MADAGASCAR - A JOURNEY INTO CULTURE & NATURE
Cultural tour of Madagascar

The world's fourth largest island known for its biodiversity unique wildlife and long coastline, Madagascar is probably the least of the visited islands. However, the island is home to the rare and interesting species of retiles and animals that include Red-bellied Lemurs, the Indri, birds and the Aye-aye. This is the land of both natural and cultural attractions that few countries can offer.

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Tour Information
Tour Duration : 12 days
Min. Tour Size : 02 persons
Max. Tour Size : 10 persons
Includes international air
Tour Price (from) : US$
Day 01: Arrive Antananarivo
(D)
Day 02: Tana/Périnet (142 kms)
(B, D)
Day 03: Périnet
(B, D)
Day 04: Périnet/Tana/Antsirabe (310 kms)
(B, D)
Day 05: Tana/Ambositra (250 kms)
(B, D)
Day 06: Ranomafana
(B, D)
Day 07: Ranomafana/Ranohira (Isalo) via Ambalavao (360 kms)
(B, D)
Day 08: Ranohira (Isalo)
(B, D)
Day 09: Ranohira/Tuléar/Ifaty (267 kms)
(B, D)
Day 10: Ifaty
(B, D 
Day 11: Ifaty/Tuléar/Tana
(B, D)
Day 12: Tana/Departure
(B)
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Day 01: Arrive Antananarivo

Madagascar – the largest island off the coast of Africa welcomes us as we arrive at it's rather small airport. Right from the start, it will be evident that this land is neither exclusively Africa nor Asia – it is infact, both. Rich with the cultures of both the continents. Upon arrival at what is commonly called at Tana Airport, we are cordially welcomed before transferring to our hotel.
Overnight: Hotel Palissandre/Colbert Hotel (1 night) (D)

Day 02: Tana/Périnet (142 kms)

Our experience of Madagascar starts with a background tour of the capital city. We start with a drive to the upper town to see the Queen's palace. In the Malagasy "Rova" is the symbol of the Merina Kingdom. Sitting on the top of the tallest hill of Antananarivo, it offers a spectacular view of the administrative quarter and its surroundings. We then drive down to the Independence Avenue and the Anosy Lake. Here we get a good picture of the pluralistic ethnic communities before we take a scenic drive to Marozevo located some 72kms from Tana. The exciting begins as we visit the famous exotic farming centre of Mr.Pereyras where we see almost all the chameleon species of Madagascar including butterflies, lizards, snakes, bats and other interesting animals. After a picnic at the Parc we continue to Périnet and enjoy nocturnal walking near the Reserve of Périnet.
Overnight: Hotel Vakôna forest Lodge/Andasibe Hotel (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 03: Périnet

At the Perinet Reserve, we look out for the Indri - the biggest lemur species in the world. The Indri differ from the other species from their loud communication calls that can be heard as far away as 4 kms. An interesting experience before we proceed to the Andasibe village. The village of Andasibe or as it is called in French, Périnet, is a good example of the typical village on the East cost of Madagascar. Houses are, for most part, built on tall woods to protect against humidity. Here we get an excellent opportunity of interacting with the village folks who are known to be very friendly and are also very proud of their schoolchildren. (B, D)

Day 04: Périnet/Tana/Antsirabe (310 kms)

Early morning depart for Ambositra via Tana. Drive 20 km from Tana to the Royal Hill of Ambohimanga. The World Heritage Site that contains a ruined city, burial sites, and assorted sacred places. For last 500 years it has is a place of religious and historical significance in the culture of the Malagasy people. Another interesting rural picture as we drive though the scenic highlands alongside the green rice fields to Antsirabe where we visit local craft workshops. Enroute we get the background history of this town, which was first built by the Norwegian missionaries and is famous today for its rickshaws, thermal springs, semi-precious and precious stones. Visit of the stone cutting factory is a must. Afternoon, free for lazing or strolling through this interesting town. An excellent opportunity to do craft hunting at the local bazaar.
Overnight: Royal Palace Hotel/Hotel des Thermes/La Résidence Camélia (1 night) (B, D)

Day 05: Tana/Ambositra (250 kms)

Drive to Ambositra. It is also the capital of the Zafimaniry region - local folks are well known for the art to make sculptures paste carved wooden pattern on furniture. Today we drive to the national park of Ranomafana. Also visit a local family in a Smiths' village in Andranovaky village. Nocturnal visit near the Park.
Overnight: Setam Lodge/Centrest séjour (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 06: Ranomafana

