Madagascar Tour

Madagascar Baobab MADAGARCAR EXPEDITION -21 DAYS

The best Madagascar Wildlife Safari and Beach Holiday 21 day package. Home to mind-blowing scenery, lush rainforests, curious lemurs, and all the outdoor splendor you could possibly ask for (and then some), Madagascar was made for adventure travel. This comprehensive tour takes you deep inside Africa’s amazing jungle island for close encounters with both wildlife and humans over 21 incredible days. Sit down for dinner with a ghost-talker at a homestay near Lake Andraikiba, swim in natural pools and splash about under waterfalls, encounter the unique trees of Baobab Alley, and soak up nature at its finest in some of the island’s national parks. Madagascar is so out-there it feels like another planet. Get out there.

A Brief Overview of Your Madagascar Tour 

Search for lemurs and unique wildlife

Learn about endemic flora and fauna in Madagascar world-famous national park

Visit local artisan workshops

Lounge on the beautiful Madagascar  beaches

Savor a local dinner in a ruralMadagascar village

Experience an unforgettable sunrise and sunset at Madagascar Baobab Alley

Explore the peculiar rock formations of the UNESCO classified Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve

Explore the Manambolo River on a canoe

Day 1: Arrival

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your tour leader will review the details of your tour.

Accommodation

Hotel Chalets des Roses (or similar)

Hotel

Day 2: Antananarivo/Andasibe

Travel to Andasibe-Perinet National Park with stops en route. Visit the upland rainforest. Enjoy a guided walk in Andasibe-Perinet National Park for the first glimpse at Madagascar’s famous lemurs. Stay in a quiet area near Andasibe and explore the Indri Special Reserve section of this massive area.

Depart the capital and continue east, with stops along the scenic rainforest route of world-renowned Andasibe-Perinet National Park. Opt to stop en route to spot some lemurs, along with other animals like chameleons and leaf-tailed geckos.

Continue on to the national park. With free time over the next two days, opt to visit other small private or community reserves around Andasibe, and go on guided night walks inside those reserves or along the main road. Walk to the little town of Andasibe or simply enjoy the relaxing tranquility of the surrounding forest.

Our accommodation here is simple bungalows with shared facilities.

Private Vehicle

Antananarivo – Andasibe4h135km

Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

Free Time

AndasibeAfternoon

Spend time visit nearby reserves or relaxing in the forest.

Accommodation

Feon’ny Ala (or similar)

Hotel

Day 3: Andasibe

Spend the day exploring this national park. Stay in a quiet area near Andasibe and explore the Indri Special Reserve section of this massive area.

Explore the Indri Special Reserve and national park located 1.5km (0.93 mi) from the town of Andasibe. One of the park’s primary purposes is to protect the natural habitat of the indri, a large black and white diurnal species that feeds on leaves and fruit. In addition to the indri, the park has 10 other diurnal and nocturnal lemur species, large chameleons, and the rarely seen blue boa.

The flora is just as spectacular with numerous species of trees, palms, and orchids (which flower in October/November).

Andasibe-Perinet National Park Guided Walk

Andasibe

Explore the Indri Special Reserve and national park located 1.5km (0.93 mi) from the town of Andasibe. One of the park’s primary purposes is to protect the natural habitat of the indri, a large black and white diurnal species that feeds on leaves and fruit. In addition to the indri, the park has 10 other diurnal and nocturnal lemur species, large chameleons, and the rarely seen blue boa.

The flora is just as spectacular with numerous species of trees, palms, and orchids (which flower in October/November).

Free Time

AndasibeAfternoon

Keep exploring or start relaxing— the choice is yours.

Accommodation

Feon’ny Ala (or similar)

Hotel

Day 4: Andasibe/Antsirabe

Travel to the colonial city of Antsirabe, stopping to see rice paddies and artisan workshops along the way.

Travel to the ancient colonial town of Antsirabe. Along with this stretch of road, you will see Merina tombs and the labor-intensive cultivation of rice paddies. Stop at Ambatolampy to visit a traditional family-run aluminum cookware factory.

