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Madagascar Wildlife Tour

The Madagascar wildlife tour is an 11-day African safari tour in Madagascar that focuses on the East and North eastern parts of the Island.

On this Madagascar tour safari, you will enjoy both African wildlife, sample Malagasy culture and have some of the best scenery you will ever have from anywhere else.

11 Days Madagascar Wildlife Tour Highlights

The Madagascar wildlife tour will take you to the evergreen rainforest in eastern Madagascar which goes through the famous National Park of Andasibe. With its 121.810 ha, 

Andasibe-Mantadia is home for largest of all lemurs of Madagascar called Indri Indri; many species of birds, frogs and chameleons as well as rare and endemic plants. You will have the opportunity to journey in Sainte Marie Island with its greenery and idyllic beaches will be unforgettable. the highlight on this safari holiday in Madagascar include.

Madagascar wildlife tour

The Madagascar wildlife tour will take you to the evergreen rain forest in eastern Madagascar. This Madagascar safari goes through the famous National Park of Andasibe. With its 121.810 ha, 

Andasibe-Mantadia is home for largest of all lemurs of Madagascar called Indri Indri; many species of birds, frogs and chameleons as well as rare and endemic plants.

The Madagascar wildlife tour also gives you the opportunity to journey in Sainte Marie Island. This island is full of greenery with idyllic beaches will be unforgettable.

Where is Madagascar

Madagascar is off the east African coast in the Indian Ocean. The 11 day Madagascar wildlife tour takes you to the fourth-largest island in the world. Madagascar sits at the top of many nature lovers’ bucket list of places to visit on the planet.

It has a great combination of unique wildlife, stunning reefs and pristine beaches. There are fascinating culture, over 200 endemic bird species, delicious local cuisine and amazing scenic diversity.

You will also find 750 species of endemic orchids, some of the best chocolate in the world and of course, the famous lemurs. This will make your Madagascar wildlife tour an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience.

  • Lemurs
  • Great and beautiful landscape, topography and natural features
  • Very attactive cultures with wonderful people
  • Pristine sandy Indian Ocean beaches

11 Day Madagascar Wildlife Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Antananarivo – Andasibe

Meet and greet upon arrival in the morning for this Madagascar wildlife tour by our Malagasy tour rep. You will enjoy a morning drive drive from the airport to Andasibe. Be on the lookout for the varied landscape and forest Ravinala of palm oil.

Your Madagascar wildlife tour will have a little break at Marozevo. Here you will get time to visit the breeding station of reptiles and other mammals.

Proceed with the journey with arrival in Andasibe for check in at your hotel. In the evening, your Madagascar wildlife tour enjoys a transfer to the Analamazaotra National Park entrance for a night tour, discovering lemurs and nocturnal mammals.

Overnight will be on bed and breakfast basis in Andasibe Hotel

Day 2: Andasibe Analamazaotra National Park

Madagascar wildlife tour

Another full day on Madagascar wildlife tour in Andasibe. Begin the day with breakfast followed by a transfer to the Analamazaotra National Park.

 With an area of 810Ha, this is home to 31 species of mammals, 11 species of lemurs (including the Indri Indri), 112 species of birds, 39 species of reptiles, 36 species of amphibians and 100 species of insects. The discovery of the largest species of lemur: The Indri indri.

Later in the afternoon, return to the hotel for relaxation and overnight booked on bed and breakfast basis.

Day 3: Andasibe – Matandia National Park

Wake up to your breakfast on this day of Madagascar wildlife tour. You will then enjoy a transfer to the Mantadia Park entrance. You will be visiting the park known for its lush vegetation in successive strata, orchid epiphytes, ferns, lichens and lianas. Return to the hotel for relaxation and overnight booked on bed and breakfast basis.

Day 4: Andasibe – Toamasina

After breakfast, we departure for Toamasina. The landscape is characterized by the forests of Ravenala (also called “traveler’s tree”), forests of palm oil and small Betsimisaraka houses (ethnicity coast).

