* All meals as indicated
* Top notch, eco-friendly lodging
* All park fees and permits as indicated
* Expert driver-guides
* Inter-Madagascar flights
* Pre-departure kit and materials
* Private pre-trip consultation
The majority of Madagascar plant life is endemic, meaning it can’t be found any where else on earth. The Spiny Forest in the south of Madagascar is an incredible and bizarre showcase for a wide variety of endemic plants.
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 1 - Arrival in Tana
You will be met at the airport and transfer to your citer centre hotel. Dinner and overnight at Hotel Royal Palissandre.
Day 2 - Night Walks in Perinet
Drive through the highlands towards the eastern rain forests. Stop to visit La Mandraka Nature Farm, where you are introduced to the different reptiles in Madagascar. After checking in to your lodge, you will have the afternoon to explore the small Vakona reserve. Dinner at the lodge is followed by a night safari walk in the Analmazaotra Forest in pursuit of nocturnal lemur species such as the mouse lemur, the tiniest of the furry little critters. Overnight Vakona Lodge. All meals included.
Day 3 - Mantadia National Park
An early start allows you to look for the Indri Indri, the largest of the lemurs and listen for their haunting "singing call". The hike provides an opportunity to experience and awe at the abundant flora and fauna of the eastern rain forest. After lunch take a short drive to Mantadia National Park, for further wildlife sightings, including a chance of encounters with diademed sifakas. With patience and luck these beautiful, though elusive, lemurs can be seen in their luxuriant, primary rainforest home. Overnight Vakona Forest Lodge. All meals included
Day 4 - Journey on to Isalo
This morning you’ll be driven back to Tanŕ and the airport. You’ll fly south to Tulear. You will be met your driver guide who will escort you to Isalo Park. While the drive is 4 hours long, the scenery is breath taking and makes the time pass by quickly. You arrive in Isalo in time for a sundowner at the famous Isalo Window. The eroded sandstone the area is known for seems to create a frame through which travellers can watch the sun slip down into the earth for the evening. Overnight Relais de la Reine. All meals included.
Day 5 – Isalo National Park
This morning, you’ll visit the Canyon des Makis, which is a tropical oasis cutting into Isalo’s rugged sandstone massif. After lunch, embark on a hike of 6 km to a natural bathing pool, which offers stunning views of the national park and a chance to see some of its fascinating endemic flora. Enjoy a sundowner at the Fenętre de l’Isalo before returning to the hotel. Overnight Relais de la Reine. All meals included.
Day 6 - Isalo to Fort Dauphin to Berenty & the Spiny Forest
Return to the airport for your morning flight to Fort Dauphin where you will be met and transferred 2.5 hours to the Berenty Reserve. On your day’s journey, you’ll pass through the villages of the Antanosy people who make impressive stone stele and exquisitely carved wooden memorials to the dead, and you’ll learn about the rites and customs that accompany such traditions. After checking in to your room at Berenty Lodge, you can take a guided walk into the bizarre landscape called the Spiny Forest. Dinner and Overnight at Berenty Lodge. All meals included.
Day 7 & 8 - Berenty’s Spiny Forest
The whole day is spent exploring the reserve, who’s shady gallery forest lines the Mandrare River and is home to ring-tailed lemurs, red-fronted brown lemurs and Verreaux’s sifakas, as well as several nocturnal species. As you stroll along Berenty’s quiet trails, close encounters with lemurs are virtually guaranteed and the opportunities for photography are superb. Birds and reptiles are abundant as well and time will also be spent in the ‘spiny forest’, whose endemic didieracae, euphorbias and kalanchoes will delight plant enthusiasts. Take a break in the day to visit the fascinating ethnographic museum, which focuses on the struggle for survival of the local Antandroy people in this arid part of the island. Overnight at Berenty Lodge. All meals included.
Day 9 - Return to Tana
You’ll depart Berenty in the morning to drive to Fort Dauphin and visit the tropical Botanic Gardens. Lunch is enjoyed at the panoramic Miramar Restaurant before the transfer to the airport and flight to Tanŕ. You’ll have the afternoon to explore Tana at your leisure. Overnight Hotel Royal Palissandre. All meals included.
Day 10 - Farewell to Madagascar
Enjoy the day at your leisure exploring the Tana’s renowned craft markets, packing up for your return home, catching up on some last minute shopping or simply resting on the terrace. Day rooms are arranged at the Hotel Royal Palissandre for your convenience. Say farewell to your new Malagasi friends over dinner before returning to the airport. Day rooms, breakfast and dinner included.
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