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Start: 4 June 2020
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19 June 2020

Code: IOMO20

Price: From £3495 pp
excl. flights, based on twinshare

Min 8, max 12 people

Places left: 7


Trip is to be confirmed.

Single supplement: £765

Estimated current
flight cost £650

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Impressions of Madagascar Itinerary

Day 1: Antananarivo
Day 2: Morondava
Day 3: Bemaraha
Day 4: Bemaraha
Day 5: Bemaraha
Day 6: Marofandilia
Day 7: Morondava
Day 8: Antananarivo
Day 9: Antsirabe

Day 10: Fianarantsoa
Day 11: Fianarantsoa
Day 12: Ranohira (Isalo)
Day 13: Ranohira (Isalo)
Day 14: Ifaty
Day 15: Ifaty
Day 16: Tour ends

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Land arrangements are sub-contracted to Intrepid Travel, who have many years experience in running small group adventures.

Bookings are made through the Intrepid Tailor Made Dept. in London not the Intrepid website or Stores. Contact Steve Davey for information

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unforgetPlaces4PCThis tour is led by Steve Davey - a professional photographer, whose work appears in publications all over the world. He is the author of the bestselling Unforgettable Places To See Before You Die (BBC Books). Steve recently published Footprint Travel Photography (Footprint Books), which covers everything that you would ever want to know about travelling with a camera. Click for more.

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For most people, Madagascar is synonymous with wildlife - especially the various species of the endemic lemur, and many tours focus exclusively on this aspect of the country, to the exclusion of everything else.. I am always stuck by the incredible people of this unique island, and so have worked out an itinerary which also encompasses some of the amazing cultures and historic towns.

One of the most incredible places we visit is the village of Soantanana - home to an austere Christian sect, who process to church dressed entirely in white. There are unique landscapes in Madagascar too. This includes the eroded limestone Tsingy, and we visit one of the most photogenic of these, the Tsingy of Bemahara on an adventurous expedition by 4WD and local ferry. We also visit the famed Avenue of Baobabs, and in the South we explore a spiny forest and have dinner amongst the baboabs. We will visit a number of national parks and reserves that will give us the best chance to see as much of the incredible wildlife of Madagascar.

The trip will include extensive photography tuition from professional travel photographer, Steve Davey, countless photo opportunities and the company of fellow photography enthusiasts.

Landing in the capital Antananarivo, we explore the city before photographing the sunset over the atmospheric Lake Anosy. The next day, we take a flight to the Eastern city of Morondava. Home to the striking Avenue of the Baobabs, we undertake an adventurous drive and local ferry ride to the Tsingy of Bemahara. This sprawling sea of sharp karst limestone peaks is one of the iconic landscapes of the country. The name itself means "the place where one cannot walk barefoot" in the local dialect.

After two days exploring the landscapes and wildlife of this region, we return to a forest reserve near Morondava for a final night in the wilds before returning to our comfortal coastal hotel.

The next day, we take our return flight to Antananarivo, where we will have some time to explore this vibrant capital city, before we drive south to the historic town of Antsirabe, which boasts faded colonial architecture and a concentration of the local hand-pulled rickshaws known locally as pousse-pousse.

We then continue further South to the pleasant town of Fianarantsoa, a photogenic place in its own right, but our staging point for a visit to the austere Christian village of Soantanana where the people process to church, dressed entirely in white. We will be invited to accompany them to the service, and then to lunch: a humbling and utterly photogenic experience.

Our next stop is Ranohira, for the Isalo National Park, which should be our first chance to see some of the endemic lemurs, which the country is most famed for. We also visit the Anjà community reserve - one of the best places to see the iconic Ring-tailed Lemur.

Further South to Ifaty on the coast, we visit a number of wildlife reserves, including the Zombitse-Vohibasia NationalPark and the Reniala Reserve. We have an alfresco meal in the latter reserve amongst towering Baobab trees.

After our jaunt in the South, we fly back to the capital, ready to catch our homebound flights.

 

We have designed this to be a premium tour, and have opted to stay at some fantastic hotels and camps throughout the country. We have included links to these in the itinerary. Do check them out!

Please note: domestic flight schedules in Madagascar are subject to change and delay and certain routes (such as Tana to Morondava) don't fly every day. This explains why we have had to include an extra day in Morondava, but this does give us another chance to photograph the Avenue of Baobabs at sunset - if something goes wrong on day 2.

Because of the cost (and quality) of the accommodation on this trip, 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.

Highlights of this trip

Avenue des Baobabs

Dancing Sifaka Lemurs

Soantanana village

• Tsingy de Bemaraha

Isalo National Park

• Historic Antananarivo

• Photography tuition

Our adventure starts in Bangkok, where we catch a night train north to the Laos border. We cross the Friendship Bridge to the languid capital of Vientiane. This truly is one of the most laid-back capital cities in the world. After some time to explore, we begin our journey north. Firstly we explore the stunning karst scenery around Vang Vieng before moving on to the incomparable town of Luang Prabang. This cultural haven on the banks of the Mekong River is one of the most spiritual places in Asia. Every morning hundreds of Buddhist monks head out on their morning alms round collecting donations from the townspeople. Throughout the town there are dozens of beautifully ornate Buddhist monasteries, or wat

We then fly to bustling Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Hanoi is much busier than Vientiane, but there are still oases of tranquility, such as the Hoan Kiem lake in the centre. We catch a night train to the mountain town of SaPa near the Chinese border. This is a centre of many of the hilltribes in Vietnam. We have the opportunity to explore on a mini trek and photograph some of the hilltribe markets in the area. We finish off the trip on a relaxing cruise amidst the islands of Halong Bay before returning to Hanoi where the trip finishes.

We then fly to bustling Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Hanoi is much busier than Vientiane, but there are still oases of tranquility, such as the Hoan Kiem lake in the centre. We catch a night train to the mountain town of SaPa near the Chinese border. This is a centre of many of the hilltribes in Vietnam. We have the opportunity to explore on a mini trek and photograph some of the hilltribe markets in the area. We finish off the trip on a relaxing cruise amidst the islands of Halong Bay before returning to Hanoi where the trip finishes.

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