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11 Days Safari Madagascar in Thousand Views

Antananarivo, Antananarivo Province, Madagascar

Affordable Guided Safari in Madagascar

Join this magnificent 11-day safari where you will visit a number of destinations across Madagascar. You will go on expeditions in Isalo National Park, Zombitse-Vohibasia National Park, and Ranomafana National Park. Have the opportunity to go on city tours around Ambalavao, Antsirabe, and Antananarivo. Along the way, you will be indulged with beautiful, panoramic views of Madagascar's nature. This trip is perfect for you who look for a true Madagascan adventure!

Key information

  • Private safari
  • Starting point and ending point: Antananarivo
  • Languages: English speaking guide
  • All park fees are included.

Highlights

  • Wildlife expedition in Isalo National Park
  • Ambalavao, Antsirabe, and Antananarivo city tours
  • Hiking in Zombitse-Vohibasia & Ranomafana National Park
  • Panoramic Madagascan views during the trip
  • An English-speaking guide / driver service
  • 10 nights' accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Daily breakfast

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Accommodation

You will be accommodated for 10 nights in guest houses, lodges, and hotels according to the program on bed and breakfast basis. Single supplement of 230 EUR is available.

Program

Day 1: Arrival Antananarivo (Tana)

You will arrive at Antananarivo, the capital city of Madagascar. Then, you will be transferred and stay overnight at a hotel on bed and breakfast basis, located near the airport. In the afternoon, you will have a meeting and briefing with your tour representative at your hotel.

Day 2: Antananarivo - Ambositra

After breakfast, you will drive southward across the landscape of the highlands, mainly composed of rice field and Lavaka or big hole which is caused by erosion. You will stop at Ambatolampy, “the city built on the flat rock”.

Traditionally agricultural, the town is also famous for age-old foundries, a technique transmitted from father to son. Then, you will head on to Antsirabe where you can stop for lunch. Then, you will drive to Ambositra, your final destination through rice field on the terrace. Your overnight stay will be in a hotel on bed and breakfast basis.

  • Distance: 260 kilometers, approximately 7 hours with stops

Day 3: Ambositra - Ambalavao

You will have a morning quick visit of Ambositra, the center of Madagascar’s wood carving industry. The architecture is so nice as the houses are made with ornately carved wooden balconies and shutters with nice colors. Then, you will head on to Fianarantsoa. The landscape is still dominated by rice fields on stage, a forest of pine and eucalyptus.

Upon arrival, you will go on a city tour around Fianarantsoa. Then, you will head on to Ambalavao and visit a wine factory as well as the Paper Anteimoro Workshop which is a remaining of the Arabian civilization in Madagascar. Afterward, you will walk to the colorful market of Ambalavao. Your overnight stay will be in a lodge on bed and breakfast basis.

  • Distance: 208 kilometers, approximately 6 hours with stops

Day 4: Ambalavao - Isalo Anja Park

In the morning, you will head to Anja, a park run by the village whose part of income serves to pay the local school teachers’ salaries. During the 2-hour hike, you can see many ring-tailed lemurs. Then, you will carry on southwards and pass by the famous “3 hillocks” and the huge dome called “archbishop’s cape”, a sacred place for the local people, as it is a place where their ancestors preferred to make a collective suicide rather than to surrender to Merina’s domination.

You will stop at Ihosy, the capital of Bara tribes, nomadic cattle raisers. Then, you will drive through the huge ”plateau de Horombe “ with its very spacious red soil that reminds you of “the no man’s land”. Your overnight stay will be in a hotel on bed and breakfast basis.

  • Distance: 208 kilometers, 6 hours with stops and visit

Day 5: Isalo National Park

You will embark on a full day expedition in Isalo National Park with a special guide. This huge mountain is very spectacular with its eroded sandstone mountain. It will remind you of the landscape of The Grand Canyon in the USA, with its yellow colors and eroded form. These mountains are also the place where Bara put their dead before they can bring them into their real tombs.

You will hike to the “natural swimming pool”, where you will see vegetation like Uapaca bojeri, Pachypodium rosulatum or elephant’s foot, a native species of aloe. For lemur’s lovers, there may be sifakas, brown lemurs, and ringtails. There will also be birds, lizards, and snakes. You will return to the hotel. Your overnight stay will be in a hotel on bed and breakfast basis.

