• Madagascar

    the land where evolution ran wild

2021, dates to be confirmed

DAY 1 – JOHANNESBURG TO ANTANANARIVO

On arrival at the airport we will be welcomed to Madagascar by Solo, our local driver. Time permitting we may get to explore the ancient city of Antananarivo with visits to the Queen’s Palace, Former Prime Minister’s Palace and other magnificent historical buildings. We will be staying in the charming historical Pavillon de l’Emyrne. Taking in the stunning views while enjoying a sunset cocktail and Appetizer is the perfect way to relax after travelling.

DAY 2 – ANTANANARIVO TO ANDASIBE

After breakfast, a scenic journey takes us to Andasibe. Driving through villages we get to glimpse Malagasy traditional lifestyle. We visit Peyrieras Farm en route to the eastern tropical lowlands. The Peyrieras farm affords a unique opportunity to view some of Madagascar’s endangered reptiles and chameleons. We eat a delicious and unique lunch en route at a quaint local restaurant in Moramanga. After settling in at the Sahatandra River Lodge with dinner, a nocturnal forest walk ends a busy day.

DAY 3 – ANDASIBE

After breakfast, the morning is devoted to exploring Andasibe National Park. We roam Analamazaotra Special Reserve looking for lemurs, birds, orchids and tree ferns. We have lunch at Vakona Lodge, before heading for Mantadia National Park, home to the Diademed Sifaka and many unique, endemic birds. Next we visit a private reserve called the Islet of Lemurs before we head back to Sahatandra River Lodge for sundowners and dinner.

DAY 4 – ANDASIBE TO ANTSIRABE

An early morning start sees us on the road, heading southwest through typical highlands scenery with rice paddies and traditional red clay houses.

We stop in the town of Ambatolampy at the foot of the Ankaratra Massif for lunch before moving on to Antsirabe, which is well known for its rickshaws and artisans. At the end of the day we get settled at the beautifully appointed Couleur Café where we spend the night.

DAY 5 – ANDASIRABE TO MIANDRIVAZO

After breakfast, with a picnic lunch at the ready, we head towards the mid-west, passing through the village of Betafo and eventually arriving at the town of Miandrivazo. We will be spending the night at the Princesse Tsiribihina and preparing for our river voyage.

DAY 6 – MIANDRIVAZO TO MASIAKAMPY

After breakfast, we drive to Masiakampy, about 30km from Miandrivazo, where we board our private river boat and begin a 4 day, 3 night expedition into the remote reaches of western Madagascar. At the end of the day our crew pitch camp for us on the river bank and prepare our three course dinner.

DAY – 7 & 8 TSIRIBIHINA RIVER

After breakfast we walk to the Nosy Ampela waterfalls, to refresh ourselves in the natural pool. As we travel down river the landscape changes from primary forest to dry forest and we begin to see the first endemic baobabs. Visiting small Sakalava villages gives us the opportunity to meet some of the people and learn more about their culture. Further along the river, camp is pitched for us on an isolated sandbar.

DAY 9 – TSIRIBIHINA RIVER TO TSIMAFANA TO BEKOPAKA

We enjoy our final morning and lunch on the boat. After bidding farewell to the crew, we head to Tsimafana where our driver/guides for the next adventure awaits. Continuing the journey through the most spectacular deciduous forests on a windind track towards Bekopaka, the gateway to Bemaraha Tsingy. We arrive in the late afternoon and transfer to Soleil des Tsingy Hotel.

DAY 10 – THE GREAT TSINGY BEMARAHA

An early breakfast and we’re off to the Tsingy Bemaraha National Park where we will enjoy a challenging but enthralling walk to Andamozavaky in the center of the park. Here we must keep our eyes open for the Decken’s Sifaka which is endemic to just this forest. On our walk we will cross a suspension bridge with lookout points offering magnificent views across the park. A picnic lunch will keep us going until we return to our hotel for lunch and an afternoon at leisure.

DAY 11 – THE GORGE OF MANAMBOLO AND THE SMALL TSINGY

After an early breakfast we’re off in dugout canoes down the Manambolo Gorge where we explore some of the limestone caves and an ancient Vazimba burial site. We then walk the Small Tsingy, the unusual and ancient exposed limestone formations created at the time of continental shift. We return to our hotel for lunch and an afternoon at leisure.