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
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...
Located in the South 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. The lodge has its own spa centre offering many relaxing treatments and massages.
Features: 30 rooms, spa, restaurant, bar, swimming pool and tennis-court.
Room amenities: Private terrace, fan, safe, and en suite bathroom. Some rooms feature their own private...
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...
Setam Lodge is located close to the entrance of the Ranomafana National Park and despite its simplicity, provides the best facilities in the area. Set above the forested river valley the 20 comfortable rooms, housed in 10 separate single storey bungalows, all offer river views. Each is tastefully decorated and has en-suite facilities with shower. The hotel also has a Malagasy and Oriental restaurant with large glass windows offering great views of the surrounding...
Vakona Forest Lodge is a relatively modern property built in a privately owned patch of forest between the Andasibe and Mantadia Reserves. The main dining room, reception and lounge are in an octagonal building suspended over a lake on a wooden platform. The accommodation is in individual or double cottages built into the hillside and overlooking either the lake and main buildings, or the swimming pool. The 22 rooms are spacious and furnished with twin beds (there are only 2 doubles), cupboards, luggage racks, and bedside tables. Some have attic rooms, accessed via a spiral staircase, which can sleep children. All have en suite facilities with shower. Electricity is provided by a hydroelectric plant and hot water is always available. The hotel also has its own zoo and 'lemur island' where a variety of semi-tame lemurs...
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.
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MDI2017: 10 Nights
Andasibe (formerly Perinet) consists of two reserves; Andasibe and Mantadia...
Isalo National Park
Isalo National Park makes an ideal hiking destination, with its...
Ranomafana National Park
Ranomafana National Park is a key destination for viewing...