Highlights of Madagascar

From$1999USD
14 days,Antananarivo to Antananarivo
DMHM

Search for lemurs and unique wildlife, learn about endemic flora and fauna in world-famous national parks, visit local artisan workshops, lounge on the beautiful beaches, savour dinner with a local family

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.

What's Included

  • Andasibe Indri Special Reserve guided walk
  • Artisan workshop visit
  • Traditional healer visit
  • Homestay and traditional dinner
  • Ranomafana National Park guided walk
  • Paper factory visits
  • Anja Reserve walk
  • Isalo National Park visit
  • Beach time in Ifaty
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 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).

Itinerary

Day 1Antananarivo

Arrive at any time.

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 rice paddies and artisan workshops along the way.

Day 5Antsirabe/Fiadanana(1L, 1D)

Visit Lake Andraikiba before continuing to the small village of Fiadanana. Explore this beautiful village as you make your way to the homestay by foot. Listen to a ghost talker and enjoy a homestay and dinner with a local family.

Day 6Fiadanana/Ranomafana(1B)

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 outside the Ranomafana National Park.

Day 7Ranomafana/Ambalavao

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.

Day 8Ambalavao/Ranohira

Stop at Anja Community Reserve, known for groups of ring-tailed lemurs. Continue on through the changing landscape to Ranohira and Isalo National Park.

Day 9Ranohira

Spend a full day exploring the park on foot, stopping at a natural swimming pool and waterfalls.

Day 10Ranohira/Ifaty

Drive through the desert landscape, viewing Mahafaly tombs and giant baobab trees en route. Continue to the beautiful Mozambican Channel beaches of Ifaty.

Days 11–12Ifaty

Spend two full days enjoying this gorgeous area. Opt to do some hiking or hit the beach.

Day 13Ifaty/Antananarivo

Travel to Toliara for a flight to Antananarivo and an optional last night out on the town.

Day 14Antananarivo

Depart at any time.

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