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1000 Views of Madagascar

12 Day Scheduled Guided Tour of Madagascar

Destination: Madagascar

Tour Types: Special Interest, Small Group, Solo Traveler


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  • A fantastic overview of a number of the must see of Madagascar.

  • This trip is a perfect mixture of the spectacular nature and rich culture of the island, ending off with the beautiful beaches of Ifaty before returning to the exciting capital city of Antananarivo.

This is an island waiting to be explored. Discover the best of Madagascar during this fascinating 12-day tour with lemurs, colorful tribes, tropical beaches, bustling markets and ever-changing scenery. Begin your adventure in Tana and travel through unspoilt nature, dense forests of Andasibe, eroded hills of Antsirabe, Fianarantsoa, Isalo National Park, Ifaty and Tulear.

Day 1: Antananarivo     

On arrival in Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar, you will be welcomed and provided with assistance by one of our friendly staff before transferring to your hotel in the city. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight Palissandre Hotel or similar

Day 2: Antananarivo – Andasibe

Distance:             150 km Departure: 10h00

In the morning we will start our journey with a drive to Andasibe through the green and luxuriant vegetation of eastern Madagascar. This brings us to a very humid part of the country with many primary forests and lakes. Along the way we will see Merina villages spread in the Rocky Mountains. We arrive at Andasibe in the afternoon and check-in to the hotel. In the evening we will set off from the hotel at approximately 19h00 on a night walk to observe night active lemurs and other nocturnal animals. We return to the hotel where we overnight.   Overnight Andasibe Hotel or similar

Day 3: Natural Reserve of Andasibe

We start our morning with a visit to the Special Reserve of Andasibe to see the Indri, the largest lemurs on the island. This 810-ha reserve is unique with its endemic fauna and flora and contains a wide variety of orchids, canopy, and endemic animals like chameleons, tenrecs, and many birds. In the afternoon, we visit Andasibe village, which is typical of the Betsimisaraka (“The-Many-Inseparables”) community, the second largest tribe on the island who are known to cultivate rice and live mainly off the forest. This short visit gives us insight to the local people, to see how they live and what they eat. We overnight at the same hotel. Overnight Andasibe or similar

Day 4: Andasibe – Antsirabe

Distance:             309 km

We drive back to Tana, and head south to Antsirabe, across the highland landscape with its beautiful rice fields on display. The spectacular eroded hills called ‘lavaka’ remind us of the Far East with its rice fields and green landscape with vegetables and fruit trees. We stop in Ambatolampy for a quick visit to this huge agricultural city. Arrival in Antsirabe is around 17h00. ‘The place of salt’ is an elegant city and known as the centre of the beer industry – we can smell the Star Brewery as we enter the town! Founded by Norwegians in 1856, it is the only place which really feels and looks like a European city. It has a temperate climate and therefore fruit and vegetables which grow in colder climates, are found in Antsirabe. Overnight Royal Palace Hotel or similar          

Day 5: Antsirabe to Ranomafana National Park

Distance:             250 km

After breakfast we drive to Ambositra, the centre of Madagascar’s wood carving industry. The highlands are characterized by its architecture: The houses are made with ornately carved wooden balconies and shutters with bright colours. Further on we pass the ‘le col de tapia’, a type of tree resistant to bush fires. The landscape is still dominated by rice fields, pine forests, eucalyptus trees and Rocky Mountains. We turn off from the main road to reach our destination for the day: Ranomafana National Park. Overnight Setam Lodge or similar

Day 6: Ranomafana National Park

The approximately 40,000 ha of Parc National de Ranomafana with its rain forest covered hills and abundant wildlife, has long been considered one of Madagascar’s highlights, and is one of the country’s national parks most heavily visited. Its entrance lies about 7 km from Ranomafana village and altitudes in the park range from 800 m to 1200 m. In addition to its densely forested hills, Ranomafana’s terrain is characterised by numerous small streams which plummet down to the beautiful Namorona River. Although much of the region has been logged, the easternmost part of the park retains relatively large areas of primary forest. You will go for long walks in the National Park spotting some of the lemurs, chameleons and other animals. Overnight Setam Lodge or similar

