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Explore the beautiful land of Madagascar on this 8 day trip. With a combination of beautiful landscape, trekking, photographic treats, bird watching and interaction with the resident tribes, this trip is an experience of a lifetime!
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  • Sightseeing in Antananarivo
  • Night walk through Ranomafana National Park
  • Sahambavy Tea Estate
  • Shower in Hot Springs of Ranomafana
  • Medieval charm of Fianarantsoa
  • Trek through Isalo National Park
  • Birdwatching at Ifaty
  • Meeting the tribes; Antandroy, Mahafaly and Bara
Day 1 - Antananarivo

Your trip starts when you reach Ivato International Airport, where you will be met by our representative and escorted to your hotel. In the afternoon you will go on a city tour, the city occupies a commanding position, being built on the summit and slopes of a long and narrow rocky ridge. The city contains numerous European-style structures, including the royal palaces, the houses formerly belonging to the prime minister and nobles, the French residency, the Anglican and Roman Catholic cathedrals, and several stone churches. There is the Museum of Ethnology and Paleontology, also located in the city.

Your city tour will also include a visit to a Lemur park where you can see several species of lemurs living in the forested area as in a natural habitat. You will return to your hotel in the evening and spend the night.

  • Meals: No meals
  • Accommodation: Carlton Hotel
Day 2 - Antananarivo to Antsirabe

Today you will leave Antananarivo towards Antsirabe, which is popular for its numerous thermal springs. The city founded by Norwegian missionaries is known as the “place of much salt “and is a retreat because of its pleasant climate.

You will visit a gemstone factory here and then check in at your hotel where you will spend the night.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Vatolahy Hotel
Day 3 - Antsirabe to Ranomafana National Park

Our day starts with a visit to local craftspeople who make amazing miniature bicycles. We also check out the sale of semi-precious stones around here. We then stop at Ambositra, the centre of the Zafimaniry carving style.

Later we move on to the Ranomafana National Park where we will take a nocturnal walk to spot the animals. 'Rano' is Malgache for water, while 'mafana' is Malgache for hot. About a hundred years ago a Malgache discovered hot springs down in the valley, and the French created a spa around them. The town is now known as Ranomafana. The Park is on the edge of Madagascar's High Plateau and is extremely mountainous.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Setam Lodge

Day 4 - Ranomafana National Park to Fianarantsoa

Today you will visit the national park again and sight some more of the native wildlife including lemurs, chameleons, spiders, frogs and beautiful flora like orchids and varied medicinal plants.

Later you will move on to Fianarantsoa, which in Malagasy means “Good Education”. It is the seat of learning in Madagascar and even has a university. You will stay in Fianarantsoa for the night.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Zomatel

Day 5 - Fianarantsoa to Isalo National Park

You will embark for Ranohira today with a stopover at Ambalavao - the commercial centre of the southern Betsileo region, renowned for its folks, arts and crafts – to visit a wine producer for wine tasting and the "Antemoro Paper" factory. The paper produced here is a delicate, handmade, flower-decorated paper made of the fibres of a tree called "Avoha".

You will have another stop 12km south of Ambalavao to visit the Anja park, where you can see some families of ring-tailed lemurs in their natural surroundings. Anja Reserve is the most visited community managed forest and ecotourist site in Madagascar. Anja has become a vital example of how community management of natural resources can both effectively protect the area and benefit the community.

You will arrive in Ranohira around sunset, and spend the night at the hotel.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Le Relais de la Reine

Day 6 - Isalo National Park

Today you will visit the Isalo National park , it is known for its wide variety of terrain, including sandstone formations, deep canyons, palm-lined oases, and grassland.

It is home to more than 340 species of animal and birds including several lemur species like the Ring tailed Lemur and Verreaux's Sifaka.

