Madagascar,

Wild Madagascar in Comfort

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Tailor-Made Tour
13 Days
From £6194
GEOIP Not Available
Honeymoon
Primate Watching
Whale Watching
Beach
Luxury
Off The Beaten Track

Tour Introduction

13 Days from £6194
GEOIP Not Available
per adult. All trip details below can be tailored just for you

An extra-special itinerary crafted to reveal many of Madagascar’s top natural history highlights whilst staying in outstanding rustic luxury accommodation with superb personal service.

This itinerary is perfect for those looking for a wildlife and beach holiday to Madagascar at a gentle pace with ample relaxation time and quality wilderness accommodation. With time in both the lush eastern rainforests and mysterious spiny bush and desert of the south and also a lovely beach this combination will offer an impressive range of iconic and very endangered lemur and chameleon species, along with plenty of other Madagascan oddities such as leaf-tailed geckos and giraffe-necked weevils.

In the unique cacti like spiny forests of the south you can enjoy dancing Verreaux’s sifakas, charming ring-tailed lemurs and cute sportive and mouse lemurs along with many colourful endemic birds and rare radiated tortoises. There is also plenty of opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture with the Antandroy tribe at the Mandrare River Camp. This tribe are fascinating to interact with and are largely unaffected by the outside world, holding onto their strong beliefs and living very naturally.

The coastal littoral rainforests at the Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge are the habitat of the rare red-collared brown lemur and southern woolly lemur and there are also humpback whales between July and November and mangroves and a beautiful beach to enjoy.

After or before your stay at these two top-quality all-inclusive wildlife lodges you can finish with the unmissable rainforests of Andasibe, just a short drive from the capital. The more montane old growth forests here are home to the largest species of lemur the indri, along with the beautiful diademed sifaka, black-and-white ruffed lemur and abundant frogs, chameleons, insects and endemic birds.

 

 

 

Full Itinerary

Price from £6194
GEOIP Not Available
per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms
Day 1
Antananarivo

Arrive Antananarivo. Met on arrival at the airport and transfer (15 minutes) to your hotel.

Staying at Relais des Plateaux. Includes No Meals.

Day 2
Mandrare River Camp

Pick up from the hotel and transfer to the airport. Take scheduled charter flight over ever-changing scenery to the remote village of Ifotaka and transfer to your luxury camp arriving at mid-day. Enjoy an afternoon of guided activities in the nearby forest or relax at the lodge. Please note that the activities can be customised to suit your interests.

Staying at Mandrare River Camp. Includes All Meals.

Day 3
Mandrare River Camp

Day of excursions (to be decided at the camp). Activities will include guided walks to see the endemic wildlife through the different forest types including the spiny forest and gallery forest.

The strange spiny forest here contains many endemic plants adapted to the arid conditions and is dominated by the thorny Didiereacae, or octopus, trees and the local baobab, Andansonia rubrostipa (fony). It is an excellent location to see the Verreaux’s sifakas leaping between the trees. Birdlife includes sickle-billed vanga, running, green-capped and giant couas and if lucky you may laso find a radiated tortoise.

Staying at Mandrare River Camp. Includes All Meals.

Day 4
Mandrare River Camp

Today perhaps visit a local village or explore the gallery forest along the river where large groups of ring-tailed lemurs can be found.

The local Antandroy tribe that inhabit this region are fascinating to interact with and are largely unaffected by the outside world, holding onto their strong beliefs and living very naturally. The forest and associated wildlife here is preserved by the people themselves who hold them sacred as resting places for their ancestors.

Night walks will be offered to see nocturnal lemur species such as grey and grey-brown mouse lemurs and the range restricted white-footed sportive lemur, Madagascar scops owls, warty chameleons and geckos and more.

Staying at Mandrare River Camp. Includes All Meals.

Day 5
Mandrare River Camp

Enjoy another day of guided activities in a small group or relax at the camp. Perhaps visit the Lac Anony. This salt water lake is separated from the Indian Ocean by a series of large sand dunes and is home to greater flamingos and a variety of salt water birds.

This evening perhaps (around 5pm), depart for a sundowner amidst the baobabs. Watching the sun set and moon rise with a view across the Baobabs to the mountains beyond is a magical experience. In the evening the local village may come to perform beautiful traditional dances, accompanied by singing and music.

Staying at Mandrare River Camp. Includes All Meals.

