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, one of the hotels our clients most enjoy is the Veranda Paul et Virginie Hotel & Spa, where you can spend your days relaxing at the beach or by the pool. Excellent facilities mean you can enjoy a wide variety of sporting activities, as well as spa treatments and fantastic cuisine in the restaurant. Meal plan at this hotel is Fully Inclusive.
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. Ask us for details, if you wish to arrange such an excursion.
Alternatively, visit the newly opened Ebony Forest Reserve, where some excellent habitat restoration and bird conservation work is in progress. You can seek endemic Mauritian birds including Pink pigeon, Echo parakeet, Mauritius bulbul, Mauritius flycatcher and Grey white-eye. Additionally, visitors are encouraged for plan an endangered, endemic tree as part of the habitat restoration programme.
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 (or selected other UK airports) today on the overnight Air Mauritius flight to Antananarivo, via Mauritius. (Some days, flights stop in Paris CDG on the way).
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 the recently opened Mantadia Lodge (or similar), 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 and a rainforest walk, depart on the easy and scenic 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 laid back Veranda Paul et Virginie Hotel & Spa to stay for 7 nights on a Fully Inclusive basis. Do note that this hotel is perfect for couples, whereas families should rather consider The Residence, among others: do call us to discuss options.
Day 7 Luxuriate at the beach in Mauritius. Alternatively, visitors keen on nature may like to arrange excursions such as to Ebony Forest Reserve, where aside from seeing endangered endemic birds along forest trails, you can even plant an endangered tree as part of the habitat restoration programme. (Ask us for details)
Day 8 Relax at the beach, or partake in some of the many activities that you can arrange through the hotel. Energetic nature enthusiasts might like to visit one of the places where in remnant forest, you can seek endangered endemic birds like this Pink Pigeon, photographed at Ebony Forest Reserve into which some have been reintroduced.
Day 9 Another day to enjoy the beach or go sightseeing - the island also has two World Heritage Cultural Sites, the Aapravasi Ghat and Le Morne Cultural Landscape. Or, if you want, visit Ebony Forest Reserve where those who want, are invited to plant an endemic tree.
Day 10 Fun in the sun - enjoy your time in Mauritius.
Day 11 Enjoy your last full day to soak up the sunshine and warm Indian Ocean waters around Mauritius.
Day 12 Depending on your flight time, you might have the use of a day room/ late check-out at the hotel. You will be met at the hotel and transferred approximately 60 minutes back to Mauritius airport to check in for either the daylight or the overnight Air Mauritius flight back to London Heathrow or selected other UK airports. (Please note that some days, flights between Mauritius and London may stop at Paris CDG)
Day 13 Early morning arrival in London Heathrow
This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website
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