Wild landscapes, village culture, beaches—Madagascar might be an island but there’s nothing small about it. For those who like to get remote, this isolated island is packed with wildlife, landscapes and people you’ll find nowhere else. (And everybody loves lemurs!) You’ll get to embrace local life but still have time to relax at the beach. Best of all, there’s always a local CEO there to lead the way and provide a link to the unusual and extraordinary.
- Andasibe-Mantadia National Park guided walk
- Artisan workshop visit
- Traditional healer visit
- Homestay and traditional dinner
- Ranomafana National Park guided walk and visit with cultural experience
- Wine Cave and paper factory visits
- Anja Reserve walk
- Isalo National Park visit
- Mahafaly's tomb visit
- Beach time in Ifaty
- Internal flight
- All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
- 1 breakfast, 1 dinner. (Allow USD300 for meals and drinks not included.)
- Private minibus, plane, walking.
- Chief Experience Officer (CEO), driver throughout, local guides.
- Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12
- Hotels (12 nts), homestay (1 nt, multi-share).
Day 2Antananarivo/Mantadia National Park
Travel to Mantadia National Park with stops en route. Visit the upland rainforest. Enjoy a guided walk in Andasibe-Mantadia National Park for the first glimpse at Madagascar's famous lemurs. Stay in a quiet area near Andasibe and explore the Indri Special Reserve section of this massive area.
Day 3Mantadia National Park
Spend the day exploring this national park. Stay in a quiet area near Andasibe and explore the Indri Special Reserve section of this massive area.
Day 4Mantadia National Park/Antsirabe
Travel to the colonial city of Antsirabe, stopping to see tombs, rice paddies and artisan workshops along the way.
Visit Lake Andraikiba before continuing to the small village of Fiadanana. Explore this beautiful village by foot, bicycle, or in a famous 'pousse-pousse'. Listen to a ghost talker and enjoy a homestay and dinner with a local family.
Hike back to the bus taking in the stunning views. Continue on to Ranomafana. Learn traditional rituals from the local villagers. Enjoy a guided night walk in Ranomafana National Park.
Embark on an early morning forest walk to get a feel for the incredible wildlife of the area. Afterwards, enjoy a scenic travel day heading south through Madagascar's wine-producing region.
Stop at Anja Community Reserve, known for groups of ring-tailed lemurs. Continue on through the changing landscape to Ranohira and Isalo National Park.
Spend a full day exploring the park on foot, stopping at natural swimming pools and waterfalls.
Drive through the desert landscape, viewing Mahafaly tombs and giant baobab trees en route. Continue to the beautiful Mozambican Channel beaches of Ifaty.
Spend two full days enjoying this gorgeous area. Opt to do some hiking or hit the beach.
Travel to Tulear for a flight to Antananarivo and an optional last night out on the town.
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April 17, 2013, 4:03 p.m.
Madagascar is a name that’s famous around the world – yet the country remains largely unknown. For those who are curious enough to go under its surface will be duly rewarded by otherworldly landscapes, warm people, rich biodiversity, and an impressive collection of wildlife found nowhere else in the world. As the fourth biggest island [&hellip