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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
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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, 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,
arriving the following day. (B) (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. Please visit this tour on our
website to see details of the hotels included.
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