Wild landscapes, village culture, beaches Madagascar might be an island but theres nothing small about it. For those who like to get remote, this isolated island is packed with wildlife, landscapes and people youll find nowhere else. (And everybody loves lemurs!) Youll get to embrace local life and still have time to relax at the beach. Best of all, theres always a local CEO there to lead the way and provide a link to the unusual and extraordinary.
There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.
Please note, occasionally the following itinerary may have to be shuffled due to changes with the internal flight schedules. Typically, this results in shuffling days of the itinerary around and does not cause any missed activities, destinations or experiences.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Depart the capital and continue east, with stops along the scenic rainforest route of world-renowned Andasibe-Perinet National Park. Opt to stop en route to spot some lemurs, along with other animals like chameleons and leaf-tailed geckos.
Continue on to the national park. With free time over the next two days, opt to visit other small private or community reserves around Andasibe, and go on guided night walks inside those reserves or along the main road. Walk to the little town of Andasibe or simply enjoy the relaxing tranquility of the surrounding forest.
Our accommodation here are simple bungalows with shared facilities.
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 135km)
Explore the Indri Special Reserve and national park located 1.5km (0.93 mi) from the town of Andasibe. One of the park's primary purposes is to protect the natural habitat of the indri, a large black and white diurnal species that feeds on leaves and fruit. In addition to the indri, the park has 10 other diurnal and nocturnal lemur species, large chameleons, and the rarely seen blue boa.
The flora is just as spectacular with numerous species of trees, palms, and orchids (which flower in October/November).
Andasibe-Perinet National Park Guided Walk
Travel to the ancient colonial town of Antsirabe. Along this stretch of road you will see Merina tombs and the labour-intensive cultivation of rice paddies. Stop at Ambatolampy to visit a traditional family-run aluminum cookware factory.
Antsirabe is known as a thermal city because of its volcanic lakes. It's also famous for its precious and semi-precious stones and handicrafts.
Opt to explore this quaint little city upon arrival or the next morning.
Artisan Workshop Visit
Stop to visit some highlights along the way.
Private Vehicle (7.00-8.00 hours, 305km)
After a short visit to Lake Andraikiba, continue on to the small village of Fiadanana. This beautiful village is surrounded by breathtaking landscapes of rice fields and panoramic views of the nearby mountains.
Get to see how the villagers live by interacting with them and enjoy a chance to learn their rituals during an authentic community experience.
Accommodation is in a traditional style house that has been purpose-built to meet the needs of guests. There is a kitchen and a dining/lounge area to enjoy lunch or a drink, and a beautiful veranda overlooking the rice terraces. It is equipped with shared, basic shower facilities and outdoor toilets (a squat toilet and one western-style toilet). This accommodation is basic but, for one night, the experience of living like a local and staying somewhere unique and remote is worth it.
Lake Andraikiba Visit
Traditional Healer Visit
Community Guesthouse and Traditional Dinner
Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s), 25km)
Walking (3.00 hour(s), 8km)
Enjoy a local breakfast then opt for a scenic hike in the area to take in stunning views of Mt Ifasina.
After, hike back out to the bus (about 3.5km/2.2 mi) and continue to Ranomafana, a little village named after the hot springs in the valley.
The nearby national park is one of the most important mammal sites in Madagascar.
Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 280km)
Enjoy the wonderful changes of landscape along the way to the pleasant rural town of Ambalavao.
Visit a little paper factory where the locals will share their traditional methods of producing this unique, hand-made paper.
With free time, opt to visit a silk factory in town and learn about the local way of making fabric or clothing from silk, and the process of dyeing it with natural dyes.
Morning Forest Walk
Paper Factory Visit
Private Vehicle (3.50 hour(s), 106km)
Journey from Ambalavao to the Anja Community Reserve and on through diverse scenery. Travel through the savannah before the massif of Isalo becomes clearly visible.
Anja Reserve Walk
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 250km)
Spend the day exploring Isalo. After a short trek within a small canyon, take a break from the sun and stop at fresh natural swimming pool. Continue on to the "cascades", considered to be amongst the best waterfalls in Madagascar and has a large natural swimming pool.
With a little luck, you may see sifaka, brown lemurs, or ring-tailed lemurs.
Isalo National Park Visit
En route to Toliara, drive through the magnificent wide-open and vast desert landscape. Pass through several unique frontier-style sapphire mining towns, and babobab trees en route.
This drive will also pass by the tombs of the Mahafaly; a local tribe in Madagascar known predominantly for their large tombs. They were built for chiefs and kings and are covered in stones, sculptures, and horns. The more important the deceased, the more horns and statues the tomb is adorned with. One of the largest tombs has over 700 zebu horns! As this is a sacred site we will just be passing by, and photography is not permitted.
Continue on to Ifaty to relax and enjoy the breathtaking beaches of the Mozambican Channel.
While in Ifaty, opt to ride in a dugout canoe, visit the spiny forest reserve, go snorkelling or diving on the reef, or simply relax on the beach.
Make stops along the way to spot baobab trees and pass by the impressive Mahafaly tombs.
Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 250km)
Spend two full days enjoying this gorgeous area. Opt to do some hiking or hit the beach.
Due to the unpredictability of local flights, if we are unable to secure your domestic flight, we will instead transport you in 4x4 vehicles. This journey can take approximately 10 hours.
Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s), 30km)
Plane (1.00 hour(s))
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Trip Name: Highlights of Madagascar
Duration: 14 Days
From Price: 1274
Trip Code: 127102
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