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  • Location
    Madagascar, Africa
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    Selected Meals Included
  • Duration
    16 days
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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. This tour is well paced, allowing for a wildlife focus in Andasibe, Ranomafana and Isalo National Parks.

What's Included
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  • Flexible - extensions room & flight upgrades available
  • Average group size - 9 people (max 16)
  • International & internal flights 
  • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Experienced local tour manager
  • 14 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 13 dinners
  • Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
  • Porterage at airports
Signature Experiences
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  • Afternoon talk at the ValBio Research Centre, Ranomafana, by a specialist guide
  • Walk in Mantadia’s primary rainforest
  • Traditional sunset music performance in Isalo National Park
  • Special ‘chef’s dinner’ in Antananarivo
  • Small group size - average 9 people (max 16)
Tour Itinerary
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Day 1: Fly to Antananarivo via Addis Ababa

Overnight flight from London (regional connections available) to Antananarivo, via Addis Ababa, with Ethiopian Airways. 

Day 2: Andasibe • Analamazaotra Reserve

Early morning arrival. Drive to Andasibe. Transfer to Andasibe Hotel (or similar) and stay for 3 nights. Afternoon introductory walk in Andasibe rainforest, home to the largest living lemurs, the indri. After dinner, take a night walk to Analamazaotra Reserve. Here you may spot nocturnal lemur species, including mouse, greater dwarf and eastern woolly lemurs. Welcome drinks reception before dinner. 

Day 3: Andasibe • Vakona Private Reserve • Analamazaotra Reserve

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: Mantadia National Park (or Mitsinjo forest)

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 the less active, walk in Mitsinjo Reserve and plant an endemic tree as part of the forest’s reforestation project. 

Day 5: Antananarivo

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: Antsahabe • Antsirabe

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 poussepousse (rickshaws), a legacy of Chinese labour imported to work on the railways.

Day 7: Ambositra • Ranomafana

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 (or similar). Evening walk in search of nocturnal species. 

Day 8: Ranomafana

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: Ranomafana

Morning walk in Ranomafana National Park. Afternoon talk at the ValBio Research Centre by a specialist guide. Second evening walk in search of nocturnal species. 

Day 10: Fianarantsoa • Ambalavao • Ranohira

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 (or similar). 

Day 11: Isalo National Park

Full day to explore the breathtaking 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, Madagasgar white-browed owls, Madagascar nightjars and juvenile long-eared owls. 

Day 12: Isalo National Park

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 against a view of the sunset. 

Day 13: Zombitse-Vohibsia National Park • Ifaty

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 baobabs and traditional family tombs, central to Malagasy beliefs and culture. Stay 1 night at Les Dunes d’Ifaty (villa room) (or similar) in Ifaty, a quiet coastal fishing village known for its long beach. Evening farewell dinner. 

Day 14: Fly to Antananarivo

Morning at leisure. Afternoon flight from Toliara to Antananarivo. Transfer to Le Royal Palissandre (or similar) for 1 night. 

Day 15: Fly to London via Addis Ababa

Morning at leisure. Afternoon flight to London, via Addis Ababa, with Ethiopian Airways. 

Day 16: Fly to London via Paris

Early morning arrival in London. 

Accommodation
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Andasibe Hotel, Andasibe National Park
Built in the heart of the forest and situated close to the Analazamotra national park, the Andasibe Hotel has a very natural feel and overlooks beautiful rice paddies. The 12 spacious and luxurious bungalows are all equipped with a television, minibar, private safe and a terrace. Other amenities include a restaurant and swimming pool.

Couleur Café, Antsirabe
Situated in the heart of Antsirabe, the Couleur Café is a charming property with five small houses located within its grounds. The family house can sleep up to four people while the four pavilions are each suitable for two people. Each pavilion is tastefully decorated and equipped with a private bathroom and fireplace. Breakfast is served in the guesthouse or your garden area, and dinner can be arranged with 24 hours' notice.

Le Royal Palissandre, Antananarivo
This small, elegant hotel of only 46 rooms, takes its name from the Palissander tree, wood from which has been used to furnish the property, creating a feeling of warmth. The rooms are simply but stylishly furnished, featuring local handicrafts in order to give the property a uniquely Malagasy feel. 

Les Dunes d'Ifaty, Ifaty
Les Dunes d'Ifaty is a charming hotel complex located in the fishing village of Mangily, directly overlooking the Mozambique Channel and its coral reef. Built in a traditional style, using local materials, the 19 villas and 22 rooms are set amid 6 hectares of tropical flora and indigenous plants. All of the rooms have a Creole inspired design and are equipped with a range of amenities. Some of the villa rooms have a view of the sea, but not all. The main building has a library, a bar, a restaurant and an outdoor patio area that serves as an extension to the restaurant, where guests can dine on international cuisine, seasonal specialities, seafood and locally inspired dishes. The large swimming pool is also a great place to relax and unwind. 

