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Madagascar - The Secrets of Madagascar Small Group Tour

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 17 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 12 people
Destination(s): Madagascar  
Specialty Categories: National Parks   Wildlife Viewing  
Season: May - October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 3835 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 3835 US Dollar (USD)

Regular confirmed departures throughout the year. Maximum group size of 12 people.

The island of Madagascar occupies a unique place, both culturally and geographically, within Africa. Separated from the mainland millions of years ago, its fauna has developed very differently from the rest of the continent's wildlife, and it is home to countless species found nowhere else on earth. Its people are an intriguing mix of Malay and African ancestry, with complex patterns of beliefs and an unusual history.

On this trip we take in the very best of this enigmatic and alluring land. Our journey takes us to the little visited Tsingy de Bemaraha Reserve, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site on account of its amazing rock formations, yet virtually unknown to the outside world until twenty years ago - few other operators take the trouble to reach this area, but it is without a doubt one of the highlights of Madagascar.

We also visit superb national parks, including the bizarre moonscape of Isalo and the lush rainforests of Ranomafana, home to countless species of lemurs including the rare golden bamboo lemur, only discovered by scientists in 1986. We end up at Andasibe, one of the best places in Madagascar to see the curious indri, the largest species of lemur, and spend time taking walks through the forest in search of endemic wildlife. Madagascar is unlike anywhere else on earth &ndash join us to experience its diverse charms on a trip that will challenge what you thought you knew about Africa.

tinerary

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 - Antananarivo - 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. Overnight Kimony Resort or similar (B)

Day 3 – Bekopaka

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. Before reaching Bekopaka we will 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 4 – 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 5 – 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 6 – Kirindy

After breakfast 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 ‘Baobabs amoureux’ and Marofandila village en route. Overnight Kimony Resort or similar. (B)

Day 7 – Morondava – Tana - Andasibe

Fly from Morondava back to Tana. After a brief city tour of Tana continue 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. Our accommodation is situated within the forest. Either tonight or tomorrow night there will be an opportunity to take part in a night walk in the forest looking for nocturnal creatures. Overnight Vakona Lodge or similar. (B)

Day 8 – 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 we visit a lemur sanctuary to get up close to these fascinating creatures. Overnight Vakona Lodge or similar. (B)

Day 9 – Antsirabe

Drive 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 Royal Palace 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 Centrest Sejour 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 Centrest Sejour 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

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)

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Please note that payments will be taken in Sterling GBP and USD prices are based on current exchange rates

Prices:
- Single supplement: $420
- Return flights from London to Antananarivo start at £800.

Price Includes:
- Arrival and departure transfers
- Domestic flights
- All accommodation on twin share basis
- Services of English-speaking guide/tour leader
- Meals as listed (B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner)
- Entrance fees for sites listed as part of the itinerary.

Price Excludes:
- International flights
- Any airport taxes
- Travel insurance
- Visas
- Drinks.

Note: All prices are based on 'land only' excluding international flights, but including any domestic flights that are part of the actual tour.

About This Supplier
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Location: England
Joined InfoHub: Jan 2009
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M19089 is a UK based tour operator founded in 2004. The company offers a range of unique, flexible guided private and group tours to a growing number of exciting destinations. Much of the company's product, including the sale of tours in Sudan, Myanmar, Comoros and Sierra Leone is a first in the UK market. The...

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