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 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 (£50) or
Ambohimanga (£45). (L, D)
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 indri. (B, L, D)
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 followed
by a short talk by one of its specialist guides *.
Take an evening walk in the Mitsinjo forest
where you may spot nocturnal lemur species,
such as 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*. (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, with photo stops en route, and stay 2
nights at Relais de la Reine or similar. (B, L, D)
Visit Isalo National Park and see breathtaking
eroded sandstone landscapes that have brought
about a variety of local superstitions. In the
morning, visit the natural swimming pool where
there is a crystal clear waterfall that tumbles
into a deep green 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, stopping at
villages and seeing the landscape change from
rugged mountains to grassy plains. 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.
Morning flight from Tulear to Antananarivo.
Transfer to Le Royal Palissandre or similar and
stay overnight. Stop off at La Digue handicraft
market en route to the hotel. Afternoon tour of
Antananarivo, the lively capital of this island
nation, home to a mix of cultures, street markets
and crumbling red brick houses. The tour will be
taken in a vintage, open-roof car, and will take
in the upper, middle and lower town. Farewell
dinner at Villa Vanille. (B, L, D)
Transfer to the airport and fly to London, via
Nairobi, with Kenya Airways. (B)
Early morning arrival. (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
Madagascar is one of the
world’s poorest nations and tourism is in its
infancy. Distances can be long and roads can
be rough. Hotels, while sometimes not reaching
western standards, are clean and comfortable.
For more information about Discovery Tours,
please see page 144.
The two specialist talks on days
4 and 7 are for groups of four passengers or more.
This itinerary can
be taken privately, for which guideline prices are
shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your
exact requirements. Please call 020 7808 6783 or email email@example.com
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.
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.
Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.
Stay 4 nights at Les Dunes
d’Ifaty (villa room). Days at leisure. (B, D)
Day at leisure.
Evening flight from Toliara to Antananarivo. Stay
at Le Royal Palissandre for 2 nights. (B)
Morning at leisure.
Afternoon tour of Ambohimanga, one of the
12 sacred hills of Antananarivo. En route back
to the hotel, visit La Digue handicraft market.
Farewell dinner at Villa Vanille. (B, L, D)
Transfer to the airport
and fly to London, via Nairobi, with Kenya
Anakao is an unspoilt fishing village situated
about two hours away from Toliara in southwest
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. Relax,
take a tranquil walk, or take one of the many
optional excursions on offer such as a trip to
Nosy Be island.
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,
named after its spectacular lake. The landscape
is varied and includes spiny forest, wetlands,
baobab and banyan trees. Tsimanampetsotsa
is a birder’s paradise, with a wide variety of
lemurs and reptiles. (B, D)
At leisure (B, D)
A small picturesque island located off
Madagascar’s north-west coast, Nosy Be has
beautiful sandy beaches.
This extension provides the chance to relax
on the beaches, wander through the perfumescented
plantations of ylang-ylang 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
Morning visit to the
lemur park. Transfer to the airport and fly to
Nosy Be. Stay 4 nights at the Vanilla Hotel &
Spa (Ocean room). (B, L, D)
At leisure. (B, D)
Morning at leisure.
Afternoon flight to Antananarivo. Transfer to Le
Royal Palissandre for an overnight stay. (B)
Transfer to the airport and
fly to London, via Nairobi, with Kenya Airways. (B)
Early morning arrival in
Nosy Komba is a smaller island located to
the south-east of Nosy Be. Komba, meaning
‘lemur’ in Swahili, is an excellent place to see
black lemurs at close quarters.
Relax in your hotel or take an excursion to
the nearby marine reserve, Nosy Tanikely.
Transfer to the
airport and fly to Nosy Be. Travel by boat
across to Nosy Komba and stay 4 nights at Tsara Komba. (B, L, D)
At leisure or
optional excursions. (B, L, D)
This tour can be booked / reserved online by clicking on one of the coloured links below.
MDG2016: 11 Nights
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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