SPINY DESERT AND RAINFOREST
7 days - Scenic drives to Perinet and Berenty Reserves, visit to artisans' market and picturesque Fort Dauphin. Thursday and Saturday departures from Antananarivo
See Cost Information below.
Antananarivo - Your tour starts in the capital city of Madgascar affectionately known as "Tana", with an overnight stay at the Hotel Colbert.
Antananarivo/ Perinet Reserve - Morning departure for drive through the highlands, towards eastern rain forest. Stop to visit La Mandraka Nature Farm, a place where you can get an introduction about the different reptiles in Madagascar. Late morning check in at the Vakona Forest Lodge, in attractively furnished cottages, nestled in a forest and garden setting. Afternoon visit the small Vakona reserve. Dinner and overnight
Perinet Reserve - Early start exploring the reserve, looking at the Indri Indri and to hear their haunting "singing call", mild hiking provides a good opportunity to experience the abundant flora and fauna of the eastern rain forest. Evening walk to get acquainted with the nocturnal lemur species such as the tiniest "mouse lemurs". Dinner and overnight at Vakona
Perinet / Antananarivo / Fort Dauphin - Drive back to Antananarivo to catch the late morning flight to Fort Dauphin at the most southern tip of Madagascar. Balance of the day at leisure. Dinner and overnight at the Miramar hotel with spectacular views of sunset over the Indian ocean.
Fort Dauphin / Berenty Reserve - Morning departure for Berenty Reserve, a two-hour picturesque drive from the coastal rainforest to the spiny desert. Stop along the way to see rare three-cornered palms and funerary art of the Malagasy burial grounds. Afternoon and evening visits to the reserve; meals and overnight at Gite d'Etape at the very edge of the reserve
Berenty Reserve - Day to visit 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 as they "dance" across the path. Other species include flying foxes, lizards, chameleons, the endangered radiated tortoise and dozens of species of rare birds. Late return to Ft. Dauphin for return flight to Antananarivo and overnight at Hotel Colbert.
Antananarivo - Day in the capital to enjoy an interesting excursion to the Queen's summer palace at Ambohimanga and shopping at the colorful artisan's market of Androvoahangy, or visit to the Tsimbazaza Zoo and Cultural Museum. Farewell dinner with transfer to charming Villa Vanille restaurant and overnight at Hotel Colbert.
Costs for SPINY DESERT AND RAIN FOREST:
Average price is $275 - $425 per day all inclusive
Based on number of passengers and escorted or not
Single supplement applies
A quote will be provided at no obligation upon receipt of Independent Itinerary Price Quote Request detailing number of passengers and applicable services (i.e., escort or no escort, additional nights, etc.)
- lodging and meals for 7 days
- intradomestic flights on Air Madagascar
- airport transfers and taxes
- services of English-speaking guide throughout
- vehicle and driver as needed throughout
- excursions, entrance fees and local guides in parks and reserves
- gratuities (a small tip at time of service is customary)
- beverages, alcoholic and non-alcoholic, including bottled water
- personal items such as telephone, fax, laundry, etc.
- all items not specified in the itinerary
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.