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Trip Extensions

Madagascar Masoala Peninsula Extension

Duration: 6 days

Travelers will also have the option of extending their trip to include a visit to the Masoala Peninsula, the most biodiverse national park in Madagascar, with both marine and forest habitats, and over half of all species of plants, mammals, birds,... read more

Kirindy Pre-Tour Extension

Duration: 7 days

The extension can be combined with a Madagascar trip either before or after an trip there. This trip will combine the large and amazing Baobab Trees and the dry forest of Kirindy. Hopefully you can spot nocturnal lemurs, fossas, the giant jumping rat... read more

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.

Day 1: arrive tana

Majestic baobab tree (photo by Joseph Tenne)Majestic baobab tree (photo by Joseph Tenne)

Tonga Soa! Welcome to Madagascar! Upon arrival in Antananarivo (Tana, the city of a Thousand Warriors), you will be met by your guide and transferred to the hotel. Then it's time to get some well-earned rest or make your first venture about.

Meals
Dinner
Lodging
Hotel Palissandre (or similar)

Day 2: tana / perinet reserve

The highly-endangered Indri Indri Lemur (photo by Joseph Tenne)The highly-endangered Indri Indri Lemur (photo by Joseph Tenne)

Get an early morning start today and depart for Perinet, about a three-hour drive. Today is all about the wildlife! Begin with a walk in the rainforests of Analamazaotra Special Reserve (ASR), known locally as Andasibe after the nearby village, and also called Perinet Reserve. You'll be amazed at the game-finding skills and keen eyesight of your guides. As you hike through the forest, search for indigenous plants and animals, including the widely-known and highly-endangered lemur, the Indri Indri. Known by the Malagasy as the Babakoto, the Indri Indri is one of the largest living lemurs remaining on the planet. The Indri acquired its name when the Malagasy word 'indry,' which means 'there' or 'there it is,' was mistakenly understood to be its name and not the exclamation of the keen-eyed guide. 

Many other lemur species also inhabit the forest, including the woolly, greater dwarf, brown mouse, grey bamboo, common brown, red-footed brown, black- and white-ruffed lemurs, as well as bats. This 2,000-acre reserve also holds a world record for numbers of frog species among rainforests of comparable size.

After your time in Perinet Reserve, enjoy lunch at the lodge, then head back out for afternoon and evening walks in nearby Vakona Reserve.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Hotel Indri Lodge (or similar)

Day 3: perinet / tana

Beautiful flora and fauna in the parkBeautiful flora and fauna in the park

After breakfast enjoy a full morning in Analamazaotra National Park, followed by another visit to Vakona Reserve (Lemur Island). After lunch, return to Tana with a stop at a reptile farm. The farm houses a collection of many reptiles including chameleons, iguanas, geckos, frogs and more. The adjacent forest area supports families of relocated and habituated sifaka and brown lemur which provide great photography opportunities. 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
Hotel Orchid (or similar)

Day 4: tana / ft. dauphin / berenty

Ring-Tailed Lemur and Offspring (photo by Joseph Tenne)Ring-Tailed Lemur and Offspring (photo by Joseph Tenne)

After breakfast, head to the airport for a flight from Tana to Ft. Dauphin. On arrival, you will be driven three hours to Berenty Reserve. The rest of the day is yours to do as you wish. 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Berenty Lodge (or similar)

Day 5: berenty reserve

Comical Verreaux's Sifaka (photo by Joseph Tenne)Comical Verreaux's Sifaka (photo by Joseph Tenne)

Enjoy a full day in Berenty Reserve, a unique private nature sanctuary in the extreme southeast of Madagascar, at the end of a vast mountain range near many tropical beaches. 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 not opened to tourists until the early 1980s. 

With an experienced guide, explore the reserve, looking for lemurs and other wildlife. Berenty is also good for bird-watching, with 83 bird species, nine 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. 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Berenty Lodge (or similar)

Day 6: berenty / ft. dauphin / tulear

Say hello to new friendsSay hello to new friends

This morning, depart early for your flight from Fort Dauphin to Tulear. On arrival in Tulear, transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon, enjoy a visit to a locally known shell market, on the waterfront, where you can browse for souvenirs, then continue on to the Baobab Forest at Ifaty.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Hotel Victory (or similar)

Day 7: isalo national park

Wave to friendly locals during your driveWave to friendly locals during your drive

Leave in the morning for a five-hour drive toward Isalo. The drive provides new scenery as you travel among the dry and spiny forests. During the drive, stretch your legs with a stop at the National Park of Zombitse. Then, in the late afternoon, arrive at the village of Ranohira and Isalo National Park, and if time allows, stop in to the interpretation center for a preview of what's to come tomorrow.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Hotel Jardin du Roy (or similar)

