohira - Ifaty: 275km (6 hours)

Although distances are mentioned, drive times can be time consuming due to road conditions as many of the areas visited are remote and road conditions inconsistent.

Weather & Seasonality

Weather Information

Madagascar has a tropical climate with two seasons - rainy and dry. The driest season extends from April to October. It can be cold on the central plateau (including Antananarivo) in the evenings, and in the rainforest areas, so you should bring warm clothes (fleece and waterproof). There is considerable regional variation but coastal areas will normally be very hot and dry. Expect daytime in the shade temperatures up to 38ºC from October-December and up to 30ºC during April and September.

Weather Charts


Joining Instructions

Travelling land only: 15 days starting and ending in Antananarivo
Your trip starts at our accommodation in Antananarivo on Day 1 of the itinerary. Details of how to reach the start point are provided in the Final Joining Instructions ‐ sent approximately two weeks before departure.

The cost of a taxi is likely to be about £21 (approx. $US 27) should you decide to make your way independently.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

In the unlikely event of any of your luggage being misplaced or damaged, a Property Irregularity Report (PIR) must be filed with the appropriate airline if you subsequently wish to make a claim against the airline or on your travel insurance. This must be done at the airport where your baggage arrived, or should have arrived.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Transfers Details

Free Transfers
Exodus offers FREE airport arrival and departure transfers on any flight for this trip. Unless specified otherwise, the transfer will be to the Exodus start (or pre-tour) hotel and from the end (or post-tour) hotel; transfers to other hotels in the same city and/or on different dates may attract an extra charge. Transfers may be shared with other Exodus customers on the same flight, or on a flight with similar arrival times. All those taking advantage of the free airport transfers must provide full flight details for both arrival and departure in advance.


Remember, flights aren’t automatically included in your trip. If you’d like Exodus to help you find some good options, give us a call on 020 8772 3837.

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What to Take

Essential Equipment


A 3‐season sleeping bag for the camping part of the trip.
Soft holdall/backpack for items required during the trekking portion. The rest of your luggage will be stored for you. Lightweight clothing, to include at least one pair of long trousers and a long‐sleeved shirt (for protection against mosquitoes and scratchy plants)
A warm sweater or fleece jacket (as nights can be chilly) Walking boots or training shoes with good tread
Rain jacket (all year round)
Thick socks
Warm hat
Warm trousers (for low evening temperatures which can fall as low as 0º between August and May due
to high elevation)
Water bottle
Mosquito repellent
Toilet paper
Wet wipes
Torch/flashlight for use when camping, wildlife viewing at night and for power cuts.

At the time of writing the standard weight limit for hold baggage on the recommended international carrier for this trip is 23kg. We recommend packing only one piece of checked baggage.

Internal flights in the destination country are subject to a weight limit of 20kg.

As advice about luggage allowances for both hand and hold luggage is subject to change, we suggest you check the airline's website for the latest information prior to your departure.

We believe in reducing our negative environmental impacts wherever possible, this goes for when you need to spend a penny in the great outdoors! If no facilities are available there may come a time when you need to go to the loo behind a tree/bush/rock. To avoid leaving toilet paper behind we recommend taking biodegradable dog poo/sandwich bags with you. Once you have done your business you can pop the used toilet roll in here and take it off the mountain or trail at the end of the day and dispose of it when there are appropriate facilities available.

Water Included

Plastic bottles are a big issue in many countries where recycling isn’t yet widely available; they often end up in landfill sites or get burnt, both processes are harmful to the environment and we would like to reduce our impact here. For your trip we provide an alternative to single-use plastic bottles in order to reduce the amount of plastic used. This means that safe drinking water will be available throughout so all you need to do is bring a bottle to re-fill along the way. Please add this to your packing list!

Optional Equipment

Earplugs if you have trouble sleeping
Some clients might find walking poles useful.
Please note that tampons are virtually impossible to get hold of in Madagascar.

Due to laws in Madagascar about the dispensing of medicine, the guides are not able to carry any basic medicines should you feel unwell. These include Paracetamol, Imodium and Aspirin. Although they are available to buy in Madagascar, if you believe you may need these we advise you to bring them with you from home.

Exodus Kitbag

If you book this trip, we provide an Exodus kitbag to pack your luggage in whilst on trek. Once you have booked you will be sent instructions on how to claim your free bag (they will not be sent out automatically). There are also details on how to claim for another item from the Exodus shop should you already have one of these. If you book via an agent, it is at the agent’s discretion and you should speak directly to them to arrange delivery. Please note that if you book less than three weeks before the departure date we cannot guarantee that your kitbag will arrive before your trip starts, so if this is the case please contact us on to let us know. For full T&Cs see

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Practical Information


All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary or to request Exodus do so on your behalf, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information below is primarily for UK passport holders, and other nationalities should check with their travel agent or the relevant embassies. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.



Visas are required for entry to Madagascar. 30-day tourist visas may be obtained at the airport on arrival. If obtaining a visa at the airport, you should ensure that an entry stamp is recorded in your passport. The visa fee is payable in US dollars or Euros (US$37/€35).

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.



There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. Malaria prophylaxis is essential and we suggest that you seek advice from your GP or travel health clinic about which malaria tablets to take. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

As we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

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Bilharzia is known to occur in some of the lakes or rivers visited on this itinerary, we therefore advise all to take advice from your guide or leader locally before venturing for a swim.

