Ring tailed lemurs | Madagascar
FROM: USD $3,095 pp

SMALL GROUP ACCOMMODATED SAFARI :Madagascar, an island of adventure! Discover rare lemurs, colourful tribes, stunning national parks, tropical beaches, bustling markets and ever-changing scenery on this unique 12 day tour.

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Trip Highlights

Ranomafana National Park - spend two days in Madagascar's premier national park, the final stronghold for many of its endemic lemur species
Ifaty - unwind on the beach, snorkel along a stunning coral reef or head inland for a spot of bird-watching
Antananarivo - explore free time to explore the capital of Madagascar, known as the 'City of Thousands'
Isalo National Park - hike to the 'natural swimming pool' for a dip and spot lemur species including sifakas and ringtailed lemurs
Andasibe National Park - spot the Indri Indri - Madagascar's largest lemur, and visit a community reserve
Antsirabe - take in the European-style city and smell the beer being produced at the nearby Star Brewery

Included

11 breakfasts
Airport arrival and departure transfer on days 1 and 12
Visit to Natural Reserve of Andasibe
Wine tasting and visit to paper factory
English-speaking guide for groups of 4 of more passengers (days 1-9)
All entrance fees to sites, and excursions mentioned in itinerary
11 days 3-4 star accommodation. Please Note: Accommodation named, may be subject to change but will be of a similar standard
Andasibe night walk
Ranomafana National Park Visit
Hike in Isalo National Park
Specialist local guides in the national parks
All relevant transfers and transportation in a minibus (vehicle may vary for 2-3 passengers)

Not Included

International flights and visas
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture
Internal flight between Tulear to Tana (Antananarivo)
Drinks and items of a personal nature

Itinerary

Day 1

Antananarivo

Upon arrival into Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Overnight: Antananarivo

Day 2

Antananarivo

Antananarivo – Andasibe. After breakfast we start our journey with a drive to Andasibe through the green and luxuriant vegetation of the east. This first step brings you to the humid part of the country with many primary forests and lakes. Along the way we will see Merina villages in the rocky mountains. Arrive at Andasibe in the afternoon and check-in to the hotel. Later this evening enjoy a night walk in the area of Andasibe to observe night active lemurs and other nocturnal animals.
Overnight: Andasibe-Mantadia National Park  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Natural Reserve of Andasibe

We start our morning with a visit to the Special Reserve of Andasibe to see the Indri, the largest lemurs on the island. This 810 ha reserve is unique with its endemic fauna and flora and contains a wide variety of orchids, canopy, and endemic animals like chameleons, tenrecs, and many birds. In the afternoon, we visit the V.O.I.I.M.A community reserve. This reserve provides a sustainable way of saving the remaining rainforests in the area by creating a livelihood for the local communities through reforestation projects. Here you will also come across a variety of wildlife, ranging from brown lemurs, indri, chameleons, geckos and birds.
Overnight: Andasibe  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Antsirabe

Andasibe - Antsirabe. We drive back to Tana, and head south to Antsirabe, across the highland landscape with its beautiful rice fields on display. The spectacular eroded hills called ‘lavaka’ remind us of the Far East with its rice fields and green landscape with vegetables and fruit trees.

We stop in Ambatolampy for a quick visit to this huge agricultural city, also recognised as a source of aluminium. Arrival in Antsirabe is around 17h00. ‘The place of salt’ is an elegant city and known as the centre of the beer industry - we can smell the Star Brewery as we enter the town! Founded by Norwegians in 1856, it is the only place which really feels and looks like a European city. It has a temperate climate and therefore fruit and vegetables which grow in colder climates, are found in Antsirabe.
Overnight: Antsirabe  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Ranomafana National Park

Antsirabe - Ranomafana National Park. After breakfast, we drive to Ambositra, the centre of Madagascar's wood carving industry. We are still in the highland, which is characterized by its architecture: The houses are made with ornately carved wooden balconies and shutters with bright colours. Further on we pass the ‘le col de tapia’, a type of tree resistant to the bush fires of the area. The landscape is still dominated by rice fields, pine and eucalyptus trees and rocky mountains. Onward to stunning Ranomafana National Park.
Overnight: Ranomafana National Park  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Ranomafana National Park

