Madagascar: Tails of the Wild

Look for lurking lemurs in Perinet, Berenty, Ranomafana, and Isalo sanctuaries
Overview

overview

Madagascar, the Land of the Lemurs, is unlike anywhere else in the world! This trip combines unparalleled wildlife viewing and exploration of varied ecological zones along with rich cross- cultural experiences. The Malagasy peoples of Madagascar  originated in India, Southeast Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. This incredible synthesis of tradition, religion, and culture created a society striking in its physical beauty and remarkable in its uniformity of traditions. You will see remarkable farming and fishing villages, extraordinary botanical and geological landscapes and have opportunities to purchase unique handicrafts, including rare semi-precious stone and mineral sculpture and jewelry. Your wildlife experience in Madagascar will include encounters with the famous Ringtail Lemurs, but you'll also see the  Golden Bamboo Lemurs in Ranomafana, the White Sifaka and Brown Lemurs in Isalo, and listen for the Indri lemur’s famous song in Perinet. You will see many of the butterflies, birds and colorful chameleons that live here and nowhere else in the world. This is our most in depth exploration of Madagascar.

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itinerary

itinerary

  • Day 1: arrive antananarivo

    Tonga Soa!  Welcome to Madagascar! Upon arrival in Antananarivo (Tana - the City of a Thousand Warriors) we will be met by our guide and transferred to our hotel. Most flights arrive around 9:30 PM so you should reach the hotel about an hour later after going through immigration and getting your luggage. Then it's time to get some well earned rest.

    Meals
    none
    Lodging
    Hotel Tana Plaza
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  • Day 2: ft. dauphin/berenty reserve
    Berenty lodge

    You'll be transferred to the airport for our flight from Tana to Ft. Dauphin. From here you depart overland on a 4 hour scenic drive to Berenty, a unique private nature sanctuary in the extreme southeast of Madagascar 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 with an experienced guide. You will also have the opportunity for an evening walk through the reserve in search of some of the nocturnal wildlife.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Berenty Lodge
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  • Day 3: lemurs up close at berenty reserve
    Rngtail Lemurs

    Spend another full day at Berenty Reserve. Your guide will show you at least three species of lemurs including the popular ring-tailed lemurs, the cuddly and comical sifakas, and the brown lemurs. This should rank among your best wildlife experiences ever. There are about 56 species of resident birds including the large Madagascar buzzard. Time permitting, you may also visit the local cultural museum.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Berenty Lodge
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  • Day 4: explore ft. dauphin

    Spend our morning doing some final exploration of Berenty. In the early afternoon you'll be driven back about 4 hours to Ft. Dauphin, an interesting town of about 44,000, where you will overnight.  Evening free to explore on your own.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Hotel le Dauphin
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  • Day 5: spiny forest: tuléar to isalo
    Spiney forest

    This morning you fly to Tuléar town. As an introduction to the Spiny Forest, you'll visit the Tulear botanical gardens, with its hundreds of endemic plants. Your guide will then take you on a tour of Tuléar and the well known seashell market. Continue your 5 hour drive northward toward Isalo. Along the way you'll see new scenery as you travel among the dry and spiny forests. By sunset, you'll arrive at the village of Ranohira and Isalo National Park. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Renes de I'Isalo
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  • Day 6: isalo national park
    Verreauxs Sifika Lemur

    Your guide will spend the morning with you in Isalo National Park, known for its unique rock formations and wonderful scenery, as well as for its lemurs. You'll walk to Canyon des Singes to see three different species of lemurs:  White Sifaka, Brown and Ring Tailed. You'll also see the pools of Piscine Noire and Piscine Bleue as well as the Cascae waterfalls. Then continue your guided walk to la Piscine Naturelle (natural swimming pool), for a picnic and a swim, if desired. Note: We recommend good walking footwear/boots for this hike.

    Returning to the village, visit the Interpretation Center, where you will learn more about the Massif of Isalo: its geology, history, flora and fauna. End the day by driving to ‘Fenêtre de l’Isalo’ for a beautiful sunset.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Renes de I'Isalo
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  • Day 7: fianarantsoa/ranomafana
    Setam Lodge

    After breakfast, head off to Ranomafana National Park. You will stop along the way in Fianarantsoa for a little shopping, if you wish, and a picnic lunch. There is also a bank and post office here if you need one. You can also stop at Ambalavao to visit the Antemoros Paper Factory where they make very nice handmade paper.  This is a long day in the vehicle (about 10 hours), but along the way there are interesting villages and people to see.  About 100 years ago the Malagasy discovered hot springs in the valley and created a spa around them.  This has become the town of Ranafamano.  The name is derived from Rana, meaning water, and famano meaning hot.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Setam Lodge
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  • Day 8: ranamafana national park
    Striped civet

    Enjoy a full morning visit of Ranomafana National Park, home to 12 species of lemurs including the newly discovered Golden Bamboo. The park also has interesting populations of birds, frogs, 57 types of chameleons, and beautiful orchids. After lunch you can take a swim in the thermal pools, if desired, and visit the park museum. Evening brings a night walk through the forest in search of the mouse lemur, eastern avahi, and the striped civet (a very rare sighting).

