Home to over thirty species of lemur, dramatic landscapes of highland hills, rice terraces and mountain ranges, and skylines that are dominated by avenues of baobab trees, this trip to Madagascar is an adventure you do not want to miss out on. Start your journey in the countries capital, Antananarivo, where beautiful colonial buildings have been built on steep streets and great restaurants abound. Continue to Andasibe for stunning highland landscapes and a chance to see the Indri Indri; the world’s largest living lemur. Explore the crater lakes of Antsirabe before visiting the tropical rainforests of Ranomafana to spot exotic birds and three species of bamboo lemur! Your next stop is Ranohira, home to the Isalo National Park, where sandstone rock has been cut into deep canyons and eroded into unusual shapes. Travel to the coastal fishing village of Ifaty, where you can spend your last days relaxing on the beach. And of course, no trip to Madagascar would be complete without a walk down the avenues of the beautiful baobabs.
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11 Oct 2018 – 24 Oct 2018
Day 1 – Arrive Antananarivo
Welcome to Madagascar! Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel, which is located in the city centre. Overnight in Antananarivo.
Day 2 – Antananarivo / Andasibe
After breakfast, you will begin the journey to Andasibe, through the typical highlands landscape of rice fields and rainforests, stopping on the way at Peyrieras Nature Farm, a private reptiles and insects reserve. You will also stop for lunch in Moramanga, an important place in Madagascar’s history. Continue on to your hotel near the Andasibe National Park. Before dinner, you can go out and enjoy a night walk to spot some nocturnal species, such as the chameleon and mouse lemurs. Overnight in Andasibe. (Driving time: 145km – 4 hours)
Day 3 – Andasibe / Analamzaotra & Vakona Park
After breakfast at the hotel, you will visit the Analamzaotra Special Reserve, which is part of the Andasibe National Park. The reserve is home to the Indri Indri, the largest living lemur. Their inquisitive black and white faces can be seen from a short distance, but only in the wild. The Indri are not in the only reason to venture into the forest however, there are also other lemur species here, such as the brown lemur, grey bamboo lemur, and the eastern woolly lemur. After lunch, you can take a canoe to discover the lemur’s island. Overnight in Andasibe.
Day 4 – Andasibe / Antsirabe
After breakfast, you will drive back to Antananarivo, and then continue south towards Antsirabe through the mountains and the rice fields. Along the journey, you will learn about daily highland life and its typical scenery, as well as meeting people in typical villages or local markets. We will make a stop in Ambatolampy to visit a local craftsmen’s workshop, where all cookery pots are made for the Malagasy people. You will arrive in Antsirabe mid-afternoon and then be given a short city tour. The city was founded in 1872 by the Norwegians who were attracted by the areas cool climate and healing properties of the thermal springs. It is an elegant city with modern houses and colonial villas made from brick. Overnight in Antsirabe. (Driving time: 170km – 5 hours)
Day 5 – Antsirabe
Today you will be given a full day tour of the thermal city and crater lakes of Antsirabe. After breakfast, drive to Andraikiba Lake and enjoy a short walk along the shore, under the shadow of the trees. We will then continue by car to Tritriva Lake, a famous crater lake with a legend. In the afternoon, you will drive back to Antsirabe and visit the city by rickshaw. Overnight in Antsirabe.
Day 6 – Antsirabe / Ambositra / Ranomafana
After breakfast at the hotel, you will visit Antsirabe’s Gem Shop to learn about the precious and semi-precious stones of Madagascar. Afterwards, you will drive to Ambositra, an area known for its handicrafts and woodcarving industry. Continue to Ranomafana via Ambohimahasoa, leaving the highlands now and heading for the tropical rainforests. You will arrive at your hotel in the evening. Overnight in Ranomafana. (Driving time: 240km – 8 hours).
Day 7 – Ranomafana / Fianarantsoa
After breakfast at the hotel, you will visit the National Park of Ranamafana to spot various bird species and lemurs. Three species of bamboo lemurs are found in this forest; grey bamboo lemur, golden bamboo lemur, and the greater bamboo lemur. This place is also known to have some of the biggest chameleons on the island; the Parson’s chameleon. In the afternoon, continue your journey to Fianarantsoa, where you will spend the night. (Driving time: 60km – 2 hours).