The approximately 40,000 ha of Parc National de Ranomafana with its rain forest covered hills and abundant wildlife, has long been considered one of Madagascar’s highlights, and is one of the country’s national parks most heavily visited. Its entrance lies about 7 km from Ranomafana village and altitudes in the Park Range from 800 m to 1200 m. In addition to its densely forested hills, Ranomafana’s terrain is characterised by numerous small streams which plummet down to the beautiful Namorona River. Although much of the region has been logged, the easternmost part of the park retains relatively large areas of primary forest. You will go for long walks in the National Park spotting some of the lemurs, chameleons and other animals.
Overnight: Ranomafana National Park   |  Breakfast

Day 7

Wine Tasting & Ihosy

Ranomafana - Fianarantsoa – Isalo. We leave Ranomafana using the road that we entered on, and head to Fianarantsoa ‘the city where one learns good things’. It is the gate to the South and the capital of the Betsileo tribes. This is the centre of the Catholic religion and most of the best schools are found here. En route we visit a local wine farm for wine tasting near Fianarantsoa. Note that visits to the wine farms may not be possible over weekends.

We then head southwards to Ambalavao to visit the ‘Anteimoro Paper Factory’ a vestige of the Arabian civilisation in the island. Afterwards, we partake in a community-based silk weaving project run by the women's association "Soalandy". Then we continue to Ihosy, the capital of the Bara tribes, who are the shepherds of Zebu, and pass through the mountain chain of Andringitra, which serves as a transition between the dry south and green highlands with its famous ‘3 hillocks’ and its huge ‘archbishop's cape’.

Along the way, we see from afar a spectacular huge granite dome with twin rock towers called: ‘the gate of the south’, which marks the end of the highland and the beginning of the south. The other imposing one is the ‘Bishop's hat’, which is a sacred place for the local people, as it is a place where their ancestors chose a collective suicide rather than to give in to the Merina tribes. We then pass through the huge ‘Plateaux de Horombe’ where with its very deep red soil, reminds us of ‘the no man's land’. Arrive in Isalo.
Overnight: Isalo   |  Breakfast

Day 8

Isalo National Park

Today, we will visit and hike in the Isalo National Park. The park covers an area of 81,540 ha, comprising of the entire stretch of the Isalo massif. This huge mountain is very spectacular with its eroded sandstone elevations. Along the way we will see vegetation like Uapaca bojeri, Pachypodium rosulatum or ‘elephant's foot’ and Aloe isaloensis, a native species of aloe endemic to Isalo. The eroded mountains also served as a place where the Bara kept their dead before they could bury them in their actual tombs.

We start our climb and reach the massif after walking about 20 minutes, where we will have a spectacular view of the huge sandstone mountains with its beautiful colours and its strange and battered formations creating many different images like ‘the tortoise’, ‘the masks’ and ‘the crocodiles’. Along the way, there may be sifakas, brown lemurs and ring-tailed lemurs, as well as fifty-five species of birds, lizards and snakes.
Overnight: Isalo  |  Breakfast

Day 9

Ifaty

Isalo - Tulear - Ifaty. After breakfast, continue to Tulear at the end of National Road N° 7. Admire some different scenery - the dry forests of the west and the spiny desert of the south. En-route see the fascinating ‘Mahafaly Tombs’ and the ‘Antandroy Tombs’. After a short visit of Tulear we drive to Ifaty, which lies about 27 km from Tulear. Due to the bad condition of the road it will take about 2½ hours to reach Ifaty which brings we to the driest part of the country. Situated in the deep south, the landscape is dominated by the spiny forest cacti, Baobab trees and thorn-bushes.

