Madagascar Safari Trip
Madagascar safari trip is a 13 days/12 nights that starts and ends in Antananarivo. This is a tailor-made Madagascar wildlife safari tour and can be customized to suit your needs, wants and budget. Talk to our Madagascar safari holiday specialists today to find out more about this trip and to get advice on whether it is the best one you’re your specific requirements and interests.
About 13 Days Madagascar Safari Trip
Madagascar safari trip is an African safari tour in Madagascar that allows you to you discover the Peyreiras reserve. You will be able to explore the parks endemic reptiles including chameleons; geckos; frogs; bats; Butterflies and lemurs.
The Madagascar safari trip also takes you to Vakona reserve and its famous lemurs. They include the Black and white; brown; Ring tailed and bamboo lemurs.
This Madagascar safari tour also goes to Analamazotra reserve. This is the secondary forest of Andasibe National Park discover its fauna and flora. You will discover the biggest lemur; the golden or diademed Sifaka and another species.
Your Madagascar safari trip drives back to Tana and the continuation to the famous RN7 more than 590 miles. Here you look forward to seeing beautiful landscapes; serpents’ hills, plains, rice fields, various ethnic groups.
You will also admire different cultures and handcrafts. The Zafimaniry woodcarving is found in Ambositra. There is the Antemoro Papers and silks in Ambalavao and more other.
Your Madagascar safari trip cannot be complete without visiting the best of Madagascar national parks. This is Ranomafana National Park. There is also Anja community reserve; Isalo and Zombitse National Park.
On crossing the amazing plateau of Horombe your Madagascar safari trip lets you see the majestic baobabs. There is also the Mahafaly’s graves and its Aloalo and reaching Tulear and then Ifaty which is one of the best beach in Madagascar.
Excursions available while on this tour include snorkeling; diving; big game fishing; whales watching (from July to the mid-September); Reniala reserve or the Baobabs Forest.
In Tana you will learn about the history of Antananarivo and Madagascar by visiting Ambohimanga Kings Palace which is the second world heritage by UNESCO in Madagascar.
Madagascar Safari Trip Highlights
The highlights of this Madagascar Safari Trip include
- Highlands Landscapes, the serpent’s hills, the plains, the rice fields
- Highlands’ house architectural and its red bricks
- The Peyreiras reserve and its endemic reptiles
- Vakona private reserve and its famous lemurs
- Analamazotra reserve and the biggest lemur alive (Indri Indri) and other species
- The various ethnic groups, its cultures and arts …
- The 2nd biggest zebus market in Ambalavao
- The national parks and reserve
- Dry landscape of the most Southern part and the plateau of Horombe
- The multicolored graves Mahafaly and its Aloalo the majestic Baobabs
- The tropic of Capricorn and Tuléar
- Ifaty and its beautiful beach + activities
- Ambohimanga Kings Palace
13 Days Madagascar Safari Trip Itinerary
Day 1: Antananarivo
Meet and greet upon arrival at the Antananarivo international airport by our Malagasy English speaking safari guide. This will be followed by a transfer to your hotel in Antananarivo city where you will be briefed on the 13-day Madagascar safari trip. Your Overnight will be at Sakamanga Hotel booked on bed and breakfast basis.
Day 2: Antananarivo – Andasibe National Park
The days on Madagascar safari trip starts with breakfast. This is followed by departure to Andasibe National Park.
You will leave the mountainous region and make a small stop at Marovezo to visit the Peyreiras Reserve. Here you will be out to experience its butterflies, reptiles and chameleons, tomatoes frogs, snakes.
Later proceed to Andasibe and check into your hotel in time for lunch. In the afternoon you are going to visit Vakona private reserve which begins with the lemurs Island.
You are going to discover the brown, the bamboo; the golden Sifaka; the black and white lemurs and the ring-tailed lemurs. It is the best time to have a wonderful time with them and you will be able to take some close pictures with.
Proceed to the crocodile’s valley to see crocodiles, endemic birds, foussa foussana which is the famous Malagasy animal carnivore, some turtles and others. Dinner and overnight will be at Sahatandra Hotel booked on bed and breakfast basis.
Day 3: Andasibe
Full day on Madagascar safari trip that begins with breakfast. You will then head to Analamazotra National Park where you will discover the biggest lemur alive. This is the Indri Indri and other 13 lemur species, such as the wooly and the grey bamboo.
There is also the diademed Sifaka, the brown, the red mouse-lemur, the red-bellied and the black and white ruffed lemurs. You will discover orchids as well, medicinal plants, endemics… After the visit, drive back to Sahatandra Hotel booked on bed and breakfast basis.
