Madagascar

A$6,973
POSTPONED
A$6,973
POSTPONED

We are very excited to bring you to the land of lemurs and baobabs- the dream destination of Madagascar!

This incredible country is the world’s 4th largest Island and is one of our favourite destinations for its endemic wildlife, stunning landscapes, pristine beaches and distinctive culture. Join us on a magical 15 day small-group journey that will take you to the famous Baobab alley in the west to lemur island in the east and the beautiful beaches of the south.

The remarkable fauna and flora is matched by epic landscapes and incredible diversity: you can go from rainforest to desert in just 300km. There are sandstone canyons, limestone karsts, mountains, fertile hills cascading with terraced rice paddies, forests of every kind – rain, dry, spiny – and a laterite-rich soil that gave the country its nickname of ‘Red Island’. With 5000km of coastline, the turquoise and idyllic sea is never very far. Few places on Earth offer such an intense kaleidoscope of nature. Oh, and there are plenty of natural pools, beaches and hammocks on which to recover, too.

Exploring this relatively untouched destination is always a breathtaking adventure.

Will you join us?

DAY 1 – Monday 18th May 2020

ANTANANRIVO, MADAGASCAR (D)

Welcome to Antananrivo- the capital of Madagascar. Where the food, architecture and language echo its French colonial past.The day is yours to relax before our 7.00pm tour briefing. Here you will have the chance to meet your fellow Island adventurers, Tour Host and our english-speaking local guide all while enjoying a welcome dinner.

Accommodation: Your own room at ‘Les Trois Metis,’ in Antananrivo (3 star)


DAY 2 – Tuesday 19th May 2020

ANTANANARIVO CITY TOUR & SILVER WORKSHOP (B,L,D)

After a leisurely breakfast we will enjoy visiting lots of local sites while on a guided city tour. We will learn a lot about the history and various culture of this extraordinary island, as well as getting the opportunity to experience traditional silver work while visiting a silver workshop. This evening the group will partake in a traditional Malagasy meal.

Accommodation: Your own room at ‘Les Trois Metis,’ in Antananrivo (3 star)


DAY 3 – Wednesday 20th May 2020

MORONDAVA AND BAOBAB ALLEY (B,L,D)

This morning we will board a short internal flight to the city of Morondava. Upon arrival we will get to experience the famous Baobab alley. Walk through this impressive landscape and marvel at some of the largest baobabs in the world. In the afternoon we will travel to nearby Kirindy and take a short night walk to look for lemurs.

Accommodation: Your own room at ‘Kirindy Lodge,’ in Kirindy


DAY 4 – Thursday 21st May 2020

KIRINDY TO MORONDAVA (B,L,D)

After an early morning forest walk in search of the Sifaka lemur, we will return to Morondava and witness baobab alley again, but this time at its most beautiful… sunset!

Accommodation: Your own room at ‘Trecicogne,’ in Bekopaka


DAY 5 – Friday 22nd May 2020 MORONDOVA – ANTSIRABE (B,L,D)

Today is a long driving day, so we will depart early for the city of Antsirabe. There will be plenty of stops enroute- to stretch our legs and take lots of photos of the incredible vistas. Antsirabe is famous for its precious stones and fossils. Upon arrival we will enjoy a short city walk to learn more about the colonial history of this town, and Madagascar in general.

Accommodation: Your own room at ‘Couleur Café,’ in Antsirabe (4 star)


Day 6 – Saturday 23rd May 2020 GEM STONES, LOCAL CRAFTS AND WOOD CARVINGS (B,L,D)

Antsirabe is renowned for its wealth of precious stones. We will visit a local workshop to see the many stunning fossils, gem stones and precious stones from this part of Madagascar. As we move further south we will also have a chance to see the detailed wood carvings that are familiar throughout Madagascar. Our group will enjoy a lunch with traditional music. This afternoon we arrive at Ranomafana National Park.

Accommodation: Your own room at ‘Centrest HÔTEL,’ Ranomafana


Day 7 – Sunday 24th May 2020 RANOMAFANA NATIONAL PARK (B,L,D)

Ranomafana National Park is famous for its rare lemur species and Chameleons. We will take an early morning walk through the park looking for the rare bamboo lemur . In the afternoon we will visit a local womens silk weaving group and return in time for a dusk walk to find the mouse lemur (smallest of the lemur family) as well as nocturnal chameleons- and many other busy night time critters.

