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River and landscape of Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar

Madagascar Wildlife & Rainforest Expedition

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Join this 15-day Madagascar wildlife and rainforest expedition from western Madagascar to the eastern region of this island nation. Experience Madagascar's rainforest firsthand with its unique ecosystem and incredible biodiversity! Your journey begins in the hillside capital of Antananarivo, Morondava, and its famous baobab trees. Visit local communities, watch for wildlife, and walk or canoe along the banks of the paradise island of Sainte Marie. Enjoy a collection of unique towns and native villages, extraordinary landscapes, and traditional cultures. Spot diverse wildlife from Kirindy Reserve and its different species of lemurs, Perinet National Park & Vakona private reserve, Palmarium Reserve, and to the very south of Sainte Marie seaside beaches.
Look for ring-tailed lemurs in the trees of MadagascarAdmire the landscapes of MadagascarSunset over the distinctive baobab trees of MadagascarStone blades of Tsingy de Bemaraha, MadagascarA black-and-white ruffed lemur sits quietly up in a tree.Panther chameleon in MadagascarRelax on the beaches of MadagascarRiver and landscape of Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar
Highlights
  • Discover Madagascar highlands' amazing variety of landscapes
  • Explore Kirindy Reserve, home to a variety of endemic wildlife
  • Visit the famous Avenue of the Baobabs
  • Tour Perinet National Park
Places Visited
  • Africa
  • Madagascar
  • Andasibe
  • Antananarivo
  • Morondava
  • Nosy Boraha
  • Toamasina
  • Vakona Forest Lodge
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Full Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrival in Antananarivo

Arrive in Antananarivo on the flight of your choice today. Meet your guide at the airport and transfer to the hotel in town.

Day 2: Fly to Morondava | Kirindy Reserve

Depending on your flight schedule, meet with your guide at the airport and transfer to the hotel in town. Visit the natural wonders of the famous Baobab Avenue and learn about the flora, fauna, and unusual natural landscape of Madagascar. Drive-by vehicle and by foot to spot the endemic animals and plants of Kirindy. Witness one of the most endangered ecosystems and the famous giant jumper rat. 

Duration: +/- 1h of flight and +/- 2h30 track
 

Day 3: Kirindy Reserve

After your breakfast, meet your guide and continue your visit to the Kirindy Reserve. Explore the reserve and witness the large numbers of endemic animals that dwell within this reserve. The forest reserve is the home of different kinds of lemurs, birds, chameleons, mongooses, iguanas, and frogs. Keep your eyes peeled and, who knows what you might spot. Take a ferry to cross the Manambolo river before getting to Bekopaka village in the late afternoon.

Distance: 160 km
Duration: 2h visit and +/- 6h of the track (depending on the ferry boat)

Day 4: Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park

After your breakfast, continue your adventure and visit the small town of Bekopaka. Witness the mind-blowing Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park, a natural wonder park. Discover a cathedral of limestone, a network of faults, cracks, and blocks of limestone carved in blades. Next, hike to the stone forest and walk along swinging rope bridges, clamber over jagged peaks and squeeze through narrow crevices as you make your way through the park. Giant rocks are not the only point of interest at Tsingy de Bemaraha. Species of lemurs, reptiles, and varieties of birds. It is also the home of one of the smallest chameleons, the “Brookesia Perarmata.”

Duration: + / – 5h of walking

Day 5: Morondava | Avenue of Baobabs Trees

After breakfast, drive back to Morondava and cross the Manambolo and the Tsiribihina river by ferry. Pass through the famous Baobab Avenue “Allée des Baobabs.” Settle and rest at your hotel located in Nosy Kely on the large beach of Morondava.

Distance: 180 km track
Duration: +/- 7h

Day 6: Fly to Antananarivo | Andasibe National Park

After breakfast at the hotel, drive to the airport back to Antananarivo. Meet your guide at the airport and transfer to the hotel in town. Then, head east towards Andasibe National Park, a true paradise for nature lovers. Enjoy its rich and incredible flora and fauna. Located in the Rural Municipality of Andasibe, this protected area is the most visited in Madagascar because of its proximity to the capital.

