After the split from Gondwana 160 million years ago, Madagascar has taken its own way of evolution. Existence in isolation has transformed the life on the 4th biggest island on the Earth into something unique and endemic. The itinerary route traces picturesque landscapes, enters remarkable national parks, stops at lovely towns and villages and gradually uncovers the face of Madagascar’s soul – its nature. The island is not seized by the “greedy” hands of the massive tourism and offers to any traveller tranquillity, authentic experience and unspoiled beauty.
|Dates||23 September-07 October 2017|
Day 1 – Saturday, September 23rd 2017
LONDON – ANTANANARIVO (TANA) International flight [arrival at 14h 30]
Arriving at Ivato Airport. Welcome and transfer to the hotel with a short city tour depending on arrival time. Check in to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 2 – Sunday, September 24th 2017
TANA -ANDASIBE (145km » 3h)
After breakfast we head east of Tana to Andasibe. Along the way, visit of Peyrerias reserve. Park housing various species of butterfly, chameleons, reptiles, and others. After the tour, continuation to Andasibe. Check in. Lunch in your charge. Nocturnal visit at the private reserve of Vakona to see the chameleons, frogs and noctural lemurs. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 3 – Monday, September 25th 2017
After an early breakfast at the hotel, visit of Andasibe National Park to explore the endemic fauna and flora. The Andasibe Forest is shelter to many species of the endangered wildlife of Madagascar. 108 species of birds are known in the park. There are also 14 species of lemurs, of which the famous Indri Indri, 51 species of reptiles including the famous Boa “Manditra” and 84 amphibian species. Lunch is in your charge. Diurnal visit of the private reserve of Vakona. You can admire the many species of animals like lemurs, crocodiles, birds,… and plants. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 4 – Tuesday, September 26th 2017
ANDASIBE – ANTSIRABE (315 km »7h)
Breakfast and departure to the town of Antsirabe. Antsirabe, which means a place of much salt, is famous for its thermal pools with good healing properties. The town attracts many locals and tourists due to its cool climate and location. Antsirabe is also the capital of rickshaws, and THB, the local beer. On the way, stop at Ambatolampy to visit the traditional workshop of aluminium pot. Lunch in your charge. Continuation to Antsirabe. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 5 – Wednesday, September 27th 2017
ANTSIRABE – RANOMAFANA (270 km »6h 30)
Breakfast, then departure to the town of Ranomafana. It is an area with hot mineral springs and notable natural reserve – sheltering numerous endemic species. In the way, planned stops at Ambositra – the capital of traditional woodcarving, where we will visit a local market. Lunch in your charge. Arrival at Ranomafana in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 6 – Thursday, September 28th 2017
Breakfast. Guided exploration of Ranomafana National park. Colourful birds and lemurs are teeming among the trees of the primary rainforest. These include the most notable two species: the golden bamboo lemur and the greater bamboo lemur. Lunch at your charge. Afternoon, visit of the village. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 7 – Friday, September 29th 2017
RANOMAFANA – AMBALAVAO (115 km »3h30)
Breakfast. We continue the trip along the National7; we pass through the capital of the Betsileo Tribe, Fianarantsoa, which means place of good learning. The Betsileo Tribe is well known for being invincible! We then continue to Ambalavao, where we visit a silk production. Lunch is in your charge. In the afternoon, we will visit the Anja Reserve, which is a sanctuary of ring- tailed lemurs and this reserve was created by the local village to protect the fauna in Madagascar. It’s a perfect opportunity to come close to the lemurs, take some great photos and witness how local people can make a positive impact on protecting the environment. Then, going back to Ambalavao for night. Dinner and overnight at the Hotel.
Day 8 – Saturday, September 30th 2017
AMBALAVAO – ANDRINGITRA TSARANORO (83 km »3h)
After breakfast, departure to Andringitra Tsaranoro. Visit of the Sacred Forest & the Traditional Villages, who takes 4 hours of walk. This circuit begins with the trail, which is used by the local population, which crosses fields of cassava and rice fields. You will pass through the village of Andonaka and will be able to visit the primary school of Tsaranoro. Then you join the sacred forest by a small path. You are now in the territory of lemurs with ringed tail (Lemur Catta). You could see the lemurs eat fruit from the ficus tree or play on the rocks.
