What you get
Madagascar. Unique animals, beaches and ancient cities
This island is called the eighth continent - Madagascar is unlike any island in the world!
- Feed wild lemurs from your hand, watch the funny dance of sifaka and meet the unique aye-aye lemur
- Explore caves, swim in natural pools with clear water in Isalo canyon
- Walk the suspension bridge over the Tsingy stone forest
- Enjoy the beaches of the Indian Ocean and watch the migration of humpback whales
- Celebrate dawn and sunset on the unrealistically beautiful Avenue of the baobabs
- Meet locals in fishing villages and in the largest zebu bull market on the island
The price of the trip includes:
- Accommodation throughout the trip;
- All transpotation, including specially rented vehicles;
- Three meals a day during our stay in national parks (excluding 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);
- Two domestic flights (Antananarivo-Morondava and Morondava-Toliara, from $330 for two flights);
- Visa to Madagascar ($37);
- Insurance (mandatory);
- Snorkeling and diving;
- Food (about $35 per day, except drinks).
Day 1 - 2
We arrive in the capital, the city of Antananarivo, check into a hotel and begin our group trip to Madagascar with dinner. Madagascar is known for its diverse cuisine, because all the inhabitants of the country, from the first people from Southeast Asia, to guests from continental Africa and France, brought their culinary traditions to the island. Therefore, do not be surprised when you see French baguettes and Chinese noodles on the menu. We will begin our acquaintance with local cuisine with the most popular dishes: ravitoto - a side dish of spinach, cassava leaves and coconut milk, served with pork, and romazava - vegetable stew with soft boiled beef meat.
The next morning we will begin to explore the historic Otville district located on the hill of Analamanga. Here we will see the colonial architecture and churches that the French colonialists built, and on the top of the hill we will visit the Rova palace. It has been built since the 17th century for several generations of Madagascar rulers. The palace offers a wonderful views of the Madagascar capital and its surroundings: small one-story houses, lakes, and rice fields up to the horizon.
Day 3 - 4
In the morning we will drive to the Andasibe Mantadia National Park (4 hours), and on the way we will stop at the Peyrieras reptile reserve. Founded by a famous French biologist who devoted his whole life to studying the nature of Madagascar, the place is now home to chameleons, iguanas, geckos, frogs and butterflies. We can see all these animals very close! In the evening we reach the Andasibe-Mantadia Park, settle in the houses, arm ourselves with flashlights and go for a walk through the night forest. We will see many nocturnal animals, for example, mouse lemurs - the smallest primates on the planet.
In the morning we wake up to the loud singing of indri lemurs. These animals are known for communicating with each other in their own singing language. In Madagascar, indri are considered sacred animals, but, despite this, they are on the verge of extinction. And we can watch them in their natural habitat!
After lunch we drive to Vakona park to see brown lemurs, ruffed lemurs and cat lemurs, made famous by the King Julian from the popular "Madagascar" cartoon. Surprisingly, here these animals are not afraid of people! They jump on your shoulders, eat from your hand and like to be touched! We will also see the famous sifaka dance - this graceful primate jumps ten meters from tree to tree, and moves along the ground in funny jumps, balancing with his upper paws.
Day 5 - 7
In the morning we drive to Rasoabe lake (4 hours on the way) and continue our group trip to Madagascar. There we take a boat and travel on the Pangalan canal for about an hour. 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 settle in houses in the rainforest on the shore of lake Ampitabe.
The next morning we will swim in the clear water of the lake, and visit the fishing village of Andranocoditra. People here live in thatched huts, cook food on fire, and go to sea to fish in small wooden boats. Their life is very simple, but they are surrounded by amazing beauty! The village sits on a narrow strip of land between the lake and the majestic Indian Ocean. The sand here is white, and the water is completely clear...
We will take two walks in the forest: during the daytime and at night. During the latter, we will see the Madagascar aye-aye lemur, a unique animal described by the famous British naturalist Gerald Durrell. It is known as the world's largest nocturnal primate.The next morning, we will head back to Antananarivo and spend the night in the capital.
Day 8 - 9
In the afternoon we fly to the city of Morondava. Immediately from the airport we go off-road to the Kirindi Nature Reserve (2 hours on the way). This is a unique dry forest where plants have adapted to life with extremely low rainfall. We will settle in a camp built by Swiss naturalists. The conditions here are simple, electricity is supplied only for four hours in the evening.
