Travel with Summit Workshops on a spectacular tour of wildlife, rainforests, and culture in Madagascar.

November 5 – 16, 2024 | Location: Madagascar

A photographic wonderland

The island country of Madagascar is a photographer’s dream. Often called the Galapagos of Africa, Madagascar is one of the most biodiverse places on the planet and is home to stunningly beautiful rainforests, deserts, cloud forests, and beaches. It is also the only place in the world where you can see and photograph wild lemurs!

a unique and immersive way to experience the country

Staying in private eco-lodges we will travel through the various ecosystems on the island learning about and photographing the incredible animal species and people who make this place their home. Beyond witnessing an astounding number of species, Madagascar is also unique in that many species, including lemurs, are easily photographed in close proximity. There are so many, in fact, that you should even be prepared to photograph from the door of your hotel room!



Due upon registration
  • of total tuition


November 5-16
  • Due 120 days before the workshop begins


November 16-24
  • Due 120 days before the workshop begins

Deposit due upon registration. Full tuition is due 120 days before the workshop begins.

Topics We Will Cover

Wildlife Photography
Travel Photography
Macro Photography
Conservation Photography

What To Know

Workshop Itinerary

Arrive in Antananarivo (Tana) in the late evening and transfer to our arrival hotel near the airport. The Au Bois Vert Lodge is a small eco-preserve on the edge of Madagascar’s capital and offers a beautiful setting with stunning rooms for your introduction to this amazing country.

This morning we will depart Tana after breakfast for the 5 or 6 hour drive to the Palmarium Reserve on the eastern coast of the island. Along the way we will have several opportunities to stop and photograph wildlife, scenery, and fascinating local culture. In the late afternoon we will arrive at a river port, and transfer by boat to our comfortable lodge. After dinner we will have the option to do a short night hike in search of chameleons, frogs, nocturnal lemurs, and a wide variety of insects.

Located on the banks of the Pangalanes River in Eastern Madagascar, the private reserve of Palmarium offers incredible up-close encounters with a dozen species of Lemurs, including Indris, and Black and White Ruffed Lemurs. Most importantly, this location offers a very good chance of seeing the elusive Aye-aye! The photographic opportunities here are endless, so be prepared to take thousands of photos!

After breakfast at the lodge, we will transfer back to our cars and begin the 3-hour drive to Andasibe-Mantadia National Park. After checking in to our rooms and having lunch at the lodge, we will do a late afternoon excursion into the park.

From our base at the new Mantadia Lodge, we will explore the nearby Andasibe- Mantadia National Park in search of a huge variety of wildlife. Each morning we will be awakened by the haunting calls of the Indri, the largest species of lemur. In addition, we will find numerous chameleons, frogs, insects, etc. The primary forests in this park are some of the best preserved in the country. Return to Tana in the afternoon and stay at Hotel Au Bois Vert, enjoying a dinner in the hotel’s beautiful garden.

While all of our lodges have felt luxurious so far, we haven’t seen anything yet for today we embark via private plane to one of Madagascar’s nicest beachfront hotels. After breakfast we will meet our private plane at the Tana airport and fly to Anjanjavy on the northwest coast. Part of the exclusive Relais & Chateaux collection of boutique hotels, the Anjanjavy Lodge is one of the finest hotels in Africa. After checking into our beachfront villas, the next three days will be spent exploring the lodge’s private reserve and surrounding landscape. Each day will be a new adventure from hiking in the forest, taking a boat trip to nearby islands and bays to go snorkeling, or visiting the local village to photograph culture. Candlelit dinners will be had each night on the beach while the Indian Ocean laps nearby.

Bidding farewell to Anjanjavy we will hop back in to our private plane and return to Tana. Because most international flights depart in the evening, we will arrange day rooms at Hotel Au bois Vert so we can relax, eat, and edit until we return to the airport.

Extension Itinerary

For those continuing on the extension, or just joining the group in Madagascar – after flying from Anjanjavy to Tana we will enjoy a lunch at the Au Bois Vert before driving about 4 hours to Antsirabe. Overnight at the Royal Palace Hotel.

This morning we will embark on a long drive through the central plateau of Madagascar en route to the cloud forests of Ranomafana National Park. This drive will likely take about 6 hours, but we will stop several times along the way to photograph scenery and local villages. Arrive at Ranomafana in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight at Setam Lodge.

Ranomafana National Park is a truly special place. The cloud forest here is home to a vast array of wildlife found nowhere else on the island. The animals found here include 12 species of lemurs (including the critically endangered Golden Bamboo Lemur), 7 species of tenrecs, and over 160 species of reptiles and amphibians. We will spend two full days on the trails here, and have the chance to do a few night hikes along the road. Setam Lodge.

Today we will bid farewell to the cool, misty cloud forest and begin a drive to a very different habitat. During the 6-8 hour drive to Isalo National Park we will pass through the cattle ranching region of Madagascar. The habitat in this region is largely open, arid grassland dotted with palm trees and the occasional village. Late in the afternoon the habitat will transition again to a rocky, desert environment reminiscent of the southwestern US. Here we will find our spectacular lodge, which is built into the surrounding rock formations.

After an early breakfast we will venture into the park for a 3-4 hour hike. It can get quite hot here, so we will try to begin our hike in the cool of early morning. Along the trail we will search for strange plants in the genus Pachypodium, and troops of Ring- Tailed Lemurs that live on the cliffs. In the late morning we will return to our hotel for lunch and some free time. Late in the afternoon we will venture out again to a spectacular rock formation for sunset.

Today we will have an early departure to continue south along the central highway. After about 2 hours, we will reach Zombitse National Park. This park contains a different type of spiny forest than what we have encountered in other parts of Madagascar. Here we can find several different lemurs, ground boas, chameleons, and a diversity of orchids.

After a box lunch on the bus, we will drive another 2-3 hours to the port city of Toliara. Here we will check in to our beachside hotel overlooking the turquoise waters of the Mozambique Channel. Overnight at Bakuba Lodge.

This morning we will venture past the village of Ifaty to a small reserve where we can see massive Baobab trees, several endemic birds, and the largest Swallowtail Butterfly in Africa. After lunch back at our hotel, we will have the afternoon free to enjoy the hotel or beach.

After a free morning at the hotel to relax and repack our luggage, we will fly back to Tana to catch our late-night flight home.

Return flights to the US from Paris, early at 12.55am


Workshop Faculty and Travel Provider

Ian Segebarth

Faculty / Staff

Matt Stirn

Workshop Faculty and Travel Provider

Ian Segebarth

The founder and owner of Rainshadow Expeditions, Ian has led over 15 trips to Africa and has spent the past decade guiding in over 40 countries, covering every continent. He has a background in conservation biology and environmental science, which has fueled his passion for nature and exploration. Ian is a highly experienced scuba instructor and technical cave diver, and has completed thousands of dives all over the world, including the Philippines, Indonesia, Australia, Antarctica, and the Caribbean. He is also a contributing photographer for National Geographic Magazine, and his film work has appeared on Discovery Channel and BBC. In addition to guiding, Ian still has ongoing research and exploration in numerous locations around the world, and he will be happy to share his expertise on these topics.

Faculty / Staff

Matt Stirn

Matt is a photographer, writer, and archaeologist based between Boston and Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He holds a graduate degree in Environmental Archaeology and focuses on stories related to culture, history, and conservation. Matt is a Contributing Editor for Archaeology Magazine, a National Fellow at The Explorer’s Club and has written and photographed over three dozen feature stories for publications including Smithsonian Magazine, National Geographic, The New York Times, BBC Global News, and GEO.

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