(Antananarivo, Ambositra, Ranomafana, Fianarantsoa, Isalo National Park, Ifaty)
Discover a bizarrely beautiful land of leaping lemurs, carnivorous plants, monkey trees, luscious rainforests, red lunar deserts & beyond perfect beaches with this all-encompassing safari through Madagascar. Truly a world onto itself, this eco-rich isle rests off the tip of Africa & is home to exotic creatures found nowhere else on earth. Hit up all of this magical country’s highlights as you tour Antananarivo, Ambositra, Ranomafana, Fianarantsoa, Isalo & Ifaty led by expert private guide. Go wild on day & night lemur hikes while learning all about this quirky primates. Swim in waterfalls, spot neon chameleons, safari through baobab forests, tour Malagasy arts & crafts workshops, meet friendly villagers, soak in hot springs, listen to pirate legends & chill on the beach. Featuring expert private guide, driver, hotels, 24/7 support & much more. A great extension to any Africa tour or standalone adventure. Have Lemur fever? Speak to your destination expert about adding on a couple more days of lemur trekking.
Meet your in-country representative at the airport before setting out on this unique Malagasy adventure!
Enjoy a private vehicle transfer to/from the Antananarivo International Airport.
The Tamboho Hotel boasts an exceptional setting created by a combination of traditional African authenticity and modern upscale amenities. The hotel is located near a lot of Antananarivo Tana city area highlights including the Zoma, the Independence Avenue, the Queen's Palace Ranavalona, Tsimbazaza Zoo, the riches of nature and the Malagasy lemurs, Ambohimanga and his palace, and a variety of marketplaces boasting crafts, basketry, wood carvings, semi precious and precious stones. This 30 roomed hotel offers a restaurant boasting European cuisine and flavors of the islands, heated swimming pool and a la carte spa treatments. Enjoy the reception area design, its cozy atmosphere and quality services in an atmosphere Malagasy. With free WIFI connection, available throughout the building, Tamboho is one of the best hotels in Antananarivo Madagascar.
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. Finally, you might want to opt to visit the Tsimbazaza Zoo and Botanical Gardens, if time and energy allows.
Today, hop into your privately driven vehicle along with your guide as you depart towards Andasibe, making route from Tana and then southwards to Antsirabe. We will cross the highlands via the famous national RN7, which leads to the South of Madagascar. A lunch-stop is scheduled in Ambatolampy where the opportunity presents itself to meet the passionate villagers who make handmade pots and other frequently used household items. In the afternoon, we will reach the town of Antsirabe, known as the "Vichy Malgache" and famous for its thermal waters and rickshaws. This highland crossing continues into the region of Betsileo, for a stop in the town of Ambositra, famous for its workshops and Zafimaniry Wood Carvings.
The Artisan Hotel is elegantly tucked into a quiet and peaceful corner of Ambositra. This property boasts 18 rooms and bungalows, decorated in the traditional style using local wood and other materials. Located a short five minute walk from the center of town, this clean and simple hotel is ideal for frequent or first time visitors to Madagascar. The dining facilities provides guests with excellent food and music, and the perfect means way to relax after a long day of exploration.
Continue this Madagascar adventure with a drive in a Southern direction, in the comfort of a private vehicle with your expert guide. Pass through the scenic highlands area as you make way towards the Ranomafana Rainforest. Upon your arrival you will head out to explore the rainforest activity in the evening hours. It is during this time of the day in which the wildlife is most active. A variety of creatures can be spotted including the Fosa or small Puma, various chameleons, frogs, and the smallest lemur in the world; the Mouse Lemur (Microcebus).
Almost half of the world’s chameleon’s population, which being some 60 different species, are found only in Madagascar. They are known for their ability to change color as these reptiles can alter their appearance in response to changes in temperature, light, and mood. By rotating each eye independently, chameleons can see to all sides and directions without moving their heads, making meals out of flies in a flash!
The Setam Lodge is set above river valley, in a heavily forested area just inside the boundaries of the Ranomafana National Park. Each of the 10 bungalows provides scenic views from there perched hilltop location of the dense rainforest and river below. Each of the 20 chalet rooms is located within the 10 bungalows.
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.
Start the day off bright and early as you head out on a hike through the forest for a day of exploration. Set out on foot, accompanied by a local tracker and an expert park ranger, to the deep regions of the National Park of Ranomafana to view the diverse variety of Lemurs living here. The park’s star attraction is the golden bamboo lemur, often found grazing amongst the bamboo thickets. Marvel at the colorful bird-life and uniquely beautiful flora and fauna of this rich natural habitat. Return back to the hotel for lunch before heading out to explore the old town of Fianarantsoa, perched high on the scenic hillside. This unique location reflects the different stages of colonization which have taken place during the history of Madagascar.
