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1000 Views of Madagascar

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12 Days
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Spend 12 days uncovering the uniqueness of Madagascar, home to a wide variety of birds, orchids and animals. Take in the incredible scenery and enjoy the abundant wildlife available here.


There’s more to Madagascar than just lemurs! Though these adorable creatures certainly aren’t in short supply on this 12 day round trip from Antananarivo.

Transfer to Andasibe National Park, home to Madagascar’s largest lemurs, the Indri. You may also come across endemic tenrec, chameleon and bird species. Visit an Andasibe village for a glimpse at life among the local people. Further south, the rice fields of Antsirabe create a landscape reminiscent of Asia, while the city of Ambatolampy was founded by Norwegians and adds a distinctly European influence to this unique agricultural area. This is also the heart of Madagascar’s beer industry.

Ambositra is a city defined by wood carving, which is evident in its ornate architecture. Return to the forest in Ranomafana National Park, a World Heritage Site filled with various species of lemur, chameleon and other animals. Enjoy the island’s unique wines at Ambalavao, where winemakers have defied a difficult climate to continue a tradition left by priests and monks. You’ll also visit Anteimoro Paper Factory, where the last traces of Arabian influence on Madagascar can be found.

The landmarks and colours of Isalo National Park fire the imagination, with sandstone formations such as ‘the tortoise’, ‘the masks’ and ‘the crocodiles’. End your day with a refreshing dip in a natural swimming pool. As you head south, the landscape transforms into an eerie desert, marked by cacti and a mangrove lined coast. Beach-side Ifaty offers you a wide variety of excursions. Explore the lives of local fishermen, as well as the extensive plant and animal life populating the area. Snorkelers and divers will also love the large coral reef just offshore.

Antananarivo, or ‘Tana’ for short, is the capital of Madagascar and like much of the country, lies well off the beaten tourist track. As such, there are few tourist attractions – but this in itself is the attraction for many visitors! An afternoon at leisure gives you a chance to see everyday city life on this fascinating island before your departure.


 

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Duration
12 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,571

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Day 1

Arrive Antananarivo

On arrival in Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar, you will be welcomed and provided with assistance by one of Jenman's staff before transferring to your hotel in the city. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure.

Duration1 Night
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Residence Lapasoa

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    Residence Lapasoa



    Charming place in the district of Isoraka, traditional old building from the late 19th entirely restored. Residence Lapasoa (beautiful palace in French) offers 11 rooms and an apartment with all modern comforts combined with the warmth of precious wood from the Indian Ocean. Residence Lapasoa ...

    Charming place in the district of Isoraka, traditional old building from the late 19th entirely restored.
    Residence Lapasoa (beautiful palace in French) offers 11 rooms and an apartment with all modern comforts combined with the warmth of precious wood from the Indian Ocean.

    Residence Lapasoa is aimed at customers who are looking for atmosphere, everything is done to make the customer feel at home in a personalized environment. No room is similar to another, by its decoration or the view.

    The hotel is located about two hundred meters from the Presidential Palace and the main services and shops in the city.

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Day 2

Antananarivo to Andasibe

In the morning you will start your journey with a drive to Andasibe through the green and luxuriant vegetation of eastern Madagascar. This brings you to a very humid part of the country with many primary forests and lakes. Along the way you will see Merina villages spread in the rocky mountains. Arrive at Andasibe in the afternoon and check-in to the hotel. In the evening you will set off from the hotel at approximately 7.00pm on a night walk to observe night active lemurs and other nocturnal animals. Return to the hotel where you overnight.

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Duration2 Nights
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Grace Lodge

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    Grace Lodge


    The Grace Lodge is situated in a secluded area, within close proximity of the Andisibe National Park. The lodge is surrounded by the forest and affords guests the opportunity to be one with nature. This spectacular lodge encompasses nine bungalows, all with an ensuite bathroom. ...

    The Grace Lodge is situated in a secluded area, within close proximity of the Andisibe National Park. The lodge is surrounded by the forest and affords guests the opportunity to be one with nature.

    This spectacular lodge encompasses nine bungalows, all with an ensuite bathroom. The rooms each have a fan to ensure that the rooms remain cool during the warmer Malagasy days. A small deck outside each bungalow allows for relaxation, while listening to the sounds of nature, more especially the Indri, which is the largest species of lemur, and is native to Madagascar.

