Impressions of Madagascar itinerary

 

Day 1: Arrive in Madagascar
Arrival on the Air France flight in the evening, where you will meet your driver and transferred to your hotel.

No activities planned for the rest of the day.

Accommodation: Antananarivo Relais des Plateaux


Day 2: Marofandilia
Meet early in the hotel reception where your guide will welcome you and brief you on the next few days ahead. Afterwards transfer back to the airport for your flight to Morondava.

Upon arrival drive to the Baobab Alley and then continue on to the Marofandilia Forest for diurnal and nocturnal visits looking for wildlife.

We will be staying at a comfortable tented camp, in the shadow of two Baobab trees, which are twisted together as if in an embrace. We will be able to hear the night time sounds of the forest - including if we are lucky, the red-tailed sportive lemur. Other species here included the Verreaux's sifaka and the Brown Lemur.

Accommodation: Marofandilia Camp Amoureux

Meals included: Breakfast, dinner.


Day 3: Bekopaka

Full day drive to Bekopaka. Lunch will be taken at Mad Zebu at Belo sur Tsiribihina.

Accommodation: Bekopaka Bemaraha Le Soleil des Tsingy

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.


Day 4: Bekopaka

Full day to explore the Big Tsingy circuit at the World Heritage site, the Tsingy of Bemaraha National Park. These ancient eroded rock formations are famous all over the world, and various wildlife, including 11 species of Lemur can be found here. There are a number of rope bridges over the karst formations, making for exciting photographs.

Accommodation: Bekopaka Bemaraha Le Soleil des Tsingy

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

 

Day 5: Bekopaka
Morning exploration of the Small Tsingy circuit of the Tsingy of Bemaraha National Par, followed by an afternoon canoe trip on the Manambolo river. The small tsingy are a maze of pinacles, and you have a chance of spotting Decken's sifaka and red-fronted brown lemurs amongst the rocks.Along the river there are caves, and a tomb of the Vazimba tribe.

Accommodation: Bekopaka Bemaraha Le Soleil des Tsingy

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

 

Day 6: Morondava

Today involves a full day drive back to Morondava. Lunch will be taken at Mad Zebu at Belo sur Tsiribihina. We plan to arrive at the famous Baobab Alley in time to phhotograph these amazing trees at sunset. Around this time, many of the locals walk through the trees, and you can even spot traditional zebu carts making their way home.

Accommodation: Morondava Palissandre Cote Ouest Resort

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

 

Day 7: Antsirabe
Before leaving the area, we will have the chance to enjoy sunrise at the Baobab avenue.

Drive to Antsirabe (full day). On the way, stop for lunch at Miandrivazo

Accommodation: Antsirabe Plumeria Hôtel

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

 

Day 8: Antsirabe to Ranomafana
Departure in the morning for Ranomafana (239km – 6hrs).

The road winds through the terraced highlands. We stop for shopping at Ambositra, a small town known for its zafimaniry woodcarvings and handicraft. Lunch at leisure. The Zafimaniry people live in the Malagasy highlands, near Ambositra. They are known for the typical wooden architecture of their houses and fine ancestral woodcarving art. Their culture and lands are classified UNESCO World Heritage.

Accommodation: Ranomafana Centrest Séjour.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

 

Days 9: Ranomafana
We recommend to wake up early for the morning walk in Ranomafana Park, it is the best time for animal observation. Ranomafana is a tropical rainforest, home to 12 species of lemurs (diademed sifaka, the red-bellied lemur, the red-fronted lemur and some very rare as the endemic golden bamboo lemur, the aye-aye), birds (Pollen’s Vanga, the Brown Emutail or the Grey-crowned Greenbul, the Yellow-browed Oxylabe, the Velvet Asitys and Sunburn asitys), reptiles, endemic coloured frogs, hundreds of species of orchids…

Accommodation: Ranomafana Centrest Séjour.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

 

Days 10: Ranomafana to Fianarantsoa
Early start to head to Fianarantsoa (69km/1h30).We will explore the heritage-rich old city of Fianarantsoa and its direct surroundings. Soak in the 19th-century charm by walking along labrythine paths and admire the flower-studded balconies of local houses. We will include some time exploring the Betsileo daily way of life, including their rice growing culture and rice fields.

Accommodation: Fianarantsoa Ecole Hôtelière La Rizière

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

 

Days 11: Soatanana Village
Full day at the Soatanana village. This village is noted for its silk weaving, and for the extreme protestant faith of the villagers. These are known as the 'Disciples of the Lord', and dress entirely in white. The village is only open to visitors on a Sunday, and is an incredibly interesting and photogenic place.

Accommodation: Fianarantsoa Ecole Hôtelière La Rizière

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

 

Days 12: Antisirabe
Drive back to Antsirabe. Chance to look around Antisirabe late afternoon, and maybe even ride in one of the local rickshaws (called pousse-pousse).

Accommodation: Antsirabe Plumeria Hôtel

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

 

Day 13: Antananarivo
Drive back to the capital city where you will visit the Lemur's sanctuary called Lemur's park, for a final chance to photograph these most engaging of animals. Lunch on site and transfer to your hotel.

Accommodation: Antananarivo Royal Palissandre & Spa

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

 

Day 14: Departure day
Morning heritage walking tour in the old city. Drive to the Ambohimanga Rova, and lunch onsite - Afternoon visit of Ambohimanga. Drive back to your hotel in the late afternoon. There is a farewell dinner at the hotel and transfer to the airport in the evening for your onward flight.

Meals included: Breakfast & dinner

 

Because of the general expense of travelling to and around Madagascar we have decided to make this a premium trip, staying at some excellent and atmospheric properties, including a comfortable jungle camp. We have mentioned the accommodation in the itinerary so that you can see the sort of places we will be staying in.

Due to the expense of accommodation, we will need to manage the bookings so that no one is left with a single room, without paying the single supplement. If you are a solo traveller then every effort will be made to ensure that there is someone for you to share with. This has usually always been possible, but if you are flexible about the choice of accommodation when filling out the booking form, then that will give you more chance to secure a place.

As we expect there to be a lot of interest for this trip, we are opening bookings from now, until the end of July, to give people who are currently travelling the chance to apply to join the trip. We will then decide on the final group to manage the roomings, and by lottery if necessary.