MADAGASCAR WILDLIFE DISCOVERY

MADAGASCAR WILDLIFE DISCOVERY

Day 1: ANTANANARIVO

  • Meet your in-country representative at the airport before setting out on this unique Malagasy adventure.
  • Please be aware that your driver will be waiting for you at the International Arrival gate.
  • An airport sign with your name should be seen and you may have to look for a logo if the airport gets overcrowded. If you cannot locate your driver please remain calm and approach the Airport Welcome Service.
  •  An announcement intended for your driver can be broadcasted there, and this will then become the rally point. In the case of an emergency or you cannot locate your driver, the emergency contact details are on your documents and you should call the mentioned numbers before attempting to leave the airport. 
  • You will be given your welcome package including maps and more, then be transferred to your hotel.
  • Overnight at Hotel.

Day 2: ANTANANARIVO -ANDASIBE

  • After breakfast, we start drive eastward through the highlands to Andasibe. We will stop over at Reptiles Park.
  • Visit Mandraka Park, here you can see some of endemic chameleons, snakes, insects and reptiles of Madagascar. After the visit here we will continue to follow the road to Andasibe.
  • In the evening, before dinner, enjoy a night walk looking for the many nocturnal creatures.
  • Night and dinner at the hotel

Day 3: ANDASIBE/ ANALAMAZAOTRA

  • After an early breakfast you will be taken to the rainforest at Andasibe, where the main objective is to see – among other species – the remarkable Indri. Hearing their whale-like calls emanating from the mist-enshrouded rainforests in the early mornings, is pure Malagasy magic at its best.
  • During the dawn chorus birding is wonderfully productive too. In the quieter middle part of the day, visit Lemur Island, a refuge for lemurs confiscated from trappers.
  • Night and dinner at the hotel

Day 4: ANDASIBE –MANTADIA NATIONAL PARK

  • Today you will be taken on a visit of the beautiful 10,000ha primary rainforest national park of Mantadia. It is about 37km north of Andasibe and holds a select band of mammals, birds and ‘herps’ not necessarily present at Andasibe.
  •  Key attractions include Diadem sifaka, Black & white ruffed lemur, Scaley and Blue-headed ground-rollers; Parson’s chameleon and colourful Mantella baroni frogs, among others. The scenery here is beautiful.
  • Night and dinner at the hotel

Day 5 : ANDASIBE -ANTANANARIVO

  • During the morning you will be taken on a final rainforest walk in Andasibe-Mantadia, during which you can seek species previously not seen. A visit will also be made to the reforestation project under way by Association Mitsinjo: this is one of the many inspiring initiatives now being supported by Money for Madagascar.
  •  After lunch, drive back to Antananarivo.
  • Night and dinner at the hotel

Day 6 : ANTANANARIVO- TOLIARA -IFATY

  • You will be transferred to the airport after breakfast for the flight to Tulear on the south-west coast.
  •  This is the most arid corner of the island and the natural habitat around it is mostly sub-arid ‘spiny thicket’ or Euphorbia-Didieraceae thorn bush. It is remarkable in places, being comprised of much bushy Euphorbia interspersed with drought-resistant trees and plants including Bottle baobabs (here Adansonia rubrostipa) and spiky Octopus trees (Didieraceae family). The endemicity rate among this floral assemblage is remarkably high and people come here also to seek some rare, range-restricted birds and reptiles. They include the Long-tailed ground-roller (pictured).
  • Night and dinner at the hotel

Day 7 : IFATY (beach)

  • An early start: after breakfast, you will be taken to a nearby parcel of ‘spiny bush’ (there are two locally managed/protected parcels that are visited this day) to see the remarkable flora which travel writing legend Dervla Murphy so aptly Christened ‘Nature’s Botanical Lunatic Asylum’.
  •  In this otherworldly habitat you’ll be able to seek some very rare birds such as the aforementioned ground-roller; Sub-desert mesite and LaFresnaye’s vanga, along with rare or range-restricted reptiles such as Madagascar radiated tortoise (now critically endangered) and the strange little Three-eyed lizard.
  • Night and dinner at the hotel

Day 8 : IFATY- ZOMBITSE FOREST NATIONAL PARK – RANOHIRA

  • This morning travel 20 minutes south along the recently tarred road back to Tulear, outside where you will stop at Arboretum de Antsokay, a delightful place for nature enthusiasts which showcases the strange sub-arid South’s spiny bush habitat. Its also great for small wildlife – one can see many birds, reptiles and wonderful invertebrates.
  • Continue traveling inland for just under 3hrs on a good, flat tarmac road to Zombitse-Vohibasia National Park, where some very range-restricted species are found: you’ll be able to look for Verreaux’s sifaka; Hubbard’s sportive lemur; the massive Oustalet’s chameleon; Standing’s day gecko and birds including the locally endemic Appert’s greenbul and the stately Giant coua.
  •  After the nature walk in Zombitse, continue 1 hour to the sandstone massif of Isalo, where the country’s most visited national park is located.
  • Night and dinner at the hotel

