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  • Search for lemurs in the Mantadia National Park.
  • Embark on an exciting exploration of the Sakalava Cave.
  • Set out along the Giant’s Walk and Baobab Path with expert guide.
  • Enjoy plenty of time on the beach and optional activities in Anjajavy.
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If you’ve been lusting after the mysterious 8th continent, this exotic adventure could be it! A tropical fusion of Madagascar’s finest lemur safaris followed by pampering at a 5* luxury Relais & Châteaux beach resort, this is action & relaxation at its best.

Travel to the Andasibe & Mantadia National Park, as well as the remote Anjajavy Peninsula to explore the Mecca of lemur conservation.Go wild in the rainforest of Andasibe-Mantadia led by expert private guide spotting bizarrely beautiful creatures, from the singing indri lemur & adorable mouse lemur to the sifaka sashaying across the sand. Snorkel with sea turtles & rainbow-colored fish in coral reefs & unwind under the palm trees of Anjajavy’s white powder beaches. Soak up Madagascar’s colonial charm & luxury service in your own private villa overlooking the sparkling seas, dine on fresh seafood & be the first of your friends to discover the wonders of this unspoiled oasis.

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Antananarivo to Andasibe-Mantadia National Park
    Antananarivo to Andasibe-Mantadia National Park
    • Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver(3)
    • Welcome Package - Welcome Pack
    • Antananarivo - Andasibe-Mantadia National Park [3.5 hrs] - Vehicle/Driver(3)
    • More Lemur Facts
    Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 2 Andasibe-Mantadia National Park
    Andasibe-Mantadia National Park
    • Vehicle & Driver at Disposal - Vehicle/Driver(3)
    • Private - Exploring the Andasibe-Mantadia National Park - Guide/Park Fees
    • Even More Lemur Facts
    Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 3 Andasibe-Mantadia National Park to Antananarivo
    Andasibe-Mantadia National Park to Antananarivo
    • Andasibe-Mantadia National Park - Antananarivo [3 hrs] - Vehicle/Driver(18)
    • Private - 1/2 d The City of a Thousand - Guide/Park Fees
  • Day 4 Antananarivo to Anjajavy
    Antananarivo to Anjajavy
    • Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver(3)
    • Antananarivo - Anjajavy [1 Hour 30 Minutes] - Economy
    • Arrival & Poolside Relaxation
    Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 5 Anjajavy
    Anjajavy
    • Optional: The Giant's Walk and Baobab Path (Included)
    • Optional: Beach Bliss
    Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 6 Anjajavy
    Anjajavy
    • Optional: Sakalava Cave (Included)
    • Optional: Night Trail Walk (Included)
    Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 7 Anjajavy
    Anjajavy
    • Ambodro Ampasy Village Visit - Guide
    • Optional: The Crab Path (Included)
    Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 8 Anjajavy
    Anjajavy
    • Optional: Tsingy Yard (Included)
    • Optional: Fishing Trip (Not Included)
    Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 9 Anjajavy to Antananarivo
    Anjajavy to Antananarivo
    • Anjajavy - Antananarivo [1 Hour 30 Minutes] - Economy
    • Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver(3)
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
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Day 1: Antananarivo - Andasibe-Mantadia National Park

Enjoy a private vehicle transfer to/from the Antananarivo International Airport.

Meet your in-country representative at the airport before setting out on this unique Malagasy adventure.

Please be aware that your driver will be waiting for you at the International Arrival gate. An airport sign with your name should be seen and you may have to look for the Kensington Tours logo if the airport gets overcrowded. If you cannot locate your driver please remain calm and approach the Airport Welcome Service. An announcement intended for your driver can be broadcasted there, and this will then become the rally point. In the case of an emergency or you cannot locate your driver, the emergency contact details are on your documents and you should call the mentioned numbers before attempting to leave the airport. 

Enjoy your private vehicle transfer from Antananarivo to Andasibe Mantadia National Park. The drive will take approximately three and a half hours.

Ranging in size from 30gm (1.1 oz) to 9 kg (20 lb), lemurs share many of the common primate traits, such as divergent digits on their hands and feet and nails instead of claws. However, their brain-to-body size ratio is smaller than that of anthropoid primates, and among many other traits they share with other primates, they have a "wet nose" (rhinarium). Lemurs are generally social and communicate more with scents and vocalizations than with visual signals. Many lemur adaptations are in response to Madagascar's highly seasonal environment.

