Spend 12 days uncovering the uniqueness of Madagascar, home to a wide variety of birds, orchids and animals. Take in the incredible scenery and enjoy the abundant wildlife available here. There’s more to Madagascar than just lemurs! Though these adorable creatures certainly aren’t in short supply on this 12 day round trip from Antananarivo.
- Meet Madagascar's unique and amazing animals
- See views that will take your breath away
- Stand in the shadow of the incredible Baobab tree
- Taste the astonishingly good beer and wine of this remarkable country
On arrival in Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar, you will be welcomed and provided with assistance by one of our friendly staff before transferring to your hotel in the city. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure. We will meet this evening for a quick meeting and a welcome dinner.
Accommodations: Carlton Hotel
In the morning you will start your journey with a drive to Andasibe through the green and luxuriant vegetation of eastern Madagascar. This brings you to a very humid part of the country with many primary forests and lakes. Along the way you will see Merina villages spread in the rocky mountains. Arrive at Andasibe in the afternoon and check-in to the hotel. In the evening you will set off from the hotel at approximately 7.00pm on a night walk to observe night active lemurs and other nocturnal animals. Return to the hotel where you overnight.
Accommodations: Andasibe Hotel
Start your morning with a visit to the Special Reserve of Andasibe to see the Indri, the largest lemurs on the island. This 810 ha reserve is unique with its endemic fauna and flora and contains a wide variety of orchids, canopy, and endemic animals like chameleons, tenrecs, and many birds. In the afternoon, visit Andasibe village, which is typical of the Betsimisaraka ("The-Many-Inseparables") community, the second largest tribe on the island who are known to cultivate rice and live mainly off the forest. This short visit gives insight to the local people, to see how they live and what they eat.
Accommodations: Andasibe Hotel
Drive back to Tana (Antananarivo), and head south to Antsirabe, across the highland landscape with its beautiful rice fields on stage. The spectacular eroded hills called 'lavaka' reminds you of the Far East with its rice fields and green landscape with vegetables and fruit trees. A stop in Ambatolampy for a short visit of this huge agricultural city, which is also known as a source of aluminium. Arrival in Antsirabe around 5.00pm, or 'the place of salt', an elegant city well known as the centre of the beer industry and you can smell the Star Brewery as you enter the town. Enjoy a taste of this famous beer on our brewery tour.
Founded by the Norwegians in 1856, it is the only place which really feels and looks like a European city. It has a temperate climate and all fruits and vegetable, which grow in cold climates, are found in Antsirabe.
Accommodations: Royal Palace Hotel
After breakfast drive to Ambositra, the centre of Madagascar's wood carving industry. You are still in the highland, which is characterized by its architecture: The houses are made with ornately carved wooden balconies and shutters with bright colours. Further on pass the 'le col de tapia', a type of tree, which resists to the bush fires of the area. The landscape is still dominated by rice fields on stage, pine forests and eucalyptus trees and rocky mountains.
You take a turn-off from the main road. Before you reach your destination for the day: Ranomafana National Park.
Accommodations: Setam Lodge
Parc National de Ranomafana (approximately 40,000ha), with its rain forested hills and abundant wildlife, has long been considered one of Madagascar's highlights, and is one of the most heavily visited of the country's national parks. Its entrance lies about 7km from Ranomafana village. Altitudes in the park range from 800m to 1200m. In addition to its densely forested hills, Ranomafana's terrain is characterised by numerous small streams, which plummet down to the beautiful Namorona River. Although much of the region has been logged, the easternmost part of the park retains relatively large areas of primary forest. You will go for walks in the National Park for several hours spotting some of the lemurs, chameleons and other animals.
Accommodations: Setam Lodge
Returning on the road you came on, leave Ranomafana and pass Fianarantsoa 'the city where one learns good things'. It is the gate to the South, the capital of the Betsileo tribes and the centre of the catholic religion. Most of the best schools in the country are also found here. Then head southwards, with your first stop in Ambalavao to visit a wine industry for wine tasting. Ambalavao is the centre of wine industry - the climate is said not to be ideal for grape vines, but it is a tradition left by the priests and monks who lived in the area of Fianarantsoa. Still in Ambalavao, visit the 'Anteimoro Paper Factory' which is a vestige of the Arabian civilisation on the island. Continue to Ihosy the capital of the Bara tribes, who are shepherds of Zebu, and further on pass through the mountain chain of Andringitra, which serves as a transition between the dry south and green highlands with its famous '3 hillocks' and its huge 'archbishop's cape'. Along the way you will see from afar a spectacular huge granite dome with twin rock towers called 'the gate of the south', which in fact marks the end of the highland and the beginning of the south. The 'Bishop's hat' is another noticeable, imposing formation and a sacred location for the local people - a place where their ancestors chose a collective suicide rather than to give in to the Merina tribes. Then pass through the huge 'Plateaux de Horombe' with its very deep red soil and arrive in Isalo.
