12 Days Unique Madagascar from US$3,192pp

  • Tropical rainforest of Andasibe National Park;
  • Ranomafana National Park lemurs and other exotic wildlife;
  • Search for golden bamboo lemur and giant bamboo lemur;
  • Visit local families, artists and tradesman;
  • Visit tea plantations;
Accommodation Destination Nights Basis Room Type
Le Pavillon de l’Emyrne Antananarivo 1 B&B 1x STandard Room
Mantadia Lodge Andasibe-Mantadia National Park 2 D, B&B 1x Standard Room
Plumeria Hotel Antsirabe 1 D, B&B 1x Standard Room
Centrest Sejour Hotel Ranomafana National Park 1 D, B&B 1x Double Room
Lac Hotel Ranomafana National Park 1 D, B&B 1x Double Room
Tsara Camp Andringitra 2 D, B&B 1x standard unit
Relais de la Reine Isalo National Park 2 D, B&B 1x standard room
Les Dunes d’Ifaty Ifaty 1 D,B&B 1x standard room

Key
B&B: Bed and Breakfast
D, B&B: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Price

US$3,192.- per person, double occupancy – for 2 people
US$2,640.- per person, double occupancy – for 4 people
Price valid until Oct 31, 2019.

Included

Accommodation and meals as per package, 4×4 SUV vehicle with driver/ guide (Day 2-11), entrance and guiding fees for the following Parks: Peyrieras, Vakona, Perinet, Mantadia, Ranomafana, Tsaranoro, Anja and Isalo
Actitivies as listed in the itinerary,
Welcome and airport transfers, tourist tax,

Excluded

International flight to Antananarivo, domestic flight from Toliary to Antananarivo (we can organize and include when ready to book approx US$256) , optional tours, travel and evacuation insurance, meals no included in package,

Day 1:           Le Pavillon de l’Emyrne, Antananarivo

Madagascar

Evolution has occurred more or less in isolation on this remote island – located 400 kilometres off Africa’s east coast – with the result that much of its indigenous wildlife is found nowhere else on earth. Madagascar’s menagerie of weird and wonderful creatures includes the world’s biggest and smallest chameleons and over 70 species of lemur – long-tailed primates endemic to the island. The Madagascan landscape is no less compelling than the resident wildlife, with terrain ranging from lush jungles and palm-fringed beaches to the knife-edged karst tsingys of the Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park’s ‘stone forests’. Madagascar is an otherworldly paradise where visitors are offered a unique glimpse into a fantastical one-of-a-kind world.

Antananarivo

Antananarivo, also known as Tana, is Madagascar’s capital city. It is perched at 1400 metres above sea level crowning a spectacular mountain range. Founded in 1625, Antananarivo boasts a rich historical heritage that is complemented by scenic landscapes covered in a large network of popular hiking routes. The city serves as a great base from which to explore the magnificent surrounding area, which hosts several nature reserves, including the Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park, with its fantastic limestone karsts. Known for its vibrant nightlife, Antananarivo features local live music at a variety of clubs and bars. Visitors can look forward to exploring the remnants of the French colonial era in the old heart of the city, as well as discovering ancient Malagasy palaces interspersed between the faded grandeur of these colonial relics.

Day Itinerary

Arrival in Antananarivo from your international flight.

Welcome at the airport and transfer to your hotel.

Overnight: Le Pavillon de l’Emyrne

Housed in a beautiful traditional house in the centre of the old city, Le Pavillon de l’Emyrne is a small boutique hotel offering accommodation in 12 rooms and an apartment. The rooms on the top floor offer beautiful views of the city and all the rooms are air-conditioned and equipped with satellite TV, telephones, minibars, safes, and free Wi-Fi.

The hotel restaurant serves a buffet breakfast every morning and guests can explore the nearby dining options for other meals or order room service. A complimentary laundry service, car rental services, a taxi service, massages, manicures, pedicures, beauty treatments and a hairdresser are also available.

