Home to mind-blowing scenery, lush rainforests, curious lemurs, and all the outdoor splendour you could possibly ask for (and then some), Madagascar was made for adventure travel. This comprehensive tour takes you deep inside Africas amazing jungle island for close encounters with both wildlife and humans over 21 incredible days. Sit down for dinner with a ghost-talker at a homestay near Lake Andraikiba, swim in natural pools and splash about under waterfalls, encounter the unique trees of Baobab Alley, and soak up nature at its finest in some of the islands national parks. Madagascar is so out-there it feels like another planet. Get out there.
There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.
Please note, occasionally the following itinerary may have to be shuffled due to changes with the internal flight schedules. Typically, this results in shuffling days of the itinerary around and does not cause any missed activities, destinations or experiences.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Depart the capital and continue east, with stops along the scenic rainforest route of world-renowned Andasibe-Perinet National Park. Opt to stop en route to spot some lemurs, along with other animals like chameleons and leaf-tailed geckos.
Continue on to the national park. With free time over the next two days, opt to visit other small private or community reserves around Andasibe, and go on guided night walks inside those reserves or along the main road. Walk to the little town of Andasibe or simply enjoy the relaxing tranquility of the surrounding forest.
Our accommodation here are simple bungalows with shared facilities.
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 135km)
Explore the Indri Special Reserve and national park located 1.5km (0.93 mi) from the town of Andasibe. One of the park's primary purposes is to protect the natural habitat of the indri, a large black and white diurnal species that feeds on leaves and fruit. In addition to the indri, the park has 10 other diurnal and nocturnal lemur species, large chameleons, and the rarely seen blue boa.
The flora is just as spectacular with numerous species of trees, palms, and orchids (which flower in October/November).
Andasibe-Perinet National Park Guided Walk
Travel to the ancient colonial town of Antsirabe. Along this stretch of road you will see Merina tombs and the labour-intensive cultivation of rice paddies. Stop at Ambatolampy to visit a traditional family-run aluminum cookware factory.
Antsirabe is known as a thermal city because of its volcanic lakes. It's also famous for its precious and semi-precious stones and handicrafts.
Opt to explore this quaint little city upon arrival or the next morning.
Artisan Workshop Visit
Stop to visit some highlights along the way.
Private Vehicle (7.00-8.00 hours, 305km)
After a short visit to Lake Andraikiba, continue on to the small village of Fiadanana. This beautiful village is surrounded by breathtaking landscapes of rice fields and panoramic views of the nearby mountains.
Get to see how the villagers live by interacting with them and enjoy a chance to learn their rituals during an authentic community experience.
Accommodation is in a traditional style house that has been purpose-built to meet the needs of guests. There is a kitchen and a dining/lounge area to enjoy lunch or a drink, and a beautiful veranda overlooking the rice terraces. It is equipped with shared, basic shower facilities and outdoor toilets (a squat toilet and one western-style toilet). This accommodation is basic but, for one night, the experience of living like a local and staying somewhere unique and remote is worth it.
Lake Andraikiba Visit
Traditional Healer Visit
Community Guesthouse and Traditional Dinner
Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s), 25km)
Walking (3.00 hour(s), 8km)
Enjoy a local breakfast then opt for a scenic hike in the area to take in stunning views of Mt Ifasina.
After, hike back out to the bus (about 3.5km/2.2 mi) and continue to Ranomafana, a little village named after the hot springs in the valley.
The nearby national park is one of the most important mammal sites in Madagascar.
Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 280km)
Enjoy the wonderful changes of landscape along the way to the pleasant rural town of Ambalavao.
Visit a little paper factory where the locals will share their traditional methods of producing this unique, hand-made paper.
With free time, opt to visit a silk factory in town and learn about the local way of making fabric or clothing from silk, and the process of dyeing it with natural dyes.
