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Madagascar Wildlife Viewing and National Parks Tour (25 Days)

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 25 - 28 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 15 people
Destination(s): Madagascar  
Specialty Categories: Wildlife Viewing   National Parks  
Season: June - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1400 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 5600 Euro (EUR)

First, our expedition in the West including Morondava, Kirindy and Tsingy of Bemaraha highlight the nation’s two invaluable parks considered as a must and ranking among the best harboring the vast majority of fauna and flora, the Baobab Alley, the Fosa and lemurs at Kirindy, and the Tsingy in Bemaraha. Hiking in Kirindy is very notable as you shall observe thepredator called ‘fossa’, especially during the mating time between October and December and a good place for night walk in search of lemurs including the Sifaka, the browns, and Mirza Coquereli; also, there many birds, rodents, and the jumping rat. Then, Tsingy of Bemaraha, a vast forest of rugged and eroded karst pinnacles grants you to see a great deal of birds, 103 species recorded, 8 species of reptiles and 11 species of lemurs not to forget troops of Decken’s sifaka and red fronted brown lemur criss-crossing the area. This tour will allows you to relax on the best beaches of the country like Andavadoaka, Its setting on a really nice bay makes a large part of its attractive, though the authentic Robinson Crusoe feeling is gone long ago. Three tourist complexes and an increasing number of Vazaha visitors have contributed to the loss of some of the old charm of the village. It is still however a well-worth place to hang around a couple of days, explore some fabulous diving-site. Salary is a true gem with probably the nicest totally wild beach of the whole country.

This tour takes loops west along the beach joining Ifaty to the main road. You will be marveled seeing the barren landscapes with eerie rock formations in Isalo National Park likely emulating the Colorado Grand Canyon owing to its exceptional look of massive ruiniforme of continental sandstone habitat of the ring tails, the dancing sifaka and its endemic bird called the Benson’s Rock Thrush. Besides, Ifaty beautiful beach bestows a wonderful time and fun when snorkeling, diving at its ocean with pristine coral reefs. The spiny forest at ‘Reniala’ adds extra value to this tour sheltering the local endemic bird called the long tailed ground roller, sub desert mesite and the bottle shape Baobab tree. Then, Andringitra comes next, perched on heights, lies between 650 and 2658 m with great concentration of endemism, eco-tourism, and biodiversity being one of the most attractive parks due to its fabulous landscape of hills, rocks, beautiful cascades and plants. Moreover, Ranomafana rainforest is meant to search the elusive golden bamboo lemur, the greater bamboo, Milne Edward’s sifaka and a great deal of bird species including the Velvet Asity, ground rollers, a delusive but real satanical leaf tailed gecko. Surely our hike in Anja reserve, a natural home of the ring tails population with guaranteed sightings provides a great appeal of interest during this trip. Finally, our hike in Andasibe reserve restores the scientists’ hope granting a large amount of fauna and flora, with 14 lemur species, a fantastic view of the Indri, the diademed sifaka and 108 bird species including the lovely Blue Coua, Sunbird-Asity, as well as 51 species of impressive reptiles along not to mention the Tree Boa, the largest chameleon labeled Parson.

Itinerary:
Day 1: Tana.
When arriving at Antananarivo international airport called Ivato, you will be welcomed and transferred by one of our members as a representative of Ortour, then taking you to your hotel for check-in and overnight in hotel du Louvre (Top) or at the hotel Chalet des Roses (High-midrange), at Hotel Brajas (High-midrange) in BB.

Day 2: Tana - Antsirabe.
You will begin the tour by going south towards Antsirabe along the route of national “7”. The tarred road is in good condition in general despite some pot holes are inevitable, but the landscape is fantastic. When arriving in Antsirabe, visit the surrounding: sacred lake of Tritriva, and the workshop of semi-precious and precious stones. Overnight at: Top Hotel: Plumeria, in BB or in high-midrange Hotel: Vatolahy or Chambre des Voyageur or in Couleur Café, in BB.

