MADAGASCAR ADVENTURE

14 Day Tour

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OVERVIEW

Home to lush rainforests, curious lemurs, and all the outdoor splendour you could possibly ask for -Madagascar was made for adventure travel. This comprehensive tour takes you deep inside Africa’s amazing jungle island for close encounters with both wildlife and humans over 14 days

Lemurs, wild landscapes, village culture, beaches – Madagascar might be an island but there’s nothing small about it. For those who like to get remote, this isolated island is packed with wildlife, landscapes and people you’ll find nowhere else. (And everybody loves lemurs!) You’ll get to embrace local life and still have time to relax at the beach.

Day 1 Antananarivo
Arrive at any time. There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.
Day 2 Antananarivo/Andasibe
Travel to Andasibe-Perinet National Park with stops en route. Visit the upland rainforest. Enjoy a guided walk in Andasibe-Perinet National Park for the first glimpse at Madagascar's famous lemurs. Stay in a quiet area near Andasibe and explore the Indri Special Reserve section of this massive area.
Depart the capital and continue east, with stops along the scenic rainforest route of world-renowned Andasibe-Perinet 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.
Day 3 Andasibe
Spend the day exploring this national park. Stay in a quiet area near Andasibe and explore the Indri Special Reserve section of this massive area.
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).
Day 4 Andasibe/Antsirabe
Travel to the colonial city of Antsirabe, stopping to see rice paddies and artisan workshops along the way.
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 aluminium 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.
Day 5 Antsirabe/Fiadanana
Visit Lake Andraikiba before continuing to the small village of Fiadanana. Opt to explore this beautiful village by foot, bicycle, or in a famous "pousse-pousse". Listen to a ghost talker and enjoy a homestay and dinner with a local family.
After a short visit to Lake Andraikiba, continue on to the small village of Fiadanana. This beautiful village is surrounded by breath-taking 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.
Local Living: Homestay and Traditional Dinner
Get to know how the villagers live by interacting with them and enjoy a chance to learn their rituals during an authentic community experience. While the accommodation was purpose-built to make room for guests, the building was prepared in a traditional style and still offers the interaction of staying in a typical family home.

Day 6 Fiadanana/Ranomafana
Hike back to the bus taking in the stunning views. Continue on to Ranomafana. Learn traditional rituals from the local villagers.
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.

Day 7 Ranomafana/Ambalavao
Embark on an early morning forest walk to get a feel for the incredible wildlife of the area. Afterwards, enjoy a scenic travel day heading south through Madagascar's wine-producing region.
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.

Day 8 Ambalavao/Ranohira
Stop at Anja Community Reserve, known for groups of ring-tailed lemurs. Continue on through the changing landscape to Ranohira and Isalo National Park.
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.
Day 9 Ranohira
Spend a full day exploring the park on foot, stopping at a natural swimming pool and waterfalls.
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.
Day 10Ranohira/Ifaty
Drive through the desert landscape, viewing Mahafaly tombs and giant baobab trees en route. Continue to the beautiful Mozambican Channel beaches of 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 baobab trees and Mahafaly tombs en route.
Continue on to Ifaty to relax and enjoy the breath-taking 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.
Days 11–12 Ifaty
Spend two full days enjoying this gorgeous area. Opt to do some hiking or hit the beach.
Day 13 Ifaty/Antananarivo
Travel to Toliara for a flight to Antananarivo and an optional last night out on the town.
Day 14 Antananarivo departure

There are a number of factors which will influence the price of your travel arrangements, including the season, category of lodges/hotels chosen and any additional services added to the basic holiday.

Included in price

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.

Madagascar Adventure - 14 Days
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 and savour a local dinner in a rural village

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