Mangrove trees line the coast alternated by Vezo villages, the locals earn their living from fishing and there are many small pirogues (small traditional fishing boats) lining the coast. The men of the vilages typically go fishing twice a day while the women and children await their return to fetch the fish and take them to Tulear for sale.
Overnight: Ifaty   |  Breakfast

Day 10

Free day in Ifaty

Day at leisure. Ifaty, being a beachside town is an ideal place for diving, snorkelling and is also a popular destination for birdwatchers. This is a great opportunity to experience the Vezo Fishermen's life. Many excursions are possible. Visit the ‘Reserve Domergue’, a communal reserve where you can see two species of baobabs, spiny bush, reptiles like ‘Boa Madagascariensis, geckos and Parson's Chameleon (Calumma Parsonii). Take a boat trip to see the whales. From July to mid September, whales come to the cool sea off Madagascar to give birth to their young. This is a spectacular experience and it is possible to see the whales up close by taking a boat trip. Situated in the largest lagoon of the country, Ifaty is also protected by a large coral reef, which makes it an ideal for diving and snorkelling. In the afternoon you can walk to the village of Mangily where you can visit a local school.
Overnight: Ifaty  |  Breakfast

Day 11

Fly to Tana

Ifaty - Tana (Antananarivo). Early in the morning around 6h00, transfer to the airport for your flight back to Tana (Please note the tour price does not include cost of the internal flight Tulear - Antananarivo).

Check in at your hotel and enjoy a free afternoon. Tana also called the ‘City of Thousands’ is the capital of Madagascar. It is the city where the first King started to unify the different kingdoms of the island. Built in stages: The high city, the first area occupied during the royal period where the old queen's palace is situated, the mid-city, where all the chic boutiques of the capital are found and then the low city, which is the commercial area of the town. Our walk can start from the high city to see the Rova, the queen's palace, the house of the first minister during these days, which is now a museum; all built by Frenchman Jean Laborde during the royal period. The mid-city, or the administration area ends at the Rainiharo tombs and the lower town is situated in the main avenue called ‘L'avenue de l'independence’ dominated by the railway station.
Overnight: Antananarivo   |  Breakfast

Day 12

Antananarivo

Today is the end of our tour and you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.
Breakfast

Flights & Private Departures

The internal flight from Tulear to Antananarivo on day 11 is not included in the price of this tour. The cost is approximately Euro 300 and this flight should be booked in conjunction with your international flights.

There are special airfares for flights from Johannesburg to Antananarivo 7 days of the week, and regular flights from Paris to Antananarivo with Air France and Air Madagascar. We can assist you with booking your flights upon request.

This tour requires a minimum of 4 passengers to run but it can also be operated as a private tour on a departure date of your choice, please contact us for prices. Note: This tour is not recommended between December and March due to the rainy season. June and July are dry but cold, especially in the Highlands.

Prices & Dates

Prices shown are per person travelling. Prices shown are per person when there are 2 persons sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' is compulsory for solo travellers or if your booking party cannot reach the minimum of 2 persons in a room and the amount needs to be added to the per person price. The single supplement offers the comfort of your own room and is also available to any other person wanting their own room.

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Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.

Andasibe Hotel, Andasibe-Mantadia National Park

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Perfect for exploring the Andasibe and Mantadia National Park, this hotel is nestled in the heart of the countryside and boasts its own private forest. Guest accommodation is arranged in comfortable bungalows, each of which offer a small garden and terrace for you to soak up the beautiful surrounds. The onsite restaurant serves typical Malagasy and Oriental cuisine and guests can enjoy a range of activities including nature walks, kayaking and mini golf. Those keen to unwind will also enjoy the outdoor pool and treatment rooms for massages.

Vakona Forest Lodge, Andasibe-Mantadia National Park

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Lodge

Vakona Forest Lodge offers comfortable bungalows in a peaceful and natural setting. Each bungalow has an outside terrace and an ensuite and guests can sleep safe in the knowledge that they are fully protected by mosquito nets. In the middle of the accommodation complex is the hotel's restaurant from which stunning views of the nearby lake can be had. In the evenings, guests can pass the time playing snooker or relaxing in the lounge. The lodge is situated within its own private reserve, just 1km from Andasibe National Park.