Day 7: Fianarantsoa – Isalo

Distance:             355 km

Returning on the road we came on, we leave Ranomafana and visit a local wine farm for wine tasting near We then head southwards to Ambalavao, we visit the ‘Anteimoro Paper Factory’ which is a vestige of the Arabian civilisation on the island. We continue to Ihosy the capital of the Bara tribes, pass through the mountain chain of Andringitra. Along the way we will see from afar a spectacular huge granite dome with twin rock towers called ‘the gate of the south’, which in fact marks the end of the highland and the beginning of the south. We then pass through the huge ‘Plateaux de Horombe’ with its very deep red soil, which reminds us of ‘the no man’s land’ and we arrive in Isalo. Overnight Isalo Rock Lodge or similar                                                                                          

Day 8: Isalo

Today, we will visit and hike in the Isalo National Park. This huge mountain is very spectacular with its eroded sandstone elevations. After a 10-minute drive from Ranohira village, we park our car and walk about 1½ hour to reach the Natural Swimming Pool. Along the way we will see vegetation like Uapaca bojeri, Pachypodium rosulatum or ‘elephant’s foot’ and Aloe isaloensis, a native species of aloe endemic to Isalo. Along the way, there may be sifakas, brown lemurs and ring-tailed lemurs, as well as fifty-five species of birds, lizards and snakes. Overnight Isalo Rock Lodge or similar                                                                                          

Day 9: Isalo to Ifaty

Distance:             265 km

After breakfast, we continue to Tuléar, on the way, we admire the different ‘Mahafaly tombs’ and the ‘Antandroy tombs. Situated in the Deep South, the landscape is dominated by the cactus-like, spiny forest of different euphorbiaceous. Mangrove trees line the coast alternated by Vezo communities which earn their living from fishing. We will see many small pirogues with men who go out fishing twice a day, while children and women wait on the coast to collect the fish before taking them to Tuléar for sale. Overnight Le Paradisier or similar                                                

Day 10: Ifaty

Ifaty lies on the beach. It is therefore an ideal place for diving and snorkelling and a popular place for birdwatchers. Visit the ‘Reserve Domergue’, a communal conservation area where one will see two kinds of baobabs, spiny bush, reptiles like ‘boa madagascariensis’, geckos and the ‘chameleon parsoni’, which is one of the largest chameleons in the world. You can also take a boat trip to see whales. From July to mid-September, whales come to the cool seas of Madagascar to give birth to their young. It is a spectacular experience, and it is possible to see the whales very near to the boat. Situated in the largest lagoon of the country, Ifaty is also protected by a large coral reef, which makes it an ideal place for diving and snorkeling. Overnight Le Paradisier or similar                                                

Day 11: Ifaty – Tuléar – Tana

Distance:             20 km

Early in the morning at around 6h00 we transfer to the airport for the flight back to Tana. After check-in at the hotel, you have the afternoon free to explore and to do some sightseeing. The capital of Madagascar is also called the ‘City of Thousands’ and it is where the first King started to unify the different kingdoms of the island. Overnight Palissandre Hotel or similar                                                      

Day 12: Tana

Today is the end of our tour and you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.          END TOUR

 

T&C’s apply

All accommodation based on Superior Accommodation – rooms with en-suite bathrooms

Scheduled Departure Dates 2018 – CLASSIC accommodation *

November          01/11/2018         12/11/2018

Scheduled Departure Dates 2018 – SUPERIOR accommodation *

November          22/11/2018         03/12/2018

Scheduled Departure Dates 2019

5, 19 April   |   3, 19, 31 May   | 21 June

5,19 July     | 2, 23 August     | 6,20 September

4, 18 October   | 1, 22 November

12 Day Scheduled Guided Tour of Madagascar

Tour Highlights

• Spot nocturnal lemurs and other animals on a night walk in Andasibe
• Track the Indri and other lemurs in the rainforest of the Natural Reserve of Andasibe
• Visit Lemur Island
• See Madagascar's endemic flora and fauna in the rainforest of Ranomafana National Park
• Experience a local winery and paper factory
• Observe ring-tailed lemurs in Anja Private Reserve
• Hike in Isalo National park with a stop at a natural pool

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