Highlights of Madagascar
Wild landscapes, village culture, beaches Madagascar might be an island but there's nothing small about it. For those who like to get remote, this isolated island is packed with wildlife, landscapes and people you'll find nowhere else. (And everybody loves lemurs!) You'll get to embrace local life and still have time to relax at the beach. Best of all, there's always a local CEO there to lead the way and provide a link to the unusual and extraordinary.
Search for lemurs and unique wildlife, learn about endemic flora and fauna in world-famous national parks, visit local artisan workshops, lounge on the beautiful beaches, savour a local dinner in a rural village
Private minibus, plane, walking.
Simple hotels (12 nts), community guesthouse (1 nt, multi-share).
Local Living: Community Guesthouse and Traditional Dinner, Fiadanana. Andasibe Indri Special Reserve guided walk. Artisan workshop visit. Traditional healer visit. Paper factory visits. Anja Reserve walk. Isalo National Park visit. Internal flight. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Day 1 Antananarivo
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Antananarivo/Andasibe
Travel to Andasibe-Perinet National Park with scenic stops en route. Stay in a quiet area near Andasibe and explore the Indri Special Reserve section of this massive area.
Day 3 Andasibe
Spend the day exploring this national park. Stay in a quiet area near Andasibe and explore the Indri Special Reserve section of this massive area.
Day 4 Andasibe/Antsirabe
Travel to the colonial city of Antsirabe, stopping to see rice paddies along the way.
Day 5 Antsirabe/Fiadanana (1L, 1D)
Visit Lake Andraikiba before continuing to the small village of Fiadanana. Opt to explore this beautiful village. Listen to a ghost talker, enjoy a stay at a community guesthouse, and dinner with a local family.
Day 6 Fiadanana/Ranomafana (1B)
Hike back to the bus taking in the stunning views. Continue on to Ranomafana. Learn traditional rituals from the local villagers.
Day 7 Ranomafana/Ambalavao
Opt for an early morning forest walk to get a feel for the incredible wildlife of the area, or explore on your own. In the afternoon, enjoy a scenic journey heading south through Madagascar's wine-producing region.
Day 8 Ambalavao/Ranohira
Stop at Anja Community Reserve, known for groups of ring-tailed lemurs. Continue on through the ever-changing landscape to Ranohira and Isalo National Park.
Day 9 Ranohira
Spend a full day exploring Isalo National park on foot, stopping at a natural swimming pool and waterfalls.
Day 10 Ranohira/Ifaty
Drive through the desert landscape, viewing Mahafaly tombs and giant baobab trees en route. Continue to the beautiful Mozambican Channel beaches of Ifaty.
Days 11-12 Ifaty
Spend two full days enjoying this gorgeous area. Opt to do some hiking or hit the beach.
Day 13 Ifaty/Antananarivo
Travel to Toliara for a flight to Antananarivo and an optional last night out on the town.
Day 14 Antananarivo
Depart at any time.