Evolution has occurred more or less in isolation on this remote island – located 400 kilometres off Africa’s east coast – with the result that much of its indigenous wildlife is found nowhere else on earth. Madagascar’s menagerie of weird and wonderful creatures includes the world’s biggest and smallest chameleons and over 70 species of lemur – long-tailed primates endemic to the island. The Madagascan landscape is no less compelling than the resident wildlife, with terrain ranging from lush jungles and palm-fringed beaches to the knife-edged karst tsingys of the Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park’s ‘stone forests’. Madagascar is an otherworldly paradise where visitors are offered a unique glimpse into a fantastical one-of-a-kind world.
Days 1 - 2
Antananarivo, also known as Tana, is Madagascar’s capital city. It is perched at 1400 metres above sea level crowning a spectacular mountain range. Founded in 1625, Antananarivo boasts a rich historical heritage that is complemented by scenic landscapes covered in a large network of popular hiking routes. The city serves as a great base from which to explore the magnificent surrounding area, which hosts several nature reserves, including the Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park, with its fantastic limestone karsts. Known for its vibrant nightlife, Antananarivo features local live music at a variety of clubs and bars. Visitors can look forward to exploring the remnants of the French colonial era in the old heart of the city, as well as discovering ancient Malagasy palaces interspersed between the faded grandeur of these colonial relics.
Days 2 - 6
Situated in the Amboasary Sud District, Ifotaka a town and a commune on the beautiful island of Madagascar. It is known for its spectacular natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, and its numerous historical, sacred sites. It is home to the remote Ifotaka Community Forest, which is a wild, secluded sanctuary protected by the local Antandroy people. This off-the-beaten-track destination features abundant spiny forest, ancient hidden tombs, and unspoilt landscape inhabited by an array of endemic wildlife including a variety of lemurs and many bird species, such as the malachite kingfisher, hook-billed vangas, scops owl and many others. Don’t miss the opportunity to immerse yourself in local traditions and visit the ombiasy healer.
Days 6 - 10
Situated on Madagascar’s Southern Coast, Manafiafy is a sleepy fishing village. The coast is sheltered by several offshore islands including the beautiful Nosy Be. This secluded tropical paradise boasts lush rainforests, vast stretches of pristine unspoilt coastline and soaring mountains in the distance. The village shows traces of the Portuguese, the French and the British influences. The surrounding forest is home to an array of endemic wildlife including a variety of bird life, numerous species of lemur, and reptiles including gecko, chameleon, and snakes. Visitors can enjoy the calm blue waters, discover the underwater wonderland below the surface, and watch the local fishermen go out in their traditional dugout canoe. Don’t miss the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the humpback whales frolicking in the bay and dolphins playing in the surf.