Madagascar’s main draw is undoubtedly the extraordinary wildlife, much of which is endemic. However, the island is also a treasure trove for those interested in geology, with its vestiges of the Triassic and Jurassic eras. This journey takes in some of Madagascar’s most spectacular landscapes and visits national parks teeming with exotic wildlife.
Built in the heart of the forest and situated close to the Analazamotra national park, the Andasibe Hotel has a very natural feel and overlooks beautiful rice paddies. The 12 spacious and luxurious bungalows are all equipped with a television, minibar, private safe and a terrace. Other amenities include a restaurant and swimming...
The Cote Ouest Palissandre Resort & Spa is located on Nosy Kely beach, just 45 minutes away from the legendary Baobab Alley. The property is built of rosewood and granite and filled with local crafts. The poolside restaurant offers national and international cuisine. Cocktails can be enjoyed at the bar while watching the sun set. Spa treatments can be booked on arrival. Features: 30 bungalows, swimming pool, bar, restaurant, spa. Room amenities: En suite bathroom, terrace with sea...
Le Relais des Plateaux is located in wooded gardens. The rooms all face in to the peaceful garden and offer air conditioning, en suite bathrooms and a lounge area. The on site restaurant serves both local and international dishes, and there is a large shaded swimming pool. The hotel also has a Malagasy handicraft...
This small, elegant hotel of only 46 rooms, takes its name from the Palissander tree, wood from which has been used to furnish the property, creating a feeling of warmth. The rooms are simply but stylishly furnished, featuring local handicrafts in order to give the property a uniquely Malagasy feel. Located on a hillside, many of the rooms offer views over the city, as does the restaurant which also has an outdoor...
Olympe du Bemeraha is situated on a wooded hill overlooking the Manambolo river valley and the village of Bekopaka. There are 20 spacious wooden chalets, which are simple but comfortable. The restaurant, with a covered terrace, is a great place to sit and enjoy the splendid views. There is a beautiful swimming pool close to the...
Overnight flight from London (regional connections available) to Antananarivo, via Nairobi, with Kenya Airways. (N)
Transfer to the Palissandre Hotel & Spa for a 2-night stay. Welcome dinner at your hotel in the evening.
Morning visit to Ambohimanga. Afternoon city tour in vintage cars. (B, L, D)
Transfer to the airport for a flight to Morondava. On arrival, transfer to Relais du Kirindy for overnight stay. Afternoon and night wildlife walks in the Kirindy forest in search of lemurs, endemic birdlife and Madagascar’s largest carnivore – the fossa. (B, L, D)
This morning drive to Bemaraha and stay 2 nights at the Olympe de Bemaraha (or similar). Afternoon visit to Petit Tsingy. Visit the Great Tsingy section of Bemaraha National Park and explore the labyrinth of dramatic limestone rock formations, spires and caves, searching for lemurs and local birdlife. Also visit the Manambolo river gorge. (B, L, D)
Drive back to Morondava for an overnight stay at the Palissandre Côte Ouest. You may reach the Alleé des Baobabs in time to watch the sun set over the picturesque landscape. (B, D)
Fly back to Antananarivo. Afternoon tour including the Musée de la Photo, which showcases some extraordinary images relating to the history of Madagascar. Overnight at the Palissandre Hotel & Spa. (B, D)
Head east to the rainforest region of Madagascar and spend 2 nights at the Andasibe Hotel. Evening walk in Analamazaotra, in search of nocturnal wildlife. Spend a day within the Mantadia National Park, a primary forest home to several species of lemur including the indri, one of the largest lemur species and a wide variety of endemic bird species. (B, L, D)
Morning visit to Analamazaotra Special Reserve and reforestation project, with further wildlife spotting. Other lemur species which may be spotted include the common brown lemur and the grey bamboo lemur. Later, drive back to Antananarivo for a farewell dinner and overnight at the Relais des Plateaux. (B, D)
Transfer to the airport and fly to London, via Nairobi, with Kenya Airways. (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
These small group tours have been specially created for solo travellers. Benefits include single occupancy of double / twin rooms as standard and at sensible prices, plus the company of like-minded travellers. View the complete collection here.
This tour involves forest walks and some long, dusty drives over rough terrain, and is therefore suited to the hardier traveller. We suggest extending your stay to relax after the tour.
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• 3- & 4-star accommodation
• Twin / double rooms for single use
• Flexible - extensions, room & flight upgrades available
• Small group size - maximum 18
• International & internal flights
• Welcome & farewell group dinners
• Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
• 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 10 dinners
• Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
• Porterage at airports & stations
You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.
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