Day9 : ISALO NATIONAL PARK

  • Your guides will take you to explore Isalo National Park. While much of the park is comprised of dry, ‘ruiniforme’ sandstone formations, trails do take visitors to verdant streamside vegetation.
  • Here, you can look for Ringtail lemurs, Verreaux’ sifakas and locally endemic flora. The best known plant here is the dumpy ‘Elephant’s foot’ Pachypodium, which flowers in September.
  • Look on the lodge buildings at night for birds such as Madagascar long-eared owl, Madagascar white-browed owl and Madagascar nightjar.
  • Night and dinner at the hotel

Day 10 : RANOHIRA –ANJA RESERVE- AMBALAVAO

  • After breakfast, drive about 6-7hours east across the desolate central southern interior (Bara country) to a granite domes region which marks the entrance to the southern Highlands.
  •  Here, visit another deservedly popular stop, Anja Parc, a community- managed protected area near Ambalavao which is home to a thriving population of Ringtailed lemur, the island’s national mammal.
  • Night and dinner at the hotel

Day11 : AMBALAVAO- RANOMAFANA

  • A 3 – 4 hour drive north-east will take you to the upland rainforest of Ranomafana National Park, where seeing 5 species of lemur in a day walk is not uncommon.
  •  Key species include the Milne-Edwards diadem sifaka and adorable Red-bellied lemur. Ranomafana is also home to a number of rare bird species, including the Brown mesite, Rufous-headed ground-roller, Yellow-bellied sunbird asity and Pollen’s vanga. Walks vary in length from a couple of hours to a half day.
  • Night and dinner at the hotel

Day 12 : RANOMAFANA NATIONAL PARK

  • Explore wonderful Ranomafana National Park today. Here, look for lemurs such as the endangered Golden bamboo lemur (pictured), found almost exclusively in this rainforest. This icon of the park was discovered in the mid 1980s by primatologist Patricia Wright – who almost single-handedly put the park on the international tourism map and who established the Centre ValBio, which you may visit during your time at the park.
  • Ranomafana is the only place where Broad-nosed, Golden and Grey (Eastern lesser) bamboo lemurs coexist. Enjoy the beautiful scenery, healthy climate and plentiful wildlife here.
  • Night and dinner at the hotel

Day 13 : RANOMAFANA NATIONAL PARK

  • You will have another day to explore Ranomafana’s upland rainforest with your guides today. Aside from its many lemurs and birds, you’ll have the chance to look for remarkable life forms such as the bark-mimicking Fringed gecko (Uroplatus).
  • The area is especially good also for well known invertebrates such as the massive Madagascar comet moth and the day-active Urania moth. Orchids, Palms and Bamboos abound, the island holding more species of all three these plant groups than the African mainland does
  • Night and dinner at the hotel

Day14 : RANOMAFANA -ANTSIRABE

  • After breakfast and a final rainforest walk, begin the scenic journey northwards along the popular RN7 route, passing through Betsileo and then Merina territory, where you can see people cultivating rice, selling food on the roadside and at Antsirabe, numerous colourful rickshaws.
  • Enjoy exploring some craft stalls .
  • Night and dinner at the hotel

Day 15 : ANTSIRABE –ANTANANARIVO & DEPARTURE

  • After a leisurely breakfast, depart Antsirabe through scenic Highlands country back to Antananarivo, where you have the use of day rooms at hotel. Visit some of the capital highlights with your guide. After a farewell dinner, be transferred to Antananarivo airport to check in for the flight departing after midnight.

Price

Tour Price/Persons 02Pax 03Pax 04pax 06Pax
1740€ pp 1665€ pp 1595€ pp 1530€ pp
Single Supplement 600€
Included Not Included
  • Airport transfer.
  • Special car and driver as needed throughout
  • English speaking driver.
  • 14 Nights hotels with sharing rooms
  • Half board basis
  • Entrance to National Parks and sites visited as part of the itinerary
  • Tourist Tax
  • Gratuities (a small tip at time of service is customary)
  • Lunch
  • Beverages, alcoholic and non-alcoholic, including bottled water
  • Personal items such as telephone, fax, laundry, etc.
  • All items not specified in the itinerary
  • Entry visa
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Internal airfare with Air Madagascar

Prices are per person based on double or single occupancy (unless otherwise noted) and do not include international airfare to/from your destination or internal flights during the expedition. Internal flights are € 285 per person in 2018 and in in 2019. All prices and fares are quoted in Euro and subject to change. Contact us for more information.