1000 Views of Madagascar - 12 days

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Head out on a stunning journey to some of Madagascar's finest national parks and beaches. Discover the islands famous macots, the Lemurs, visit colourful tribes and explore Antananarivo.

  • Antananarivo - capital of Madagascar
  • Andasibe National Park - See the largest lemurs, the Indri Indri
  • Beautiful Antsirabe
  • Colourful Ambositra - home of the wood carving industry
  • Ranomafana National Park - Lemurs, chameleons, birds and reptiles
  • Wine tasting at Ambalavao
  • Isalo National Park - the Natural Swimming Pool
  • Diving, snorkelling, birdwatching or relaxing at Ifaty Beach
  • Andsibe Village and tribal people
Age Policy

East Africa Child Policy – On lodge safaris in East Africa they will actually accept children aged 8 and above but it’s on a request basis and some lodges have restrictions re children. So if you have a family wanting to book you need to know the child ages before confirming the booking.


Southern Africa Child Policy:

Minimum age for participation on a scheduled tour is 12 years - the exception to this is Wonders of the Garden Route and World in One Country. Ages of children must be advised and confirmed with all other clients on the trip before accepting the booking with children, as some clients object to travelling with children. 


Children under 16 years: If they accept children under 16 years of age, some places will not allow them to do certain activities e.g. Mokoro trip and open vehicle game drives.  Parents are to be advised of this, and that one parent will be responsible for their child/ children should the other parent want to go on an activity.  The parents will also be required to sign indemnity forms for their children. 


Parents need to be aware of the long driving days and activities not suitable for children. If you have a family with teenagers, it is important to mention to them that there will be early starts throughout the trip, to minimize travelling in the heat of the day, to arrive at your destination early and to allow for activities en route.


IMPORTANT: South Africa and Botswana regulations aimed at fighting child trafficking:

'All parents travelling with children into or out of SA and/or Botswana may be asked to show the child’s unabridged (full) birth certificate, and where only one parent is accompanying, parental or legal consent for the child to travel (eg an affidavit from the other parent, a court order or – if applicable – a death certificate). You should travel with these documents in case you’re asked to provide them. There are other requirements for children travelling unaccompanied or with adults who are not their parents.' Tell pax to contact the South African High Commission, South African Department of Home Affairs and/or the Botswana High Commission for further information.



  • Africa
  • Madagascar
Tour Types
  • Small Group
  • Bird Watching
  • Safaris
Day 1: Antananarivo

Upon arrival into Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Location: Antananarivo

Day 2: Antsirabe

Antananarivo – Andasibe. After breakfast we start our journey with a drive to Andasibe through the green and luxuriant vegetation of the east. This first step brings you to the humid part of the country with many primary forests and lakes. Along the way we will see Merina villages in the rocky mountains. Arrive at Andasibe in the afternoon and check-in to the hotel. Later this evening enjoy a night walk in the area of Andasibe to observe night active lemurs and other nocturnal animals.

Location: Antsirabe

Day 3: Andasibe-Mantadia National Park

We start our morning with a visit to the Special Reserve of Andasibe to see the Indri, the largest lemurs on the island. This 810 ha reserve is unique with its endemic fauna and flora and contains a wide variety of orchids, canopy, and endemic animals like chameleons, tenrecs, and many birds. In the afternoon, we visit the V.O.I.I.M.A community reserve. This reserve provides a sustainable way of saving the remaining rainforests in the area by creating a livelihood for the local communities through reforestation projects. Here you will also come across a variety of wildlife, ranging from brown lemurs, indri, chameleons, geckos and birds.

Location: Andasibe-Mantadia National Park

Day 4: Antsirabe

Andasibe - Antsirabe. We drive back to Tana, and head south to Antsirabe, across the highland landscape with its beautiful rice fields on display. The spectacular eroded hills called ‘lavaka’ remind us of the Far East with its rice fields and green landscape with vegetables and fruit trees.

We stop in Ambatolampy for a quick visit to this huge agricultural city, also recognised as a source of aluminium. Arrival in Antsirabe is around 17h00. ‘The place of salt’ is an elegant city and known as the centre of the beer industry - we can smell the Star Brewery as we enter the town! Founded by Norwegians in 1856, it is the only place which really feels and looks like a European city. It has a temperate climate and therefore fruit and vegetables which grow in colder climates, are found in Antsirabe.