Days 4: Andasibe – Antsirabe
After breakfast on the 13-day Madagascar safari trip, you will depart for Antsirabe. This is by the famous national road number 7 through the typical landscape of the Highland. These include rice fields in terraces, red brick houses with thatched roofs.
First stop in Behenjy to taste the famous “foie gras” which is the specialty of this small town. Continue toward Ambatolampy to visit the craft aluminum foundry which produces cookware like pots, spoons, forks that makes its reputation.
Nearby are other workshops are dedicated to produce “football games” featuring the best international football teams. Reach Antsirabe and upon arrival, check in at your hotel and then visit the city by Rickshaw.
Your Madagascar safari trip lets you discover the avenue place, its beautiful garden, rail station and the old post office. proceed to Mr. Mamy and his workshop of miniaturized rickshaw, cars, and bicycles will amaze you.
You will have time to visit Mrs. Maminirina and her zebus’ horn workshop that you can see demonstration. Finally, you will end the day with the visit of the Malagasy’s candy shop manufactured by Mr. Marcel. After the visit, drive back to H1 Hotel where you are booked on bed and breakfast basis.
Day 5: Antsirabe – Ranomafana National Park
After breakfast, your Madagascar safari trip departs for Ambositra which is the capital of Malagasy wood crafts. This is through the famous RN7 dominated by the green landscapes.
Upon arrival, you are going to visit some handcraft workshops to see craftsmen working. Marquetry and sculptures are made from precious woods like Rosewood; Palissandre and Eben woods.
You will visit the finish products before having lunch before you proced to Ranomafana National Park. Leave the highlands and enter the rainforest area. Upon arrival, check in at Grenat Hotel booked on bed and breakfast basis.
Later you will embark on a nocturnal walk before dinner which is on own account.
Day 6: Ranomafana National Park
Your Madagascar safari trip begind with breakfast. This is to be followed by a 6 hours’ expedition in the forest with special guide to see 12 species lemurs.
Ranomafana National Park is the most important site of lemurs in Madagascar. It is the only confirmed site for the two rarest species: the great bamboo lemur and the golden bamboo lemur.
Varied species like Fulvus Rufus, VariecaVariegata, Hapalemurgriseus, Avahilanigeur, and Lepilemurmustelinus, Propithecus diademaedwardsi, Cheirogaleus major and Daubentounia madagscariensis can also be seen there.
More than 100 birds, five species of viverrids, reptiles, lizards, butterflies and other insects have been recorded in this park as area is covered with forests.
In the higher areas, the trees are festooned with mosses and lichens. After the visit you will revert back to the hotel for lunch. This will be followed by a visit Ranomafana village to relax at the natural swimming pool with its hot spring water. After the visit, back to Grenat Hotel for overnight booked on bed and breakfast basis.
Day 7: Ranomafana – Ranohira
After breakfast, your Madagascar safari trip departs for Ranohira. This will be via the colonial town of Ambalavao to see some beautiful colonial architecture. You will also tour the famous Antemoro paper and silk factory.
Walk to discover its beautiful verandah which makes them different with its old colonial houses. The Madagascar safari trip will procee to the 2nd biggest zebus market in Madagascar. Here you will discover a thousand of zebus and men.
Take a detour directly Anja Community Reserve, located 12km south of Ambalavao. The reserve is dedicated itself to cultural preservation in the region. It is the most visited community managed forest and ecotourism site in Madagascar.
Guests can easily see and photograph the ring-tailed lemurs, chameleons, snakes and birds. In the other side. Anja is also a rich cultural site, preserving ancient tombs from the previous two centuries.
There are two Betsileo tombs on the short loop. Funeral processions require the dead to be tied to a hand-made ladder, and then pulled by a natural rope that is found in the reserve. Tenina Imperata cylindrical, and a thick herb with small white flowers is used to create the needed cord.
After the visit, proceed to Ranohira via the plateau of Horombe and a very unusual landscape. Upon arrival, check in at H1 Hotel booked on bed and breakfast basis.
Day 8: Ranohira
After an early breakfast, the Madagascar safari trip enjoys a transfer to the entrance Park. You will be here to discover its fauna and its flora.
Isalo massif is a plateau of continental stoneware’s dating the Jurassic. Strongly affected, the only batons split by the sandy valleys and the canyons live: an exceptional show.
Today, you are going to begin the visit Natural swimming pools and reach Namaza site. Enjoy the panoramic views, rice fields, cliffs made an incision by gorges.