Antsirabe is known as a thermal city because of its volcanic lakes. It’s also famous for its precious and semi-precious stones and handicrafts.

Opt to explore this quaint little city upon arrival or the next morning.

Private Vehicle

Andasibe – Antsirabe7h-8h305km

Stop to visit some highlights along the way.

Artisan Workshop Visit

Ambatolampy

Visit a traditional family-run aluminum cookware factory to learn more about the industry in the area.

Accommodation

Hasina Hotel (or similar)

Hotel

Day 5: Antsirabe/Fiadanana

Visit Lake Andraikiba before continuing to the small village of Fiadanana. Opt to explore this beautiful village by foot, bicycle, or in a famous “pousse-pousse”. Listen to a ghost-talker and enjoy a homestay and dinner with a local family.

After a short visit to Lake Andraikiba, continue on to the small village of Fiadanana. This beautiful village is surrounded by breathtaking landscapes of rice fields and panoramic views of the nearby mountains.

Get to see how the villagers live by interacting with them and enjoy a chance to learn their rituals during an authentic community experience.

Accommodation is in a traditional style house that has been purpose-built to meet the needs of guests. There are a kitchen and a dining/lounge area to enjoy lunch or a drink, and a beautiful veranda overlooking the rice terraces. It is equipped with shared, basic shower facilities and outdoor toilets (a squat toilet and one western-style toilet). This accommodation is basic but, for one night, the experience of living like a local and staying somewhere unique and remote is worth it.

Lake Andraikiba Visit

Antsirabe

Enjoy the views of beautiful Lake Andraikiba.

Private Vehicle

Antsirabe – Fiadanana1h25km

Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

Walking

Fiadanana3h8km

Lace-up your shoes and get to the next stop under your own power.

Traditional Healer Visit

Fiadanana

Listen to a ghost-talker to learn more about traditional healing and local legends.

Local Living: Homestay and Traditional Dinner

Get to know how the villagers live by interacting with them and enjoy a chance to learn their rituals during an authentic community experience. While the accommodation was purpose-built to make room for guests, the building was prepared in a traditional style and still offers the interaction of staying in a typical family home.

Accommodation

Arc en Cie – Gite Rural (or similar)

Guesthouse

Meals included: Lunch | Dinner

Madagascar, Lemur

Day 6: Fiadanana/Ranomafana

Hike back to the bus taking in the stunning views. Continue on to Ranomafana. Learn traditional rituals from the local villagers.

Enjoy a local breakfast then opt for a scenic hike in the area to take in stunning views of Mt Ifasina.

After, hike back out to the bus (about 3.5km/2.2 mi) and continue to Ranomafana, a little village named after the hot springs in the valley.

The nearby national park is one of the most important mammal sites in Madagascar.

Walking

Fiadanana 4km

Lace-up your shoes and get to the next stop under your own power.

Private Vehicle

Fiadanana – Ranomafana 7h 280km

Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

Accommodation

Manja Hotel (or similar)

Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7: Ranomafana/Ambalavao

Embark on an early morning forest walk to get a feel for the incredible wildlife of the area. Afterward, enjoy a scenic travel day heading south through Madagascar’s wine-producing region.

Enjoy the wonderful changes of the landscape along the way to the pleasant rural town of Ambalavao.

Visit a little paper factory where the locals will share their traditional methods of producing this unique, hand-made paper.

With free time, opt to visit a silk factory in town and learn about the local way of making fabric or clothing from silk, and the process of dying it with natural dyes.

Morning Forest Walk

Ranomafana National Park

Enjoy a morning walk in the forest to see golden bamboo lemurs, greater bamboo lemurs, and other lemur species. There’s a possibility of seeing reptiles such as the Madagascar boa, chameleons (the largest rainforest species being the Parson’s chameleon), or the well-camouflaged leaf-tailed gecko.

