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IT'S ALL ABOUT LEMURS

Well, it can be! Ring-tailed, Aye-aye, Sifaka ...

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MADAGASCAR HOLIDAY IDEAS

Take in the scenery, marvel at the biodiversity,
spot a lemur, relax on a beach.

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MADAGASCAR FOR HONEYMOONS

Or for a bit of one-to-one romance?

Be inspired by our honeymoon ideas.

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GUIDED MADAGASCAR HIKES

Through the bizarre rocky tsingy
or lush primary rainforest.

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Madgascar Lemur Guide

Want to know your ring-tails from your sifakas? Or where to go to see your favourite lemur? Whether it's spiny forest, rocky tsingy or an idyllic beach backdrop, you are sure to see lemurs in Madagascar. Talk to us to design a holiday with your favourite lemurs in mind or to understand more about how to see the best of the unique biodiversity of this fascinating country. Call us on 01273 923100 to start planning your Madagascar Holiday today.
Ring-tailed Lemur

Easily recognised by its its long, black and white ringed tail which helps to power huge jumps from tree to tree. Highly social, living in groups of up to 30. To keep warm and reaffirm social bonds, groups will huddle together. You can also spot the ring-tailed lemur sunbathing! Endemic to southern and southwestern Madagascar, the ring-tailed lemur ranges further into highland areas than other lemurs. Spotted at Isalo NP, Berenty Reserve & Anja Reserve. Endangered. 

Red Ruffed Lemur

Red ruffed lemurs don’t associate with any other lemur and instead spend a lot of time grooming themselves and each other. Their bottom front teeth are spaced to create a toothcomb which can be used to keep their fur unmatted! Females build nests 10–20 meters above the forest floor, made with twigs, leaves, vines, and fur. Found only in the rainforests of Masoala, in the northeast of Madagascar. Endangered.

Indri Indri Lemur

The largest lemur. Often compared to a teddy bear. Unlike any other lemur, the indri has only a small tail. Well known for its loud, eerie songs, which can last more than 3 minutes & carry more than 2km. Barks when confronted with danger. Makes kissing sounds when affectionate. Revered by the Madagascan people & plays an important part in their myths & legends. Found in eastern Madagascar. Spotted at Anjozorobe Rainforest, Mantadia NP, Andasibe. Endangered.

Verreaux’s Sifaka Lemur

Known as the dancing lemur. On the ground, they hop sideways on their hind legs with bellies thrust out and arms held aloft. They are capable of making remarkable leaps through the trees – distances of 9-10 m are not uncommon. They also enjoy a bit of sunbathing with outstretched arms and legs. Found in a variety of habitats in the western and southwestern regions of Madagascar. Spotted at Isalo NP & Ifotaka Forest. Endangered.

 

We design holidays to Madagascar. Call us now on 01273 923100 to start desgning your Madagascar holiday or request a quote.
Mouse Lemur

A lemur that looks like a rodent. The smallest lemur weighing only 2oz when grown. Nocturnal. During breeding, the testicles of male mouse lemurs increase to about 130% of their normal size – equivalent to a man having testicles the size of grapefruits. Hibernates for 2 months during the dry season – due to a lack of food. Found mainly in tropical forest. Spotted at Andasibe-Mantadia, Anjajavy, Ranomafana. Endangered.

Crowned Lemur

Females have a grey body with an orange crown, and males are a darker reddish brown, crowned with black and orange. The crowned lemurs of Ankarana Reserve are the only lemurs known to traverse the razor-sharp tsingy. Found in the dry deciduous forests of the northern tip of Madagascar. Spotted at Ankarana & Amber Mountain NP. Endangered. 

Golden Bamboo Lemur

Named after the golden fur around its face, inner limbs and belly as well as its diet of grasses, especially the giant bamboo which contains cyanide. Each adult lemur eats about 500g of bamboo per day, which contain about 12 times the lethal dose of cyanide for most other animals of this size.  Ranomafana NP was opened in 1991 specifically to protect Golden Bamboo lemurs. Endangered.

Sanford’s Brown Lemur

The most striking feature is the stunning cheek ruff and prominent ear tufts of the male, which may range in color from cream to red to off white. Females are, in general, a much drabber brown with a grayish face and no tufts. Found alongside the crowned lemur in North Madagascar. Spotted at Ankarana & Amber Mountain NP. Endangered.

