Discover Madagascar

Antananarivo – Andasibe – Antsirabe – Fiadanana – Ranomafana – Ambalavao – Ranohira – Ifaty
12 Nights/13 Days

  • Best Time To Visit

    Madagascar is green and fresh after the rains that fall between January and March, with lemurs and reptiles active and readily seen. While there are some heavy downpours from April to June, these are interspersed with sunshine, while July and August are cool and dry, making this an ideal time for exploring. The whales arrive on Ile Ste Marie in July and remain until the end of September. Between September and November the weather is particularly lovely, remaining fine and warm. This is also when jacarandas are in flower and many lemurs have young. While December is hot, lemurs, reptiles and tenrecs are active, making for good wildlife viewing.

Madagascar is a huge island nation off the southeast coast of Africa. It’s home to thousands of animal species, such as lemurs, found nowhere else, plus rainforests, beaches and reefs. Near the busy capital, Antananarivo, is Ambohimanga, a hillside complex of royal palaces and burial grounds, as well as the “Avenue of the Baobabs,” a dirt road lined by massive centuries-old trees.

Currency

Malagasy Ariary (MGA)

Language

Malagasy, French

Time Difference

Madagascar is 2 hours and 30 minutes ahead India

Arrive Antananarivo (-)

Day 1

On arrival in Antananarivo, our representative will meet and escort you to your hotel. The rest of the evening is free to explore city on your own. Overnight at hotel.

Antananarivo/Andasibe

Day 2

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. 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. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Andasibe

Day 3

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. 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). Overnight stay at the hotel.

Andasibe/Antsirabe

Day 4

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. 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 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. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Antsirabe/Fiadanana

Day 5

After breakfast, 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 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. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Fiadanana/Ranomafana

Day 6

After breakfast, 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. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Ranomafana/Ambalavao

Day 7

After breakfast, 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. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Ambalavao/Ranohira

Day 8

After breakfast, 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. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Ranohira

Day 9

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. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Ranohira/Ifaty

Day 10

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 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. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Ifaty

Day 11

Enjoy breakfast. Day at leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Ifaty

Day 12

Enjoy breakfast. Day at leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Ifaty/Antananarivo

Day 13

Travel to Toliara for a flight to Antananarivo.

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