Welcome to Madagascar

Unique would be the first word to describe Madagascar. After 88 million years of isolation from humans, the overwhelming majority of its animals and plants are found nowhere else on the planet. Traversing through national parks and nature reserves, an array of different species of lemurs, reptiles and more will await us as we explore this exclusive hotspot of biodiversity. We will be staying in the heart of forests, sandy beaches and wildlife reserves in search for the exotic, strange and striking creatures that make Madagascar so distinctly exceptional – the wonder of wildlife will never feel or sound too far away. Not only will we experience the remarkable wildlife, we will also step into the deeply spiritual culture of the Malagasy. Immerse yourself in the traditional sites such as Andranokoditra village, and the important spots of the Merina Kingdom, such as the Ambohimanga Rova. An unmissable chance to hear, see and learn about the traditions of a varied culture. Along our way we will also see the legacy left by the French, such as the Canal de Pangalanes, which still acts as an important trade route in its idyllic surroundings today. Madagascar is truly like nowhere else on Earth. Come with us and explore this extraordinary country known as the ‘The Lost Continent’.

Tour Highlights

  • Visit the Avenue of the Baobabs, the row of stunningly colossal trees on route to Morondava
  • Discover Madagascar’s unique and exotic wildlife in Andasibe national park
  • Get up and close with lemurs and go in search of the AyeAye at the ‘Nest of dreams’, Palmarium Reserve
  • Explore the Ambohimanga Rova with a local guide to understand the history of Madagascar
  • Visit Antananarivo and tribal villages with local guides to explore the deep Malagasy culture
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  • Dates & Prices

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    September 1 - September 13, 2020 (13 days)

    Standard Blind Price: £3999 Book Now

    Discounted Sighted Price: £2799 Book Now

    The prices shown below are for non-UK travellers and do not include return flights and transfers. If you are travelling from within the UK, please .

    Standard Blind Price: 3349 GBP Book Now

    Discounted Sighted Price: 2149 GBP Book Now

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    A lemur with white tufted hair clings to a tree
  • A dirt track is lined by towering baobab trees and grassy plains

    What's Included

    • Flights and transfers from the UK (UK prices only)
    • Internal flights
    • 1 nights’ accommodation Gassy Country House in Antananarivo
    • 2 nights’ accommodation at Palissandre Cote Oues in Morondava
    • 3 nights’ accommodation at Vakona Lodge in Andasibe
    • 3 nights’ accommodation at Palmarium Hotel in Palmarium Reserve/Ankanin'ny Nofy
    • 2 nights’ accommodation at Royal Palissandre in Antananarivo
    • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners
    • Specified excursions
    • Services of local guides
    • Services of a Traveleyes tour manager
  • Excursions

    • ‘Avenue of Baobabs’ Visit
    • Kirindy Reserve Visit
    • Palmarium Reserve Visit
    • Andranokoditra Visit and experience a traditional dance by the locals
    • Andasibe National Park guided night walk
    • Lemur’s Island Visit
    • Pyereiras Reptile Reserve Visit
    • Ambohimanga Rova Tour
    • Antananarivo Tour
    A small tropical island with a white sand beach is surrounded by pure blue sea

Below is the itinerary for the holiday. Please click each day for more information.

Tuesday 1st September

We depart for our flight to Madagascar to begin our travels. Upon arrival in Madagascar, we will transfer to our hotel and settle in for the night.

Overnight in Antananarivo.

Wednesday 2nd September

After an hour flight, we will arrive in Morondava on the west coast of Madagascar. After our transfer to the hotel, we’ll be able to relax on the glorious beaches in traditionally Malagasy decorated bungalows.

While we relax and take in the sea air in preparation for the busy days ahead, maybe take advantage of the swimming pool, a massage or a drink at the bar.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Morondava.

Thursday 3rd September

In Malagasy culture, the baobabs are known as ‘renala’, which translates to ‘the mother of the forest’. These immense trees are surrounded by legends of gods planting them upside down for punishment for boasting of their beauty, however it is difficult to argue that they do not still retain some of it! One of the most iconic attractions of Madagascar, we will visit the ‘Avenue of Baobabs’. Truly a rare opportunity due to its remote location. We will also explore the Kirindy Reserve, which is home to many endemic animals. Kirindy is particularly notable for including the Malagasy giant jumping rat, which can leap up to 3ft/91cm in the air to avoid prey, and the fossa, the largest predator of Madagascar.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Morondava.

