Our expeditions in Madagascar formally start and end in the southwest coastal city of Toliara. We therefore offer a very popular overland tour from the capital Antananarivo down to Toliara at the beginning of each expedition, and from Toliara back up to Antananarivo at the end of each expedition.

This journey covers over 1,000 kilometres through beautiful scenery and some of Madagascar's most famous national parks, with plenty of opportunities for spotting lemurs and Madagascar's famous wildlife! It's also a great chance to get to know your fellow expedition volunteers before arriving in Andavadoaka.

Incredible Madagascar views on our overland tour
We then hiked to an area resembling a lowland equatorial evergreen rainforest! Momo, our guide, pointed out a native species of aloe, called Aloe isaloenis, and answered many of our questions about the national park, its history and heritage. Soon after, we were greeted by a number of brown lemurs (Eulemur fulvus). Everyone was amazed by the way they moved. Even the slightest jump had us staring in awe!
Blanchard Campbell
Blue Ventures pulled me out of my comfort zone, showing me what was waiting on the other side. The experience taught me that things like conservation, a never-ending drive for restoration and betterment, is an excellent way to lead any line of work.
Casey Chan

Summary of the overland tour from Antananarivo to Toliara:

Arrive Toliara
Depart Antananarivo
  • Day 1

  • 07.00


    Depart from the Raphia Ivato hotel in Antananarivo at 7am, drive through the Malagasy highlands with their distinctively terraced rice paddies and traditional red brick houses.
  • 12.00


    Stop for lunch in the bustling town of Antsirabe or Ambositra with their colourful pousse-pousse (rickshaws).
  • 18.00


    Continue on, pausing for photography breaks before arriving in the main highland city of Fianarantsoa at 6pm, dinner and overnight stay at Mini-Croq hotel.
  • Day 2

  • 08.00


    Wander the old town of Fianarantsoa after breakfast; this has been listed as one of the world's top 100 threatened cultural heritage sites.
  • 13.00


    Depart for Ambalavao, where we visit the traditional paper factory to see Antaimoro paper being made using sisal and pressed flowers. Lunch is at the nearby community-run Anja reserve, which is home to ring-tailed lemurs, chameleons and and other endemic species.
  • 18.00


    Hike over the rock formations in Anja to admire the views of the surrounding countryside. Back in the minibus, and arrive in the village of Ranohira at 6pm, dinner and overnight stay at Momo Trek hotel.
  • Day 3

  • All day

    Isalo National Park

    Trekking in Isalo National Park (Madagascar’s outback!) with an English-speaking guide to visit natural swimming pools, waterfalls, grasslands, sandstone cliffs and canyons.

    Here you will have plenty of opportunities to see brown and ring-tailed lemurs as well as chameleons.

    BBQ lunch in the park, dinner and overnight stay at Momo Trek hotel.

  • Day 4

  • 08.00


    Depart from Momo Trek hotel in Ranohira at 8am, drive down to the coast and arrive in Toliara at 1pm. This is the end of the overland tour; volunteers will automatically be booked into the Mahayana Hotel for two nights before the expedition commences.
Arrive Toliara

Dates & Costs

Madagascar Overland Tour

The cost is £190 for the outbound 4-day / 3-night trip south from Antananarivo to Toliara.

The cost is £165 for the return 3-day / 2-night trip north from Toliara to Antananarivo.

The overland tour cost includes:

  • Minibus hire, driver, national park entry fees and tour guide
  • Accommodation for 3 nights on the tour south and 2 nights on the tour north, starting on the first scheduled date of the tour

The overland tour cost does not include:

  • Tips, meals, snacks and drinks. We recommend you budget about £100 for this
  • Accommodation prior to the start date or on the last day of the tour but we can arrange this as part of a group booking to minimise costs

Please note - if you are joining an expedition from June 2019 onwards, the Overland Tour South is included in your expedition cost as well as food throughout so you will not need to arrange this separately. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding this.

Antananarivo to Toliara

4-Nov-18 to 7-Nov-18

30-Dec-18 to 2-Jan-19

12-Feb-19 to 15-Feb-19

28-Mar-19 to 31-Mar-19

10-May-19 to 13-May-19

29-Jun-19 to 2-Jul-19

25-Aug-19 to 28-Aug-19

20-Oct-19 to 23-Oct-19

Toliara to Antananarivo

8-Nov-18 to 10-Nov-18

20-Dec-18 to 22-Dec-18

16-Feb-19 to 18-Feb-19

1-Apr-19 to 3-Apr-19

14-May-19 to 16-May-19

As of June 2019 we will not be running the Overland Tour North after expeditions but can advise on other options for travel back to the capital

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