Wild Madagascar in Comfort

# Tailor-Made Tour

Wild Madagascar in Comfort

16 Days from £5177 per adult. All trip details below can be tailored just for you
16 Days
Tailor-Made Tour
Honeymoon
Primate Watching
Beach
Culture and Archaeology
Luxury

An extra-special itinerary crafted to reveal many of Madagascar’s top natural history and cultural highlights, whilst staying in some of the most luxurious accommodations for maximum comfort.

Focussing on all three of Madagascar’s forest types; the rainforest, eerie spiny forest and wildlife rich dry deciduous forest you will get to sample a great selection of wildlife, but also varied landscapes and some fascinating cultural insights too.

The pace is very gentle with ample time to explore each region without too much internal travel and features top quality accommodations and service at each location. There will also be plenty of downtime at the lovely Anjajavy Hotel with its stunning beach, warm sea bathing, swimming pool and even wildlife on the doorstep to finish with.

Among the many experiences to treasure will be coming face to face with an indri and spotting giant chameleons in the rainforests of Mitsinjo, immersing yourself in amongst a family group of ring-tailed lemurs and interacting with the fascinating Antandroy tribe along the Mandrare River and watching Coquerel’s sifakas dancing through the grounds of the Anjajavy Hotel.

 

 

 

Itinerary

Price from £5177 per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms

Day 1 - Antananarivo

Arrive Antananarivo. Met on arrival at the airport and transfer (15 minutes) to your hotel.

Staying at Relais des Plateaux. Includes No Meals.

Day 2 - Andasibe

Today depart for the 5 hour drive to the rainforest reserves of Andasibe, stopping for lunch en route by the riverside at Mandraka Park.

In the late afternoon and evening take a night walk in the community managed VOIMMA Reserve to spot nocturnal wildlife including Goodman's mouse lemur, Eastern woolly lemur and sleeping Parson's chameleons.

Staying at Mantadia Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 3 - Andasibe and VOIMMA

Today take a morning walk in the Perinet Reserve to enjoy some close sightings of the magnificent tail less indri. This is also the best location to encounter the stunning diademed sifaka, Eastern grey bamboo lemur and common brown lemur.

In the afternoon explore the community managed VOIMMA Reserve where the indris are habituated and often allow an exceptionally close approach and a very intimate sighting. Contuine the walk once dark to spot more nocturnal species.

Staying at Mantadia Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 4 - Mantadia National Park

An early drive (1 ½ hours) to Mantadia National Park to the north. Enjoy a full day with a packed lunch to explore the wonderful primary rainforest of this large National Park in search of its special wildlife.

Highlights include the agile and often vocal black-and-white ruffed lemur is often found here on the ridgelines and other wildlife includes the colourful painted mantella frog and bizarre giraffe-necked weevil.

Among the birdlife includes 4 species of ground roller and the shy red-breasted coua is another speciality of this forest. Take another night walk in the evening for nocturnal wildlife.

Staying at Mantadia Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 5 - Mitsinjo Reserve

Morning excursion to the Mitsinjo Reserve where the wonderful indri can again be observed at close quaters, they will often feed only a few feet away here. Perhaps also focus on some of the other lemurs today such as the Eastern grey bamboo lemur or the interesting range of endemic reptiles and frogs.

After lunch return 5 hours by road back to Antananarivo.

Staying at Relais des Plateaux. Includes Breakfast.

Day 6 - Mandrare River Camp

Morning transfer to the airport to take the Tsaradia flight TZ 716 at 1250 to Fort Dauphin arriving 1440.

Met on arrival at the airport and commence the interesting drive (4 hours) through transitional and spiny forest to the Mandrare River Camp.

Activitiesfrom the camp include fascinating guided walks to see the endemic wildlife found in the different forest types including the bizarre spiny forest and riverine gallery forest, home to a large population of ring-tailed lemurs.

The strange spiny forest in particular contains many endemic plants adapted to the arid conditions and is dominated by the thorny Didiereacae, or octopus, trees and the local baobab, Andansonia rubrostipa (fony).

This is an excellent location to see the iconic Verreaux’s sifakas leaping between the trees. Birdlife includes sickle-billed vanga, running, green-capped and giant couas and if lucky you may also find a rare radiated tortoise.

Staying at Mandrare River Camp. Includes All Meals.

Day 7 - Mandrare River Camp

Today enjoy a full day of guided excursions in a small group with a local guide (maximum 6 in a group).

The area is home to the Antandroy tribe, regarded by some as the most traditional tribe in Madagascar. During your stay you will have the opportunity to experience the rich culture of the area as well as view the wonderful wildlife including large groups of ring-tailed lemurs and dancing Verreaux’s sifakas.

Night walks will be offered to see nocturnal lemur species such as gray and gray-brown mouse lemurs and the range restricted white-footed sportive lemur, Madagascar scops owls, warty chameleons, large-headed geckos and much more.

Staying at Mandrare River Camp. Includes All Meals.

Day 8 - Mandrare River Camp

Enjoy another full day of guided activities in a small group

The local Antandroy tribe that inhabit this region are fascinating to interact with and are largely unaffected by the outside world, holding onto their strong beliefs and living very naturally. The forest and associated wildlife here is preserved by the people themselves who hold them sacred as resting places for their ancestors.

This evening depart for a selection of sundowners, around a fire amidst the baobabs before enjoying a tribal dance performance.

Staying at Mandrare River Camp. Includes All Meals.

