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Madagascar. Treasures of the islands of lemurs

Price
$2190
Days
16 +2 to transfer
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Tour description

Madagascar is not like any other place on Earth. Absolutely unique animals and nature, two dozen distinctive nationalities and European cultural heritage. And - yes, it’s really beautiful, as in the famous cartoon! 

  • Meet unique animals that you will not find anywhere else on the planet. Did we also mention lemurs?
  • Enjoy unforgettable sunrise and sunset on the famous Avenue of the Baobabs
  • Conquer the cliffs of the Tsingy stone forest  
  • Relax on the white sand beaches and clear waters of the Indian Ocean 
  • Discover French colonial architecture and stroll through the fishing villages.

Tour departures

26 April 2022 - 11 May 2022
$2190
03 September 2022 - 18 September 2022
$2190

The price of the tour includes

Accommodation during the entire trip; All transportation; All food during your stay in national parks (except drinks); Entrance fees to national parks; Payment for services of local guides in national parks; Professional guiding services.

What is NOT included

Flight to Antananarivo and back home. (Let us know if you need help finding the best deals); Domestic flights Antananarivo-Murundava, Murundava-Tulear and Tulear-Antananarivo (from $460 for three flights); Visa to Madagascar ($37); Insurance (mandatory); Snorkeling and diving in Anacao; Meals other than those indicated in the program (about $35 per day).

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Tour itinerary

Day 1-2

The capital, Antananarivo, High city, Rova palace

We arrive in the capital, the city of Antananarivo, and begin our group trip to Madagascar. We check into a hotel and go for dinner to begin our acquaintance with Malagasy cuisine. We advise you to try the traditional romazawa dish - this is soft boiled beef, which is served with vegetable stew, and ravitoto - a side dish for pork meat from cassava leaves, spinach and coconut milk. Food in Madagascar is as diverse as the local nature and inhabitants. Seafood is consumed on the coasts, and in the center of the island they eat the meat of a local humpback bull, zebu. We will try everything!

The next morning we take off to explore the city, walking through the High city - an area located on the hill of Analamanga. Here we will see the colonial architecture and churches that the French colonialists built. At the top of the hill we will visit the Rova palace, the buildings of which have been built for several generations of Madagascar rulers since the 17th century. It offers a wonderful view of the Madagascar capital and the villages with their small one-story houses, lakes, and rice fields extending beyond the horizon.

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Day 3-4

Peyrieras Reptile Reserve, Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, Lemurs of the Vakona park

In the morning we leave for the Andasibe-Mantadia National Park (about 4 hours on the way) where we will continue our guided tour to Madagascar. We will make a stop at the Peyrieras Reptile Reserve. It was founded by a French biologist who studied the nature of the island for fifty years. Chameleons, iguanas, geckos, frogs, butterflies all live in large enclosures here, and we will enter them to see these amazing animals. In the evening we reach the national park, check into the houses on its outskirts, arm ourselves with flashlights and go for a walk through the night forest. We will see mouse lemurs - the smallest primates on the planet. 

In the morning we wake up to the loud voices of the Indri lemurs, who are also called singing lemurs. After breakfast, we go for a walk in the park to get to know these lemurs better. After lunch, we go to the Vakona park. It boasts some species of lemurs, which are on the verge of extinction, so it is almost impossible to see them in the wild. But the most amazing thing is that local lemurs are not afraid of people. They jump onto your shoulders, allow you to feed them and even pet! 

We will meet brown lemurs, ruffed lemurs and cat lemurs, made famous by the King Julian from the famous "Madagascar" cartoon. And we’ll see how the diademed sifaka dances - this graceful primate jumps more than ten meters from tree to tree, and moves along the ground with funny jumps.

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Day 5-7

Andranocoditra fishing village, Lake Ampitabe, Long-fingered ay-ay lemur, Palmarium Reserve

In the morning we will continue our guided tour to Madagascar and drive part of the way off-road (approximately 4 hours) and arrive at the shore of Lake Rasoabe. There we will transfer to a boat and sail north along the Pangalan canal (about an hour). It was build the French at the end of the XIX century. This is a huge system of artificial canals that connects natural lakes and rivers and stretches along the entire east coast for 650 kilometers! We reach our houses in the middle of a rainforest on the shore of Lake Ampitabe. 

The next day, we will take two walks through the forest: one during the day and one at night. During the latter, we will see the Madagascar aye-aye - a long-fingered lemur. This is a unique animal, even for a place like Madagascar. Having seen dozens of exotic countries, British naturalist Gerald Durrell wrote that this is one of the most incredible creatures that he had to meet. 

In the afternoon we will swim in the lake and take a boat to its opposite shore to the fishing village of Andranocoditra, which is located on the narrow isthmus between Ampitaba and the majestic Indian Ocean. In the morning we will head back to Antananarivo and spend the night in the capital.

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Is this trip for you?

This trip is of average physical grade. It consists of long walks in the cities and two trekking in national parks lasting 4-6 hours. The trip is suitable for beginners in normal physical shape. We will be traveling by rented vehicles for up to 7 hours, as well as take several short trips by motor boat (up to 1.5 hours). Accommodation in double/twin rooms of tourist class hotels and guesthouses, most of which will have hot water and Internet. In the Kirindi forest, electricity is limited and is only available for a few hours in the evening, and there is no Internet.

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