Nature Guided South West Madagascar, Morondova. Land of the Lemurs

Madagascar is a one-off; there is no other place like it. Its landscapes, animals and plants are simply incredible! Near the equator with an astonishing array of habitats, ranging from rainforests to deserts and from mountain tops to mangrove swamps, it is one of the most important countries for biodiversity on the planet. The tropical climate is a perfect host to the process of nature and, like nowhere else, the variety and richness of life has flourished. We will see much of the unique flora and fauna of Southern Madagascar on this great tour.

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South West Madagascar Holidays Itinerary

Day 1  : Antananarivo

After arriving in Antananarivo (or Tana, as it is known by the locals), you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

Day 2  : Flight to Morondova (B,D)

You will transfer to the airport in time to take your 1 hr flight to Morondava. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. This afternoon you will be able to visit the mangroves by pirogue (optional – not included) , and / or relax at your hotel.

Day 3 : Morondova – Bekopaka (B,L,D)

Today you will meet your driver / guide who will be with you for the next few days. You will spend a full day travelling by 4×4 to the village of Bekopaka. This is an interesting and eventful journey on difficult roads! And we have to cross rivers before arriving there. Overnight at Le soleil de Tsingy http://www.soleildestsingy.com

Day 4  : Bekopaka (B,L,D)

Today you will visit the stunning Tsingy – classified by UNESCO. You will explore this area for around 2-3 hours. In the afternoon you will continue to explore Manambolo Canyon by pirogue. Overnight at Le soleil de Tsingy .

Day 5  : Bekopaka (B,L,D)

A short 4wd transfer takes us to the gate of this mysterious maze of rocks spires. It is truly a wonder to cross those canyons along the adventures trails, steep ladders. Overnight at Le soleil de Tsingy .

Day 6  : Kirindy (B,L,D)

After breakfast you leave the village of Bekopaka to join the Kirindy forest (approx. 4hours drive). Overnight.

Day 7  : Avenue De Baobabs & Morondava (B,L,D)

Today you head back to Morondava. Stopping at the well known Avenue de Baobabs. Overnight.

Day 8  : Flight to Tana – Transfer to Andasibe

This morning we will set off to the Andasibe-Mantadia National Park (previously known as Perinet) where you will spend 1 ½ days exploring this wonderful environment. En-route we will stop at a farm specialising in Madagascan reptiles and butterflies, before arriving at our hotel.. This afternoon you will get a chance to stroll around the private reserve of Vakona Lodge with the opportunity to spot lemurs and crocodiles. This evening, take a twilight/nocturnal walk, looking out for the nocturnal species of lemur by catching their eyes in the torchlight. Overnight hotel .

Day 9  : Discovering Andasibe National Park (B,L,D)

Today we will explore Andasibe National Park. Overnight hotel.

Day 10  : Andasibe – Antsirabe (B,L,D)

We will set off early this morning for a full day journey to Antsirabe (via Tana). The driving time is approximately 7 hours, however with stops en-route we will be on the road much longer. We will stop for lunch along the way and enjoy the Malagasy life along the roads. Overnight Hotel.

Day 11  : Antsirabe to Ranomafana (B,L,D)

We will set out after an early breakfast towards Ranomafana National Park (approx. 4hr journey on good roads).We will stay just outside Ranomafana (just 10 minutes from the park entrance). This afternoon you have the option of visiting the thermal baths in Ranomfana or the park itself, although it will be a little sleepy in the afternoon. Overnights Hotel .

Day 12  : Discovering Ranomafana National Park (B,L,D)

We will set out after an early breakfast towards Ranomafana National Park (approx. 4hr journey on good roads).We will stay just outside Ranomafana (just 10 minutes from the park entrance). This afternoon you have the option of visiting the thermal baths in Ranomfana or the park itself, although it will be a little sleepy in the afternoon. Overnights Hotel .

Day 13  : Ranomafana – Isalo  (B,L,D)

Transfer to the Isalo National Park, this is unlike any other place in Madagascar. Overnight eco-lodge.

Day 14  : Discovering Isalo National Park  (B,L,D)

Park visit including the opportunity to swim in a natural pool with lunch on trail. Tonight we will stay at the Isalo ranch again. Overnight eco-lodge.

Day 15  : Transfer to Ifaty  (B,L,D)

Today we head to Ifaty and the Indian Ocean. This afternoon we can relax at a lovely hotel with bungalows along the beach. Overnight Hotel.

Day 16  : Ifaty to Antananarivo  (B,D)

We will catch the Air Madagascar flight from Tulear to Tana. Overnight Hotel

Day 17  : End of trip

Transfer to the airport in time for your flight home.

OPTIONAL BEACH EXTENSION

Disovering Ifaty

Just north of Ifaty you can find the Reniala Nature Reserve ‘Spiny Forest’ , a remarkable habitat adapted to the heat and drought of the area giving it the resultant thorny &/or bloated drought resistant trees and plants. The spiny forests inland from Ifaty are of great interest to birdwatchers and botanical enthusiasts alike. Here you will be able to see some very large iconic Baobab trees, an abundance of birds (a true paradise for ornithologists) as well as possibly some locally endemic species such as the long-tailed ground roller and sub-desert mesite. This unique habitat is severely threatened by deforestation and by visiting these sites, you will not only enjoy some of the little remaining spiny forest in Madagascar, but also actively contribute to its conservation (the sites are currently not protected). A visit here can be organized by the hotel, and you can even travel there by pirogue – which we highly recommend. Overnights Le Paradisier or similar.

Day 15  : Transfer to Tana and Flight home  (B)

We will catch the Air Madagascar flight from Tulear to Tana. Depending on your time of arrival in Tana you can visit the handicraft market and you will also have a day use room at a local hotel. If the internal flight is later in the day, we may recommend spending an additional night in Tana, however most flights leave just after midnight so you don’t need to get to the airport until 10pm. Transfer to the airport in time for your flight home.

Day 16  : End of trip

Flight home

  • Duration17 days/ 16 nights
  • Price£2795
    Full board. Excludes external flights. Includes internal flights
  • Upcoming Group Departures2017: 27th July //2018: 26th July
  • Tailormade DeparturesOn request

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