Basis

Bed & Breakfast

Day 2:           Mantadia Lodge, Perinet Special Reserve

Perinet Special Reserve

Comprising 810 hectares of pristine rainforest and montane forest, the Perinet or Andasibe Special Reserve constitutes the southern section of the Andasibe-Mantadia National Park. Among the kaleidoscope of wildlife found in the reserve, it is the best place to see the Indri Indri, the largest of the lemur family, which stands roughly three feet high and has big, teddy-bear-like ears. Endemic to this part of the world, the Indri is critically endangered, with only hundreds left – however, most visitors to Perinet see Indris, and if you don’t see them, you will certainly hear their distinctive calls. Discover the eleven other species of lemur in the park, spot a variety of birds, find hidden rare orchids and try to catch a glimpse of the incredibly unusual satanic leaf-tailed gecko.

Day Itinerary

Antananarivo – Andasibe (145km – 4h drive)

Meet at your hotel and we drive to the Perinet special reserve through a myriad of villages and admire the traditional lifestyle of the Malagasy people. All along the way, rice paddies, chimney-less long clay red houses and millions of roadside markets displaying a variety of handicrafts, fruit and meat markets- all this against a pretty backdrop of golden grasslands and granite inselbergs.

On the way, stop and visit the Peyrieras farm where you can easily see reptiles and have chance to approach lemurs at feeding times.

Continuation towards Andasibe and lunch at your expenses (suggestion: Au coq d’Or, Moramanga)

Arrive in Andasibe in the middle of the afternoon and installation at the hotel

Night stroll for wildlife watching (1h to 1h30 walking)

Overnight: Mantadia Lodge

Located on a hill of a 100 meters high which gives a panoramic view of the forest. There are 25 rooms, 10 of which are Twins and one of which is a Family Suite for 5 guests. All rooms provide the comfort of a 3 star hotel, and are equipped with Wi-Fi, cable TV and a terrace that offers a panoramic view, an inside living room and a wood burning stove for the cooler season. The restaurant was designed with large windows in order to provide a spectacular view, as well as a 40 square meter terrace for a unique lunch.

Basis

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Day 3:           Mantadia Lodge, Perinet Special Reserve

Day Itinerary

Andasibe

The park of Andasibe gathers 2 protected areas: the National Park of Mantadia and the Special Reserve of Analamazoatra (or the Perinet reserve). In the early morning we start with a walk through the Perinet reserve to spot the Indri-Indri (the largest lemur specie) – for 1h30 walking in the forest.

Then, we continue with the visit of the Mantadia reserve (2h30 walking). In the park, there are 12 different species of lemurs (nocturnal and diurnal) and also 120 bird species with an endemic rate of 50 %. Tenrecs (sort of hedgehog) and chameleons come across your way too, and you enjoy the primary forest curiosities such as trees ferns, lichens, epiphyte orchids (angraecum, bulbophyllums,…), medicinal plants, or precious woods like Dalbergia.

Lunch at your expenses (suggestions: picnic ordered at the hotel, local restaurant in Andasibe or late at the hotel)

Afternoon to visit the Vakona Forest Lodge private reserve with the lemur island (1h walk with a short canoe crossing)

Basis

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Day 4:           Plumeria Hotel, Antsirabe

Antsirabe

Perched in the Central Highlands, Antsirabe serves as the capital of the Vakinankaratra Region. Known as the ‘Malagasy Vichy’ because of its numerous hot springs and thermal baths, Madagascar’s third largest city offers tourists a bustling and gritty atmosphere in a setting reminiscent of the Belle Epoque. The city can be experienced on foot or on one of the many colourful pulled rickshaws – referred to locally as pousse-pousses. The city’s charming attractions include: French colonial buildings dating back to the early 20th century, Scandinavian villas, vibrant markets and artisan workshops. A visit is incomplete without a trip up Ivohitra Hill, where a panoramic view of the scenic highlands awaits.

Day Itinerary

Andasibe – Antsirabe (316km – 8h drive approx.)

After breakfast, we leave the Andasibe rainforest and hit the road towards the Great South.

