Classic Madagascar

Discover Madagascar, one of travel’s final frontiers where the people, creatures and landscapes are like nowhere else on the planet.

Journey Overview

Discover one of travel’s final frontiers, where the people, creatures and landscapes are like nowhere else on the planet. This comprehensive journey takes in five distinctly different regions, and offers diverse experiences of Madagascar’s wildlife, history and tribal culture. You’ll see the country’s most important national parks, where many varieties of lemur exist, the charming capital Antananarivo, and Ifotaka in the south for wildlife and cultural experiences with the local Atandroy tribe.

Journey Highlights

  • Seek out rare animal and birdlife on escorted wildlife outings by day and night
  • Observe the huge variety of lemur species and stunning chameleons in the country’s finest national parks
  • Experience the unique culture of the Atandroy tribe, one of Madagascar’s most traditional
  • Explore extraordinary landscapes found nowhere else on earth
  • Stay at a range of intimate hotels, camps and lodges

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Tana

Arrive into the quirky Malagasy capital Antananarivo (Tana) and transfer to your hotel, a restored colonial mansion.

Maison Gallieni | Meals: D

Day 2: Tana – Andasibe National Park

This morning you are driven to the Andasibe National Park. The journey is a gentle introduction to rural life in Madagascar passing rice fields and roadside stalls selling seasonal fruits. Andasibe is home to a large variety of lemurs, birds, reptiles and invertebrates and your lodge is located on a hill with panoramic views of the surrounding eucalyptus forest.

Mantadia Lodge | Meals: BLD

Day 3: Andasibe National Park

This morning visit the Analamazaotra Reserve with a local guide. This 810ha reserve protects the largest of all lemurs, the indri. Look for some of the remaining 11 species of lemur which live here including the grey bamboo lemur, common brown lemur and diademed sifaka. Bird watching is also excellent. A guided night walk will reveal some of the nocturnal species found here.

Mantadia Lodge | Meals: BLD

Day 4: Andasibe National Park – Mantadia National Park

Visit the nearby Mantadia National Park known for its rare orchids, waterfalls and wildlife including the indri, the largest living lemur, as well as chameleons and birds. Hike along the forest trails on the lookout for the diverse flora and fauna, enjoy a picnic lunch in the park and see the Rianasoa waterfall.

Mantadia Lodge | Meals: BLD

Day 5: Mantadia National Park – Tana

Morning at leisure. This afternoon you are driven back to Tana.

La Relais des Plateaux | Meals: BLD

Day 6: Tana – Ifotaka

Transfer for the flight to Fort Dauphin and on by road (approx. 4 hours) to Mandrare River Camp in the Ifotaka region. This afternoon head out on a walk to the sacred community forests filled with the ancestral tombs of the local Antandroy tribe.

Mandrare River Camp | Meals: BLD

Days 7-8: Ifotaka

Two days to enjoy all the activities on offer. Drive to the sacred forests, home to an abundance of wildlife, in particular large groups of ring-tailed lemurs. Visit nearby markets to see the rich tapestry of valley life. Travel to the forest of Zenavo, a rewarding spot for night walks and head out in search of sifakas and sleeping white-foot sportive lemurs.

Mandrare River Camp | BLD

Day 9: Ifotaka – Tana

Transfer (approx 4 hours) to Fort Dauphin airport for the return flight to Tana. Transfer to your hotel.

Maison Gallieni | Meals: BD

Day 10: Depart Tana

Transfer to the airport where your Madagascan adventure ends.

Meals: B

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Preferred Accommodation

Preferred Accommodation

This journey features the following Preferred Accommodations:

Mandrare River Camp, Ifotaka Forest

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Nestled in the shade of tamarind trees on the banks of the Mandrare River, the secluded Mandrare River Camp offers exclusive accommodatio... Read more

Maison Gallieni, Antananarivo

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Overlooking the Antananarivo cityscape from high on Faravohitra Hill, Maison Gallieni will wow all clients alike with its stunning interi... Read more

Mantadia Lodge, Andasibe-Mantadia National Park

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Lying just south of Madagascar's Andasibe-Mantadia National Park is Mantadia Lodge, opening its hilltop doors outside the tiny town of An... Read more

Journey Dates & Prices

As this suggested itinerary can be personalised to your specific requirements, it is not available for online booking.

Depending on your preferred dates and arrangements, final pricing will vary from low season to peak season travel.

Please call A&K on 1300 851 800 or send us a booking enquiry to book this journey.


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