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Undiscovered Southern Madagascar

Tailor Made Itinerary

12 Days From £3,595

Overview

Unlike some of its continental neighbours, Madagascar still has a raw and adventurous feel to it with many places still largely unexplored by most foreign tourists. With wildlife-rich national parks and deserted golden beaches, it is an unmatched combination of wild adventure and sun-kissed idyll. Taking in the rugged beauty of the Andasibe National Park, the Antandroy tribe of Ifotaka Community ...

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Search for diurnal lemurs during a night safari in Andasibe National Park
  • Learn about Madagascan history at the capital’s UNESCO site during a city tour
  • Explore wildlife-rich primary rainforest in Mantadia National Park
  • Stay in the protected Ifotaka Community Forest
  • Relax by the shores of the Indian Ocean at Fort Dauphin
  • Take advantage of Mandrare River Camp’s menu of cultural and nature-based excursions

ITINERARY

This is a suggested itinerary. Our experts have all travelled widely in the region and will be happy to tailor any of our itineraries to suit your tastes, or build a trip from scratch.

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DAY 1: ARRIVE TANA

DAY 1: ARRIVE TANA

Arriving in the Madagascan capital this evening you will be met at the airport and transferred to your overnight hotel where the rest of the day will be at leisure.

Lokanga Boutique Hotel
Breakfast

DAY 2: EXPLORE TANA

DAY 2: EXPLORE TANA

Enjoy a guided city tour. Antananarivo or “Tana” is a city rich in history and a morning spent exploring with your guide is a very rewarding experience. You will be taken to the royal hill of Ambohimanga, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which consists of a historical royal city, burial site and pilgrimage site. It is associated with the Malagasy Royal families and was in use between the 15th and 19th centuries. A number of monarchs were buried here and pilgrims still visit today.

Lokanga Boutique Hotel
Breakfast

DAY 3: TANA - ANDASIBE- MANTADIA NATIONAL PARK

DAY 3: TANA - ANDASIBE- MANTADIA NATIONAL PARK

From Antananarivo, you will be transferred East to Mantadia Lodge to the south of the Andasibe National Park. The drive takes around four hours and passes through some truly stunning scenery. On the way you will visit the Lemurs Park set on a bend of the river Katsaoka. This private nature reserve is a beautiful spot that contains a number of different lemur species including Coquerel’s sifakas, ring-tailed lemurs and black-and-white ruffed lemurs. Although captive, most of the animals are former pets or were threatened in their natural habitat and are part of a breeding program together with other private sanctuaries. In Andasibe National Park this evening, enjoy a night safari by foot with your park guide in search of nocturnal animals. Dwarf lemurs, woolly lemurs and mouse lemurs are commonly spotted as well as different species of frogs, chameleons and lots of insects.

Mantadia Lodge
Breakfast

DAY 4: EXPLORE ANDASIBE- MANTADIA NATIONAL PARK

DAY 4: EXPLORE ANDASIBE- MANTADIA NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast you will head off on a three to four-hour hike in Andasibe National Park. This huge area of tropical rainforest is home to no fewer than nine species of lemur including the beautiful Indri Indri, the largest lemur on the island. After lunch, you will be able to explore the Vakona Private Reserve on lemur island, which is one of the best spots in Madagascar for those award-winning shots of lemurs. Later in the day, you will visit Andasibe village, a typical Betsimisaraka (the Many-inseparable) village. The Betsimisaraka people are the second largest ethnic group in Madagascar. This particular tribe are farmers who spend most of their day cultivating rice and working on vanilla plantations.

Mantadia Lodge
Breakfast

DAY 5: ANDASIBE- MANTADIA NATIONAL PARK - TANA

DAY 5: ANDASIBE- MANTADIA NATIONAL PARK - TANA

Depart this morning to Mantadia National Park where you will meet your local guide and set off on a walk within this primary rainforest. The reserve has only recently been accessible to visitors. It is very rich in wildlife and the ideal place to spot a variety of species of lemurs and reptiles. Then, transfer back to Tana which will take around three and a half hours including a stop en route to stretch your legs and take in the breathtaking landscapes that characterise this part of the country.

