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Explore Madagascar

 Madagascar

15 days from £3199 pp  Including flight from LHR

Whether you have visited Madagascar before or are doing it for the first time, this one has plenty to offer for everyone.

At a Glance

  • Search for Bamboo Lemurs in Raomafana
  • Visit Limestone cathedral in Tsingy
  • Gently wander in Isalo National Park
  • Know the history of Antanansarivo and ride a pousse pousse
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From meeting the locals to hiking down the national park, this Madagascar holiday takes you through the famous Baobabs Alley, Kirindy forest, Tsriibibhina River, Tsingy with all of the glory Madagascar has to offer. Whether you have visited Madagascar before or are doing it for the first time, this one has plenty to offer for everyone.

The Experience

Day 01 | Departure London Heathrow

Today you start your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Antananarivo.

Day 2 | Arrival in Antananarivo

Meet your guide at the airport.

We offer you a light welcome snack during the transfer to the hotel.

Have a good rest and see you tomorrow.

Meals: lunch not included / dinner not included

Day 3 | Antananarivo > Antsirabe

Breakfast at the hotel.

Meet with an historian guide who will take you in the upper town through many narrow streets and steps. Complicated histories about queens and kings are to be explained around the Queen’s Palace.

Have lunch nearby at your own cost.

Start driving to the south .Out of the city, rice fields and different villages define the landscape in the countryside. Pass through Ambatolampy town and go on to Antsirabe. We take our time for a city tour and go for a “pousse-pousse” (rick shaw) riding for those who want because it is the main transport at Antsirabe town.

Distance: 170 km Duration: +/-3 hours
Meals: lunch not included / dinner not included

Day 4 | Antsirabe > Ranomafana

We keep going on the national number 7 and progress towards the south.

Passing through Ambositra town, we go round the shops and visit Zafimaniry artisans to look for a piece of carved wood or finely done square box marquetry. Walk around town and have lunch in local restaurant where you can taste local food specialties.
We continue to Ranomafana, at Betsileo tribe region, we have a winding road; we are at the highest plateau of Madagascar highlands. Arrival at the end of the afternoon.

Distance: 230 km Duration: +/- 5 hours
Meals: lunch not included / dinner included

Day 5 | Raomafana > Fianarantsoa

After a copious breakfast, we head to Ranomafana forest. This is one of the best sites, which the rainforest of Madagascar can give you.
We walk to visit the National Park with a local guide to look for bamboo lemurs, red fronted brown lemur, red-bellied brown lemur…live in the forest.

Make sure you bring a raincoat.

Back on the road number 7, we join Fianarantsoa town.

Distance: 70 km Duration:+/-4hours of visit and +/- 1h30 of road
Meals: lunch not included / dinner not included

Day 6 | Fianarantsoa > Ambalavao > Ranohira

We leave the highlands soon.

We are this morning in Anja, a reserve managed by the villagers of the region.

Here at the foot of the large granite blocks that form the foothills of the Andringitra massif is a small forest where the lemur Maki (Lemur Catta) lives. We go to meet him, and continue on foot to the village of Ambalavao.

Our guides tell us the Bara culture and these tombs hidden in the caves.

(5 to 6 hours of walking). Then we drive along Andringitra mountain mass where we can see crests towards the south. The landscape changes abruptly.

We pass by Ihosy small town before we get through a dry and arid huge plateau, Ihorombe, and then we reach Ranohira village where Isalo National Park gate is.

Distance: 290 km Duration: +/- 5hours
Meals: lunch not included / dinner included

Day 7 | Isalo National Park > Tuléar

Breakfast at the hotel and drive to Isalo foothill. Hike inside the massif with just a small rucksack. This simple walk takes us to an amazing landscape towards the natural swimming pool. Swim and relax at the pool. We organize a picnic lunch at the Tapia forest.It is possible to walk around and explore the surrounding mountains summit to enjoy the view.

On the way to Tuléar we make some stops to see Mahafaly tribe typical tombs, which are painted and decorated, also amazing carvings are erected on them.

NB: the level of the walk difficulty depends on the participants’ ability and desire. The local guide will advise and recommend you for the best choice.

Distance: 250 km Duration:+/-3hours of visit and +/- 5h of road
Meals: Lunch pique nique included / dinner not included

Day 8 | Tulear > Antananarivo

After breakfast, transfer to the airport.

Flight to Antananarivo

Depending on flight schedule, we lunch either in Tuléar or in Antananarivo restaurant at your own cost.

If we have enough time, we stop at the crafts market in Antananarivo for shopping.

Transfer to the hotel.

Dinner at the restaurant.

NB : The program of this day might change depending on the flight schedule.

Meals: lunch not included / dinner not included

Day 9 | Antananarivo > Morondava

Have breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the airport.

We stop at the crafts market for buying souvenirs if time is good.

Fly to Morondava (1h)

Depending on flight schedule you lunch in Antananarivo or Morondava.

Meet your guide at the airport.

Afternoon free at leisure at the wonderful seaside.

NB : The program on this day might change depending on the flight schedule.

Meals: lunch not included / dinner included

Day 10 | Morondava > Bekopaka

Have breakfast at the hotel.