The sacred forest is also a place where you will find many tombs Bara and Betsileo. Continuation through terraced rice fields. The village of Soavahiny (“where foreigners are welcome”) is further away. Finally, before returning to the Tsara Camp, you can stop at a basic health centre, the visit is very informative and the need for important drugs. Lunch in your charge. Dinner and overnight at the camp.
Day 9 – Sunday, October 1st 2017
ANDRINGITRA TSARANORO -ISALO (208 km »5h30)
We will leave Tsara Camp after breakfast to continue to Ranohira. Our trip will take us to the beautiful south region of Madagascar, passing through the non-man land plateaux of Horombe. You will explore the stone-heart of Madagascar, while you will admire the splendid rock mountains, massive stone walls along the road. Lunch in your charge. Arrival at Ranohira. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.
Day 10 – Monday, October 2nd 2017
ISALO NATIONAL PARK
Breakfast. We will explore the natural wonders of Isalo NP which includes canyons, trekking, natural swimming pools and waterfalls. You will see 3 kinds of lemurs, such as the Ring-tailed lemur, Brown lemur and the Sifaka. Birds include the Madagascar Wagtail and Benson’s rock thrush which is endemic in Isalo NP. Lunch in your charge. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.
Day 11 – Tuesday, October 3rd 2017
ISALO – IFATY (275 km »5h)
After breakfast, we will head directly to Tulear – the capital of the South of Madagascar. In the way, visit of Ilakaka Sapphire Mines & Showrooms, where you can admire beautiful gemstones which make the attraction of the Ilakaka town. Then, continuation to Tuléar. Lunch in your charge. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Ifaty, by the sea side.
Day 12 –– Wednesday, October 4th 2017
Breakfast, then, visit of the private Reniala Reserve to admire the magic baobab trees. The rest of the journey is free. Lunch in your charge. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 13 – Thursday, October 5th 2017
IFATY: Relaxation day at the hotel
After breakfast, you will have a free day to relax and enjoy the warmest of Ifaty. The village is a very animated place and you will see some scenery of daily life on the beach, right in front of the hotel. Possibility to go for a scuba diving in Ifaty or make excursions suggested as extras by your hotel.Lunch in your charge, dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 14– Friday, October 6th 2017
IFATY – TULEAR – TANA (30 km »1h + domestic flight MD 713 11h 40 – 12h 45)
After breakfast departure to Tuléar according to your flight schedule. Picnic or Lunch in your charge. Then transfer to the airport, recording 2 hours before takeoff. Arrival in Tana, transfer to your hotel. Dinner and overnight.BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE ON DOMESTIC FLIGHT: ONE PIECE ONLY, MAX 20 KG/PAX
Day 15 – Saturday, October 7th 2017
TANA – LONDON International flight [Departure at 16h00]
Breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to the airport according to your international flight schedule. On your way, you can visit the local handcraft market. Early lunch in your charge in a good restaurant near the airport. You should be at the airport 3 hours before the scheduled take off time.
The price is £1295
The price includes:
- Accommodation on HB basis (breakfast and dinner) along the tour
- All airport-hotel-airport transfers
- Land transport including driver & fuel from D1 to D15
- Park entrance tickets and guidance fees as per the visits provided here with
The price does not include:
- Travel insurance : delayed/cancelled flight; lost/stolen/delayed luggage, medical evacuation insurance, medical expenses on site
- International, regional, domestic flight tickets
- Visa fees and custom/touristic taxes collected at arrival
- Optional tours ordered and paid on spot
- No shows, cancellation and/or modification penalties after confirmation, penalties related to the delays in payment of services after confirmation
- Additional transfers
- Extra luggage
- Drinking water
- Drinks and meals not included in the itinerary
