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Madagascar – 1000 Views

11 day  -  Scheduled Departures

Minimum 4 persons Maximum 10 persons

This itinerary is also available for individual departures on a daily basis.

 

Madagascar Highlights: Antananarivo, Andasibe National Park, Antsirabe, Ambositra, Ranomafana National Park, Ambalavao, Isalo National Park, Ifaty.

Day 1: Antananarivo – Andasibe

Arrive in Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar. Welcome and assistance at the airport. After a short briefing, the drive to Andasibe through the green and luxuriant vegetation of the east takes you to the humid part of the country where there are many primary forests and lakes. Along the way you will see Merina villages in the rocky mountains. Arrive at Andasibe around 18h00 and check-in at the hotel where you spend the next two nights. Later this evening at approximately 19h00 you have a night walk in the area of Andasibe to see the night active lemurs and other nocturnal animals.
Standard Accommodation: Grace Lodge or similar (bungalows with en-suite bathrooms, verandah)
Up-grade option: Vakona Forest Lodge (bungalows surrounded by the forest, with en-suite bathrooms, and veranda)

Day 2: Natural Reserve of Andasibe                                                                                 Distance 150kms

A morning visit to the Special Reserve of Andasibe, to see 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. Then take a walk through the orchid park. In the afternoon, 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 visit helps you to have contact with the local people, to see how they live. Standard Accommodation: Grace Lodge or similar (bungalows with en-suite bathrooms, verandah) B
Up-grade option:  Vakona Forest Lodge  (bungalows surrounded by the forest, with en-suite bathrooms, and veranda)

Day 3: Andasibe – Antsirabe                                                                                        Distance 309kms
Return to Tana and then head south to Antsirabe, across the highland landscape where the spectacular eroded hills, called ‘lavaka’, are reminiscent of the Far East with its rice fields and green landscape with vegetables and fruit trees. Stop in Ambatolampy for a short visit in this huge agricultural city, which is also known as a source of aluminium. Arrive around 17h00 in Antsirabe, or ‘the place of salt’, an elegant city well known as the centre of the beer industry and you can smell the Star Brewery as you enter the town.
Founded by the Norwegians in 1856, it is the only place which really feels and looks like a European city. It has a temperate climate and all fruits and vegetable that grow in cold climates are found in Antsirabe.
Standard Accommodation: Chambres du Voyageur (rooms with en-suite bathrooms) B
Up-grade option:  Arotel (rooms with en-suite bathrooms )

Day 4: Antsirabe to Ranomafana National Park                                                                       Distance 250kms
After breakfast drive to Ambositra, the centre of Madagascar’s wood carving industry. You are still in the highland, which is characterized by its architecture: the houses are made with ornately carved wooden balconies and shutters with bright colours. Travel on passing the ‘le col de tapia’, a type of tree, which resists to the bush fires of the area. The landscape is still dominated by rice fields on stage, pine forests and eucalyptus trees and rocky mountains. Leave the main road and continue on to your accommodation near the Ranomafana National Park where you spend the next two nights. B
Standard Accommodation: Centrest, or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms) B
Up-grade option:  Setam Lodge (rooms with en-suite bathrooms B

Day 5: Ranomafana National Park
Parc National de Ranomafana  is approximately 40,000ha, with its rain forested hills and abundant wildlife, has long been considered one of Madagascar’s highlights, and is one of the most heavily visited of the country’s national parks. Its entrance lies about 7km from Ranomafana village. Altitudes in the park range from 800m to 1200m. In addition to its densely forested hills, Ranomafana’s terrain is characterised by numerous small streams, which plummet down to the beautiful Namorona River. Although much of the region has been logged, the easternmost part of the park retains relatively large areas of primary forest.
You will go for walks in the National Park for several hours, where you can spot some of the lemurs, chameleons and other animals.
Standard Accommodation: Centrest, or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms) B
Up-grade option:  Setam Lodge (rooms with en-suite bathrooms B

