Day One - Arrive in Antananarivo
Arrive today at any time - there's no planned activities until this evening when you'll meet your Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and fellow travellers at a welcome meeting. Before your meeting, take the time to refresh and explore.
Days Two and Three - Andasibe
Today you'll travel east to Andasibe-Perinet National Park, enjoying some scenic stops along the way. At Andasibe, you'll visit the upland rainforest and explore on a guided walk, keeping an eye out for your first glimpse of Madagascar's famous lemurs. During your two-night stay at Andasibe, you'll have free time to opt to visit other small private or community reserves around the area, or guided night walks. On day three, you'll explore the Indri Special Reserve and National Park, which aims to protect the natural habitat of the unique indri, a large black and white diurnal species which lives off leaves and fruit. Within this park, you'll also discover 10 other diurnal and nocturnal lemur species, large chameleons, and the rare and elusive blue boa.
Day Four - Antsirabe
Get a taste of Madagascar's colonial heritage as you head for the colonial city of Antsirabe for an overnight stay. En route, there will be stops to see Merina tombs, rice paddies, and artisan workshops, including a visit to a traditional family-run aluminium cookware factory in Ambatolampy. Antsirabe is a renowned thermal city, thanks to its volcanic lakes, but it also has a reputation for its precious and semi-precious stones and handicrafts. There will be time to explore this quaint little city upon arrival and the next morning, too.
Day Five - Fiadanana
First stop today is a visit to Lake Andraikiba before continuing to the small village of Fiadanana, which you can explore by foot, bicycle, or in a famous 'pousse-pousse'. Surrounded by rice fields and panoramic views of the nearby mountains, this beautiful village is bless with stunning landscapes, and you'll be able to learn how the villager slive by interacting them, and enjoying an authentic community experience, learning their rituals, listening to a ghost talker, and enjoying a homestay and traditional dinner with a local family tonight.
Day Six - Ranomafana
Enjoy a local breakfast this morning, and then perhaps choose to join a scenic hike in the area, taking in incredible views of Mt Ifasina, before hiking back to the bus to continue your journey. Today, you'll be travelling to Ranomafana, a little village named after the hot springs found in the valley. The nearby National Park is notable as one of Madagascar's most important mammal sites.
Day Seven - Ambalavao
There's some time this morning to get a feel for the area's incredible wildlife, embarking on an early morning forest walk, before departing Ranomafana. There's some scenic travelling to look forward to as your journey takes you south through the Madagascan wine-producing region as you head to the charming rural town of Ambalavao. The town is renowned for its 'Papier Antemoro', a papyrus-type paper impregnated with dried flowers, and sold across Madagasacar, and here you'll visit a little paper factory to hear from the locals about the traditional methods used to produce this unique paper. Afterwards, you might like to join an optional visit to a silk factory.
Days Eight and Nine - Ranohira and Isalo National Park
Leaving Ambalavao, you'll continue through changing landscapes to Ranohira and Isalo National Park, but not before enjoying a stop at the Anja Community Reserve, where you can look out for its famous groups of ring-tailed lemurs. As your journey continues, travel through the Savannah before the massif of Isalo appears. On day nine, you'll have a full day to explore Isalo National Park, which is renowned for its vast range of terrain, from sandstone formations and deep canyons to palm-lined oases and grassland. You'll trek within a small canyon and enjoy a swimming break in a fresh, natural swimming pool, before continuing onto 'the cascades', believed to be Madagascar's best waterfalls, all the while looking out for sifaka, brown lemurs, and ring-tailed lemurs!
Days Ten to Twelve - Ifaty
Your scenic journey to Ifaty will take you through a desert landscape, viewing Mahafaly tombs and giant baobab trees and passing unique frontier-style sapphire mining towns en route, before continuing to the stunning Mozambican Channel beaches of Ifaty. During your time in Ifaty, enjoy some relaxing downtime on the beach, or opt to ride in a dugout canoe, snorkel or dive in the turquoise waters, or visit the spiny forest reserve.
Days Thirteen and Fourteen - Antananarivo
You'll head to Toliara for a flight back to Antananarivo and an optional night out on the town. On day fourteen, your tour concludes and you can depart at any time.
Various dates available
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*No single supplement - based on sharing accommodation with a member of the same sex. However if you require or prefer a room of your own, please note that a small surcharge will apply
**Itinerary is subject to change as on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations.