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The best Madagascar holidays in 12 days

Our Madagascar holidays give you an easy step into a world of diverse landscapes. Also an abundance of wildlife in a truly tropical climate. Quickly becoming the go to destination, it’s time to explore!

  • Antananarivo
  • Perinet Special Reserve
  • Antsirabe
  • Ranomafana National Park
  • Isalo National Park and Ifaty
  • 11 nights/ 12 days

Highlights

From Madagascar’s capital city, Antananarivo (or Tana) we finally journey through to Andasibe.

  • We night walk to observe night active lemurs and other nocturnal animals.
  • Special Reserve of Andasibe. This is home to the Indri Indri plus endemic fauna and flora. Also chameleons, tenrecs, and many birds.
  • Also Andasibe village, typically Betsimisaraka (The-Many-Inseparables) community. This is the second largest tribe on the island.
  • Ambositra is the centre of Madagascar’s wood carving industry.
  • Parc National de Ranomafana. With rain forest covered hills and abundant wildlife. One of Madagascar’s highlights.
  • Also walks in the National Park spotting some of the lemurs, chameleons and other animals.
  • Hike in the Isalo National Park. Include the Natural Swimming Pool looking out for sifakas, brown lemurs and ring-tailed lemurs. Also fifty-five species of birds, lizards and snakes.
  • Also visit a local wine farm for wine tasting near Fianarantsoa.
  • Finally Ihosy the capital of the Bara tribes.

Best time for Madagascar holidays

  • October and November – pleasant but not too hot, the jacarandas are flowering and the lemurs have babies
  • December and March – this is the wettest time to visit
  • May to November – are generally the driest months

The best of Madagascar holidays in one easy trip. Also found amongst Africa’s 50 best safari holidays.

ItineraryFrom $2625

Day 1 - Antananarivo Day 1 - Antananarivo

You're met on arrival for transfer to your hotel ready. Spend the rest of the day at leisure to explore Madagascar's capital city.

Day 2 - Perinet Special Reserve Day 2 - Perinet Special Reserve

Drive to Andasibe with many primary forests and lakes. See Merina villages spread in the rocky mountains. Arrive, check into hotel, night walk to see active lemurs and other nocturnal animals.

Day 3 - Perinet Special Reserve Day 3 - Perinet Special Reserve

Visit the Special Reserve of Andasibe to see the Indri Indri. This is the largest lemurs on the island. Unique with its endemic fauna and flora and wide variety of orchids. Visit Andasibe village.

Day 4 - Antsirabe Day 4 - Antsirabe

Antsirabe ‘The place of salt’ is an elegant city and known as the centre of the beer industry. Smell the Star Brewery as we enter the town! Founded by Norwegians in 1856, it has a European vibe.

Day 5 - Ranomafana National Park Day 5 - Ranomafana National Park

Drive to Ambositra. This is a big centre for wood carving. Through a landscape of rice fields, eucalyptus, pine forests and rocky mountains to Ranomafana National Park. One of Madagascar's highlights.

Day 6 - Explore Ranomafana Day 6 - Explore Ranomafana

The 40,000 ha Parc National de Ranomafana. A rainforest with abundant wildlife and streams which fall down into the beautiful Namorana River. Long walks in the park spotting lemurs also chameleons.

Day 7 - Isalo National Park Day 7 - Isalo National Park

Visit a local wine farm for wine tasting near Fianarantsoa. This is gateway to the south. Down to Ambalavao. We continue to Ihosy and Isalo.

Day 8 - Explore  Isalo Day 8 - Explore Isalo

Visit and hike in the park. Walk to the Natural Swimming Pool. Look out for sifakas, brown lemurs, ring-tailed lemurs, many bird species and lizards. Enjoy a cooling dip in the crystal clear waters.

Day 9 - Ifaty Day 9 - Ifaty

A new scenery among the dry forests of the west and the spiny desert of the south. See the different ‘Mahafaly tombs’ and the ‘Antandroy tombs’. On to Ifaty where the coast is lined by Mangrove trees

Day 10 - Ifaty leisure day Day 10 - Ifaty leisure day

Ifaty straddles the beach ideal for diving and snorkeling and is protected by a large coral reef. Walk to Mangily - visit a local school, see Vezo fishermen return with their catch.

Day 11 - Antananarivo Day 11 - Antananarivo

Transfer to the airport for flights to Tana, hotel check in and the afternoon is free to explore - walk from the high city to see the Rova, the queen's palace. Or simply relax by the hotel pool

Day 12 - Depart Antananarivo Day 12 - Depart Antananarivo

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight

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Our trip starts and finishes at Ivato International Airport [TNR]

Optional excursions (charged locally). Visit the ‘Reserve Domergue’, a conservation area with two kinds of baobabs, spiny bush, boa madagascariensis and chameleon parsoni (one of the largest chameleons in the world). Go whale watching – July to mid-September, whales enter seas to give birth. It’s possible to see the whales near the boat – what an experience!

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