Discovery of the typical highlands sceneries with rice paddies and traditional red clay houses

Lunch at your expenses (suggestion: Coin du foie gras Behenjy, duck liver and magret specialties)

Stop in the tiny city of Ambatolampy at the foot of the Ankaratra massif (3rd highest summit of the island) and visit of a local/Family aluminum factory

Continuation to Antsirabe the thermal city and arrive at the end of the day

Overnight: Plumeria Hotel

Centrally located in Antsirabe within easy reach of local attractions, Plumeria Hotel offers guest accommodation in single, double, twin, and triple rooms and suites that can accommodate up to four people. There is also one room for guests with reduced mobility. All rooms feature private terraces, bathrooms with hot water, flat screen TVs with international channels, in-room safes, and free Wi-Fi. In addition, the suites have fully equipped kitchens and seating areas. Seasonal European and Malagasy dishes are served in the dining room, and the hotel features a spa with a Jacuzzi where guests can enjoy relaxing massages and treatments.

Basis

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Day 5:           Centrest Sejour Hotel, Ranomafana National Park

Ranomafana National Park

Situated in the southeastern region of Madagascar, Ranomafana National Park is one of Madagascar’s most popular national parks. Spanning 41 600-plus hectares of tropical rainforest featuring an array of rare and exotic fauna and flora. Established to conserve this unique biodiversity and subsequently declared a World Heritage Site in 2007, the Ranomafana National Park is home to twelve species of lemur, one of which is the critically endangered golden bamboo lemur, discovered here in 1986. There is comfortable accommodation in the nearby village of Ranomafana, and within the park, there are camping facilities and a privately owned ecolodge. Visitors should stay at least one night to make the most of the trails available and to enjoy a night ride to view the park’s rather exotic collection of reptiles, frogs and insects.

Day Itinerary

Antsirabe – Ranomafana (230km – 7h/7h30 drive approx)

Introduction to Antsirabe and its story in the morning ; Famous for its thermal springs, the city economically burst at the arrival of the Norwegian Missionaries, who developed some pastures thanks to the fresh altitude climate. The French developed a thermal complex along the Ranomafana Lake, where the buildings still remain. Visit of local artcraft: semi precious stone cutting, embroidery and sweets factory. Continuation to Ambositra, noted primarily for the master woodcarvers and furniture manufacturing. The Zafimaniry Capital is a veritable work of art, with shutters and walls carved in geometric designs.

After spare lunch (suggestion: local restaurant between Ambositra/Ranomafana), we shall drive to Ranomafana. This pleasant resort offers an open air museum, shelter for various wildlife and endemic plants. Like Antsirabe, Ranomafana has been served as thermal bath.

Overnight: Centrest Sejour Hotel

This lodge is on the edge of Ranomafana, on one side facing the town, and on the other overlooking the mountains and rainforest of the national park.

The main lodge has 18 standard rooms, with tiled floors, whitewash walls and pine covered ceilings. The rooms themselves are simple, but have all the essentials, with double or twin beds, an en suite bathroom with showers, and mosquito nets. On a hill slightly above the main lodge there are also nine traditionally built bungalows with thatched roofs and shared facilities.

There is a bar and good restaurant, as well as a small shop.

Basis

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Day 6:           Lac Hotel, Sahambavy

Sahambavy

Resting in the southeastern inland region of Madagascar, the quiet village town of Sahambavy is known for its stunning scenery, picturesque farms and for being a convenient base from which to explore the town of Fianaratsoa. Surrounded by purple mountain peaks juxtaposed against rolling green tea fields, the idyllic charm of the town is undeniable. While renowned for its tea plantation (the only one on the island), the village also produces rice, cassava and potatoes, creating vast hilly landscapes of verdant crops. The famous antique Fianaratsoa-Cote Est Railway makes one of its last stops here, running through Sahambavy from the town centre of Fianarantsoa to the delightful coastal town of Manakara on the Indian Ocean coast. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit neighbouring Fianarantsoa’s historical Upper Town, which features enthralling churches and breathtaking views.

Day Itinerary

Ranomafana – Sahambavy (81km – 3h30/4h drive approx.)