Day 8: isalo national park

Common Brown Lemurs (photo by Joseph Tenne)Common Brown Lemurs (photo by Joseph Tenne)

Today is a perfect day for a hike! With your guide, you'll explore Isalo National Park, known for its unique rock formations and wonderful scenery, as well as for its lemurs. Walk to Canyon des Singes to see three different species of lemurs (White Sifaka, Brown, and Ring-Tailed) and hike to the pools of Piscine Noire and Piscine Bleue, as well as the Cascade waterfalls. 

Afterward, continue your guided walk to La Piscine Naturelle for a picnic and swim, if desired. Along the way, the guide will point out typical vegetation such as the tapia tree, pachypodium, aloes and more. 

Later, if you didn't have time the day before, visit the Interpretation Center, where you'll learn more about the Massif of Isalo, its geology, history, flora and fauna. End the day by driving to Fenetre de l'Isalo for a beautiful sunset.

Note: Sturdy walking shoes or boots are recommended for today's hike. 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Hotel Jardin du Roy (or similar)

Day 9: isalo / ranomafana

Meet local peopleMeet local people

After breakfast, head to Ranomafana National Park. About 100 years ago, the Malagasy discovered hot springs in the valley and created a spa around them. This has become the town of Ranomafana, derived from "rano," meaning water, and "mafana," meaning heat.

This is a long day in the vehicle (ten hours), but there are interesting villages and people to see along the way. One stop is in Fianarantsoa, where you can do some shopping and take advantage of the bank and post office. You'll also stop at Anja Park to see Ring-Tailed Lemurs. A special treat today is a stop at Ambalavao to see the Antemoros Paper Factory, where very nice handmade paper is created. 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Hotel Cristo (or similar)

Day 10: ranomafana national park

Grey Bamboo Lemur (photo by Joseph Tenne)Grey Bamboo Lemur (photo by Joseph Tenne)

Enjoy a full morning visit to Ranomafana National Park, home to 12 species of lemurs, including the newly-discovered Golden Bamboo Lemur. The park also has very interesting populations of birds, frogs, 57 types of chameleons, beautiful orchids, and numerous other exotic flora and fauna.

Return to the hotel for lunch at midday and then back to the forest for an afternoon visit, taking a swim in the thermal pools, if desired, and visiting the park museum. On the way back to the park, visit the small village of Parsonii Chameleon. 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Hotel Cristo (or similar)

Day 11: ranomafana / ambohimahasoa / ambositra

Folkloric performer (photo by Joseph Tenne)Folkloric performer (photo by Joseph Tenne)

After breakfast, take another short morning hike in the Vohiparara forest in search of lemurs and other wildlife. Then, in the late morning, leave for Ambohimahasoa for lunch and a short folkloric presentation.

The afternoon driving route will take you through the highland areas characterized by their very attractive architecture. The houses are made with ornately-carved wooden balconies and brightly-colored shutters.  You'll also pass the 'col de tapia,' a type of tree which is resistant to bush fires and is home to the silkworms.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Hotel l'Artisan (or similar)

Day 12: ambositra / antsirabe / tana

Local market (photo by Joseph Tenne)Local market (photo by Joseph Tenne)

After breakfast drive to the town of Antsirabe, 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!

Afterward, drive to Tana with a stop at Ambatolampy to see a cooking pot factory.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Hotel Palissandre (or similar)

Day 13: tana / nosy be

Comet moth (photo by Joseph Tenne)Comet moth (photo by Joseph Tenne)

After breakfast visit Lemur Park, then transfer to the airport for flight to Nosy Be Island, a tiny tropical island off the coast of Madagascar. Endless beaches rim turquoise lagoons, lush jungles and exotic plantations. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel to rest and prepare for your exploration of this island.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Vanilla Hotel (or similar)

Day 14: nosy be / lokobe reserve

Red-Fronted Brown Lemurs (photo by Joseph Tenne)Red-Fronted Brown Lemurs (photo by Joseph Tenne)

Today you'll explore Nosy Be! After breakfast, drive to Ambatozavavy village with a stop along the way to see Ylang Ylang Plantation. Once at the village, you'll get in a pirogue, similar to a canoe, and sit back and relax during the 45-minute ride to Lokobe Village. From here, walk through coffee, paper and vanilla plantations to the entrance of the Lokobe Forest, where you'll see chameleons, snakes, frogs, tree boa, and black and sportive lemurs.

