SECRET OF MADAGASCAR

SECRET OF MADAGASCAR

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

  • This morning enjoy a short city tour of the capital before we drive to Andasibe through lush vegetation, stopping en route at a private reptile reserve to get up close to some of Madagascar’s many species of chameleon.
  • On arrival at Andasibe you will visit a private sanctuary where you can get up close to Lemurs. This evening there will be an opportunity to take a walk in the forest looking for nocturnal creatures.
  • Diner and Overnight at Hotel.

Day 3 : ANALAMAZAOTRA- ANTANANARIVO

  • Andasibe is probably the best national park in Madagascar and a good place to watch the indri, the largest species of lemur on the island.
  • We take a morning walk through the forest in search of this enigmatic creature as well as other wildlife, accompanied by an expert guide.
  •  In the afternoon we visit a lemur sanctuary to get up close to these fascinating creatures before returning to Antananarivo.
  • Diner and Overnight at Hotel.

Day 4 : ANTANANARIVO- MORONDAVA

  • Fly west across the island to Morondava, a coastal town with a laid back atmosphere and home to many of Madagascar’s different ethnic groups.
  • If the flight is on time there should be time to relax by the pool at the hotel.
  • Diner and Overnight at Hotel.

Day 5 : MORONDAVA –TSINGY OF BEMARAHA

  • An early start and a full day of travelling by 4×4 and boat to cross the Tsiribihina River, driving through the baobab forests, with great opportunities to see a side of rural Madagascar that few other visitors experience.
  • We arrive at Bekopaka in the early evening.
  • Diner and Overnight at Hotel.

Day 6 : TSINGY OF BEMARAHA

  • We spend today exploring the remarkable World Heritage Site of Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park, a bizarre landscape of eroded limestone pinnacles and one of the most scenic areas in all of Madagascar.
  • We take the Grand Tsingy circuit where boardwalks and ladders between the pinnacles allow us to explore the area, replete with deep canyons and gorges and home to several species of lemurs and birds.
  • Diner and Overnight at Hotel

Day 7 : TSINGY OF BEMARAHA

  • After the breakfast, we will take a canoe upstream to visit stalagmites stalactites cave by the « Manambolo river side » with an afternoon exploring the Little Tsingy’s..
  • Diner and Overnight at Hotel

Day 8 : TSINGY OF BEMARAHA- MORONDAVA

  • Approximately 8 hours back to Morondava stopping en route at the ‘Avenue of the Baobabs’ where these imposing trees up to 800 years old line the road and provide an iconic snapshot of Madagascar, giving hints of the extensive forest that once covered this part of the island.
  • Diner and Overnight at Hotel

Day 9 : MORONDAVA- ANTSIRABE

  • After breakfast, drive towards Miandrivazo.
  • En route experience varied landscapes and the transition from the very dry west to the red soil and rice fields around Miandrivazo. Situated on the Tsiribihina River, Miandrivazo is a very fertile region for cotton, corn, manioc, beans, tobacco and rice.
  • After lunch we continue to Antsirabe. You will also notice changes on the features of the local people as Asian heritage becomes more prominent. We finish the day in Antsirabe, founded by Norwegians in 1856 and home to Madagascar’s brewing industry.
  • Diner and Overnight at Hotel

Day 10: ANTSIRABE-AMBOSITRA – RANOMAFANA

  • Continuing south, we stop in Ambositra, the centre of Madagascar’s wood carving industry and home to the Zafimaniry tribe.
  • We then continue to Ranomafana National Park for the night. You will have the opportunity to do a night walk in the forest to search for nocturnal creatures.
  • Diner and Overnight at Hotel

Day 11: RANOMAFANA NATIONAL PARK

  • We spend the morning exploring the rainforests of Ranomafana in search of its many species of lemurs, reptiles and birds.
  • This afternoon is free to either relax or visit the nearby village, with its interesting market.
  • Diner and Overnight at Hotel

Day 12: RANOMAFANA – ANJA- RANOHIRA

  • Leaving Ranomafana behind we head to Isalo.
  • We stop first at Anja Park, a community run reserve situated in stunning scenery with great opportunities to see ring-tailed lemurs.
  •  Arrive in Isalo in the late afternoon.
  • Diner and Overnight at Hotel

Day 13: ISALO NATIONAL PARK

  • We spend today walking through the moonscape of Isalo National Park, stopping at the perfectly formed ‘natural swimming pool’, fringed with lush vegetation and a great place for a dip.
  • Later we head to a stunning rock arch to watch the sun set over this dramatic landscape.
  • Diner and Overnight at Hotel

Day 14: RANOHIRA – IFATY

  • Leaving Isalo behind we head to Tulear. Travelling through the land of the Mahafaly people, we can stop to see the traditional tombs used for burying their dead.
  •  From Tulear we transfer to Ifaty on the coast. The region around Ifaty is extremely dry and dominated by ‘spiny forest’ of cacti and other plants that thrive in arid environments.
  • Our accommodation is situated idyllically on a gorgeous beach overlooking the Indian Ocean, where we can watch the local fishermen take boats out as the sun sets. This is a truly beautiful part of Madagascar and a great place to relax or explore.
  • Diner and Overnight at Hotel

Day 15: IFATY

  • A free day to relax or explore. Ifaty is also home to coral reef and offers good diving and snorkelling opportunities.
  •  It’s also possible to take a walk to the nearby village of Mangily where we can get a good insight into the life of the local Vezo fishing community.
  • Diner and Overnight at Hotel

Day 16: IFATY- TOLIARA -ANTANANARIVO

  • Transfer to Tulear where you will catch a flight back to Antananarivo.
  •  Depending on the arrival time in Tana there may be time for you to take a taxi and visit the old and very grand train station which has a lovely café adjacent where you can spend time reliving memories from your trip.
  • Diner and Overnight at Hotel.

Day 17: ANTANANARIVO-DEPARTURE

  • Free time at leisure until your transfer to the airport and your onward flight.
  •  Please note optional excursions are possible for those with late flights.
  • If your flight will be in evening you will a enjoy farewelll dinner as you say goodbye and then transfer to Airport to check in your flight back home.

Price

Tour Price/Persons 02Pax 03Pax 04pax 06Pax
1960€ pp 1910€ pp 1825€ pp 1715€ pp
Single Supplement 680€
Included Not Included
  • Airport transfer.
  • Special car and driver as needed throughout
  • English speaking driver.
  • 16 Nights hotels with sharing rooms
  • Half board basis
  • Ferry on Tsiribihina
  • 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.