Day 6
Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge

After a last visit to the local market or the spiny forest, take a short flight (25 minutes) to Fort Dauphin where you will be escorted to one of the many lovely restaurants in town for lunch. Then transfer (3 hrs) through stunning mountainous scenery, passing endemic carnivorous Nepenthes (pitcher plants) to your next lodge by the beach. In the evening perhaps enjoy a night walk in the littoral rainforest.

Staying at Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge . Includes All Meals.

Day 7
Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge

Full day at leisure. The lodge offers a host of activities which are included in the cost such as guided walks in the nearby littoral rainforest.

This is the habitat of the highly endagered red-collared brown lemur and southern woolly lemur as well as fat-tailed dwarf lemurs, rufous mouse lemurs and sportive lemurs. This little visited coastal rainforest is also home to some spectacular reptiles such as the satanatic and mossy leaf-tailed geckos, brightly coloured Phelsuma day geckos, tiny Brookesia leaf chameleons, cat-eyed snakes and much more.

Birdlife is also exciting with the Madagascar pgymy kingisher and Madagascar crested ibis and mudskippers, crocodiles, humpback whales and bottle nosed dolphins are other highlights.

Staying at Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge . Includes All Meals.

Day 8
Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge

Enjoy another day at leisure and choose from the many activities on offer from the lodge. Besides exploring the rainforest, you can also visit to local village, markets and school, take canoes, kayaks or a motor boat through the mangroves, snorkel over rocky reefs and watch humpback whales (July - Nov) from the lodge's purpose built tower.

Open air massages and romantic picnic lunches on secluded islands are also available and for an extra cost boat based whale watching and fishing are also available.

Staying at Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge . Includes All Meals.

Day 9
Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge

Enjoy another day at leisure and choose from the many activities on offer from the lodge.


Staying at Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge . Includes All Meals.

Day 10
Andasibe

Morning pick up from the lodge and transfer (3 hours) back to Fort Dauphin stopping to look at a colony of Madagascar flying foxes en route. Transfer to the Fort Dauphin airport and take scheduled charter flight back Tana, arriving mid-day. On arrival transfer 4 hours to Andasibe.

Take a night walk in the evening for nocturnal Goodman's mouse lemurs, furry-eared dwarf lemurs and eastern woolly lemurs.

Staying at Andasibe Hotel. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 11
Mantadia National Park

Early drive (1 ½ hours) to Mantadia National Park to the north. Full day with packed lunch to explore the old growth primary rainforest of this exciting National Park in search of its wildlife.

The beautiful diademed sifaka, indri and very agile black-and-white ruffed lemur are regularly encountered here while other wildlife such as colourful painted mantella frogs and giraffe-necked weevils are common.

Amongst the diverse birdlife are 4 species of skulking ground rollers including the wonderful scaly-ground roller and bright pitta-like ground roller. Take another night walk in the evening in search of more nocturnal wildlife.

Staying at Andasibe Hotel. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 12
Perinet Reserve

This morning visit the main Perinet rainforest reserve or one of its neighbouring community run parks such as VOIMMA. This area is the best place to see the wonderful teddy bear like, indri, along with many other lemurs. The forest is also home to snuffling lowland streaked tenrecs and the huge Parson's chameleon and birdlife includes the Madagascar long-eared owl, collared nightjar, Madagascan wood-rail and pygmy kingfisher.

In the afternoon transfer 4 hours back to Tana and your hotel, close to the airport.

Staying at Relais des Plateaux . Includes Breakfast.

Day 13
Depart Antananarivo

Depart Tana on flight home.

Includes No Meals.

Tour Accommodation

Madagascar Eastern Madagascar

Relais des Plateaux

Overview

Situated about 10 minutes’ drive from the airport, this comfortable three-star hotel set in exotic gardens offers well equipped, en suite rooms including air conditioning, satellite TV, mini-bar, tea and coffee facilities and hair dryer. Each room is decorated in a Malagasy design using local materials and the rooms are arranged in a village layout with good access.

Other facilities in the hotel include a local handicraft shop, restaurant serving delicious French cuisine and local delicacies, bar and swimming pool (heated in the cooler months).

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
Yes
Rooms
42
Facilities

Restaurant, air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, mini bar, safety deposit box, satellite TV, direct-dial telephone,

Optional Activities

City tour of Antananarivo, excursion to Ambohimanga Hill, visit to Tsarasaotra Lake (aka. Lac Alarobia) in a district of Tana for some unusual Hauts Plateaux birdwatching.

