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14 days
Info Session

Dates: 6th – 19th July 2019

Tour Organiser: James Grabowski

Itinerary Highlights

  • Reforestation and tree planting
  • Andasibe-Mantadia National Park
  • Ranomafana National Park
  • Ranohira

Full Itinerary

Day 1 - Saturday 6th - Outward Journey

Antananarivo

Relax and enjoy our scheduled flight from London Heathrow to Antananarivo.

Meet with our English speaking tour leader and transfer by private coach to hotel.

Overnight at hotel.

Meals included, dinner.

Day 2 - Sunday 7th - Mitsinjo

Mitsinjo

Early morning start to travel east to Andasibe in our private coach.

On route we will stop at Madagascar Exotic can be described as a park owned by one of the prominent naturalists with the objective of preserving several species of chameleons and reptiles. We will be able to walk through the woods and if we are lucky be able to see lemurs, frogs and geckos.

Mitsinjo

Association Mitsinjo was formed in 1999 by residents of the village Andasibe in east-central Madagascar. In 2003 Mitsinjo gained management of Analamazaotra Forest Station and in 2005 the Torotorofotsy Ramsar Site, which are now the main focal areas for conservation, research and sustainable development initiatives.

We will take part in reforestation and plant a tree as a group. Reforestation and tree planting helps recuse deforestation and can improve the local community.

Day 3 - Monday 8th - Lemur Island

Lemur Island

We will spend the morning exploring Andasibe-Mantadia National Park.

This National Park comprises of two parts, the Mantadia Park and the Analamazaotra reserve of Indri. Andasibe hosts 11 species of lemurs as well as also sheltering several species of birds, reptiles, insects and batrachians. The park is also a real treasure in terms of its flora. It has the luxuriant vegetation of tropical forests with several varieties of ferns, epihyts, sacred creepers, orchids and dwarf palm trees.

Afternoon visit to Lemur Island.

Spend some time at Lemur Island. This is a tiny reserve that protects a number of habituated lemurs. There are four species to see, the bamboo lemur, the black & white ruffed lemur, brown lemur and one diademed sifaka.

Overnight at hotel.

Meals included, breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 4 - Tuesday 9th - Antsirabe

Antsirabe

Morning travel to Antsirabe.

It lies on the slopes of the nation’s second highest peak, Tsiafajavona, in the Ankaratra mountains. Antsirabe is best-known for its thermal springs. The city emerged as a spa town in the late 1800s when Norwegian missionaries built a health retreat here. Much of this colonial heritage is fading now but we will have a chance to explore the town, visit the local markets and possibly get a lift from one of the many rickshaws or pousse-pousse.

Overnight at hotel.

Meals included, breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 5 - Wednesday 10th - Ambositra 

wood carvings

Overland south to Ambositra for lunch (not included).

Ambositra is located in the center of a picturesque valley lined with rice paddies and ringed by verdant peaks. The town is famous for the quality of its woodcarvings and marquetry (objects inlaid with coloured woods). We will get the chance to see some of the local carvers and weavers work.

Continue south to Ranomafana.

Overnight at hotel.

Meals included, breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 6 - Thursday 11th - Ranomafana National Park

Ranomafana National Park

Explore Ranomafana National Park.

Ranomafana (which means “hot water” in Malagasy) is doubtless one the most spectacular National Parks of Madagascar. The park contains twelve lemur species. Other mammals include 7 species of tenrecs, 8 bats and 6 carnivorous, like the Malagasy striped civet and some mongooses. Birds are also wide spread in Ranomafana. There are at least 115 species catalogued. The immense wildlife is completed by 62 species of reptiles.

In addition to its densely forested hills, the protected area is characterised by numerous small streams, which plummet down to the beautiful Namorona River, which bisects the park and produces electricity for the surrounding areas at the hydroelectric power station of Ranomafana.

Overnight at hotel.

Meals included, breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 7 - Friday 12th - Ranomafana National Park

Ranomafana National Park

Explore more of Ranomafana National Park.

