Madagascar: Otherworldly Marvels – A Limited Edition Small Group Journey (2023)

Curious and other-worldly, Madagascar is full of surprises and extraordinary creatures. It has people, wildlife and landscapes found nowhere else on earth and a culture far removed from any of its near neighbours.

Journey Overview

Curious and other-worldly, Madagascar is full of surprises and extraordinary creatures. It has people, wildlife and landscapes found nowhere else on earth and a culture far removed from any of its near neighbours. On this fascinating journey you’ll explore the island nation and its flora and fauna with the help of expert guides. Still largely untouched by tourism, Madagascar is astonishing. You’ll be amazed by its rainforests, its clear blue seas, white beaches and spiny forest habitat on this incredible journey of discovery.

Journey Highlights

  • Seek out rare species on escorted wildlife outings by day and night with expert local guides
  • Tick off several varieties of lemur and chameleon in the country’s finest national parks
  • Hike through 500-year-old baobabs in the Sacred Spiny Forest, one of the oldest on the planet
  • Experience the culture of the unique Antandroy tribe, one of the most traditional in Madagascar
  • Immerse yourself in the idyllic island life of Nosy Komba, with its picturesque beaches of white sand and turquoise waters, dense forest and extraordinary variety of fauna and flora
  • Explore the incredible undersea world with a spot of snorkelling, or take a ride in a dugout boat or canoe with a chance to view dolphins on an almost daily basis
  • Limited to a small group size of 14 guests
Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Antananarivo, Madagascar

Arrive into Antananarivo (known locally as Tana), one of Africa’s most striking capitals where you are met by A&K and transferred by private vehicle to your hotel. The largest city on the island, Tana is bustling with life. Your accommodation is located in the embassy district of Haute-Ville. This part of the city is a tangled assortment of steep, partly cobbled streets, red-tiled rooves and pastel-coloured houses and a lovely cool climate. After time to settle in, gather with your fellow travellers and Resident Tour Director for a festive welcome drinks and dinner.

Hotel Colbert | Meals: D

Day 2: Andasibe | Protected Rainforest Reserve

Head east out of the city today to Andasibe through a panorama of rice fields, redbrick houses and roadside stalls selling seasonal fruits and vegetables. Andasibe is a stunning rainforest park comprising two protected areas — the Perinet Special Reserve and Mantadia National Park. Perinet is world famous for its population of Indri, which is the largest living lemur species.

After settling into your lodge, enjoy a guided night walk in the forest surrounding the reserve on the look out for a variety of nocturnal species: mouse lemur, white footed sportive lemur, fat-tailed dwarf lemur, as well as the woolly lemur.

Mantadia Lodge | Meals: BLD

Day 3: Andasibe | A Wildlife Haven

Spend a day in the 810-hectare Perinet Reserve in search of the Indri, considered to be the largest lemur in the world. There are another 11 species to spot as you wander through the rainforest, including grey bamboo lemur, common brown lemur, diademed sifaka and black and white ruffed lemur. Birdwatchers should look out for the velvet asity, blue coua and nuthatch vanga and many more endemic species. Perinet is also home to many reptiles, invertebrates, and some of Madagascar’s thousand orchid species.

This evening visit Mitsinjo Forest Reserve, a private reserve operated by a local NGO funding reforestation, community education and Madagascar’s first amphibian captive-breeding facility. Enjoy a guided night walk, keeping an eye out for the endemic lemur species, spectacular insects, floral wonders and other natural wonders.

Mantadia Lodge | Meals: BLD

Day 4: Antananarivo | Discover Lemur Island

Prepare to be amazed as you venture to explore Lemur Island, a small private reserve that protects a number of habituated lemurs. There are four species to see: bamboo lemur, black-and-white ruffed lemur, brown lemur and one diademed sifaka, with plenty of space for them to play, forage and rest. Afterwards, return to the capital.

Le Relais des Plateaux | Meals: BLD

Day 5: Ifotaka | Otherworldly Forest Explorations

This morning take a flight to Fort Dauphin located in the far south of the island. Head into the interior by road to Mandrare River Camp, a classic tented safari camp offering majestic views over the Mandrare River.

In the late afternoon, venture on foot with your expert guide into the sacred spiny forest, home to the highest percentage of endemic plants in Madagascar. Keep an eye out for some extraordinary wildlife, including Verreaux sifaka, chameleons and ground boa constrictor.

Mandrare River Camp | Meals: BD

Day 6: Ifotaka | Sacred Spiny Forest & Ancestral Tombs

Today, immerse yourself in this incredible region. Set out for the stunning sacred gallery forest, travelling on foot or by boat across the Mandrare River. See inquisitive groups of ring-tailed lemurs and the always entertaining Verreaux sifaka, in addition to many species of birds and more than one hundred other species including reptiles, turtles, and bats.

Later today, venture on foot for a second foray into the sacred spiny forest and stand in awe of the ancestral tombs of the local Antandroy tribe, one of the most traditional in Madagascar. Returning to your lodge, savour sundowners on the river bank, watching the dusky light bathe the beautiful landscapes surrounding you.

Mandrare River Camp | Meals: BLD

Day 7: Ifotaka | Village Encounters

Your day is off to an active start, exploring the spiny forest on an early morning walk. A place bursting with natural wonders, see the sunlight break through the octopus trees and look out for endemic birds such as crested coua, a variety of vangas and the running coua.