Day 6: Fianarantsoa – Isalo                                                                             Distance 355kms
Leave Ranomafana and pass through Fianarantsoa ‘the city where one learns good things’. It is the gateway to the south and the capital of the Betsileo tribes. This is the centre of the catholic religion and most of the best schools are found here. Your drive then travels southwards, with your first stop in Ambalavao, the centre of wine industry where you can experience a wine tasting. The climate is not said to be ideal for grape vines but it is a tradition left by priests and monks, who lived in the area of Fianarantsoa. Still in Ambalavao, visit the ‘Anteimoro Paper Factory’ a vestige of the Arabian civilisation in the island. Continue to Ihosy the capital of the Bara tribes, who are the Zebu shepherds, and pass through the mountain chain of Andringitra, which serves as a transition between the dry south and green highlands with its famous ‘3 hillocks’ and its huge ‘archbishop’s cape’. Along the way you will see a spectacular huge granite dome with twin rock towers called: ‘the gate of the south’, which marks the end of the highland and the beginning of the south. The other imposing one is the ‘Bishop’s hat’, which is a sacred place for the local people. Then pass through the huge ‘Plateaux de Horombe’ where, with its very deep red soil, before arriving in Isalo where you spend the next two nighs. B
Standard Accommodation: Isalo Ranch (rooms with en -suite bathrooms, restaurant) B
Up-grade option:  Jardin du Roy or Le Relais de la Reine (rooms with air-conditioning, en -suite bathrooms, restaurant, bar, spa) BD

Day 7: Isalo
An interesting visit to Isalo National Park. The park covers an area of 81 540 ha comprising of the entire stretch of the Isalo massif. This huge mountain is very spectacular with its eroded sandstone mountain. Today you will walk to the ‘Natural Swimming Pool’. After a 10-minute drive from Ranohira village leave the vehicle and walk about 1½ hour to reach the Natural Swimming Pool. Along the way, for lemur lovers, there may be sifakas, brown lemurs and ring-tailed lemurs, as well as many species of birds, lizards and snakes. You will see vegetation like Uapaca bojeri, Pachypodium rosulatum or ‘elephant’s foot’, Aloe isaloensis, a native species of aloe and endemic to Isalo. Walk through the eroded mountains, which are also where Bara placed their dead before they can bring them into their real tombs. You start your climb and after about a 20 minutes, reach the massif, where you will have a spectacular view of the huge sandstone mountains with its beautiful colours and its strange and eroded forms that evoke many different images like ‘the tortoise’, ‘the masks’ and ‘the crocodiles’. You see small streams of water, and rivers which are marked by lines of brilliant green, generally made up of numerous Pandanus pulcher and the delicate, slim-stemmed, feathery leaved palm Chrysalidocarpus isaloensis.. You finally reach the swimming pool, with its crystal clear water, which is a great reward after a long, hot walk. B
Standard Accommodation: Isalo Ranch (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, restaurant) B
Up-grade option:  Jardin du Roy or Le Relais de la Reine (rooms with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms, restaurant, bar, spa) BD

Day 8: Isalo to Ifaty                                                                                                      Distance 265kms
After breakfast, you continue to Tuléar, the terminal of the National Road N7. This brings new scenery, among the dry forests of the west and the spiny desert of the south. On the way, admire the different ‘Mahafaly tombs’ and the ‘Antandroy tombs’. After a short visit to Tuléar drive a further 27 km to Ifaty. Due to the bad condition of the road, it will take about 2½ hours to reach Ifaty, and bring you to the driest part of the country. Situated in the deep south, the landscape is dominated by the spiny forest like the cactus, different euphorbiacea and didieracea. Cross the dry and sandy soil where the local people battle to find drinking water. Arrive at the coast where Mangrove trees are interspersed by Vezo villages, where fishing is the livelyhood. You will see many small pirogues and men who go out fishing twice a day. The children and women wait on the coast to fetch the fish and take them to Tuléar for sale. B
Standard Accommodation: Hotel de la Plage (rooms with en-suite bathrooms) B
Up-grade option:Le Paradisier (rooms with en-suite bathrooms BD

