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Group size

Max 18

Holiday length

11 nights

Price guide

From £6,180pp

The price shown is a guide – based on two people sharing and excluding international flights. Please reference the Departure dates & prices box below for more details and ask your travel specialist for more information.
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Holiday type

Escorted Tour


A Naturalist’s Guide to Madagascar with Dr. Charlie Gardner: Escorted Tour

Gain expert insights into the wildlife of Madagascar from your guest host Charlie Gardner.

Explore the colonial Haute-Ville district of Antananarivo.

Tick off lemur, chameleon, and many bird species across the country’s finest national parks.

Hike between 500-year-old baobabs in Sacred Spiny Forest, one of the oldest on the planet.

Experience the unique cultural traditions of the Antandroy people.

See full tour details.


  • Resident tour director & English-speaking expert local guides
  • Airport meet & greet & return private transfers
  • Entrance fees, taxes & tips, & excursions as stated
  • Domestic flights included
  • Welcome & farewell dinners
  • 11 breakfasts, 9 lunches & 11 dinners
  • Scenic sundowners
Guaranteed departure dates (2019) Per person from Single supplement from





Dr. Charlie Gardner

Growing up in Africa and around the Indian Ocean, Dr. Charlie Gardner caught the wildlife bug at an early age and has been fascinated by the natural world ever since. First visiting Madagascar in the early 1980s, the experience was to shape his life and 30 years on he is living his dream of being a conservationist on the Great Red Isle. Charlie has worked as a scientific advisor for WWF as well as Madagascar National Parks and the award winning marine conservationists Blue Ventures. He completed a PhD in 2014 and has published some 50 papers on Madagascar’s wildlife and its conservation, including the discovery of several new species unknown to science. He has appeared on wildlife documentaries and assisted with the filming of Sir David Attenborough’s BBC series Madagascar. Engaging and passionate about Madagascar, Charlie makes the perfect companion on this incredible journey.

Journey details

This journey includes some long walks. In order to provide travellers with exclusive accommodation at the Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge and Mandrare River Camp, the group will be divided. Group One visits Mandrare River Camp on Days 5-8 and Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge on Days 8-11. Group Two does the reverse. Your guest host, Charlie, will remain at Mandrare on Days 5-11 while your local escort stays at Manafiafy. The featured itinerary relates to the programme scheduled for Group One.


To provide you with flexibility and the latest flight offers, we don’t include international flights. Our specialists will be able to find the best travel options to suit you.

Guaranteed departures

As long as we have at least two people booked on an A&K Escorted Tour, it will take place. So you don’t need to worry about a last-minute phone call saying your holiday has to be cancelled. If you’re committed to going, then so are we.

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