Days
15
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$4,445AUD
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Uncover the mysteries of Madagascar

Madagascar. The name conjures up all sorts of exotic images – think leaping lemurs, colourful chameleons and the freakishly large elephant bird. Along with its pirate history and shipwreck-dotted coastline, ‘unique’ doesn't come close to describing this place. From the capital Antananarivo, fly to the southwest coast to a land of great coral reefs and giant baobab trees. Explore the prefect beaches and water, and encounter a Jurassic world filled with lemurs in the craggy pinnacles and valleys of Isalo National Park. Spend a night in unique accommodation built into the landscape and camp in the shadow of towering granite mountains. Swim in natural water holes, seek out chameleons and Madagascar’s incredible wildlife in Ranomafana National Park, and encounter the local culture in the old town of Fianarantsoa, the Betsileo town of Ambositra, and in the in the old royal complex of Rova palace. Madagascar is simply one country you need to see to believe.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
Antananarivo, Madagascar
Finish
Antananarivo, Madagascar
Destination
Madagascar
Style
Peregrine
Code
PFMM
Physical rating
Traveller’s rating
16 reviews
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Encounter Madagascar’s most famous inhabitant in the wild – be enchanted by the local lemurs and watch the white Verreaux's sifakas dance across the sand.

  • As home to half of the world’s chameleon population it will not be hard to spot these unique creatures, even with their camouflage.

  • Sit down to a private candlelit dinner at Reniala Park in the company of the magnificent baobab trees.

  • With an included internal flight, this trip gives you more time to enjoy the beauty of Madagascar and less time on the road.

  • Browse workshops to meet the artisans that specialise in crafts as diverse as printmaking, Zafimaniry woodcarving and marquetry in the World Heritage-listed town of Ambositra.

  • A night spent at the gate of Isalo National Park at Relais de la Reine, the Feature Stay of this trip, where the buildings sit in canyons up against huge sandstone rocks, is utterly unique.

  • Embark on a heritage walking tour through the old Tana with a local historian.

Is this trip right for you?

  • Although this tour incorporates several walks in search of lemurs, these walks are not overly strenuous and only a moderate level of fitness is recommended.

  • Road conditions in Madagascar are also notoriously poor. This means some of the driving days will be long as well as bumpy.

  • There is an internal flight on this trip. Please be aware that small, local Madagascar airlines can sometimes amend schedules. But for us this merely adds to the sense of adventure. These flights have a strict baggage allowance of 20kgs, so it’s best to pack light and smart.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2019 to 31 December 2019. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2018

Your Madagascan adventure begins in the European-inspired capital of Antananarivo. You will be met on arrival at Ivato Airport and transferred to your hotel (approximately 15 minutes). Today is an arrival day so you can arrive at any time before a welcome meeting this evening. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please have all these details to provide to your leader. If you arrive early, take some time to get acquainted with this charmingly crowded capital – with cobbled streets, wooden houses and impressive churches, ‘Tana’ has a distinctly romantic air. Wander the colonial streets of the Haute-Ville, visit the permanent Analakely street market or seek out the high quality restaurants.
Accommodation
  • Royal Palissandre Hotel and Spa (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
An airport arrival transfer is included. This transfer is only valid if arriving on day 1 or if you have booked pre-trip accommodation through Peregrine. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking, or at a minimum 15 days prior to travel (note - we may not be able confirm request made within 15 days of travel).