Madagascar Southern Madagascar

Mandrare River Camp

Overview

Situated in the remote southeast of Madagascar, Mandrare River Camp is a luxury, tented lodge on the banks of the Mandrare River in the ancestral lands of the Antandroy, possibly the fiercest and most traditional tribe in Madagascar (but friendly to visitors). Experience the rich, unspoilt culture and the iconic wildlife of the remote off the beaten track region.

The journey from Fort Dauphin to reach this extraordinary camp can take 4 hours and is very bumpy due to the state of the road but is very interesting but charter flights are also possible.

Accommodation in an African-style safari tent, with a veranda with two canvas safari chairs and a small table. The solid-built bathroom section is attached to the rear of the tent and includes a shower area, toilet and washstand with basin. Hot water for the basin and shower is solar heated. The lodge now also features a swimming pool for cooling off in after a walk in the hot spiny forest. Service is very attentive and always friendly with drinks (including all alcoholic drinks except Champagne) included at all times, and high-quality meals are wonderfully prepared and presented. Normally a cooling breeze ensures the shaded camp is quite pleasant during the heat of the day and quite a few species of reptile and frog can be found in the lodge grounds itself.

Excursions are flexible according to guests’ interests but operate in small groups (to a maximum of 6) and include guided walks in the local spiny forest and riverine (gallery) forest to see the endemic wildlife in the mornings and late afternoons – good for escaping the heat of the sun too. Nocturnal walks are also offered for the fascinating nocturnal species found here.

The strange forest here contains many endemic plants adapted to the arid conditions and is dominated by the thorny Didiereacae, or octopus, trees and the local baobab, Andansonia rubrostipa (fony).

The local Antandroy tribe that inhabit this region are fascinating to interact with and are largely unaffected by the outside world, holding onto their strong beliefs and living very naturally. The forest and associated wildlife here are preserved by the people themselves who hold them sacred as resting places for their ancestors.

The lodge hosts often arrange magical evening sundowners amidst the baobabs for guests around a fire. Watching the sun set and moon rise with a view across the Baobabs to the mountains beyond is a magical experience. Local villages often also come to perform beautiful traditional dances, accompanied by singing and music.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
Yes
Rooms
7
Facilities

Dining tent, private bathrooms and solar powered hot water showers, verandas, inclusive drinks.

Local Wildlife

Lemur species include both the famous ring-tailed and "dancing" Verreaux's sifakas and also nocturnal white-footed sportive lemurs and locally endemic grey-brown mouse lemurs. Birdlife of the spiny forest features Madagascar scops owl and Madagascar nightjar, sickle-billed and Chabert's vangas, running, green-capped and crested couas, banded kestrel and Madagascar harrier hawk and many other resident birds. There are also many reptiles to see such as the warty chameleon, thick-tailed gecko, Dumeril's ground boa and endangered radiated tortoises if lucky.

Optional Activities

Wildlife walks, immersive cultural activities including visits to the Antandroy tribes and their sacred forests. Excursions can also be made to the Lac Anony Lake and impressive sand dune system.

Route Map

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Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge: -24.737103, 47.187653
Mandrare River Camp: -24.822294, 46.167297
Relais des Plateaux: -18.834180, 47.463010
Andasibe Hotel: -18.922638, 48.408489

Departure Dates

This tour has no set departure date and can be tailored to suit your travel requirements. Contact us for more details.

Travel Information

Are International Flights Included?

No. Please contact us for a quote if required.

Flight Info:

Fly to Antananarivo via Paris from London on Air France. Other flight options include Kenya Airways and Ethiopian Airlines and South African Airways from Johannesburg.

Best Visited:

April to December

Are you ATOL Registered?

Yes. This means we are legally able to book your international flights in conjunction with your ground arrangements so you can book with us with complete confidence. Read more about our ATOL license here.

Ian Loyd

Area Specialist

If you have any questions regarding this Tour, please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965

Thanks to everyone at Reef and Rainforest for making our holiday so memorable. I came home feeling like we had great experiences in Madagascar and that our itinerary had been really well planned to ensure we saw a great variety of what the country is about. Ian and the team were fantastic while we were away in fixing the one small issue we had but then ensuring we had day use of the hotel in Tulear, that we were on time for the plane and in upgrading some of our accommodation. The attentiveness of the company while we were away was really unusual for a tour company and showed how much you care about ensuring people have a truly great holiday.

Ms SS - London