Overnight at hotel.

Meals included, breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 8 - Saturday 13th - Fianarantsoa

Fianarantsoa

Andranaroa River: Optional calm water float through a wild and isolated part of the Ranomafana National Park.

Drive east to Fianarantsoa. The name Fianarantsoa means "the place where one can learn something good” and was given by Queen Ranavalona, honouring the many academic institutions and reputed schools that are based here. It justifies its reputation as the academic, intellectual and religious capital of the country and it has the largest number of churches per square metre in the country.

Overnight at hotel.

Meals included, breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 9 - Sunday 14th - Ranohira 

Ranohira

Continue west to Ranohira (Isalo).

Ranohira is well known for being "the door to Isalo National Park". The majority of the local population in and around Ranohira are Bara people, which live mainly from cattle racing and agriculture. On the way, we will stop at Anja Park. Anja Park is a small, community-managed reserve which is home to many different types of wildlife but is famous for its numerous ring tailed lemurs (you may even get the ‘lemur on the shoulder’ experience!). The surroundings are beautiful with impressive rock formations and interesting arid-adapted flora. It is also a sacred area for the Betsileo people whose caves and tombs can be found high up in the cliffs.

We will enjoy watching the sunset at Isalo’s 'Window Rock' (time permitting).

Overnight at hotel.

Meals included, breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 10 - Monday 15th - Isalo National Park

Isalo National Park

Full day exploring Isalo National Park. Picnic lunch.

Isalo's landscape consists of eroded sandstone formations dating back to the Jurassic period, deep canyons with riparian forests, palm-lined oases, fire-resistant tapia forests, and open grasslands. Rupicolous vegetation found on rocky surfaces and consisting of Pachypodiums, Aloes, Catharantus ovalis and a species of Kalanchoes.

Overnight at hotel.

Meals included, breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 11 - Tuesday 16th - Ifaty

Ifaty

Travel overland from Isalo to Ifaty.

Visit the Arboretum d'Antsokay (Botanical Garden) in Toliara which was created in the 1980s by an amateur Swiss botanist, Hermann Pétignat. The Antsokay Arboretum is entirely devoted to conservation of the plants from the southwestern part of Madagascar and is working in close collaboration with many environmental preservation institutions such as the WWF and Kew Gardens. The 40 hectares garden includes almost 900 species of plants, 90% endemic to the region. With around a hundred of species of Euphornia and 60 species of Kalanchoe, as well as an abundance of reptiles and birds this is a truly amazing park.

Overnight at hotel.

Meals included, breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 12 - Wednesday 17th - Spiny Forests

Ifaty Spiny Forest

Full day at Ifaty.

We will visit the ‘Spiny Forests’ which are of great interest to birdwatchers and botanical enthusiasts alike. Two of the island’s most threatened birds, the long-tailed ground roller and sub-desert mesite, are often see here. Bulbous baobab trees are also found here in abundance.

Today, we will have the optional of snorkeling and sailing at the beach (extra cost not included) and we will also have some time for shopping and additional exploration.

Overnight at hotel.

Meals included, breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 13 - Thursday 18th - Antananarivo

Antananarivo

Transfer from Ifaty to Toliara and Fly to Antananarivo.

Transfer to the hotel with shopping and sightseeing as time allows.

Overnight at hotel.

Meals included, breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 14 - Friday 19th - Lemur Park/Return Journey

Lemurs of Madagascar

In the morning we will enjoy an excursion to Lemur Park. The park is a small botanical garden and lemur reserve covering 5 hectares. Most of the country’s nine lemur species are free-ranging within the park, which also contains more than 70 of Madagascar's endemic plant species.

Return to the Antananarivo for shopping and additional sightseeing (time permitting). .

Farewell dinner.

Meals included, breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Evening transfer to Ivato Airport for outbound flights.

Relax and enjoy our scheduled flight from Antananarivo to London Heathrow.