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Discover the best of Madagascar in this fascinating 11-day tour with lemurs, colourful tribes, tropical beaches, bustling markets, and ever-changing scenery. Begin your adventure in “Tana” and travel through unspoilt nature, the dense forests of Andasibe, the eroded hills of Antsirabe, Fianarantsoa, Isalo National Park, Ifaty, and Tulear. This journey will enchant you with sights and sounds and experiences, the kind of things you have never seen before.
During the safari, you will be staying in these accommodations:
Arrive in Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar. After a short briefing, you will drive to Andasibe through the green and luxuriant vegetation of the east. This evening we will go on a night walk in the area of Andasibe to try to spot some of the nocturnal lemurs and other interesting creatures like chameleons.
You will visit the special reserve of Andasibe in the morning to see the Indri, the largest lemurs on the island. In the afternoon, you will visit Andasibe village, a typical Betsimisaraka (the-many-inseparable) village, and the second largest tribe on the island. This small visit will give you an insight into the lives of these friendly welcoming people.
Driving back via Tana, you will then head south to Antsirabe, across the highland landscape with its beautiful rice fields on colourful display. You will make a stop in Ambatolampy, known as the aluminium capital of Madagascar to witness some incredible metal casting skills before continuing on to Antsirabe.
In this day, you will head for the centre of Madagascar’s wood carving industry - Ambositra, where you will be able to see some of the magnificent woodwork that they create in this town, everything from musical instruments to ornately decorated wooden boxes, which are available to purchase. After your time in Ambositra you will deviate from the main road and head for Ranomafana National Park.
Ranomafana National Park with its rain forested hills and abundant wildlife, has long been considered one of Madagascar’s highlights, and is one of the most heavily visited of the country’s national parks. You will go for walks in the National Park for several hours spotting some of the endemic lemurs, chameleons, birds and reptiles.
Fianarantsoa is the gateway to the south and the capital of the Betsileo tribes. Your next stop will be at Ambalavao to visit a wine farm and do a little wine tasting. Still in Ambalavao, you will visit the Anteimoro Paper Factory, a vestige of the Arabian civilisation on the island. You will arrive in Isalo late in the afternoon.
Today, you will visit Isalo National Park. The park covers an area of 81,540 hectare comprising of the entire stretch of the Isalo massif. This huge mountain is a spectacular sight, with its eroded sandstone pillars and gulleys. After a 10-minute drive from Ranohira Village, you will walk about 90 minutes to reach a spectacular natural swimming pool hidden away in this seemingly barren landscape.
The drive to Tulear will bring you a new scenery among the dry forests of the west and the spiny desert of the south. On the way, you can admire the different ‘Mahafaly tombs’ and the ‘Antandroy tombs’. After a short visit of Tuléar you will head for Ifaty.
Ifaty lies on the beach which is an ideal place for diving and snorkeling and a popular place for birdwatchers. Here you can also experience the Vezo Fishermen’s life. Many excursions are possible.
Early in the morning you will transfer to the airport for the flight back to Tana. On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel and the rest of the afternoon will be at your leisure.
In the morning, after breakfast, you will be collected from your hotel and transferred to the airport for your onward flight.
The safari will take place in Antananarivo, Andasibe, Ranomafana National Park, Ambalavao, Isalo National Park, Toliara, and Ifaty, in Madagascar.