Accommodation: Vakona Forest Lodge

The Vakona Forest Lodge has been designed in an authentic, traditional Malagasy manner, boasting the architectural characteristics on the local buildings. Each of the 28 bungalows which have been built in a Madagascan style and has its own terrace. The dining room also offers a spectacular view of the forest as wells a cozy, warming fireplace. There is a pool and sun deck and a number of paths and sign-posted trails lead you to the middle of the primary forest.

Lemur
Lemur
Vakona Forest Lodge
Vakona Forest Lodge

Day 2: Andasibe-Mantadia National Park

A private vehicle with driver will be at your disposal for the day.

Begin the day with a hike through the rainforest to discover the natural Malagasy flora and fauna, as well as the famous Indri lemurs. The Indri lemur is one of the largest in size and has a lovey thick black and white coat. The Indri is well known for its loud, distinctive songs, which will help you to locate them within the thick forest vegetation. Other lemurs which can be seen in this area include the red-bellied lemur, brown lemur, and the lesser bamboo lemur. The park is also a place of habitat for some nocturnal lemur species including the brown mouse lemur, greater dwarf lemur, eastern woolly lemur, sportive lemur and if you lucky, the elusive nocturnal Aye Aye. During your rainforest exploration enjoy a stop for some relaxation at a picturesque waterfall. This day tour is filled with beautiful landscapes and a variety of habitual wildlife.

Lemur research focused on taxonomy and specimen collection during the 18th and 19th centuries. Although field observations trickled in from early explorers, modern studies of lemur ecology and behavior did not begin in earnest until the 1950s and 1960s. Initially hindered by political instability and turmoil on Madagascar during the mid-1970s, field studies resumed in the 1980s and have greatly increased our understanding of these primates. Research facilities like the Duke Lemur Center have provided research opportunities under more controlled settings. Lemurs are important for research because their mix of primitive characteristics and traits shared with anthropoid primates can yield insights on primate and human evolution. However, many lemur species are threatened with extinction due to habitat loss and hunting. Although local traditions generally help protect lemurs and their forests, illegal logging, widespread poverty, and political instability hinder and undermine conservation efforts.

Accommodation: Vakona Forest Lodge
Young Crowned Sifaka Lemur Dancing
Young Crowned Sifaka Lemur Dancing
Indri Lemur
Indri Lemur

Day 3: Andasibe-Mantadia National Park - Antananarivo

Enjoy your private vehicle transfer from Andasibe-Mantadia National Park and Antananarivo. The drive will take approximately 3 hours.

Begin this Madagascar adventure by exploring the capital and largest city in Madagascar. Discover the colonial history of this ancient city, and find out the reason why Antananarivo was once named "the city of a Thousand." Marvel at the goings on and the daily life routines of these Malagasy people.  Highlights of this tour include a visit to the Old City sections, and the palace of the Queen, which will introduce you to the architecture and urbanism of this dynamic African city. No tour of the town is complete without a moment's pause on one of the hills to take in the view over the city.

Accommodation: Lokanga Boutique Hotel

Lokanga Boutique Hotel is an original Malagasy townhouse which has been furnished throughout with antiques and family souvenirs, inviting guests to journey back to the early twentieth century. Lokanga Boutique Hotel offers only 6 comfortable and exclusive rooms, each with breathtaking views over the capital, a desk, a private bathroom, individually styled and decorated with family antiques and full comforts: WIFI, mini-bar, heating during winter.  After a day in the bustle of Antananarivo, guests can relax on the tea terrace and enjoy the breathtaking view out over the old city centre.

Antananarivo
Antananarivo
Lokanga Boutique Hotel
Lokanga Boutique Hotel

Day 4: Antananarivo - Anjajavy

Enjoy a private vehicle transfer to/from the Antananarivo International Airport.

Sit back during this short flight departing Antananarivo and arriving in Anjajavy.  The approximate travel time is 1 hour and 30 minutes. Guests must verify their weight at time of booking. Luggage restriction applicable to this flight: 20kg (44lb) per person, for checked luggage, the bag must not exceed 158cm (62 inches) in total.  You can have one piece for your carry-on, weighing maximum 6kg (13lb), it must not exceed 115cm (45 inches).