Insurance - are you adequately covered?

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

Local Time

Madagascar's Timezone:
Indian/Antananarivo EAT (GMT +03:00)


Madagascar's Electricity:

127 & 220 Volts. Plug types C,D,E,J & K; establishments often take two round pin plugs.


Madagascar's Currency

The national currency of Madagascar is the Ariary (MGA), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (September 2018) of approximately 3877 to the GBP, 2936 to the USD, 2421 to the CAD, 3535 to the EUR, 2370 to the AUD and 2136 to the NZD.

ATM Availability

ATM machines are only available in the towns of Antananarivo, Antsirabe, Fianarantsoa and Tulear on this trip. Please note you cannot rely on credit cards for payment as they are not widely accepted.

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

A Visa card can be used to obtain a local currency cash advance at some banks, and the Master card is accepted as well, but only at the BNI Bank. But please note that we advise you to bring your spending money in Euros or US$ cash as these are easiest to change to local currency. Bills of 100 € or USD usually get a better rate than bills of 20 or less. British pounds Sterling can only be exchanged at banks at the airport, but even there, they are not always accepted.  You can bring maximum 7500 € or the corresponding amount in other currency without declaring it on arrival, above that amount, you have to declare it. Please note that you can import and export a maximum of 400’000 Ariary in the local currency Ariary. You cannot rely on credit cards for payment as they are rarely accepted and the ATM don’t always work, and American Express or Diners cards are hardly accepted anywhere in Madagascar.

All money should be exchanged at the airport on arrival, as in the banks in the provincial towns, it’d take too long. Also, the exchange rate at the airport is generally better than in the banks in Antananarivo or other cities. 

A Visa card (not Mastercard) can be used to obtain a local currency cash advance at some banks, but note that we advise you to bring your spending money in £, Euros or US$ cash as these are easiest to change to local currency. There is no limit to the amount of foreign currency that can be brought into the country, provided it is declared on arrival.
It is best to change money upon arrival at banks in the airport itself.


Our local staff are paid well and fairly for their work with Exodus. You may feel that your leader has performed well over the course of your time in Madagascar and want to show your appreciation of their services. If you would like to tip your leader we suggest a figure of approximately £2 per person per day.
It is also courtesy to tip any extra guides/ drivers you may have over the course of the trip, though certainly not compulsory. Shortly after arrival the leader will suggest to the group that they donate a sum of 200,000 Ariary per person towards a kitty on arrival. This money is then used for tipping local guides, hotel porters, drivers etc and will be distributed by the leader

Responsible Tourism

At Exodus we believe in the power of Responsible Travel.

Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

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Important Information

On all guided trips

Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 14 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

On all trips

In booking this trip you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described in these Trip Notes. If you have any doubt about your suitability you should call the Exodus office and ask to speak to one of the experts on this itinerary.


Every time that you travel abroad you should take the time to read the warnings in the essential information in the brochure.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers, and details of how to reach the start point, will be sent to you approximately 2 to 3 weeks prior to departure. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

The information in these Trip Notes is given in good faith. Where differences exist between the Trip Notes and our current brochure or website, the Trip Notes supersede the brochure and website. All holidays can be subject to unexpected changes; in order to enjoy them you should be prepared to be flexible where necessary. Occasionally, as stated in our brochure, it may not be possible to follow the itinerary as planned. This may be for a variety of reasons - climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best possible alternative arrangements that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.

As fuel prices, airport taxes and exchange rates fluctuate, and airlines manage their rates to match demand, it is proving harder than ever to guarantee our Flight Inclusive prices. Although we endeavour to keep our website as accurate as possible, daily fluctuations mean that our Flight Inclusive price may be out of date. For accurate prices we recommend that you contact one of our Travel Experts, or your Travel Agent.



The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and the NHS have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad. For more on security, local laws, plus passport and visa information, see

Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting

Advice can change so check regularly for updates.

For all latest travel information about your holiday, please visit our Travel Safety Advice page.

Please note, although this trip doesn’t visit any FCDO no-go areas, it does visit a region close to an area where the advice is not to travel. If joining this trip, or if planning any additional travel pre or post tour in the area, you should ensure you visit their website to familiarise yourself with the advice. Any independent travel to these areas is entirely at your own risk and is likely not to be covered by your insurance.

How to Book

1. Check availability

Go online to check availability, or contact us by phone or email.

2. Secure your place

You can provisionally hold a place on this trip, usually for between three and seven days.

3. Complete your booking and payment

When you're ready to book, go to our website for online bookings, book over the phone or you can complete a booking form (available online or on request by calling us). We accept all major credit and debit cards, or you can pay be cheque. Book with confidence: Exodus is fully licensed and bonded as a tour operator. We hold Air Traffic Organisers Licence (ATOL) number 2582 issued and bonded with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). We are also bonded to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and we are members of the Federation of Tour Operators (FTO) and ABTA ‐ The Travel Association. This means you can book your Exodus holiday with confidence, as all monies paid to us for your trip are fully protected.


These Trip Notes are valid from the "Current as" date on page one. They will occasionally be updated post booking and pre-departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary bookers will be written to separately. All customers will also receive a link to the most up-to-date version of the Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions pre-travel.