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Madagascar. The main hits of the island

Price
$1763
Days
13 +2 to transfer
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Tour description

Unique animals that you will not see anywhere else on the planet. World-famous baobabs and lemurs. And the most vivid people in Africa, who are famous for their hospitality. You have to see it with your own eyes! 

  • Feed lemurs from your hand, watch the famous sifaka dance and meet unique aye-aye lemur
  • Enjoy an unforgettible dawn on the picturesque Avenue of the Baobabs and touch the famous black ebony trees 
  • Walk on the trembling suspension bridge over the Tsingy cliffs to catch stunning views
  • Take a walk through colonial streets and tiny fishing villages
  • Swim in the clear water of the Ampitabe lake and enjoy the beaches of the Indian Ocean

Tour departures

26 April 2022 - 08 May 2022
$1763
03 September 2022 - 15 September 2022
$1763

The price of the tour includes

Accommodation during the entire trip; All transportation; Food during our stay in national parks (except drinks); 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 and Murundava-Antananarivo (from $280 for two flights); Visa to Madagascar ($37); Insurance (mandatory); Food outside of national parks (about $35 per day, excluding drinks).

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Tour itinerary

Day 1-2

Capital Antananarivo, French colonial architecture, Rova palace

We begin our group trip to Madagascar by arriving in Antananarivo and checking into the hotel. Let`s enjoy dinner in one of the local restaurants. Food in Madagascar is as diverse as the ethnic map of the island, from immigrants from Austronesia and Africa, to the colonialists from France and modern Chinese businessmen. We will try traditional ravitoto dishes made of cassava leaves, spinach and coconut milk, served with pork, and romazava - vegetable stew with soft boiled beef. 

In the morning we begin to explore the capital of Madagascar, walking along its streets between neat brick houses with wooden balconies, and getting to the Analamanga hill. Its slopes are dotted with French colonial buildings, and the 17th century Rova royal palace stands right on top. Spectacular views open from the top - city blocks, lakes and rice fields stretching over the horizon.

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Day 3-4

Peyrieras reptile reserve, Andasibe-Mantadia park, Vakona park

In the morning we leave for the east of the island, and after 3 hours we stop at the Peyrieras reptile reserve, where we will have the first meeting with the Madagascan fauna. We will see exotic reptiles and insects - the park boasts geckos, butterflies, stick insects, iguanas, snakes and many types of chameleons, the smallest of which are the size of a match! Another half hour journey - and we arrive in the Andasibe-Mantadia park. We will live in a bungalow at the edge of a virgin rain forest. In the afternoon, we can hear Indri's lemur singing, and maybe even see these animals moving from branch to branch above the roofs of our houses. 

In the evening, we arm ourselves with flashlights and go into the jungle to see what night animals do after dark. We will meet chameleons, woolly lemurs, as well as mouse lemurs - the smallest primates in the world. The next morning, we have yet another walk through the forest - now in the light of the sun. 

After lunch, we continue our guided tour to Madagascar and leave for Vakona Park - a private reserve, where many endangered animals live. Many local lemurs here are not afraid of people! They jump onto their shoulders and are not at all against stroking. Here we meet cat lemurs for the first time - everyone knows these funny animals thanks to the image of King Julien from the iconic "Madagascar" cartoon. And how about the sifaka dance?! These fluffy acrobats jump from tree to tree, and on the ground they jump on two hind legs, spreading their forelimbs to the sides for balance.

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Day 5-7

Pangalan canal, Andranocoditra fishing village, Palmarium Nature Reserve

In the morning we head to Rasoabe lake (about 4 hours on the way) to continue our guided tour to Madagascar. There we will transfer to a motor boat and travel along the Pangalan canal for about an hour. This is a huge system of water channels connecting rivers and lakes, which the French colonists built 650 kilometers along the entire east coast! We get to Ampitabe Lake, and check into a hotel on the beach. Here, away from civilization, we will spend two nights. 

The next day we take a motor boat to the fishing village of Andranocoditra. The place is amazing - on the one hand there is a lake, and on the other the Indian Ocean is raging. We observe the simple life of local residents, and see traditional boats which they use for fishing. After returning to the hotel we can swim in the lake. 

The next day, we head to the Palmarium Nature Reserve. First, we will have a day walk through the forest, and see exotic millipedes, insects, geckos, chameleons and lemurs. And after sunset, we will see an amazing animal - the Madagascar aye-aye lemur. This animal looks so unusual that the locals have built up many legends and beliefs about it, and even scientists could not classify this species for a long time. The next morning, we will sail back along the Pangalan Canal, and then take a car back to Antananariva, where we will spend the night at the hotel.

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Is this trip for you?

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

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