Welcome to the Anjajavy Hotel, an incredible resort located in a nature reserve of 550 hectares. You'll have plenty of time to enjoy the close proximity viewing of countless lemurs during your stay, so for now, why not just enjoy some poolside relaxation.

Each day at the resort offers a new pairing of exceptional free activities, and an abundance of additional activities available at a surcharge. Do as much or as little as you'd like.

Accommodation: Anjajavy Hotel

Nestled in a nature reserve of 550 hectares,  this Relais & Châteaux property Anjajavy Hotel consists of a beautiful ensemble of rosewood villas scattered over a long fine sandy beach on the Mozambique Channel. Pure serenity in a land of emotions, it is a rare luxury in Madagascar. By walking along marked pathways or by boat, you can explore deserted creeks, little fishing villages and the Tsingys, coral remains sculpted by erosion with overlapping baobab roots.

Poolside Relaxation
Poolside Relaxation
Anjajavy Hotel
Anjajavy Hotel

Day 5: Anjajavy

Optional (Included in your stay):

Today you can set out along the Giant's Walk and Baobab Path (Balade du Geant et Chemin des Baobabs) as you venture the trail of these sacred trees to the shining star of this area: a giant 400-year-old baobab with its imposing stance over the other nearby trees. Emblems of Madagascar, the baobabs will surprise you by their great height and majesty. Their ability to slide their roots into the tsingys along the seaside and to grow and anchor their huge bodies is quite fascinating. Some of these trees are sacred for the population and receive offerings; heads of zebu, honey and various baubles. To bring you good luck, it is tradition that you should wear the traditional sarong, go round them anti-clockwise and never point a finger at them. Keep your eyes and your cameras ready along your walk, as you're likely to come across lemurs, lizards and some species of birds which are endemic to this area.

All walks offered at the hotel are along well-marked paths, and some require no guide, though you're welcome to make arrangements for one to accompany you if you would prefer.

Just below your villa, you'll find a lovely stretch of white sand beach, overlooking the crystal blue waters along the Anjajavy coast. Alternate between beach bliss and active exploration to get the most of your stay at the Anjajavy Hotel.

Accommodation: Anjajavy Hotel
Beach Bliss
Beach Bliss
Admiring Giant Baobabs
Admiring Giant Baobabs

Day 6: Anjajavy

Optional (included in your stay):

Discover the underground world of stalagmites and stalactites in the Sakalava Cave, locally known as la grotte des Sakalava. Formed over millennia, these rock formations mutate and grow, as tiny bits of minerals are deposited by running water along the cave ceiling and floor. Tiny fruit bats (Emballonura Tiavato) and leaf nose bats (Hipposideros Comersoni) find refuge in these caves, and can be seen as you explore the caverns. A forest guide will accompany you on your excursion, and flashlights will be available to provide additional lighting in the cave.

Note: There is no access to the cave on rainy days.

Optional (included in your stay):

At night, the forest comes alive with an entirely new set of animals, completely hidden from site during the day. Watch as nocturnal species such as mouse lemurs, sportive lemurs, dwarf lemurs, chameleons and various birds, all use the cloak of night to feed and traverse the Anjajavy Forest. Enjoy this original experience of discovering the forest and its moonlit enchantments.

All walks are along well-marked paths, and various options do not require a guide. For those wishing guide accompaniment, arrangements can be made to have a guide accompany you on your walk.

Accommodation: Anjajavy Hotel
Night Walk: Chameleon
Night Walk: Chameleon
Cave Experience
Cave Experience

Day 7: Anjajavy

Anjajavy Hotel holds a long and strong partnership with the non-profit organization "Ecoles du Monde", dedicated to improving Madagascar's health care and education. Opposite of the marina, Ambodro Ampasy is one of those villages which boasts a school established by Ecoles du Monde, and on a guided excursion, you'll get to visit this unique village (accessible only by boat or kayak), to meet the villagers, and visit the school. This is a very memorable, immersive experience, as you interact directly with the locals.

Optional (Included in your stay):

Set out with a forest guide today along the Crab Path (known as Le Chemin des Crabes), where you will see some of the sacred and iconic baobab trees, famous hairy crabs, and endemic birds, en route to visiting a small cave filled with stalactites, bats and shark teeth. Inside this cave, you will also be able to see the fossilized skull of an extinct lemur species. To access the cave, you must climb down a ladder (5m), wearing a harness and hard hat for safety. Please wear sturdy shoes!

