Explore the scenic, wild and largely undiscovered island of Madagascar

Lying adjacent to the east coast of Africa, Madagascar is home to stunning mountains, spectacular rainforests and white, sandy beaches. The island protects incredible numbers of endangered lemurs, rare plants and birds within its expansive national parks. Go trekking beneath lush tree canopies for a close-up look at Madagascar's most famous creatures, walk through quaint towns filled with markets and European-influenced architecture, and enjoy relaxing holiday time on magnificent Indian Ocean beaches. Combining friendly locals, fascinating wildlife and idyllic island vistas, the Madagascar experience is a unique slice of paradise.

Start
Antananarivo, Madagascar
Finish
Ile Sainte-Marie, Madagascar
Countries
Madagascar
Themes
Wildlife
Code
YBSM
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 4, Max 12
Carbon offset
1 125kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Cruise to the beautiful Ile Ste Marie
  • Admire dramatic sandstone formations in Andasibe NP
  • Visit the historical centre of Foulpointe
  • Take a refreshing dip in the Indian Ocean
  • Watch local artisans at work in Ambositra
  • Revel in the romantic atmosphere of Antananarivo
  • Learn about sapphire mining in Tulear
  • Look for lemurs on a rainforest ramble in Ranomafana NP

Itinerary

With cobbled streets, wooden houses and impressive churches, the European-inspired capital of Madagascar, Antananarivo, has a distinctly romantic air.
Spot lemurs on a guided walking tour of Ranomafana National Park and look out for the elusive golden bamboo, a type of lemur that is native to this region of Madagascar. Journey onwards to the heritage-rich town of Fianarantsoa.
Embark on an adventure into the contrasting scenery of the Isalo National Park. Spot unusual sandstone formations and enjoy vast open grasslands.
Check out a sapphire mine to gain insight into traditional mining techniques. Head to the south coast and soak up the beauty of Tulear, paying a visit to a museum full of botanical treasures.
Take in breathtaking mountain scenery on the way to visit Antsirabe's famed thermal springs, gemstone merchants and elegant French architecture. Head out on a rickshaw to explore the quaint streets of this town.
Travel northbound to Andasibe National Park. Stay at a lodge nestled on the outskirts of the park and set off on guided forest walks to learn about local agriculture and witness forest regeneration in progress.
Travel by boat to the beautiful Ile Sainte Marie, a tropical, nature-lovers paradise filled with fragrant flowers and lush greenery. Scuba divers will enjoy diving on Sainte Marie, as the underwater sites are some of the best in the Indian Ocean. On the final night, indulge in a group dinner and toast the magnificent Madagascar experience.
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Inclusions

Meals
15 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
Transport
Boat, Minibus
Accommodation
Cottage (2 nights), Hotel (13 nights)
Included activites
  • Andasibe National Park - guided walk
  • Betsileo - village visit
  • Ilakaka - Sapphire mine
  • Ranomafana National Park - Rainforest walk
  • Tulear - Antsokay Arboretum

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Notes

A single supplement is available on this trip.

TRIP CHANGE 2013:

This trip will be rerouted in 2013 in order to reduce long travel days and further maximise the time spent in each destination. We will still visit all of the same places except for Ifaty and Tamatave.

The 2013 Itinerary will be as follows:

Day 1 Antananrivo
Day 2 Ambositra
Days 3-4 Ranomafana NP
Days 5-6 Isalo NP
Days 7-8 Fianarantsoa
Day 9 Antsirabe
Days 10-11 Andasibe NP
Day 12 Foulpointe B
Days 13-16 Sainte Marie

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Reviews

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Experience Madagascar , April 2015

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