You will go on a morning trek inside the Isalo National Park to discover the massif of Isalo, its ruin like sandstones and canyons and to swim in its natural pool. After an exciting day spent in Isalo you will return back to the hotel in the evening.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Le Relais de la Reine

Day 7 - Isalo National Park to Antananarivo

Today you will be off to Toliara or Tulear after breakfast. The straight road provides some amazing landscapes composed of high bushes, thick gallery forests and some proudly decorated Mahafaly tombs.

Later you will be transferred to the airport for the flight back to the capital, Antananarivo where you will be met by our representative who will assist you to your hotel.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Carlton Hotel

Day 8 - Antananarivo

Today is the last day in Madagascar on your trip. You will have a sumptuous breakfast after which you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Europe.

  • Meals: Breakfast

What's Included

  • Accommodation and meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Ground transportation with an English speaking driver/guide
  • Sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Park or reserve entry fees
  • Game drives /activities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Registered Guides
  • Trekking permit
  • Information Kit
  • Taxes

What's Excluded

  • International airfare
  • Domestic airfare
  • Gratuities and Tips
  • Visas and Insurance
  • Vaccinations
  • Optional activities (if any)
  • Souvenirs
  • All items of personal nature
Moderate - Requires a spirit of adventure and some degree of fitness, as the trip might consist of many activities or long journeys. These adventures involve walking, trekking, hiking, cycling, rafting, sea kayaking, or driving for long hours, at times for up to six to eight hours a day at a steady pace. The maximum altitude is 3000m, so it requires you to be reasonably physically fit. The trips are usually 6 to 12 days in duration.

The ‘Only Tigers’, a 11 day itinerary, is a perfect example of this activity level as it involves long journeys for up to eight hours a day and a bit of walking. Also, ‘Around Spitsbergen - Kvitøya and Beyond ’, a 10 day itinerary is another example of this trip activity level.

You should be reasonably fit because you will be travelling in extreme weather conditions.
Other Activity Levels
Basic - Designed for travellers who enjoy the outdoors, are in good health, and want an interesting yet relaxing wildlife experience. These trips may involve walking, trekking, hiking, cycling, rafting or sea kayaking at a very slow pace. Certain trips involve safari drives for a maximum of five hours a day. Most of these trips are usually a week long in duration.

The ‘Classic Yala Tour’, ‘Kenya Luxury’ and ‘Luxury in Botswana’ itineraries are the best examples of this activity level as you’ll have a relaxed holiday. These trips are mostly about culture and sightseeing. There will be exploring on foot and safaris drives involved as well. Most travellers will find themselves comfortable with the basic activity level trips.
High - Fitness is vital at this level, as the environment traversed may be remote and challenging. These rugged experiences include long walks, trekking, cycling or rafting in isolated areas through variable weather conditions for up to eight to ten hours a day. These trips are usually 13 to 19 days in duration.

The ‘Ultimate Nepal Trekker’, is a good example of this trip activity level as it involves hiking and trekking for up to eight hours a day. Maximum altitude will be 4000m and you need to be very fit in order to withstand the weather conditions. Also, ‘Kilimanjaro Trek- Rongai route’ is another example that applies to this this activity level. Good physical condition is essential and previous hill-walking experience or preparation is advisable.
Advanced - At this level, PlanetWildlife recommends previous experience of the activity involved. These are our most challenging and advanced expeditions. They include long walks, cycling, trekking, hiking or rafting in variable weather conditions for more than ten hours a day. These trips may often be over 3 weeks in duration.

The ‘South Atlantic Odyssey’, a 31-day itinerary, is a perfect example of this trip activity level as it involves sailing for long hours in extreme weather conditions. Also, the ‘Snow Leopard Experience’ itinerary is another example which best suits this activity level. Ascents and descents are over 1000m at altitudes up to 6000m and the climate can be rigorous and challenging. Excellent physical condition and previous mountain trekking experience or appropriate preparation is essential.
This trip can be tailor made to suit your travel dates and preferences. The itinerary is designed to give you an overview of what you can do in this destination and is only a recommendation. All aspects of the trip – such as accommodation, activities etc., can be altered as per your own requirements.

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