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Setam Lodge
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  • Day 9: ambositra/antsirabe
    Take a fun ride on a pouse, pouse

    This morning you leave for an eight hour drive to Antsirabe. The route will take you through the highland areas characterized by their very attractive architecture. The houses are made with ornately carved wooden balconies and shutters with bright colors. You'll also pass the 'col de tapia,' a type of tree which is resistant to bush fires and is home to the silkworms. In Ambositra you'll visit some of its renowned woodcarving shops. Then on to Antsirabe, a town situated on the slopes of the nation's second highest peak, Tsiafajavona. A stroll around its streets will bring you in contact with some fantastic little shops selling Malagasy artifacts, handicrafts and gems. Bargaining is a definite art form here. Antsirabe is also known for its pousse-pousse, Madagascar's equivalent of the Asian rickshaw. Time permitting, take one for a fun ride!

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Hotel Arotel
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  • Day 10: tana/perinet
    Vakona Lodge.

    Upon arrival in Tana, your guide will lead  a tour of the city including a visit to the Andafiavaratra Museum of art and archaeology. Afterwards, a three - four hour drive takes us to Perinet.  Perinet is home to nine species of lemurs, of which the Indri indri are the main attraction.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Vakona Lodge
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  • Day 11: perinet reserve
    Indiri, Indiri

    You will be amazed at the game-finding skills and eyesight of our guides as they take us on walks 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.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Vakona Lodge
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  • Day 12: mantadia national park/tana/onward
    Diademed Sifaka.

    Enjoy a morning walk in the forest of Mantadia National Park, home of the Diademed Sifaka, and Vakona Reserve. You"ll have lunch before driving back three - four hours to Tana. The rest of the day can be spent exploring Tana and dinner is on your own this evening.  Sadly, you must say goodbye to our guide and to Madagascar.  You are transfered to the airport late this evening for your very early morning 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.

     

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
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Price and Date Details

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$4,695
2-3 people: add $1,250 pp 4-10 people: $4,695
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.
Privately on Request
May 19-30, 2016
Jun 30-Jul 11, 2016
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:
12 days
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Comfortable hotels and lodges
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some hiking through forest, travel over rough roads
Group Size:
3-14
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Included in costs: Meals as noted, each night in double occupancy accommodations, land transfers between components, English speaking guides, park or site entry fees, surface transport, equipment other than personal gear, government tax, airport transfer assistance, in-country ticket reconfirmation and check-in assistance (where permitted), complete pre-departure packet, toll-free pre-departure phone assistance.

Not included in costs: Meals not noted as included, gratuities, beverages (except tea or coffee at meals), international or domestic airfare unless specified, airport departure taxes not included with air tickets, visas, itinerary changes after confirmation, any services not included in itinerary, any costs incurred due to canceled or delayed flights, acts of nature or other happenings beyond our control, or other costs as are more fully described in Journeys Terms & Conditions.

Deposit and payment schedule: $500 per person per trip or the applicable amount based on the trip and the proximity of the departure date. Custom trips and private departures require $800 per person deposit. A second deposit of $800 per person is due four months prior to departure, and final payment for land arrangements is due 60 days prior to departure.  Any applicable permit fees required in advance are non-refundable as well.  Airlines require full payment when tickets are issued. The deposit may be made by Visa, Master Card, American Express, or check, and the Reservation Form may be submitted by fax, mail, or via our website. Full payment schedule and cancellation penalties are described in our Terms and Conditions as noted in our Global Expedition Catalog, on our website, and elsewhere. Please request these if you do not have them before advancing a deposit.

Air fares: Journeys can make complete air arrangements applicable to your trip as noted in this itinerary. If you wish to redeem frequent flyer mileage or arrange flights directly with the airline, you may do so on your own at no penalty. If you do, please consult with us on exact arrival and departure dates and times before having your tickets issued to avoid errors.

Insurance: When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee: There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

Trip Extensions

Trip Extensions

Nosy-Be Extension

Duration: 4 days

Extend your trip to Madagascar with a visit to the beautiful island of Nosy Be. Enjoy endless tropical beaches, lush jungles, and of course, more lemurs! Cost: $1,615 (2-3 people) $1,350 (4-7 people) $1,215 (8-10 people)

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Day-long active excursions and options for demanding activity in varied environments.
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Strenuous hiking or other intense activity that may be at high altitude or over rough terrain.
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Multi-day trekking and other activities requiring endurance or strength. Steep trails. No technical expertise necessary.
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