Early in the morning, we have a visit the National park of Ranomafana (2h30 to 3h excursion with 1h30/2h walking), located on a rain forested uphill that lies at an altitude of 800 to 1200 meters. Ranomafana National Park was created in 1990; thanks to the discovery in 1986 of the “golden bamboo lemur” (his scientific name is Hapalemur Aureus). This particular and amazing specie of lemur has a strange eating habits and can’t be seen somewhere else.

Lunch at your expenses (suggestions: local restaurant in Ranomafana), we’ll leave Ranomafana and drive to the tea plantations of Sahambavy.

Overnight: Lac Hotel

Lac Hotel is located 30 minutes drive from downtown Fianarantsoa and offers breathtaking panoramic views of the island’s unique tea plantation. Accommodation includes standard guest rooms and four duplex houses equipped with a kitchen and a private bathroom. Guests can enjoy local Malagasy specialities and continental dishes at the on-site restaurant or on the shady terrace beside the lake. A TV lounge with satellite channels and free internet access are also available.

Basis

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Day 7:           Tsara Camp, Tsaranoro Valley

Tsaranoro Valley

Neighbouring the Andringitra National Park in southern Madagascar, the Tsaranoro Valley is best known for its excellent rock climbing routes and its spectacularly scenic hiking trails. Climbers flock to the valley from all corners of the globe for a chance to traverse the impressive rock walls. Nature lovers can look forward to immersing themselves in the breathtakingly beautiful landscapes, while thrill seekers can look forward to more adrenaline-filled activities such as base jumping and paragliding. The mostly arid valley is dotted with mango trees, open savanna and tropical dry forest meeting the rugged granite walls of the Tsaranoro Massif reaching up to 800 metres in height. Visitors can also look forward to exceptionally scenic day treks, overnight multi-day hiking trails and spotting endemic wildlife such as ring-tailed lemurs and various other species of chameleon, lizard and falcon.

Day Itinerary

Sahambavy – Andringitra (Tsaranoro part) (131km – 5h30/6h drive approx.)

In the morning, visit of the tea plantations with the factory and then road to Fianarantsoa with visiting the old city (UNESCO World Heritage), founded 1830 under the same model as the city of Antananarivo to be an intermediate capital between Tanà and the remote southern provinces ; Continuation and stop in Ambalavao – Visit of a hand made papyrus factory called “Papier Antaimoro”. Invented by the Antaimoro tribe, this paper is made from the rainforest trees and was used by astrologers to script and record their predictions. Today it is used mainly for decoration.

Lunch at your expenses (suggestion: Aux Bougainvillea, Ambalavao), we take the road to Andringitra

Overnight: Tsara Camp

Nestled in the Tsaranoro Valley and close to the Andringitra National Park, Tsara Camp provides the ideal location for exploring the attractions and activities in the area. The camp offers tented accommodation, with hot water provided daily, and private bathrooms with outside showers. The on-site restaurant offers a buffet breakfast daily, as well as filtered water, tea, coffee, fruit and simple but tasty Malagasy cuisine for dinner. Guided excursions of the area are provided daily, including hikes and treks through villages as well as the forest where lemurs can be found, and for the more adventurous, mountain hikes. Facilities at the camp include a communal lounge and a bar.

Basis

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Day 8:           Tsara Camp, Tsaranoro Valley

Day Itinerary

Andringitra (Tsaranoro valley) (4 to 8h walk depending on you fitness)

Day dedicated to the visit of the massif: you will choose your itinerary on site between a range of classified routes depending on your fitness and interest: view points, rice and cassava fields, lemurs, village, forest and natural pool

Lunch at your expenses (suggestions: picnic or at the hotel)

Basis

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Day 9:           Relais de la Reine, Isalo National Park

Isalo National Park

Within the southwestern Ihorombe region, this national park is known for its varied and unique terrain. Centuries of wind and rain erosion have whittled the landscape of Isalo National Park into a series of deep gorges, vast canyons and bizarrely shaped sandstone rock formations, punctuated by palm-lined oases and sprawling grasslands. This spectacular scenery makes the park a magnet for hikers, with treks ranging from a few hours to several days. Besides the striking vistas the park affords, visitors will also be able to enjoy cooling off in the natural swimming holes dotted across it and catch glimpses of the resident lemurs and other endemic wildlife species.

