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This journey through the key highlights
of Madagascar’s diverse landscapes and
unique wildlife is the perfect introductory
tour for a first-time visitor. You will
have the chance to encounter many of
the different lemur species that have
evolved from the single group of ancient
ancestors that were cut adrift when the
island split from the Indian Subcontinent
88 million years ago. 90% of the island’s
flora and fauna are found nowhere else
on Earth and it is fascinating to observe
how life forms, such as lemurs, lizards,
frogs, birds and trees, have adapted
to thrive in almost every environment.
Your wildlife adventure ends with 3 days
relaxing on pristine white sand beaches
overlooking the Mozambique Channel.
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Fly from London (regional connections available)
to Antananarivo, via Addis Ababa. You will be
met at the airport and transferred into the city.
Overnight at the Palissandre Hotel & Spa. (N) (D)
Your private driver-guide will pick you up in
the morning and take you to Antsirabe. En
route, stop at Antsahabe, a small tribal village
community. After another stop for lunch you
will have the afternoon at leisure in Antsirabe
or you might like to have an optional tour
of the city, known for its gem trading and
Chinese-style pulled rickshaws. Overnight at
the Couleur Café. (B, L, D)
Continue southwards to Ranomafana. Evening
wildlife walk in search of nocturnal species such
as mouse lemurs, red-bellied lemurs and civets.
Stay 2 nights at the Thermal Hotel. (B, L, D)
Full day to explore the national park, home to
12 species of lemur, over 100 types of bird and
many different reptiles and amphibians. On
week days you can visit the ValBio Research
Centre which is taking a leading role in
preserving the natural ecosystems of the local
area. (B, L, D)
A long but rewarding drive west will take you
to Isalo National Park. On the way, stop at
the Anjaha Community Reserve where a large
troop of ring-tailed lemurs can be spotted
amongst the mountain rocks. Stay 3 nights at
the Relais de la Reine. (B, L, D)
Take excursions into the national park. The
wildlife and scenery here are sensational, with towering limestone outcrops, numerous
cascading waterfalls and perfectly clear plunge
pools playing host to over 300 species of
animals. The most distinctive residents are the
Verreaux’s sifakas, an entertaining breed of
lemur that appears to ‘dance’ along the ground
as it makes its way from tree to tree. (B, L, D)
Head south-west to the coastal town of Ifaty.
This is one of the best places to see some
of Madagascar’s most iconic tree species.
Baobabs and spiny forests dot the region and
provide homes for yet more unique wildlife.
Overnight at Les Dunes d'Ifaty. (B, L, D)
Take a motor boat to the remote fishing town
of Anakao, where you will find stunning white
sand beaches and crystal-clear seas. You have
plenty of time here to recharge your batteries
or continue your adventures with optional
excursions. Stay 3 nights at the Anakao Ocean
Lodge. (B, L, D)
Transfer by boat to Toliara and catch an
onward flight to Antananarivo. Depending on
the flight schedule, you might have time for a
city tour before dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight at the Relais des Plateaux. (B, L, D)
Morning at leisure, then fly overnight from
Antananarivo to London, via Addis Ababa. (B) (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is based in 3- and 4-star accommodation.
Available on request.
For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or
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