Day 3: Antsirabe - Morondava - Kirindy.
We leave Antsirabeand long drive to Morondava, the capital of the tribe of ‘Sakalavan’iMenabe’. Stops are expected en route in hope to spot some species of birds, the Madagascar reunion harrier, Madagascar kestrel, Madagascar bee eater, sand grouse, Madagascar buttonquail and many more. When reaching Morondava, we continue driving to Kirindy Reserve, while stopping atthe twin baobab and at the famous ‘Baobab Avenue’, for photo. Then, continue till we reach Kirindy, a private-owned reserve managed by a Swiss company. In fact, the trip in the west coast of Madagascar, precisely in Morondava is best known for its Baobab species since the country alone possesses a large number of 7 out of 8 species worldwide, and Adansonia grandidieri is the most majestic species reaching 30m in height and 8 m in diameter, lasting more than one thousand years.Among our top agenda this evening, night walk in the forest in search of endemic birds, lemurs, reptiles and other night active animals since Kirindy is the best place in the whole island to observe the rare pygmy mouse-lemur, fork-crowned lemur, Gray mouse lemur, western fat-tailed dwarf lemur and the red-tailed sportive lemur; with 50 species of reptiles, several bats, tenrecs, mongooses, the jumping rat recorded in this dry forest. Overnight at Relais du Kirindy or in a Tent Bungalow (Camp des Amoureux) in BB.

Day 4: Kirindy - Tsingy.
We will have a morning visit at this reserve. There are 40 species of birds, 8 species of lemurs including the brown lemurs and the dancing sifakas. These long-legged, white with dark patches, leap among tree trunks high in the canopy or in flat area when performing their dances as propelled by their powerful hind legs but continually maintaining an upright posture. After the morning visit, leave Kirindyand drive to Tsingy of Bemaraha traversing a huge river taking a ferry boat. After crossing this river, we shall lunch before continuing our road ending at our today’s destination, the famous Tsingy of Bemaraha. Overnight in High-midrange Hotel: Soleil de Tsingy or Orchidée de Bemaraha in BB or Le Grand Hotel in BB.

Day 5: Tsingy Visit.
Full day visit at both the Great and Little Tsingy.Dress code is necessary as explained by your guide since the hike is a bit tougher requiring physical ability when taking the trail in this park. Scientists estimate that the park endemism rate reaches 86, 7%, with 11 species of lemurs recorded, with five families of Bats, 103 species of bird species, 34 species of reptiles and amphibians indexed. Amid all this grey pinnacles sprout the green plants, pachypodiums and other succulent plants. During the hike in the park, there is a broad canyon that can be crossed in a swinging suspension bridge. A harness has to be put on and avoid skirts or flip flops. Expect to see the Giant Coua, the long eared owls perched on tree branch. Overnight in High-midrange Hotel: Soleil de Tsingy or Orchidée de Bemaraha in BB or Le Grand Hotel in BB.

Day 6: Tsingy - Morondava.
This morning, we drive back to Morondava. Stop en route at the so-called ‘Amorous Baobab’. The best time for another photo at this famous Baobab Avenue is during sunset or sunrise when the colors of the trees change. Settle in Top Hotel: Baobab Café or Palissandre de l’Ouest, in HB or in high-midrange Hotel: Chez Maggie or Renala Sable d’Or, in BB.

Day 7: Morondava - Manja.
We leave Morondave and depart to Manja through the semi-desert landscape. Crossing several small villages surrounded by paddy fields. We shall reach the village of Manja in the afternoon. We do not have any choice for hotel in this village neither special interests except cultures since this is a village where we have to settle for overnight at Kanto Lodge (low midrange).

Day 8-9: Manja - Andavadoaka.
We continue our trip after breakfast leaving behind the village of Manjaheading to Andavadoaka. Andavadoaka is a small village of fisherman, one of the best places to relax in this south western area. It is highly recommended for its lovely white sand beach.Overnight at Manga Lodge (midrange) or in Blue Laguna (top), in BB.

Day 10-11: Andavadoaka - Salary.
Leave Andavadoaka to Salary. A hundred kilometers north of Tulear, Salary Bay, is a white sand beach seven kilometers of coral reefs with enchanting colors, primary forest concealing wealth still preserved. Overnight at Salary bay (Top) or Francesco (Midrange).