Day Itinerary

Andringitra – Ranohira (Isalo) (208km – 5h30/6h drive approx)

We take the vehicle and take the road down to Isalo.

On the way we have a stop and visit the Anja village reserve famous for its Maki Catta.

Lunch at your expenses (suggestion: picnic ordered at the camp)

We get over the “Porte du Sud”, crossing the Plateau of Horombe. We arrive at Ranohira at the end of the day and settle to the hotel

Overnight: Relais de la Reine

Perfectly blending into the surrounding landscape, Relais de la Reine is situated on the southern boundary of the Isalo National Park on the island of Madagascar. Guest accommodation is provided in air-conditioned stone chalets with en-suite facilities and verandahs.

The hotel features a dining room, bar, outdoor swimming pool, spa, tennis courts, well-equipped riding stables, and mountain bike rental. Activities that can be enjoyed on the property and surrounds include guided walks through the national park, visits to local villages, horse riding, and quad bike tours.

Basis

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Day 10:        Relais de la Reine, Isalo National Park

Day Itinerary

Day fully devoted to the visit of the Isalo National Park. Ruin form rocks wildly carved by the wind and the rain give strange shapes to this oldest geographic formation

You will choose your itinerary on site between a range of classified routes depending on your fitness and interests: natural pool circus, canyons, lemurs…

Lunch at your expenses – picnic from hotel

Basis

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Day 11:        Les Dunes d’Ifaty, Ifaty

Ifaty

Located on the western coast of Madagascar, the resort town of Ifaty offers visitors the perfect laidback setting in which to wind down and get away from it all. The town is comprised of two small fishing villages: Mangily and Madio Rano. Thanks to an extensive coral reef that keeps rough conditions away, the surrounding waters are calm and offer fantastic diving, fishing and snorkelling opportunities. Towards the interior, birdwatchers and botanical enthusiasts will enjoy the spiny forests dotted with spectacular baobab trees and home to a large number of interesting bird and plant species. Throughout July and August, lucky visitors can spot migrating whales as they pass through the Mozambique Channel.

Day Itinerary

Ranohira (Isalo) – Toliary – Ifaty (284km – 5h drive including 1h track)

After breakfast, we’ll leave Ranohira and pass by the new village of Ilakaka which has experienced the rapid demographic increase because of the existence of Safire mines exploration. On route you’ll see baobabs and the funerary art of the south ethnics represented into typical tombs “fasambezo”, encircled by erotic funerary carvings to express life and fertility of the deceased.

Lunch at your expenses in Tulear (suggestions: Corto Maltesse, Etoile de Mer or definitely late in Ifaty)

Continuation to Ifaty along the “Vezo” village and installation at your hotel

We strongly advise our clients against the visit of the shells market. The shells and coral displayed are the result of a massive destruction of the coral reef around Tulear and Ifaty. By any show of interest we shall encourage pillage

Note: Say good bye to your guide today as he will drive back to Tana tomorrow.

Overnight: Les Dunes d’Ifaty

Overlooking the Mozambique Channel from a private beach in Ifaty, Les Dunes D’Ifaty offers accommodation in charming bungalows with views of the ocean and equipped with TVs and electricity around the clock.

The hotel’s onsite restaurant offers a seasonal menu with local and international cuisine and seafood while the beachfront bar offers a relaxed space where guests can enjoy drinks and socialise. Also featured are an outdoor swimming pool and badminton and volleyball courts. Activities that can be enjoyed on site and in the area include horse riding, swimming, snorkelling, diving, whale watching, quad biking, hiking, and more.

Basis

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Day 12:        Departure

Day Itinerary

Transfer to the airport by the hotel (depending on the flight schedule) and take off to Tana (additional cost).

Option to include the flight to Tana once you are ready to book.

You could also connect to other areas in Madagascar you like to explore.

Basis

Bed & Breakfast

NOTE: Journey is custom tailored and can be adjusted to your liking. You could add other areas you are interested in as well as fly to your preferred destinations.

E&OE

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