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Madagascar tour July 2014

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Madagascar tour July 2014


I'm looking to organise below 14 day/13 night tour from 8th July 2014 til 21st July 2014.

It comprises of the south and west Madagcar.

If anyone is looking into travelling Madagascar around that time, below is a great highlights tour.

If you're interested, please let me know.


Day 1: Antananarivo

Meet and greet at Antananarivo airport by GMT+3 staff and then transfer to your hotel in Antananarivo city.

Overnight & breakfast at Saint Germain hotel 2*

Day 2: Antananarivo – Morondava – Kirindy (65km +/- 3h)

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Morondava. Upon arrival, you will be met and then departed to join Kirindy reserve which is 3 hours drive. Passing by to the Baobab Alleys and local Antandroy villages. Upon arrival, check in at your Lodge. Before dinner, you are going to discover Kirindy reserve nocturnal animals: the rare Coquerel's giant mouse lemur and pygmy mouse-lemur, fork-crowned lemur, Gray mouse lemur, western fat-tailed dwarf lemur and red-tailed sportive lemur. Several bats, tenrecs, mongooses and rodents complete the mammal population.

overnight & breakfast at Kirindy Lodge 2*

Day 3: Kirindy – Bekopaka (135km +/- 5h)

After breakfast, you will visit the Kirindy reserve which is comprised one of the most outstanding and threatened wildlife habitats in Madagascar: the dry deciduous forest, whose extension has been reduced to 3 per cent of their original extent. Dominated by majestic baobab trees and a forest canopy of even 14 m altitude, this protected area of approximate 100 square kilometers is the only place where the world's smallest known primate, the giant jumping rat, occurs. This animal can hop like a miniature kangaroo, but is also seen walking on all four limbs. The Sakavala people living here are mainly proud zebu holders. Kirindy is the best place in the whole island to observe fossas, especially during the mating time between October and December. It also home to seven species of lemur. The most common are the common brown lemurs and the Verreaux's sifakas. These long-legged, seven-pound lemurs, white with dark patches, leap among tree trunks high in the canopy, propelled by their powerful hind legs but continually maintaining an upright posture. 40 bird, 50 reptile and 15 amphibian species are also found in this magnificent forest. After the visit, depart to join Bekopaka, passing by to the arid landscape and two big rivers that you will pass by ferry to join the river side. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel.

Lunch, dinner, Overnight & breakfast at Tanankoay 2*

Day 4: Bekopaka (The Big Tsingy)

This is probably the most rewarding half-day trip within the park as it goes deep into the limestone forest passing through several hanging bridges with the impressive karstic formations below your feet. The trail is not technically difficult and even children can cope with it, but you certainly should not suffer from vertigo! The look down from the hanging bridge is something to avoid for the easily fainted.

Lunch, dinner, Overnight & breakfast at Tanankoay 2*

Day 5: Bekopaka (Small Tsingy and Manambolo Gorge)

After breakfast, this circuit of 4-5 hours of duration passes through a labyrinth of limestone and two view points over the impressive pinnacles. There are some good chances to spot the Decken’s Sifaka and red-fronted brown lemurs. It is a canoe trip along the gorge combined with an easier path through caves, stalactites, stalagmites and the famous family tomb of the Vazimba tribe. After the visit, return to the hotel

Lunch, dinner, Overnight & breakfast at Tanankoay 2*

Day 6: Bekopaka – Morondava (200km +/- 8h)

After breakfast, depart to join Morondava with the same road and then

passing by to the majestic baobabs and Alleys and its most spectacular sun set. Don’t forget to take pictures because it will be one of memory of this trip. The Baobab trees are specifics to the area and Madagascar boats six species out the eight existing. After the sun set, drive to Morondava and then check in at your hotel.

Overnight & breakfast at trecicogne hotel 2*

Day 7: Morondava – Antsirabe (516km +/- 8h)

After breakfast, depart to join Antsirabe. Crossing the grass land and

some typical Malagasy villages. You will discover some gold miners along the road which becomes popular in this area. Upon arrival in Antsirabe. Check in at your hotel.

