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Overview

Spend 11 unforgettable days exploring the southern part of our planet’s fourth-largest island. Madagascar is an 88-million-year-old biodiversity hotspot – about 90 percent of all its animals and plants are found nowhere else in the world! These include the island’s cat-like fosa; the world’s smallest chameleon (which clocks in at a miniscule 30mm / 1.2in); and Madagascar’s flagship mammal species, lemurs.

Start your journey with a stop-over in the colourful and vibrant capital, Antananarivo (also known as Tana) before transferring to Antsirabe, a beautiful city in the subtropical highlands of Madagascar. It is cradled by emerald rice fields and extinct volcanos, many of which are filled with water to create gorgeous lakes.

Your next stop is Ambositra, the centre of Madagascar’s wood-carving industry. Here, the island’s Zafimaniry people are celebrated for their remarkable woodworking skills and art, which was recognised on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Next, you board a train for a picturesque ride through the lush green forests, tea plantations and red highlands of eastern Madagascar to a beautiful vintage train station in Manakara. Take a walk through this port city’s colonial streets or hop on a pirogue (long dug-out canoe) and glide along a stretch of the Canal des Pangalanes.

Halfway through your adventure you find yourself in the Ranomafana National Park – home to over 100 000 acres of tropical rainforest; several rare species of lemur and birds; over 130 species of frogs; and part of the World Heritage Site, Rainforests of the Atsinanana. Next stop is the city of Fianarantsoa, the cultural and intellectual centre for the entire Madagascar and its unofficial wine capital.

Stop in the Anja Community Reserve to meet Madagascar’s most recognised lemur, the ring-tailed lemur. See some the traditional tombs of the Betsileo people and learn more about this fascinating ethnic group. Spend a night in the middle of the stunning Tsaranoro Valley, beautifully sculpted by the three massive granite mountains that surround it. Enjoy a guided hike through the ‘Canyon of Lemurs’ for encounters with sifaka, ring-tailed and brown lemurs.

End your epic adventure in the port town of Tuléar, a melting pot of cultures and ethnic groups. Visit the Antsokay Arboretum: the 128-acre sanctuary for lemurs, radiated tortoises, snakes, chameleons and more than 920 plant species.

This itinerary is ideal for active and adventurous travellers who do not mind some serious road tripping.

Highlights & Activities

What's on offer whilst on this itinerary?
  • A pulled rickshaw ride through the streets of Antsirabe
  • Explore Ambositra’s markets to find wooden souvenirs handmade by the skilful Zafimaniry people
  • Stay at a tranquil hillside hotel with views of Madagascar’s only tea plantation
  • Scenic train trip through eastern Madagascar
  • A pirogue ride on the alluring Canal des Pangalanes
  • See lemurs in Ranomafana National Park
  • Historic architecture and cultural heritage sites in Fianarantsoa
  • Traditional tombs and lemurs in the Anja Community Reserve
  • Hikes in the Tsaranoro Valley and Isalo National Park’s ‘Canyon of Lemurs’
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Summary

Tour Duration: 2 Days
Start: Madagascar
End: Madagascar

Destinations visited

Accommodations visited

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Madagascar

Lokanga Boutique Hotel
1 Nights

Itinerary

Day to day

You will be met at Ivato International Airport by a driver who will transfer you to Lokanga Boutique Hotel. The drive can take up to an hour but you will be enthralled by the sights and sounds of bustling Antananarivo or ‘Tana’. Named after a Malagasy violin, the historical Lokanga is perched on a sacred royal hill situated in the oldest part of Tana. This beautiful hotel was restored from a 1930’s English colonial house but has managed to keep its charm through antique decorations, family souvenirs, maps and photographs. You will feel right at home in your beautiful room with breath-taking views over the island’s capital city.

What's Included?

  • 4WD Car Rental with A/C and English speaking driver, indemnities and gasoil included (day 2 to day 9)
  • All transfers airport/hotel/airport and port/hotel
  • Half-day excursion on the Pangalanes Channel (Day 5)
  • Rano Mafana National Park, Anja Private Reserve, Isalo National Park, Arboretum of Antsokay
  • Train ticket (day 4)

What's Excluded?

  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
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