Location: Antsirabe

Day 5: Ranomafana National Park

Antsirabe - Ranomafana National Park. After breakfast, we drive to Ambositra, the centre of Madagascar's wood carving industry. We are still in the highland, which is characterized by its architecture: The houses are made with ornately carved wooden balconies and shutters with bright colours. Further on we pass the ‘le col de tapia’, a type of tree resistant to the bush fires of the area. The landscape is still dominated by rice fields, pine and eucalyptus trees and rocky mountains. Onward to stunning Ranomafana National Park.

Location: Ranomafana National Park

Day 6: Ranomafana National Park

Ranomafana National Park. The approximately 40,000 ha of Parc National de Ranomafana with its rain forest covered hills and abundant wildlife, has long been considered one of Madagascar’s highlights, and is one of the country’s national parks most heavily visited. Its entrance lies about 7 km from Ranomafana village and altitudes in the Park Range from 800 m to 1200 m. In addition to its densely forested hills, Ranomafana’s terrain is characterised by numerous small streams which plummet down to the beautiful Namorona River. Although much of the region has been logged, the easternmost part of the park retains relatively large areas of primary forest. You will go for long walks in the National Park spotting some of the lemurs, chameleons and other animals.

Location: Ranomafana National Park

Day 7: Wine Tasting & Ihosy

Ranomafana - Fianarantsoa – Isalo. We leave Ranomafana using the road that we entered on, and head to Fianarantsoa ‘the city where one learns good things’. It is the gate to the South and the capital of the Betsileo tribes. This is the centre of the Catholic religion and most of the best schools are found here. En route we visit a local wine farm for wine tasting near Fianarantsoa. Note that visits to the wine farms may not be possible over weekends.

We then head southwards to Ambalavao to visit the ‘Anteimoro Paper Factory’ a vestige of the Arabian civilisation in the island and visit Anja Park where you can see some families of ring-tailed lemurs. Then we continue to Ihosy, the capital of the Bara tribes, who are the shepherds of Zebu, and pass through the mountain chain of Andringitra, which serves as a transition between the dry south and green highlands with its famous ‘3 hillocks’ and its huge ‘archbishop's cape’.

Along the way, we see from afar a spectacular huge granite dome with twin rock towers called: ‘the gate of the south’, which marks the end of the highland and the beginning of the south. The other imposing one is the ‘Bishop's hat’, which is a sacred place for the local people, as it is a place where their ancestors chose a collective suicide rather than to give in to the Merina tribes. We then pass through the huge ‘Plateaux de Horombe’ where with its very deep red soil, reminds us of ‘the no man's land’. Arrive in Isalo.

Location: Wine Tasting & Ihosy

Day 8: Isalo National Park

Today, we will visit and hike in Isalo National Park. The park covers an area of 81 540 ha comprising the entire stretch of the Isalo massif. This huge mountain is spectacular with its eroded sandstone mountain. Today walk to the ‘Natural swimming pool’. After a 10-minute drive from Ranohira village you'll walk about 1½ hours to reach the Natural Swimming Pool. Along the way, see vegetation like Uapaca Bojeri, Pachypodium Rosulatum or ‘elephant's foot’, Aloe Isaloensis, a native species of aloe and endemic to Isalo.

Walk through the eroded mountains where the Bara people place their dead before they can be interned into their final resting place. Start the climb and reach the massif, (after a 20 minute walk) where we will have a spectacular view of the huge sandstone mountains with its beautiful colours and its strange and eroded forms creating many different images such as ‘the tortoise’, ‘the masks’ and ‘the crocodiles’. See small streams of water, and rivers which are marked by lines of brilliant green, generally made up of numerous Pandanus Pulcher and the delicate, slim-stemmed, feathery leaved palm Chrysalidocarpus Isaloensis. Along the way, for lemur lovers, there may be sifakas, brown lemurs and ringtailed lemurs, as well as fifty-five species of birds, lizards and snakes. Finally reaching the swimming pool, with its crystal clear water. A great reward after your trek.

Location: Isalo National Park

Day 9: Ifaty

Isalo - Tulear - Ifaty. After breakfast, continue to Tulear at the end of National Road N° 7. Admire some different scenery - the dry forests of the west and the spiny desert of the south. En-route see the fascinating ‘Mahafaly Tombs’ and the ‘Antandroy Tombs’. After a short visit of Tulear we drive to Ifaty, which lies about 27 km from Tulear. Due to the bad condition of the road it will take about 2½ hours to reach Ifaty which brings we to the driest part of the country. Situated in the deep south, the landscape is dominated by the spiny forest cacti, Baobab trees and thorn-bushes.

Mangrove trees line the coast alternated by Vezo villages, the locals earn their living from fishing and there are many small pirogues (small traditional fishing boats) lining the coast. The men of the vilages typically go fishing twice a day while the women and children await their return to fetch the fish and take them to Tulear for sale.