- Personal expenses, extras, communications
|National Parks||Web site|
|Andasibe National Park||http://www.parcs-madagascar.com/aire-prot%C3%A9g%C3%A9e/parc-national-mantadia|
|Ranomafana National Park||http://www.parcs-madagascar.com/aire-prot%C3%A9g%C3%A9e/parc-national-ranomafana|
|Anja Private Reserve||http://anjareserve.angelfire.com/lemurs.html|
|Isalo National Park||http://www.parcs-madagascar.com/aire-prot%C3%A9g%C3%A9e/parc-national-isalo|
|Les Trois Métis||Tana||http://les-trois-metis.com/|
|Tsienimparihy Lodge||Ambalavao||https://www.petitfute.com › … › AMBALAVAO › Hébergement › Hôtel|
|Orchidée de l’Isalo||Isalo||www.orchidee-isalo.com/|
23 September (Saturday)-07 October (Saturday) 2017
Flight from London on 22 September (Friday)
Your itinerary of 15 days & 14 nights at a glance
|Travel time (3)||Night||Hotel (2)||Meal plan(1)||Accomm.|
|D1||23/09/2017||London -Tana||Arr.13h 40||1||Les Trois Métis||HB||STANDARD ROOMS|
|D2||24/09/2017||Tana – Andasibe||145 km » 3h||1||Grace Lodge||HB|
|D4||26/09/2017||Andasibe – Antsirabe||315 km » 7h||1||Résidence Sociale||HB|
|D5||27/09/2017||Antsirabe -Ranomafana||270 km » 6h30||1||Chez Gaspard||HB|
|115 km » 3h30||1||Tsienimparihy||HB|
|D8||30/09/2017||Ambalavao -Andringitra Tsaranoro||83 km » 3h||1||Tsara Tented Camp||HB||STANDARD TENTS|
|D9||01/10/2017||Tsaranoro Andringitra – Isalo||208 km » 5h30||1||Orchidée de l’Isalo||HB||STANDARD ROOMS|
|D11||03/10/2017||Isalo – Tuléar – Ifaty||275 km »5h||1||Belle vue or Nautilus||HB|
|D14||06/10/2017||Ifaty – Tuléar
Tuléar – Tana
|30 km »1h +
11h 40 – 12h 45
|1||Les Trois Métis||HB|
|D15||07/10/2017||Tana – London||Dep.14h30||0||-/-||n/a|
|(1) BF: Breakfast, BB bed & breakfast, HB half board with breakfast & dinner, FB full board with breakfast, lunch & dinner.
The meal plan DOES NOT INCLUDE DRINKS & EXTRAS.
|(2)Hotels mentioned or similar, equivalent tariffs & service, subject to availability|
|(3) Trip duration given for information and not including pauses|
|DOMESTIC FLIGHT SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE!!!|
Programme of your visits (Inclusions/Exclusions)
|Itinerary||Visits||Entry ticket||Guidance fees*|
|D2||Tana Andasibe||Peyreiras + nocturnal Vakona Private Reserve||Included||Included|
|D3||Andasibe||National Park + diurnal Vakona Private Reserve||Included||Included|
|D5||Antsirabe Ranomafana||Handicraft workshop Ambositra||Included||Included|
|D6||Ranomafana||National Park (2-4h)||Included||Included|
|D7||Ranomafana Ambalavao||Silk production||Included||Included|
|D8||Ambalavao Tsaranoro Andringitra||Sacred forest + village tour||Included||Included|
|D9||Tsaranoro Andringitra Isalo||–||–||–|
|D11||Isalo Tuléar Ifaty||Sapphire Mines & Showrooms||Included||Included|
|D12||Ifaty||Reniala Private Reserve||Included||Included|
|D15||Tana Istanbul||Visit Local handicraft market||Included||–|
Check your itinerary(all times are local)
Fri, 22 Sep 2017
Turkish Airlines TK1986
LHR London Heathrow
IST Istanbul Ataturk
Connect in airportLong wait
Turkish Airlines TK160
IST Istanbul Ataturk
Connect in airport
Turkish Airlines TK160
Arrives: Sat, 23 Sep 2017
Journey duration: 20h 10
Sat, 7 Oct 2017
Turkish Airlines TK161
Connect in airport
Turkish Airlines TK161
IST Istanbul Ataturk
Connect in airportLong wait
Turkish Airlines TK1989
IST Istanbul Ataturk
LHR London Heathrow
Arrives: Sun, 8 Oct 2017
Journey duration: 21h 10
Fri, 6 Oct 2017
Air Madagascar MD713
Arrives: Fri, 6 Oct 2017
Journey duration: 1h 05
Some useful information to help you prepare your trip
The success of your trip depends heavily on the level of preparation. Our organizational knowledge and personal travel advice are at your disposal. Madagascar is a wonderful destination for travelers who take the time to prepare their trip. Here are a few tips and some useful information about the preparation of your trip. Do not hesitate to contact us to ask for more information about the country and the different circuits. It’s our pleasure to welcome you to Madagascar where you will travel through a rich cultural & natural diversity and breathtaking landscapes.
