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Madagascar – 12 days: Discover the best of Madagascar during this fascinating eleven-day tour with lemurs, colourful tribes, tropical beaches, bustling markets and ever-changing scenery. Begin your adventure in Tana and travel through unspoilt nature, the dense forests of Andasibe, the eroded hills of Antsirabe, Fianarantsoa, Isalo National Park, Ifaty and Tulear.
Antananarivo – the capital of Madagascar A night walk in the area of Andasibe National Park to observe night active lemurs and other nocturnal animal Long walks in the Ranomafana National Park Fianarantsoa – The centre of the wine industry Visit and hike in the Isalo National Park
Accommodation is limited so all the below 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. Day 1: Palissandre Hotel & Spa or similar Day 2 – 3 Andasibe Hotel, or similar Day 4: Royal Palace Hotel, or similar Day 5 – 6: Setam Lodge or similar Day 7 – 8: Isalo Ranch or similar Day 9 – 10:Le Paradisier or similar Day 11: Palissandre Hotel & Spa or similar
Minimum age 12 years. Younger children are allowed upon request
Beach extension or a small group tour to the northern park of the island are available on request
Transfers upon arrival and departure are included
Antananarivo – Antananarivo
Departure from Antananarivo in the morning on day 2
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 start our journey with a drive to Andasibe through the green and luxuriant vegetation of eastern Madagascar. We arrive at Andasibe in the afternoon and check-in to the hotel. At approximately 19h00 we will embark on a night walk to observe night active lemurs and other nocturnal animals.
We start our morning with a visit to the Special Reserve of Andasibe to see the Indri, the largest lemurs on the island. In the afternoon, we visit Andasibe village. This short visit gives us insight to the local people, to see how they live and what they eat.
We drive back to Tana, and head south to Antsirabe, across the highland landscape with its beautiful rice fields on display. We stop in Ambatolampy for a quick visit to this huge agricultural city, also recognised as a source of aluminium. Arrival in Antsirabe around 17h00.
After breakfast we drive to Ambositra, the centre of Madagascar’s wood carving industry. Further on we pass the ‘le col de tapia’, a type of tree resistant to bush fires. The landscape is still dominated by rice fields, pine forests, eucalyptus trees and rocky mountains. We turn off from the main road to reach our destination for the day; Ranomafana National Park.
Ranomafana National Park is approximately 40,000 ha, with its rain forest, covered hills and abundant wildlife It has long been considered one of Madagascar’s highlights, and is one of the country’s most heavily visited national parks. You will go for long walks in the National Park spotting some of the lemurs, chameleons and other animals.
Returning on the road we came on, we leave Ranomafana and visit a local wine farm for wine tasting near Fianarantsoa ‘the city where one learns good things’. We then head southwards to Ambalavao, where we visit the ‘Anteimoro Paper Factory’. We continue and pass through Ihosy, the mountain chain of Andringitra and through the huge ‘Plateaux de Horombe’ to reach our destination Isalo.
Today, we will visit and hike in the Isalo National Park. After a 10 minute drive from Ranohira village, we park our car and walk about 1½ hour to reach the Natural Swimming Pool. 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.
After breakfast, we continue to Tuléar, the terminal of the National Road N° 7. This part of our journey brings us to new scenery among the dry forests of the west and the spiny desert of the south. On the way, we admire the different ‘Mahafaly tombs’ and the ‘Antandroy tombs’. After a short visit of Tuléar we drive to Ifaty.
Ifaty lies on the beach. It is therefore 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 on this leisure day.
Early in the morning at around 6h00 we transfer to the airport for the flight back to Tana. After check-in at the hotel, you have the afternoon free to explore and to do some sightseeing.
Today is the end of our tour and you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.