Antananarivo Holidays

Sample Itinerary - REF AFRICA 771

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Day 1: Antananarivo

Welcome and assistance at the airport. You will be transferred to your hotel in Tana.

Day 2: Antananarivo

You will be collected from your hotel and taken back to the airport for your flight to Morondava. Transfer from Morondava to the Marofandilia Reserve and arrive there for a picnic lunch. Among the endemic species sheltered by its forest, you can see Pyxis planicauda turtle, classified vulnerable and in danger of disappearance. Also here you can see many different types of Lemur. Some of these animals are more active during different times of the day which means you will need to keep you eyes peeled to see all of them. Overnight at your camp ground in Marofandilia.

Day 3:

After breakfast continue to Belo on Tsiribihina with lunch on the way. The journey involves four different ferries to cross the rivers. Arrive at the Tsingy late afternoon.

Day 4:

In the morning, explore the Manambolo Gorge with traditional 'pirogues'. After a picnic lunch, visit the small Tsingys and the caves. Tsingy in Malagasy language means 'walking on the feet tips'. This is due to the extraordinary shape of these eroded lime stones. Look out for lemur species such as the Sifaka or the Gidro. Observe the characteristic xerophyte's flora of this area with the pachypodiums and the Arofys.

Day 5:

Drive to the entrance of the massif. It takes approximately four or five hours for the Andamozavaky tour, which includes light shafts, the forest corridor and a walk on the roof of the tsingys. Enjoy a picnic lunch.

Day 6:

Depart early for the long drive back to Morondava, with lunch on the way. Arrive late afternoon, just in time to see the sunset over the famous Baobab Alley.

Day 7: - Antananarivo

Morning at leisure before transfer to the airport (depending on your flight schedule). Upon arrival in Antananarivo transfer to the Perinet special reserve. Crossing a myriad of villages and getting a feel for the traditional lifestyle of the Malagasy people, you will see abundant rice paddies, chimney-less long clay red houses and many roadside markets displaying a variety of handicrafts. You will stop to visit the Peyrieras farm, where you can see some reptiles. After lunch (at own expense) visit the local gendarme museum, before continuing to Andasibe. Arrive in the late afternoon and settle into your hotel. Visit the Vakona private park with Lemur's Island and go on a nocturnal visit of the reserve.

Day 8: Antananarivo

The park of Andasibe gathers 2 protected areas: the National Park of Mantadia and the Special Reserve of Analamazoatra (or the Perinet reserve). In the early monring you will start with a walk through the Perinet Reserve to hear the Indri-Indri Then you will continue with a visit to the Mantadia reserve. In the park, there are 12 different species of lemurs (nocturnal and diurnal) but also more than 110 bird species. Tenrecs (type of hedgehog) and chameleons come across your way too and you can enjoy forest curiosities such as tree ferns, lichens, epiphite orchids, medicinal plants or precious woods like Dalbergia. Lunch (at own expense) is at a restaurant close to the reserve.

Day 9: Antananarivo

Set off for Antananarivo and the airport for your international flight home.

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