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Adventure Tours

Highlights Of Madagascar

From €2608pp including flights
Depart From
Fly from Dublin
Departure Date
Multiple departure dates from April 2019 to November 2019
Duration
14 Days
Destination
Madagascar
Price
From €2608pp including flights
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Fly from Dublin and spend two weeks exploring the unique and wonderful island of Madagascar.

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. Best of all, there’s always a local CEO there to lead the way and provide a link to the unusual and extraordinary.

This tour is part of the Jane Goodall Collection a selection of wildlife-focused tours endorsed by world renowned primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall.

Your purchase of a Jane Goodall Collection tour helps support the Jane Goodall Institute’s mission to protect wildlife and empower local communities.

 

Day 1: Antananarivo

There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting. If you arrive early, we recommend speaking with the hotel reception to learn more about available activities around the area.

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.

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Accommodation: Hotel Chalets des Roses (or similar)

Day 2: Antananarivo/Andasibe

Travel to Andasibe-Perinet National Park with scenic stops en route. 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.

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.

Our accommodation here are simple bungalows with shared facilities.

Private Vehicle Transfer:Antananarivo – Andasibe 4h/ 135km

Free Time: Andasibe (Afternoon): Spend time visit nearby reserves or relaxing in the forest.

Accommodation: Feon'ny Ala (or similar)

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).

Andasibe-Perinet National Park Guided Walk:

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).

Free Time: Andasibe (Afternoon): Keep exploring or start relaxing— the choice is yours

Accommodation: Feon'ny Ala (or similar)

Day 4: Andasibe/ Antsirabe

Travel to the colonial city of Antsirabe, stopping to see rice paddies 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.

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.

Private Vehicle Transfer: Andasibe – Antsirabe 7h-8h/ 305km

Accommodation:  Hasina Hotel (or similar)

Day 5: Antsirabe/ Fiadanana

Visit Lake Andraikiba before continuing to the small village of Fiadanana. Opt to explore this beautiful village. Listen to a ghost talker, enjoy a stay at a community guesthouse, 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.

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.

Lake Andraikiba Visit, Antsirabe: Enjoy the views of beautiful Lake Andraikiba.

Private Vehicle Transfer: Antsirabe – Fiadanana 1h/ 25km

Walking: Fiadanana 4km. Lace up your shoes and get to the next stop under your own power.

Traditional Healer Visit, Fiadanana: Listen to a ghost talker to learn more about traditional healing and local legends.

Local Living- Community Guesthouse 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.

Accommodation: Arc en Cie - Gite Rural (or similar)

Meals included: Lunch | Dinner

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 and 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.

Walking:  Fiadanana 4km. Lace up your shoes and get to the next stop under your own power.

Private Vehicle Transfer: Fiadanana – Ranomafana 7h/ 280km

Accommodation: Manja Hotel (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7: Ranomafana/ Ambalavao

Opt for an early morning forest walk to get a feel for the incredible wildlife of the area, or explore on your own. In the afternoon, enjoy a scenic journey heading south through Madagascar's wine-producing region.

In the morning go for a forest walk, a swim in a hot spring, visit the local town and market, or get a massage.

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.

If time allows, 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.

Private Vehicle Transfer: 

Ranomafana – Ambalavao 3h30m/ 106km

Paper Factory Visit, Ambalavao:

Ambalavao is famous for its "Papier Antemoro", a papyrus-type paper impregnated with dried flowers and sold throughout the island. Visit a little paper factory where the locals will tell us about the traditional methods used to produce this unique, hand-made paper. You can even buy some and use it to write letters to your friends and family back home.

Accommodation: Aux Bougainvillees (or similar)

Day 8: Ambalavao/ Ranohira

Stop at Anja Community Reserve, known for groups of ring-tailed lemurs. Continue on through the ever-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.

Private Vehicle Transfer: Ambalavao – Ranohira 4h/ 250km

Anja Reserve Walk, Ambalavao: Stop at the Anja Community Reserve, which known for having some of the most accessible groups of ring-tailed lemurs in the country. Enjoy looking at these fascinating creatures.

Accommodation: ITC Hotel (or similar)

Day 9: Ranohira

Spend a full day exploring Isalo National park on foot, stopping at a natural swimming pool and waterfalls.

In the morning, pack a lunch to take into the park with you to eat during a picnic break later in the day - your CEO can help you arrange this.

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.

Isalo National Park Visit: Spend a full day exploring this fantastic park on foot. After a short trek within a small canyon, take a break from the sun and stop at a fresh natural swimming pool. We continue on to the "cascades", which are considered to be amongst the best waterfalls in Madagascar and boasts a large natural swimming pool.

If you are lucky, you may see sifaka, brown lemurs, or ring-tailed lemurs. Between September and October (in the most arid zones), you can witness the pachypodium blooms.

Accommodation: ITC Hotel (or similar)

Day 10: Ranohira/ 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, and babobab trees en route.

This drive will also pass by the tombs of the Mahafaly; a local tribe in Madagascar known predominantly for their large tombs. They were built for chiefs and kings and are covered in stones, sculptures, and horns. The more important the deceased, the more horns and statues the tomb is adorned with. One of the largest tombs has over 700 zebu horns! As this is a sacred site we will just be passing by, and photography is not permitted.

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.

Private Vehicle Transfer: Ranohira – Ifaty 6h 250km: Make stops along the way to spot baobab trees and visit the Mahafaly tombs.

Accommodation: Bamboo Club (or similar)

Days 11–12: Ifaty

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

Carte Blanche- Ifaty Full Free Day:

There's plenty to see and do in Ifaty, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like Spiny Forest Reserve visit, dugout canoe ride, and snorkelling. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

Accommodation: Bamboo Club (or similar)

Day 13: Ifaty/ Antananarivo

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

Due to the unpredictability of local flights, if we are unable to secure your domestic flight, we will instead transport you in 4x4 vehicles. This journey can take approximately 10 hours.

Private Vehicle Transfer: Ifaty – Tulear 1h 30m/ 30km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Plane Transfer: Tulear – Antananarivo 1h

Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

Accommodation: Hotel Chalets des Roses (or similar)

Day 14: Antananarivo

Depart at any time. 

Price is per adult sharing and includes:

  • Return flights and charges from Dublin
  • Accommodation:
    • Simple hotels (12 nights)
    • Community guesthouse (1 night, multi-share)
  • Meals:
    • 1 breakfast
    • 1 lunch
    • 1 dinner 
    • Allow USD325-425 for meals not included
  • Transportation:
    • Private minibus
    • Plane
    • Walking
  • Staff & experts:
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO)
    • Driver throughout
    • Local guides
  • Excursions & activities:
    • Local Living: Community Guesthouse and Traditional Dinner, Fiadanana
    • Andasibe Indri Special Reserve guided walk
    • Artisan workshop visit
    • Traditional healer visit
    • Paper factory visits
    • Anja Reserve walk
    • Isalo National Park visit

Please ask us about adding great value:

  • Travel insurance
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