    Mouth-watering meals are served by the restaurant, with a range of Malagasy, French and Chinese cuisine, and there is also the option of enjoying meals on the outside deck. A swimming pool is available for guests to take a dip during the hot Malagasy days.

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Day 3

Natural Reserve of Andasibe

Start your morning with a visit to the Special Reserve of Andasibe to see the Indri, the largest lemurs on the island. This 810 ha reserve is unique with its endemic fauna and flora and contains a wide variety of orchids, canopy, and endemic animals like chameleons, tenrecs, and many birds. In the afternoon, visit Andasibe village, which is typical of the Betsimisaraka ("The-Many-Inseparables") community, the second largest tribe on the island who are known to cultivate rice and live mainly off the forest. This short visit gives insight to the local people, to see how they live and what they eat. Overnight at the same hotel.

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Day 4

Andasibe to Antsirabe

Drive back to Tana, and head south to Antsirabe, across the highland landscape with its beautiful rice fields on stage. The spectacular eroded hills called 'lavaka' reminds you of the Far East with its rice fields and green landscape with vegetables and fruit trees. A stop in Ambatolampy for a short visit of this huge agricultural city, which is also known as a source of aluminium. Arrival in Antsirabe around 5.00pm, or 'the place of salt', an elegant city well known as the centre of the beer industry and you can smell the Star Brewery as you enter the town.

Founded by the Norwegians in 1856, it is the only place which really feels and looks like a European city. It has a temperate climate and all fruits and vegetable, which grow in cold climates, are found in Antsirabe.

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Duration1 Night
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Chambres du Voyageur

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    Chambres du Voyageur


    In an exceptional setting, just steps from the center of Antsirabe, come and discover the comfortable rooms, installed at the edge of the park is behind the station. The Lodge has been awarded Green Label Sustainable Tourism. It is located in the middle of a ...

    In an exceptional setting, just steps from the center of Antsirabe, come and discover the comfortable rooms, installed at the edge of the park is behind the station.

    The Lodge has been awarded Green Label Sustainable Tourism. It is located in the middle of a garden of tropical paradise and water features on 6000m2. More than 600 plants, turtles and chameleons, 12 species of birds, will delight young and old alike.

    The 10 bungalows are built in traditional architecture.

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Day 5

Antsirabe to Ranomafana National Park

After breakfast drive to Ambositra, the centre of Madagascar's wood carving industry. You are still in the highland, which is characterized by its architecture: The houses are made with ornately carved wooden balconies and shutters with bright colours. Further on pass the 'le col de tapia', a type of tree, which resists to the bush fires of the area. The landscape is still dominated by rice fields on stage, pine forests and eucalyptus trees and rocky mountains.

You take a turn-off from the main road. Before you reach your destination for the day: Ranomafana National Park.

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Duration2 Nights
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Centrest Sejour

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    This lodge is on the edge of Ranomafana, on one side facing the town, and on the other overlooking the mountains and rainforest of the national park. The main lodge has 18 standard rooms, with tiled floors, whitewash walls and pine covered ceilings. The rooms ...

    This lodge is on the edge of Ranomafana, on one side facing the town, and on the other overlooking the mountains and rainforest of the national park.

    The main lodge has 18 standard rooms, with tiled floors, whitewash walls and pine covered ceilings. The rooms themselves are simple, but have all the essentials. On a hill slightly above the main lodge there are also nine traditionally built bungalows with thatched roofs and shared facilities.

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Day 6

Ranomafana National Park

Parc National de Ranomafana (approximately 40,000ha), with its rain forested hills and abundant wildlife, has long been considered one of Madagascar's highlights, and is one of the most heavily visited of the country's national parks. Its entrance lies about 7km from Ranomafana village. Altitudes in the park range from 800m to 1200m. In addition to its densely forested hills, Ranomafana's terrain is characterised by numerous small streams, which plummet down to the beautiful Namorona River. Although much of the region has been logged, the easternmost part of the park retains relatively large areas of primary forest. You will go for walks in the National Park for several hours spotting some of the lemurs, chameleons and other animals.

