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The Essentials of Madagascar – 8 days

Safari tour package: A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Prices: $4325 - $5220
Includes internal flights: Yes
Length of safari: 8 days
Best months: All year
Countries visited: Madagascar Madagascar
Parks visited: Not specified
Activity level: Moderate - Game walks, Cultural visits
Safari type:
  • Camping
  • Cultural
This is a great classic , a tour you can enjoy all year long. In less than 10 days, you will discover the essentials of this big island. Along a mythic national road heading to the Southern part of the island you will experience the different micro climates, the unique and diverse fauna and flora before ending the tour on the white sand beaches of Ifaty.

Day : 1 – Antananarivo, City of a Thousand

Discover Antananarivo and its cutting-edge life style. A visit to the Old City, the palace of the Queen, will introduce you to the architecture and urbanism of this particular city. An introduction to the delectable cuisine of Madagascar and the islands of the Indian Ocean is also on the menu.

 

Day : 2 – Crossing the highlands; Antananarivo- Antsirabe – Ambositra

Our highland crossing into the region of Betsileo brings you to the first stop in the town of Ambositra, famous for its workshops and Zafimaniry Wood Carvings. We spend the night here.

 

Day 3: Ambositra – Ranomafana

We are heading to Ranomafana rainforest. Once you get there, we will do a night visit of the rainforest to find animals such as Fosa (small puma), chameleons, frogs and the smallest lemur in the world: Microcebe.

 

Day 4: Ranomafana National Park – Fianarantsoa.

An early morning wake up will take you in the trails of the rainforest with some park rangers to discover lemurs in their natural habitat. Finishing the visit around before lunch time, we move to the old town of Fianarantsoa perched onto the hills with its beautiful traditional architecture reflecting the different stages of colonization.

 

Day 5: Fianarantsoa – Ambalavao – Ranohira

We leave the highlands to continue your journey towards the South with its semi-dry landscape. The first stop of the day is in the small town of Ambalavao, one of the cultural treasures with its architectural houses with verandas. There, we will visit the entirely natural Paper Factory Antemoro, an inlaid paper made from plants and flowers which is exported nowadays everywhere to make beautiful greeting cards. We will arrive in Ranohira later in the afternoon to enjoy a very unique landscape.

 

Day 6: Isalo National Park

A tour through a lunar landscape in this National Park. Your guide will lead you through the deep canyons, waterfalls and natural pools where you can take a swim. The day ends on a magnificent sunset to the famous window of the Isalo.

 

Day 7: Ranohira – Ifaty

We make a passage through Ilakaka, the city of the rush to sapphire and we will end our road trip in Ifaty. Enjoy the beach for the afternoon.

 

Day 8: Ifaty – Antananarivo

From here, we will fly back to the city of Antananarivo. Take advantage of the available time remaining to browse through the city.

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