Accommodation: Your own room at ‘Centrest HÔTEL,’ Ranomafana


Day 8 – Monday 25th May 2020 ANJE RESERVE (B,L,D)

Anje Reserve was established in 2001 by the local community in order to preserve their forest habitat, and their beloved and charismatic ring-tailed lemur. We will travel south from Ranomafana to Anje Reserve to spend an hour within a few feet of this lively lemur species. After lunch we will visit a community paper making work shop and then travel on to the stunning valley of Isalo.

Accommodation: Your own room at ‘Satrana Lodge,’ Isalo


Day 9 – Tuesday 26th May 2020 ISALO NATIONAL PARK (B,L,D)

Isalo national park is a rocky valley filled with waterfalls and striking rock formations. We are lucky enough to get to spend our morning walking through the park and exploring the stunning scenery. This afternoon we can relax by the pool or maybe indulge in a massage!

Accommodation: Your own room at ‘Satrana Lodge,’ Isalo


Day 10 – Wednesday 27th May 2020 IFATY (B,L,D)

After an early breakfast, we will depart from Isalo and head to the coastal town of Ifaty. Enroute we will visit a community sapphire mine. We arrive at our Infaty hotel in time for a walk along the pristine beach, a dip in the ocean and a few cool treats at cocktail hour!

Accommodation: Your own room at ‘Hotel Paradiso,’ (Le Paradisier) Ifaty (4 star)


Day 11 – Thursday 28th May 2020 IFATY (B,L,D)

This morning we will visit a project with real heart, the Brigeit Bardot lemur rescue centre and botanical gardens. Many lemurs are rescued from the pet trade and are brought to the centre for rehabilitation before being released back to the wild. The rescue centre is located inside the Ifaty Botannical gardens. Learn about the unique flora of Madagascar as you are led on a short guided walk of the gardens.

Accommodation: Your own room at ‘Hotel Paradiso (Le Paradisier)’, Ifaty (4 star)


Day 12 – Friday 29th May 2020 IFATY (B,L,D)

This morning is free to relax and unwind, or even go for a snorkel on the local reef which is being restored by the coastal communities of Ifaty. After a quick flight back to the capital of Antananrivo, we will drive to the small settlement of Andasibe .

Accommodation: Your own room at ‘Vakona Forest Lodge’, Andasibe


Day 13 – Saturday 30th May 2020 ANALMAZAOTRA NATIONAL PARK (B,L,D)

We will spend the morning in Analmazaotra National Park looking for more incredible lemur species, relax for the afternoon before quick night walk looking for the local Sifaka Lemur.

Accommodation: Your own room at ‘Vakona Forest Lodge’, Andasibe


Day 14 – Sunday 31st May 2020 LEMUR ISLAND AND REPTILE CENTRE (B,L,D)

If you’ve ever wanted to get up close and personal with a lemur then this is your chance. Lemur island was established as a reserve for rescued lemurs. These lemurs are so used to people that they cannot be released back into the wild. There is nothing as magical as a lemur sitting on your shoulder as you take a walk through this picturesque island forest. We will also visit the reptile centre which is an educational centre with a diverse array of lizards, crocodiles and frogs. Return to Antananrivo for your last evening on this magical island, and enjoy a group farewell dinner with all of your new friends.

Accommodation: Your own room at ‘Les Trois Metis,’ in Antananrivo (3 star)


Day 15 – Monday 1st June 2020 ANTANANRIVO (B)

Most flights depart in the afternoon, which means that after breakfast we have time to visit a local market for any last-minute purchases of arts and crafts. Alternately, why not stay for an extra night and enjoy the incredible island nation of Madagascar for a little longer before heading to Ethiopia and partaking in our next African solos adventure (2nd – 17th June 2020).

TOUR PRICING AUD$6,973 PER PERSON PLUS AIRFARES

TOUR DATES: 18TH MAY – 1ST JUNE 2020

Les Trois Metis:

Housed in a circa-1913 building previously occupied by the American Embassy, this classic hotel with an annex is a 14-minute walk from the travel hub at Gare Soarano and 4 km from the Rova of Antananarivo palace. The warm rooms have rosewood floors, mosquito nets and free Wi-Fi. They also include flat-screen TVs, minibars, and balconies or terraces, as well as garden or city views; some have living rooms. There’s a French and seafood restaurant/bar offering dining on a heated terrace. Guests also have access to a shop, a garden and a courtyard.

