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1000 Views of Madagascar

11 days  |  Starts/Ends: Antananarivo  |  from USD $2,929  |   Guaranteed Departure 

An island of adventure! Discover rare lemurs, colourful tribes, stunning national parks, tropical beaches, bustling markets and ever-changing scenery in 11 breathtaking days.

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Day 1


Antananarivo – Andasibe. Arrival in Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar. Welcome and assistance at the airport. After a short briefing, 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 around 18h00. Check-in to your ensuite bungalows, overlooking the forest. Later this evening enjoy a night walk in the area of Andasibe to observe night active lemurs and other nocturnal animals.
Overnight: Andasibe

Day 2

Natural Reserve of Andasibe

A morning visit to the Special Reserve of Andasibe, to see the Indri Indri, the largest lemurs on the island. This 810 ha reserve is unique with its endemic fauna and flora. It contains a wide variety of orchids, canopy, and endemic animals like chameleons, tenrecs, and many birds. After the visit, walk through the orchid park to admire all the nice flowers. In the afternoon, visit Andasibe village, a typical Betsimisaraka (The-Many-inseparable) village, and the second largest tribe on the island. They cultivate rice and live mainly off the forest. This visit allows contact with the local people, to see how they live and what they eat.
Overnight: Andasibe  |  Breakfast

Day 3


Andasibe - Antsirabe. Drive back to Tana, and head south to Antsirabe, across the highland landscape with its beautiful rice fields on stage. The spectacular eroded hills called ‘lavaka’ reminiscent of the Far East with its rice fields and green landscape with vegetables and fruit trees. A stop in Ambatolampy for a short visit of this huge agricultural city, which is also known as a source of aluminium. Arrival in Antsirabe around 17h00, or ‘the place of salt’, an elegant city well known as the centre of the beer industry, you can smell the Star Brewery as we enter the town!

Founded by the Norwegians in 1856, it is the only place which really feels and looks like a European city. It has a temperate climate and all fruits and vegetable, which grow in cooler climates, are found in Antsirabe.
Overnight: Antsirabe  |  Breakfast

Day 4

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.
Overnight: Ranomafana National Park  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Ranomafana National Park

Parc National de Ranomafana (approximately 40,000ha), with its rain forested hills and abundant wildlife, has long been considered one of Madagascar’s highlights, and is one of the most heavily visited of the country’s national parks. Its entrance lies about 7km from Ranomafana village. Altitudes in the park range from 800m to 1200m. 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. We will go for walks in the National Park for several hours spotting some of the lemurs, chameleons and other animals.
Overnight: Ranomafana National Park   |  Breakfast

Day 6

Wine Tasting

Ranomafana - Fianarantsoa – Isalo. We leave Ranomafana using the road that you entered on, and pass 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. Then we head southwards, your first stop is in Ambalavao to visit a wine industry for wine tasting, as Ambalavao is the centre of wine industry. The climate is said not to be ideal for grape vines, but winemaking is a tradition left by priests and monks, who lived in the area of Fianarantsoa. Still in Ambalavao, visit the ‘Anteimoro Paper Factory’ a vestige of the Arabian civilisation in the island. 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.
Overnight: Isalo   |  Breakfast

Day 7

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.
Overnight: Isalo  |  Breakfast

Day 8


Isalo - Ifaty. After breakfast, continue to Tuléar 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 Tuléar we drive to Ifaty, which lies about 27 km from Tuléar. 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 Tuléar for sale.
Overnight: Ifaty   |  Breakfast

Day 9

Free Day to Relax or Explore

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.
Overnight: Ifaty  |  Breakfast

Day 10

Back 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.
Overnight: Antananarivo   |  Breakfast

Day 11


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

Accommodation, Flights & Private Departures

Accommodation will be in 2-3 star basic hotels. Madagascar is in its infancy when it comes to tourism. Accommodation is limited so all the above mentioned accommodation is subject to availability and we reserve the right to change these using similar accommodation of the same standards. The hotels used are simple & clean and of basic standard, with bathrooms en-suite. Please note that we also offer Upgraded Hotel Departures where passengers will be accommodated in 3-4 star hotels.

FlightsThe internal flight from Tulear to Antananarivo on day 10 is not included in the price of this tour. The cost is approximately Euro275 and this flight should be booked in conjunction with your international flights.

There are special airfares for flights from Johannesburg to Antanarivo 7 days of the week, and regular flights from Paris to Antanarivo with Air France and Air Madagascar. We can assist you with booking your flights upon request.

This tour requires a minimum of 4 passengers to run but it can also be operated as a private tour on a departure date of your choice, please contact us for prices. Note: This tour is not recommended between December and March due to the rainy season. June and July are dry but cold, especially in the Highlands.

Prices & Dates

Prices shown are per person travelling. The price per person applies when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the per person price.

This tour date provides upgraded 3-4 star accommodation and includes additional dinners on days 6 - 9.
Upgraded Hotel Departure
Single Supp.
USD $2929
USD $799
USD $3779
USD $1599
USD $2929
USD $799
USD $3779
USD $1599
USD $2929
USD $799
USD $3779
USD $1599
USD $2929
USD $799
USD $3779
USD $1599
USD $2929
USD $799
USD $3779
USD $1599
USD $2929
USD $799
USD $3779
USD $1599
USD $2929
USD $799
USD $3779
USD $1599
USD $2929
USD $799
USD $3779
USD $1599

This tour is guaranteed to run subject to a minimum of 4 travellers and has a maximum group size of 10.

This itinerary can also be arranged for 2 - 3 people. Contact us for pricing.

Trip Highlights

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


10 breakfasts
Airport arrival and departure transfer on days 1 and 11
Visit to Natural Reserve of Andasibe
Wine tasting and visit to paper factory
English speaking driver
All entrance fees to sites, and excursions mentioned in itinerary
10 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.
Andasibe night walk
Ranomafana National Park Visit
Hike in Isalo National Park
Specialist local guides in the National Park
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.

Not Included

International flights and visas
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture
Internal flight between Tulear to Tana (Antananarivo)
Drinks and items of a personal nature
Tour Details
Hotel Rating
2-3 star / 3-4 star
Local Payment
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide/driver
Breakfast: 10
Extra Tour Info
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Guaranteed Departures
This tour is 100% guaranteed to depart with 4 travellers.
Guaranteed Departures
This tour is 100% guaranteed to depart with 4 travellers.