Day 9: Ifaty
Today is at leisure. Ifaty lies at the beach; it is an ideal place for diving and snorkelling and a popular place for birdwatchers. Here you can also experience the Vezo fishermen’s life. Many optional excursions are possible; visit the ‘Reserve Domergue’, a communal reserve where one will see two kinds of baobabs, spiny bush, reptiles such as ‘boa madagascariensis’, ‘geckos’ and ‘chameleon parsoni’ (the largest one). From July to mid September, whales come to the cool seas off Madagascar to give birth and a boat trip are available – it is a spectacular experience, and it is possible to see the whales very near to the boat. Situated in the largest lagoon of the country, Ifaty is also protected by a large coral reef, which makes it an ideal place for diving and snorkelling. In the afternoon you can walk to the village of Mangily where you can visit a local school and also experience the Vezo Fishermen’s way of life, especially after coming back from fishing. B
Standard Accommodation: Hotel de la Plage (rooms with en-suite bathrooms) B
Up-grade option: Le Paradisier (rooms with en-suite bathrooms BD

Day 10: Ifaty – Tulear – Tana                                      Distance 20kms
An early start as around 6h00 you transfer to the airport for the flight back to Tana. After the transfer to the hotel you have the afternoon at leisure for independent activities. Tana,  also called the ‘City of Thousands’,  is the capital of Madagascar. The city where the first King started to unify the different kingdoms of the island, it 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. 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. B
Standard Accommodation: Residence Lapasoa, or similar (rooms with en-suite bathroom, restaurant) B
Up-grade option:Palissandre hotel & spa (rooms with en-suite bathroom, restaurant, bar, spa BD

Day 11: Tana

At a suitable time transfer to the airport for your onward flight. B

 

B: Breakfast   L: Lunch   D: Dinner

 

MADAGASCAR 1000 VIEWS –  Group departures –   PRICE – IN USD

VALIDITY

01 Jan  – 31 Dec

Tour Cost Per Person

Single supplement.

Standard

1630.00

750.00

Up Grade

2165.00

810.00

Plus Internal Flight -Tulear / Antananarivo – approx: USD 280.00  – final cost to be advised at time of bookingN.B. internal flights should be booked in conjunction with international flights and the rates are subject to class, availability

 

STANDARD ACCOMMODATION

April 05 August 02
May 03 / 31 September 06
July  05 October 04
November 01

UP-GRADE OPTION

April 19 August 23
May 19 September 20
June 21 October 18
July 19 November 22

 

* This tour is not recommended between December and March due to the rainy season.  Please note that June and July are dry but cold, especially in the Highlands.

Accommodation:

Standard Accommodation will be in basic Hotels – mid range 2*-3* hotels. Please note that Madagascar is a country  in its infancy when it comes to tourism. Accommodation is limited so all the above mentioned accommodation are subject to availability and we reserve the right to change these using similar accommodation of the same standards. The Hotels used are simple & clean and of basic standard, with bathrooms en-suite.

An option upgrade to a higher standard of accommodation is available with 3*-4* hotels.

Transport:

A minibus is used for group tours.

Included:

Accommodation based on BED & BREAKFAST basis in twin sharing room, all transfers and transport mentioned in the program, all entrance fees, specialist local guides in the national park as per program, all excursions mentioned in the program, an English-speaking driver (cannot advise on Flora and Fauna, and therefore will not accompany clients into parks).

In the up-graded option dinner is included on Days 6.7.8.& 9 only.

Excluded:

All excursions not mentioned in the program, bottled water, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages, laundry, international flights, flight from Tulear to Tana, visas and travel insurance, any meals not specified, personal items.

Please note:

Departures time depend on international flights arrivals.

If you require a specific language speaking guide to accompany you on your entire tour, please request this at time of enquiry. This carries an additional cost.

N.B. – Tour Departure

When arriving in Antananarivo in the morning of Day 1 of the tour you will be picked up from the airport and embark on your tour. Should you arrive prior to day 1, pre tour accommodation can be arranged and you will be picked up from your hotel on the morning of day 1. (Pick up time will be confirmed on arrival).

Please note: Prices and dates are subject to change at any time. Please call (647) 231-0067 or email us (info@africaonsafari.com) for current pricing.