12 Days "Land of Contrast" Safari in Madagascar

  • Antananarivo, Analamanga Region, Antananarivo Province, Madagascar

12 Days "Land of Contrast" Safari in Madagascar

  • Antananarivo, Analamanga Region, Antananarivo Province, Madagascar

Guided Madagascar Safari with Cultural Tour

Pack your bag and start your adventurous journey with Safpol Safaris on this 12-day safari! This safari vacation will give you the chance to explore the very best of Madagascar's spectacular destinations. The tour will cover some of the best destinations such as Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park and Andasibe National Park. Along the way, you will be indulged with beautiful, panoramic views of Madagascar's nature. Come and join Safpol Safaris to watch your dreams come to life!

Highlights

  • Wildlife viewing activities
  • City tour of Antsirabe & Tana
  • Cultural visits to the local villages
  • A visit to Peyrieras Reptile Reserve
  • English speaking guide / driver
  • Airport and ferry transfers
  • 11 nights' lodging
  • Daily breakfast
  • 10 activity days
  • English
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You will stay for 11 nights in guest houses, lodges, and hotels according to a program on a bed and breakfast basis. Single supplement is available for 315 EUR.

Day 1: Arrival in Antananarivo

Upon arrival in Antananarivo, there will be a meet and greet and then you will be transferred to a hotel where you will spend the night on bed and breakfast basis.

Day 2: Antananarivo - Antsirabe (3 to 4 hours with stops)

After breakfast, you will have a briefing for the tours. Then, you will start the tour with a private car, making 3 hours drive southward to Antsirabe across the highland landscape with its terraced rice-fields and its spectacular eroded hills called “Lavaka”. You will arrive in Antsirabe around noon.

Founded by Norwegians in 1856, it is an elegant city, which really feels and looks like a European city with its clement climate, thermal springs, and wide avenues. It is one of the most attractive towns in Madagascar. In the afternoon, you will hike the Betafo village to meet the “blacksmith” along the countryside of the area. This is also to experience the rural life of the highland tribe. You will stay overnight at a hotel on bed and breakfast basis.

Day 3: Antsirabe - Miandrivazo (4 hours' drive)

You will have breakfast at the hotel. Then You will have city tours of Antsirabe with visits to various artisans workshops. Then, you will head on to Miandrivazo for 3 to 4 hours drive. The landscape is changing during the drive, from green highland to Savannah and there is an erosion called "Lavaka". You will arrive in Miandrivazo around noon and followed by a visit to a local village to meet the Sakalava people. You will stay overnight at a hotel on bed and breakfast basis.

Day 4: Miandrivazo - Morondava - Kirindy (5 hours' drive)

You will depart to Morondava, which is surrounded by rice fields, empty hills, red soil, and palm trees landscapes. Just before entering Morondava, you will see your first couple of baobabs. As the center of the Sakalava kingdom, Morondava is a prosperous rice-growing area and it is also known as a seaside resort with a laid-back atmosphere. Many different cultures and religions manage to intermingle in this region which makes the place special.

You will continue your drive to Kirindy through the alley of baobabs, then check in at the lodge. This area is known for its baobab and its dry western forest. You will have a night expedition to see six species of lemurs like lepilemur ruficandatus, microcebus myoxinus or murinus, phaner furcifer, cheirogaleus medius, and mirza coquereli. You will stay overnight at a hotel on bed and breakfast basis.

Day 5: Kirindy - Bekopaka (200 kilometers - 6 hours with the ferry transfer)

You will have a morning walk with a special guide. Kirindy is one of the most rewarding wildlife sites where visitors can spot 8 species of lemurs, the most common one are verreaux’s sifaka, fulvus rufus, and red-fronted brown lemurs.

Then, you will drive straight to Belo through the baobabs forest and the red soil of the west. After that, you will arrive at the Tsiribihina river, then take a ferry to cross to Belo sur Tsiribihina to reach Bekopaka. This drive brings you to profound Madagascar, close to the real life of Malagasy people in the driest part of the country. You will arrive in Bekopaka around 18:00 then stay overnight at a hotel on bed and breakfast basis.

