Tour Dates- 20th July to 3rd August (15 days)
Tour Price- US$5,350 per person sharing (see below)
US$900 approximate cost of domestic flights
(Tour price fixed in US$, other rates subject to exchange rate fluctuations)
Tour Size- Limited to 8 participants and 1 leader
20th July - Arrival in Antananarivo
21st July - Antananarivo to Perinet
22nd - 25th July- Perinet Special Reserve and Mantadia National Park
26th July - Perinet to Antananarivo
27th July - Antananarivo to Ifaty via Tulear
28th July- Ifaty
29th July- Ifaty to Tulear
30th July- San Augustin and Nosy Ve
31st July - Tulear to Berenty via Fort Dauphin
1st August - Berenty Lemur Reserve
2nd August - Berenty Lemur Reserve to Fort Dauphin to Tana
3rd August - Tana and departure
Group Size: This tour will be limited to 8 participants and 1 leader.
The price for this Madagascar Highlights I tour is US$5,350 per person sharing. (Please note: This price does NOT include the domestic flights as mentioned in the itinerary. As a general guideline, we suggest you budget +/- US$900 per person. We can book these flights on your behalf at no extra charge. We also offer the service of booking the flight from Johannesburg to Antananarivo). The single supplement cost for this tour is US$825. If RBT cannot provide you with a rooming partner although you choose to share, the single supplement will become applicable. We will make all reasonable efforts to ensure that a rooming partner is found if you do wish to share.
As noted above, gratuities (drivers, hotel staff, restaurants etc) are included on this tour. However, this does not include your leader. If, therefore, you feel that he has given you excellent service, it is entirely appropriate to tip him.
- Due to constantly fluctuating exchange rates, we now quote our tours in 4 currencies. The tour price is however fixed only in the currency printed in bold (US$), and the actual cost in the other currencies listed will be adjusted according to prevailing exchange rates at the time of final invoicing (usually 3 months before the tour.) Approximate flight and single supplement rates have been converted to US$ but are also subject to exchange rate movements.
- Rates are based upon group tariffs; if the tour does not have sufficient registration (a minimum of 6 paying participants) a small party supplement will have to be charged.
- Furthermore, these costs are subject to unforeseen increases in tour related costs and may have to be adjusted as a result.
- Lastly, we may be forced to change or alter the itinerary and / or the designated leader at short or no notice due to unforeseen circumstances; please be aware that we will attempt to adhere as close to the original program as possible
- It is important for the comfort of your fellow travellers that you do not over-pack. Kindly stick to 20kg (44lb) for check in luggage and 8kg (+- 18lb) for hand luggage.
- Fitness: This Madagascar Highlights tour does not require a high level of fitness, but participants should be reasonably fit and in good general health as most of the birding will be done on foot, and may require walking for several hours at a time. Generally walking will be easy and on flat ground however some trails in the rainforest can be quite steep and slippery, especially after rain. Should you have any physical limitations, please notify us in advance of departure.
- Accommodation throughout the trip is of a generally good standard, and the hotels and resorts that we make use of are clean and comfortable. Some of the accommodations however are basic and less comfortable from than what you have come to expect from the developed world; we will however make efforts to make this tour as comfortable as possible. There is no camping on this trip.
- Please note that the seas during the boat trip to Nosy Ve Island can be rough, and it is advised that you carry a suitable rain jacket and protection for photographic/electronic gear aboard the boat (a thick waterproof plastic bag is very useful in this regard). Also, tidal variation may require us to walk (in water) across potentially sharp substrate when accessing and/or leaving Nosy Ve. In this regard, it is advised that you carry a pair of shoes that you do not mind getting wet (rubber sandals are very useful). If you have any medical conditions or physical limitations relating to balance and mobility please do let the RBT office know.
- In some areas it can be hot to very hot, especially at midday. We will thus make a number of early starts in the morning to maximise the most pleasurable time in the field.
Arrival and Departure Details:
This tour does not include ANY airfares. Day 1 has been set aside as an arrival day. If you arrive in the morning then a short afternoon visit will be made to Lac Alarobia in Antananarivo. If you arrive in the evening or afternoon on this day then you will not take part in this activity. Further meeting details in this regard will be forwarded to you in due course. The tour will conclude on the morning of day 15 in Antananarivo. If you wish to arrive early and/or depart late and would like assistance in this regard, kindly contact the office.
All internal flights will be taken with Air Madagascar. Please note that internal flight delays and last-minute flight schedule alterations will always be an inherent risk in any tour to Madagascar and we may have to re-arrange the tour itinerary around the internal flight schedule. However, we will still visit all the scheduled sites and will take all reasonable precautions and actions to ensure the tour follows the advertised itinerary as closely as possible. For international flights the main port of entry is Antananarivo and is serviced with regular flights from Johannesburg operated by Air Madagascar and from Paris operated by Air France. As our guests come from all over the planet we do not include international flights in our tour prices. We have the capacity to advise you on the best route according to your preferences but your local travel agent will best be able to book these flights for you. We can, however, book the internal flights for you, and also the flight from Johannesburg to Antananarivo. If you would like further assistance kindly contact the office, we have a full-time in-house travel consultant that will happily help you plan your route. IMPORTANT: please DO NOT book your international flights until you have consulted the office for confirmation on the status of the tour.
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