We design holidays to Madagascar
Call us now on 01273 923100 to start desgning your Madagascar holiday or request a quote. We can arrange holidays where you can see a variety of different lemurs across Madagascar or holidays where you visit one national park and then head to the beach. Every holiday is unqiue!

Madagascar Holiday Ideas to Inspire

Ultimate Madagascar Eastern Rainforests

13 days
Designed for nature lovers who want to soak-up the rainforests of Eastern Madagascar searching out an amazing variety of endemic primates, birds, reptiles and plants. Ending on the beach at the most remote Madagascar wildlife lodge.
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£4,390pp

Madagascar Lemurs & Islands Honeymoon

12 days
Stay in a remote eco lodge in the rainforest & one of our favourite Sundowner beach lodges in the Nosy Be Archipelago. A lovely 12 night Madagascar wildlife and beach honeymoon with wildlife, adventure, culture & serious relaxation.
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£2,439pp

Madagascar Highlights Holiday

13 days
Take in the rainforests of Andasibe and Ranomafana, the diverse canyons of Isalo, the tribal tombs of Mahafaly. End with the beautiful beaches of Ifaty for some R&R, whale watching and baobabs. This is a holiday idea to truly inspire.
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£2,997pp
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These are just a few ideas. We have lots more up our sleeve. So let's chat about the best Madagascar Holiday for you, call 01273 923100 now. Or if you can't speak right now, drop us an email, holidays@sundownerholidays.co.uk

Meet the Madagascar Owner-Managers

Marcine
Owner-manager, 293 on Komba

“I built the guest house on a perfect island hideaway. Guests wake up to the sound of the lapping sea and all they need is their costume, sarong and sandals. I’m always here to give my guests all the personal attention they could wish for to ensure a perfect holiday.”

Silvio
Owner-manager, Iharana Bush Camp

“I wanted to create a camp that was in total harmony with its surroundings, a place that guests savour completely, not just the camp but the area all around. I try to get every detail spot-on to ensure my guests have the most wonderful, immersive, revitalising stay.”

The Vieira Family
Owner-managers, Sakatia Lodge

“We welcome everyone as friends. This is our island paradise and we love sharing it, showing off the incredible reefs as well as the forests and wildlife. We have tried to create a relaxed home away from home that is at one with the nature that surrounds it.”

MADAGASCAR SUNDOWNER MOMENTS
Sundowner is about moments. Those moments that immerse you wholly into your surroundings and together make up the most wonderful, memorable holiday. Here are a few of our favourite Madagascar Sundowner Moments ...

  • Lemurs, lemurs, lemurs. Dancing lemurs, swinging lemurs, cheeky lemurs or super-relaxed lemurs.
  • Enjoying a refreshing dip in the piscine naturelle, your final stop after a day of hiking to the Canyon des Singes in Isalo National Park. Or choose from other guided hikes in this jurrasic park.
  • Whale watching in the laid-back paradise of Ile Sainte Marie. Or diving. Or visiting a sleepy fishing village. Or spotting orchids. Or just kicking-back and watching the sunset over the Indian Ocean.
  • Having a good chat with the locals, "Salama" means hello, "Misaotra" means thank you. Or try some street food - traditional Malagasy 'bread' known as mofo is a good place to start.
  • Managing to spot the world's tiniest chameleon, the Brookesia micra. We spotted it in Amber Mountain National Park. And then look out for the leaf-tailed chameleon.

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When to go

Madagascar has a tropical climate and the best time to visit is during the dry, cooler season, April to the end of November (winter) rather than the hot and rainy season between December and March (summer).

There is a temperature variation depending on altitude and where you are. The west coast is drier than the east coast which tends to have rain throughout the year, whilst the far south and south west is a semi-desert region that experiences very little rainfall. Temperatures are much cooler in the highlands. Antananarivo has a pleasant, temperate climate thanks to its 1300 m altitude. Along the coast temperatures are much higher than in the capital and range from 27°C to 32°C in summer and 18°C to 22°C in winter.

July and August are the peak of the "high season" purely due to holidays in Europe and the US - book in advance to get the best hotel choice. September to November are quite popular as it is hotter and there's very little rain so it's a perfect time for the beach and to spot chameleons and lizards.

The only time you should avoid is January to March, when heavy rain can make many roads muddy and impassable, and when there's a high risk of cyclones in the east and northeast.

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We can help you get your Madagascar holiday spot-on. It will cost you no more than booking direct. And we have tonnes of ideas and know the ins and outs. What are you waiting for?