Largely unspoilt, Madagascar is a nature lover’s paradise unlike anywhere else on earth. Discover the island’s ancient and unique flora and fauna, with more than 70 species of lemur, diverse landscapes including highland rice fields, and a fascinating culture steeped in rituals and traditions. This is an excellent introduction to a lost world, well and truly off the beaten track.

• Antananarivo: 2 nights

• Ifaty: 2 nights

• Ranohira/Isalo National Park: 2 nights

• Fianarantsoa: 1 night

• Ranomafana National Park: 2 nights

• Antsirabe: 2 nights

• Andasibe National Park: 2 nights

• Antananarivo: 1 night

16nights Escorted Small Group Tour

Madagascar is a wildlife lover’s paradise unlike anywhere else on earth, home to more than 70 species of lemur and some of the most diverse landscapes in Africa. From watching the sun set over an ancient baobab alley to guided night walks in protected rainforest reserves, this wildlife tour is an excellent introduction to an island that’s well and truly off the beaten track.

• Antananarivo: 1 night

• Kirindy Forest: 3 nights

• Morondava: 1 night

• Antananarivo: 1 night

• Andasibe: 2 nights

• Akanin’ny Nofy: 2 nights

• Andasibe: 1 night

• Antananarivo: 1 night

14nights Escorted Small Group Tour
 
 
ITINERARY

Day 1: UK to Antananarivo Depart from the UK on your overnight flight to Antananarivo.

Day 2: Antananarivo On arrival, you’ll be met by your local tour leader and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to spend at leisure. Stay: Palissandre Hotel & Spa (or similar). D.

Day 3: Antananarivo Enjoy breakfast before embarking on an orientation tour of Antananarivo, Madagascar’s capital city. Enjoy a welcome dinner this evening led by your local tour leader. Stay: Palissandre Hotel & Spa (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 4: Antananarivo to Ifaty After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Toliara (approx. 1¼ hours). Continue to the small fishing village of Ifaty. The rest of the day is free to spend at leisure. Stay: Dunes Hotel (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 5: Ifaty Today begins with a morning visit to the Reniala Private Reserve. Just 65 hectares, this botanical paradise is home to some very rare endemic species such as the long-tailed ground roller and the red-capped coua. Following lunch, spend the afternoon at leisure. Tonight, you’ll return to the Reniala Forest for a guided evening walk, followed by dinner served in the Baobab Forest. Stay: Dunes Hotel (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 6: Ifaty to Ranohira Travel to Toliara and visit the Arboretum of Antsokay. Following lunch, you’ll journey to Ranohira by road, passing through savannah and bush landscapes, villages of local sapphire miners, and tombs of the southern tribes. Approx. journey time: 5½ hours. Stay: Isalo Rock Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 7: Isalo National Park A full day in the beautiful Isalo National Park awaits. This morning you'll walk to the Piscine Naturelle – an oasis amidst the hot plateau, where a waterfall cascades into a glorious green pool. You’ll also see sacred tombs of the Bara tribe, the Namaza Site, and the Cascade de Nymphes waterfall. Possible wildlife sightings include the ring-tailed lemur, and various birdlife like the paradise flycatcher. This afternoon, there's an optional visit to Isalo National Park’s interpretation centre. Before returning to the hotel, witness sunset at a natural rock formation, the ‘Window of Isalo’. Stay: Isalo Rock Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 8: Ranohira to Fianarantsoa Travel north, crossing the Horombe Table Land and plains towards Ranohira. Pass