On arrival in to Antananarivo Airport, please exit the arrival hall. A transfer representative will be waiting to meet you outside of the arrival hall. Please look for a Peregrine board with your name on it.
See snapshots of Madagascan history in a morning visit to the Musee de la Photographie. Featuring both indoor and outdoor exhibits, this museum is a welcome new addition to the city’s historical attractions. Then, take a guided tour of the of Antananrivo’s Old Town and learn about the country’s heritage and royal history at the Royal Palace complex. This tour is led by a local historian, making for an immersive and comprehensive 2.5-hour stroll. For lunch, enjoy a meal with a view at the Lokanga Boutique Hotel, which is perched on a hilltop and overlooks the city. Return to your hotel for a brief rest before heading to a mouth-watering, hands on chocolate making demonstration. Enjoy a delicious dinner on site at this cross-cultural cooking school.
Accommodation
  • Royal Palissandre Hotel and Spa (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Antananarivo - Heritage Walking Tour with local historian
  • Peregrine Moment-Chocolate hands-on demonstration
  • Musée de la Photographie
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Take an early flight to Tuléar this morning (approximately 1 hour 40 minutes). Tuléar is the gateway to the Great Reef that stretches all along the southwest coast of Madagascar and is starting point of National Road N7, which goes all the way to Antananarivo. You will be collected on arrival at Tulear Airport and then drive to Ifaty (approximately 4 hours) with a number of interesting stops en route. First is the Be Avenir NGO, which is dedicated to helping less fortunate Malagasy people; primarily focusing on children, but also helping their families. Their important work seeks to improve the lives through better access to and quality of education surrounding health care, the environment, sports, arts, and social assistance. You will also make a stop at the Arboretum Reserve, created in the 1980s by a Swiss botanist who turned the poor soil in the area into a home for an impressive collection of more than 900 native species of plant. The Arboretum offers a condensed version of the regions plant life, and features many endangered succulent species as providing a habitat for numerous birds, reptiles, and lemurs. Tonight you will stay in beautiful sustainable accommodation just minutes from the beach.
Accommodation
  • Le Paradisier Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Honko Mangrove Conservation Project
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Today is a free day for you to explore Ifaty at leisure. The town is known for its beaches and seafood, and you can choose to do as little or as much as you’d like. Maybe choose to take a snorkelling trip, heading out on the crystal clear waters in a pirogue boat to explore the beautiful reef below; otherwise perhaps lying by the pool or on the beach is more you speed.
Tonight you will stay in beautiful sustainable accommodation just minutes from the beach. This evening there will be an easy 20-minute walk along a sandy trail to reach a private candlelit dinner at the Reniala Park, just beside the magnificent baobab trees.
Accommodation
  • Le Paradisier Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Reniala Park - Candlelight dinner
Optional Activities
  • Ifaty - 'Massif des Roses' Boat Excursion - EUR27
  • Ifaty - Fishing Excursion (4 hours) - EUR280
  • Ifaty - Whale Watching Excursion - EUR45
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Known locally as the ‘Malagasy Colorado’, the dramatic gorges and vast grasslands of Isalo National Park await after a morning of travel. Break up the drive with stops at the native gardens of Tulear and to eat lunch at Zombitse National Park, arriving in Isalo by early afternoon. A unique combination of sandstone rocks cut by deep canyons, bush plains and rare endemic plants make this park particularly rewarding for walking. You are free to explore the park at your leisure, though you might want to join in an optional visit to the extensive organic garden located on site at your hotel. Sitting at the edge of a canyon and surrounded by sandstone rock formations, the Relais de la Reine will be your base for the next two days.
Accommodation
  • Relais De La Reine (Feature Stay) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Tulear - Antsokay Arboretum
  • Zombitse National Park
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Enjoy a full day to explore the Isalo National Park. As Madagascar is home to more than half the world’s chameleon population, there’s good chance of seeing these unique, self-camouflaging creatures along any number of walks you might take. Covering an area of 81,540 hectares, Isalo National Park makes up the entire stretch of the Isalo Massif, a spectacular mountain chain comprised of eroded sandstone. This strikingly beautiful reserve is filled with golden plains punctuated by craggy pinnacles of terracotta rock, valleys, canyons, waterfalls and even tombs – the local Malagasi Bari tribe bury their dead in natural cliff caves, blocking the entrance with hundreds of stones. A perfect way to end the day is with a sundowner at your hotel, looking out over the huge rocks as the light changes their colour.
Accommodation
  • Relais De La Reine (Feature Stay) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Isalo National Park - Guided Walk
  • Isalo National Park - Sundowner Dinner
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
After breakfast you will drive towards Ambalavao. On the way, stop at the community reserve of Anja, a small park and community-based project that seeks to protect the area from deforestation, being surrounded on all sides by land taken over by rice and cattle. This rocky landscape boasts a wild and semi-tamed colony of around 300 ring-tailed lemurs, along with several chameleon species and rock caves that were traditionally used as tombs by Betsileo people. After exploring the reserve, you’ll continue on a visit to the Antemoro paper factory, where beautiful paper is handmade from the havoha bush and fresh flowers. Travel on to a local vineyard and winery, the stop for lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, drive north to the old town of Fianarantsoa to explore. The city has a district called Haute-Ville, with cobbled streets, churches, and views out across the town and surrounding countryside.
Accommodation
  • Ecole Hôtelière La Rizière or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Ambalavao - Anja Community Reserve
  • Ambalavao - Local Winery Visit
  • Ambalavao - Antemoro Paper Factory visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Venture into the highlands and spend a full day exploring Betsileo country on foot. The hillside here is covered by the rice paddies, cattle and farmland worked by the ethnic Betsileo people. The third largest ethnic group in Madagascar, Betsileo folk make up just over 12 percent of the population and the community here revolves around agriculture and craft. Learn about the complex social organisation and culture of the Betsileo people, visiting handicraft workshops for a variety of disciplines – from printmaking to marquetry – and enjoying lunch at a local family’s home.
Accommodation
  • Ecole Hôtelière La Rizière or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Betsileo country - Walking tour and home cooked lunch
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Continue on to Ranomafana National Park. Your lodge accommodation is located at the door of the park, ideal for exploring the town and the wilderness. Today you will explore the natural reserve of Ranomafana, one of Madagascar’s best-known and important parks. An early morning wake up will give you the best possible chance to see the local wildlife. Streams rush through precious-wood trees, palms, bamboo, orchids and carnivorous plants to join the Namorona River. In the afternoon, you will take a tour of the village and its hot springs. In Malagasy Rano means ‘water’ and mafana ‘hot’, and the town was named after the springs that were discovered here around 100 years ago. This evening there may be the possibility of a night walk inside the national park, which the chance to spot the nocturnal lemurs and frogs and, if you're lucky, the fossas – the only endemic carnivorous mammal species of Madagascar.
Accommodation
  • Centrest Sejour or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Ranomafana National Park - Village Walk
  • Ranomafana National Park - Morning Tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Travel north to the beautiful city of Antsirabe in the Highlands of Madagascar. Founded in the 19th century by Norwegian missionaries as a high-altitude retreat, the town was nicknamed 'Malagasy Vichy' for its hot springs and thermal baths. The city reflects the warmth of its people and the authenticity of its traditions, many of which are still alive in the surrounding countryside. Colourful rickshaws, known as 'pousse-pousse', are a popular form of local transport in Antsirabe. If you have time, maybe use them to discover tree-lined avenues, mixed European-style architecture, markets and more.
Accommodation
  • Plumeria Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Spend the day exploring gorgeous Antsirabe and its surrounds. Begin with an orientation tour, taking in the early-20th century buildings and splashes of vibrant colour that adorn the cars and newer facades. An energetic town and hub of industry, Antsirabe is filled with both modern factories and small-scale operations. Explore the latter during your tour, visiting sweet workshops and zebu horn workshops. Then, visit the volcanic waters of nearby Lake Andraikiba, which local legend claims is haunted. Continue to Lake Tritriva, where blue-green waters fill an extinct crater. Bordered by sheer cliffs and verdant (season depending) forest, Andraikiba Lake is a true natural wonder. After soaking up the beauty of Madagascan nature, return to your hotel for a relaxing evening.
Accommodation
  • Plumeria Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Andraikiba and Tritriva lakes
  • Walking tour with local workshop visits
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
A relatively long journey is necessary today to reach Andasibe. However, the 3-hour drive will be broken up with a stop at the Peyrieras Reptile Reserve. Founded by French naturalist and entomologist, this privately-run zoo houses myriad reptiles and insects. You’ll be shown around enclosures featuring frogs, snakes and butterflies. As the forest next door is a lemur habitat, you might be lucky enough to spot some of these wide-eyed creatures too. Continue to Andasibe and relax in preparation for a long day of exploration tomorrow.
Accommodation
  • Mantadia Lodge (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Peyrieras exotic park visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Spend the day traipsing through the Analamazaotra Special Reserve, a particularly wildlife-rich section of Andasibe National Park. Thick rainforest houses all manner of animals, and you’ll likely hear the mournful calls of the rare Indri lemur over the thrum and click of insects during your walk. The trails are relatively well-kept, which means you can keep your eyes peeled for animals instead of fixed on the ground. In the evening, head out for a night walk through Mitsinjo Forest. This is the best chance to spot the perfectly spherical yellow-blue eyes of the Indri lemur. David Attenborough filmed a BBC special on the large creatures here in 2014.
Accommodation
  • Mantadia Lodge (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Analamazoatra walk
  • Vakona private reserve including the Lemur's island
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
This morning you’ll venture into Vakona Private Reserve, where the local lemurs are known to be quite friendly with visitors. While here, take an included boat ride to Lemur Island, where you might spot bamboo, ruffed, brown or diademed sifaka lemurs. Bid farewell to these wonderful creatures and return to Antananrivo. This evening, you can choose to attend an optional farewell dinner to say goodbye to you leader and your newfound friends and toast to your Madagascan adventure.
Accommodation
  • Relais des Plateaux (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Night walk at Mitsinjo Forest
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Your Madagascar experience will come to an end after breakfast this morning.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

