Best of Natural Madagascar

12 Days from £4078 per adult. All trip details below can be tailored just for you
12 Days
Tailor-Made Tour
Primate Watching
Beach
Snorkelling and Diving

This breath-taking natural history programme features exceptional wildlife and remarkable scenery in comfortable accommodation. The itinerary concentrates on the bio-diverse rainforests of the eastern side of the Big Red Island, and offers the chance to see an outstanding diversity of lemur species including the famous ring-tailed, the huge indri, the tiny Goodman’s mouse lemur and the agile Verreaux´s sifaka to name but a few.

Itinerary

Price from £4078 per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms

Day 1 - Depart UK

Depart London. Arrive Tana. Met on arrival and transfer to your hotel.

Staying at Royal Palace hotel. Includes Breakfast.

Day 2 - Antsirabe

Depart Tana passing Merina villages and mosaics of rice paddy fields to Antsirabe, an attractive Hauts Plateaux spa town founded by Norwegian missionaries and noted for its rickshaws and thermal baths.

Staying at Couleur Café. Includes All Meals.

Day 3 - Ranomafana

Drive through Bestileo country to Ranomafana, stopping en route at the woodcarving centre of Ambositra. Arrive in Ranomafana in the afternoon and transfer to the hotel. Late afternoon excursion may be possible. After dark there will be a guided walk to look for nocturnal species.

Staying at Setam Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 4 - Ranomafana

Morning and afternoon excursions in Ranomafana National Park. Ranomafana is an exceptionally rich high-altitude rainforest reserve where the very rare, locally endemic golden bamboo lemur and eleven other lemur species exist. The trails can be steep and tough but generally the going is moderate. A night walk will be offered to look for dwarf and sportive lemurs.

Staying at Setam Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 5 - Isalo National Park

Transfer to Isalo, stopping at the community-run Anja Park en route to see the habituated troops of ring-tailed and red-fronted brown lemurs. Arrive in Isalo in the late afternoon and visit the interpretation centre if time allows.

Staying at Jardin Du Roy. Includes All Meals.

Day 6 - Isalo National Park

Day hike in Isalo National Park. The park, an eroded limestone massif, contains wonderful scenery and unusual plants like the endemic ‘elephant’s foot’ Pachypodium rosalatum and is a sacred burial ground for the Bara tribe. There are many interesting geological sites and places to swim in the park alongside its curious natural history.

Staying at Jardin Du Roy. Includes All Meals.

Day 7 - Isalo National Park

Another day hike in Isalo National Park.

Staying at Jardin Du Roy. Includes All Meals.

Day 8 - Anakao

Early morning transfer to Tulear, passing sapphire mines and the transitional forest of Zombitse National Park en route – worth a stop if time allows. Continue by boat/road (depending on tides) to ANAKAO (c. 2 hrs), a picturesque and authentic Vezo fishing village set on a sandy beach with outrigger boats lining the shore and friendly Vezo inhabitants. Transfer to the hotel and rest of the day at leisure.

Staying at Anakao Ocean Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 9 - Anakao - Tsimanampetsotsa

Pick up from the hotel for a full day excursion to the recently-gazetted Tsimanampetsotsa National Park in the isolated far south west of Madagascar. This extra-special reserve is one of the least visited and most unusual in Madagascar. It has ring tailed lemurs, ancient baobabs, a spring-fed, 15 km long salt lake populated by flamingos, spoonbills and other wading birds, and sunken caves in which live blind fish.

Staying at Anakao Ocean Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 10 - Anakao

Day at leisure. Optional excursions available, including a boat trip to the small coral island of Nosy Ve for nesting red-tailed tropicbirds and snorkelling.

Staying at Anakao Ocean Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 11 - Tana

Morning pick up from the hotel and transfer by boat / road to TULEAR. Fly to Tana. Day use of room and facilities at Au Bois Vert hotel. Transfer to the airport.

Includes Breakfast.

Day 12 - Depart Tana and arrive London

Includes In-flight Meals.

Travel Info

Are Flights Included?
Yes

Flight Info:
Fly from London to Tana on Air France via Paris

Area Specialist

Ian Loyd
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This itinerary can easily be combined with the following destinations.
Andringitra, Ifaty, Andasibe, Kirindy/Avenue des Baobabs, Ile Sainte Marie, Anjajavy, northern beach hotels – eg Tsarabanjina, Eden Lodge, Tsara komba, Sangany.

If you have any queries about this tour please feel free to call me directly on +44 (0)1803 866965 or...

“It was a fab trip. Everything went very well in Madagascar. All the local guides were really good but special praise goes to [our guide] at Andasibe – so knowledgeable and interesting. He, like all the guides, showed a real love for the wildlife and environment. Excellent wildlife: highlights – fosas in daylight within 10 mins of the first rainforest walk, diademed sifakas, golden bamboo and ringtailed lemurs and giraffe necked weevil.

Ms J B - London

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Setam Lodge: -21.251798, 47.438965
Couleur Café: -19.867319, 47.039745
Anakao Ocean Lodge: -23.661004, 43.649526