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 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.
For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call
020 3930 5008 or email Info@CoxandKings.co.uk.
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