Note: There is no access to the cave on rainy days.

Accommodation: Anjajavy Hotel
More Lemur Encounters
More Lemur Encounters
Village Visit
Village Visit

Day 8: Anjajavy

Set out with a forest guide along well marked paths, and see the characteristic plants of dense dry deciduous forest of Anjajavy. Common examples are Pallisandre trees (rosewood), Tamarind trees, large Baobabs, and Orchids, as well as a variety of mangroves including the "Jajavy" Mangrove. Once you enter the Tsingy Yard (L'Enclos des Tsingy), you will find a magnificent landscape formed of unusual tsingy outcrops and typical mangrove vegetation.

Optional (Not Included):

Sport fishers and anglers can rejoice with a wide variety of game fish in the surrounding seas near your hotel. Today you can set out on a sport fishing excursion in search of marlin and sailfish (June-January), dogtooth tuna, yellowfin tuna, wahoo, king mackerel, and many other large pelagic game fish. The local record for a marlin is an impressive 770 lbs.

Please note, stronger winds in July and August may impede some fishing excursions from running as planned.

Accommodation: Anjajavy Hotel
Optional: Sportfishing (Not Included)
Optional: Sportfishing (Not Included)
Tsingy
Tsingy

Day 9: Anjajavy - Antananarivo

Sit back during this short flight departing Anjajavy and arriving in Antananarivo.  The approximate travel time is 1 hour and 30 minutes.  Guests must verify their weight at time of booking. Luggage restriction applicable to this flight: 20kg (44lb) per person, for checked luggage, the bag must not exceed 158cm (62 inches) in total.  You can have one piece for your carry-on, weighing maximum 6kg (13lb), it must not exceed 115cm (45 inches).

Enjoy a private vehicle transfer to/from the Antananarivo International Airport.

Accommodation:
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
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Vakona Forest Lodge: Andasibe-Mantadia National Park

The Vakona Forest Lodge has been designed in an authentic, traditional Malagasy manner, boasting the architectural characteristics on the local buildings. Each of the 28 bungalows which have been built in a Madagascan style and has its own terrace. The dining room also offers a spectacular view of the forest as wells a cozy, warming fireplace. There is a pool and sun deck and a number of paths and sign-posted trails lead you to the middle of the primary forest.

Vakona Forest Lodge
Vakona Forest Lodge

Lokanga Boutique Hotel: Antananarivo

Lokanga Boutique Hotel is an original Malagasy townhouse which has been furnished throughout with antiques and family souvenirs, inviting guests to journey back to the early twentieth century. Lokanga Boutique Hotel offers only 6 comfortable and exclusive rooms, each with breathtaking views over the capital, a desk, a private bathroom, individually styled and decorated with family antiques and full comforts: WIFI, mini-bar, heating during winter.  After a day in the bustle of Antananarivo, guests can relax on the tea terrace and enjoy the breathtaking view out over the old city centre.

Lokanga Boutique Hotel
Lokanga Boutique Hotel

Anjajavy Hotel : Anjajavy

Nestled in a nature reserve of 550 hectares,  this Relais & Châteaux property Anjajavy Hotel consists of a beautiful ensemble of rosewood villas scattered over a long fine sandy beach on the Mozambique Channel. Pure serenity in a land of emotions, it is a rare luxury in Madagascar. By walking along marked pathways or by boat, you can explore deserted creeks, little fishing villages and the Tsingys, coral remains sculpted by erosion with overlapping baobab roots.

Anjajavy Hotel
Anjajavy Hotel
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
  • TiaRazon — May 11, 2015 — Africa

    We were a group of 5 to Morocco. We were impressed at how seamless our private guided tour went. Accommodations were five star, the choice of family run hotels, beautifully appointed with Moroccan furnishings and large breakfasts, contributed to our experience. Our guide, Ishmail and driver, Abdul, made us feel like family. Ishmail showed off his country with pride, listened to our needs and was flexible to our style and speed of travel. We couldn't be happier with our Kensington experience beginning with the pre-planning in the US with Lily Baffour. Thank you very much for a memorable experience!