Setam Lodge, Ranomafana National Park

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Setam Lodge consists of a cluster of beautiful bungalows and a large Malagasy and Oriental restaurant with huge glass windows that bathe diners in natural light. It has comfortable rooms in single story buildings, tastefully decorated in Palissandre wood and equipped with plush furniture. Setam Lodge is located close to the entrance of the Ranomafana National Park and makes the perfect base for those planning on exploring it. With its eco-friendly maintenance policies and outstanding location, guests are sure to fall in love with the Setam Lodge.

Le Jardin du Roy, Isalo National Park

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Blending into the sandstone rocks, Jardin du Roy offers upmarket accommodation on the doorstep of Isalo National Park. The stylish and comfortable rooms are spacious and come with air-conditioning and a veranda. The hotel's restaurant offers a range of tantalising dishes, often made using products from its own organic farm. Guests can wrap up their evening with a cocktail or fresh fruit juice at the bar. Le Jardin du Roy hotel is 150 miles from Tamatave on the southern boundary of Isalo National Park.

Hotel Le Paradisier, Ifaty

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Le Paradisier offers comfortable beachside accommodation and has an excellent restaurant, which serves a range of seafood dishes as well as vegetarian meals and plates of a more carnivorous nature. Each of the bungalows contain an en-suite bathroom, mosquito netting and excellent views of the ocean. In the evenings, there is nothing better than watching the sun set over the ocean from the comfort of the cool water of the hotel's infinity pool. Le Paradisier is located on the beautiful Ifaty beach.

Carlton Hotel , Antananarivo

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

This luxury hotel boasts an excellent location close to the banks of Anosy Lake. Its spacious guestrooms feature marble bathrooms and free WiFi, with guests served a small plate of meringues on arrival. When it comes to dining, guests can take their meals on the terrace, which offers a view over the hotel’s outdoor pool. A bar, tennis court and fitness centre add to the list of facilities, making the Carlton Hotel a fantastic place to stay whilst exploring the island of Madagascar.

Reviews

Travellers have rated this tour as 5 out of 5 based on 3 recent reviews

Fantastic! Guide very helpful and knowledgable. Activities full on with down time to rest at the end. A beautiful place and in the short I was there, I managed to see a range of landscapes and participate in a wide range of activities.

• Submitted 25 Apr 2016
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The tour was just amazing. It was great to spend these days in Madagascar. I learned a lot about the nature, landscape, culture and the people who live there. Our guide, Armel, has a wide knowledge about Madagascar and all the animals and plants, which he shared with us. It was always very interesting to listen to his words and we were welcome to ask all our questions. Armel leaded the tour just perfectly. He showed us all sites of Madagascar and was very funny all the time. His short briefings every evening were very helpful.

The tour itself was a perfect mixture between activities and freetime. We hiked a lot, climbed on rocks and went to caves and we were able to spent the last two days just at the beach. It was the perfect finish for our tour. Everything was well organised and I would recommend this tour to everybody.

• Submitted 25 Apr 2016
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The tour was just amazing. It was great to spend these days in Madagascar. I learned a lot about the nature, landscape, culture and the people who live there. Our guide, Armel, has a wide knowledge about Madagascar and all the animals and plants, which he shared with us. It was always very interesting to listen to his words and we were welcome to ask all our questions. Armel leaded the tour just perfectly. He showed us all sites of Madagascar and was very funny all the time. His short briefings every evening were very helpful.

The tour itself was a perfect mixture between activities and freetime. We hiked a lot, climbed on rocks and went to caves and we were able to spent the last two days just at the beach. It was the perfect finish for our tour. Everything was well organised and I would recommend this tour to everybody.

• Submitted 25 Apr 2016
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In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Antananarivo
Ends
Antananarivo
Departs
April - November
Group Size
Min 4 / Max 10
Hotel Rating
3-4 star
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide/driver
Meals
Breakfast: 11
Visiting
Countries
Antsirabe Highlight
Isalo Highlight
Ifaty Highlight
Antananarivo Highlight

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Fantastic! Guide very helpful and knowledgable. Activities full on with down time to rest at the end. A beautiful place and in the short I was there, I managed to see a range of landscapes and participate in a wide range of activities.

Linda Hammond
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