Secrets of Madagascar (17 Days)

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Run by: Undiscovered Destinations

Reference number: MSM

From: £2595.00

Itinerary

Day 1 – Antananarivo

Arrive in Antananarivo and transfer to the hotel. Depending on your time of arrival, you may have time to explore the city. Overnight at IC Hotel or similar.

Day 2 - Andasibe

This morning enjoy a short city tour of the capital before we drive to Andasibe through lush vegetation, stopping en route at a private reptile reserve to get up close to some of Madagascar’s many species of chameleon. On arrival at Andasibe you will visit a private sanctuary where you can get up close to Lemurs. This evening there will be an opportunity to take a walk in the forest looking for nocturnal creatures. Overnight Vakona Lodge or similar. (B)

Day 3 – Andasibe National Park – Antananarivo

Andasibe is probably the best national park in Madagascar and a good place to watch the indri, the largest species of lemur on the island. We take a morning walk through the forest in search of this enigmatic creature.. In the afternoon we visit a lemur sanctuary to get up close to these fascinating creatures before returning to Antananarivo. Overnight Tana Plaza Hotel or similar. (B)

Day 4 – Morondava

Fly west across the island to Morondava, a coastal town with a laid back atmosphere and home to many of Madagascar’s different ethnic groups. If the flight is on time there should be time to relax by the pool at the hotel. Overnight Kimony Resort or similar (B)

Day 5 – Bekopaka

An early start and a full day of travelling by car and boat to cross the Tsiribihina River, driving through the baobab forests, with great opportunities to see a side of rural Madagascar that few other visitors experience. En route we will visit Kirindy Reserve which has the best opportunity for viewing the elusive Fossa as well as lemurs. Continue the journey to Bekopaka and again take to the water to cross the Manambolo. We arrive at Bekopaka in the early evening. Overnight at Hotel Olympe de Bemaraha or similar. (B)

Day 6 – Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park

We spend today exploring the remarkable Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park, a bizarre landscape of eroded limestone pinnacles and one of the most scenic areas in all of Madagascar. Boardwalks between the pinnacles allow us to explore the area, replete with deep canyons and gorges and home to several species of lemurs and birds. Overnight at Hotel Olympe de Bemaraha or similar. (B)

Day 7 – Tsingy de Bemaraha

A further day to explore this wonderful national park. You may wish to do the Petit Tsingy circuit or for those that did the Petit Tsingy yesterday instead of the Grand Tsingy, other walks are possible or you can relax by the pool at the hotel. Overnight at Hotel Olympe de Bemaraha or similar (B)

Day 8 – Bekopaka to Morondava

Approximately 8 hours back to Morondava stopping en route at the ‘Avenue of the Baobabs’ where these imposing trees up to 800 years old line the road and provide an iconic snapshot of Madagascar, giving hints of the extensive forest that once covered this part of the island. Overnight Kimony Resort or similar (B)

Day 9 – Antsirabe

After breakfast, drive towards Miandrivazo. Situated on the Tsiribihina River, Miandrivazo is a very fertile region for cotton, corn, manioc, beans, tobacco and rice. After lunch we continue to Antsirabe. You will also notice changes on the features of the local people as Asian heritage becomes more prominent. We finish the day in Antsirabe, founded by Norwegians in 1856 and home to Madagascar’s brewing industry. Overnight Royal Palace or similar (B)

Day 10 – Ambositra – Ranomafana National Parks

Continuing south, we stop in Ambositra, the centre of Madagascar’s wood carving industry and home to the Zafimaniry tribe. We then continue to Ranomafana National Park for the night. Overnight Setam Lodge or similar (B)

Day 11 – Ranomafana National Park

We spend the morning exploring the rainforests of Ranomafana in search of its many species of lemurs, reptiles and birds. This afternoon is free to either relax or visit the nearby village, with its interesting market. Overnight Setam Lodge or similar (B)

Day 12 – Anja - Isalo National Park

Leaving Ranomafana behind we head to Isalo. We stop first at Anja Park, a community run reserve situated in stunning scenery with great opportunities to see ring-tailed lemurs. Arrive in Isalo in the late afternoon. Overnight at Satrana Lodge or similar. (B)

Day 13 – Isalo National Park

We spend today walking through the moonscape of Isalo National Park, stopping at the perfectly formed ‘natural swimming pool’, fringed with lush vegetation and a great place for a dip. Later we head to a stunning rock arch to watch the sun set over this dramatic landscape. Overnight at Satrana Lodge or similar. (B)

Day 14 - Isalo - Ifaty

Leaving Isalo behind we head to Tulear. Travelling through the land of the Mahafaly people, we can stop to see the traditional tombs used for burying their dead. We transfer to Ifaty on the coast. Our accommodation is situated idyllically on a gorgeous beach overlooking the Indian Ocean, where we can watch the local fishermen take boats out as the sun sets. This is a truly beautiful part of Madagascar and a great place to relax or explore. Overnight Hotel La Mira or similar. (B)

Day 15 – Ifaty

A free day to relax or explore. Ifaty is also home to coral reef and offers good diving and snorkelling opportunities. It’s also possible to take a walk to the nearby village of Mangily where we can get a good insight into the life of the local Vezo fishing community. Overnight Hotel La Mira or similar. (B)

Day 16 - Antananarivo

Transfer to Tulear where you will catch a flight back to Antananarivo. Depending on the arrival time in Tana there may be time for you to take a taxi and visit the old and very grand train station which has a lovely café adjacent where you can spend time reliving memories from your trip. Overnight Les Trois Metis or similar (B)

Day 17 – Depart Madagascar

Free time at leisure until your transfer to the airport and your onward flight. Please note optional excursions are possible for those with late flights. Day use available at the IC Hotel until 6pm for clients travelling on late night Air France flight. (B)

Departures

Departure Date Return Date Availability Price
11/10/2018 27/10/2018 Available £2595.00

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