MADAGASCAR DISCOVERY – GROUP TOUR
The perfect blend of adventure and comfort, wildlife and local culture,
rain forest and beach, highlands and lowlands.
May 4 – 20, 2014
October 12 – 28, 2014
May 3 – 19, 2015
October 11 – 27, 2015
See Cost Information below.
Sunday, Day 1
Arrive Antananarivo - Upon arrival into the capital city of Madagascar, affectionately known as "Tana", clear customs and meet Cortez representative for transfer to the Hotel La Varangue for overnight stay. No meals today.
Monday, Day 2
Antananarivo - Breakfast and morning R&R. After lunch at the hotel, meet your Cortez guide and embark on an afternoon excursion to the Tsimbazaza Zoo and Cultural Museum for an introduction to early Madagascar life as well as to the special birds, lemurs and botanical wonders endemic to the island. Meals and overnight La Varangue. BLD
Tuesday, Day 3
Antananarivo / Maroantsetra - Transfer to airport for morning flight to Maroantsetra, gateway to the Masoala Peninsula great rainforest, mecca of naturalists and wildlife enthusiasts. After hotel check-in and lunch, depart by boat to the Andrifotra Private Reserve, a lush, virgin and private Eden located between the bay and lazy river. Return to the Relais du Masoala for dinner and overnight. BLD
Wednesday, Day 4
Maroantsetra / excursion Nosy Mangabe - Full day excursion by boat to the island reserve of Nosy Mangabe, just off the shore of Maroantsetra. One is sure to see the curious brown lemur and the unique leaf-tailed gecko on a pleasant walk along the shore; a more challenging uphill climb reveals an ancient burial site and the black and white ruffed lemur high in the trees. Return by the river to the Relais for dinner, night walk for best chance to see the elusive Aye aye, and overnight. BLD
Thursday, Day 5
Maroantsetra / Antananarivo / Perinet Reserve - Time to visit the pleasant marketplace, known for intricate raffia hats and bags, before return flight to the capital. Upon arrival, meet and depart by car to Perinet Reserve in the eastern rainforest with lunch along the way. A brief stop at La Mandraka Nature Farm and continue on to the forest of the Analamazoatra Reserve (Perinet), dinner and overnight at Vakona Forest Lodge or Hotel Eulophiella. BLD
Friday, Day 6
Perinet Reserve - Full day to spend in the reserve with early start to see the Indri indri and hear their haunting "singing" call. Mild hiking provides a good opportunity to experience the abundant flora and fauna of the eastern rain forest. Dinner and overnight at the Vakona or Eulophiella. BLD
Saturday, Day 7
Perinet Reserve / Antananarivo - Morning visit with the friendly lemurs at the small reserve of the Vakona before lunch and return drive to the capital. Full day to spend in the reserve with early start to see the Indri indri and hear their haunting "singing" call. Overnight Hotel La Varangue. BL Dinner on own tonight.
Sunday, Day 8
Antananarivo / Ft. Dauphin / Berenty Reserve - Transfer to airport for flight to Ft. Dauphin; upon arrival at the southernmost tip of Madagascar, meet and depart for Berenty Reserve, a 3+ hour drive from coastal rainforest to the spiny desert. Stops along the way to view the unique baobab trees, rare three-cornered palms and funerary art of the Malagasy burial grounds. Afternoon and evening visits to the reserve; meals and overnight at Gite de Berenty. BLD
Monday, Day 9
Berenty Reserve - Day to spend in the reserve with walks along the wide, well swept paths. The Lemur Catta Maki, better known as the ring-tailed lemurs, are very friendly and seem pleased to pose for photographs. Be ready for surprise encounters with the beautiful sifaka lemur and other species including flying foxes, lizards, chameleons, the endangered radiated tortoise and dozens of species of rare birds. Meals and overnight at Gite de Berenty at the edge of the forest. BLD
Tuesday, Day 10
Berenty / Ft. Dauphin - Time for visit to the reserve of the spiny desert and small but comprehensive cultural museum at Berenty before return drive to Ft. Dauphin. Afternoon stop at Reserve du Nahampoana, located on the edge of town within an old French botanical garden research center. Ringtails, sifakas and brown lemurs reside here in a lush garden set against a misty mountain backdrop. Meals and overnight Croix du Sud. BLD
Wednesday, Day 11
Ft. Dauphin / Antananarivo - Breakfast and transfer to the airport for morning flight back to the capital. Lunch at the hotel and afternoon free; dinner at the delightful Villa Vanille with local entertainment and overnight La Varangue. BLD
Thursday, Day 12
Antananarivo / Diego Suarez / excursion Montagne d'Ambre - Leisurely breakfast before midday flight to Diego, unique port on the northern tip of the island. Diego sparks a conglomeration of architecture reflecting the myriad of influences throughout the centuries. Meet and depart for the beautiful and lush national park of Montagne d'Ambre. Enjoy a late afternoon and evening walk; overnight at Nature Lodge or Le Grand Hotel. BLD
Friday, Day 13
Diego Suarez / excursion Ankarana / Ankify - Early morning departure for the Ankarana, noted for its bizarre limestone pinnacles known as the "Tsingy". Visit to the caves or climb the Tsingy for a view of this vast area; close encounters with the crown lemurs during your picnic lunch. Continue on to Ankify in the afternoon; dinner overlooking the ocean and overnight Hotel Baobab. BLD
Saturday, Day 14
Ankify / Nosy Be / excursion Nosy Komba and Nosy Tanikely - Early morning boat trip to Nosy Be, with stops along the way on the islands of Nosy Komba, where the black lemurs reign, and Nosy Tanikely for snorkeling and a barbeque lunch. Dinner and overnight at the Nosy Be Hotel. BLD
Sunday, Day 15
Nosy Be / excursion Lokobe Reserve - Day excursion to the peninsula of Lokobe by pirogue, native paddle boat. Learn firsthand from Jean-Robert and his guides about his village's prolific plants and wildlife. Meals and overnight Nosy Be Hotel. BLD
Monday, Day 16
Nosy Be / Antananarivo - Day for R&R or visit the marketplace before flight to Antananarivo; relax in dayroom at the La Varangue before return to the airport for flight to Paris, departing just after midnight tonight. BL Those passengers traveling via Johannesburg overnight at the La Varangue. Dinner on own.
Tuesday, Day 17
Depart Antananarivo - Air France flight departs at 1:00am; flight to Johannesburg departs at 3:00pm. B
COSTS for Discovery Group Tour are as follows:
| Tour from Antananarivo:
||$ 5,195.00 per person
| Additional night in Antananarivo:
||$ 110.00 per person
| Upgrade to the Deluxe wing of the Colbert (5 nights in Tana):
||$ 500.00 per person
| Single supplement:
| Single supplement / Deluxe wing of the Colbert:
Add-on airfares from all U.S. departure cities to Antananarivo available upon request.
Minimum of 2 passengers required for each tour to operate.
Simply fill out and return the Group Tour Reservation Form and we will confirm your reservation.
- lodging and meals for 16 days as per itinerary
- internal (domestic) flights on Air Madagascar
- airport transfers and taxes within Madagascar
- services of English-speaking guide within Madagascar
- services of vehicle and driver as needed throughout
- excursions, entrance fees and local guides in parks and reserves
- international airfare roundtrip from/to the US
- gratuities (a small tip at time of service is customary)
- all beverages, alcoholic and non-alcoholic, including bottled water; gratuities
- personal items such as phone, fax, laundry
Please note that order of itinerary may be rearranged subject to air schedule changes by Air Madagascar, and some hotels may have to be substituted with similarly priced hotels due to conditions beyond our control.