Day 5: Toamasina

Madagascar wildlife tour

Full day on Madagascar wildlife tour in Toamasina with a morning tour to Toamasina. This is where the largest port in Madagascar is locates. Madagascar wildlife tour will then visit the Park of Ivoloina, a breeding station with lemurs, Varecia variegata (release) and 5 other lemur species such as lemurs, bamboo snakes, and tortoises.

You will spend the afternoon of Madagascar wildlife tour at leisure just lazing on the beautiful beach of Foulpointe

Day 6: Foulpointe

Enjoy a marine excursion while on this Madagascar wildlife tour with a canoe trip to the coral reef, diving and swimming. We discover the sea life of this region such as starfish, sea snakes, sea cucumbers and sea urchins.

Day 7: Toamasina – Soanierana Ivongo

The day on Madagascar wildlife tour begins with an early breakfast before morning departure to Soanierana Ivongo. With beautiful green landscapes at the East Coast.

Day 8: Sainte Marie

Madagascar wildlife tour

An early morning transfer by boat to the island Sainte Marie. When we arrival we check in at the hotel. In the afternoon we have a land excursion, ride a bike and a visit to the Cemetery of pirates.

Sainte-Marie, an island partly covered by a luxuriant vegetation, has beautiful beaches and coves. Every year from July to September, it is a hot spot for whale watching.

Day 9 – 10: Sainte Marie

Full days on Madagascar wildlife tour spent in Sainte Marie. You have option for a marine excursion, canoe trip, diving, and an excursion to the island with mats and relaxation as you take in the tropical African island enjoying the African sun.

Day 11: Antananarivo

Start the last day of your Madagascar wildlife tour with a transfer to the airport for an early morning flight to Antananarivo. Connect to your international flight back home.

Later you will enjoy a transfer to airport for your flight back home.

End of 11 Day Madagascar Wildlife Tour Safari

11 Day Madagascar Wildlife Tour Costs:

What is included in the cost of 11 Day Madagascar Wildlife Tour?

  • Car and fuel with a driver
  • Guide assistance during the whole tour
  • Accommodation as per the itinerary on bed and breakfast basis
  • Park entrance fees and local guide fees
  • Domestic flight
  • Speed boat to Sainte Marie Island (one way)

11 Day Madagascar Wildlife Tour Safari Price excludes:

  • Your food and drinks during the whole tour
  • All your international flights

What to Carry on the 11 Day Madagascar Wildlife Tour Safari

  • Light and a few heavy clothing for evenings
  • Closed, comfortable shoes
  • Sun protection like sun cream, hat
  • Insect repellent

Where the 11 Day Madagascar Wildlife Tour Goes

Andasibe – Matandia National Park

Your 11 day Madagascar wildlife tour start with Andasibe-Mantadia National Park. This is about 150 km from Antananarivo in the Toamasina Province of  Madagascar.

The combined parks are perhaps best known as the home of the Indri lemurs. This is the largest surviving lemur species whose singing can be heard for miles each morning and evening.

Madagascar wildlife tour

Andasibe-Mantadia National Park with its 154 km² encompasses two distinct areas. They are the small Réserve Spéciale d’Analamazaotra in the south next to Andasibe village. The other is the much larger Parc National de Mantadia to the north.

Both parts belonged to the same humid forest, but because of human activities are now divided in two. The park was created in 1989.

What to See in Andasibe – Matandia National Park

The extraordinary animal diversity is completed with another 15 mammal species and more than 100 of birds. Many of the birds are endemic, like the Madagascar yellowbrow, Madagascar baza, Madagascar wagtail or the Madagascar serpent-eagle.

There are, 50 of reptiles, among them the biggest chameleon of the island, the boa manditra and many leaf-tailed geckos. This popular Madagascar National park also has more than 80 amphibians.

There are also a few local endemic fishes swimming in the small rivers and hundreds of insects. Among the insects are some extraordinary colourful and big butterflies.

Animals Seen Here

The most popular animal to be seen here on the Madagascar wildlife tour is the Indri Lemur. The Indri looks more like a teddy bear or bizarre panda than a lemur. He stands about a meter high, with a stump for a tail, black-and-white markings and a beguilingly startled expression.