Distance: 150 km
Duration: +/-1h flight and +/- 3h30 drive

Day 7: Andasibe National Park | Vakona Private Reserve

Continue your day exploring the Andasibe National park again. The park is a protected rainforest area in eastern Madagascar that includes the Analamazaotra Reserve, home to the large indri lemur, known for its distinctively loud song. The park’s rich biodiversity includes native species like the Parson’s chameleon, plus rare orchids and ferns. Trail circuits weave through dense forest, past lakes, and the Sacred Waterfall. 

In the afternoon, visit the private reserve of Vakona. Discover the unique and different fauna and flora, crocodile park, and observe the lemurs in their natural habitat. 
 

Day 8-9: Ankanin'ny nofy

After your breakfast, continue your journey towards the east to Akanin'ny Nofy. Akanin'ny Nofy means "the nest of dreams" located in the eastern region, pass through to the hut village called Manambato and reach the reserve by boat. This peaceful and relaxing haven is home to white-sand beaches, forests, scattered orchids, botanical gardens, strings of lakes, and mangroves. This place has been famous for its very tame lemurs, ten species of lemurs, reptiles, amphibians, and crocodiles. Spend your days to continue discovering the Ankanin'ny Nofy and Palmarium Reserve. Explore the small hut villages, delicious foods, and sandy beaches. The reserve offers an excellent opportunity to spend time observing lemurs at close range. The most conspicuous species are black-and-white ruffed, black, brown, red-bellied, and crowned lemurs.

Distance: 140 km
Duration: +/- 3 h drive and +/- 1-hour navigation

Day 10: Tamatave Port City

Tamatave is Madagascar's principal port city, located on the island's eastern coast, near the northern rim of the island's immense rainforests. The region is known for its long beaches divided by rivers that pour into the sea. The city is a high concentration of unique flora and fauna that can be found, as exotic plantations of coffee, vanilla, clove, banana, coconut, and lychee. The city itself is an enticing mix of bric-a-brac sophistication – boulevards lined with palm trees and upmarket hotels sit alongside old, crumbling colonial buildings and creole houses built on stilts.

Duration: 3 to 4h navigation

Day 11: Fly to Sainte Marie

After breakfast, drive to the airport and fly to Sainte Marie. The island is a popular destination in Madagascar, Nosy Boraha. Located northeast of Madagascar, Sainte Marie Island is a tropical paradise. An island is a place of soft-sand beaches backed by palms and fishing villages where old traditions are still alive and well. The island is full of history and activities to discover. Find extraordinary diving spots, dreamy beaches, and forest trails that delight nature lovers. Staying in a small beachside lodge, you can fill your days with as much activity as you like. 

Duration: +/- 35 mn of flight

Day 12-14: Sainte Marie | Ile aux Nattes

Continue your relaxing and peaceful stay in Sainte Marie. The best way to move around is by renting a mountain bicycle or motorbike to go east coast and visit the pirate graveyards or ride along the beach and villages. Visit “Ile aux Nattes” at the very south of Sainte Marie. It is a classic tropical island with curving white beaches and overhanging palms, a turquoise sea with waves breaking over the reef, a gentle breeze, and a lush green interior.
 

Day 15: Return home

After breakfast,  transfer to the airport to catch your flight to Antananarivo.

Duration: +/- 1h flight

Accommodations

Palmarium Hotel Ankanin'Nofy

Palmarium Hotel Ankanin'Nofy
Relaxing ocean view in Palmarium Hotel
Standard Lodges

Princesse Bora Lodge and Spa

Princesse Bora Lodge and Spa
Infinity Pool

Palissandre Hotel & Spa

Palissandre Hotel & Spa
The Pool
Dinning Area

Le Soleil des Tsingy

Relais du Kirindy Hotel

Vakona Forest Lodge

The Calypso Hotel & Spa

Hotel Palissandre Côte Ouest Resort & Spa

Hotel Palissandre Côte Ouest
Hotel Palissandre Côte Ouest - Bungalow
Hotel Palissandre Côte Ouest - Bungalow Single

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Included
  • 2 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 14 Dinners
  • 14 Nights Accommodations
  • 13 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Private English speaking guide
  • Transfer hotel/airport 
  • Park and Entrance Fees 
  • Driver and Vehicle included
  • All excursion transfer
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa Fees
  • Tips, gratuities, personal expenses:
  • International Flights - International or domestic flights to or within

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