After sunset, we head for a walk through the woods to see the nocturnal lemurs and the giant jumping rats, which, like many other inhabitants of the island, is not found anywhere else on the planet. But the most popular animals in this park are fossas, the main villains from the famous "Madagascar" cartoon. This is the largest predatory animal on the island, which preys on some species of lemurs. Some fossas are so used to visitors that they even enter the camp.
In the morning we will take another walk in the forest and meet brown lemurs, white sifakas and the famous hissing Madagascar cockroaches. Flora in Kirindi is no less interesting: here we will see the famous Madagascar baobabs and black ebony trees. After a morning walk, we leave for the village of Bekupaka (7 hours on the way). Along the way, we will cross two rivers on ferries.
Day 10 - 11
In the morning we leave for Tsingy, the famous rock massif up to one hundred meters high, which is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is also called a stone forest. We will walk here for about four hours - exploring the green tropical forest, visiting the caves, climbing the peaks of the stone forest to enjoy wonderful landscapes, and then walking on the suspension bridge above a deep gorge.
The next day, early in the morning we leave Bekupaka and return to Morondava. In the evening we will arrive at the famous Avenue of the baobabs to see the orange sun falling over the black silhouettes of these grandiose trees. Baobabs are symbols of Madagascar, and you have seen them in hundreds of photographs of the island. But not a single photo can convey the uniqueness of these forms. These trees look like they are growing on another planet! We walk between the baobabs and check into a hotel in Morondava.
Day 12 - 14
We get up before dawn and go to the Avenue of the baobabs to meet the first rays of the sun. And then we fly from Morondava to Toliara where we will continue our guided tour to Madagascar. There we will take a boat and in about an hour arrive in the small village of Anakao on the banks of the Mozambique Channel. We will spend three days here enjoying the white beaches and turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean.
Fans of the underwater world will be delighted with the local corals and marine life. We can also go boating in the open ocean to watch the migration of humpback whales.
Day 15 - 16
Early in the morning we take a boat back to Toliara, then transfer to a car and drive inland for 6 hours. Plain landscapes give way to mountain valleys. In the evening we will arrive in the village of Ranohira and check into a hotel.
The next day will be devoted to trekking in Isalo National Park (about 5 hours). Our route will pass along the bottom of a deep gorge carved in sandstone by swift rivers. Here, cascades of waterfalls flow down from steep cliffs and fill the natural pools with clean, cool water. So pleasant to swim on a hot day!
Day 17 - 18
We continue our guided tour to Madagascar and in the morning leave for Anja reserve (4 hours on the way). We will walk for about two hours to see feline lemurs in their natural habitat and climb the cliffs, which offer fantastic views of the surrounding valleys. Then we go to the small mountain town of Ambalavao and check into a hotel.
In the morning we will visit the biggest zebu market in the country, where hundreds of humpback wild bulls are sold. They are the main agricultural animal of Madagascar, which is even depicted on the national emblem.
After lunch, we will arrive in one of the largest cities in the country - Fianarantsoa. It used to be the capital of one of the local kingdoms. We will take a tour of the historic neighborhoods, filled with Christian temples and authentic brick two-story buildings built by the French more than a hundred years ago.
Day 19 - 21
In the morning we leave for Ambositra (about 6 hours on the way), a city known for its artisans. Here in the market you can find a huge selection of souvenirs made by local craftsmen: from musical instruments and household utensils to carved figurines and paintings.
In the evening we will arrive in the city of Antsirabe and check into a hotel, and the next morning we will walk around the city center, examining the vibrant colonial architecture. We will go to the local market and visit the Norwegian Lutheran mission, whose members arrived here almost a century and a half ago and made a huge contribution to the development of the city. We will admire local workshops and see the unique things that locals make from zebu horns and recyclables.
After lunch, we leave for the capital Antananarivo (3 hours) and check into a hotel. The next day, depending on the time of your flight home, you can stroll through the colorful bazaars of the capital in search of souvenirs. Ebony products, traditional musical instruments, semiprecious stones, spices, local rum - the choice is huge! Our small group trip to Madagascar has come to an end. Thank you for exploring this unique island with us!
Is this trip for you?
Citizens of most countries need a visa to Magadascar.
Visa is obtained on arrival and costs $37.
We provide free visa consultations for our clients.
3G internet on Madagascar
Price: + $25
Sim card of local mobile provider with 4GB internet
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