Secrets of Madagascar

Secrets of Madagascar overview

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Prices from: £2,595.00
Single supplement from: £450.00
Duration: 17 days
Maximum group size: 12 people
First available departure: 15 May 2014
Last available departure: 20 May 2020
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Secrets of Madagascar

Experience the best of this enigmatic island continent. We travel to the little visited west and the bizarre rock formations of Tsingy de Bemaraha before encountering Madagascar’s unique wildlife at national parks like Andasibe and Ranomafana.

Lemurs are a special group of primates found only on Madagascar and the Comoros Islands. There are fifty species of lemurs, seventeen of which are on the endangered species list. Lemurs are prosimians, or primitive primates.
How and when lemurs became separated from the monkey family is unclear. Although it was once thought that lemurs were on Madagascar when the island separated from Africa, recent advances have shown that Madagascar was separated from Africa by hundred
Madagascar is unlike anywhere else on earth – join us to experience its diverse charms on a trip that will challenge what you thought you knew about Africa.

Discover the Secrets of Madagascar

Experience the best of this enigmatic island continent, encountering Madagascar’s unique wildlife at national parks like Andasibe and Ranomafana.

Join our 17 Day Tour to Madagascar
Maximum Group size 12 - Regular, guaranteed departures

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 National Park

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 chameleons. This afternoon we visit a Betsimisiraka village to experience the local lifestyle. Our accommodation is situated within the forest. 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 walk through the forest in search of this enigmatic creature as well as other wildlife, accompanied by an expert guide. In the afternoon return to Antananarivo. Overnight IC Hotel or similar. (B)

Day 4 – Morondava - Kirindy

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. From here drive to Kirindy Special Reserve. On arrival at Kirindy we explore, hoping to see the fossa – Kirindy is one of the best places in Madagascar to see this species and is also home to six different species of lemur. Return to Morondava for the evening, stopping at the famous ‘Avenue des Baobabs’ and the ‘Baobabs amoureux’ en route. Overnight Kimony Resort or similar. (B)

Day 5 – Bekopaka

A full day of travelling by car and boat, driving through the baobab forests, with great opportunities to see a side of rural Madagascar that few other visitors experience. 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 World Heritage Site of 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 – Morondava

Drive back to Morondava, stopping en route at anything of interest we may see along the way. Overnight Kimony Resort or similar. (B)

Day 8 – Antananarivo

Fly back to Antananarivo. In the afternoon visit the lemur park, home to a number of different species. Overnight Les Trois Metis or similar. (B)

Day 9 – Antsirabe

This morning explore some of the sights of Antananarivo, including the ‘Upper’ and ‘Lower’ towns. Driving into the central highlands of Madagascar, we notice changes on the features of local people as Asian heritage becomes more visible. We then head to Antsirabe, founded by Norwegians in 1856 and home to Madagascar’s brewing industry. We explore the town and then head to the picturesque Lake Andraikiba. Overnight Arotel or similar. (B)

Day 10 – Ambositra – Ranomafana National Park

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 Domaine Nature Hotel 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 Hotel Domaine Nature 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 Motel d’Isalo 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 Motel d’Isalo 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. From Tulear we transfer to Ifaty on the coast. The region around Ifaty is extremely dry and dominated by ‘spiny forest’ of cacti and other plants that thrive in arid environments. 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

Head back to Antananarivo. The rest of the day is free – if it was not possible to do the city tour on Day 7, then we will do it today. Overnight IC Hotel or similar. (B)

Day 17 – Antananarivo

Tour ends. (B)

B = Breakfast , L = Lunch, D = Dinner (Meals included)