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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. (N)
Early afternoon arrival. Transfer to the Andasibe
Hotel (or similar) and stay for 3 nights. After
some welcome drinks and dinner, take a night
walk to Analamazaotra Reserve. Here you may
spot nocturnal species, including mouse, greater
dwarf and eastern woolly lemurs. (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 a less
strenuous option, walk in Mitsinjo Reserve and
plant an endemic tree as part of the area’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 pousse pousse (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 visit to the Ranomafana Arboretum,
a collection of hundreds of rare tree species.
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, white-browed owls, Madagascar
nightjars and 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 as the sun sets.
(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 baobab
trees and traditional family tombs, central to
Malagasy beliefs and culture. Stay 1 night at
Les Dunes d’Ifaty (or similar) in Ifaty, a quiet
coastal fishing village known for its long beach.
Evening farewell dinner. (B, D)
Morning at leisure. Late afternoon flight from
Toliara to Antananarivo. Transfer to Palissandre
Hotel & Spa (or similar) for 1 night. (B, L, D)
Morning at leisure. Afternoon flight to London via Addis Ababa, arriving the following
day. (B) (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is fully
escorted 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 non-luxury
accommodation, long and rough road journeys
and more strenuous activities, such as
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 to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or
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