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Highlights of Madagascar
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Wild landscapes, village culture, beaches Madagascar might be an island but theres nothing small about it. For those who like to get remote, this isolated island is packed with wildlife, landscapes and people youll find nowhere else. (And everybody loves lemurs!) Youll get to embrace local life and still have time to relax at the beach. Best of all, theres always a local CEO there to lead the way and provide a link to the unusual and extraordinary.


Duration: 14 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Hiking, Parks & Nature Reserves, Local Culture & Cuisine, History, Wildlife, Trekking Physical rating: 3 - Average
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 127102
Starts: Antananarivo, Madagascar Finishes: Antananarivo, Madagascar
You will visit
  • Antananarivo
  • Antananarivo

Itinerary

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Day 1: Antananarivo

There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.

Additional Notes:
Please note, occasionally the following itinerary may have to be shuffled due to changes with the internal flight schedules. Typically, this results in shuffling days of the itinerary around and does not cause any missed activities, destinations or experiences.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

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Day 2: Antananarivo/Mantadia National Park

Depart the capital and continue east, with stops along the scenic rainforest route of world-renowned Andasibe-Mantadia National Park. Opt to stop en route to spot some lemurs, along with other animals like chameleons and leaf-tailed geckos.

Continue on to the national park. With free time over the next two days, opt to visit other small private or community reserves around Andasibe, and go on guided night walks inside those reserves or along the main road. Walk to the little town of Andasibe or simply enjoy the relaxing tranquility of the surrounding forest.

Additional Notes:
Our accommodation here are simple bungalows with shared facilities.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 135km)

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Day 3: Mantadia National Park

Explore the Indri Special Reserve and national park located 1.5km (0.93 mi) from the town of Andasibe. One of the park's primary purposes is to protect the natural habitat of the indri, a large black and white diurnal species that feeds on leaves and fruit. In addition to the indri, the park has 10 other diurnal and nocturnal lemur species, large chameleons, and the rarely seen blue boa.

The flora is just as spectacular with numerous species of trees, palms, and orchids (which flower in October/November).


Included Activities:
Mantadia National Park Guided Walk

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Day 4: Mantadia National Park/Antsirabe

Travel to the ancient colonial town of Antsirabe. Along this stretch of road you will see Merina tombs and the labour-intensive cultivation of rice paddies. Stop at Ambatolampy to visit a traditional family-run aluminum cookware factory.

Antsirabe is known as a thermal city because of its volcanic lakes. It's also famous for its precious and semi-precious stones and handicrafts.

Opt to explore this quaint little city upon arrival or the next morning.

Included Activities:
Artisan Workshop Visit

Transport:
Stop to visit some highlights along the way.
Private Vehicle (7.00-8.00 hours, 305km)

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Day 5: Antsirabe/Fiadanana (1L, 1D)

After a short visit to Lake Andraikiba, continue on to the small village of Fiadanana. This beautiful village is surrounded by breathtaking landscapes of rice fields and panoramic views of the nearby mountains.

Get to see how the villagers live by interacting with them and enjoy a chance to learn their rituals during an authentic community experience.

Additional Notes:
Accommodation is in a traditional style house that has been purpose-built to meet the needs of guests. There is a kitchen and a dining/lounge area to enjoy lunch or a drink, and a beautiful veranda overlooking the rice terraces. It is equipped with shared, basic shower facilities and outdoor toilets (a squat toilet and one western-style toilet). This accommodation is basic but, for one night, the experience of living like a local and staying somewhere unique and remote is worth it.

Included Activities:
Lake Andraikiba Visit
Traditional Healer Visit
Homestay and Traditional Dinner

Transport:
Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s), 25km)
Walking (2.00 hour(s), 8km)

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Day 6: Fiadanana/Ranomafana (1B)

Enjoy a local breakfast then opt for a scenic hike in the area to take in stunning views of Mt Ifasina.

After, hike back out to the bus (about 3.5km/2.2 mi) and continue to Ranomafana, a little village named after the hot springs in the valley.

The nearby national park is one of the most important mammal sites in Madagascar.



Transport:
Walking (4km)
Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 280km)

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Day 7: Ranomafana/Ambalavao

Enjoy the wonderful changes of landscape along the way to the pleasant rural town of Ambalavao.

Visit a little paper factory where the locals will share their traditional methods of producing this unique, hand-made paper.

With free time, opt to visit a silk factory in town and learn about the local way of making fabric or clothing from silk, and the process of dyeing it with natural dyes.

Included Activities:
Morning Forest Walk
Paper Factory Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.50 hour(s), 106km)

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Day 8: Ambalavao/Ranohira

Journey from Ambalavao to the Anja Community Reserve and on through diverse scenery. Travel through the savannah before the massif of Isalo becomes clearly visible.



Included Activities:
Anja Reserve Walk

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 250km)

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Day 9: Ranohira

Spend the day exploring Isalo. After a short trek within a small canyon, take a break from the sun and stop at fresh natural swimming pool. Continue on to the "cascades", considered to be amongst the best waterfalls in Madagascar and has a large natural swimming pool.

With a little luck, you may see sifaka, brown lemurs, or ring-tailed lemurs.


Included Activities:
Isalo National Park Visit

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Day 10: Ranohira/Ifaty

En route to Toliara, drive through the magnificent wide-open and vast desert landscape. Pass through several unique frontier-style sapphire mining towns. See the babobab trees and Mahafaly tombs en route.

Continue on to Ifaty to relax and enjoy the breathtaking beaches of the Mozambican Channel.

While in Ifaty, opt to ride in a dugout canoe, visit the spiny forest reserve, go snorkelling or diving on the reef, or simply relax on the beach.

Included Activities:
Mahafaly Tombs Visit

Transport:
Make stops along the way to spot baobab trees and visit the Mahafaly tombs.
Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 250km)

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Day 11: Ifaty

Spend two full days enjoying this gorgeous area. Opt to do some hiking or hit the beach.

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Day 13: Ifaty/Antananarivo

Travel to Toliara for a flight to Antananarivo and an optional last night out on the town.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s), 30km)
Plane (1.00 hour(s))

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Day 14: Antananarivo

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Andasibe Indri Special Reserve guided walk
    • Artisan workshop visit
    • Traditional healer visit
    • Homestay and traditional dinner
    • Ranomafana National Park guided walk
    • Paper factory visits
    • Anja Reserve walk
    • Isalo National Park visit
    • Beach time in Ifaty
    • Internal flight
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (12 nts), homestay (1 nt, multi-share)
    Meals Included
    • 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
    Transport
    • Private minibus, plane, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO), driver throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Search for lemurs and unique wildlife
  • Learn about endemic flora and fauna in world-famous national parks
  • Visit local artisan workshops
  • Lounge on the beautiful beaches
  • Savour dinner with a local family