Overnight & breakfast at Hasina hotel 2*

Day 8: Antsirabe – Ranomafana (280km +/- 6h)

After breakfast, visit workshops specializing in Malagasy candy, bicycles, miniature rickshaw, and gemstones. Then travel to Ambositra, the capital of Malagasy wood crafts, such as marquetry and sculptures made from precious woods like Rosewood which is a world heritage by UNESCO. Have lunch before visiting workshops, and then continue towards Ranomafana. Leave the highlands and enter the rainforest zone. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel and have a nocturnal walk before dinner

Overnight & breakfast at Ihary hotel 2*

Day 9: Ranomafana – Ambalavao (126km +/- 3h)

After breakfast, transfer to Ranomafana National Park to discover its fauna and flora. Visit the park and see a range of lemurs, including Bamboo Lemurs and the rare diademed sifaka, birds, orchids, chameleons, butterflies, frogs and other wildlife. After the visit, have lunch then visit the thermal town of Ranomafana before setting off towards Ambalavao. Upon arrival, tour the old town, admire the beautiful landscape and then check in at your hotel.

Overnight & breakfast at Bougainvillier hotel 2*

Day 10: Ambalavao – Ranohira

After breakfast, depart for Ranohira, via the colonial town of Ambalavao, continuation to anja private to see lemurs which will be closer than ever, orchids and traditional tombs, then cross the high Plateau of Horombe, a landscape of open grassy plains. Upon arrival in Ranohira, check in at your hotel

Overnight & breakfast at Orchid hotel 2*

Day 11: Ranohira – Tuléar – Anakao

After an early breakfast, depart for Tuléar travelling back across the high plateau of Horombe, past the village of Ilakaka, the “Sapphire Village”, and continue on to Tuléar through arid desert landscapes. Along the way, see Mahafaly tombs with totems carved from Aloalo and the famous Baobabs. Upon arrival in Tuléar, transfer to the harbor then embarks to your speed boat to Anakao. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel

Overnight & breakfast at Longo Vezo 2*

Days 12 Anakao

Free day at leisure to discover Anakao and its around. You can visit fishermen villages, you can do snorkeling, you can visit Reniala reserve and its Baobab trees, turtles, endemics birds…

Overnight & breakfast at Longo Vezo 2*

Day 13: Tuléar – Antananarivo

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Antananarivo. Upon arrival, you will be met and then transferred to your hotel and then departed to visit Antananarivo city by beginning with Antananarivo old town and its history. Beginning with the magnificent view of Antananarivo, then the Queen’s Palace (under construction), the ancient Palace of Justices, and the Palace of Andafiavaratra which houses an exhibition of objects saved from the fire at The Queen’s Palace in 1995. We will also visit Place Andohalo, which is the most ancient square in Antananarivo. To finish this long day, visit the crafts for souvenirs. After the visit, return to your hotel

Overnight & breakfast at Saint Germain hotel 2*

Day 14 – Antananarivo – airport, transfer

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11. Re: Madagascar tour July 2014

Hello Vimla,

See below email address for Baobab Tours...his name is Jobi.


If you're interested let him know about the above tour commencing on 8th July, and finishing on 21st July, 14 nights all up.....you can also tell him it's the tour that Christine Sampsonis is going on.

At the moment there are 3 French people who are booked also, hence if there are more people it will work out cheaper for all of us.

Let me know how you go.....thanks.

Edited: 10:16 pm, March 10, 2014
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12. Re: Madagascar tour July 2014

Hello again Vimla, my email address is csampsonis@hotmail.com, if you want to get in contact with me. Thanks...

Edited: 10:19 pm, March 10, 2014
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13. Re: Madagascar tour July 2014

This is a bit of a delayed recommendation.

My family and I travelled to Madagascar over the Christmas period in 2013 and used this forum to get recommendations for a good and reasonable tour operator in Madagascar. We eventually chose Rija Tours and we were not disappointed. From the beginning Rija was more than helpful with incredibly prompt responses to all our queries. He arranged for our luggage to be delivered to us in Antirabe as it did not arrive with us on our flight to Tana. He made sure that all the hotels that we wanted to stay in were reserved for us and even made payments for us when they were required prior to our arrival. Our driver Many was superb and very well informed about the country.

I would not hesitate in recommending Rija Tours for your tour to Madagascar.

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