Accommodations: Isalo Rock Lodge
Today, you will visit and hike in the Isalo National Park. The park covers an area of 81,540 ha, comprising of the entire stretch of the Isalo massif. This huge mountain is very spectacular with its eroded sandstone elevations. After a 10 minute drive from Ranohira village, park your car and walk about 1.5 hours to reach the Natural Swimming Pool. Along the way you will see vegetation like Uapaca bojeri, Pachypodium rosulatum or 'elephant's foot' and Aloe isaloensis, a native species of aloe endemic to Isalo.
Along the way, we will see vegetation like Uapaca bojeri, Pachypodium rosulatum or ‘elephant's foot’ and Aloe isaloensis, a native species of aloe endemic to Isalo. The eroded mountains also served as a place where the Bara kept their dead before they could bury them in their actual tombs. We start our climb and reach the massif after walking about 20 minutes, where we will have a spectacular view of the huge sandstone mountains with its beautiful colours and its strange and battered formations creating many different images like ‘the tortoise’, ‘the masks’ and ‘the crocodiles’.
We see small streams of water, and rivers that are marked by lines of brilliant green, generally made up of numerous Pandanus pulcher and the delicate, slim-stemmed, feathery leaved palm Chrysalidocarpus isaloensis. Along the way, there may be sifakas, brown lemurs and ring-tailed lemurs, as well as fifty-five species of birds, lizards and snakes. We finally reach the swimming pool, with its crystal clear water - a great reward after a long and very hot walk.
Accommodations: Isalo Rock Lodge
After breakfast, continue to Tulear, the terminal of the National Road N 7. This step brings new scenery, among the dry forests of the west and the spiny desert of the south. On the way, admire the different 'Mahafaly tombs' and the 'Antandroy tombs'. After a short visit of Tuléar drive to Ifaty, which lies about 27 km from Tuléar. Due to the bad condition of the road, it will take us about 2.5 hours to reach Ifaty, and this step brings us to the driest part of the country. Situated in the deep south, the landscape is dominated by the spiny forest like the cactus, different euphorbiacea and didieracea. Cross the dry and sandy soil where the local people battle to find drinking water. Mangrove trees line the coast alternated by Vezo villages, which earn their living from fishing. See many small pirogues and men who go out fishing twice a day. The children and women wait on the coast to fetch the fish and take them to Tulear for sale.
Accommodations: Hotel Le Paradisier
Day at leisure. Ifaty lies in the beach; it is an ideal place for diving and snorkelling and a popular place for birdwatchers. Here you can also experience the Vezo Fishermen's life. Many excursions are possible. Visit the 'Reserve Domergue', a communal reserve where one will see two kinds of baobabs, spiny bush, reptiles like 'boa madagascariensis', 'geckos' and 'chameleon parsoni' (the largest one). Take a boat trip to see the whales. From July to mid September, whales come to the cool seas off Madagascar to give birth to their young. It is a spectacular experience, and it is possible to see the whales very near to the boat. Situated in the largest lagoon of the country, Ifaty is also protected by a large coral reef, which makes it an ideal place for diving and snorkelling. In the afternoon you can walk to the village of Mangily where you can visit a local school and also experience the Vezo Fishermen's way of life, especially after coming back from fishing.
Accommodations: Hotel Le Paradisier
Early in the morning around 6.00am transfer to the airport for the flight back to Tana. Transfer to the hotel. Afternoon free. Tana is also called the 'City of Thousands' is the capital of Madagascar. It is the city where the first King started to unify the different kingdoms of the island. Built in stages: The high city, the first area occupied during the royal period where the old queen's palace is situated, the mid-city, where all the chic boutiques of the capital are found and then the low city, which is the commercial area of the town. Your walk can start from the high city to see the Rova, the queen's palace, the house of the first minister during these days, which is now a museum; all built by Frenchman Jean Laborde during the royal period. The mid-city, or the administration area ends at the Rainiharo tombs and the lower town is situated in the main avenue called 'L'avenue de l'independence' dominated by the railway station.
