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ADVENTUROUS JOURNEY *14 DAYS

Create your own wildlife-filled jungle jaunt through Madagascar on a 14-day adventure to the island’s hotspots. You’ll be lazing on white-sand beaches, exploring tropical rainforests and spending time with a huge variety of local wildlife, including the lemur – the island's most popular animal inhabitants. Dig a little deeper throughout your journey and interact with local communities, getting an insight into the day-to-day life of Malagasy and Betsileo peoples. Discover the French colonial influences in Antananarivo and Antsirabe, and get the chance to chill out in your own time. An eco escapade in Madagascar awaits, with flamingos, beaches and relaxed vibes at every turn.

Although anyone with a good level of fitness should be able to partake in this itinerary, there are several challenging aspects: guided day walks through the many national parks can be hot and humid. Please ensure you bring sturdy walking shoes and comfortable clothes. Road conditions in Madagascar are also notoriously poor. This means some of the driving days will be long as well as bumpy. Sometimes you’ve got to rough it to get amongst it. Some accommodation inside the national parks is basic and may not have the creature comforts of hotels in bigger towns and cities. Be prepared for no wifi or air conditioning. But also for charming, tucked away locations you won’t quite believe are real.

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Best Time to VisitJune to September (General wildlife viewing is best)

JOURNEY ITINERARY:

ALL JOURNEYS ARE SAMPLE ITINERARIES WHICH WILL BE CUSTOMIZED TO YOUR NEEDS AND PREFERENCES. PRICES ARE INDICATION PRICES FOR AN ADULT ON SHARING BASIS. ACTIVITIES, EXTENSIONS OR SPECIAL EXPERIENCES CAN BE ALL ARRANGED ACCORDINGLY.

PRICING BASED ON ACCOMMODATION LEVELS:

PER PERSON TWO SHARING FROM

BRONZE   $ 1,000

SILVER     $ 1,000

GOLD      $ 1,000

PLATINUM  $ 1,000

R86 EMERALD VIP CLUB 

PRICING ON REQUEST 

*All journey prices are per person based on double occupancy or single occupancy unless otherwise noted, are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. Prices according to low season. Optional activities are at an additional cost. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.

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FEATURES:

ANIMAL WILDLIFE

CUSTOMIZED JOURNEY

MIN AGE 12+

SUITABILITY - MODERATE LEVEL

PRIVAT OR BUBBLE JOURNEY

DEPARTURE ANY DATE

 DOMESTIC FLIGHTS  

JOURNEY INFO:

TRANSPORT:

BEST TRAVEL SEASON: JUNE - SEPT

HIGH SEASON: 23 JAN - 29 MARCH

JOURNEY TYPE: PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR

JOURNEY THEME: CULTURAL IMPRESSION

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DAY 1 
 Antananarivo

Welcome to Madagascar. This country's capital is the charmingly crowded Antananarivo – a fun, hilly place to explore. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm, but if you do happen to arrive early, why not head to Analakey to visit the street markets or perhaps seek out a cafe to soak up the atmosphere. After your important briefing, where you’ll meet up with your group leader and fellow travellers, why not keep the introductions going with an optional dinner with your group at a local restaurant.

DAY 2 
Andasibe National Park

Leave Antananarivo in your dust after breakfast, heading for Andasibe National Park (approximately 4 hours). Stop en route at Pereyras Nature Farm – a private reserve that's home to chameleons, frogs, snakes and so much more wildlife. This evening, you'll have an opportunity to take night walk through the forest at Mitsinjo – a privately-owned reserve, where you'll encounter nocturnal species including endemic butterflies and lemurs.

DAY 3
Andasibe National Park

Andasibe is the most visited park in Madagascar and famous for the 11 species of lemur that call it home. Aside from lemurs, you'll find endemic birds including the long-eared owl and the rufous-headed ground roller, as well as the smallest living chameleon – brookesia minima – and many times types of reptiles, insects and frogs. This region is popular thanks to an abundance of unique wildlife, and you'll have an opportunity to discover them during a guided walk through the national park.

DAY 4 
Antsirabe

Drive to Antisrabe (approximately 6-7 hours). Antsirabe maintains a Malagasy touch with all the tranquillity of a small European town, thanks to the contrast of its bustling street markets and Colonial-style facades. Located in the highlands, it's a popular spa town thanks to the hot springs and thermal baths, and the colourful rickshaws known as 'pousse-pousse' are a popular form of transport. On arrival check into your hotel and enjoy a group dinner in the Gazebo within the grounds of the Guest House.

DAY 5
Ambositra

Make the short journey to Ambositra this morning, home to the third-largest ethnic group in Madagascar – the Betsileo people. Take a visit to the nearby Sandrandahy villages and explore the process of silk production, which is an important part of Malagasy culture. The use of silk was once reserved exclusively for royalty, but now everyone is free to wear it though its use is more often used for the dead. When a Malagasy is buried, their body is wrapped in a large, silk sheet known as a 'lambamena' and, after a few years, the family traditionally return to the tomb to exchange the sheet for a new one. This custom is known as famadihana, and each village specialises in one step of the production. Enjoy a local lunch before spending a free evening in Ambositra.