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Day 7

Fianarantsoa to Isalo

Returning on the road you came on, leave Ranomafana and pass Fianarantsoa 'the city where one learns good things'. It is the gate to the South, the capital of the Betsileo tribes and the centre of the catholic religion. Most of the best schools in the country are also found here. Then head southwards, with your first stop in Ambalavao to visit a wine industry for wine tasting. Ambalavao is the centre of wine industry - the climate is said not to be ideal for grape vines, but it is a tradition left by the priests and monks who lived in the area of Fianarantsoa. Still in Ambalavao, visit the 'Anteimoro Paper Factory' which is a vestige of the Arabian civilisation on the island. Continue to Ihosy the capital of the Bara tribes, who are shepherds of Zebu, and further on pass through the mountain chain of Andringitra, which serves as a transition between the dry south and green highlands with its famous '3 hillocks' and its huge 'archbishop's cape'. Along the way you will see from afar a spectacular huge granite dome with twin rock towers called 'the gate of the south', which in fact marks the end of the highland and the beginning of the south. The 'Bishop's hat' is another noticeable, imposing formation and a sacred location for the local people - a place where their ancestors chose a collective suicide rather than to give in to the Merina tribes. Then pass through the huge 'Plateaux de Horombe' with its very deep red soil and arrive in Isalo.

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Duration2 Nights
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Hotel Isalo Ranch

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    Hotel ISALO RANCH is an eco-lodge in the natural setting of Isalo. An ideal place for your departure for hiking or trekking in the most beautiful National Parks of Madagascar. The charming restaurant and the 20 individual bungalows are located in a beautiful garden with ...

    Hotel ISALO RANCH is an eco-lodge in the natural setting of Isalo. An ideal place for your departure for hiking or trekking in the most beautiful National Parks of Madagascar. The charming restaurant and the 20 individual bungalows are located in a beautiful garden with swimming pool. The location offers peace and quiet for a moment of relaxation after a trip to the south of Madagascar or visit the National Park.

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Day 8

Isalo

Today, you will visit and hike in the Isalo National Park. The park covers an area of 81,540 ha, comprising of the entire stretch of the Isalo massif. This huge mountain is very spectacular with its eroded sandstone elevations. After a 10 minute drive from Ranohira village, park your car and walk about 1.5 hours to reach the Natural Swimming Pool. Along the way you will see vegetation like Uapaca bojeri, Pachypodium rosulatum or 'elephant's foot' and Aloe isaloensis, a native species of aloe endemic to Isalo.

The eroded mountains also served as a place where the Bara kept their dead before they could bury them in their actual tombs. Start your climb and reach the massif after walking about 20 minutes, where you will have a spectacular view of the huge sandstone mountains with its beautiful colours and its strange and battered formations creating many different images like 'the tortoise', 'the masks' and 'the crocodiles'. See small streams of water, and rivers which are marked by lines of brilliant green, generally made up of numerous Pandanus pulcher and the delicate, slim-stemmed, feathery leaved palm Chrysalidocarpus isaloensis. Along the way, there may be sifakas, brown lemurs and ring-tailed lemurs, as well as fifty-five species of birds, lizards and snakes. You will finally reach the swimming pool, with its crystal clear water - a great reward after a long and very hot walk.

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Day 9

Isalo to Ifaty

After breakfast, continue to Tuléar, the terminal of the National Road N 7. This step brings new scenery, among the dry forests of the west and the spiny desert of the south. On the way, admire the different 'Mahafaly tombs' and the 'Antandroy tombs'. After a short visit of Tuléar drive to Ifaty, which lies about 27 km from Tuléar. Due to the bad condition of the road, it will take us about 2.5 hours to reach Ifaty, and this step brings us to the driest part of the country. Situated in the deep south, the landscape is dominated by the spiny forest like the cactus, different euphorbiacea and didieracea. Cross the dry and sandy soil where the local people battle to find drinking water. Mangrove trees line the coast alternated by Vezo villages, which earn their living from fishing. See many small pirogues and men who go out fishing twice a day. The children and women wait on the coast to fetch the fish and take them to Tuléar for sale.

