Madagascar - Madagascar at a Glance

17 Day Tour Starting in Antananarivo
  • Code: MAG-ATGLA-11N

    Madagascar - Madagascar at a Glance

    Summary

    Madagascar at a Glance is a guaranteed departure tour running all year round. Experience the highlights and contrasts of Madagascar by exploring the dry western areas of the island with wonderful baobab tress and semi-dry tropical forests. This tour takes you to the world heritage site of the Tsingy de Bemaraha National park, and the humid wet landscapes of the eastern side of the island and the tropical rainforests of Andasibe National Park. The itinerary covers the rich and unique wildlife of Madagascar with different species of lemurs, chameleons, and a multitude of different reptiles.

    This tour is run all year round.

    Departures are guaranteed.

    Day 1 - Arrival Antananarivo

    Antananarivo (Tana)


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    Welcome to Madagascar. A representative will meet you on arrival at the international airport, and take you to your hotel to rest and prepare for the following days' tour.

    Accommodation:

    Island Continent Hotel - Bed and Breakfast



    Day 2

    Antananarivo to Antsitrabe

    Journey Time: 3-4 hours


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    After breakfast, briefing for the tours then with a private car, 3 hours drive southward to Antsirabe across the highland landscape with its terraced rice-fields and its spectacular eroded hills called "lavaka". Arrival in Antsirabe around noon.

    Founded by Norwegians in 1856, it is an elegant city, which really feels and looks like an European city. With its clement climate, thermal springs and wide avenues, it is one of the most attractive towns in Madagascar. Afternoon, hike in Betafo village to meet the "blacksmith" along the countryside of the area. This is also to experience the rural life of the highland tribe

    Accommodation:

    Les Chambres Du Voyageur Or Similar on B&B



    Day 3

    Antsirabe to Miandrivazo

    Journey Time: 4 Hrs


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    Breakfast at hotel. City tours of Antsirabe with visits to various artisans workshops then we head on to Miandrivazo for 3 to 4 hours drive. The landscape is changing step by step, from green highland to savannah, erosion called "lavaka".

    Arrival in Miandrivazo around noon. Visit to a local village to meet the Sakalava people.

    Accommodation:

    Princesse Du Tsiribihina B&B



    Day 4

    Miandrivazo To Morondava To Kirindy

    Journey Time: 5 Hrs


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    Departure to Morondava, the landscape is still dominated by rice fields, empty hills, red soil, and palm trees. Just before entering Morondava, we see our first couple of baobabs. As the centre of the Sakalava kingdom, Morondava is a prosperous rice-growing area, it is also known as a seaside resort, with a laid-back atmosphere. Many different cultures and religions manage to intermingle in this region which makes it special.

    We continue our drive to Kirindy through the alley of baobabs. Arrival and check in at the lodge.

    This area is known for its baobab and its dry western forest. Night expedition to see six species of lemurs like lepilemur ruficandatus, microcebus myoxinus or murinus, phaner furcifer, cheirogaleus medius, mirza coquereli.

    Accommodation:

    Kirindy Lodge B&B



    Day 5

    Kirindy To Bekopaka

    Journey Time: 6 hours with the ferry transfer


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    Morning walk with a special guide. Kirindy is one of the most rewarding wildlife site where visitors spot 8 species of lemurs: the most common one are: Verreaux sifaka, fulvus rufus, red-fronted brown lemurs.

    Then we drive straight to Belo through the Baobabs forest and the red soil of the west. Arrival at the Tsiribihina River, then take a ferry to cross to Belo sur Tsiribihina to reach Bekopaka.

    This drive brings us to profound Madagascar, close to the real life of Malagasy people in the driest part of the country.

    Accommodation:

    Olympe Du Bemahara B&B



    Day 6

    Bekopaka: Tsingy De Bemaraha National Park

    Journey Time: Less than 1 hour


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    After breakfast, 4 to 6 hours hike in the reserve of Tsingy de Bemaraha, classified as World Heritage. This massif is spectacularly eroded into a chaos of karsts pinnacles. Here nature is in perfect harmony with this wild and sharp limestone massif. The flora consists of a dry western deciduous forest, typical plants of these dry limestone areas, such as Aloe and baobab Andasonia, the red-flowered flamboyant tree Delonix regia which is so widely planted in the tropics.

    Madagascar's sole native banana Musa perrieri also occurs here. We can also see plants which grow in the stone like different species of pachypodium and orchids. Concerning the fauna we can see the stump-tailed chameleon Brookesia perarmata known from only a handful specimens. The bird list contains 53 species. The 7 species of lemurs include Decken's sifaka Propithecus verreauxi deckeni.

    Accommodation:

    Olympe Du Bemahara B&B



    Day 7

    Bekopaka to Morondava

    Journey Time: 8 hours with ferry transfer


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    After breakfast, 6 to 8 hours drive back to Morondava. Along the way, we stop in "Allee Des Baobabs" for a sunset photograph. This is the region of splendid Grandidier's baobab, Andasonia grandidieri.

    Arrival in Morondava end of the afternoon. Check-in and night in Hotel.

    Accommodation:

    Chez Maggie B&B



    Day 8

    Morondava To Antsirabe

    Journey Time: 6 to 7 hours with stops


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    After breakfast, 6 hours drive to Antsirabe. Night Les Chambres Du Voyageur on B&B

    Accommodation:

    Les Chambres Du Voyageur B&B



    Day 9

    Antsirabe to Tana to Andasibe

    Journey Time: 6 to 7 hours with stops


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    Today we drive northward to Tana across the highland, and then take the RN2 for 3 hours drive eastwards to Andasibe, through the green landscape of the east. This step brings us to the humid part of the country with many primary forest and lakes.

    Accommodation:

    Hotel Feon'Ny Ala B&B



    Day 10

    Andasibe National Park

    Journey Time: n/a


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    Morning, 3 to 4 hours hike to Andasibe National Park, a huge tropical rainy forest in the east. 9 species of lemurs can be spotted; the highlight is the "Indri Indri" which is the largest lemurs of the island. This 810 ha reserve is also home to unique wildlife. It contains a wide variety of orchids, canopy, endemic animals like chameleons, tenrecs, and many birds. After the hike, visit to Andasibe village, a typical Betsimisaraka (The-Many-inseparable) village, the second largest tribe. Afterwards, visit to the "lemurs' island" which is the best spot to take photos of lemurs up close. Night at the same hotel.

    Accommodation:

    Hotel Feon'Ny Ala B&B



    Day 11

    Andasibe To Antananarivo

    Journey Time: tbc


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    Morning drive back to Tana. On the way, we stop in "Pyereras Reptiles park" to see farmed chameleons and other species of reptiles. On a walk inside the forest, we can spot 2 species of lemurs: the sifaka "coquereli" and the brown lemurs "fulvus". Arrival in Tana, city tour of the town then stop in Marche Artisanale "La digue" for souvenir shopping. Check-in and Night at Gassy Country House on B&B

    Accommodation:

    Gassy Country House on B&B



    Day 12

    Antananarivo

    Journey Time: tbc


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    A Transfer to the airport for your return flight. Alternatively, choose to extend your stay on one of the Madagascar' resort islands.

    Accommodation:

    n/a



    Prices

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    code: MAG-ATGLA-11N

    Includes:

    - Airport transfers

    - Breakfast/Dinner




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