Ultimate Madagascar

  • days: 12
  • from $7,165

International Flights Not Included

Types of travel:

Countries Visited:

  • Madagascar

Description

Uncover the riches of Madagascar - stunning landscapes, incredible national parks and an amazing array of wildlife. On this journey you’ll meet local people,  discover the creatures of the night, see the famous ring-tailed lemur and trek through lush rainforest.

A WORLD OF WILDLIFE

Visit Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, renowned for its chameleon population and a home for many rare and endangered species, including 11 different types of Lemur! You’ll spend an incredible night here, giving you the opportunity to encounter the park’s nocturnal wildlife too.

Take some time to explore the quaint villages of Ambatolampy, Antsirabe and Ambositra, famous for their traditional pots, handicrafts and hot springs. More than 41,600 hectares of tropical rainforest then lies ahead at Ranomafana National Park. You’ll experience the park’s exquisite beauty in the morning, then head on an evening trek in search of Lemurs.

BEACHES TO BAOBAB TREES

See a traditional paper and silk mill at work on your way to Isalo National Park. Truly unique, this park’s terrain includes canyons, oases and a lunar-like landscape. Then experience the rich and rare birdlife of Zombitse National Park, and the coastal town of Toliara.

Itinerary

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Antananarivo

Welcome to Antananarivo, the capital and largest city in Madagascar. On arrival you’ll take a city tour.

Day 2. Antananarivo - Andasibe National Park

Enjoy a scenic drive to Andasibe National Park this morning. Head into the park to discover its amazing nocturnal wildlife tonight. [B,D]

Day 3. Analamazaotra Reserve

Visit Analamazaotra Reserve. The protected forest here is home to many kinds of lemur and amphibians. Spot the wildlife on a hike through the rainforest. Enjoy great photo opportunities exploring Lemur Island this afternoon. [B,D]

Day 4. Andasibe National Park - Antsirabe

Leave the rainforest behind and travel south towards Antsirabe, stopping to meet some villagers who hand-make traditional-style pots from recycled aluminium. [B,L,D]

Day 5. Antsirabe - Ranomafana

Travel through the scenic highlands and local villages to Ranomafana. [B,L,D]

Day 6. Ranomafana National Park

Explore the lush Ranomafana National Park early this morning. Enjoy a trek to see many different nocturnal animals this evening. [B,L,D]

Day 7. Ranomafana - Isalo

Enter the semi-desert of southern Madagascar. Visit traditional mills and local villages, before continuing to the Anja Reserve, home to many unique species of lemurs. [B,L,D]

Day 8. Isalo National Park

Accompanied by a park ranger, enjoy a full day hike through canyons, oases and lunar landscapes, before arriving at a stunning waterfall. [B,D]

Day 9. Isalo - Ifaty

Travel past several villages and stop at Zombitse National Park, on the way to the charming fishing village of Ifaty. [B,D]

Day 10. Ifaty

An interesting morning visiting the Reniala Reserve, known as the “Spiny Forest”. It is home to many tall, spiny bushes that can only be found in southern Madagascar. Later explore an impressive forest of baobab trees. [B,D]

Day 11. Ifaty - Antananarivo

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Antananarivo. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. [B,D]

Day 12. Antananarivo

Transfer to the airport for your onward journey. [B]

Inclusions

Travel

  • Meet & greet on arrival and private airport transfers
  • Exclusive use of 4WD Safari vehicle
  • Economy-class flight between Toliara & Antananarivo 

Accommodation & Meals

  • 11 nights in African-style hotels & lodges (3 star)
  • 11 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 11 dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based guide & driver 

Entrance Fees & Permits

  • Entrance fees to all national parks and reserves are included

Sightseeing

  • City tour of Antananarivo including Old Upper Town, City Centre and the colourful neighborhoods of Lower Town.
  • Nocturnal tour in the Andasibe National Park.
  • Hike through the Analamazaotra Reserve in search of the famous 'Indri Indri' Lemur.
  • Hike through the Ranomafana National Park with a tracker and ranger to see all the unique flora and fauna.
  • Explore the lunar landscape of the Isalo National Park with its many canyons and oases.
  • Visit the Baobab Forest in the Reniala Private Reserve.
  • Walk through the streets of the Ifaty fishing village.

Dates & Prices

Dates & Prices

Starts Ends Save Total Cost* Status Book
01/01/19 31/12/19   $7,165 On Request  
01/01/20 31/03/20   $7,920 On Request  
Valid From: This tour does not include flights from Australia to Madagascar. Please contact our office for the latest special fares to match your independent tour.
Other departure cities:
Tips: Tipping payable locally
Taxes:
Single supplement: On application

Prices are per person based on twin share. Single supplement on request. Seasonal surcharges apply. Please contact our office for details.

Fitness to Travel

Let's Talk Fitness

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At Bunnik Tours we don’t put specific age limits on our tours, but we also recognise some travellers may find our itineraries challenging.
We have a duty of care to all tour participants and the tour guides, so we do impose a firm policy on the level of fitness required by all our clients to attempt to ensure your safety and the safety of other travellers on our tours.
At Bunnik Tours our goal is for all our travellers to enjoy their tour, not struggle through it! Which is why we want to work with you to ensure you are on the best possible trip for your fitness level. We do reserve the right to refuse bookings if we feel that the requirements of the tour are too demanding.
Bunnik Tours are for independently minded travellers with good levels of mobility.

