An 11-day spotlight on the "highlights" of Madagascar: wildlife, spiny desert, endemic flora and fauna - all in relative comfort. Monday departure from Antananarivo.
See Cost Information below.
Antananarivo / Perinet - Morning departure for drive through the highlands to the eastern rain forest and Perinet Reserve. Stop for visit to La Mandraka Nature Farm, then continue on to Perinet, check-in at the Vakona Forest lodge, dinner and evening nature walk.
Perinet Reserve - Full day to visit 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. Overnight at Vakona.
Perinet / Tamatave - Morning departure by car for spectacular drive to the coastal lowlands and Tamatave. Afternoon visit to the Duke Primate Center's lemur rehabilitation and relocation project, dinner and overnight at the Hotel Neptune.
Tamatave / Maroantsetra - Morning at leisure before flight to Maroantsetra. Check-in at the Relais du Masoala for dinner, evening nature walk and overnight.
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 provides an opportunity to see an ancient burial site and the black and white ruffed lemur high in the trees. For the more intrepid, a vigorous climb to the top of the island reveals an excellent views of the Bay of Antongil and the Masoala Peninsula. Return to Relais du Masoala for dinner and overnight.
Maroantsetra / Antananarivo - Morning visit to pleasant marketplace of Maroantsetra, known for straw hats and bags, as well as the colorful lamba cloth, before transfer to airport for flight to Tana; overnight Tana Plaza.
Antananarivo / Ft. Dauphin - Transfer to airport for flight to Ft. Dauphin. City tour, dinner and overnight at Le Dauphin.
Ft. Dauphin / Berenty - Depart for Berenty Reserve, a 2-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 d'Etape.
Berenty Reserve - Full 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. Meals and overnight at Gite d'Etape.
Berenty / Ft. Dauphin / Antananarivo - Morning to visit the small cultural museum and reserve of the spiny desert before return drive to Ft. Dauphin for flight to Antananarivo. Transfer and overnight at Hotel Colbert.
Antananarivo - Interesting excursion to the Queen's summer palace at Ambohimanga and visit to the artisans market of Androvoahangy.
Costs for MADAGASCAR HIGHLIGHTS:
Average price is $275 - $450 per day all inclusive
Based on number of passengers and escorted or not
Single supplement applies
NOTE: Minimum of 2 passengers required for tour to operate.
A quote will be provided at no obligation upon receipt of Independent Itinerary Price Quote Request form detailing number of passengers and applicable services (i.e., escort or no escort, additional nights, etc.)
- lodging and meals as per itinerary
- 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.