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Andasibe-Mantadia, Antananarivo, Antsirabe, Ranomafana National Park, Isalo National Park, Ifaty
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Taking in the highlights of Madagascar, this is the perfect adventure for those in search of lemurs with the chance to explore incredible rainforests, rugged canyons and the beautiful coast at Ifaty - there could be few better ways to explore Madagascar.
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Discover the classic Madagascar trail with this exciting trip taking in the true highlights of this unique island in the Indian Ocean. Take in the primary and secondary rainforests in the east of the country at Andasibe where you can spot 12 different lemur species inlcuding the Indri indri - the largest of the lemurs - as well as having the chance to get up close to the rare golden bamboo lemurs in Ranomafana National Park. There is plenty more wildlife to spot besides the famous lemurs with leaf-tailed geckos, tenrecs, giraffe-necked weevils and chameleons all offering impressive sightings as well as diverse birdlife. Excellent hiking opportunities through beautiful landscapes is on offer in Isalo National Park which is home to the beautiful piscine naturelle - perfect for cooling off in after hiking through the park. Your final stop is Ifaty on the south-west coast where there is the chance to visit rare spiny forest and enjoy some excellent snorkelling - the perfect way to round-off your adventure through Madagascar.
Day 1 : Fly to Antananarivo
Day 1 - 2 : Antananarivo, Madagascar
Stay at Au Bois Vert for 1 night
Upon arrival into Antananarivo you will be met and driven to Au Bois Vert which has a convenient location just a few minutes’ drive from the airport, set in beautiful grounds. You will spend one night here with breakfast included. Relax here and cool off in the pool, or if you prefer you can go into Antananarivo to explore this vibrant city.
Days 2 - 5 : Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, Madagascar
Stay at Vakona Forest Lodge for 3 nights
This morning you will be met by your driver/guide and private vehicle and driven to the Eastern Rainforests of Andasibe. Stay at Vakona Forest Lodge for three nights with breakfast, dinner, park fees, and guided activities included. En-route you will be able to visit the Peyreiras Reptile Centre. Spend your time at Andasibe-Mantadia exploring the Mantadia National Park, Analamazaotra National Park, Voimma Private Reserve, Vakona Private Reserve, and Mitsinjo Private Reserve. There are 12 species of lemur found in Andasibe including the Indri indri, the largest of the species at over a metre tall and known for its haunting whale-like call. The park is also home to colourful chameleons, tenrecs and endemic birds. A night walk in Mitsinjo Private Reserve is recommend as it will give you the chance to see unique and elusive nocturnal species.
Day 5 - 6 : Antananarivo, Central Madagascar
Stay at Le Pavillon de l’Emyrne for 1 night
Today you will be driven back to Antananarivo where you will be taken for a tour of the city - highlights include the royal palace. Stay overnight at the Pavillon de l’Emyrne with breakfast included. Situated on the royal hill, the hotel enjoys fantastic views over the city and is full of antiques which have been sourced locally.
Day 6 - 7 : Antsirabe, Madagascar
Stay at Couleur Cafe for 1 night
Your drive south starts today. You stay in the picturesque town of Antsirabe which is home to thermal springs. You will stay here at Couleur Cafe for one night with dinner, breakfast, and a tour of Antsirabe included.
Days 7 - 9 : Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar
Stay at Setam Lodge for 2 nights
Today you will continue your Madagascan adventure, being driven to Ranomafana National Park, home to the rare golden bamboo lemur. You will stay at Setam Lodge for two nights on a half board basis with park fees and guided activities included. As well as the golden bamboo lemur, Ranomafana is also home to 11 other species of lemur including the Milne-Edwards' diademed sifaka and the nocturnal mouse lemur; one of the smallest species. For keen birders there are over 100 species here, with 36 being endemic including the rufous-headed ground-roller.
Days 9 - 11 : Isalo National Park, Madagascar
Stay at Jardin du Roy for 2 nights
You will continue today to Isalo National Park, with the chance to stop en route at the Anja Reserve to spot ring-tailed lemurs. Isalo National Park is one of Madagascar's most scenically rewarding parks with impressive sandstone cliffs giving way to canyons. You will stay here at Jardin du Roy for two nights with breakfast and dinner, park fees and guided activities included. Go on hikes in Isalo National Park which has Verraux's sifakas as well as a number of natural pools including the piscine naturelle and the Cascade des Nymphes - two incredibly beautiful spots in the park.
Days 11 - 13 : Ifaty, Madagascar
Stay at Les Dunes d'Ifaty for 2 nights
You’ll head further south today, stopping at Zombitse National Park to spot sifaka and sportive lemurs, as well as the Antsokay Arboretum where you can see excellent examples of spiny forest, before staying on the coast at Ifaty. Spend two nights at Les Dunes d'Ifaty for two nights with breakfast and dinner included. Whilst staying here you can explore the Reniala spiny forest, home to a variety of baobab trees and unique flora. Alternatively, you can relax on the beach and take to the water on snorkelling excursions.
Day 13 : Fly home
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Things to do
Ambohimanga is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located 21kms from the capital. Still revered by many Malagasy, this sacred hill and traditional fort settlement and palace gives a fantastic insight in to Malagasy culture and history.
Guided walks in Isalo National Park
Isalo National Park is a remarkable area to explore on foot with a local guide. Eroded sandstone outcrops, canyons, pockets of dry deciduous forest, and rare plants make this a fascinating area to photograph and experience.
Anja Reserve is located between Ranomafana National Park and Isalo National Park. It is a small community-run park that is home to some 300 ring-tailed lemurs, you won't have to look hard to spot these creatures.
From $3270 per person
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