Highlights of Madagascar
13 nights from £2,549 per person
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Madagascar is an island rich in culture, stunning scenery and amazing wildlife. A true island escape, Madagascar is remote and secluded, filled with unique features that you’ll not find anywhere else. There will be a chance to embrace local life, relax on the pristine beaches and visit some of the national parks in this spectacular destination.
- Visit the world-renowned Mantadia National Park
- Explore the ancient colonial town of Antsirabe
- Enjoy a unique guided walk through Ranomafana National Park
- Journey through the wine-producing region on your way to the rural town of Ambalavao
- Trek through Isalo National Park
- Go snorkelling in the coral reefs of Ifaty
Arrive into Antananarivo and transfer to your hotel.
Andasibe-Mantadia National Park
Leave the capital in the morning and journey along the scenic rainforest route to Mantadia National Park – part of this park is dedicated to the largest lemur species in the world, the Indri. On your third day, you’ll enjoy a guided walk in Andasibe National Park or you may want to walk to the small town of Andasibe to explore at leisure.
Travel to the colonial town of Antsirabe and pass by the rice paddies and Merina tombs. There will also be time to stop at Ambatolampy to visit a traditional cookware factory. After a short visit to Lake Andraikiba on day five, you’ll make your way to the village of Fiadanana which is surrounded by picturesque rice fields and views of the mountains. You’ll have chance to speak with the villagers and learn their rituals during an authentic community experience. In the evening, there will be a homestay and dinner with a local family.
After breakfast, continue on to Ranomafana which is a village named after the hot springs in the valley. You’ll learn about the traditional rituals of the villagers before embarking on a guided night walk in Ranomafana National Park.
Take part in an early morning guided forest walk where you’ll have the chance to see the amazing wildlife in this area. Afterwards, you’ll enjoy a scenic travel day as you make your way through the wine-producing region of Madagascar. Once you’ve reached the rural town of Ambalavao you will visit a small paper factory and learn about the traditional methods for producing the hand-made paper.
Travel through south-central Madagascar today on your way to Ranohira – along the way you’ll stop at the Anja Community Reserve which is known for some of the most accessible groups of ring-tailed lemur in the country. Afterwards, you’ll explore the Isalo National Park and see the amazing tropical flora and wildlife. After a short trek within a small canyon, you’ll stop at some natural swimming pools and the ‘cascades’.
Pass through amazing desert landscapes on your way to Toliara then following a short stop here you can continue on to Ifaty and the beautiful beaches of the Mozambican Channel. The Ifaty region is truly stunning and is a combination of coral reefs and quaint villages. This area is great for snorkelling and diving, or simply relaxing on the beach if you’d rather stay on land.
Transfer to Toliara and fly to Antananarivo for your last night with your fellow travellers before your departure.
You may depart at anytime today. Please note, the transfer to the airport or your onward destination is not included so you will need to make your own arrangements for this.
- International flights
- Internal travel: Private minibus; plane; walking
- Hotels (12 nights); homestay (1 night, multi-share)
- 1 breakfast and 1 dinner (Allow USD300 for meals and drinks not included)
- Andasibe-Mantadia National Park guided walk; Artisan workshop visit; Ghost talker visit; Homestay and traditional dinner; Ranomafana National Park guided walk and visit with cultural experience; Wine cave and paper factory visits; Anja Reserve walk; Isalo National Park visit; Mahafaly's tomb visit; Beach time in Ifaty
- Tour guide and driver throughout, in addition to local guides
- Small group experience; max 16, avg 12