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Madagascar Wildlife Adventure

Much of Madagascar’s exotic flora and fauna is found nowhere else on Earth. This tour offers an opportunity to discover the island’s extraordinary wildlife, natural history, stunning scenery, idyllic beaches and fascinating culture, which is based on a mix of Christianity and ancient spiritual beliefs. The tour is well paced, allowing for a wildlife focus in Andasibe, Ranomafana and Isalo National Parks.

Brief Itinerary of your private tour: 

Day 1 – Fly from the UK to Antananarivo, via Addis Ababa

Day 2 – Early afternoon arrival. Transfer to the Andasibe Hotel (or similar) and stay for 3 nights. Take a night walk to Analamazaotra Reserve. Here you may spot nocturnal species, including mouse, greater dwarf and eastern woolly lemurs.

Day 3 – Morning walk in Andasibe. Return to the lodge for lunch. Visit Lemur Island in Vakona Private Reserve, a small island sanctuary for lemurs. Afternoon walk in Andasibe. After dinner, take a second night walk to the Analamazaotra Reserve.

Day 4 – Full-day walk through the primary forest of Mantadia National Park. The beautiful scenery is home to the black and white ruffed lemur, the diademed sifaka, Parson’s chameleon and a wide variety of frogs. Alternatively, for a less strenuous option, walk in Mitsinjo Reserve and plant an endemic tree as part of the area’s reforestation project

Day 5 – Morning drive back to Antananarivo. Stay 1 night at Le Royal Palissandre (or similar). Afternoon city tour including the hills of the royal palaces and the botanical and zoological garden of Tsimbazaza. Special chef’s dinner in the evening.

Day 6 – Drive to Antsahabe, a village typical of the Merina tribe. After lunch, continue to the spa town of Antsirabe and stay 1 night at Couleur Café Hotel (or similar). Afternoon tour of Antsirabe, centre of the gem trade and home to hundreds of pousse pousse (rickshaws), a legacy of Chinese labour imported to work on the railways

Day 7 – Continue South to Ambositra, known as Madagascar’s handicraft and wood-carving capital. Following a typical Malagasy lunch accompanied by folklore entertainment, continue to Ranomafana. Stay 3 nights at Thermal Hotel. Then enjoy an evening walk in search of nocturnal species.

Day 8 – Morning walk in the Ranomafana National Park, where you can spot three species of bamboo lemur. The grey, the golden and the greater. Endemic birding in the park is also excellent. Afternoon visit to Tanala Village.

Day 9 – Morning walk in Ranomafana National Park. Afternoon visit to the Ranomafana Arboretum, a collection of hundreds of rare tree species. Second evening walk in search of nocturnal species.

Day 10 – Morning drive via Fianarantsoa, the Betsileo tribe’s capital, to the vineyard of Lazan’ny Betsileo. Continue to Ambalavao. Visit the Antemoro paper factory and the Anja Reserve, where ring-tailed lemurs are often spotted. Continue to Ranohira and stay 3 nights at Relais de la Reine.

Day 11 – Today, you have a full day to explore the breath-taking eroded sandstone landscapes of Isalo National Park. In the morning, visit the natural swimming pool where there is a crystal clear waterfall that tumbles into a deep green pool. In the afternoon, continue to the Cascade des Nymphes where you may spot ring – tailed lemurs, Verreaux’s sifakas and the dumpy elephant’s foot plant (flowers in September). Birdlife that you may see includes Malagasy hoopoes, white-browed owls, Madagascar nightjars and long-eared owls.

Day 12  – Morning walk in Isalo National Park to explore the viewpoint. Enjoy a break at the hotel in the mid-afternoon to rest before an early evening traditional music performance as the sun sets.

Day 13 – Continue towards the West Coast. Stop en route at Zombitse-Vohibsia National Park. It may be possible to spot Appert’s tetrakas, one of the most endangered endemic birds on the island. The region is known for its large baobob trees and traditional family tombs, central to Malagasy beliefs and culture. Stay 1 night at Les Dunes d’Ifaty (or similar) in Ifaty, a quiet coastal fishing village known for its long beach.

Day 14 – Morning at leisure. Late afternoon flight from Toliara to Antananarivo. Transfer to Palissandre Hotel & Spa for 1 night.

Day 15/16 – Have a morning of leisure before flying back to the UK.

What’s included?

  • All accommodation
  • International & internal flights
  • Transfers in air conditioned vehicles
  • 13 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 13 dinners
  • Guided sightseeing & entrance fees

Our low deposit scheme means you can secure your holiday with a deposit from £99 per person, you can then take advantage of our flexible payment scheme.

For full details or to book this fantastic offer call our team on 01772 337448.

Alternatively you can leave an enquiry adjacent to this page or email a member of our team will contact you in due course.

  • Price

    £5,295 per person– based on 2 people for 16 days

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