Relais de la Reine, Ranohira
Located in the Souh west of Madagascar and hidden among a 16-hectare oasis bordering the Isalo massif, Le Relais de la Reine is a quaint French farmhouse-style lodge. Thirty cool and airy rooms are dotted among the manicured gardens and rocky sandstone formations. Features: 30 rooms, spa, restaurant, bar, swimming pool, tennis-court and equestrian centre. 

The Thermal Hotel, Ranomafana National Park
Located within lush green gardens on the edge of the Ranomafana National Park, The Thermal Hotel is a restored building that offers all of the amenities of a modern hotel, including a restaurant serving local dishes. The hotel has a sustainable policy by engaging heavily with the surrounding local community through different projects and schemes. Features: 21 rooms, restaurant, bar, garden, Wi-Fi.

Tour Extensions
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Anakao 6 Nights 
Anakao is an unspoilt fishing village situated in south-west Madagascar. The area has national park status and is very remote. Anakao Ocean Lodge is situated on the perfect half-moon beach of Andovoke Bay.

Day 14: Anakao
Transfer to Toliara and take a one-hour boat ride to Anakao. Transfer to Anakao Ocean Lodge & Spa for 4 nights. (B, D)
Days 15-17: Anakao
A full-day excursion is included to Tsimanampetsotsa National Park. The landscape includes spiny forest, wetlands, baobab and banyan trees. Tsimanampetsotsa is a birder’s paradise, with lemurs and reptiles. Following days at leisure (B, D)
Day 18: Fly to Antananarivo
Fly from Toliara to Antananarivo. Stay at Le Royal Palissandre for 2 nights. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Day 19: Antananarivo
Morning tour of Ambohimanga, one of the 12 sacred hills of Antananarivo. En route back to the hotel visit La Digue handicraft market. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Day 20: Fly to London via Addis Ababa
Transfer to the airport and fly to London. (B)
Day 21: Early morning arrival into London (N)
Ifaty Extension to Madagascar Adventure

Ifaty 6 Nights
Ifaty is a quiet coastal fishing village just north of Toliara (Tulear) with a charming hotel built in traditional Malagasy style. Relax on the long, sandy beach or take optional excursions from Les Dunes d’Ifaty hotel, such as snorkelling to view the coral reef, whale watching (July to mid-September) and excursions into the baobab forest.

Days 14-17: Ifaty
Stay 4 nights at Les Dunes d’Ifaty (villa room). Days at leisure. (B, D)
Day 18: Fly to Antananarivo
Fly from Toliara to Antananarivo. Stay at Le Royal Palissandre for 2 nights. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Day 19: Antananarivo
Morning tour of Ambohimanga, one of the 12 sacred hills of Antananarivo. En route back to the hotel visit La Digue handicraft market. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Day 20: Fly to London via Addis Ababa
Transfer to the airport and fly to London. (B)
Day 21: Early morning arrival into London (N)

Nosy Komba Extension to Madagascar Adventure
5 Nights 
Fly to Nosy Be island and travel south-east by boat to the smaller island of Nosy Komba, meaning ‘lemur’ in Swahili. This is an excellent place to see black lemurs at close quarters. Stay 4 nights at Tsara Komba on full-board basis and either relax or take an excursion to the nearby marine reserve, Nosy Tanikely. Return to Antananarivo, and overnight at Le Royal Palissandre. Morning at leisure. Afternoon flight on day 20 back to London via Addis Ababa. Early morning arrival on day 21.

Nosy Be Extension to A Madagascar Adventure
6 Nights 
A small picturesque island located off Madagascar’s north-west coast, Nosy Be has beautiful sandy beaches. Stay 4 nights at the Vanilla Hotel & Spa (Ocean room) and relax on the beaches, wander through the perfume-scented plantations of ylangylang trees and spices, explore the lemur reserves, search for chameleons, visit quaint villages – where local stalls sell everything from seafood to lace tablecloths – and take boat rides to other nearby islands. Return to Antananarivo, and overnight at Le Royal Palissandre. Morning at leisure. Afternoon flight on day 20 back to London via Addis Ababa. Early morning arrival on day 21.

Important Tour Information
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Group tour manager
This tour is fully escorted throughout by a local tour manager from arrival in Antananarivo to day 13 in Toliara.

Discovery tour
This tour is best suited to the hardier traveller as it includes some quite basic accommodation, longer and rougher road journeys and more strenuous activities, such as trekking.

Private & tailor-made travel
This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you, for which guideline prices are shown.

Single Supplement Available
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A single supplement is available from £500 - £550. Please call us on 0800 707 6229 for more information. 

Price Information
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Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don't include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment's notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote. 

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