Madagascar. The main hits of the island

Price
$1763
+ flight to Antananarivo and back home
Duration
13 days

What you get

Madagascar
Animals, cities and ocean
Transportation
During the entire trip
Guiding
Professional tour leader - traveler
Food
In national parks
Accommodation
12 nights
Physical grade
Level 3 (average) out of 5

Madagascar. The main hits of the island

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

Trip code
MADA
Madagascar

The price of the trip includes:

  1. Accommodation during the entire trip;
  2. All transportation;
  3. Food during our stay in national parks (except drinks);
  4. Services of local guides in national parks;
  5. Professional guiding services.

What is NOT included:

  1. Flight to Antananarivo and back home. (Let us know if you need help finding the best deals);
  2. Domestic flights Antananarivo-Murundava and Murundava-Antananarivo (from $280 for two flights);
  3. Visa to Madagascar ($37);
  4. Insurance (mandatory);
  5. Food outside of national parks (about $35 per day, excluding drinks).

Departures

2020
Price
Book
26 April, Sun 08 May, Fri
$ 1763

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.

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.

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.

Day 8 - 9

Kirindi dry forest The main predator of Madagascar Ebony trees

After breakfast we continue our small group trip to Madagascar, go to the airport and fly to the city of Murundava on the west coast of the island. From there, we take off-road vehicles to the Kirindi Nature Reserve (2 hours on the way). This forest is called dry because of the unique plants that have learned to survive with minimal rainfall. Swiss scientists set up a camp in the forest to explore the local nature. In this camp we will spend the night. Living conditions here are basic: there is hot water in the bungalow, but electricity is supplied only four hours a day, and there is no Internet at all. After sunset, we will go for a walk through the woods to get acquainted with nocturnal animals - several species of lemurs and a giant jumping hamster. You will not meet these animals anywhere outside of Madagascar! 

But the most interesting inhabitant of Kirindi is fossa. These animals have nothing to do with the cat family, but they look like small cougars and moves with the grace of a cat. Fossa is the largest predator of Madagascar, which preys on lemurs. Remember them as main villains in "Madagascar" cartoon? They are! Some fossas are so used to people living in the forest that sometimes they enter the camp, so we might see them very close. 

In Kirindi, we also learn more about baobabs - the national tree of Madagascar. We will also see the famous ebony or black trees grow. They are used for traditional African souvenirs. After the walk we set off north (7 hours on the way). On the way we will be passing by traditional Madagascar villages, cross two rivers on ferries and in the evening we will arrive in the village of Bekupaka.

Day 10 - 11

Tsingy Stone forest Caves Sunset on the Avenue of the Baobabs

In the morning we will be trekking in the Tsingy National Park. This complex of rocks is called a stone forest. The highest peaks reach a height of up to one hundred meters! Their edges are very sharp, so the locals called these rocks Tsingy, which means "to tiptoe". First we will walk under the canopy of the rainforest. Then we get into the complex of rocky caves, where the rays of the sun do not get. Then we get to the observation deck to admire the view. To get back, we will have to cross a deep gorge on a suspension bridge. 

In the morning, we will leave Bekupaka and head back to Morondava. We will meet the sunset on the picturesque Baobab Alley, which has become the symbol of the island. It really is as beautiful as on the photos! In the evening we check into a hotel on the coast.

Day 12 - 13

Sunrise on the Avenue of the Baobabs Beaches Bazaars of souvenirs

In the morning we will enjoy a wonderful sunrise on the Avenue of the Baobabs and see the first rays of sun color majestic trees in delicate pink color. The rest of the day we will spend in this coastal village enjoying the ocean and exotic cuisine. In the evening we will fly back to Antananarivo and check into a hotel. 

The next morning, depending on the time of your flight home, you may have time to stroll through the vibrant bazaars of the capital. The selection of unique souvenirs here is impressive - from local spices and rum to traditional musical instruments, ebony figurines and semi-precious stones.

Our group trip to Madagascar has come to an end. Thank you for traveling with us!

Tour leader

Pavlo Morkovkin
tour leader

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.

Visa

Citizens of most countries need a visa to Magadascar.

Visa is obtained on arrival. It cost $37. 

We provide free visa consultations for our clients.

Additional options

3G internet on Madagascar
Price: + $25
Sim card of local mobile provider with 4GB internet

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