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Western Madagascar Adventure (10 days)

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Safari: Madagascar

Western Madagascar Adventure (10 days)

One of the absolute highlights of this trip is a visit to the famous Baobab Avenue where you can watch a breathtaking sunset.

Western Madagascar offers guests the chance to explore one of the best national parks in the country; Tsingy de Bemaraha. The reserve’s canyons, gorges, undisturbed forests, lakes and mangrove swamps display an astonishing richness of fauna and flora which have not yet been completely recorded. You'll also have the chance to experience quaint and isolated villages dotted along the journey, full of friendly smiles and local delicacies. 

With gigantic grey rock pinnacles (called tsingy) that appear to be balanced precariously on top of one another, and careful walkways and suspension bridges that somehow manage to link them together, it’s an otherworldly landscape. 

This journey includes:

  • Half board accommodation
  • 4WD car rental with an English speaking driver (air conditioned vehicle with rental cover and gasoline)
  • Park and reserve entrance fees

Travel tip:

This region of Madagascar is hot and dry, especially in summer. If you’re planning to hike, rock climb, or spend the day outdoors doing anything physical, then be sure to make an early start and avoid the afternoon heat.

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International flights not included.
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What to Expect on This Safari

This popular itinerary can be customised to match your budget and travel dates by adding/removing a few days or selecting different lodges

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1

Arrival in Antananarivo

Welcome to Madagascar! Once you have landed at Ivato International Airport, you are welcomed and assisted by your driver. You are then transferred to the Maison Galleieni, where you will be spending the night on a half board basis. 

Meals: Half board

Drinks: Not included

Transport and transfers: Included

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2

ANTSIRABE

Today you are transferred to Couleur Cafe, where you will be spending the night on a half board basis. Driving time: 3 to 4 hours depending on traffic to get out of Antananarivo. Your day also includes a city tour in Antsirable. 

You have an optional stop in Ambatolampy, where recycled aluminum cooking pots are made. Ambatolampy is a city located between Antananarivo and Antsirabe on National Road 7 (RN7) leading to southern Madagascar. One of the local specialty of this city is the artisanal manufacture of aluminum cookware used for cooking food in all Malagasy homes.

Meals: Half board

Drinks: Not included

Transport and transfers: Included

day

3

Ranomafana National Park

After a scrumptious breakfast, you are collected and transferred to the Thermal Ranomafana Hotel, where you will be spending the next two nights on a half-board basis. En-route to your hotel, you can stop at Zafimaniry Handicraft shops on the way. Find more information below:

Situated in Central Madagascar, surrounded by rice paddies, the pretty town of Ambositra is considered to be the heart of Madagascar’s wood carving industry. Local houses featuring ornately carved wooden balconies and shutters, along with the architectural marvels of the Benedictine Chapel, make for a most attractive setting. Ambositra serves as an excellent base from which to explore the traditional Zafimaniry villages. The Zafimaniry people build entire houses using their own wooden architecture. Their art is listed as UNESCO World Heritage. You can buy handicrafts here. The best shops are found right opposite the Grand Hotel, which is also worth a visit. 

Meals: Half board

Drinks: Not included

Transport and transfers: Included

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4 to

Ranomafana National Park

Today you have a night walk in the Ranomafana National Park. 

Situated in the southeastern region of Madagascar, Ranomafana National Park is one of Madagascar’s most popular national parks. Spanning 41 600-plus hectares of tropical rain forest featuring an array of rare and exotic fauna and flora. Established to conserve this unique biodiversity and subsequently declared a World

Heritage Site in 2007, the Ranomafana National Park is home to twelve species of lemur, one of which is the critically endangered golden bamboo lemur, discovered here in 1986. Visitors should stay at least one night to make the most of the trails available and to enjoy a night ride to view the park’s rather exotic collection of reptiles, frogs and insects.

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5

Fianarantsoa

This morning, upon checkout, you have a two-hour transfer from Ranomafana to the Zomatel Hotel, where you will be spending the night on a half board basis. Today you have a city tour in Fianarantsoa, where you will visit the local carmaker and the thrift shop. 

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6 to 7

Isalo National Park

This morning you are transferred to Isalo Rock Lodge, where you will be spending the next two nights on a half-board basis. Your transfer is approximately a six-hour drive. Today you have a visit to the Anja Reserve, where you get to see the ring-tailed lemurs: 

The forest in Anja was designated a protected area reserve by the Government of Madagascar in 1999. Anja Reserve is the most visited community-managed forest and ecotourist site in Madagascar. Anja has become a vital example of how community management of natural resources can both effectively protect the area and benefit the community.

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8 to 9

Ifaty

Today you make your way to Ifaty beach from Isalo National Park.  Your trip will be approximately five hours. Upon arrival at Ifaty, you will check in at Les Dunes d'Ifaty, where you will be spending the next two nights on a half board basis. En-route to Ifaty, you visit the Arboretum Reserve:

This private reserve ​​40 hectares large is located 12 km southeast from Toliara. The founder bought this land to grow endangered dry plant species in order to preserve them from deforestation & bush fires. Most of the species are unique to Madagascar.  The impressive botanical garden is the home of more than 920 plant species such as, lemurs, radiated tortoises, and chameleons. Established in 1980, this park has an interpretation center, a small museum, shop, guided tours in English, a restaurant as well as bungalows.

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10

Antananarivo

Today you'll head back to Antananarivo.

Known for its vibrant nightlife, Antananarivo features local live music at a variety of clubs and bars. Visitors can look forward to exploring the remnants of the French colonial era in the old heart of the city, as well as discovering ancient Malagasy palaces interspersed between the faded grandeur of these colonial relics. Make the most of your last day in the capital

Dinner and overnight at Maison Gallieni. 

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10

End of Journey

You'll be transported to the airport for your flight back home after a hearty breakfast. 

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