through the ‘Gateway of the South’ mountain and into the pretty countryside of the highland Betsileo and semi-nomadic Bara people, where granite outcrops dominate the skyline. Your driver will stop for various photo opportunities. Continue to Ambalavao. Enter the Anja Reserve to spot the famed ring-tailed lemur, and enjoy a visit to a handmade paper factory. Following lunch, continue to Fianarantsoa where you’ll spend the night. Approx. journey time: 7 hours. Stay: Zomatel (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 9: Fianarantsoa to Ranomafana National Park This morning, enjoy a guided tour of Fianarantsoa, driving up the hillside to the historic old town. Visit the cathedral and stroll along the cobbled streets to admire the 19th-Century houses. Following lunch, you’ll continue towards Ranomafana, travelling through pretty stepped rice fields and traditional highland villages. Approx. journey time: 2 hours. Stay: Setam Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 10: Ranomafana National Park Today, you’ll visit Ranomafana National Park, a mountainous rainforest reserve. Explore the main forest to spot local birds, lemurs and the world’s largest chameleon: the Parson’s chameleon – only found in Madagascar. This afternoon, there's an optional visit to Vohiparara forest. Search for endemic bird life such as the Madagascar forest fody and the cryptic warbler. Stay: Setam Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 11: Ranomafana to Antsirabe Today, you’ll drive up into the scenic highlands en route to Ambositra, where many Malagasy handicrafts are produced. Visit local craft shops and watch the craftsmen at work before enjoying lunch at a local restaurant. Travel on to Antsirabe where you’ll spend two nights. Approx. journey time: 8 hours, 143 miles. Stay: Chambre Du Voyageur (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 12: Antsirabe This morning, you’ll drive to Betafo (approx. 20km west of the city). Spend time exploring local villages and visit the beautiful Lake Andraikiba. This afternoon, return to Antsirabe, a small spa town known for its rickshaws and hot springs. It’s the agricultural capital of Madagascar and is littered with tiny craftsmen’s workshops. Stay: Chambre Du Voyageur (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 13: Antsirabe to Andasibe Today, you'll continue the scenic drive to Andasibe. This is a full day of travelling, with arrival not expected until late afternoon. Approx. journey time: 8-9 hours, 199 miles. Stay: Andasibe Hotel (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 14: Andasibe-Mantadia National Park Journey to Andasibe-Mantadia National Park for a forest walk, where you may be lucky enough to spot diademed sifaka and black and white ruff lemurs. Spend the afternoon in Vakona Private Reserve, where there is a small island sanctuary for lemurs. Later, enjoy an evening walk to spot nocturnal species like the tiny mouse lemur, greater dwarf lemur, and the eastern woolly lemur. Stay: Andasibe Hotel (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 15: Andasibe to Antananarivo Embark on a morning walk in the Analamazaotra Reserve for an exciting chance to see the largest living lemur: the endangered indri, known for its loud song-like calls that can last for more than three minutes. After lunch, return to Antananarivo for an evening at leisure. Approx. journey time: 4 hours, 93 miles. Stay: Palissandre Hotel & Spa (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 16: Antananarivo Spend the day at leisure, with a day room at your disposal until 10pm. At approx. 10pm, you will transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK, arriving the following day. B, D.