Day 12: Salary - Ifaty.
Leave Salary going to Ifaty village situated 33 km northwest of Tulear.Ifaty is a quiet coastal fishing village popular for its long beach and its offshore coral reef and its diving centre. At Ifaty, you have the choice for snorkeling, scuba-diving or diving in the reef, or relax by the beach. It is also a good place to see some local endemic species of birds like the Running Coua, White-breasted Mesite, Chabert’s Vanga, Madagascar Harrier Hawk.Overnight at High- midrange Belle Vue or Hotel: Ifaty Beach in BB or in Paradisier,(top) in BB.

Day 13: Ifaty – Isalo.
Leave Ifatyto reach our destination of today that isRanohiralocated approximately 280 km. Ranohira is the closest village in Isalo National park. This park is covered of 81 540 hectares of the eroded Jurassic sandstone covered with lichens, eerie look of rock formation, having a typical topographycharacterized by alternating flat grassy plains, deep canyons and sandstone ridges, sculpted by wind and water into fanciful shapes.Overnight at Top Hotel: Isalo Rock Lodge or Relais de la Reine, in HB or in Midrange Hotel: Isalo Ranch or Hotel Orchidée, in BB.

Day 14: Isalo Visit.
After breakfast, we will have a full day hike in Isalo National Park along the Namaza trail. First, stop in ‘Piscine Naturelle’ where you can spend few moments swimming. Don’t forget your gear in case! Then, another 4 km is inevitable leading to the camping site where three species of lemurs are comes for food, the ring-tails, the browns and the sifakas. After lunch, extend your hike along the sheltered canyons reaching the ‘Piscine Bleue and Piscine Noire’ (blue and black pool)and another short hike reacing the ‘cascade de Nymphe’, a bit deep water fall fed by natural streams slithering down below refreshing the heat. After the long but interesting hike, we head back to our hotel, then settle at: Top Hotel: Isalo Rock Lodge or Relais de la Reine, in HB or in Midrange Hotel: Isalo Ranch or Hotel Orchidée, in BB.

Day 15: Isalo - Ambalavao - Andringitra.
We leave Ranohira and drive to Ambalavao.After half an hour stop in Ambalavao, we leave Ambalavao to Andringitra National Park located in the South east. It shelters the Bobby Peak, the second highest mountain in Madagascar. The nature, traditions and mystery surrounding Andringitra have made this Park a mystical and a panoramic place to be discovered. Settle in the Cottage for overnight.

Day 16: Andringitra (Diavolana Hike).
We have our very first day hiking high up in a moderate walkreaching our first camping site following the Diavolana trail. The Park covers 31,160 ha. Perched on the heights, its altitude varies between 650 and 2658 m.It counts seven species of crustaceans, 205 species of bugs, 78 species of amphibian, 50 species of reptiles, 54 species of mammals (lemurs, carnivorous, bats…) and 106 species of birds. Andringitra is one of the most attractive parks because it has fabulous landscape form of rocky hills and lovely waterfalls and beautiful plants. Camping on full board.

Day 17: Andringitra (Peak Bobby).
We start early in the morning trekking up until you reach the peak Bobby, the second highest peak in Madagascar. Early morning departure would be recommended in hope to contemplate the beauty of sunrise taken when reaching the top of this mountain. Some 1000 plant species are known within the National Park of Andringitra. After picnic lunch, we are heading back to our camping site. Camping on full board.

Day 18: Andringitra - Tsaranoro.
This morning, we are trekking to Tsaranoro Valley, located on the outskirts of Andringitra National Park in southern Madagascar. The spectacular rock walls of the massif and the mindblowing beautiful valley offers numerous climbing routes and hiking trails. Overnight at the hotel Campcatta or Tsara Camp in BB.

Day 19: Tsaranoro - Ranomafana.
We leave after breakfast reaching our today’s destination, and that is Ranomafana national park taking around 4 hour drive. We first stop at Anja community reserve, home of the ring-tails. After the visit, we continue to Ranomafana passing by Fianarantsoa, the capital of the Betsileo tribe. In fact, Ranomafana spreads on 41,601 ha. It was classified World Natural Heritage of the Atsinanana in 2007. It shelters a big wealth of endemic biodiversity. Ranomafana national park is home of twenty mammals and 12 species of lemurs. The park is also the genetic reservoir of some rare and endemic plant species. It is browsed by many rivers.Overnight at Top Hotel: Thermal or Setam Lodge, in HB or in Midrange Hotel: Grenat or Karibo hotel, in BB.