Good to know about hotels in Madagascar
Madagascar is one of the lost paradises on earth resisting to the invasion of modernity and still offers opportunities for extra-ordinary traveling conditions. To guarantee your security and comfort, and allow you to enjoy Madagascar at its real value, we work with a network of good value hotels which meet our quality requirements depending on availability on your itinerary.
Please kindly be advised that most accommodation options in the bush of Madagascar are often cut off from electricity & water networks and work on own power supply generators (solar or conventional). Often, bush hotels run on generator supply rationed in the day and into the night. In general, the generator is off from 22h on, after the guests return to their rooms after dinner. Similarly, the hot water may not be available throughout the hotel network.
Whatever itinerary you choose, we highly recommend you to bring your own torch lights to anticipate potential power cuts that can occur at any time on your route, in the bush as well as in the urban areas.
Make sure you are well insured!
Health facilities in Madagascar do not meet the European standards, thus, in case of medical emergency medical evacuation to Reunion or South Africa may be necessary.
We therefore strongly recommend that you subscribe to comprehensive travel insurance before departure. Our service does not include the cancellation or delay of journey, repatriation, theft / loss / delay of baggage and medical insurance.
Travel insurance protects you in case of emergency. Being properly insured, you can travel with peace of mind to enjoy your stay in Madagascar.
|Before confirming your trip to Madagascar, we strongly encourage you to read the travel advisory, published and updated regularly by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the link http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/conseils-aux-voyageurs_909/conseils-par-pays_12191/madagascar_12283/index.html. You will also find updated information on the security status in different parts of Madagascar.|
In general, we recommend you to consult a specialist before your departure on health issues related to your stay in Madagascar and in particular malaria.
Check on this occasion that you update your vaccines, including diphtheria, tetanus, polio, typhoid, viral hepatitis A and B.
We also recommend you to bring your own medication to relieve minor inconveniences associated with travel as well as a first aid kit. Similarly, if you follow a specific treatment, it is important to plan your treatment during your stay.
It is strongly recommended that you drink only bottled water during your stay, and eat in the restaurants recommended by your guide.
Remember to bring insect repellent and wear light and protective clothing against mosquito bites.
Sunscreen with a high sun protection is also essential as well as hats and sunglasses for your sun protection.
Equipment for the visiting national parks
We strongly recommend that you bring a good pair of comfortable & robust walking/trekking shoes (solid sole to protect against falls, slippery collars and sharp stones), a headlamp/torch, a raincoat, a fleece jacket (depending on season and location), light and covering clothes (to protect you from cold, sun, scratches, insect bites, etc.), as well as hats and sunglasses. Nights can be fresh/cold in the bush and/or by the seaside, please include some warm clothes. A backpack is necessary to bring along with you your water bottle, camera, some cash money, sunscreen, raincoat/pullover and a small first aid kit to disinfect and treat minor injuries during the visit.
In some national parks, it is possible to swim in natural pools and / or waterfalls. We suggest you to inquire at your hotel reception before leaving the park to provide the necessary equipment for swimming.
Please also include your own mask and snorkel to enjoy marine reserves on your itinerary.
We invite you to contact us before you leave for more information.
Baggage allowance Air Madagascar [Domestic flights]
In Madagascar, most conventional tours are proposed with return to Tana on regular domestic flights. On board of Air Madagascar domestic flights, the baggage allowance is only one peace per passenger, limited to 20 kg and 5 kg hand luggage in cabin. We invite you to respect this limitation of weight in order not to pay extra luggage charge, and prefer flexible and robust rolling travel bags to rigid and voluminous suitcases. Soft travel bags are easier to load in the boot or on the vehicle roof.
The climate in Madagascar is characterized by a dry season that runs from April to October and a rainy season from November to March.
However, significant variations across regions are: more moisture to the east, with a dry season very narrowed, and instead significantly and prolonged heat wave in southern dry period. Cyclones may occur between November and March.
There are significant differences in temperature between day and night in the highlands and in the bush. It is strongly recommended to provide a sweater fleece by a traveler and a pair of jeans and closed walk to visit the parks and the nights can be cool shoes. Also provide a waterproof / raincoat because it can rain at any time, especially in the areas of primary forest and national parks. Sun exposure and the presence of mosquitoes is another factor to be taken into account in predicting light and protective clothing.
