Madagascar has been described as an eighth continent, a world apart, evolution's playground. It's an utterly otherworldly place, full of endemic flora and fauna - from various species of impossibly cute lemurs, to majestic baobabs, bottle tress and spiny forests, not found anywhere else.
And full of indigenous people, who are very different from neighbouring Africans, as they sailed there centuries ago from what is now Indonesia.
It's a country where most major towns have 2 names (French & Malagasy), where taxis are dilapidated Citroens 2CV from 1950s - or rickshaws drawn by running men. A country with incredible deserted beaches. A country where will be greeted by ever-smiling Malagasy people.
In this trip, we will expand travel portrait to animals too - as no visit to Madagascar would be complete without meeting charming lemurs and chameleons.
Madagascar is open to foreign visitors - but international flights are only allowed from Paris and Reunion.
PCR test before departure + on arrival
2-day quarantine until on-arrival PCR test result (meaning we need to arrive 2 days earlier. This is built into the itinerary and the hotel cost is included in the trip price)
Vaccination is not required.
Rapid antigen test is required before each domestic flight (available for free at airports).
The lemur paradise. This is where we will come up & close with 2 lemur species: Verreaux Sifakas (pictured) who move by jumping sideways in a mesmerising, dance-like spectacle - and Ring-Tailed Lemurs (a.k.a King Julian from the movie Madagascar). Berenty also hosts Madagascar's endemic, other-worldly Spiny Forest.
From the sleepy town of Fort Dauphin, we will take a day trip by a leaky canoe through peaceful inland waterways, filled with stunning water plants called Elephant Ears (pictured) and pitcher plants - complete with a lunch in the local village and a walk to a long stretch of gorgeous, deserted beach - of which Fort Dauphin has several.
Morondava is a laid-back, seaside town that has an airport with 2 flights a week - but not a single paved street. We will mingle with the locals in town and on the beach. We will also make a short trip to the famous Baobab Avenue nearby - an incredible setting for people photography. And we will also have time to chill in the warm, shallow waters of the lagoon.
After a 1h speedboat trip from Toliara, we will arrive in a seaside village of Anakao - a spectacular location to observe seaside life of the locals, complete with insanely photogenic sail boats and kids playing in the waves. This is the exotic, remote island life at its very best.
Thu 16 June
Arrival in Antananarivo (22:25)
2-day quarantine awaiting PCR test result
Sun 19 June - Morondava
Flight to Morondava 11:20-12:25
Beach chill out time
Mon 20 June - Morondava
Tue 21 June - Morondava
Avenue of Baobabs
Street & beach photography
Wed 22 June - Morondava
Street & beach photography
Thu 23 June - Toliara
Flight Morondava - Antananarivo 8:10-9:15
Flight Antananarivo - Toliara 12:00-13:50
Fri 24 June - Anakao
Boat transfer to Anakao 9:30-10:30
Anakao coast life photography
Sat 25 June - Anakao
Anakao coast life photography
Sun 26 June
Boat transfer back to Toliara 7:30-8:30
Street photography in Toliara
Flight Toliara - Antananarivo 13:00-14:05
Mon 27 June
Flight Anatananarivo - Fort Dauphin 11:45-13:45
Tue 28 June - Berenty
Car transfer to Berenty Reserve (4h)
Wed 29 June - Berenty
Thu 30 June - Berenty
Transfer to Fort Dauphin (4h)
Fri 1 July - Fort Dauphin
Paddle boat trip of inland waterways
Sat 2 July
Flight Fort Dauphin - Antananarivo 8:50-10:50
Sun 3 July
Departure to Paris 1:15am
Full-time coaching by Pawel Lipski
Creative techniques & tips for travel portraits - both candid & posed
Camera settings for travel portraits
Location-specific briefings & assignments
Daily reviews of best photos
Written feedback on your 15 best shots after the trip
Full-time travel portrait coaching
Accommodation in 4/3-star hotels and lodges
All meals (with beverages)
All 6 domestic flights
Ground transportation in private 4WD / taxis
Tips for guides & people we photograph
International flight into Antananarivo
Personal expenses (e.g. room service, porters, laundry)
20% (CHF 1,100) refundable deposit to reserve your place
Balance by 31 March
CHF 550 (10%) for returning trip customers
Based on single occupancy
This Trip Is For...
This trip has been designed primarily for people who have already completed my training "3 Steps To Stunning Portraits", and are already familiar with natural light and composition techniques for people photography.
During this trip, you will learn how to apply these techniques to travel portraits - both candid and posed.
You need a good camera with a telephoto lens up to at least 200mm (full frame) - plus a wider lens for the churches (inside & outside) & when we can get up close to our subjects.
Personally, I will bring 24-70mm f2.8 and 70-200mm f2.8.
Important To Know
Information pack including a packing list and clothing recommendations will be sent 2 months before the trip
Mandatory vaccinations (list available) + malaria prophylactic
Visa on arrival for all developed and some South-East Asian countries. Check eligibility: PNG Visa
Air France via Paris (CHF 800)
International photography coach, specialising in people photography in natural light - from posed to travel portraits
30+ years of photographic experience
An avid independent traveller with a passion for remote, non-touristy places with authentic cultures
Polish based in Zurich, Switzerland
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before trip start
50% refund if canceled 30-59 days before trip start
No refund if canceled less than 30 days before trip start
If the trip is cancelled within the last 60 days due to pandemic situation, we will reschedule it to the following year at no cost OR you can withdraw and get 80% refund (the remaining 20% covers domestic flight tickets with are changeable but not refundable).
If you test positive for Covid and unable to fully recover by the time of departure, or in case of any other medical emergency within the last 60 days, you can switch to the next year’s trip at the cost of CHF 300 (reschedule fee for domestic flights) or cancel and get 80% refund.