Madagascan Discoverer Safari

Antananarivo to Antananarivo

       

Madagascan Discoverer Safari

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Safari Price: £ 2,599 Email: Bookings & Enquiries Email

Safari Starts: Antananarivo

Safari Ends: Antananarivo Number of Days: 15
Countries visited: Madagascar
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Safari Price Includes:

14 nights basic/standard hotels.
All breakfasts included.

Safari Price Excludes:

All optional excursions
Visas
Meals / Drinks unless otherwise stated in the itinerary.

 

Madagascar is genuinely different. It is home to countless endemic species of flora and fauna and has some spectacular scenery. This adventurous itinerary includes incredible walking in an extraordinary array of landscapes: high altitude rainforest, mountains, arid desert and spiny forest, as well some amazing rock formations in Isalo National Park. One of the real highlights is venturing to Morondava and travelling by 4WD to see sunset at the famous Alley of Baobabs, and the Tsingy of Bemaraha - home to truly unique wildlife and spectacular scenery: the bumpy journey is undoubtedly worth it . With at least 80% of the plantlife and reptiles endemic to the island, each day offers the chance to discover something new. A full itinerary and an amazing opportunity to see the beautiful, yet endangered, lemurs.

Madagascan Discoverer Safari Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Andasibe Hotel Breakfast

Following the arrival of the group we travel to Andasibe. The town is at an altitude of 1500m and so has a cooler climate. The warm springs and thermal baths here were a real draw in the 19th century. A stroll around the streets will bring you in contact with some fantastic little shops selling Malagasy artifacts and handicrafts and as Antsirabe is also home to precious and semi precious stone vendors you might get the opportunity to see the stones being cut and polished.


Day 2: Mantadia National Park Hotel Breakfast

Today we spend a full day in the parks. The parks are home to the teddy bear-like Indri, the largest of Madagascar's lemur species, as well as other forms of flora and fauna and a wide array of bird life. Listening to the piercing yet melancholy cry of the Indri in the morning is an evocative experience and for those who are prepared to follow them through the thick rainforest, the reward is often a close-up view of these beautiful creatures. A group of five Diademed sifaka have recently been re-introduced to Perinet from Mantadia, and if we are lucky, we may spot one of these unusual creatures. In the evening we take a twilight/night walk, looking out for the nocturnal species of lemur by catching their eyes in the torchlight.


Day 3: Antsirabe Hotel Breakfast

Today we travel back to Antsirabe. On the way we visit the Peyeiras center in Mandraka which houses an outstanding collection of butterflies, chameleons and frogs.


Day 4: Fianarantsoa Hotel Breakfast

This morning we take a city tour of Antsirabe. There should be time to visit some artisanal workshops before we visit one of the local lakes. In the hills west of Antsirabe lie Lac Andraikiba and Lac Tritriva which are both volcanic in origin. The deep blue lake of Lac Tritriva is impressively surrounded by sheer cliff. We then travel to Fianarantsoa where we spend the night.


Day 5: Ranohira Hotel Breakfast

This morning we explore Fianarantsoa, the academic, intellectual and Catholic center of Madagascar. Lying in the heart of Madagascar's agricultural center, the city is well known for its tea and wine and has the superb backdrop of Mt Kianjasoa (1374m). In the afternoon the scenery changes dramatically as we head to the small town of Ranohira, our base for exploring Isalo National Park.


Day 6: Isalo National Park Hotel Breakfast

We spend the day exploring Isalo National Park. Isalo is a vast region of wind-polished and water-scoured rock towers, deep canyons, gorges and oases often described as Eden. During our time we will go walking in the magnificent Canyon des Makis in search of cheeky Ring-tailed lemurs and the Verreaux Sifaka. We also visit the 'Piscine Naturelle' (natural swimming pool), a beautifully lush spot in such an arid landscape, where we can swim and relax. Perhaps the magic is just to soak up the sheer beauty of the park, the combination of coloured eroded rock forms, strange plants and enveloping silence make this one of the most captivating places in Madagascar. (Please bear in mind that Isalo is a big national park and there will be a certain amount of driving involved today. Driving to the Canyon des Makis takes around 1.5 - 2 hours).


Day 7: Isalo National Park Hotel Breakfast

We leave early in the morning for the west coast. On arrival, there is time to visit the bustling coastal town of Tulear.


Day 8: Morondava Hotel Breakfast

We have a relaxing start to the day before catching a flight north to the coastal town of Morondava known for having one of the finest climates in Madagascar. The beaches here are great and stretch for miles, and a common sight is that of local pirogues returning to shore at sunset.


Day 9: Bekopaka Hotel Breakfast

Today is a long driving day as we head north of Morondava towards our next destination - the wonderful Tsingy. We travel past baobab forests, desert and cross the Tsiribhina river by local ferry boat. The western landscape is arid but has a beauty all of its own. Our destination is the village of Bekopaka, our base for discovering the amazing Grands and Petits Tsingy.


Day 10: Tsingy Hotel Breakfast

A UNESCO world heritage site since 1990, the area has unique geography, well-preserved mangrove forests and some amazing bird and lemur species. The Grands Tsingy is famed for its pinnacles, a forest of limestone pillars and limestone plateaux. Some of its needles are several hundred meters high! We will trek throughout the reserve ? one day will be devoted to the Grands Tsingy and the following to the Petits Tsingy. The karst landscape and deciduous forest are a refuge for rare and endangered species and in the park there are over 11 species of lemur, 90 species of bird and 50 types of reptile, some of which we might be lucky to spot on our hikes. Following our trek around the Petits Tsingy we will head to Manambolo gorge, home to many interesting rock formations, and to the Tombs of the Vazimba tribe. These ancient people were the original inhabitants of Madagascar and grew no more than one meter tall.


Day 11: Tsingy Hotel Breakfast

See day 10 for Itinerary


Day 12: Morondava Hotel Breakfast

After breakfast we will head back south by 4WD vehicles. We will travel through the small town of Bel-sur-Tsiribihina and pass the Sakalava tribe tombs. These tombs are specially known for the very unusual paintings and carvings that decorate the outside of each tomb. Just prior to sunset we will arrive at the famous 'Alley of Baobabs' where we plan to spend sunset. This is the best time to see these amazing trees as the colours at this time of day are spectacular, making for a perfect photo opportunity. After sunset we return to Morondava where we spend the night.


Day 13: Morondava Hotel Breakfast

We enjoy some well-earned free time this morning in Morondava before catching our internal flight back to the capital, Antananarivo.


Day 14: Antananarivo Hotel Breakfast

Today we have a half-day city tour of Madagascar's capital, known as simply 'Tana' to the locals. Built around Anosy Lake, the capital offers much of interest, with a backdrop of terracing and outstanding views from the Queen's Palace. We also aim to visit the village of Pere Pedro, an Argentinian who has done great work helping hundreds of thousands of Malagasy people build a better life. In the afternoon there will be some free time for individual sightseeing and shopping for last-minute souvenirs.


Day 15: Antananarivo Hotel Breakfast

End Antananarivo



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