Stay longer

These are the two most popular extensions to this Madagascar tour.

Nosy Be 4 nights
Extend your stay with some post-tour relaxation time on the beach. Fly to Nosy Be for a three-night stay, before returning to Antananarivo by air for a final night.

Mauritius 4 nights

An idyllic escape of pure white sand beaches, Mauritius is the perfect way to unwind after your tour.

Day 1: UK to Antananarivo Depart from the UK on your overnight flight to Antananarivo.

Day 2: Antananarivo
Arrive into Madagascar’s colourful capital of Antananarivo. Built on a series of hills that range from 1200 to 1465 metres above sea level, this historic city is a chaotic blend of colonial-style buildings and sprawling red-topped shanty houses. Transfer to the hotel and freshen up before you meet your group for a welcome dinner. Stay: Palissandre Hotel & Spa (or similar). D.

Day 3: Antananarivo to Kirindy Forest
Have breakfast before transferring to the airport for your flight to Morondava. Continue to Kirindy Forest, on the way passing through the Avenue of the Baobabs; a legendary stretch of giant Adansonia Grandidieri baobabs which are endemic to the island. Arrive at the Relais du Kirindy, a spacious bungalow-style lodge that’s just a 30-minute drive from Kirindy Forest. The rest of the day is free to spend at leisure. Stay: Relais du Kirindy (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 4: Kirindy Forest Today explore the flora and fauna of Kirindy Forest, a protected nature reserve that’s famous for its sensational wildlife. Home to three different baobab species and eight different types of lemur, it’s one of the only places on the island where you can spot the endangered giant jumping rat and the elusive fossa; Madagascar’s largest predator. Head back to the hotel for lunch, heading back into the forest this afternoon. Tonight, you’ll return to Kirindy Forest for a guided night walk. Nocturnal species here include the red-tailed sportive lemur and the Madame Berthe’s mouse lemur – the smallest primate in the world. Stay: Relais du Kirindy (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 5: Kirindy Forest
Spend another full day exploring the superb wildlife of Kirindy Forest. Iconic reptile sightings include the Madagascan ground boa and the colourful Labord’s chameleon, while daytime lemur spottings can include the common brown lemur and the native white Verreaux’s sifaka. Stay: Relais du Kirindy (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 6: Kirindy Forest to Morondova
Spend the morning at leisure with lunch at the hotel, before you transfer back to Morondava this afternoon. Along the way you’ll stop to watch the sun set over the Avenue of the Baobabs – a photographer’s paradise, this iconic cluster of giant baobabs becomes especially atmospheric during sunrise and sunset. Stay: Palissandre Cote Ouest (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 7: Morondova to Antananarivo
Head out for a morning exploration of the serene west coast. Travel by pirogue (a small wooden boat) to the mangroves, an area rich in birdlife that includes the Madagascar fish eagle and the great white egrets. Return to the hotel, on the way stopping at small nearby fishing village. Enjoy a light lunch and some time at leisure before you transfer to the airport for your afternoon flight to Antananarivo. Stay: Palissandre Hotel & Spa (or similar). B, L D.

Day 8: Antananarivo to Andasibe
Check out and head east to Andasibe, a small town famous for its fantastic national parks. Passing through small rural villages and highland rice fields, your driver will stop for various photo opportunities en route. Have lunch in historic Moramanga before continuing to your hotel. You’ll be staying near to Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, a protected rainforest reserve that’s especially popular for its Indri population. Both endangered and endemic, the world’s largest lemur is known for its haunting song-like calls that can last for more than three minutes. Freshen up and head out for a guided night walk. Stay: Andasibe Hotel (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 9: Andasibe
After breakfast, head into the park for a morning forest walk. As you explore, try and spot some diademed sifaka and black-and-white ruffed lemurs. Have a picnic lunch before spending the afternoon in Vakona Private Reserve, where there’s a small island sanctuary for lemurs. Tonight, join an evening walk through the forest, spotting nocturnal species like the tiny mouse lemur and the eastern woolly lemur. Stay: Andasibe Hotel (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 10: Andasibe to Akanin’ny Nofy
Drive to Manambato, a tiny village on the remote white-sand shores of Lake Rasoabe. Have lunch in the village before taking a speedboat across to Akanin’ny Nofy; a private nature reserve where you’ll spend the next two nights. This evening, there’s an optional visit to a nearby island in search of the endangered aye aye lemur. An expert guide will help you to track these small nocturnal lemurs who are notoriously elusive to find. Stay: Palmarium Hotel (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 11: Akanin’ny Nofy
Also known as the Palmarium Reserve, Akanin’ny Nofy is a little slice of paradise on Lake Ampitabe. Located on a private peninsula, the reserve is so remote it’s only accessible by boat. After breakfast, embark on a morning exploration of the area. From its numerous orchids to a superb diversity of lemur species, the reserve is home to a fantastic variety of unique flora and fauna. As you walk, search for endemic lemurs like the Coquerel’s sifaka and the tamer black-and-white ruffed lemurs. Enjoy lunch and some free time to relax at leisure at this afternoon. Stay: Palmarium Hotel (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 12: Akanin’ny Nofy to Andasibe
Transfer back by boat to Manambato. Continue towards the Eulophiella Lodge in Andasibe – named after the orchid that grows throughout Madagascar, the lodge sits secluded close to the park. This evening explore the forest on a night walk, looking out for nocturnal lemurs and a variety of reptiles. Stay: Eulophiella Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 13: Andasibe to Antananarivo
Head into the national park to visit the Analamazaotra Special Reserve, known for its excellent birding – it’s one of the only places in Madagascar where you can see the rare collared nightjar. Have lunch before transferring back to Antananarivo this afternoon. Stay: Palissandre Hotel & Spa (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 14: Antananarivo
Spend the day at leisure before you transfer to the airport for your overnight flight to the UK. B, D.


Stay longer

These are the two most popular extensions to this Madagascar tour.

Nosy Be 4 nights
Extend your stay with some post-tour relaxation time on the beach. Fly to Nosy Be for a three-night stay, before returning to Antananarivo by air for a final night.

Mauritius 4 nights

An idyllic escape of pure white sand beaches, Mauritius is the perfect way to unwind after your tour.

