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Summary

Short description

A 15-day journey of discovery, taking in the wildlife, culture and beaches of Madagascar

In Brief

  • 1 Night Antananarivo
  • 2 Nights Andasibe
  • 1 Night Antsirabe
  • 2 Nights Ranomafana
  • 2 Nights Ranohira
  • 2 Nights Ifaty
  • 1 Night Antananarivo
  • 3 Nights Nosy Be

About

Recommended for:
Activity adventure | Beach | History & culture | Natural world | Wildlife

Just off Africa's east coast lies Madagascar, a land of arid desert, tropical rainforest and mist-shrouded mountains - best known for its peculiar wildlife, most of which cannot be found anywhere else on earth.

The suggested tailor-made itinerary shown below provides a great, in-depth introduction to the island, and you can even extend your stay with a little relaxation beachside afterward at Nosy Be.

Madagascar is still emerging as a tourism destination and, while its popularity rose with the BBC series narrated by Sir David Attenborough in February 2011, the standards of the hotels are not the same as those you may be used to in South Africa, for example. Rest assured though, that we have selected the best below.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
Antananarivo

Arrive in Madagascar’s capital city for your first night.

Stay: Colbert Hotel

Days 2-3
Andasibe

Head east to Andasibe for a day of lemur-spotting, initially at Marozevo and then at Vakona island, where you can see the mouse lemur, hairy-eared dwarf lemur, and eastern woolly lemur, as well as reptiles and batrachians.

The following day explore Andasibe Mantadia National Park to find more lemurs, including the largest living example, the Indri Indri. You’ll also enjoy the chance to spot some of the island’s endemic birds, such as the blue coua and Madagascar buzzard.

Stay: Andasibe Hotel

Breakfast & dinner included

Day 4
Antsirabe

Return west to Antananarivo then turn south to Antsirabe passing through Madagascar’s highlands. The industrial and agricultural centre is well-known for its precious stones.

Stay: Couleur Café

Breakfast & dinner included

Days 5-6
Ranomafana

After a tour of Antsirabe and Ambositra - the capital of Malagasy handicrafts - head to the south-east of the island to Ranomafana National Park where you will spend the following day exploring the forests, home to numerous lemur species and abundant birdlife.

Stay: Setam Lodge

Breakfast & dinner included

Days 7-8
Ranohira

On the drive to Ranohira you’ll make a quick visit to a hand-made-paper factory and pass through the wide Harombe grasslands. The landscape then changes, to become dominated by granite outcrops. Spend the following morning exploring Isalo National Park and discovering its many unusual endemic plants, and take a swim at the Piscine Naturelle. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

Stay: Isalo Rock Lodge

Breakfast & dinner included

Days 9-10
Ifaty

On the drive to Ifaty, the landscape changes from savannah to bushland, and you’ll go through a number of villages populated by sapphire miners and pass by some well-adorned tombs commemorating southern tribes. The following day head to Reniala spiny forest for bird watching.

Stay: Dunes Hotel

Breakfast & dinner included

Day 11
Antananarivo

Fly from Tulear to Antananarivo and make an afternoon visit to the Ambohimanga Royal Palace to learn about the Malagasy kingdom.

Stay: Colbert Hotel

Breakfast & dinner included

Day 12
Departure

After breakfast, make your way to the international airport for your onward flight. Alternatively, extend your stay in Madagascar with a few days relaxing on the beach at beautiful Nosy Be.

Breakfast included

Days 13-14
Nosy Be

Take a morning flight to Nosy Be, known as the 'Perfumed Island' due to its plentiful ylang ylang and cinnamon and sugar cane plantations. Previously volcanic, the island is strewn with mountains and old craters, where lakes have now formed. Small islets nearby make for a fun visit for fishing, snorkelling or diving, while inland the tropical forest at Lokobe has plenty of interesting flora to discover.

Stay: Royal Beach Hotel (Superior) or Constance Tsarabanjina (Deluxe)

Breakfast & dinner included

Day 15
Antananarivo

Fly to Antananarivo and transfer to the Relais des Plateaux Hotel where you have use of a room through the day, before returning to the airport for a late evening flight home.

Breakfast included

Map

Map for Madagascar Discovery

Pricing

Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Standard Superior

15-day tailor-made journey from £3,805 incl. flights

Superior

Low Season

from £3,805 pp. incl. flights

High Season

from £4,395 pp. incl. flights

Includes:

  • Complimentary UK airport lounge access
  • Return flights between the UK and Anantanarivo
  • Domestic flight from Tulear to Anantanarivo
  • Private airport transfers
  • 11 nights accommodation in typically 4* (Superior) hotels on a half-board basis
  • Private guided tours

Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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