Lokanga Boutique Hotel
Breakfast

DAY 6: TANA - IFOTAKA COMMUNITY FOREST

DAY 6: TANA - IFOTAKA COMMUNITY FOREST

Depart Antananarivo on an early morning Air Madagascar flight to Fort Dauphin. You will be met at the airport by a representative of Mandrare River Camp who will take you on the three-hour journey to the Ifotaka Community Forest. The journey is bumpy but the reward at the end is worth it. This evening you can relax to prepare for the next few days of activities from your lodge.

Mandrare River Camp
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7: EXPLORE IFOTAKA COMMUNITY FOREST

DAY 7: EXPLORE IFOTAKA COMMUNITY FOREST

Mandrare River Camp offers a huge variety of activities in the local area, all undertaken in the company of the camp's highly experienced team of local guides. Guided walks and 4x4 drives through the surrounding Gallery and Spiny Forest are the main activities on offer, where a wide variety of animal and plant life can be seen including sifakas, ring-tailed lemurs, grey mouse lemurs and grey brown mouse lemurs. The area also has an abundance of baobab trees and you will be able to spend time photographing them with the stunning landscapes as a backdrop. For those looking to get an insight into the area's rich and vibrant culture, the camp is able to arrange visits to local villages and markets, as well as organise traditional dance performances.

Mandrare River Camp
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8: EXPLORE IFOTAKA COMMUNITY FOREST

DAY 8: EXPLORE IFOTAKA COMMUNITY FOREST

A second day being spoilt in the forest and learning about the community and their traditions.

Mandrare River Camp
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9: IFOTAKA COMMUNITY FOREST - FORT DAUPHIN

DAY 9: IFOTAKA COMMUNITY FOREST - FORT DAUPHIN

Transferring by road back to Fort Dauphin this morning, you will check into your hotel for a day at leisure overlooking the ocean. Spend the rest of the day relaxing or perhaps book a massage whilst recapping your Malagasy adventures.

Talinjoo Hotel
Breakfast

DAY 10: EXPLORE FORT DAUPHIN

DAY 10: EXPLORE FORT DAUPHIN

Another day relaxing by the sea. Alternatively, tours and excursions can be organised from your hotel to explore the surrounding area.

Talinjoo Hotel
Breakfast

DAY 12: FORT DAUPHIN - TANA

DAY 12: FORT DAUPHIN - TANA

You will be collected from the Talinjoo Hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight to Antananarivo. On arrival, you will be met by your local guide and taken to the Lokanga Boutique Hotel for your final night in Madagascar. Your last afternoon allows you time to either rest up or perhaps do a bit of last minute shopping in the capital’s local markets.

Lokanga Boutique Hotel
Breakfast

DAY 12: DEPART TANA

DAY 12: DEPART TANA

You will be picked up from your hotel this morning and transferred to the airport for your onward flight home.

Lokanga Boutique Hotel

SUGGESTED ACCOMMODATION

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Mid-Range
Good quality service and overall comfort
Superior
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Mid-Range
Good quality service and overall comfort
Superior
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Mid-Range
Good quality service and overall comfort
Superior
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Mid-Range
Good quality service and overall comfort
Superior
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Accommodation listed here is intended as a guide only, to give you a taste of what we can do. Our experts can tailor any aspect of this itinerary and accommodation to suit your budget and tastes.

GUIDELINE PRICE & WHAT’S INCLUDED

UNDISCOVERED SOUTHERN MADAGASCAR (12 DAYS) £3,595

MEALS

As specified in the itinerary, sampling some of the country's finest cuisine.

TRANSPORT

Private air-conditioned vehicles with experienced, dedicated drivers.

ENTRANCE FEES

Tours and admission fees, including tickets specified in the itinerary.

EXPERT TEAM

Licensed English-speaking guides and a support team available 24/7.

ACCOMMODATION

As specified in the itinerary, using some of our favourite local properties.

ACCOMMODATION

Ultra - The best of the best, the ultimate indulgence
Luxury - Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium - Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior - Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple - No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

CARBON CONTRIBUTIONS

If you book international flights through Wild Frontiers.

This itinerary is aimed to give you an idea of what we can offer. The price shown above is based on two people travelling outside of peak periods. As this itinerary is only a suggestion and can be tailor-made to suit your interests and budget, your final price may differ.

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WHEN TO GO

WHY WILD FRONTIERS?

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Jamie is our Sub Saharan expert, who has travelled extensively in the region.

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