We drive out of Morondava towards the famous “Allée des Baobabs” on the way to Kirindy. We spend our time there and get some nice shots of the splendid scenery.

Then we are heading north and drive on an uncomfortable but the only land track to the Park classified as a World Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. We go across Tsiribihina and Manambolo Rivers by a small car ferry before we arrive at Bekopaka village.

Distance: 210 km Duration: +/-10 h of track
Meals: lunch not included / dinner included

Day 11 & 12 | 2 days to visit Tsingy of Bemaraha

This is one of the most extraordinary sites.

Tsingy is a real limestone cathedral, a formation with many faults, cracks and eroded blocks to sharp rocks makes it the most spectacular landscape of Madagascar. This Jurassic massif formation started 200 million years ago, the time the sea still covering Bemaraha region. Then the coral plate with seashells came up to the air, the wind and the rain have been sculpting on it since 5 million years to spectacular erosion. You can find 6 species of lemurs, reptiles, 53 kinds of birds. You have also the smallest chameleon there (Brookesia Perarmata). These 2 days are an opportunity to discover the most amazing site with a local guide. Lunch in picnic.

NB: the level of walk difficulty depends on the participants’ ability and desire. The local guide will advise and recommend you the best choice.

Meals: Lunch pique nique included / dinner included

Day 13 | Bekopaka > Belo sur Tsiribihina > Kirindy

This day is an opportunity to discover the most amazing site with a local guide. Drive to Belo sur Tsiribihina. We take the ferry for the short crossing.

Half day you will be required by the 4*4 road track to join Belo. Arrive at the end of afternoon in Kirindy. We take time to walk at night.

Distance: 100 km Duration: +/- 4hours
Meals : Lunch not included / Dinner not included

Day 14 | Belo sur Tsiribihina: Visit of Kirindy Reserve > Morondava

Kirindy is a private reserve with one of the most endangered ecosystems. The reserve is known by giant jumping rat, the “Fosa” (Hypogeomys antimena), also several lemurs species and numerous reptiles endemic species are found there. An unusual flora with many unique species is also found in Kirindy.

We take time to walk at night.

Meals : Lunch not included / Dinner not included
Distance: 60 km Duration: +/- 3hours of visit and 2hours of track

Day 15 | Morondava > Antananarivo (Departure)

Breakfast at the hotel and then transfer to the airport to fly to Antananarivo.

Flight from Morondava to the capital. Duration : 1h15 flight

END OF OUR SERVICES.

The Experience

Day 01 | Departure London Heathrow

Today you start your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Antananarivo.

Day 2 | Arrival in Antananarivo

Meet your guide at the airport.

We offer you a light welcome snack during the transfer to the hotel.

Have a good rest and see you tomorrow.

Meals: lunch not included / dinner not included

Day 3 | Antananarivo > Antsirabe

Breakfast at the hotel.

Meet with an historian guide who will take you in the upper town through many narrow streets and steps. Complicated histories about queens and kings are to be explained around the Queen’s Palace.

Have lunch nearby at your own cost.

Start driving to the south .Out of the city, rice fields and different villages define the landscape in the countryside. Pass through Ambatolampy town and go on to Antsirabe. We take our time for a city tour and go for a “pousse-pousse” (rick shaw) riding for those who want because it is the main transport at Antsirabe town.

Distance: 170 km Duration: +/-3 hours
Meals: lunch not included / dinner not included

Day 4 | Antsirabe > Ranomafana

We keep going on the national number 7 and progress towards the south.

Passing through Ambositra town, we go round the shops and visit Zafimaniry artisans to look for a piece of carved wood or finely done square box marquetry. Walk around town and have lunch in local restaurant where you can taste local food specialties.
We continue to Ranomafana, at Betsileo tribe region, we have a winding road; we are at the highest plateau of Madagascar highlands. Arrival at the end of the afternoon.

Distance: 230 km Duration: +/- 5 hours
Meals: lunch not included / dinner included

Day 5 | Raomafana > Fianarantsoa

After a copious breakfast, we head to Ranomafana forest. This is one of the best sites, which the rainforest of Madagascar can give you.
We walk to visit the National Park with a local guide to look for bamboo lemurs, red fronted brown lemur, red-bellied brown lemur…live in the forest.

Make sure you bring a raincoat.

Back on the road number 7, we join Fianarantsoa town.

Distance: 70 km Duration:+/-4hours of visit and +/- 1h30 of road
Meals: lunch not included / dinner not included

Day 6 | Fianarantsoa > Ambalavao > Ranohira

We leave the highlands soon.

We are this morning in Anja, a reserve managed by the villagers of the region.

Here at the foot of the large granite blocks that form the foothills of the Andringitra massif is a small forest where the lemur Maki (Lemur Catta) lives. We go to meet him, and continue on foot to the village of Ambalavao.

Our guides tell us the Bara culture and these tombs hidden in the caves.

(5 to 6 hours of walking). Then we drive along Andringitra mountain mass where we can see crests towards the south. The landscape changes abruptly.

