For a relaxed beach holiday with a twist, you cannot beat this trip which combines lemur spotting in a beautiful rainforest in Madagascar with a beach break on the tropical island of Mauritius.
In Madagascar, you stay in a remote lodge near the wildlife hotspot of Andasibe-Mantadia National Park. This lush, verdant rainforest is home to numerous species of lemur, chameleon and bird and you will enjoy exploring a number of exciting trails with an English speaking private guide.
In Mauritius, stay at the luxury Paradise Cove Boutique Hotel where you can spend your days relaxing by the beautiful infinity pool overlooking the lagoon. Excellent facilities mean you can enjoy a wide variety of sporting activities, as well as spa treatments and fantastic cuisine in the four restaurants. During your time here, we highly recommend an excursion to Black River Gorges National Park, a forest remnant that is home to some of the world's rarest and most endangered birds, like Pink pigeon, Echo parakeet, Mauritius kestrel, Mauritius cuckoo-shrike, Mauritius olive white-eye and Mauritius fody.
Another wortwhile day excursion is to the offshore islet Ile Aux Aigrettes, a predator-free sanctuary which holds populations of endangered Mauritian birds such as Pink pigeon and endemic reptiles such as Telfair's skink. (You can learn more about conservation efforts of the remaining Mauritian birds and reptiles on the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust's website.
Day 1 Depart from London Heathrow today on the overnight Air Mauritius flight to Madagascar via Mauritius.
Day 2 Arrive into Madagascar mid afternoon, where you will be welcomed and transferred to the lovely Maison Gallieni to overnight with breakfast included.
Day 3 This morning you will be met by your private guide and driver for the journey east to Andasibe-Mantadia National Park. Begin your exploration of the reserve in search of the Indri and other lemurs. Afternoon and evening walk in the rainforest for nocturnal species. Stay 3 nights at Andasibe Hotel, breakfast, dinner and four days in the rainforest reserves of Andasibe and Mantadia with your private guide included.
Day 4 Spend today exploring the beautiful rainforest at Andasibe-Mantadia.
Day 5 Another day in which to explore the wonders of Andasibe-Mantadia National Park (Perinet). In the evening, you will be taken into the forest to seek the nocturnal species, among them the Eastern wooly lemur, sportive lemur, greater dwarf lemur and rufous mouse lemur. This is also the best time to spot the abundant chameleons and tree frogs. In Mantadia National Park look out for the Diademed sifaka, Black-and-white ruffed lemurs, the insectivorous tenrecs and the rainforest-dependent ground rollers. You may wish to take a picnic lunch to enjoy beside a waterfall.
Day 6 After breakfast this morning, you will depart on the 4 hour journey by road back to Antananarivo, to check in at the airport for the late afternoon Air Mauritius flight to Mauritius. Arrive into Mauritius early this evening where you will be met and privately transferred to the luxury Paradise Cove Boutique Hotel to stay for 7 nights on a half board basis. Option to upgrade to all inclusive – please ask us for details.
Day 7 Your time is your own here – spend your days relaxing in the beautiful gardens of Paradise Cove or enjoying one of the numerous activities on offer. You may organise island excursions if you wish to explore the area further.
Day 13 Today you will be met at the hotel and transferred approximately 60 minutes back to Mauritius international airport to check in for the daylight or overnight Air Mauritius flight direct to London.
Day 14 Early morning arrival in London Heathrow
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