Much of Madagascar’s exotic flora and fauna
is found nowhere else on Earth. This tour
offers an opportunity to discover the island’s
extraordinary wildlife, natural history, stunning
scenery, idyllic beaches and fascinating culture,
which is based on a mix of Christianity and
ancient spiritual beliefs. This tour is well
paced, allowing for a wildlife focus in Andasibe,
Ranomafana and Isalo National Parks.
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Overnight flight from London (regional connections
available) to Antananarivo, via Addis Ababa, with
Ethiopian Airways. (N)
Early morning arrival. Drive to Andasibe. Transfer
to Andasibe Hotel (or similar) and stay for 3 nights.
Afternoon introductory walk in Andasibe rainforest,
home to the largest living lemurs, the indri. After
dinner, take a night walk to Analamazaotra
Reserve. Here you may spot nocturnal lemur
species, including mouse, greater dwarf and
eastern woolly lemurs. Welcome drinks reception
before dinner. (B, L, D)
Morning walk in Andasibe. Return to the lodge for
lunch. Visit Lemur Island in Vakona Private Reserve,
a small island sanctuary for lemurs. Afternoon walk
in Andasibe. After dinner, take a second night walk
to the Analamazaotra Reserve. (B, L, D)
Full-day walk through the primary forest of
Mantadia National Park. The beautiful scenery
is home to the black and white ruffed lemur, the
diademed sifaka, Parson’s chameleon and a wide
variety of frogs. Alternatively, for the less active,
walk in Mitsinjo Reserve and plant an endemic tree
as part of the forest’s reforestation project. (B, L, D)
Morning drive back to Antananarivo. Stay 1 night
at Le Royal Palissandre (or similar). Afternoon city
tour including the hills of the royal palaces and the
botanical and zoological garden of Tsimbazaza.
Special chef’s dinner in the evening. (B, L, D)
Drive to Antsahabe, a village typical of the Merina
tribe. After lunch, continue to the spa town of
Antsirabe and stay 1 night at Couleur Café Hotel
(or similar). Afternoon tour of Antsirabe, centre of
the gem trade and home to hundreds of poussepousse
(rickshaws), a legacy of Chinese labour
imported to work on the railways. (B, L, D)
Continue south to Ambositra, known as
Madagascar’s handicraft and wood-carving capital.
Following a typical Malagasy lunch accompanied
by folklore entertainment, continue to Ranomafana.
Stay 3 nights at Thermal Hotel (or similar). Evening
walk in search of nocturnal species. (B, L, D)
Morning walk in the Ranomafana National Park
where you can spot three species of bamboo lemur:
the grey, the golden and the greater. Endemic
birding in the park is also excellent. Afternoon visit
to Tanala village. (B, L, D)
Morning walk in Ranomafana National Park.
Afternoon talk at the ValBio Research Centre by a
specialist guide. Second evening walk in search of
nocturnal species. (B, L, D)
Morning drive via Fianarantsoa, the Betsileo tribe’s
capital, to the vineyard of Lazan’ny Betsileo. Continue
to Ambalavao. Visit the Antemoro paper factory and
the Anja Reserve, where ring-tailed lemurs are often
spotted. Continue to Ranohira and stay 3 nights at
Relais de la Reine (or similar). (B, L, D)
Full day to explore the breathtaking eroded
sandstone landscapes of Isalo National Park. In
the morning, visit the natural swimming pool where
there is a crystal-clear waterfall that tumbles into
a deep-green pool. In the afternoon continue
to the Cascade des Nymphes where you may
spot ring-tailed lemurs, Verreaux’s sifakas and
the dumpy ‘Elephant’s foot’ plant (flowers in
September). Birdlife that you may see includes
Malagasy hoopoes, Madagasgar white-browed
owls, Madagascar nightjars and juvenile long-eared
owls. (B, L, D)
Morning walk in Isalo National Park to explore
the viewpoint. Enjoy a break at the hotel in the
mid-afternoon to rest before an early evening
traditional music performance against a view of
the sunset. (B, L, D)
Continue towards the west coast. Stop en route
at Zombitse-Vohibsia National Park it may be
possible to spot Appert’s tetrakas, one of the
most endangered endemic birds on the island.
The region is known for its large baobabs and
traditional family tombs, central to Malagasy
beliefs and culture. Stay 1 night at Les Dunes
d’Ifaty (villa room) (or similar) in Ifaty, a quiet
coastal fishing village known for its long beach.
Evening farewell dinner. (B, D)
Morning at leisure. Afternoon flight from Toliara to
Antananarivo. Transfer to Le Royal Palissandre (or
similar) for 1 night. (B, L, D)
Morning at leisure. Afternoon flight to London, via Addis Ababa, with Ethiopian Airways. (B)
Early morning arrival in London. (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch,
D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is fully escorted
throughout by a local tour manager from arrival in
Antananarivo to day 13 in Toliara.
This tour is best suited to the
hardier traveller as it includes some quite basic
accommodation, longer and rougher road journeys
and more strenuous activities, such as trekking.
This itinerary can be
taken privately on a date that suits you, for which
guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be
tailored to your exact requirements. Please call
020 3930 5008or email Info@CoxandKings.co.uk.
Built in the heart of the forest and situated close to the Analazamotra national park, the Andasibe Hotel has a very natural feel and overlooks beautiful rice paddies. The 12 spacious and luxurious bungalows are all equipped with a television, minibar, private safe and a terrace. Other amenities include a restaurant and swimming...
