Leaping Lemurs, Tribes and Islands

Antananarivo to Antananarivo


Leaping Lemurs, Tribes and Islands

Safari Quick Facts

Safari Price: US$ 2,825 (adult) US$ 1,920 (child) Email: Bookings & Enquiries Email

Safari Starts: Antananarivo

Safari Ends: Antananarivo Number of Days: 10
Countries visited: Madagascar
Click here for Departure Dates Vehicles, Guides & Equipment Booking Code: AFFM1

Safari Price Includes:

All Activities and Entrance Fees as per Itinerary
Escorted Tour
Driver/Guide & Local Guide
Airport Transfers
Reptile Park, Orchid Park & Lemur Island
Andasibe National Park & Special Reserve
Antananarivo City Tour
Nosy Tanikely Marine Reserve
Return Domestic Flights Antananarivo to Nosy Be
Hotels (3 Nights), Guesthouse (4 Nights), Bungalow (2 Nights)
9 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch

Safari Price Excludes:

All optional excursions
Meals unless otherwise stated in the itinerary.

Leaping Lemurs, Tribes and Islands Safari

Our Madagascar Family Adventure gives you ample opportunities to see and experience the unique wildlife living on this Indian Ocean Island, the fourth largest island in the world. Most famous amongst its wildlife is the Lemur. We start our tour in the bustling capital city Antananarivo, (better known as Tana), and visit a Reptile Farm on our way to Andasibe Reserve. Here we go on a night walk in search of lemurs and other nocturnal animals, and in the day look for Indri Indri, the largest lemurs on the island as well as colourful chameleons. Then there is a walk through an orchid park, a visit to a typical Betsimisaraka Village, giving us the chance to interact with one of the local tribes, as well as a trip to Lemur Island. We fly to Nosy Be and spend time on Sakatia Island, a tropical paradise fringed by spectacular coral reefs, with options to snorkel, sea kayak, or just relax on the stunning beach. There is even a day trip to Nosy Tanikely Marine Reserve famous for its snorkeling and diving, before we return to Tana at the end of our adventure.

Leaping Lemurs, Tribes and Islands Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Antananarivo    

Today is an arrival day into Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar. The pre departure meeting will be held at 6pm in the joining hotel.
An arrival transfer is included, so please ensure that you have provided us with your flight details prior to the commencement of the tour.
The Island Continental Hotel is situated conveniently to the airport, and has a restaurant and swimming pool.
Madagascar is an island nation in the Indian Ocean, off the eastern coast of Africa. Madagascar is the 4th largest island in the world. It is the home of five percent of the world's plant and animal species, 80 per cent of which are unique to Madagascar. Most famous among those are the lemurs. Its teeming fertile forests and geographical isolation have served to preserve and propagate 'nature's design laboratory' in a mix found nowhere else on earth. Madagascar's forests are a shimmering, seething mass of a-trillion stems and dripping leaves.
Antananarivo, better known in the shortened version, “Tana”, is the bustling capital of Madagascar with about 2,000,000 inhabitants. Situated in the high plateau, the city was founded in 1610 by a Malagasy King. To protect the newly gained territory he left 1000 men behind and that’s how Antananarivo got its name (town of 1000). It has developed to a quite interesting city with a lot of contrasts. As Tana contains the country’s major international airport, most visitors will find themselves at least passing through the city. Time allowing, you should however spend some additional days here to explore the city, visit the market places and Roya. Roya is a palace and one of the main features of Tana. It is built on the highest hill and can be seen from for tens of kilometres in any direction.

Day 2:

Antananarivo to Andasibe


After breakfast, we drive to Andasibe through the green and luxuriant vegetation of the east. This first journey brings us to the humid part of the country with many primary forests and lakes. Along the way we will see Merina villages in the rocky mountains. The drive is about 4 hours, and on arrival at Andasibe we check into our hotel. Later this evening at approximately 7pm, we will go on a night walk in the Reserve of Andasibe to observe night active lemurs and other nocturnal animals.
Parc National d'Andasibe-Mantadia with its 12,810 hectares encompasses two distinct areas: the small Réserve Spéciale d'Analamazaotra (often referred to as Périnet, its colonial-era name, or simply as the Indri Reserve) in the south by Andasibe; and the much larger Parc National de Mantadia to the north. Topographically, the area is characterised by low hills covered by degraded forest and dotted with a few small, attractive lakes.
Don't forget to bring torches, rain jackets and walking shoes!

Day 3: Andasibe Village, Lemur Island    

This morning we visit the Special Reserve of Andasibe, to see the Indri Indri, the largest lemurs on the island. This 810 hectare reserve is unique with its endemic fauna and flora. It contains a wide variety of orchids, canopy, and endemic animals such as chameleons, tenrecs, and many birds. After the visit we walk through the orchid park.
In the afternoon, we visit Andasibe village, a typical Betsimisaraka (The-many-inseparable) village, and the second largest tribe on the island. They cultivate rice and live mainly off the forest. This small visit helps us to have close contact with the local people, to see how they live and what they eat.
We then continue to Vakona Lodge for Lemur Island. Lemurs are fairly tame, and can be seen very close, and with a bit of luck even touched.

Day 4: Antananarivo    

Today we drive back to Tana for an overnight stop before we head out to Nosy Be.
We take a City Tour of Tana and visit the Queen's Palace. We stay overnight at a hotel in the centre of town.

Day 5: Sakatia Island    

We transfer to Tana Airport for the flight to Nosy Be. On arrival at Nosy Be Airport you are transferred by taxi to Chanty Beach and then by speedboat to Sakatia Towers, which is on a small private beach. The remainder of the day is free.
Our accommodation is a small guesthouse which sits on a private beach, 12m above the sea.
Sakatia Island is a tropical paradise. Situated near Nosy Be off the North Western coast of Madagascar, Sakatia is a true breakaway with no roads or motor vehicles, and only lots of footpaths, with which one can wander at leisure and explore the beauty of the island. It offers typically unspoilt tropical fauna and flora and has a population of only 300. The island is fringed by spectacular coral reefs to be enjoyed by the snorkeller or scuba diver alike.

Day 6: Sakatia Island    

Today is free at leisure. You may like to go snorkelling, take pleasant walks, explore the stunning beach, ride on pirogues or sea kayaks, or just soak up the sand, sea and sun.
Please bring your own snorkelling gear with you if you wish to go snorkelling.

Day 7: Nosy Tanikely Marine Reserve    

Today we make an early start to Ambatiloka by speed boat and taxi. We then take a day excursion with a beach picnic lunch at Nosy Tanikely Marine Reserve – famed for its world class snorkelling and diving. After that we head back to our guesthouse at Sakatia.
Nosy Tanikely (Little Land Island) is 10km west of Nosy Komba, an island south-east of Nosy Be. It is a protected marine reserve and therefore one of the better sites for diving and snorkeling. Expect stunning hard and soft corals, lobsters, eels, reef fish and occasional turtles. Other attractions include beaches, tide pools and a variety of tropical bird species.

Day 8:

Sakatia Island


Today is another day at leisure for optional activities like diving, quad biking, kayaking etc.

Day 9: Antananarivo    

After breakfast, we proceed to the airport where we will fly back to the capital city, Antananarivo. We will pass through handicrafts market if the flight time allows. The remainder of the day is free.

Day 10: Antananarivo Accommodation Type Meals

The tour ends after breakfast.
A departure transfer to the airport is included, so please ensure that we have been provided with your flight details prior to the commencement of the tour.

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