Madagascar Wildlife Safari
The Madagascar wildlife safari is an affordable African safari tour in Madagascar. This 8 day Madagascar wildlife safari takes you to the Masoala Peninsula. This is one of the largest and most diverse areas of un-spoilt rainforest in Madagascar. It holds possibly the greatest number of unclassified species on the island. You will come across a large number of lemurs, chameleons and spectacular birdlife. Masoala can only be reached by boat. This takes approximately 2 hours from Maroantsetra. The visit is only for avid nature-lovers who have an average level of fitness. The area also boasts stunning beaches, incredible wildlife, and beautiful scenery. Included in this Madagascar wildlife safari is a trip to the island of Nosy Mangabe. Here you’ll see the famous for its Aye- aye lemurs and the leaf-tailed gecko. The reserve has beautiful sandy coves, a mass of trees and strangler figs. This Madagascar wildlife safari begins and ends in Antananarivo.
Day 1: Antananarivo
You’ll be met on arrival at the airport by our Madagascar safari rep. You’ll be briefed on this Madagascar wildlife safari. This will be followed by a transfer to your hotel in Antananarivo. Here you can simply relax or go out and discover Antananarivo.
Day 2: Antananarivo – Maroantsetra
You will begin your Madagascar wildlife safari with breakfast. This will be followed by a transfer to the airport. You’ll be in time for your flight to Maroantsetra. On arrival you’ll be met by our safari guide. Enjoy the transfer to your Maroantsetra hotel. Maroantsetra is a charming town situated at the bottom of the Antongil Bay. This is in beautiful riverine scenery where the scent of vanilla and cloves fills the air. Its surrounding area is lush and green dotted with rice paddies and stands of coconut palm.
Day 3: Maroantsetra – Masoala
Enjoy your breakfast on Madagascar wildlife safari. This is before being transferred to the port. Your Madagascar wildlife safari will embark a boat to Masoala. The Masoala Peninsula is the site of a 230,000 ha national park. It contains one of the best rainforests in the country. It is the largest protected area, terrestrial and marine, in Madagascar. You’ll have a 3 hour walk in the primary forest to see reptiles upon arrival. You’ll also see birds, lemurs and orchids as well as rare and unique species. These include the green lizard, the red owl, the tomato frog or the serpent eagle. There will be an opportunity to relax and swim in the refreshing cool water of a river. You’ll end your day with a barbeque party at night.
Day 4: Masoala
The day will start with an early breakfast at your hotel. You’ll then embark on a 3 hour bird watching excursion. Your Madagascar wildlife safari will then visit to a typical village. This is to see plantations of vanilla, cloves and coffee. Masoala Peninsula is one of Madagascar’s premier trekking and hiking areas. It also offers excellent opportunities for sea kayaking and snorkelling . A simple mask is enough to admire the colorful marine world. Between July and September you may see the majestic humpback whale in the Bay of Antongil.
Day 5: Masoala
This will be a free day on Madagascar wildlife safari. You are free to relax or go snorkelling in the Masoala Marine Reserve. This is inside the Masoala National Park, off the coast of Tampolo. You might spot the giant humpback whales in the Antongil Bay.
Day 6: Masoala – Nosy Mangabe – Maroantsetra
Your Madagascar wildlife safari will go on a boat transfer to Nosy Mangabe. This is a scenic island with a variety of wildlife. This reserve is also one of the best places to see aye-ayes in the wild. You’ll visit the reserve to admire its endemic flora and fauna. Later you’ll have the exciting opportunity to see the Betsimisaraka tombs. The Betsimisaraka tribe is Madagascar’s second largest ethnic group. It inhabits most of the central and north-eastern coastal region. The name Betsimisaraka means “those who stand together”. This is in reference to the time when the tribe’s confederation was forged. It is an amalgamation of several smaller tribes in the early 18th century. Later in the afternoon the Madagascar wildlife safari takes a boat ride back. You will be heading to the mainland at Maroantsetra in the Analanjirofo Region.
Day 7: Maroantsetra – Antananarivo
Start your Madagascar wildlife safari day with breakfast. This will be followed by a transfer to the airport. This is in time for your flight to Antananarivo. On arrival, you’ll enjoy a transfer to your hotel in Antananarivo. You can wander through the capital’s steep and narrow streets. Enjoy the architecture, atmosphere and pace. Or you can climb up to the old rova (palace). This is to enjoy the views over Antananarivo and the surrounding countryside.
Day 8: Departure
Start the last day of your Madagascar wildlife safari with breakfast. You’ll have the rest of the day at leisure. You’ll be transferred to the airport in time for your departure flight back home.