Private Vehicle

Ranomafana – Ambalavao 3h 30m 106km

Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

Paper Factory Visit

Ambalavao

Ambalavao is famous for its “Papier Antemoro”, a papyrus-type paper impregnated with dried flowers and sold throughout the island. Visit a little paper factory where the locals will tell us about the traditional methods used to produce this unique, hand-made paper. You can even buy some and use it to write letters to your friends and family back home.

Optional Activities – Day 7

Silk Factory Visit

Ambalavao

Visit a silk factory in town to learn about the local way of making fabric or clothing from silk and the process of dyeing cloth with natural dyes.

Accommodation

Aux Bougainvilleas (or similar)

Hotel

Day 8: Ambalavao/Ranohira

Stop at Anja Community Reserve, known for groups of ring-tailed lemurs. Continue on through the changing landscape to Ranohira and Isalo National Park.

The journey from Ambalavao to the Anja Community Reserve and on through diverse scenery Travel through the savannah before the massif of Isalo becomes clearly visible.

Private Vehicle

Ambalavao – Ranohira 4h 250km

Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

Anja Reserve Walk

AmbalavaoMorning

Stop at the Anja Community Reserve, which known for having some of the most accessible groups of ring-tailed lemurs in the country. Enjoy looking at these fascinating creatures.

Accommodation

ITC Hotel (or similar)

Campground

Day 9: Ranohira

Spend a full day exploring the park on foot, stopping at a natural swimming pool and waterfalls.

Spend the day exploring Isalo. After a short trek within a small canyon, take a break from the sun and stop at the fresh natural swimming pool. Continue on to the “cascades”, considered to be amongst the best waterfalls in Madagascar and has a large natural swimming pool.

With a little luck, you may see sifaka, brown lemurs, or ring-tailed lemurs.

Isalo National Park Visit

Isalo National Park

Spend a full day exploring this fantastic park on foot. After a short trek within a small canyon, take a break from the sun and stop at a fresh natural swimming pool. We continue on to the “cascades”, which are considered to be amongst the best waterfalls in Madagascar and boasts a large natural swimming pool.

If you are lucky, you may see sifaka, brown lemurs, or ring-tailed lemurs. Between September and October (in the aridest zones), you can witness the pachypodium blooms.

Accommodation

ITC Hotel (or similar)

Campground

Day 10: Ranohira/Ifaty

Drive through the desert landscape, viewing Mahafaly tombs and giant baobab trees en route. Continue to the beautiful Mozambican Channel beaches of Ifaty.

En route to Toliara, drive through the magnificent wide-open and vast desert landscape. Pass through several unique frontier-style sapphire mining towns. See the baobab trees and Mahafaly tombs en route.

Continue on to Ifaty to relax and enjoy the breathtaking beaches of the Mozambican Channel.

While in Ifaty, opt to ride in a dugout canoe, visit the spiny forest reserve, go snorkeling or diving on the reef, or simply relax on the beach.

Private Vehicle

Ranohira – Ifaty6h250km

Make stops along the way to spot baobab trees and visit the Mahafaly tombs.

Mahafaly Tombs Visit

The Mahafaly are a local tribe in Madagascar known predominantly for their large tombs. They were built for chiefs and kings and are covered in stones, sculptures, and horns. The more important the deceased, the more horns and statues the tomb is adorned with. Enjoy exploring through here and looking at them — one of the largest tombs has over 700 zebu horns!

Accommodation

Bamboo Club (or similar)

Resort

Day 11-12: Ifaty

Spend two full days enjoying this gorgeous area. Opt to do some hiking or hit the beach.

Carte Blanche

IfatyFull Day

There’s plenty to see and do in Ifaty, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like Spiny Forest Reserve visit, dugout canoe ride, and snorkeling. Your Tour Leader has more ideas if you need them.

Accommodation

Bamboo Club (or similar)

Resort

Day 13: Ifaty/Antananarivo

Travel to Toliara for a flight to Antananarivo and an optional night out on the town.

Please note that this is a combination tour.  Enjoy an optional group dinner to bid some of your new friends farewell.