Friday 4th September

Today we fly back to Antananarivo lies within the remarkable Andasibe national park. We will be surrounded by the unblemished nature of the towering and encompassing flora, combined with the exotic Malagasy wildlife which calls them home. Experience the smells, sounds and sights of Madagascar, such as the calls of the lemurs as they compete to be heard. Once we arrive, the evening will be free to relax and enjoy dinner in our natural surroundings.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Andasibe.

Saturday 5th September

In the local language, the area is called ‘Ankanin’ny Nofy’, which translates to ‘nest of dreams’. Once we have transferred to Manambato, we will traverse the Canal des Pangalanes. An enchanting collection of waterways running down the east coast of Madagascar. Originally constructed by the French, the canal is still a main source of trade and travel, with many traditional villages and canoes being seen and heard along its banks. Once we arrive at our hotel, we’ll have the opportunity to relax on the golden beaches by the resort’s own nature reserve.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Ankanin’ny Nofy.

Sunday 6th September

Today we explore the nature reserve and meet some of the most tame and free-ranging lemurs to be found in the country. Many curious lemurs are known to come to see the visitors. This is a magic bucket-list opportunity to get up and personal with the amazing creatures for which Madagascar is famous for! Among the many species of lemurs on the reserve, it’s even possible to find the peculiar and extraordinary Aye-Aye. Not only are there lemurs, but frogs, (harmless!) snakes, geckos, chameleons and even carnivorous plants! Truly a day for the animal lovers.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Ankanin’ny Nofy.

Monday 7th September

Today we discover the traditional fishing village of Andranokoditra, giving us a real glimpse of life on Madagascar’s east coast. Here locals from the village will perform a traditional ritual to share their culture with us in a symphony of song and dance. We will also have more time to explore our ‘nest of dreams’ or simply relax by the beach or in the bar. Just watch out for any more curious lemurs!

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Ankanin’ny Nofy.

Tuesday 8th September

Today we travel back to Andasibe. After an hour boat journey, we will take a 4-hour drive back to Andasibe. Take some time to rest in the idyllic surroundings of Andasibe national park, as once the sun falls and the moon rises, you will experience a sensory night-time walk like no other. Howls of multiple lemur species join in the unique ambience with the adjoining chorus of birds. Experienced guides will take us to try and find nocturnal exotic creatures that grace the night.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Andasibe.

Wednesday 9th September

Today we continue our exploration of the beautiful Andasibe National Park. Our local guide will take us around the most incredible spots, with its weird and wonderful nature to be heard and seen all around us. We will also visit Lemur’s Island, a park that specialises in rehabilitating orphaned lemurs. Due to these circumstances, the lemurs are very tame and have been known to climb on visitors. An amazing chance to get and up and close with local lemur species!

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Andasibe.

Thursday 10th September

As we return to the capital for the final stage of our trip, we will visit the Peyrieras Reptile Reserve on the way and experience the weird, wonderful and colourful reptile life of Madagascar. These include chameleons, geckos, snakes, iguanas and even crocodiles! All types of rare creatures will be on display in natural habitats for you to experience.

Once we arrive in Antananarivo, we will have the remainder of the evening in the capital. Relax in the pool or take the opportunity to have a wander around the bustling city.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Antananarivo.

Friday 11th September

Today we will witness a truly spiritual and important place in Malagasy culture, containing holy, political and social culture dating as far back as the 16th century. A UNESCO world heritage site, a guided tour will respectfully show us around the royal city and burial site so we can learn and experience the stronghold of Malagasy national identity.

The remainder of the day will be free to spend as you please in Antananarivo. Perhaps you could take the opportunity to taste the wonderfully delicious Malagasy snacks such as mofo and mofo anana!

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Antananarivo.

Saturday 12th September

On our final day, we will enjoy a guided city tour around Antananarivo. Dating back to the 16th century, this capital is full of history of military, agricultural and cultural importance. Despite being colonised by the French in 1895 and its consequent restructure of the urban layout, historical palaces and sights have been preserved, giving a unique insight into the old and new of Antananarivo.

After this tour, we will have the remainder of the day free. In the evening, we prepare to leave Madagascar and head to the airport for our night-time flight.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in flight.

Sunday 13th September

In the early hours, we will fly back to and arrive the UK. We hope you’ve had an incredible experience in Madagascar and we hope to see you again on a Traveleyes trip!

Single supplement – £500

Visa – A visa is needed to gain entrance into Madagascar. Please ensure you have checked your individual requirements before booking the holiday.

Please note that both of Madagascar’s accommodation and travel infrastructure is on the rise, but with tourism being a relatively new industry here, hotels and travel experiences can sometimes vary from typical western standards.

Please be aware that there are some long periods of travel. This is to ensure we see a variety of Madagascar’s impressive sights and is a part of visiting this beautiful country.