Situated in the heart of Antsirabe, the Couleur Café is a charming property with five small houses located within its grounds. The family house can sleep up to four people while the four pavilions are each suitable for two people. Each pavilion is tastefully decorated and equipped with a private bathroom and fireplace. Breakfast is served in the guesthouse or your garden area, and dinner can be arranged with 24 hours' notice. The property offers good local cuisine from a wide range of local produce including seasonal fruits and vegetables, high quality dairy products, zebu, poultry, pork and...
This small, elegant hotel of only 46 rooms, takes its name from the Palissander tree, wood from which has been used to furnish the property, creating a feeling of warmth. The rooms are simply but stylishly furnished, featuring local handicrafts in order to give the property a uniquely Malagasy feel. Located on a hillside, many of the rooms offer views over the city, as does the restaurant which also has an outdoor...
Les Dunes d'Ifaty is a charming hotel complex located in the fishing village of Mangily, directly overlooking the Mozambique Channel and its coral reef. Built in a traditional style, using local materials, the 19 villas and 22 rooms are set amid 6 hectares of tropical flora and indigenous plants. All of the rooms have a Creole inspired design and are equipped with a range of amenities. Some of the villa rooms have a view of the sea, but not all.
The main building has a library, a bar, a restaurant and an outdoor patio area that serves as an extension to the restaurant, where guests can dine on international cuisine, seasonal specialities, seafood and locally inspired dishes. The large swimming pool is also a great place to relax and unwind. Excursions available from the hotel include snorkelling to view the coral reef, whale watching (in season) and excursions into the baobab...
Located in the Souh west of Madagascar and hidden among a 16-hectare oasis bordering the Isalo massif, Le Relais de la Reine is a quaint French farmhouse-style lodge. Thirty cool and airy rooms are dotted among the manicured gardens and rocky sandstone formations.
Features: 30 rooms, spa, restaurant, bar, swimming pool, tennis-court and equestrian centre.
Room amenities: Private terrace, fan, safe, and en suite bathroom. Some rooms feature their own private...
Located within lush green gardens on the edge of the Ranomafana National Park, The Thermal Hotel is a restored building that offers all of the amenities of a modern hotel, including a restaurant serving local dishes. The hotel has a sustainable policy by engaging heavily with the surrounding local community through different projects and schemes.
Features: 21 rooms, restaurant, bar, garden, Wi-Fi.
Room amenities: Safe, minibar, air conditioning,...
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
If you choose to take the tour without flights arranged through Cox & Kings, please contact one of our travel consultants prior to booking the flights to ensure that you are aware of the tour timings and all the implications of not booking through us. We strongly advise you not to book flights independently of Cox & Kings if significant charges would apply in case of cancellation.
Flight details may be subject to change prior to departure.
Anakao is an unspoilt fishing village situated in south-west Madagascar. The area has national park status and is very remote. Anakao Ocean Lodge is situated on the perfect half-moon beach of Andovoke Bay.
Transfer to Toliara and take a one-hour boat ride to
Anakao. Transfer to Anakao Ocean Lodge & Spa for
4 nights. (B, D)
A full-day excursion is included to
Tsimanampetsotsa National Park. The landscape
includes spiny forest, wetlands, baobab and banyan
trees. Tsimanampetsotsa is a birder’s paradise, with
lemurs and reptiles. Following days at leisure (B, D)
Fly from Toliara to Antananarivo. Stay at Le Royal
Palissandre for 2 nights. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Morning tour of Ambohimanga, one of the 12
sacred hills of Antananarivo. En route back to the
hotel visit La Digue handicraft market. Afternoon
at leisure. (B)
Transfer to the airport and fly to London. (B)
Ifaty is a quiet coastal fishing village just north of Toliara (Tulear) with a charming hotel built in traditional Malagasy style. Relax on the long, sandy beach or take optional excursions from Les Dunes d’Ifaty hotel, such as snorkelling to view the coral reef, whale watching (July to mid-September) and excursions into the baobab forest.
Stay 4 nights at Les Dunes d’Ifaty (villa room).
Days at leisure. (B, D)
Fly from Toliara to Antananarivo. Stay at Le
Royal Palissandre for 2 nights. Afternoon at
Morning tour of Ambohimanga, one of the
12 sacred hills of Antananarivo. En route back
to the hotel visit La Digue handicraft market.
Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Fly to Nosy Be island and travel south-east by boat to the smaller island of Nosy Komba, meaning ‘lemur’ in Swahili. This is an excellent place to see black lemurs at close quarters. Stay 4 nights at Tsara Komba on full-board basis and either relax or take an excursion to the nearby marine reserve, Nosy Tanikely. Return to Antananarivo, and overnight at Le Royal Palissandre. Morning at leisure. Afternoon flight on day 20 back to London via Addis Ababa. Early morning arrival on day 21.
A small picturesque island located off Madagascar’s north-west coast, Nosy Be has beautiful sandy beaches. Stay 4 nights at the Vanilla Hotel & Spa (Ocean room) and relax on the beaches, wander through the perfume-scented plantations of ylangylang trees and spices, explore the lemur reserves, search for chameleons, visit quaint villages – where local stalls sell everything from seafood to lace tablecloths – and take boat rides to other nearby islands. Return to Antananarivo, and overnight at Le Royal Palissandre. Morning at leisure. Afternoon flight on day 20 back to London via Addis Ababa. Early morning arrival on day 21.
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WAM2018: 13 Nights
Andasibe (formerly Perinet) consists of two reserves; Andasibe and Mantadia...
Ranomafana National Park
Ranomafana National Park is a key destination for viewing...