14 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 7 dinners

Transport

Plane, Private vehicle

Accommodation

Comfortable Hotel (10 nights), Lodge (2 nights Feature Stay), Lodge (2 nights)

Included Activities

  • Antananarivo - Heritage Walking Tour with local historian
  • Peregrine Moment-Chocolate hands-on demonstration
  • Musée de la Photographie
  • Honko Mangrove Conservation Project
  • Reniala Park - Candlelight dinner
  • Tulear - Antsokay Arboretum
  • Zombitse National Park
  • Isalo National Park - Guided Walk
  • Isalo National Park - Sundowner Dinner
  • Ambalavao - Anja Community Reserve
  • Ambalavao - Local Winery Visit
  • Ambalavao - Antemoro Paper Factory visit
  • Betsileo country - Walking tour and home cooked lunch
  • Ranomafana National Park - Village Walk
  • Ranomafana National Park - Morning Tour
  • Andraikiba and Tritriva lakes
  • Walking tour with local workshop visits
  • Peyrieras exotic park visit
  • Analamazoatra walk
  • Vakona private reserve including the Lemur's island
  • Night walk at Mitsinjo Forest

Reviews

Our Magic of Madagascar trips score an average of 4.56 out of 5 based on 16 reviews in the last year.

Magic of Madagascar, April 2018

Erika Elliott

Magic of Madagascar, April 2018

Gill Wall

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Important notes

INTERNAL FLIGHTS:
For the included internal flight from Antananrivoto to Tuléar, the baggage allowance is up to 20 kilos for checked in luggage and carry on bags subject to the airlines discretion.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:
An optional single supplement is available on this trip. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

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