Morning Forest Walk
Paper Factory Visit
Private Vehicle (3.50 hour(s), 106km)
Journey from Ambalavao to the Anja Community Reserve and on through diverse scenery. Travel through the savannah before the massif of Isalo becomes clearly visible.
Anja Reserve Walk
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 250km)
Spend the day exploring Isalo. After a short trek within a small canyon, take a break from the sun and stop at fresh natural swimming pool. Continue on to the "cascades", considered to be amongst the best waterfalls in Madagascar and has a large natural swimming pool.
With a little luck, you may see sifaka, brown lemurs, or ring-tailed lemurs.
Isalo National Park Visit
En route to Toliara, drive through the magnificent wide-open and vast desert landscape. Pass through several unique frontier-style sapphire mining towns, and babobab trees en route.
This drive will also pass by the tombs of the Mahafaly; a local tribe in Madagascar known predominantly for their large tombs. They were built for chiefs and kings and are covered in stones, sculptures, and horns. The more important the deceased, the more horns and statues the tomb is adorned with. One of the largest tombs has over 700 zebu horns! As this is a sacred site we will just be passing by, and photography is not permitted.
Continue on to Ifaty to relax and enjoy the breathtaking beaches of the Mozambican Channel.
While in Ifaty, opt to ride in a dugout canoe, visit the spiny forest reserve, go snorkelling or diving on the reef, or simply relax on the beach.
Make stops along the way to spot baobab trees and pass by the impressive Mahafaly tombs.
Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 250km)
Spend two full days enjoying this gorgeous area. Opt to do some hiking or hit the beach.
Travel to Toliara for a flight to Antananarivo and an optional night out on the town.
Please note that this is a combination tour. Some of group members may be departing the tour at this stage and some new group members may be joining tomorrow. Enjoy an optional group dinner to bid some of your new friends farewell.
Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s), 30km)
Plane (1.00 hour(s))
Free day to explore Antananarivo, or to relax with your feet up.
Journey through Antsirabe, the spectacular eroded hills called 'lavaka', and the lush green landscape before arriving at the farming town of Miandrivazo for the night.
Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 415km)
Arrive in Morondava in the afternoon with time to explore the town on foot, or opt to relax on the beach.
Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 285km)
Load into 4x4's and head out on sandy roads heading north to Bekopaka, before arriving cross the Tsiribihina and Manambolo rivers by local ferry.
Baobab Alley at Sunrise
4x4 (9.00 hour(s), 200km)
Morning canoe adventure on the Manambolo River, with an afternoon exploring the Little Tsingy's.
Canoe the Manambola River
Little Tsingy Visit
Enjoy a full day exploring the peculiar rock formations of the 'Great Tsingy'.
Hiking the Great Tsingy is more adventurous than the Little Tsingy and involves sections of scrambling on exposed rocks, crossing hanging bridges and large vertical drops. It is not technically difficult, but should not be attempted by the faint hearted or those suffering from vertigo. (The panoramic views are worth the effort though.) If you do not want to visit Great Tsingy on this day, there are alternatives to spend an additional day in Little Tsingy.
Great Tsingy Visit
The sandy track leads back to Morondava passing through Baobab Alley in time for sunset. Opt for a group farewell dinner as the trip draws to an end.
Sunset at Baobab Alley
4x4 (9.00 hour(s), 200km)
A final morning in Morondava before flying back to Antananarivo. The tour finishes on arrival in Tana.
** Flights can depart Morondava at either 9am or 2pm, so the morning schedule may change accordingly **
Due to the unpredictability of local flights, if we are unable to secure your domestic flight, we will instead transport you in 4x4 vehicles. This journey can take approximately 10 hours.
The tour ends upon arrival in Antananarivo. To avoid any unnecessary issues with timing, please book ongoing travel no earlier than 8pm.
Please contact your booking agent if you would like to book post-tour accommodation.
Departure Day (Activities)
Flight (1.00 hour(s))
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Trip Name: Ultimate Madagascar Adventure
Duration: 21 Days
From Price: 2839
Trip Code: 166467
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