Private Vehicle

Ifaty – Tulear1h30m30km

Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

Plane

Fly Tulear – Antananarivo1h

Accommodation

Hotel Chalets des Roses (or similar)

Hotel

Day 14: Antananarivo

Free day to explore Madagascar capital Antananarivo, or to relax with your feet up

Free Time

AntananarivoFull Day

Get active or get lazy— the choice is yours.

Day 14: Optional Activities

Free day to explore Madagascar capital Antananarivo, or to relax with your feet up

Antananarivo Full Day

Get active or get lazy— the choice is yours.

Hotel Chalets des Roses (or similar)

Hotel

Day 15: Antananarivo/Miandrivazo

Travel through the Madagascar Highlands to the village of Miandrivazo for the night.

Journey through Antsirabe, the spectacular eroded hills called ‘lavaka’, and the lush green landscape before arriving at the farming town of Miandrivazo for the night.

Private Vehicle

Antananarivo – Miandrivazo7h415km

Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

Day 16: Miandrivazo/Morondava

Drive to Morondava and enjoy the afternoon relaxing on the beach.

Arrive in Morondava in the afternoon with time to explore the town on foot, or opt to relax on the beach.

Private Vehicle

Miandrivazo – Morondava5h285km

Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

Free Time

MorondavaAfternoon

Relax and enjoy this laid back coastal town.

Day 17: Morondava/Bekopaka

An early start to the day to see the sunrise at the Madagascar Baobab Alley. Continue to Bekopaka, our gateway to the National Park of Tsingy de Bemaraha.

Load into 4×4’s and head out on sandy roads heading north to Bekopaka, before arriving cross the Tsiribihina and Manambolo rivers by local ferry.

4×4

Morondava – Bekopaka 9h 200km

Roads? Where this rough-and-ready vehicle’s going, we don’t need roads.

Baobab Alley at Sunrise

Morondava

Wake up early as we drive to Madagascar Baobab Alley and watch the sunrise over these majestic trees. Also referred to as the upside-down tree with some reaching heights up to 98 feet tall.

Day 18: Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park

Morning canoe adventure on the Manambolo River, with an afternoon exploring the Little Tsingy’s.

Canoe the Manambola River

Tsingy de Bemaraha National ParkHalf Day

Canoe along the Manambolo, with stops to visit caves filled with stalactites, stalagmites and the famous tomb of the Vazimba tribe.

Little Tsingy Visit

Tsingy de Bemaraha National ParkHalf Day

The National Park of Tsingy de Bemaraha is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, made up of a maze of rock formations indigenous to Madagascar. Today you will have a chance to visit Little Tsingy which is also home to some of the Decken’s sifaka and red-fronted brown lemurs.

Day 19: Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park

Enjoy a full day exploring the peculiar rock formations of the ‘Great Tsingy’.

Hiking the Great Tsingy is more adventurous than the Little Tsingy and involves sections of scrambling on exposed rocks, crossing hanging bridges and large vertical drops. It is not technically difficult, but should not be attempted by the faint-hearted or those suffering from vertigo. (The panoramic views are worth the effort though.) If you do not want to visit Great Tsingy on this day, there are alternatives to spend an additional day in Little Tsingy.

Great Tsingy Visit

Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park Full Day

Spending the day in the Great Tsingy, trekking further into the park. Passing through several hanging bridges with the formations below your feet.

Day 20: Bekopaka/Morondava

A full day driving back to Morondava, stopping for sunset at the Baobab Alley.

The sandy track leads back to Morondava passing through Baobab Alley in time for sunset. Opt for a group farewell dinner as the trip draws to an end.

4×4

Bekopaka – Morondava 9h 200km

Roads? Where this rough-and-ready vehicle’s going, we don’t need roads.

Sunset at Baobab Alley

Morondava1h

Great for photographers of any level, is the opportunity to watch the sunset behind these famous Baobab trees.

Day 21: Morondava/Antananarivo-End of Madagascar Tour 

Final morning in Morondava before flying back to Antananarivo. The tour finishes on arrival in Tana.

Morondava – Antananarivo1h

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