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.
Day 1 – Saturday,
LONDON – ANTANANARIVO (TANA) International flight
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, 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,
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,
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,
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,
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,
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,
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,
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,
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,
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,
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,
TANA – LONDON International flight
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.
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Price is £1495
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
1/ Type of vehicle minivan for 6 to 7 pax