Kirindy Lodge:

Nestled within Kirindy Forest, Kirindy Lodge offers simple accommodation in a fabulous setting. A decidedly simple bush lodge, Kirindy accommodates its guests in basic wooden bungalows with limited amenities. While the accommodation is basic, Kirindy’s appeal lies in its location. Occupying a prime spot within the forest, it offers great opportunities for game-viewing and guided nature walks in one of Madagascar’s wildest nature reserves. There’s a small bar where guests may congregate at the end of the day, and a restaurant serving light food and beer.

Trecicogne:

This Italian-run guesthouse, right at the end of Nosy Kely peninsula features rooms with polished wooden floors, whitewashed walls and blue curtains. The restaurant is in a verandah overlooking the mangrove canal.

Couleur Café:

Cosy rooms with fireplaces in a laid-back lodging offering complimentary Wi-Fi & a garden.

Centrest:

The Centrest Sejour Lodge has standard rooms with tiled floors, whitewash walls and pine-covered ceilings. The rooms themselves are simple, but feature all the essentials, with double or twin beds, an en suite bathroom with showers, along with mosquito nets.  Located on top of a hill slightly above the main lodge, there are also traditionally built bungalows with thatched roofs and shared facilities. The lodge also features a bar with several beverage choices and a delightful restaurant that offers A La Carte French Cuisine, as well as a small gift shop, which is great for collecting your souvenirs and memorabilia.

Satrana Lodge:

Located at the edge of the famous Isalo National Park in the heart of Madagascar, Satrana Lodge is beautifully designed to reflect the surrounding landscape. Features include a spacious and elegant reception area, swimming pool, bungalows and restaurant. The outdoor swimming pool overlooks the canyons of Isalo National Park. The tented bungalows are very spacious with raised terraces, wooden floorings and indoor and outdoor rain showers. Each bungalow is separated by local plants and vegetable gardens.

Hotel Paradiso:

Airy rooms in a down-to-earth hotel offering an infinity pool and a seafood restaurant.

Vakona Forest Lodge:

Located a few kilometres from the village in an eucalyptus plantation and on the doorstep of the Andasibe National Park, Vakona Forest Lodge is a nature lover’s paradise. The lodge offers comfortable accommodation in a peaceful and natural setting and is Andasibe’s only luxury hotel. Vakona Forest Lodge is a comfortable eco-lodge comprising 28 Malagasy style bungalows scattered in a spacious garden of palm trees and bougainvilleas. It has 10 family bungalows, 6 double bungalows, 5 twin bungalows and 7 bed bungalows. Each bungalow has a terrace with a small external living room, ensuite private bathroom with warm water, heating, a personal safe and a mini-bar. The hotel restaurant is situated in the middle of the hotel, with a centre fireplace offering welcoming warmth in winter. The food is excellent and produces international and Malagasy style.

 

Weather

Madagascar has a hot and subtropical climate and has colder temperatures in the mountains. The seasons are mainly divided into two main periods : the rainy season from November to March and the dry season from April to October. The coastal region has a tropical climate with no completely dry season.

Money

The local currency in Madagascar is Malagasy Ariary. The most accepted foreign currency is Euro, but US dollars and GBP are easily changed. We recommend that you carry a mix of denominations.

There are money changing facilities (forex bureaux & bank kiosks) available at the major banks in Antananarivo or at the airport on your arrival. You will be able to change money at most main towns and cities. The most accepted foreign currency is the Euro, although the US Dollar is also accepted.

We recommend you change you money upon arrival, as it is more difficult to change money whilst on safari. There are ATM machines available in the major towns and the most widely accepted card is Visa. All ATMs will only dispense Ariary. There are very few places where credit cards can be used so please only use it as an absolute emergency. Please do not take travellers cheques as you will not be able to change these in Madagascar.

Electricity

Electricity is available at most lodges and hotels in Madagascar. Some of the more rural hotels may only be able to charge cameras from the generator, but please speak to your guide or reception about this. It may be worth taking an in car charger in case.

The electricity supply in Madagascar is 220 volts/AC50Hz. Plug sockets are 2 round pin sockets (European).

Visas

A valid passport with a minimum of 6 months validity on arrival is mandatory.

Tourist visas are required by all nationalities visiting Madagascar. We recommend that visas are obtained prior to departure, but please note that visas can be obtained at Antananarivo International Airport on your arrival. Please check with your local embassy or Malagasy mission to confirm this before you travel. At this stage a single entry tourist visa for a stay of 30 days or less is FREE, but things can and do change on a regular basis, so please check with the embassy prior to your departure.