Day 6: Bekopaka - Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park

After breakfast, you will have a 4 to 6-hour hike in the reserve of Tsingy de Bemaraha, which is classified as world heritage. This massif is spectacularly eroded into a chaos of karsts pinnacles. In here, the nature is in perfect harmony with this wild and sharp limestone massif. The flora consists of a dry western deciduous forest surrounded with typical plants of these dry limestone areas, such as aloe, baobab Andasonia, and the red-flowered flamboyant tree Delonix regia which is so widely planted in the tropics.

Madagascar’s sole native banana Musa perrieri also occurs here. You can also see plants which grow in the stone like different species of pachypodium and orchids. Concerning the fauna, you can see the stump-tailed chameleon Brookesia perarmata known from only a handful specimens. The bird list contains 53 species and the lemur contains 7 species including Von der Decken's sifaka and propithecus verreauxi deckeni. You will stay overnight at a hotel on bed and breakfast basis.

Day 7: Bekopaka - Morondava (8 hours with the ferry transfer)

After breakfast, you will have a 6 to 8-hour drive back to Morondava. Along the way, you will stop in "allee des baobabs" for sunset photo; this is the region of splendid Grandidier’s baobab, Andasonia grandidieri. You will arrive in Morondava at the end of the afternoon. You will check-in and stay overnight at a hotel on bed and breakfast basis.

Day 8: Morondava - Antsirabe (6 - 7 hours with stops)

After breakfast, you will have a 6-hour drive to Antsirabe. You will stay overnight at a hotel on bed and breakfast basis.

Day 9: Antsirabe - Antananarivo - Andasibe (269 kilometers - 6 to 7 hours with stops)

Today, you will drive northward to Antananarivo across the highland, and then take the RN2 for 3 hours drive eastwards to Andasibe, through the green landscape of the east. This step brings you to the humid part of the country with many primary forest and lakes. You will stay overnight at a hotel on bed and breakfast basis.

Day 10: Andasibe-Mantadia National Park

In the morning, you will have a 3 to 4-hour hike to Andasibe National Park, a huge tropical rainy forest in the east. 9 species of lemurs can be spotted; the highlight is the “Indri Indri” which is the largest lemur of the island. This 810-hectare reserve is also home to the unique wildlife. It contains a wide variety of orchids, canopy, endemic animals like chameleons, tenrecs, and many birds.

After the hike, you will visit Andasibe village. It is a typical Betsimisaraka village and the second largest tribe. Afterwards, you will visit the “lemurs’ island” which is the best spot to take photos of lemurs up close. You will stay overnight at a hotel on bed and breakfast basis.

Day 11: Andasibe - Antananarivo

You will have a morning drive back to Antananarivo. On the way, you will stop in Pyereras Reptiles Park to see farmed chameleons and other species of reptiles. On a walk inside the forest, you can spot 2 species of lemurs, the sifaka “coquereli” and the brown lemurs “fulvus”. Then, you will arrive in Antananarivo and have a city tour of the town then stop in Marché Artisanale “La digue” for souvenir shopping. You will stay overnight at a hotel on bed and breakfast basis.

Day 12: Antananarivo

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

Your safari tour will take place in Madagascar where you will visit places such as Antananarivo, Antsirabe, Miandrivazo, Morondava, Kirindy Mitea National Park, Bekopaka, Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park, and Andasibe-Mantadia National Park.

  • 11 nights’ accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Daily breakfast
  • Entry fees and guides in reserves
  • Ferry transfers in Bekopaka
  • Services of an English-speaking guide / driver during the tour
  • Transport service during the tour
  • Activities not included in a program
  • Cool drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • International flights
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Tips
  • 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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Arrival: Saturday November 11, 2017
Departure: Wednesday November 22, 2017

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