ABOUT THIS TOUR

Is this for you?

Intrepid nature lovers and keen walkers will love this in-depth tour of southern Madagascar.

Good to know

• For guests over 16 (unless travelling on a private journey)

• Average group size of 8 guests

• A maximum of 12 guests.

What to expect

• Air-conditioned transport
• Frequent rest stops will be made
• Road journeys are long and bumpy but scenic
• The hotels featured are the best available but are low by international standards. Rooms are clean and adequate with private facilities and hot water. Some have fans or air-conditioning; others – particularly in the highlands – do not have either
• Electricity supply can be intermittent

• 20kg luggage allowance.

Accommodation on tour

A once-in-a-lifetime adventure that’s truly off the beaten track, the accommodation on offer here does not meet luxury standards. Yet if you enjoy adventure, embrace this tour with an open mind as there’s something endearing about the rustic and charming places you’ll stay in as you journey across Madagascar. While they may be basic and electricity intermittent, your hotels and lodges will always be clean.

Single travellers

Single room supplement from £695

Is this for you?

Intrepid nature lovers and keen walkers will love this wildlife tour exploring Madagascar.

Good to know

• For guests over 16

• Average group size of 8 guests

• A maximum of 12 guests

• Journey times do not take into account stops or traffic conditions

• We recommend travelling with no more than one suitcase and one day bag.

What to expect

• Air-conditioned transport
• Frequent rest stops will be made
• Road journeys are long and bumpy but scenic
• The hotels featured are the best available but are low by international standards. Rooms are clean and adequate with private facilities and hot water. Some have fans or air-conditioning; others – particularly in the highlands – do not have either
• Electricity supply can be intermittent

• 20kg luggage allowance
• A good level of fitness is required.

Accommodation on tour

A once-in-a-lifetime adventure that’s truly off the beaten track, the accommodation on offer here does not meet luxury standards. Yet if you enjoy adventure, embrace this tour with an open mind as there’s something endearing about the rustic and charming places you’ll stay in as you journey across Madagascar. While they may be basic and electricity intermittent, your hotels and lodges will always be clean.

Single travellers

Sole-use room from £4539

DATES AND INCLUSIONS

Tour dates

2019 May 05, 26; Jun 23; Jul 21; Aug 11; Sep 08, 22

Included in price

• Quality accommodation

• Insightful local tour leaders

• Hand-picked itineraries

• Flexible arrival times

• Small groups and a relaxed approach

• Porterage and guide tips

• Meals where most convenient (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner), or the freedom to explore local restaurants independently

• Park fees

• All specified flights.

Upgrade your tour

Private tour Upgrade to a private tour with a local tour leader on the same itinerary, departing on the date of your choice from £1605 per person.

Tour dates

2020 May 02, 23; Jun 20; July 18; Aug 08; Sep 05, 19

Included in price

• Quality accommodation

• Insightful local tour leaders

• Hand-picked itineraries

• Flexible arrival times

• Small groups

• Porterage and guide tips

• Meals where most convenient (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

• All specified flights.

Upgrade your tour

Private tour Upgrade to a private tour with a local tour leader on the same itinerary, departing on the date of your choice from £5056 per person.

Excursions

Day-use room Pre-book a day-room on arrival or before your return flight from £76 per person

Special offer
From
£4555
 
2019 DEPARTURE
Price per person for 16 nights
An epic adventure discovering the unique
wildlife of Madagascar
Small group tour departs 20 July 2019
 
Fly with Kenyan Airways from London Heathrow

Madagascar Explorer

Kuoni highlights

Exploring a country renowned for its compelling natural beauty is always best done with a small group. Not only do you have a more personalised adventure, with time to ask your guide plenty of questions, you’re also less likely to disturb the captivating wildlife. Covering the breadth of Madagascar, you’re assured of a comprehensive journey that takes in a range of this little-visited country’s breathtaking vistas.

Kuoni highlights

Exploring a country renowned for its compelling, natural beauty is always best done with a small group. Not only do you have a more personalised adventure, you’re also less likely to disturb the captivating wildlife. We’ve included some superb experiences, like visiting a secluded island to see endangered aye aye lemurs, watching the sun set at the Avenue of the Baobabs and joining an evening forest walk in Andasibe National Park.

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