Our tours include:
1. Generous amounts of free time
2. Lots of walking
3. Local and authentic experiences including various modes of transport and accommodation

In some regions travellers can also expect:
1. Long days of travelling, at times on dirt and gravel roads in Africa
2. Extended periods at high altitude (3,000-4,000 metres) in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Ethiopia
3. Extended periods of walking/hiking through humid forest areas in Rwanda, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Mexico and Costa Rica
4. Limited medical facilities in remote areas

Bunnik Tours travellers are required to at least:
1. Be able to walk 2-3 hours on uneven surfaces
2. Walk up multiple flights of stairs and short, steep hills
3. Stand for 20 minutes without needing to sit down, often in hot/humid climates
4. Carry their own luggage
5. Get on and off various modes of transport without assistance, including small boats

NOTE: This particular tour requires a moderate level of fitness as it includes half and full day hikes.

Accommodation

Accommodation

Accommodation is subject to change and every effort is made to avoid this. However if a change does become necessary, accommodation of a similar standard will be used.

Ny Andrin'ny Soa, Madagascar

Ny Andrin’ny Soa is located 9 kilometers from the centre of Antananarivo and 14 kilometers from the palace of Ambohimanga which is the cradle of the monarchy and dynasty of Madagascar. 

Facilities: Free wifi; heated pool; fitness centre

Vakona Forest Lodge, Andasibe

Near to Antananarivo, the Vakona Forest Lodge enjoys a unique setting. Guests can enjoy many activities, visit the private park or simply relax. The bungalows are spread throughout beautiful gardens around the restaurant. All bungalows have been carefully decorated and are equipped with mosquito nets. The restaurant is situated in the heart of the complex and the front terrace offers a breathtaking view over the lake. 

Facilities: free internet; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool

Hotel Plumeria, Antsirabe

Centrally located just 150 metres from the station, the charming and warm Hotel Plumeria features beautiful timber in its welcoming design. The property also boasts a restaurant and jacuzzi spa.

Facilities: free wifi, fridge/minibar; safe deposit box

Setam Lodge, Ranomafana

Encircled by dense mature rainforest, Setam Lodge Ranomafana lies near the entrance to Madagascar’s Ranomafana National Park. Perched on a hillside, Setam Lodge comprises simple en-suite rooms in cottages, giving you views across a river. You can choose to dine in the comfortable bar and restaurant, which has enormous windows to make the most of the great outlook across the area, or alternatively dine outside on the spacious verandah.

Facilities: internet available; safe deposit box (at reception)

Isalo Rock Lodge, Isalo NP

Isalo Rock Lodge is a modern retreat, positioned high in the Sandstone Mountains overlooking the Isalo National Park in south western Madagascar. The views from the lodge are breathtaking. Whilst luxury abounds in the hotel with all modern amenities, Isalo is also home to many species of flora and fauna, including the giant chameleon and the renowned lemurs. 

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Les Dunes d'Ifaty, Ifaty

27km north of Tulear, overlooking the Mozambique Channel, this charming hotel complex is set amongst a calm tropical park. Its guestrooms offer you the enjoyment of the lagoon, its large coral reef and excursions into the famous Baobab forest.

Facilities: internet available; outdoor swimming pool

Weather

Weather

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Wet Season: Year round, however September and October tend to be the driest months

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Currency

Currency

Malagasy Ariary

The official currency of Madagascar is the Malagasy Ariary (MGA, Ar).

  • 1 Ariary = 5 iraimbilanja
  • Notes are in denominations of Ar100, 200, 500, 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000
  • Coins are in denominations of Ar 50, 20, 10, 5, 4, 2 and 1, and 1 and 2 iraimbilanja

Visa Information

Visa Requirements

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Please note, Australian passport holders need to obtain a Visa for this tour. Please check with your travel agent for further details.

  • Australian passport holders
    • A visa for Madagascar needs to be applied for prior to travel.
  • Non-Australian passport holders
    • Please check with your travel agent on visa requirements.

The following government websites are also a handy source of general information.

Reviews for Ultimate Madagascar

This tour has a rating of 5 stars based on 3 reviews.

Here's what others have had to say about this tour.

Ultimate Madagascar An amazing experience 5
An outstanding tour and well worth considering. The nature experiences are extraordinary. Many lemurs, chameleons and wildlife you see no-where else on the planet. Our guide La La was fantastic, 5 stars for his experience and friendliness. And the food in Madagascar was excellent - an amazing blend of all the cultures who have contributed to this special place. Really consider a trip here, it's a developing industry for Madagascar and tourists should support and will help secure the amazing natural wonders they have!! Nigel Stevenson - March 2018
Ultimate Madagascar Very unique wildlife 5
With just my wife and myself as the only people in the tour party - this was great. We were able to ask lots of questions. Seeing so many lemurs and chameleons was an amazing experience - particularly because so many species are not seen anywhere else in the world.Our tour also allowed to closely observe the local people. The landscape over the 12 days was also very diverse. Kym Dixon - June 2017
Ultimate Madagascar We had a wonderful trip 4
Seeing lemurs and chameleons! Our guide Farah in Madagascar was excellent. She was prepared to do everything to make our trip a success. Malcolm Glennie-Holmes - July 2013

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Unique Experiences!

  • Get close up and personal with the world famous lemurs during a rainforest hike
  • Drive along the famous national road 7, leading to the south of Madagascar
  • Meet with local villagers and learn about their lifestyle and existence
  • Enjoy a cultural show by folk dancers and musicians in Ambositra
  • Drive to the forest of baobab trees and medicinal plants
  • Visit the Vezo village of Ifaty. These semi-nomadic people live along the southern coast of Madagascar existing off sea fishing while having their own unique way of life

Trip Info

Group Size

Min: 1

Transportation

4WD safari vehicle & plane

Tips

Tipping payable locally

Tour Highlights

Antananarivo, Analamazaotra Reserve, Antsirabe, Ranomafana National Park, Ranohira, Isalo National Park, Ifaty

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This tour has a rating of 5 stars based on 3 reviews.