Day 6: Zombitse-Vohibasia National Park

Early in the morning, you will go on a 2-hour drive to Zombitse-Vohibasia National Park, located about 130 kilometers from Isalo. For 2 to 3 hours, you will hike with a special guide. Created in 1997, Zombitse-Vohibasia National Park becomes a national park since September 2002. The park is known for its semi-dry forest and shelters of 47% of the endemic birds of Madagascar. It also counts 8 species of lemurs.

The local endemic gecko “Phelsuma standigui” is found at the entry of the park. Regarding flora, you can see the Ficus sp, a strangling creeper, Protorhus abrahamia, a wood used for the confection of the coffin and many epiphytes, and the orchids. After the visit, you will drive to Andranomaintso, well-known for its baobabs plateaux. You will go back to Isalo in the afternoon and stop at Ilakaka, the sapphire town where you can meet sapphires’ diggers. Your overnight stay will be in a hotel on bed and breakfast basis.

  • Distance: 130 kilometers

Day 7: Isalo - Ranomafana

You will drive northward to Ambalavao and pass through the huge ”plateau de Horombe”, a place where the local tribes graze their zebu. Then, you will cross Andringitra Massif which serves as a transition between the dry south and the fresh and green highland. Now, you are in the land of Betsileo.

Before entering the town of Ambalavao, you will pass through two spectacular huge granite dome called ”the gate of the south.” You will continue to Ranomafana that you will reach within 1 hour. Your overnight stay will be in a hotel on bed and breakfast basis.

  • Distance: 266 kilometers, approximately 7 hours with stops

Day 8: Ranomafana National Park

You will go on a 3 to 4-hour hike in the tropical rainy forest of Ranomafana National Park which was created in 1991. This expedition in the forest with a special guide enables you to see 12 species of lemurs, including the most important one, the golden lemurs which have been discovered very recently, as well as 100 birds, reptiles, butterflies, and other insects.

The area is covered with forest. In the higher areas, the trees are festooned with mosses, lichens, and orchid. The afternoon will be free, you can go a visit to Ranomafana Village or go to the thermal pool. Your overnight stay will be in a hotel on bed and breakfast basis.

Day 9: Ranomafana – Antsirabe

You will head to Antsirabe after breakfast. Today, you will come across the highland which is characterized by rice fields on stage, its chilly climate and the population with Asian features. Antsirabe or “the place of salt” lays 169 kilometers south of Antananarivo, an elegant city, best known as the center of the beer.

Antsirabe means “the city of much salt”. Founded by Norwegian in 1856, it is the only place which really feels and looks like a European city. Dotted with the cool climate and thermal spring, it is one of the most attractive places in Madagascar for its clement climate. Antsirabe is also known for gems and semi-precious stones. Your overnight stay will be in a hotel on bed and breakfast basis.

  • Distance: 247 kilometers, approximately 7 hours with stops

Day 10: Antsirabe - Antananarivo

You will go on a morning city tour of Antsirabe, where you will visit a lapidary of semi-precious gem, a workshop making pousse pousse and cars in miniature. Then, you will drive to the Andraikiba Lake. Departure to Antananarivo, you are in the profound highland with its chilly climate and its green landscape.

You will stop in Ambatolampy, an agricultural city. You will visit a familiar cooking pot maker. Upon arrival in Antananarivo, you will go on a city tour before heading to the hotel for overnight stay on bed and breakfast basis.

  • Distance: 169 kilometers, approximately 4 hours with stops

Day 11: Antananarivo - Departure

You will be transferred to the airport for your outbound flight.

Location

Your safari holiday will take place in several locations across Madagascar, including Antananarivo, Ambositra, Ambalavao, Isalo National Park, Zombitse-Vohibasia National Park, Ranomafana National Park, and Antsirabe.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 10 nights’ accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Daily breakfast
  • Entry fees and guides in reserves
  • Services of an English-speaking guide / driver during
  • Transport during the tour

What's not included

  • Activities not included in a program
  • Cool drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • International flights
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Tips

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 35% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 35 days before arrival.

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