This exhilarating adventure through some of Madagascar’s most biodiverse regions showcases the best of its wildlife and natural splendour.
As part of a small group of just eight guests you will visit the wildlife rich rain forest reserves of Andasibe and Mantadia listening out for the early morning calls of the Indri lemurs, before the landscape shifts to vineyards, savannah and the rocky outcrops at Isalo National Park and encounters with the distinctive ring tailed lemurs before exploring the remote national park of the Masoala Peninsula, where the rainforest meets the sea.
Asia & Madagascar Destination Specialist
Asia & Madagascar Destination Specialist
Ringtail lemurs travel in families, huddling together to keep warm and safe - one of the only lemur species that don't mind others to join in to their family huddle. Watching these animals in the natural habitat is an awe-inspiring experience; they play, they fight, they sunbathe and forage, pulling the most endearing poses that you’ll struggle to put your camera down. As they spend most of their time at ground level, they are usually easily found.
Day 1: 26 August 2024 - Arrive Antananarivo (Tana)
On arrival, you will be met by your driver and driven to your hotel Relais des Plateaux. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure.
Day 2: 27 August 2024 - Tana - Andasibe National Park
In the morning, set off with the group for Andasibe Reserve, passing through highland scenery and rice paddies for a 5-hour drive. Spend the afternoon at Mantadia Lodge, perhaps taking advantage of additional pool or spa facilities. In the evening, embark on a night walk to observe nocturnal species. (B, D)
Day 3: 28 August 2024 - Mantadia National Park
Spend the day exploring Mantadia National Park, located 20kms north of Andasibe. It offers a rugged experience with steeper trails but exceptional rewards, approximately 1.5 hours away via dirt road transfer. In contrast to Andasibe, it comprises virtually untouched primary forests with just a few constructed trails. You have good chances of spotting golden-colored Diademed sifaka, darker indri lemurs, and black and white ruffed lemurs. (B, D)
Day 4: 26 August 2024 - Andasibe National Park
Explore Andasibe/Perinet National Park with your local wildlife guide, focusing on the Maromiza Reserve. A montane forest park offering the chance to spot a variety of lemurs, reptiles, and birds. One of its most famous inhabitants is the indri, the largest lemur with a black and white teddy bear-like appearance. Leave early in the morning to be near the Indri when they make their distinctive morning group communication calls. (B, D)
Day 5: 30 August 2024 - Andasibe National Park - Tana
One final excursion into the park this morning before transferring to Tana (approx 5hrs). Upon arrival, take a tour to explore the old city and the Musée de la photographie. Afterward, relax and enjoy the facilities of your hotel Relais des Plateaux. (B)
Day 6: 31 August 2024 - Tana - Tulear - Isalo National Park
After a leisurely morning, the group will be transferred to the airport for their flight south to Tulear. Upon arrival, be picked up and driven approximately 5 hours, passing through the dry and spiny forests of the south, and the savannah and bush landscapes. Drive through the Zombitse -Vahibasia National Park, a crucial park for biodiversity, before reaching the fantastic scenery of Isalo National Park. Arrive at Jardin du Roy for the next few nights. (B, D)Day 6: 31 August 2024
Day 7 - 8: 01 - 02 September 2024 - Isalo National Park
Have the fantastic opportunity for trekking through impressive canyons and along dramatic bluffs. Isalo’s topography has been sculpted over the years by wind and water, lending itself to some quite fanciful shapes! A classic walk is along the Massif affording dramatic views and arriving late in the afternoon at “La Piscine Naturelle”, a natural swimming pool formed in the rocks fringed by palm trees and forever topped up by a flowing waterfall. After a day out in the sun, you may get to share your lunch with a troop of inquisitive ring-tailed lemurs or spot Verraux’s sifaka and red-fronted brown lemurs as you explore. Travelers also have the option of visiting a variety of natural canyons in the area, horse riding, or just relaxing back at your hotel. (B, D)
Day 9: 03 September 2024 - Isalo - Tulear - Antananarivo
Today you will be transferred back to Tulear airport in time for your flight back to Antananarivo. Upon arrival, you will be met and taken to your hotel Relais des Plateaux for your evening at leisure. (B)
Day 10: 04 September 2024 - Antananarivo - Maroantsetra - Masoala Peninsula
Scheduled charter from Antananarivo to the small coastal trading town of Maroantsetra. Meet our team, road transfer to the harbour and boat across Antongil Bay to Masoala Forest Lodge. Meet your guide and the lodge managers and settle into camp. Enjoy a beach or forest walk and join us at sunset at the beach fire for a drink, followed by dinner. (B, L, D)
Day 11 - 13: 05 - 07 September 2024 - Masoala Peninsula
You have a few days to explore this remote national park, where the rainforest meets the reef. The thick rainforest covers the mountains and comes down to golden beaches. The forest is also home to a wide array of birds, chameleons, snakes, frogs, and other lemurs. Enjoy privately guided walks in the forest or explore along the beach on your own (you cannot go into the forest without a guide). This is one of the few marine reserves in Madagascar. The waters off the beach are teeming with marine life, so take a sea kayak and explore along the coast, finding quiet little coves and bays! Take to the waters to search for the humpback whales when in season (additional cost). (B, L, D)
Day 14: 08 September 2024 - Masoala Peninsula - Maroantsetra - Antananarivo
An early breakfast on the sea deck, board the boat for the voyage to Maroantsetra for your flight to Antananarivo. You can connect directly onto your international departing flight or if you have a later departure you will be transferred to Relais des Plateaux for a room for day use allowing you to use the facilities before heading back to the airport in time for your flight. (B)
Perfectly situated for exploring Andasibe and Mantadia National Parks and its elevated position allows for panoramic views over the rainforest. This modern hotel has 25 rooms which are equipped with WiFi and a wood stove which is perfect for keeping warm in cooler months. The lodge also has a pleasant swimming pool and a restaurant which serves delicious local fare with a French twist.
Jardin du Roy is a luxury lodge set on the southern boundary of Isalo National Park in the south west of Madagascar. Built from granite to blend in with the landscape, it is a great place to take time to relax and enjoy great views or explore the local surroundings. It has 40 luxury rooms set across from a large swimming pool and 8 bungalows. There are great horse riding and hiking opportunities and the onsite biofarm provides fresh fruit, vegetables and fish for the restaurants delicious meals.
Accessible only by foot or by sea, Masoala Forest Lodge offers complete exclusivity in a remote corner of Masoala National Park. This small and intimate lodge provides unparalleled access to some of the rare and endemic species of Madagascar, along with pristine beaches stretching for miles along the coast. The seven luxury palm-thatched treehouses, elevated on stilted wooden platforms. not only ensures privacy but also provides uninterrupted views of the forest canopy and the sea. A diverse array of activities awaits guests, including guided forest walks, snorkeling, kayaking, fishing, whale watching, and cultural village trips. Whether exploring the lush forest or relaxing on the beach, Masoala Forest Lodge promises an immersive and unforgettable experience in Madagascar's natural wonders.
|Date||Guests||Trip Length||Trip Style||Prices from|
|26 August - 08 September 2024||8||14 Days||Set Departure||9300|
"David was excellent and was very professional and courteous to communicate with. My trip to Madagascar was wonderful and easily a 10/10 experience. I enjoyed the landscapes and wildlife and our guide Toky went above and beyond to make sure we had a great trip - he even included extra night walks that weren't included in the itinerary. NWS is clearly committed to delivering quality trips with excellent guides and accommodations to beautiful destinations in the world.”