Other than the amazing Indri lemurs you may also see the Eastern grey bamboo lemur and red-fronted brown lemur. There are also impressive reptiles like Malagasy tree boa and two foot long Parson’s chameleon on show.

With luck in your Madagascar wildlife tour, you might even be fortunate enough to see the giraffe-necked Weevil. There is the golden Mantilla frog or the leaf-tailed gecko.

Parc Ivoloina

This park was created in 1898, it was originally an experimental garden. It offers now a good insight view of lemur species, as well as a selection of Madagascar’s flora.

The park is a project of the primate department of the Duke University. They have made a sensational effort in lemur breeding and conservation. Lemur will come to eat bananas in your hands.

It is operated by the non-profit organization Madagascar Fauna & Flora Group (MFG). All the proceeds from your visit to Park Ivoloina directly support conservation and education efforts in eastern Madagascar.

Your Madagascar wildlife tour to Ivoloina Park takes you 12 km north of Tamatave. The Ivoloina zoo is accessible from the bus station via a bush taxi and after 4 km of walking. The track that leads to it is however practicable if you rent a car on time.

Ivoloina park was created in 1963 and is open daily between 9 am and 5 pm against payment of an entrance fee. Ivoloina is home to 13 species of lemurs, captive or free, radiata and pryxis turtles and chameleons.

You can also enjoy a ride on your way to the park on a pirogue. Note that it is also possible to camp in Ivoloina Park which also has many places to picnic.

What to See in Ivoloina Park

Your Madagascar wildlife tour to Ivoloina brings you in touch with twelve different species of lemurs. There are different species of frogs, chameleons, birds, and much more. You will explore well-maintained hiking trails, touring gardens and orchards, exploring historic ruins, or relaxing by the lake.

Ile Sainte Marie

The final destination of your Madagascar wildlife tour is Ile Sainte Marie. Nosy Boraha, or Île Sainte-Marie, is an island off Madagascar’s east coast. The best thing about Île Sainte Marie is that it contains all the ingredients for a great holiday and great travel.

Ile Sainte Marie is a very long (57km), thin, lush and relatively flat tropical island surrounded by beaches and reef and spotted with thatched villages.

It is found near the main town of Ambodifotatra, the pirates’ cemetery includes graves marked with a skull and crossbones. Off the south coast, Île aux Nattes and Ilôts aux Sables are tiny islands with coral reefs and sea turtles.

Antanandava Waterfall is surrounded by rainforest. On the east coast, traditional pirogue boats dot Baie d’Ampanihy’s lagoon.

The Malagasy name for the island is Nosy Boraha, and it means either Island of Abraham or Island of Ibrahim. Originally a shelter from Indian Ocean pirates, it was given away as a wedding present to the French, and then presented to the motherland by La Bigorne, the son-in-law of King Ratsimilaho.

Places of Interest in Ile Sainte Marie

The pirates’ cemetery is particularly enchanting, with graves that go back as far as the 1830’s, with skull and crossbone carvings in the headstones.

A large part of the attraction of this island is the proximity to humpback whale breeding waters. They are normally seen here between July and September, and many of the boats that are used for whale watching are fitted with hydrophones to allow visitors to hear the amazing singing of the whales.

It is possible to take a trip on your Madagascar wildlife tour around the island on a pirogue. The absolutely deserted beaches of the northeastern peninsula are bewitching, with waters that a mixture of emerald green and deep blue being a large part of the allure. There is a coral reef which you can dive on from a pirogue.

The Island

On the island itself, walking across it on your Madagascar wildlife tour takes about two and a half hours, and can be a rewarding way to see the different areas from coast to coast. To the north is an impressive natural swimming pool, with a waterfall, big pool, and enormous basalt rocks.

To the south of the island lies Ile aux Nattes, which is car free and more peaceful than the main island. A Madagascar wildlife tour takes you to pristine beaches and the accommodation is mainly hidden bungalows. There is an impressive orchid known as l’orchidée rose, which is 2 m high and has deep pink flowers.