Day 9 - Mandrare River Camp

Today perhaps visit the local spiny forest at dawn for more wildlife viewing, followed by a visit to a local village. Later in the morning return to Fort Dauphin stopping to admire the spiny forest along the journey. After lunch check in to your hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure.

Staying at Le Croix du Sud . Includes All Meals.

Day 10 - Antananarivo

Morning transfer to the Fort Dauphin airport. Take Tsaradia domestic flight to Antananarivo. Met on arrival and transfer to the hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Staying at Maison Galleni . Includes Breakfast.

Day 11 - Antananarivo - Ambohimanga Hill

Today enjoy a guided city tour of Antananarivo (Tana) with your private guide and a vechile at your disposal.

The highlights of Tana include sites such as the old Prime Minister’s Palace, Presidential Palace, the Queen's Palace, several museums, the historical old town, train station, independence square, the La Digue market and some of Tana’s impressive Catholic churches. You can explore different areas based on your interests.

Later perhaps visit the Ambohimanga Hill, about 20 km from Tana to see the old royal palace complex (now the last surviving example of Malagasy royal residences since the Rova sadly burnt down), which is very atmospheric.

Staying at Maison Galleni . Includes Breakfast.

Day 12 - Anjajavy

Take an early transfer (15 minutes) back to Tana's airport for your scheduled charter flight to the remote Anjajavy peninsula. You will arrive around 0900 in the morning with the rest of the day at leisure. You can choose from a range of included or optional activities on offer or simply just relax or explore independently.

Staying at Anjajavy L’Hotel. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 13 - Anjajavy

Day at leisure in Anjajavy to enjoy the wildlife of the private dry forest reserve, wonderful beach and various activities on offer.

The surrounding dry forest reserve contains endemic species of trees and plants and is a refuge for many lemur species including the charming Coquerel’s sifakas that visit the lodge grounds each day. The nocturnal fat-tailed dwarf lemur, gray mouse lemur and Milne Edwards sportive lemur are among those seen on night walks. Madagascar's top predator, the fossa is also found in the reserve as are tenrecs, many chameleons, ground boas, and the very rare Madagascar fish eagle nests on the coast too.

If lucky you may now also catch a glimpse of the mysterious aye aye on a night walk in the lodge’s private reserve thanks to a successful reintroduction programme.

Staying at Anjajavy L’Hotel. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 14 - Anjajavy

Day at leisure in Anjajavy. Optional activities include: boat trips, guided forest walks, kayaking and snorkelling.

There is a swimming pool to augment the warm sea bathing, and other water sports available include catamaran sailing, windsurfing, fishing, canoeing and water skiing. Four wheel drive and boat excursions, hiking and cycling are also possible.

Nearby there are two local villages that may be visited, where you can see the benefits accrued to the populations from their proximity and involvement with the hotel.

Staying at Anjajavy L’Hotel. Includes Breakfast.

Day 15 - Antananarivo

Today take the scheduled charter flight at 0930 back to Antananarivo arriving at 1100. On arrival transfer to your hotel or enjoy exploring some of the city of Antananarivo with a guide and vechile at your disposal.

Staying at Relais des Plateaux . Includes Breakfast.

Day 16 - Depart Antananarivo

Today transfer back to the airport to depart Antananarivo on your flight home.

Includes Breakfast.

Travel Info

Are International Flights Included?
No. Please contact us for a quote if required.

Flight Info:
Fly to Antananarivo via Paris (CDG) from London Heathrow or Manchester with Air France. Other flight options include Kenya Airways and Ethiopian Airlines and South African Airways.

Best Visited:
April to December

Area Specialist

Ian Loyd

Travel in September, October and November for the best weather and wildlife viewing, but anytime from April to January is fine for travel.

Please note that the maximum weight allowance on all luggage taken on the Anjajavy charter flights is 20kg per person (including hand luggage) with no possibilty of exceeding. Any excess luggage can be safely stored with your guide/driver in Tana in between the flights. Please also note that we must provide body weights of all passengers in advance for the scheduled charter flights to and from Anjajavy for safety and cargo reasons.

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

It was lovely to meet Helen face-to-face and to devise the ideal trip with her – her enthusiasm for Madagascar certainly confirmed us in our choice of destination. Enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides, seemed genuinely interested in their work and in interacting with tourists. Invaluable in spotting wildlife and discussing uses of local medicinal plants. [Our escort guide] was a delightful companion on our journey in Madagascar and very solicitous of our welfare. We were thrilled by the wildlife. Without the keen insight and knowledge of our guides we would certainly have failed to spot the giraffe-necked weevil and stick insects. The night walks were very productive – several mouse lemurs. The first sight of indris was an especial thrill as was the sight of a sleeping mouse lemur in broad daylight. Perhaps the most rewarding experience occurred when the lemurs came to us – six ring-tailed lemurs in Isalo, sifakas on the balcony in Anjajavy, flocks of grey-headed lovebirds on the lawn at breakfast. An excellent tour which gave us a good insight into the wildlife and potential conservation issues in Madagascar. We had opportunities to visit local communities. We were most impressed by the efficiency in ensuring a trouble-free and very enjoyable time in Madagascar. Our tour leader and driver were delightful and very hard working. We shall certainly look forward to booking a further tour with you.

Mr & Mrs V - Ashprington, Devon

Route Map

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Mandrare River Camp: -24.822294, 46.167297
Relais des Plateaux: -18.834180, 47.463010
Mantadia Lodge: -18.918703, 48.415681
Maison Gallieni: -18.908387, 47.529237
Anjajavy le Lodge: -14.990470, 47.228107