  • JamesSmith — May 12, 2015 — Africa

    Our guide, Chakim, was fantastic, and our driver was excellent. We were very pleased with our accommodations. Only negative comments would be the villa in Essaouira (room, food, service not good although people very nice), and, while probably not an issue for other travelers, we were disappointed that we could not relax over a glass of wine at the end of our journey because Hotel Le Doge did not offer alcoholic beverages. We are currently scheduled with Kensington Tours for India in November and we are now planning on scheduling with Kensington for all our trips - right now that would be Thailand to Mynamar, and Egypt with Dubai extension. We are extremely happy with Kensington Tours and their travel agents. We would recommend Lily Balfour to anyone.

  • EarleBarnwell — April 08, 2015 — Africa

    Kensington and its partners did not miss a single deadline, appointment or function to our total satisfaction. The result, no stress and total enjoyment.

  • StephenReeves — April 08, 2015 — Africa

    Christine was absolutely superb both in helping us frame and develop a custom tour as well as in constant follow up until we left. Inevitably things will change on the ground when trips are planned in advance and Christine was consistently on top of the changes and advised us accordingly. As first time travelers to Kenya and Tanzania Christine's advice and guidance was simply excellent. Rose, in Kensington's Nairobi office was likewise superb. Totally responsive to our needs, she helped make a few final adjustments while we were there. Once again, an exceptional experience made possible by Kensington.

  • Sachi Gowda — December 15, 2014 — Africa

    We are extremely happy with your service from beginning to end and we had very a memorable trip.

  • Ronald Jones — December 12, 2014 — Africa

    I cannot express how fabulous our trip was!! I know it was made that way thanks to ALL the kind, knowledgable, and helpful people that you all placed in our path. Many went above and beyond to make our experience even more positive. From drivers, to guides, to hotel staff---we met some wonderful people that we can now call friends. Thank you Christine and Kensington tours for this once in a lifetime African adventure!

  • RonJones — December 15, 2014 — Africa

    Christine, our family trip was ALL we wanted it to be. The hotel accommodations in the cities were GREAT. We needed to make some room assignment adjustments but that's to be expected with a large family with children and same names.

    I don't know where/how ya'll got those guides but...KEEP'EM! In both Cape Town and Joberg the guys knew their cities and environs excellently. Their English was very good...so good in fact that several got the sarcasm and even joked some. I do apologize if we over-tipped. I relied on each family to tip their own driver but, I wasn't sure of their "sense of what was right" so I followed up with something for each.

    Simbavati was "PERFECT". As much as Glenda and I really liked Ngala, I do not think they could have handled a family as well...UNLESS, they had accommodations we did not see.

    Please rest assured when ever I plan to travel on a multi-dimensional trip in the future, for sure with a group, or maybe just Glenda and I, I'll be calling Kensington... Christine and Donna specifically. And most definitely, anytime I can recommend a travel professional, your company and you two will be mentioned by name!

    Thank you again Christine...you presented us the exact trip we dreamed about for our family and your folks on the ground made it happen! I sincerely hope you, Donna and everyone else involved have a most Blessed Christmas and a wonderful, successful New Year!

  • Bruce Lundstrom — December 15, 2014 — Africa

    Morocco has a lot to offer. Food, historic sites, craftsmen (rugs, jewelry, ceramics, furniture, etc.), natural beauty, roads and infrastructure, and a reasonably safe environment. Both Guide (Abdel) and Driver were excellent. Service-oriented, timely and easy going. Abdel was not afraid to speak his mind, offer suggestions and give us feedback on ideas. We enjoyed their company.

  • AlbertLind — December 09, 2014 — Africa

    A truly wonderful trip......first class accommodations and service in each venue....the guides were knowledgable and went out of their way to insure that we could see and understand Africa. Capetown is a fascinating city, Sabi Sands an extraordinary private game preserve, and Zimbabwe with Victoria Falls and the Victoria Falls Hotel a once in a lifetime experience. For those who want to visit Africa we enthusiastically recommend Kensington Tours. And Jolene Plant stayed with us in every step during the planning of our trip and itinerary. We saw as much of Africa as much as anyone can during our two weeks vacation.

  • Belinda Skelton — December 12, 2014 — Africa

    This was one of the most amazing trips that I have ever had. The custom tours and activities exceeded my expectations. I was traveling alone but felt safe and in good hands. The process of booking the trip with Lily Baffour was so easy and personal, especially with the constant communications from her up to my departure. Thank you Kensington Tours for an awesome experience. I will definitely use you for my next adventure!

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