We pass by Ihosy small town before we get through a dry and arid huge plateau, Ihorombe, and then we reach Ranohira village where Isalo National Park gate is.

Distance: 290 km Duration: +/- 5hours
Meals: lunch not included / dinner included

Day 7 | Isalo National Park > Tuléar

Breakfast at the hotel and drive to Isalo foothill. Hike inside the massif with just a small rucksack. This simple walk takes us to an amazing landscape towards the natural swimming pool. Swim and relax at the pool. We organize a picnic lunch at the Tapia forest.It is possible to walk around and explore the surrounding mountains summit to enjoy the view.

On the way to Tuléar we make some stops to see Mahafaly tribe typical tombs, which are painted and decorated, also amazing carvings are erected on them.

NB: the level of the walk difficulty depends on the participants’ ability and desire. The local guide will advise and recommend you for the best choice.

Distance: 250 km Duration:+/-3hours of visit and +/- 5h of road
Meals: Lunch pique nique included / dinner not included

Day 8 | Tulear > Antananarivo

After breakfast, transfer to the airport.

Flight to Antananarivo

Depending on flight schedule, we lunch either in Tuléar or in Antananarivo restaurant at your own cost.

If we have enough time, we stop at the crafts market in Antananarivo for shopping.

Transfer to the hotel.

Dinner at the restaurant.

NB : The program of this day might change depending on the flight schedule.

Meals: lunch not included / dinner not included

Day 9 | Antananarivo > Morondava

Have breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the airport.

We stop at the crafts market for buying souvenirs if time is good.

Fly to Morondava (1h)

Depending on flight schedule you lunch in Antananarivo or Morondava.

Meet your guide at the airport.

Afternoon free at leisure at the wonderful seaside.

NB : The program on this day might change depending on the flight schedule.

Meals: lunch not included / dinner included

Day 10 | Morondava > Bekopaka

Have breakfast at the hotel.

We drive out of Morondava towards the famous “Allée des Baobabs” on the way to Kirindy. We spend our time there and get some nice shots of the splendid scenery.

Then we are heading north and drive on an uncomfortable but the only land track to the Park classified as a World Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. We go across Tsiribihina and Manambolo Rivers by a small car ferry before we arrive at Bekopaka village.

Distance: 210 km Duration: +/-10 h of track
Meals: lunch not included / dinner included

Day 11 & 12 | 2 days to visit Tsingy of Bemaraha

This is one of the most extraordinary sites.

Tsingy is a real limestone cathedral, a formation with many faults, cracks and eroded blocks to sharp rocks makes it the most spectacular landscape of Madagascar. This Jurassic massif formation started 200 million years ago, the time the sea still covering Bemaraha region. Then the coral plate with seashells came up to the air, the wind and the rain have been sculpting on it since 5 million years to spectacular erosion. You can find 6 species of lemurs, reptiles, 53 kinds of birds. You have also the smallest chameleon there (Brookesia Perarmata). These 2 days are an opportunity to discover the most amazing site with a local guide. Lunch in picnic.

NB: the level of walk difficulty depends on the participants’ ability and desire. The local guide will advise and recommend you the best choice.

Meals: Lunch pique nique included / dinner included

Day 13 | Bekopaka > Belo sur Tsiribihina > Kirindy

This day is an opportunity to discover the most amazing site with a local guide. Drive to Belo sur Tsiribihina. We take the ferry for the short crossing.

Half day you will be required by the 4*4 road track to join Belo. Arrive at the end of afternoon in Kirindy. We take time to walk at night.

Distance: 100 km Duration: +/- 4hours
Meals : Lunch not included / Dinner not included

Day 14 | Belo sur Tsiribihina: Visit of Kirindy Reserve > Morondava

Kirindy is a private reserve with one of the most endangered ecosystems. The reserve is known by giant jumping rat, the “Fosa” (Hypogeomys antimena), also several lemurs species and numerous reptiles endemic species are found there. An unusual flora with many unique species is also found in Kirindy.

We take time to walk at night.

Meals : Lunch not included / Dinner not included
Distance: 60 km Duration: +/- 3hours of visit and 2hours of track

Day 15 | Morondava > Antananarivo (Departure)

Breakfast at the hotel and then transfer to the airport to fly to Antananarivo.

Flight from Morondava to the capital. Duration : 1h15 flight

END OF OUR SERVICES.

What's included

  • Return economy flights from London Heathrow
  • All arrival, departure and overland transfers as per the itinerary
  • English speaking local guide for the sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • Entrance fees for the monuments as per the itinerary
  • Accommodation in 3 star category or similar hotels with breakfast on twin sharing basis

What's not included

  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Anything not mentioned in What's included section

Accommodation

Your Hotels or similar

Antananarivo : PALISSANDRE HOTEL
Antsirabe : PLUMERIA HOTEL
Ranomafana : SETAM LODGE
Fianarantsoa : HOTEL TSARAGUEST HOUSE
Ranohira : SATRANA LODGE
Tulear : Le Bakuba Hôtel
Morondava : PALISSANDRECÔTE OUEST
Bekopaka : SOLEIL DES TSINGY
Kirindy : LE RELAIS DU KIRINDY

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