Madagascar Lemur Adventure

Berenty, Perinet, and Nosy Be
Overview

overview

The creatures and cultures of Madagascar expand your imagination.  The Madagascar Lemur Adventure focuses on finding and observing the endemic birds, animals, plants and insects of Madagascar in three of the best parks and sanctuaries . After arriving in the capital of Antananarivo – The City of a Thousand Warriors – you will venture out to several natural reserve areas to explore the luxurious and secluded tropical beaches while searching for lemurs and other unusual wildlife. An experienced naturalist guide will help you identify the some 115 plant species, 83 bird species, and 26 reptile species within the reserves, as well as assisting in locating the primary viewing targets of the trip: lemurs. Conclude your expedition by exploring some of the more remote islands off the main coast.

itinerary

itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrive in Antananarivo
    Antananarivo.

    Upon arrival in Antananarivo (‘Tana’ - the City of a Thousand Warriors), you will be met and transferred to your local hotel.

    Meals
    Dinner
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  • Day 2: Fort Dauphin to Berenty Reserve
    Ringtail Lemur.

    This morning you will transfer back to the airport for your flight to the town of Ft. Dauphin. Upon arrival you will depart overland on a two hour scenic drive to Berenty, a unique private nature sanctuary in the extreme southeast of Madagascar. Berenty is located at the end of a vast mountain range near many tropical beaches. Here you will spend time exploring the Berenty Reserve, looking for lemurs and other wildlife. You my also want to visit the museum of Antandroy ethnic group. You will overnight at a local lodge.

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    Breakfast, Dinner
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  • Day 3: Berenty
    Verreaux's sifaka.

    Enjoy a full day exploring the Berenty Reserve with your experienced guide. Established in 1936 by sisal planter Henri de Heaulme to preserve the forest, the reserve is now managed by Heaulme’s son Jean de Heaulme, but was was not opened to tourists until the early 1980’s The forest features many baobabs and over 115 plant species, providing habitat for a variety of wildlife. Large populations of ringtails, brown lemurs and the cuddly and comical sifaka live here. Berenty is also good for bird-watching with 83 bird species, 9 of which are birds of prey including the large Madagascar buzzard. In addition, there are 26 species of reptile, including two species of chameleon, the radiated tortoise and the rare Madagascan spider tortoise. You will also have the opportunity for an evening walk through the reserve in search of some of the nocturnal wildlife in the spiny forest.

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    Breakfast, Dinner
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  • Day 4: Tana
    Spiny forest.

    Today you will return to Ft. Dauphin for your flight back to Tana. Upon arrival, you will be transferred back to your local hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure. You will now have time to visit Lemur’s park, located about 18km (about 11 miles) from Antananarivo. The main attraction is obviously viewing the lemurs, specifically the "microcebus", as well as the numerous turtles also housed in the park.

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    Breakfast, Dinner
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  • Day 5: Perinet Reserve
    Leaf-tailed gecko.

    After breakfast, you will drive to Andasibe, then to Perinet Reserve (known locally as Analamazoatra, for the river that runs through the reserve) through the green and luxuriant vegetation of the east. After check in at your local lodge, you will visit the Private Vakona Reserve. The walk in this reserve leads you around a lake, which is home to a number of crocodiles. You will find other reptiles to admire as well as aquatic birds. This evening, look forward to a night walk.

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    Breakfast, Dinner
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  • Day 6: Perinet
    Indri indri.

    This morning you will take a walk in the rainforests of Perinet Reserve. As you hike through the forests, search for indigenous plants and animals, including the wildly known and highly endangered lemur, the Indri indri. Many other lemur species inhabit the forest, including the woolly, greater dwarf, brown mouse, grey bamboo, common brown, red footed brown, black and white ruffed lemurs and bats. This 810 hectare (about 2000 acres) also holds a world record for numbers of frog species among rainforests of comparable size.

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    Breakfast, Dinner
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  • Day 7: Perinet / Tana
    Diademed sifaka.

    Take a morning walk in Mantadia Reserve after breakfast. Mantadia is a primary rainforest and home to many species not found in Perinet. This includes the diademed sifaka and ruffed lemur, and sought after birds like the Pitta-like ground-roller, short-legged ground-roller, forest rock thrush among others. After lunch, you will drive back to Tana, stopping at a reptile farm along the way. You will check into your local hotel for your overnight in Tana.

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    Breakfast
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  • Day 8: Tana / Nosy Be
    Nosy Be.

    This morning you transfer to the airport for your flight to Nosy Be, a tiny tropical island off the coast of Madagascar. Endless beaches rim turquoise lagoons, lush jungles and exotic plantations. From your plane you will see the vast area of Madagascar that has been devastated beyond ecological redemption thorough clearing, erosion and overgrazing. Seeing how little remains of the natural areas will impress upon you little time remains to save this amazing place. Consider an optional late afternoon excursion to Mont Passot, the island’s highest point for a spectacular view of blue lagoons, crater lakes, and lush forests. You will overnight at a local hotel.

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  • Day 9: Nosy Be
    Friendly black lemurs on Nosy Komba.

    Today you will explore some of the smaller islands off Nosy Be. Enjoy a visit to Nosy Komba, a small volcanic island with resident black lemurs. Before sailing to Nosy Tanikely. Enjoy an afternoon of swimming and snorkelling at the marine reserve. This officially protected reserve is one of the best remaining sites for snorkelling in the area. Return to your hotel for your overnight.

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  • Day 10: Nosy Be / Tana / Onward
    Tana.

    Spend your final morning in Madagascar exploring Nosy Be or just relaxing at the resort. Fly back to Tana. Time permitting; visit the souvenir market for some last minute shopping. You will have a day-room reserved for you to refresh yourself before transferring to the airport for your flight home.

    NOTE:  Madagascar frequently presents unique travel challenges.  In order to prevent unhappy experiences, the traveler must expect delays, itinerary and hotel changes if circumstance dictate and other obstacles such as poor roads and vehicles that have been nurtured to a long life.  Accommodations are some of the best available, but they are not without quirks and malfunctions such as lack of hot water at times. If you require more than basic food and comfort and are shaken by the unexpected, then this may not be the trip for you.  On the other hand, if you are open to adventure and are willing to accept the unexpected, then you'll experience amazing flora, exotic  wildlife and unique cultures.  Given all of this, Madagascar is one of the true destinations of a lifetime.

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Price and Date Details

Price and Date Details

Aug 13-22, 2015
Aug 11-20, 2016
Or Privately on Request
Land Cost:
$4,595
2 people: add $1,500 pp 3-10 people: $4,595
Single Supplement:
$675
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Need to Know

Need to Know

NOTE:  Madagascar frequently presents unique travel challenges.  In order to prevent unhappy experiences, the traveler must expect delays, itinerary and hotel changes if circumstance dictate and other obstacles such as poor roads and vehicles that have been nurtured to a long life.  Accommodations are some of the best available, but they are not without quirks and malfunctions such as lack of hot water at times. If you require more than basic food and comfort and are shaken by the unexpected, then this may not be the trip for you.  On the other hand, if you are open to adventure and are willing to accept the unexpected, then you'll experience amazing flora, exotic  wildlife and unique cultures.  Given all of this, Madagascar is one of the true destinations of a lifetime.

Duration:
10 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost. The total number of days includes the time required to travel between the USA and the destination country.
Comfort Level:
2
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Group Size:
3-10
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Activity Level:
3
Comfortable & delightful hotels

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