Madagascar Explored

Antananarivo to Antananarivo


Madagascar Explored

Safari Quick Facts

Safari Price: US$ 3,510 Email: Bookings & Enquiries Email

Safari Starts: Antananarivo

Safari Ends: Antananarivo Number of Days: 12
Countries visited: Madagascar
Click here for Departure Dates Vehicles, Guides & Equipment Booking Code: AFMA7

Safari Price Includes:

11 Breakfasts
6 Lunches and 6 Dinners
All Activities and Entrance Fees as per Itinerary
National Parks & Reserve Entrance Fees
Local Guides, Dhow Skipper
Return Domestic Flights Antananarivo to Nosy Be
6 Day Island Dhow Cruise
Reptile Park, Orchid Garden and Lemur Island
Andasibe Special Reserve
Hotels (3 Nights),
Forest Lodge (2 Nights)
Camping (6 Nights)

Safari Price Excludes:

Optional excursions
Extra pre/post accommodation
Meals not specified
Personal expenses
Drinks and laundry.

Please ensure that you bring - A light sleeping bag or sleeping sheet or sleeping bag liner, and pillow.

Madagascar Explored

The Indian Ocean Island of Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world. From the bustling capital Antananarivo, we fly to Nosy Be and from there sail around the islands in the warm waters off Madagascar in a traditional dhow boat. Explore peaceful islands, snorkel over colourful coral and maybe swim with whale sharks. Enjoy some kayaking, fishing and relaxing on unspoilt beaches - this is the ultimate paradise. By day, cruise the blue-green waters of the sun drenched Indian Ocean and at night camp on the islands. Back in Antananarivo we head to the Special Reserve of Andasibe. Here we go on a night walk, search for the Indri Indri, the largest lemurs on the island, discover the many species dwelling in the forest, and visit Lemur Island. Our adventure ends back in the capital, known as the "City of Thousands".

Madagascar Explored Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Antananarivo    

Today is an arrival day for you to arrive into Antananarivo. There will be a meeting at 6pm at the meeting point with a local guide, to advise you on the arrangements for Day 2 and the cruise. If you arrive into Antananarivo early, the day is free for you to explore at your leisure or relax at the hotel.

Day 2: See below for Itinerary    

Fly Nosy Be & Board Dhow. This morning we take a flight to Nosy Be. You will be met on arrival and transferred to the dhow.
Dhow Cruise around Various Islands - We board the dhow and set sail for the islands! During the next 7 days (6 nights) we will sail to some of the following islands. Please note these are dependant on weather and tide conditions:
Russian Bay (also known as Ambavatory Bay) - a beautiful and remote place opposite the Nosy Be archipelago. Enjoy the fantastic marine life for snorkeling and fishing and maybe you might spot a whale (in season – from October to December) or a rare Whale shark. The tropical woods harbour abundant birdlife, reptiles and lemurs.
Nosy Iranja (Island of Turtles) – the larger and inhabited of the two islands, Nosy Iranja and Nosy Iranja Kely are connected by a 1.5 km long sand bar, negotiable on foot at low tide. Nosy Iranja is a peaceful and remote island with crystal clear waters, good fishing, wonderful walks and fantastic opportunities to sea kayak and explore on foot. Iranja is a breeding reserve for hawksbill turtles.
Mahalina - we spend time here relaxing in the beautiful surroundings, or kayaking up the mangrove swamps. The area is great for snorkelling, fishing and spear-fishing. We may use A-frame bungalows on Mahalina, instead of camping.
Lokobie Reserve – a protected reserve, Lokobe offers wildlife galore with the likelihood of you spotting several lemur species, colourful chameleons and maybe a snake or two amid the forest!
Nosy Tanikely – a marine reserve teeming with underwater flora and fauna, allowing us the chance for some superb snorkeling in warm waters with great visibility. You are likely to spot an amazing variety of marine life; from coral, starfish and anemones to every colour and shape of fish - and perhaps a turtle if you are lucky! With a bit of luck, we may be able to spot the ring-tailed Lemurs while stepping on to Terre Firma.
Nosy Komba – an island with quaint villages, craft markets and famed for its habituated Lemurs, who may take a jump onto your shoulders!
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included whilst on the dhow cruise. Whilst on the cruise we will camp on the islands.
Please Note: Depending on the group size, we may be joined by others for the dhow cruise.
Please Note: You are able to use the kayaks on board the dhow, but you will need to take your own snorkel equipment if you wish to go snorkelling.

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Day 8: Hell-Ville and end of Dhow Experience. Fly Antananarivo   Breakfast

We sail back to Hell-Ville port on Nosy Be Island where our dhow adventure comes to an end.
We then transfer to the airport for the return flight to Antananarivo where you overnight.
Tana also called the ‘City of Thousands’ is the capital of Madagascar. It is the city where the first King started to unify the different kingdoms of the island. The city was built in stages: The high city, the first area occupied during the royal period where the old queen's palace is situated, the mid-city, where all the chic boutiques of the capital are found and then the low city, which is the commercial area of the town.
You may like to explore and walk around the city. Your walk can start from the high city to see the Rova, the queen's palace, the house of the first minister during these days, which is now a museum; all built by Frenchman Jean Laborde during the royal period. The mid-city, or the administration area ends at the Rainiharo tombs and the lower town is situated in the main avenue called ‘L'avenue de L'independence’ dominated by the railway station.

Day 9: Antananarivo to Andasibe - Night Walk   Breakfast

This morning we will drive to Andasibe through the green and luxuriant vegetation of the east. This first step brings us to the humid part of the country with many primary forests and lakes, and the landscape consists of rice fields, waterfalls, and scarce forest stations. Along the way we will see Merina villages in the rocky mountains.
We stop for lunch at the Reptile & Butterfly farm, finally arriving to Andasibe between 3pm and 5pm. Check-in to the hotel, and then at approximately 7pm we enjoy a night walk within the Andasibe area to observe night active lemurs and other nocturnal animals.
We will be staying in cabins surrounded by forest.

Day 10:

Andasibe Natural Reserve


After breakfast, we take a morning visit to the Special Reserve of Andasibe, where you will discover the many species dwelling in the forest. In particular, your guide will search for the Indri Indri, the largest lemurs on the island. This 810 ha reserve is unique with its endemic fauna and flora. It contains a wide variety of orchids, canopy, and endemic animals like chameleons, tenrecs, and many birds.
We also visit the Orchid Garden, after which we return to our hotel for lunch. In the afternoon, you will visit Lemur Island at Vakona Forest Lodge to meet the resident Lemurs up close!
The rest of your afternoon is at leisure – why not take some time to relax by the pool, enjoy a horse ride, or visit the Private Park of Vakona (horse-riding and visit to Private Park are optional extras).

Day 11: Andasibe - Antananarivo   Breakfast

After breakfast, we head back to Tana and depending on our time of arrival, you will have time at leisure.

Day 12: Route   Breakfast

The tour ends after breakfast.

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