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DAY 6
Ranomafana

Travel this morning to Ranomafa National Park, a journey of about 5 hours. Located in the southeastern part of Madagascar, this park is home to a number of rare species. Ranomafana means 'hot water' in the Malagasy language and the area is haven for small mammals, birds, reptiles and insects, as well as palms, bamboo, orchids and carnivorous plants. It's home to 13 species of lemur, including the famous golden bamboo lemur, which was first reported in the area in 1985 and is one of the reasons why the government decided to protect this forest. Enjoy some free time on arrival, and you may want to consider taking an optional night walk once the sun goes down. Your accommodation tonight is a small cottage located within the park's boundaries. Perhaps consider visiting the thermal springs after which the town is named. Located across the Namorona River. The outdoor swimming pool fed by the springs is popular spot to take a dip.

DAY 7
Ranomafana

Continue exploring Ranomafana, this time on a guided walk. Keep your eyes peeled for lemurs, striped civets, mongooses, goshawks, geckos, frogs and butterflies. You may even spot an incredible net-casting spider or the world's smallest chameleon. Relax into the day, and once again spend the night within the park.

DAY 8
Fianarantsoa

Travel this morning to Fianarantsoa – a colourful town known for its markets and handicrafts. This heritage site is a must-see, with its long, paved roads, labyrinths of small paths and old houses with flower-studded balconies and tiled roofs. Take a day visit to a typical Malagasy village for an insight into how the majority of the island's population live, then take a local walk to explore the surrounding countryside,which is dotted with rice paddies and vineyards that produce Fianarantsoa's famous wine. You'll get a chance to sample local cuisine with a lunch stop in the villages then, in the afternoon, visit the historical old city of Fianarantsoa on foot.

DAY 9 & 10
Isalo National Park

Drive approximately 8 hours west toward Isalo National Park. You’ll stop at the Anja Community Reserve on your way – a great spot to observe lemurs and learn a little more about the local culture. The local villagers will be your guide on this excursion, and your leader will be able to translate all the knowledge they can pass on to you. Isalo is known for its variety of landscapes, from rainforests and rolling plains teeming with life to strange geological formations and deep-cut canyons. And of course, there are a variety of lemur species roaming around the place because – well, this is Madagascar. Spend a couple of days exploring the park, which is home to over 80 species of birds, 30 species of reptiles and 14 species of mammals including three lemur species – ring-tailed, red-fronted and Verreaux's sifakas lemur.

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DAY 11
 Anakao

You'll be up early today (approximately 5.30 am) to travel to Toliara Harbour, from where the group will take a boat to Anakao. Imagine perfect white sandy beaches beside turquoise waters, and that’s Anakao – a small, laid-back town in which fishing is the main occupation. Enjoy a free day taking it easy on the beach, soaking up some sun and swimming in the clear waters of the Mozambique Channel. You’re on island time now – so chill out and bask in the golden glow of Anakao.

DAY 12
Anakao

Today is another free day of leisure in this paradise. Consider taking a full-day tour of Tsimanampetsotse National Park – a birder’s paradise named for its spectacular lake. More than 100 species of bird can be found here, including pink, greater and dwarf flamingos, as well as the gray-brown mouse and white-footed sportive lemurs. Maybe paddle a canoe out to the mirage of Nosy Ve instead and check out the beaches and reef, or just hang out in Anakao town and make the most of its convenient beaches.

DAY 13
Antananarivo

This morning, transfer to Toliara by boat for the flight back to Antananarivo. Flights in Madagascar can be delayed and often experience late schedule changes. You need to be prepared that there may be some waiting time in Tulear today depending on the scheduled flight time for the day and your scheduled boat transfers, but this is all part of the fun. Back in Antananarivo this evening, enjoy a celebratory night with your new travel companions – perhaps toast Madagascar with a local beer or two.

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DAY 14
Antananarivo – Departure Day

With no activities planned for today, your adventure ends today after breakfast and you are free to leave at any time, provided you comply with the hotel’s internal check-out policy. Departure transfers are available for pre-booking with Intrepid Travel or your booking agent.

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Inclusions
  •  All relevant  Government taxes

  •  Park fees 

  •  Ground  transportation 

  •  Gorilla permits

  •  Water in the vehicle  for all overland  sectors

  •  Services of a qualified  English-speaking  Driver Guide

  •  Meals as showed in the  itinerary

  •  Accommodation as  shown in the itinerary

  •  Arrival and departure  airport transfers

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Exclusions
  •  Personal Expenses

  •  Flight Ticket Fare

  •  Visa Fees

  •  Tips while on the  safari

  •  Language guide service (Mandarin, Cantonese, French, Spanish, German)

  •  Add ons activities
  •  Add ons services
  •  Add ons extensions
  •  add on domestic  flights
  •  Others not  mentioned  in the  safari Itinerary

  • mandatory flying doctors insurance

  • travel insurance

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