Madagascar is subject to regular power cuts (both in cities and in the bush). It should be noted that the power supply is 220V with French type sockets. Some hotels do not have sockets in the rooms to avoid the use of hair dryers that can damage the generators. Please contact the hotel reception before you use/charge electric equipment in your room. In the absence of sockets in the rooms, you can always recharge your electronics at the reception or the hotel bar.
Madagascar is a peaceful country with nice people, smiling and hospitable. However, we must not forget that Madagascar is among the poorest countries in the world. For a pleasant stay in Madagascar, simple safety precautions and rules and common sense apply to all travelers. Please do not leave your personal belongings and valuable items (camera, mobile phones, watch, VISA card, cash money, etc.) without vigilance and always keep an eye on them. Please leave your jewels & expensive watches at home or they might be stolen/lost.
Currency and exchange rates
The monetary unit is the Ariary (MGA or AR), which in 2005 replaced the Malagasy franc (FMG). It’s often possible that the prices are given in Malagasy francs, ask precisely to avoid misunderstandings as 1 AR = 5 FMG.
Indicative exchange rate 1 EUR = 3 300 MGA
Official rate available on the website of the Central Bank of Madagascar
While traveling in the country, make sure you bring enough cash money in small cuts between. In most cases, you will only be able to pay your extras in cash. Only some developed hotels accept payments by card.
Payment cards VISA and MASTER
Important: In Madagascar, MASTER Card has limited use. However, most retailers take VISA. The fees vary from one institution to another.
The eventual settlement of hotel bills or airline tickets with a credit card may incur fees ranging from 5 to 8%. Please do not forget to carry some cash money in small coupons for tips.
Cash withdrawal and cash expenses in the bush
For obvious security reasons, we do not recommend carrying along important sums of money in cash. You can change some USD or EUR currency at the airport upon arrival and make withdrawals thereafter.
By following the advice of your guide, you can make regular withdrawals during your passage through major cities and avoid carrying large amounts of cash on you.
While traveling in the country, remember to bring enough cash and small cuts between two cities. In the bush, you can settle your extras in cash whereas in big cities/hotels payment by VISA / MASTER is available.
We will be happy to send you information and an estimation of the amount you will need to perform the visits indicated in your programme.
Some restrictions to consider
Rental motorcycle, ATV, as well as scuba diving activities etc. can only be done under professional supervision for people who hold a driving license. Likewise, scuba diving requires a certification. Please contact us for further information.
In order to perform safely these activities in Madagascar, it is essential to take appropriate insurance options.
Some tours may be unsuitable for persons with reduced mobility, suffering from vertigo or claustrophobia. Similarly, some excursions are not suitable for children under 6 years.
Boat transfers are provided by professional service providers on site. We always require lifejackets on board. However, it happens that service providers do not meet our requirements. We advise you to bring your own life jackets and wear on you during excursions at sea.
We also thank you for advising us about any dietary restrictions and allergies during our exchanges.
We remain at your disposal for further information on any matter relating to the choice of itinerary and excursions.
Even though we strictly require respect for all safety rules on site for all types of sports and excursions at sea activity, these practices can be risky because of the specific circumstances in Madagascar. By accepting the present proposal, those who subscribe to this type of activities in Madagascar take knowledge of the risk involved and take full responsibility.
TOUR OPERATOR declines all liability in case of accident during the practice of these activities as well as the absence of life jackets on board vessels and accidents related to the lack of life jackets on board, or any other type of failure to comply with safety during the execution of the tour.
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1.Travel Insurance (Obligatory)
2.Mosquito Repellent Bracelet
5. USB Flash Drive ( To share the photos between us at the end of the trip)
6. Beach footwear
7. Bush Hat
8. Quick Dry, Lightweight Travel Towel
10. Rechargeable Adventure LED Torch Flashlight
11. 80L Backpack Rucksack
12. Comfortable walking trainers or boots
13.A small rucksack to carry your packed lunch/water bottle
14. Converter from UK to EU plugs.
Worldwide Universal International universal adaptor (UK, USA, Asia, Australia, Middle East) to European 2 pin (round) wall socket – Visitor / Visiter / Travel Adaptor / Adapter / Plug / converter / Convertor
15. Take your outdoor clothes, waterproof trousers /jacket.
16.Travel vaccination certificate book/ For Details