We visit the National Park where the golden bamboo lemur was rediscovered in 1989. Several endemic animal species can be observed very closely: birds, chameleons, frogs, insects and lemurs. Afternoon, we visit the Orchid garden in Kelilalina and then continue with our wildlife and natural explorations. Visit the village with a possibility to swim in the thermal swimming-pool. (B, D)

Day 07: Ranomafana/Ranohira (Isalo) via Ambalavao (360 kms)

Another scenic drive gets us to Fianarantsoa. Our tour of Betsileo Land includes seeing the crafts of the tribe from Finarantsoa. Later we continue to Ambalavao, the wine-growing region and the biggest zebu (Humped oxen) market on the island. On Wednesdays the town becomes alive as it is a prime market day. We stop at the Antaimoro paper-manufacturing centre where papers are made by hand from plants similar to papyrus. These are the so-called "Avoha" which are decorated with many flowers. We visit the local Village Park of Anja to see lemurs very closely.  At Ihosy, capital of the mostly shepherds Bara tribe, we meet the Bara people with their spears and large zebu herds, a sign of wealth in the southern region. We continue through the grasslands of Horombe to the ruin-like massif of Isalo, home for lemurs and sapphire.
Overnight: Hotel Relais de La Reine/Jardin du Roy/Rêne de l'Isalo (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 08: Ranohira (Isalo)

Our morning starts with a walk through the National Park of Isalo, to the "natural swimming-pool"-a delightful oasis in the middle of the ruin-like massif. The tombs of the Bara people are placed between the rocks in the Park where birds, snakes and lemurs reside. The palm-trees adjacent remind you of the Arabian landscapes. (B, D)

Day 09: Ranohira/Tuléar/Ifaty (267 kms)

We continue towards Tuléar enroute viewing the strong and hardy baobabs that are used as water reservoir for the inhabitants. We then visit the famous big Mahafaly tombs. These are particularly interesting because they show the scenes from the daily lives of the deceased.
Overnight:Hotel La Paradisier/Dunes Hotel (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 10: Ifaty

We enjoy a day of relaxation with a nice view of the sea, as Ifaty is an idyllic and quiet fishers' village, a paradise for divers. Day free with optional activities available. Like drive with a wooden pirogue along the sea, then eating Malagasy food at the family of the pirogue paddler or visit of the Baobab forest near the village Mangily. (B, D)

Day 11: Ifaty/Tuléar/Tana

The Malagasy experience is coming to an end as we are transferred to Tana.
Overnight: Palissandre/Colbert Hotel (1 night) (B, D)

Day 12: Tana/Departure

We are transferred to the airport for your departure flight to Tana after what will have been an interesting journey to the Malagasy Island. (B)

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Departure Dates
English Speaking Departures (Please contact us for information on French, German, Italian and Spanish speaking departures).

2017

Daily Departures

Tour Price

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Departure(s) Per Person on Twin Sharing Single Room Supplement
2017 - -


Notes

Jan – March are generally the rainy months.
Antananarivo is connected with direct flights from Paris, Johannesburg, Nairobi, Mauritius and Reunion.



Inclusions


Tour Price Includes
  • Accommodation as mentioned or similar, including hotel taxes
  • 22 Meals as mentioned (B=Breakfast, D=Dinner)
  • All sightseeing and transfers by private transportation
  • Services of local English speaking guides/drivers
  • Entrance fees to museums and sites included in the itinerary
Not Included
  • International airfares
  • Airfare Tulear to Tana (currently at US$ 290 per person)
  • Airport/Departure taxes
  • Insurance/visas
  • Tips/gratuities

Estimated International Airfare (International airfare is NOT included in this tour)

CANADA(West Coast)
US$ 1800

USA(West Coast)
US$ 1600

CANADA(East Coast)
US$ 1700

USA(East Coast)
US$ 1500

Participants

This tour operates on a minimum of 02 and a maximum of 10 participants

Customised Itinerary

If you would like to have a tour on dates other than the above ones or with a customised itinerary, please contact us and we will be happy to work out an exclusive program for you.

Contact Info
You may e-mail us at bestway@bestway.com or call 1-604-264-7378. Residents of U.S.A./Canada may call us toll free at 1-800-663-0844.