Your Madagascar safari trip will cross the luxuriant gorges, marked by its exceptional flora of the rain forest and by its numerous groups of Lemurs. Other habitats include birds, butterflies, lizards.
Proceed to join the Namaza site, go up till the top (800m altitude) and have a beautiful spot view of Ranohira. Walk through the Canyon till Namaza site.
After the visit, drive back to Ranohira and then reach the Isalo natural windows to admire the sun set before driving back to your H1 hotel booked on bed and breakfast.
Day 9: Ranohira – Tuléar – Ifaty
Your Madagascar safari trip departs after breakfast heading to Tuléar. You will go through to Ilakaka, the famous sapphire village in Madagascar. Here your madagascra sfari trip tours the big place for gisement in the world before visiting the workshop.
Visit Zombitse National Park to discover its fauna and flora and then continuation to Tuléar through arid desert landscapes. Along the way, see Mahafaly tombs with totems carved from Aloalo and the famous Baobabs.
On arrival, transfer to the sandy road to Ifaty and then check in at Bamboo Club where you are booked on bed and breakfast.
Days 10 & 11: Ifaty
Two full days spent at leisure to relax on the beach or discover Ifaty
ACTIVITIES AVAILABLE IN IFATY
THE RENIALA RESERVE HALF DAY TOUR
Reniala Private Reserve is a small protected area of only 60 ha which is a spiny forest. It homes more than 2000 plants species (many of them local endemic). Some spectacular and very old baobabs (there is a giant baobab of 12.5 m diameter) and a complete endemic plants family, the Didieraceae.
Reniala includes a botanical trail and a bird sanctuary. It is a paradise place for birders because can easily observe some very rare endemic species. These include the long-tailed ground roller, the subdesert mesite, the red-capped coua or the blue vanga.
There are 65 bird species in total within the reserve. Visitors can also spot mammals including the grey-mouse lemur, one the smallest primates, and some carnivorous; reptiles, like the threatened radiated and spider tortoises, warty chameleons, lizards and snakes.
DIVING & SNORKELING
Ifaty offers a great site for diving and snorkeling. Madagascar Sport Concept is a PADI diving school offering scuba diving lessons, PADI (open water diver) courses and recreational dives in the Tuléar region of Ifaty.
SEA TOUR BY CANOE – HALF DAY TOUR
Sailing by pirogue in the lagoon, on the Great Barrier Reef – the boatmen usually offer you a full day: snorkeling in the morning and picnic with lobster in Ambolimailaka, where we witness the arrival of the Vezo fishermen, dozens of dugout canoes.
Day 12: Ifaty – Tuléar – Antananarivo
Have the morning on Madagascar safari trip at the leisure. This is before a transfer to the airport in time for your flight to Tana. Meet and then transfer to your hotel in town.
You will visit Tana old town in the afternoon and then the handcraft market for souvenirs. Overnight will be at Sakamanga Hotel booked on bed and breakfast basis
Day 13: Antananarivo
After breakfast, depart for Ambohimanga Kings Palace which is located at 22 km from Tana. This is the cradle of the Merina dynasty and the Mecca of the Merina Kingdom. It is the starting point for the unification of Imerina.
This ancient royal city was reputed to be a sacred city where no foreigner could enter. There’s a lot to admire in this place. From the entrance of the village, the old stone gate-shaped disc in the chamber, the royal box of Andrianampoinimerina.
There is also the summer palace of the queens, the Horse Park and sacred ponds. The enclosure is surrounded by a wall made mainly of egg whites in place of cement. The door to the east has “Ambatomitsangana” inscribed on it, and is actually a large stone disc 4m in diameter rolled closed every night and open every morning by dozens of men.
After the visit your Madagascar safari trip proceeds to the Digue market. This is the place for handcrafts Malagasy that you will be able buy some souvenirs. Transfer to the airport in timefor your international flight.
End of 13 Days Madagascar Safari Trip
13 Days Madagascar Safari TripCosts:
What is included in the cost of 13 Days Madagascar Safari Trip?
- Transportation in a private safari vehicle
- Guide assistance during the whole tour
- Accommodation booked on bed and breakfast basis
- Park entrance fees and local guide fees
- All speed boat and all boat fees
13 Days Madagascar Safari Trip Price excludes:
- Your lunch, dinner and drinks during the whole tour
- All the domestic flights
- All your international flights
What to Carry on the 13 Days Madagascar Safari Trip
- Light and a few heavy clothings for evenings
- Closed, comfortable shoes
- Sun protection like sun cream, hat
- Insect repellant