Day 20: Visit Ranomafana National Park.

We devote the morning used to explore the park, a very dense forest with green lush vegetation, a mountainous area reaching 1300 m of altitude, possessing a great deal of flora and fauna unique in the world with wide varieties of orchids, carnivorous plants, harboring at least 12 species of lemurs including the golden bamboo, greater bamboo, Milne Edward’s sifaka. Also, there are 118 species of birds and 8 species of bats, as well as many rodents, reptiles, batrachians, spiders and butterflies. In the afternoon, you can relax in your hotel or spend the remaining time swimming in the hot thermal pool fed from the mouths of geysers or visit the village to closely interact with the locals in hope to learn and understand their cultures. Overnight at Top Hotel: Thermal or Setam Lodge, in HB or in Midrange Hotel: Grenat or Karibo hotel, in BB.

Day 21: Ranomafana - Ambositra - Antsirabe.
This morning, we depart to Antsirabe, with a stop in Ambositra. Ambositra is famous and the capital of wood carvings in Madagascar. We shall visit some workshops and then you can have some time for shopping and bring back souvenirs at a few craft shops. After lunch, we continue to Antsirabe. Overnight at Top Hotel: Plumeria, in BB or in high-midrange Hotel: Vatolahy or Chambre des Voyageur or at Couleur Café lodge, in BB.

Day 22: Antsirabe - Tana.
After breakfast, we shall undertake some visit at the surrounding areas and in various workshops of semi and precious stones. Then, we drive heading to the Capital, Tana, passing by the high plateaux’smountainous and rice field landscape. While arriving in Tana, settle in your hotel for overnight at Louvre (Top) or at the hotel Chalet des Roses (Midrange), Hotel Brajas in BB.

Day 23: Tana - Andasibe.
We depart in the morningtowards our destination todayAndasibe taking roughly 4 hour drive. Upon arrival, visit the Vakona reserve where four species of day lemurs including the black and white ruffed-lemur, the browns, ring-tails, the dancing sifakas and the modest eastern bamboo lemur, would be ready for photo-op. You’d be enjoying the unforgettable fun time spent at this so-called ‘lemurs island. Overnight at Top Hotel: Vakona Forest Lodge (Top) in BB or in Andasibe Hotel or in Mid-range Hotel: Feon’ny Ala or Grace Lodge in BB.

Day 24: Andasibe Visit.
After breakfast, we will explore the Analamazoatra reserve in search of the biggest lemurs called ‘Indri indri’, a panda like lemur, whose eerie calls can be heard miles away from your hotel. Mild walk in the forest would surely grant you a great deal of windows of opportunity to spot not only the indri but also other lemurs such as the golden sifakas, the eastern woolly lemurs, without forgetting some endemic birds and reptiles like the Parson chameleon, the tiny nose-horned chameleons, and so forth. Overnight at Top Hotel: Vakona Forest Lodge (Top) in BB or in Andasibe Hotel or in Mid-range Hotel: Feon’ny Ala or Grace Lodge in BB.

Day 25: Andasibe – Tana - Fly Home.
We leave Andasibe and drive to Antananarivo for flight taking you back home. End of our service.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Prices:

Top/per Person:
- One Person 5600€ / per person
- 2 Persons 3000€ / per person
- 4 Persons 2300€ / per person
- 6 Persons 2120€ / per person
- 8 Pax more 2000€ / per person

Mid range/per Person:
- One Person 4600€ / per person
- 2 Person 2450€ / per person
- 4 Person 1650€ / per person
- 6 Person 1500€ / per person
- 8 Pax more 1400€ / per person

Price Includes:
- 4WD with a driver or a tour guide who speaks English
- Hotel and breakfast
- Fuel
- Entrance fee to the parks
- Hotel and breakfast
- Driver’s meals and his accommodation
- Tax
- Car Insurance only
- Transfer.

Price Excludes:
- Tips
- Local guide
- Drinks
- Lunch and dinner in the restaurant
- Other activities which are not mentioned above.

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