Please note obtaining the correct entry visas are your responsibility.

Tour Inclusions:

  • Special guest Tour Host Brooke Squires, Founder of RAW Africa eco tours.
  • All transport as per the itinerary (we use a air-conditioned coaster van 16 seater to move around and a 4WD in Morondava)
  • All guiding, touring, sightseeing and excursions as per the itinerary
  • 14 nights hotel accommodation in your own room — always!
  • Meals as per itinerary: B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner.
  • Group Airport Arrival and departure transfers.
  • All National Park entry fees.
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Standard CHI (underwritten by Allianz) or NIB (underwritten by Lloyds) Travel Insurance Policy. Additional premium may be payable if over 69 years, have an existing medial condition or wish to extend your travelling dates. Please refer to respective Insurance PDS.

Tour Exclusions:

  • International airfares and taxes.
  • Internal flights:
    Antananrivo to Morondava *must be booked on Tsaradia Airlines flight to be advised (TNR – MOQ)
    Ifaty (Toliara/Tulear) to Antananrivo *must be booked on Tsaradia Airlines flight to be advised (TLE – TNR)
  • Visas (if applicable).
  • Expenses of a personal nature such as laundry, souvenirs and phone calls.
  • Meals and drinks not specified in the itinerary.
  • Porterage at hotels.

We are very excited to bring you to the land of lemurs and baobabs- the dream destination of Madagascar!

This incredible country is the world’s 4th largest Island and is one of our favourite destinations for its endemic wildlife, stunning landscapes, pristine beaches and distinctive culture. Join us on a magical 15 day small-group journey that will take you to the famous Baobab alley in the west to lemur island in the east and the beautiful beaches of the south.

The remarkable fauna and flora is matched by epic landscapes and incredible diversity: you can go from rainforest to desert in just 300km. There are sandstone canyons, limestone karsts, mountains, fertile hills cascading with terraced rice paddies, forests of every kind – rain, dry, spiny – and a laterite-rich soil that gave the country its nickname of ‘Red Island’. With 5000km of coastline, the turquoise and idyllic sea is never very far. Few places on Earth offer such an intense kaleidoscope of nature. Oh, and there are plenty of natural pools, beaches and hammocks on which to recover, too.

Exploring this relatively untouched destination is always a breathtaking adventure.

Will you join us?

TOUR PRICING AUD$6,973 PER PERSON PLUS AIRFARES

TOUR DATES: 18TH MAY – 1ST JUNE 2020

Les Trois Metis:

Housed in a circa-1913 building previously occupied by the American Embassy, this classic hotel with an annex is a 14-minute walk from the travel hub at Gare Soarano and 4 km from the Rova of Antananarivo palace. The warm rooms have rosewood floors, mosquito nets and free Wi-Fi. They also include flat-screen TVs, minibars, and balconies or terraces, as well as garden or city views; some have living rooms. There’s a French and seafood restaurant/bar offering dining on a heated terrace. Guests also have access to a shop, a garden and a courtyard.

Kirindy Lodge:

Nestled within Kirindy Forest, Kirindy Lodge offers simple accommodation in a fabulous setting. A decidedly simple bush lodge, Kirindy accommodates its guests in basic wooden bungalows with limited amenities. While the accommodation is basic, Kirindy’s appeal lies in its location. Occupying a prime spot within the forest, it offers great opportunities for game-viewing and guided nature walks in one of Madagascar’s wildest nature reserves. There’s a small bar where guests may congregate at the end of the day, and a restaurant serving light food and beer.

Trecicogne:

This Italian-run guesthouse, right at the end of Nosy Kely peninsula features rooms with polished wooden floors, whitewashed walls and blue curtains. The restaurant is in a verandah overlooking the mangrove canal.

Couleur Café:

Cosy rooms with fireplaces in a laid-back lodging offering complimentary Wi-Fi & a garden.

Centrest:

The Centrest Sejour Lodge has standard rooms with tiled floors, whitewash walls and pine-covered ceilings. The rooms themselves are simple, but feature all the essentials, with double or twin beds, an en suite bathroom with showers, along with mosquito nets.  Located on top of a hill slightly above the main lodge, there are also traditionally built bungalows with thatched roofs and shared facilities. The lodge also features a bar with several beverage choices and a delightful restaurant that offers A La Carte French Cuisine, as well as a small gift shop, which is great for collecting your souvenirs and memorabilia.