This afternoon, relax in camp and sip sundowners amidst the baobabs as the sun sets and the moon rises.

Mandrare River Camp | Meals: BLD

Day 8: Antananarivo | Highland Hub

After a leisurely morning return by road to Fort Dauphin for your flight back to Tana. This evening enjoy dinner with your travelling companions.

Le Relais des Plateaux | Meals: BLD

Day 9: Nosy Komba | Remote Coastal Seclusion

Today you will take a flight to Nosy Be before a short boat ride south to Nosy Komba. This beautiful, mysterious island is a former volcano covered by luxuriant vegetation and a dreamy coastline that lures with its stunning white sand and turquoise waters. There are numerous villages, deserted coves, sheltered harbours, isolated beaches, as well as hills to explore offering outstanding viewing points, and an extraordinary variety of flora and fauna to discover including black lemurs and chameleon.

After settling into your stunning lodge surrounded by lush tropical gardens with glorious ocean views, enjoy some time at leisure. You may choose to wander through the lodges private indigenous nature reserve, take to translucent waters in a canoe or enjoy a walk along the beach.

Tsara Komba Lodge | Meals: BLD

Day 10: Nosy Komba l The Island of Perfumes

This morning join your local guide for a trek through the dense and majestic forest bordering the property. Nosy Komba is a former volcano today covered by a lush tropical forest, which is home to all kinds of trees or flowers and extremely rich in wildlife. You can meet the mischievous Macaco lemurs, the slow but bright chameleons, birds, lizards, frogs and colourful butterflies. You’ll also be passing through vanilla and wild pepper plantations, bringing a delightful touch of fragrance to your trip. 

Return to the lodge for lunch and a relaxed afternoon keeping an eye out for dolphins that swim by regularly in the bay.

Tsara Komba Lodge | Meals: BLD

Day 11: Nosy Komba l Design Your Day

Today, choose your own adventure with Design Your Day activities:

  • Take to the waters in a traditional dugout canoe, visiting the bustling village of Ampangorina to observe their handicrafts skill, and Nosy Ambariofasy, a charming small island surrounded by translucent waters that are perfect for swimming and snorkelling.
  • Go snorkelling at Nosy Tanikely, known for its outstanding marine and land-based biodiversity. With a mask and a snorkel, you will discover the underwater wonders of which this natural aquarium abounds.
  • Relax with a massage using Madagascan essential oils designed to soothe sore muscles, energize and improve skin tone, all whilst comfortably relaxing on your private terrace, looking out into the bay.

Return to the lodge for a sumptuous dinner.

Tsara Komba Lodge | Meals: BLD

Day 12: Antananarivo | Farewell Madagascar

After an early breakfast, transfer back to Nosy Be airport for your flight back to Tana. This evening, enjoy a sumptuous farewell dinner and drinks with local entertainment.

Hotel Colbert | Meals: BD

Day 13: Depart Antananarivo

After breakfast, transfer to the international terminal for your onward flight.

Meals: B

Journey Details

Internal air included: Tana/Fort Dauphin; Fort Dauphin/Tana; Tana/Nosy Be; Nosy Be/Tana
Minimum age is 10 years.
First group event: welcome briefing at 7:00 p.m. on Day 1.
Last group event: farewell dinner at 7:30 p.m. on Day 12.
Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.

Please Note:
Madagascar is still developing its tourist infrastructure. In some locations hotels may not meet normal A&K standards, however they are comfortable and well located. Please do note that at all times, A&K endeavours to use the best accommodation available.

Roads in Madagascar (outside main towns) are among the worst in Africa; often unsealed, poorly maintained, and bumpy.

For further information please contact A&K and speak to one of our groups specialists.

Please note: Proof of COVID-19 full vaccination is required for this program.

Included with this Limited Edition Small Group Journey

  • All accommodation as detailed with private facilities
  • Fast Track on arrival to Antananarivo Airport
  • Meals as specified in itinerary, including a welcome and farewell dinner
  • Internal flights as mentioned in itinerary
  • Bottled water during transfers and touring
  • Wine & beer during lunches and dinners (selected by Resident Tour Director), imported wines and spirits at Mandrare River Camp
  • Airport welcome - Porterage
  • Group transportation by private air-conditioned vehicle or 4 wheel drive
  • Services of English speaking A&K Resident Tour Director
  • All entrance fees
  • Planning, handling, operational and communication charges
  • All tipping
  • Laundry at Mandrare River Camp

Customise this Journey

Talk to one of our expert Journey Designers or your travel agent about booking this tour as a private journey for your own small group with family or friends. Or, if you would prefer to travel privately, find out more about creating the perfect bespoke tailor-made journey based on this itinerary.

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Preferred Accommodation

Preferred Accommodation

This journey features the following Preferred Accommodations:

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Madagascar: Otherworldly Marvels – A Limited Edition Small Group Journey (2023)

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Mandrare River Camp, Ifotaka Forest

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Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Apr 16, 2023 - Apr 28, 2023 Special
Price AU$9,995pp Single Supplement AU$0 was AU$2,460 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
May 7, 2023 - May 19, 2023 Special
Price AU$9,995pp Single Supplement AU$0 was AU$2,460 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Jun 11, 2023 - Jun 23, 2023 Special
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Sep 3, 2023 - Sep 15, 2023 Special
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