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Madagascar The Lost World

An astonishing journey, through an almost lost world of epic landscapes and uniquely endemic wildlife, this tour explores the land of the lemurs in a ‘once in a lifetime’ experience, an enthralling fortnight for naturalists, trekkers, and adventurers

The largest island in the Indian Ocean, credited by Conservation International as one of the few ‘Megadiverse’ countries left on earth, magical Madagascar is a world of its own, basking in splendid isolation off Africa’s southeastern shore. From desert to rainforest, from highlands to coastal bays, the island has a unique blend of flora and fauna, where baobabs, aloes, ferns and orchids share their extraordinary environment with endemic and endangered species of amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. The stars of the show are the 70+ breeds of lemurs, endearing, enduring against the odds, and found only on this island Eden; with ‘supporting acts’ including chameleons, golden frogs, giant tortoises, leaf-tailed geckos, and yellow-bellied sunbirds. Culture and cuisine come together in the traditions of the island’s eighteen ethnic groups, variously influenced by their French, Portuguese, Indonesian, African, or Indian heritage; with equally diverse landscapes providing home-grown ingredients, from freshwater fish to rice and yams, tropical fruit, and leafy vegetables. This awe-inspiring adventure shows you a natural paradise which, without conservation, could be lost forever. 

Overview

  • Flight  - 1 night
  • Antananarivo  - 1 night
  • Andasibe  - 3 nights
  • Antsirabe  - 1 night
  • Ranomafana  - 3 nights
  • Antsirabe  - 1 night
  • Antananarivo  - 1 night
  • Ifotaka  - 3 nights
  • Antananarivo  - 1 night
  • Return flight  - 1 night
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Tour Highlights

  • Voi Forest in Analamazaotra National Park
  • The Lemurs in Maromizaha's 'Forest of Dragon Trees'
  • Wildlife-Watching in Ranomafana National Park
  • Antandroy Ancestral Tombs in the Sacred Ifotaka Forest
  • Madagascan Valleys & Local Marketplace
  • Traditional Antandroy Tribe Dancing Performance

An astonishing journey, through an almost lost world of epic landscapes and uniquely endemic wildlife, this tour explores the land of the lemurs in a ‘once in a lifetime’ experience, an enthralling fortnight for naturalists, trekkers, and adventurers.

Notes:

Madagascar safaris in themselves can be challenging, roads are rough, transport infrastructure is minimal and distances are long. While the majority of roads are well-surfaced, it is worth noting that Madagascar is one of the poorest countries in the world and the infrastructure reflects this. Some roads will be better than others, and at times a little patience, humour and flexibility may be required!

We do have some longer drives but the diverse scenery more than makes up for time spent on the bus. We break up our road journeys with stops at villages, to take photos and to stretch our legs. However, the efforts you need to put in are more than compensated for by the friendliness of the Malagasy people and the diversity of the culture, geography, climate, wildlife and people.

If you are prepared to put up with some of these challenges, then Madagascar offers a great return on your investment.

Accommodation

Palissandre Hotel - Antananarivo

Set on a hillside in the heart of the city, the Palissandre Hotel & Spa opens the doors of friendliness and hospitality welcoming you in pure Malagasy tradition. Enjoy the outdoor heated pool or the terrace of the restaurant overlooking the city. WiFi throughout. Its 48 rooms have fine wood furnishings and are equipped with safe, mini-bar and TV.

Mantadia Lodge – Andasibe

A fresh-renewed hotel in the heart of the hills of Andasibe, with beautiful mountain views. Restaurant, bar, pool and Wi-Fi (free). 28 air-conditioned rooms with safe, hairdryer, mini-bar, TV.

Eco Lodge Les Chambres Du Voyages - Antsirabe

A charming hotel nestled around a pleasant spacious garden. The main building has a communal lounge and dining table where guests can get to know one another and relax. Throughout the property there is warm, welcoming design that blends harmoniously with the beautiful natural setting. Restaurant, bar, pool, Wi-Fi(free). 10 rooms with private facilities.

Thermal Hotel - Ranomafana

Located within lush green gardens on the edge of the Ranomafana National Park, the Thermal Hotel is a restored building that offers all of the amenities of a modern hotel, including a restaurant serving local dishes and a cosy bar. The hotel is committed to sustainable tourism development in cooperation with the local community. WiFi in rooms. 21 spacious guestrooms are air-conditioned and feature safe, mini-bar and TV.

Mandrare River Camp - Ifotaka

Set on the banks of the Mandrare River, overlooking the sacred community forests of the Antandroy Tribe, with its own avenue of baobabs, the camp offers luxury tented accommodation in a stunning setting. No WiFi. All seven guest tents are en-suite, have a four poster bed with mosquito net, a private terrace and river view.

Dates & Prices

per person in a twin room
Air Mauritius from Gatwick

November
November 10 (Sunday)
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Price Includes:

Air travel and taxes, 14 nights’ accommodation, full board, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included:

Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, tipping, porterage, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

Supplements per person

Single Supplement
  • Single Supplement
  • £1045
Flight Options
  • Kenya Airways Business Class
  • On request, please call
Tour Only
  • Save
  • £1100
  • Arrival transfer
  • £95
  • Departure transfer
  • £40

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