In the afternoon, walk back to the village and enjoy lunch on the beach. Enjoy some time browsing the local market for handicrafts before your return ride in the pirogue.

Tonight, your group and guide will celebrate with a final farewell dinner before transferring back to Tana and onward in the morning. 

NOTE: Be sure to have sturdy walking shoes or sandals that can get wet or muddy, as well as mosquito repellents. 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Vanilla Hotel (or similar)

Day 15: nosy be / nosy komba / nosy tanikely

Today is all about the waterToday is all about the water

Today is all about the water, with a full-day boat excursion to Nosy Komba and Tanikely (bring your bathing suit). 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. 

After, enjoy a farewell dinner with the group.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Vanilla Hotel (or similar)

Day 16: nosy be / tana

Enjoy your last day on the waterEnjoy your last day on the water

Depending on how much time you have before your flight to Tana, you can spend your final morning in Madagascar exploring Nosy Be, visiting the souvenir market for last-minute shopping, or just relaxing at the resort.

Fly back to Tana, then settle in for the night.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
Hotel Combava (or similar)

Day 17: tana / depart

Hooray for Madagascar!Hooray for Madagascar!

For your last day in Madagascar, enjoy visits to the sites in Tana. After breakfast, visit the Royal Palace of Ambohimanga. In the afternoon, visit the zoo and paleontology museum. Enjoy dinner in Tana, then tranfer to the airport for your flight home.


You've come this far...want to stay for more? Journeys has many options for extending your Madagascar visit, including:

  • A visit to the northeastern side of the island to search for the rare and endangered Golden-Crowned Sifaka lemur, that inhabits a small area estimated to total just over 170 square miles in 44 restricted and fragmented gallery, deciduous, and semi-evergreen forest areas centered around the town of Daraina. This mostly white, golden-orange-crowned sifaka has large furry ears and is one of the smallest sifakas, weighing just under eight pounds and measuring 35 inches from crown to tail's end. This lemur cannot be seen elsewhere on the island and is classified as endangered, with its limited range only newly protected since 2005.
  • A visit to the Masoala Peninsula takes you to one of the most richly biodiverse places on Madagascar, with over half of all of the island's species of plants, mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles found here. Of the ten species of lemurs found in Masoala, four are on the red list of the International Union of the Conservation of the Nature (UICN). Masoala is the only place on the island where the least-known of the Malagasy carnivores, the mongoose Salanoia concolor or Brown-Tailed Mongoose, has been observed since 1970. The Masoala sea is home to the humpback whale, various dolphins, the dugong and 41 types of corals.
  • Or, a short visit to Ampijoroa Forest in search of the Coquerel's Sifaka and several other lemurs to add to your "lemur life list."
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Hotel Combava dayroom

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$6,250
Single Supplement:
$750
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.
Custom & private on your dates
Sep 23-Oct 9, 2018

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:
17 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.
Comfort Level:
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(see full descriptions)
Comfortable and delightful hotels and lodges
Activity Level:
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(see full descriptions)
Some hiking through forest, travel over rough roads
Group Size:
4-10
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Pricing and Payment

For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.​

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

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.