Day 8 – Fianarantsoa / Ambalavao / Ranohira
After breakfast, you will be given a short city tour by car up to the ‘old city’, as the town is built on a hill, where you will have great views of the lower part of the city. Afterwards, drive to Ambalavao, where there is an interesting factory hand-making paper. Your next stop will be at the Anja Community Reserve, where you will easily be able to spot the ring-tailed lemur. After lunch, continue over the wide Horombe grassland plains towards Ranohira. The scenery begins to change as you travel through the ‘Gateway to the South’ and enter the attractive countryside of the Betsileo People, where granite outcrops dominate the skyline. Here, the village architecture also begins to change to the single-storey ‘African-style’ house. Overnight in Ranohira. (Driving time: 270km – 6 hours).
Day 9 – Ranohira / Isalo National Park
An early start is required to make the journey to Isalo National Park in Ranohira. The combination of sandstone rocks, rare endemic plants, and dry weather make this park particularly beautiful. When you arrive, you will walk up to the natural swimming pool (90-mins) through the Tapia Forest. You will have the opportunity to swim in the pool and either continue your adventure to the Namaza site of dry forest and waterfalls, or head back to your hotel. The afternoon will be spent at your leisure. Overnight in Ranohira.
Day 10 – Ranohira / Toliara / Ifaty
After breakfast at the hotel, you will drive to Toliara through villages of sapphire mines and the southern savannah. Along the way, baobab trees, well painted tombs and typical villages of southern tribes can be seen. This is the last stage of the tour, and you will now be in the ‘dry and white city’. Stopping in Toliara for lunch, you will continue the short journey to Ifaty’s Fisherman Village and then check-in to your hotel. Overnight in Ifaty. (Driving time: 265km – 6 hours).
Day 11 – Ifaty / Baobab Forest
After breakfast, enjoy a walk along a sandy path as you admire the different sizes and models of the Baobab Forest. Birds and reptiles are also seen in this area. The afternoon will be spent at your leisure. Overnight in Ifaty.
Day 12 – Ifaty
Today will be spent at your leisure in Ifaty. There is also the option to visit the coral reef. Overnight in Ifaty.
Day 13 – Ifaty / Toliara / Antananarivo
After breakfast, you will have some free time before you’re transferred to Toliara Airport for flights to Antananarivo, where you will spend your last night.
Day 14 – Depart Antananarivo
After breakfast, you will visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ambohimanga King Palace depending on your return flights schedule. Transfer to airport for international flights home.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE MADAGASCAR TOUR
- Sharing a twin room at 3-star hotels with breakfast
- Domestic flight between Toliara & Antananarivo
- Entrance fees as mentioned in itinerary
- Local guide at parks according to itinerary
- Private vehicle and driver
- English-speaking local guide throughout
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED IN THE MADAGASCAR TOUR
- International flights & airport taxes
- Lunches & Dinners
- Drinks, tips & personal expenses
- Up to six weeks before departure, a place can be reserved on the Discover Madagascar tour on payment of a deposit of £200.00, after this date it would be the full amount of the trip.
- Click the book now button and fill in the details and tick the box confirming you accept booking conditions.
- The outstanding balance is due 6 weeks before travel.
- Please ensure you have checked visa requirements. Get in touch if you are unsure.
- Ensure you have purchased travel insurance, as this is mandatory for all trips.
- International flights are not included and will need to be organised separately. Please do not book flights until we give the go-ahead. If you would like flight suggestions or help with booking, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Trip Type Discover
Group Size Maximum 12
Physical Rating Moderate
Currency & Spending Money Malagasy Ariary / Spending £25 and upwards per day
Hosts One of our local guides will be your main point of contact throughout this trip.
Clothing The best time to visit Madagascar is between April and October, when temperatures are moderate and there is less rainfall. You can expect daytime temperatures to be around 20°C and above, but take layers for the evenings as it can get chilly. We recommend taking light, loose-fitting clothing to help protect you from mosquito bites. You will also need comfortable walking shoes as well as sandals, and adequate sun protection; hat, sunglasses, etc.
Health Always seek medical advice from your doctor or travel nurse before you travel and make sure your vaccinations are up-to-date, especially when travelling to Africa. Remember that your travel insurance may not cover you if you do not have up-to-date vaccinations. Make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day and always wash your hands before eating. Madagascar is a high-risk malaria zone, so please ensure you have suitable anti-malarial tablets.
Single Supplement £450
Travel Advice We highly recommend that you read the foreign travel advice for Madagascar before your departure date.
Driving The roads in Madagascar are notoriously bad, so please be aware that there will be long, and sometimes bumpy, drives throughout this trip, but always with regular stops… it’s all part of the adventure!