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Duration2 Nights
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Hotel de la Plage

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    Located in the South West of the Big Island over the lagoon Ifaty, 40 km from Tulear, in the Gulf of Mozambique, is a haven of peace between the turquoise waters of the lagoon and the dry forest vegetation and impressive baobabs from the inside. ...

    Located in the South West of the Big Island over the lagoon Ifaty, 40 km from Tulear, in the Gulf of Mozambique, is a haven of peace between the turquoise waters of the lagoon and the dry forest vegetation and impressive baobabs from the inside.

    The hotel offers Bungalows blended into the landscape, separated from the sea by only a few meters of white sand beach. Each bungalow "foot in the water" offers all the comforts necessary for the wellbeing of clients.

    For those who want to stay in the hotel, the garden is a relaxing place where you can stroll and mingle with nature.

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Day 10

Ifaty

Day at leisure. Ifaty lies in the beach; it is an ideal place for diving and snorkelling and a popular place for birdwatchers. Here you can also experience the Vezo Fishermen's life. Many excursions are possible. Visit the 'Reserve Domergue', a communal reserve where one will see two kinds of baobabs, spiny bush, reptiles like 'boa madagascariensis', 'geckos' and 'chameleon parsoni' (the largest one). Take a boat trip to see the whales. From July to mid September, whales come to the cool seas off Madagascar to give birth to their young. It is a spectacular experience, and it is possible to see the whales very near to the boat. Situated in the largest lagoon of the country, Ifaty is also protected by a large coral reef, which makes it an ideal place for diving and snorkelling. In the afternoon you can walk to the village of Mangily where you can visit a local school and also experience the Vezo Fishermen's way of life, especially after coming back from fishing.

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Day 11

Ifaty to Tulear to Tana

Early in the morning around 6.00am transfer to the airport for the flight back to Tana. Transfer to the hotel. Afternoon free. Tana is also called the 'City of Thousands' is the capital of Madagascar. It is the city where the first King started to unify the different kingdoms of the island. Built in stages: The high city, the first area occupied during the royal period where the old queen's palace is situated, the mid-city, where all the chic boutiques of the capital are found and then the low city, which is the commercial area of the town. Your walk can start from the high city to see the Rova, the queen's palace, the house of the first minister during these days, which is now a museum; all built by Frenchman Jean Laborde during the royal period. The mid-city, or the administration area ends at the Rainiharo tombs and the lower town is situated in the main avenue called 'L'avenue de l'independence' dominated by the railway station.

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Duration1 Night
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Residence Lapasoa

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    Residence Lapasoa



    Charming place in the district of Isoraka, traditional old building from the late 19th entirely restored. Residence Lapasoa (beautiful palace in French) offers 11 rooms and an apartment with all modern comforts combined with the warmth of precious wood from the Indian Ocean. Residence Lapasoa ...

    Charming place in the district of Isoraka, traditional old building from the late 19th entirely restored.
    Residence Lapasoa (beautiful palace in French) offers 11 rooms and an apartment with all modern comforts combined with the warmth of precious wood from the Indian Ocean.

    Residence Lapasoa is aimed at customers who are looking for atmosphere, everything is done to make the customer feel at home in a personalized environment. No room is similar to another, by its decoration or the view.

    The hotel is located about two hundred meters from the Presidential Palace and the main services and shops in the city.

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Day 12

Tour Ends

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

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DEPARTURES:

Classic:
2018:
 Apr 5; May 3, 31; Jul 5; Aug 2; Sep 6; Oct 4; Nov 1

Superior:
2018: Apr 19; May 19; Jun 21; Jul 19; Aug 23; Sep 20; Oct 18; Nov 22

PRICE INCLUDES: 

  • Roundtrip airport transfers
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • Meals as indicated by BLD
  • Tours/sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary
  • English speaking guide until day 9
  • Local guides in the national parks
  • Entrance Fees

PRICE EXCLUDES: 

  • Meals not mentioned
  • Drinks unless specified
  • Gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Visa fees if required
  • All international and domestic airfares and airfare taxes unless specified

OTHER INFORMATION:

This tour is also offered with upgraded accommodation in 4 star properties

Please inquire if you would like to do this trip as a private journey.

Ask us about extending for a beach stay to Nosi Bay!

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

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