From the Bird's Word Blog

Trips to Madagascar: Visiting the Eighth Continent

Ring-Tailed Lemur and Offspring (photo by Joseph Tenne)
Ring-Tailed Lemur and Offspring (photo by Joseph Tenne)
Majestic baobab tree (photo by Joseph Tenne)
Majestic baobab tree (photo by Joseph Tenne)
New friend (photo by Joseph Tenne)
New friend (photo by Joseph Tenne)
Comical Verreaux's Sifaka (photo by Joseph Tenne)
Comical Verreaux's Sifaka (photo by Joseph Tenne)
Common Brown Lemurs (photo by Joseph Tenne)
Common Brown Lemurs (photo by Joseph Tenne)
Folkloric performer (photo by Joseph Tenne)
Folkloric performer (photo by Joseph Tenne)
Local market (photo by Joseph Tenne)
Local market (photo by Joseph Tenne)
The highly-endangered Indri Indri Lemur (photo by Joseph Tenne)
The highly-endangered Indri Indri Lemur (photo by Joseph Tenne)
Cockerel's Sifaka Lemur (photo by Joseph Tenne)
Cockerel's Sifaka Lemur (photo by Joseph Tenne)
Comet moth (photo by Joseph Tenne)
Comet moth (photo by Joseph Tenne)
Local women preparing food (photo by Joseph Tenne)
Local women preparing food (photo by Joseph Tenne)
Red-Fronted Brown Lemurs (photo by Joseph Tenne)
Red-Fronted Brown Lemurs (photo by Joseph Tenne)
Lemur hat (photo by Joseph Tenne)
Lemur hat (photo by Joseph Tenne)
Uroplantus Ebenaui Gecko (photo by Joseph Tenne)
Uroplantus Ebenaui Gecko (photo by Joseph Tenne)
Pile of Ring-Tailed Lemurs (photo by Joseph Tenne)
Pile of Ring-Tailed Lemurs (photo by Joseph Tenne)
Verreaux's Sifaka Lemur (photo by Joseph Tenne)
Verreaux's Sifaka Lemur (photo by Joseph Tenne)
Mouse lemur (photo by Joseph Tenne)
Mouse lemur (photo by Joseph Tenne)
Four feet (photo by Joseph Tenne)
Four feet (photo by Joseph Tenne)
Pitcher plant (photo by Joseph Tenne)
Pitcher plant (photo by Joseph Tenne)
Tomato frog (photo by Joseph Tenne)
Tomato frog (photo by Joseph Tenne)
Golden Mantella Frog (photo by Joseph Tenne)
Golden Mantella Frog (photo by Joseph Tenne)
Parson's Chameleon (photo by Joseph Tenne)
Parson's Chameleon (photo by Joseph Tenne)
Large Green Day Gecko (photo by Joseph Tenne)
Large Green Day Gecko (photo by Joseph Tenne)
Green Day Gecko (photo by Joseph Tenne)
Green Day Gecko (photo by Joseph Tenne)
Giant Coua (photo by Joseph Tenne)
Giant Coua (photo by Joseph Tenne)
Chameleon
Chameleon
Lemur in sun
Lemur in sun

Madagascar: Lemurs! Lemurs!

The isle of Nosy Be and the nature reserves of Berenty, Isalo, Ranomafana and Perinet

overview

Madagascar, often referred to by ecologists as the eighth continent, is unlike anywhere else on the planet. The wildlife viewing in this exotic landscape is unparalleled, the opportunities for rich cross-cultural experiences in this itinerary unique. 

The 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. 

On this tour, cited by major publications as a "Trip of A Lifetime," you will see extraordinary botanical and geological landscapes and, accompanied by your experienced naturalist guide, you will have encounters with the famous Ringtail Lemurs, see the Golden Bamboo Lemurs in Ranomafana, the White Sifaka and Brown Lemurs in Isalo, and listen for the Indri Indri (Babakoto) lemur’s haunting song in Perinet. You will also visit farming and fishing villages, a vanilla plantation, and an ostrich farm.

The beauty of Madagascar is that whether your interest is primarily lemurs, chameleons, or the wildly diverse and unique birds that roost within the unusual flora, you'll visit some of the country's most renowned parks and reserves, all inhabited by a combination of many amazing creatures. 

itinerary

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overview

Madagascar, often referred to by ecologists as the eighth continent, is unlike anywhere else on the planet. The wildlife viewing in this exotic landscape is unparalleled, the opportunities for rich cross-cultural experiences in this itinerary unique. 

The 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. 

On this tour, cited by major publications as a "Trip of A Lifetime," you will see extraordinary botanical and geological landscapes and, accompanied by your experienced naturalist guide, you will have encounters with the famous Ringtail Lemurs, see the Golden Bamboo Lemurs in Ranomafana, the White Sifaka and Brown Lemurs in Isalo, and listen for the Indri Indri (Babakoto) lemur’s haunting song in Perinet. You will also visit farming and fishing villages, a vanilla plantation, and an ostrich farm.

The beauty of Madagascar is that whether your interest is primarily lemurs, chameleons, or the wildly diverse and unique birds that roost within the unusual flora, you'll visit some of the country's most renowned parks and reserves, all inhabited by a combination of many amazing creatures. 

Continue to detailed itinerary...

itinerary

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.
  • Day 1: arrive tana
    Majestic baobab tree (photo by Joseph Tenne)Majestic baobab tree (photo by Joseph Tenne)

    Tonga Soa! Welcome to Madagascar! Upon arrival in Antananarivo (Tana, the city of a Thousand Warriors), you will be met by your guide and transferred to the hotel. Then it's time to get some well-earned rest or make your first venture about.

    Meals
    Dinner
    Lodging
    Hotel Palissandre (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 2: tana / perinet reserve
    The highly-endangered Indri Indri Lemur (photo by Joseph Tenne)The highly-endangered Indri Indri Lemur (photo by Joseph Tenne)

    Get an early morning start today and depart for Perinet, about a three-hour drive. