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
natural history along with its stunning
scenery, idyllic beaches and fascinating
culture, which is based on a mix of
Christianity and ancient spiritual beliefs.
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Overnight flight from London (regional
connections available) to Antananarivo, via
Nairobi, with Kenya Airways. (N)
Morning arrival. Transfer to Le Royal Palissandre
(or similar) for 1 night. Afternoon at leisure
or optional excursions to the Lemur Park or
Early morning drive to Andasibe. Transfer to
Vakona Forest Lodge (or similar) and stay for
2 nights. Afternoon visit to Analamazaotra
Reserve, home to the largest living lemurs, the
indri. (B, L, D)
Private Reserve • Mitsinjo forest
Morning walk through the primary forest of the
Mantadia National Park. En route back, visit
Vakona Private Reserve, including its small island
sanctuary for lemurs. In the early evening, visit
Mitsinjo forest’s reforestation project for an
opportunity to plant an endemic tree, followed
by a short talk by one of its specialist guides*.
Take a short evening walk along the road, where
you may spot nocturnal lemur species, including
mouse, greater dwarf and eastern woolly lemurs.
(B, L, D)
Morning drive back to Antananarivo and
continue south to Antsirabe. Stop at 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. (B, L, D)
Take a tour of Antsirabe, centre of the gem trade and home to hundreds of pousse-pousse
(rickshaws), a legacy of Chinese labour imported
to work on the railways. 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. Late
afternoon arrival into Ranomafana and stay 2
nights at Setam Lodge or similar. (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,
with a chance to see brown mesites,
Crossleby’s babblers and pigmy kingfishers.
Afternoon visit to Tanala village, followed
by a talk at the ValBio Research Centre by a
specialist guide*. Take an evening walk in search
of nocturnal species such as mouse lemurs,
chameleons and frogs. (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 2 nights at Relais
de la Reine or similar. (B, L, D)
Visit Isalo National Park and see breathtaking
eroded sandstone landscapes. In the morning,
visit the natural swimming pool where there is a
crystal-clear waterfall that tumbles into a deepgreen
pool. Return to the hotel in the afternoon
to rest before venturing out in the early evening
for traditional music performed with a view of the
sunset. (B, L, D)
Continue towards the west coast and watch the
landscape change from rugged mountains to
expansive grassy plains. Stop en route at,
where flocks of Verreaux’s sifakas can be seen.
It may also 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 2 nights at Les Dunes d’Ifaty
(villa rooms) or similar in Ifaty, a quiet coastal fishing
village known for its long beach. (B, D)
Morning excursion to the tortoise village and
Reniala forest. Remainder of the day at leisure.
Evening farewell dinner with your Malagasy
guide.* (B, D)
Morning at leisure. Afternoon flight from Tulear
to Antananarivo. Transfer to Le Relais des
Plateaux (day room available). After dinner,
transfer to the airport. (B, L, D)
Fly to London, via Nairobi, with Kenya Airways.
Afternoon arrival into 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
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
The two specialist talks on
days 4 and 7 are for groups of four passengers
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 7808 6780 or email email@example.com.
Seeing animals unique to Madagascar in their natural environment and able to photograph them as they fed and interacted with each other [was inspirational]. The tour guide, Tokey, had an amazing knowledge of all of the wildlife, plants - latin names included - and the history of the country and its people and customs. Mr Ian Culley
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Isalo National Park
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Ranomafana National Park
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