Classic Madagascar - Private Tour
An introduction to this ‘continent on an island’, this tour includes visits to National Parks, opportunities to see several different lemur species, some cultural time in the capital and a tropical island. The itinerary below can be enjoyed as described, or it can be adjusted to cater for your own preferences. Accommodation choices will often be governed by availability as in some areas the options are limited. The services of a driver/guide are included.
Fly from Heathrow to Paris and connect with the flight to Antananarivo. On arrival, transfer to your hotel in the city for an overnight stay (with breakfast).
Set off by road heading east from Antananarivo, with a visit to Madagascar Exotic, a butterfly and reptile farm, en route to Andasibe for a 2 night stay (half board). The Andasibe-Mantadia National Park is a remarkable rainforest made up of two protected areas. In the Mantadia Park there are 14 species of lemur, including the Aye Aye lemur, and the Madagascar chameleon. The park has hundreds of species of orchids, some very rare, ferns and walking trails through the dense forest. A visit to Vakona’s Lemur Island and an unforgettable night walk in the Voimma Reserve are included.
Visit the Analamazaotra Reserve, the second part to the Andasibe-Mantadia Park and home to the Indri lemur, one of the largest living lemurs with a loud, distinctive call. The journey continues with a boat trip along the Pangalanes Canal to Akanin’ny Nofy on the shores of Lake Ampitabe for an overnight stay and a nocturnal Aye Aye walk (half board).
Visit the Palmarium Reserve, a private reserve and botanical garden on the banks of the Pangalanes Canal, with reptiles and several species of lemur, including Coquerel’s sifaka. Continue by boat to Toamasina for an overnight stay (half board).
Take the ferry across to the tropical island of Sainte Marie for a 3 night stay (half board). Relax by the pool or on palm-fringed beaches – the island is peaceful and unspoilt. Activities (local charges apply) include snorkelling among the coral reefs, diving, hiking and mountain biking, canoeing or exploring the island on a quad bike or 4x4. During July and August, humpback whales may be spotted as they migrate offshore.
Fly to Antananarivo for a final night.
Explore the Upper, Middle and Lower Towns of Antananarivo with its French-style colonial buildings and bustling markets before an evening transfer to the airport for the late overnight flight to Paris.
Connect with the flight to Heathrow.Prices start from £3330 per person (based on 2 people sharing)