Accommodations: Carlton Hotel
**Prices are subject to change and availability. Space is limited and activities and specific hotels are subject to change. Travel insurance is strongly recommended.
Double Occupancy - $4399 CAD per person (sharing a room) - approx. $3285 USD
Single Occupancy - $5569 CAD per person (your own room) - approx. $4160 USD
If you would like the double occupancy rate but don't have a roommate we will match you with a suitable roommate. The single occupancy rate will give you your own room. Single occupancy may be limited. CAD = Canadian dollars. USD = United States of America dollars. Conversion to USD is approximated by current exchange rates and subject to change. You will be charged in CAD and your bank may charge a slightly different rate or fees.
No deposit required at time of booking.
Deposit of $1500 per person due March 1, 2021.
Final Payment due - August 2, 2021
*All payments are non-refundable Please see full terms and conditions. Prices are subject to change and availability.
Please note that if travel restrictions related to Covid-19 affect our tour travel plans, do not worry. We will reschedule our trip, free of any additional costs, for as many times as needed on future dates until travel can safely take place. It is also important to note that all our tours comply with the utmost standards of safety and hygiene protocols to ensure your well being during your visit.
Some walking while visiting areas and a few shorter walking tours.
Minimum - 8 ladies
Maximum - 12 ladies
Kirsten is a veterinarian and owns a small animal practice. When she isn't busy looking after adored family pets she loves to explore the world. Kirsten is a fun and very knowledgeable tour leader.
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The Carlton Hotel is a family-friendly hotel in the historical district, located on the banks of Anosy Lake with great views and close to Musee d'Art et d'Archeologie, Ambohitsorohitra Palace, and Tsimbazaza Zoo. Also nearby are Mahama Sina Stadium and Musee Andafivaratra. The hotel has 171 spacious, air-conditioned guestrooms.
Perfect for exploring the Andasibe and Mantadia reserves, as well as having its own private forest, Andasibe Hotel plays home to a real sense of adventure, in the heart of the ‘Ala Antasinanana’ countryside.
Each of the 20 bungalows are en-suite with a small garden and a private terrace ensuring maximum comfort as you embark on the experience of a lifetime. With so much to explore, excellent hospitality and some wonderful activities, from kayaking and swimming, to nature walks this is the ideal spot from which to explore the local area.
Located in the city centre of Antsirabe, in a quiet neighbourhood, the Royal Palace is just minutes away from the railway station, the Independence Avenue and the two public markets. The property combines superb service, luxurious elegance and authenticity creating a classy, but welcoming atmosphere.
The onsite restaurant serves European, Indian and Malagasy dishes. The hotel invites its guests to stay in its elegant rooms, relax in the outdoor space featuring a lounge area and pool and dine in its onsite restaurant using mainly local produce.
Arriving at the Setam Lodge on the edge of Ranomafana National Park, the first thing you will notice (providing it is daylight!) are the magnificent views of the mountains and rainforest. The lodge has been built to make the most of its location, so the restaurant has huge windows to allow in as much of the view as possible and all of the rooms have small terraces facing down over the valley. Stone steps lead up the hillside to ten chalets, each containing ensuite bathrooms. The décor of the rooms is fairly simple; but has everything you will need.
Isalo Rock Lodge is a modern and stunning 60 Room Retreat, positioned high in the Sandstone Mountains, overlooking the Isalo National Park in south western Madagascar.The views from the lodge are breathtaking. Whilst luxury abounds in the hotel with all modern amenities, Isalo is home to many species of flora and fauna, including, the Giant Chameleon and the renowned Lemurs.
Le Paradisier is built above the southern beach of Ifaty, around ten minutes from the village. The lodge has been designed to make the most of the landscape around it. The incredible spiny forest plants line the stone pathways, the main restaurant has floor to ceiling windows to take in the views, and the infinity pool drops off into the ocean. There are twenty luxury rooms and one suite, all facing the water. The ten original rooms are built in stone rondavels.
**Accommodation will be in basic Hotels. Please note that Madagascar is a country that is in its infancy when it comes to tourism. Accommodation is limited so all the above-mentioned accommodation are subject to availability and we reserve the right to change these using similar accommodation of the same standards. The hotels used are simple & clean and of basic standard, with bathrooms en-suite.
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