Location: Ifaty

Day 10: Free day in Ifaty

Day at leisure. Ifaty, being a beachside town is an ideal place for diving, snorkelling and is also a popular destination for birdwatchers. This is a great opportunity to experience the Vezo Fishermen's life. Many excursions are possible. Visit the ‘Reserve Domergue’, a communal reserve where you can see two species of baobabs, spiny bush, reptiles like ‘Boa Madagascariensis, geckos and Parson's Chameleon (Calumma Parsonii). Take a boat trip to see the whales. From July to mid September, whales come to the cool sea off Madagascar to give birth to their young. This is a spectacular experience and it is possible to see the whales up close by taking a boat trip. Situated in the largest lagoon of the country, Ifaty is also protected by a large coral reef, which makes it an ideal for diving and snorkelling. In the afternoon you can walk to the village of Mangily where you can visit a local school.

Location: Free day in Ifaty

Day 11: Fly to Tana

Ifaty - Tana (Antananarivo). Early in the morning around 6h00, transfer to the airport for your flight back to Tana (Please note the tour price does not include cost of internal flight Tulear - Antananarivo).

Check in at your hotel and enjoy a free afternoon. Tana also called the ‘City of Thousands’ is the capital of Madagascar. It is the city where the first King started to unify the different kingdoms of the island. Built in stages: The high city, the first area occupied during the royal period where the old queen's palace is situated, the mid-city, where all the chic boutiques of the capital are found and then the low city, which is the commercial area of the town. Our walk can start from the high city to see the Rova, the queen's palace, the house of the first minister during these days, which is now a museum; all built by Frenchman Jean Laborde during the royal period. The mid-city, or the administration area ends at the Rainiharo tombs and the lower town is situated in the main avenue called ‘L'avenue de l'independence’ dominated by the railway station.

Location: Fly to Tana

Day 12: Antananarivo

Today is the end of our tour and you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

Location: Antananarivo

  • 11 breakfasts
  • 11 days 2-3 star hotels (option to upgrade to 3-4 star accommodation). Please Note: Accommodation named, may be subject to change but will be of a similar standard
  • Airport arrival and departure transfer on days 1 and 12
  • Andasibe night walk
  • Visit to Natural Reserve of Andasibe
  • Ranomafana National Park Visit
  • Wine tasting and visit to paper factory
  • Hike in Isalo National Park
  • English speaking driver
  • Specialist local guides in the National Park
  • All entrance fees to sites, and excursions mentioned in itinerary
  • All relevant transfers and transportation (for 3 or less pax we use a Peugeot sedan car and for 4 or more pax we use a Mercedes Sprinter). Please note, a supplement will apply for an air-conditioned vehicle, contact us for details

NB - the following are not included:

-International flights and visas
-Internal flight between Tulear to Tana (Antananarivo)
-Tipping - an entirely personal gesture
-Drinks and items of a personal nature

Linda Hammond 25-Apr-2016

Fantastic! Guide very helpful and knowledgable. Activities full on with down time to rest at the end. A beautiful place and in the short I was there, I managed to see a range of landscapes and participate in a wide range of activities.

Rating: 5/5

Natalie Paulse 25-Apr-2016

The tour was just amazing. It was great to spend these days in Madagascar. I learned a lot about the nature, landscape, culture and the people who live there. Our guide, Armel, has a wide knowledge about Madagascar and all the animals and plants, which he shared with us. It was always very interesting to listen to his words and we were welcome to ask all our questions. Armel leaded the tour just perfectly. He showed us all sites of Madagascar and was very funny all the time. His short briefings every evening were very helpful. The tour itself was a perfect mixture between activities and freetime. We hiked a lot, climbed on rocks and went to caves and we were able to spent the last two days just at the beach. It was the perfect finish for our tour. Everything was well organised and I would recommend this tour to everybody.

Rating: 5/5

Natascha Blasch 25-Apr-2016

The tour was just amazing. It was great to spend these days in Madagascar. I learned a lot about the nature, landscape, culture and the people who live there. Our guide, Armel, has a wide knowledge about Madagascar and all the animals and plants, which he shared with us. It was always very interesting to listen to his words and we were welcome to ask all our questions. Armel leaded the tour just perfectly. He showed us all sites of Madagascar and was very funny all the time. His short briefings every evening were very helpful. The tour itself was a perfect mixture between activities and freetime. We hiked a lot, climbed on rocks and went to caves and we were able to spent the last two days just at the beach. It was the perfect finish for our tour. Everything was well organised and I would recommend this tour to everybody.

Rating: 5/5


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