What you get
Madagascar. Treasures of the islands of lemurs
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.
The price of the trip 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).
Day 1 - 2
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.
Day 3 - 4
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.
Day 5 - 7
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.
Day 8 - 9
We fly to the city of Murundava and go off-road to the Kirindi Nature Reserve (about 2 hours). This is the so-called dry forest. We will live in a camp built by Swiss naturalists to explore the local nature. Living conditions here are very simple, and electricity is supplied only four hours a day. After sunset, we go for a walk through the woods to meet the night-time species of lemurs and the giant jumping hamster, which, like many other inhabitants of the island, is not found anywhere else on the planet.
But the most amazing animal which Kirindi is famous for is the fossa, the main villains and the enemy of lemurs from the "Madagascar" cartoon. This is the largest predatory animal on the island. Some fossas are so accustomed to the human presence in Kirindi that they even enter the camp!
In the morning we will again go to the forest to see some of the daytime animals: brown lemurs, Verreaux's sifaka and the famous hissing Madagascar cockroaches. The flora in Kirindi is no less interesting: here we will see several species of baobabs and an ebony tree whose trunk is so heavy that it drowns in water. After the morning walk, we have a long way to go: about seven hours we will go off-road, cross two rivers on ferries and in the evening we will arrive in the village of Bekupaka.
Day 10 - 11
In the morning we continue our small group trip to Madagascar and head to Tsingy - a unique place listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is an array of rocks up to one hundred meters high, which end with sharp peaks. This place as the bottom of the ocean just a few million years ago, but when the water subsided, the rains and wind carved these incredible forms from limestone rocks.
We will enjoy a four-hour track in the national park, walking through a green tropical forest, visiting caves where the sun's rays do not reach, climb to the tops of a stone forest for amazing views, and then walk on a trembling suspension bridge through a deep gorge.
Early the next morning, we will leave Bekupaka and make a long journey back south. In the evening we will arrive at the famous Avenue of the baobabs to see the orange sun go down behind the black silhouettes of these gigantic trees. What a view! We will spend the night in Murundava.
Day 12 - 14
In the morning we will enjoy sunrise on the Avenue of the Baobabs and then from Murundava fly south to another coastal city - Toliara. A boat will pick us up there and take to the small village of Anacao on the banks of the Mozambique Channel. It's time to take a short break in our active journey!
We will spend three days, enjoying the white beaches and turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Coral reefs stretch along the southwestern coast of this island, so we can snorkel and explore the underwater fauna of Madagascar. If we're lucky, we will take a boat trip to watch the humpback whales swimming through the strait.
Day 15 - 16
Early in the morning we take a boat to Toliara, and fly to Antananarivo where we will check into a hotel. We will take a walk along the streets of the capital and visit local markets in search of unique souvenirs. The choice is huge: ebony figurines, semi-precious stone, traditional musical instruments, national clothes, jewelry and, of course, local food: products from baobab fruits, vanilla, spices and Madagascar rum.
The next day we say goodbye to the island of lemurs and fly home. Our group trip to Madagascar has come to an end. Thank you for exploring this country with us!
Is this trip for you?
Citizens of most countries need a visa to Magadascar.
Visa is obtained on arrival. It costs $37.
We provide free visa consultations for our clients.
3G internet on Madagascar
Price: + $25
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