The Tsara Guest House is a quaint little hotel located in Fianarantsoa, Madagascar’s second largest city. The Tsara boasts 18 rooms in the main building, all with en-suite bathroom facilities. The property has a bar, restaurant and small garden.
This adventure continues as you depart the highlands area in the comfort of a privately driven vehicle, and travel further South towards the semi-dry landscapes this truly diverse island country. The first scheduled stop of the day is in the small town of Ambalavao, one of the cultural hubs of the country, boasting a variety of architectural treasures and quaint veranda-lined houses. Enjoy a visit to the entirely natural Paper Factory in Antemoro. Here, inlaid paper is created from plants and flowers which is exported nowadays all over the globe to create some of the world's most famous and beautiful greeting cards. The day’s journey is completed upon your arrival into Ranohira the main town outside Isalo National Park. Isalo National Park is home to some of Madagascar’s most stunning scenery, with barren landscaps, twisted rock formations and extraordinary plants life.
The Isalo Rock Lodge is a modern and stunning 60 Room Retreat, positioned high in the Sandstone Mountains, overlooking the Isalo National Park in south western Madagascar, providing guest with some breathtaking views. Whilst luxury abounds in the hotel with all modern amenities, Isalo is home to many species of flora and fauna, including, the Giant Chameleon and the renowned Lemurs.
Spend the day exploring the almost lunar landscapes of the Isalo National Park. With an expert guide at your side, travel through the deep canyons of this stellar location. Visit the wonderful waterfalls and natural pools as they pass, providing an ideal opportunity for refreshing swim or some memorable photos. Your day comes to end as you enjoy viewing the natural beauty of the sun-setting below the horizon of this stunning national park.
Depart this morning from Ranohira for a day of beach enjoyment in Ifaty. En-route your privately driven vehicle will make passage through the city of Ilakaka, a location that gained fame during the times of the sapphire rush. The road trip ends in Ifaty which is a small Vezo fishing village on Madagascar's south eastern coast, on the shores of the Mozambique Channel. Not only is it a great way to observe the local fishish culture but its also where you can enjoy relaxing at the verious pristine and isolated beaches.
Les Dunes D'ifaty is situated 27 kilometers north of Tulear, and overlooks the beautiful Mozambique Channel. This charming hotel complex boasts a total of 19 villas and 22 deluxe rooms, all of which feature comfortable beds and large wooden verandahs. The hotel is located close to the sea providing guests with an underwater playground to explore amongst the lagoons coral reef. Tasty cuisine options and tons of activities to choose from make the Dunes D'ifaty a truly authentic Madagascar hotel for travellers from all across the globe.
Today a transfer to the Toliara Airport is provided. Upon arrival to the airport, you will board your flight back to the capital Antananarivo for International flight back home. During your wait time back in Antananarivo, explore the boutiques and shops for some last minute gift ideas.
Enjoy your flight from Toliara (TLE) to Antananarivo (TNR), the flight will take 1 hour and 5 mins.
VISA/PASSPORTEvidence of yellow fever immunization is required for all travelers who have been in an infected zone within 6 months of their arrival in Madagascar. A passport and visa are required for both US and Canadian ciitizens. Visas are available at all airports servicing international flights, but travelers who opt to obtain a visa at an airport should expect delays upon arrival. Visas obtained at the airport cannot be extended. Processing generally takes 5 working days. A Single Entry Visa with a validity of 30 days is for free and a Multiple Entry Visa costs approximately $166. Visa fees can be paid in US dollars, Euros or Madagascar Ariary. Credit cards are not accepted. All Americans and Canadians must have at least one blank page and 6 months validity in their passport to gain admittance to Madagascar.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the embassy of Madagaskar for the most up to date visa information
Most international flights arrive in Antananarivo, but there are some limited international flights to/from the nearby islands of Comoros, Mayotte and Reunion from airports in Mahajanga, Toamasina (Tamatave), Nosy Be, Tolagnaro (Ft. Dauphin) and Antsiranana (Diego Suarez). There are also direct flights between Italy and Nosy Be. . HEALTHHealth insurance is essential. Medical facilities are poor quality. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/madagascar.aspx COUNTRY INFOCapital: Antananarivo (formerly Tananarive). Government: Republic since 1992. Gained independence from France in 1960. Language: The official languages are Malagasy (which is related to Indonesian) and French. Local dialects are also spoken. English is not widely spoken. Religion: 52% follow animist beliefs; about 41% Christian; remainder Muslim. Time: GMT + 3. Electricity: Mostly 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs are generally two-pin. Telephone: Country code +261 Mobile Telephone: Roaming agreements exist with international mobile phone companies. Coverage reaches major cities and main roads. Internet: Public Internet access exists in large cities; there are a few Internet cafes in Antananarivo.
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