Satrana Lodge:

Located at the edge of the famous Isalo National Park in the heart of Madagascar, Satrana Lodge is beautifully designed to reflect the surrounding landscape. Features include a spacious and elegant reception area, swimming pool, bungalows and restaurant. The outdoor swimming pool overlooks the canyons of Isalo National Park. The tented bungalows are very spacious with raised terraces, wooden floorings and indoor and outdoor rain showers. Each bungalow is separated by local plants and vegetable gardens.

Hotel Paradiso:

Airy rooms in a down-to-earth hotel offering an infinity pool and a seafood restaurant.

Vakona Forest Lodge:

Located a few kilometres from the village in an eucalyptus plantation and on the doorstep of the Andasibe National Park, Vakona Forest Lodge is a nature lover’s paradise. The lodge offers comfortable accommodation in a peaceful and natural setting and is Andasibe’s only luxury hotel. Vakona Forest Lodge is a comfortable eco-lodge comprising 28 Malagasy style bungalows scattered in a spacious garden of palm trees and bougainvilleas. It has 10 family bungalows, 6 double bungalows, 5 twin bungalows and 7 bed bungalows. Each bungalow has a terrace with a small external living room, ensuite private bathroom with warm water, heating, a personal safe and a mini-bar. The hotel restaurant is situated in the middle of the hotel, with a centre fireplace offering welcoming warmth in winter. The food is excellent and produces international and Malagasy style.

 

Weather

Madagascar has a hot and subtropical climate and has colder temperatures in the mountains. The seasons are mainly divided into two main periods : the rainy season from November to March and the dry season from April to October. The coastal region has a tropical climate with no completely dry season.

Money

The local currency in Madagascar is Malagasy Ariary. The most accepted foreign currency is Euro, but US dollars and GBP are easily changed. We recommend that you carry a mix of denominations.

There are money changing facilities (forex bureaux & bank kiosks) available at the major banks in Antananarivo or at the airport on your arrival. You will be able to change money at most main towns and cities. The most accepted foreign currency is the Euro, although the US Dollar is also accepted.

We recommend you change you money upon arrival, as it is more difficult to change money whilst on safari. There are ATM machines available in the major towns and the most widely accepted card is Visa. All ATMs will only dispense Ariary. There are very few places where credit cards can be used so please only use it as an absolute emergency. Please do not take travellers cheques as you will not be able to change these in Madagascar.

Electricity

Electricity is available at most lodges and hotels in Madagascar. Some of the more rural hotels may only be able to charge cameras from the generator, but please speak to your guide or reception about this. It may be worth taking an in car charger in case.

The electricity supply in Madagascar is 220 volts/AC50Hz. Plug sockets are 2 round pin sockets (European).

Visas

A valid passport with a minimum of 6 months validity on arrival is mandatory.

Tourist visas are required by all nationalities visiting Madagascar. We recommend that visas are obtained prior to departure, but please note that visas can be obtained at Antananarivo International Airport on your arrival. Please check with your local embassy or Malagasy mission to confirm this before you travel. At this stage a single entry tourist visa for a stay of 30 days or less is FREE, but things can and do change on a regular basis, so please check with the embassy prior to your departure.

Please note obtaining the correct entry visas are your responsibility.

Tour Inclusions:

  • Special guest Tour Host Brooke Squires, Founder of RAW Africa eco tours.
  • All transport as per the itinerary (we use a air-conditioned coaster van 16 seater to move around and a 4WD in Morondava)
  • All guiding, touring, sightseeing and excursions as per the itinerary
  • 14 nights hotel accommodation in your own room — always!
  • Meals as per itinerary: B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner.
  • Group Airport Arrival and departure transfers.
  • All National Park entry fees.
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Standard CHI (underwritten by Allianz) or NIB (underwritten by Lloyds) Travel Insurance Policy. Additional premium may be payable if over 69 years, have an existing medial condition or wish to extend your travelling dates. Please refer to respective Insurance PDS.

Tour Exclusions:

  • International airfares and taxes.
  • Internal flights:
    Antananrivo to Morondava *must be booked on Tsaradia Airlines flight to be advised (TNR – MOQ)
    Ifaty (Toliara/Tulear) to Antananrivo *must be booked on Tsaradia Airlines flight to be advised (TLE – TNR)
  • Visas (if applicable).
  • Expenses of a personal nature such as laundry, souvenirs and phone calls.
  • Meals and drinks not specified in the itinerary.
  • Porterage at hotels.
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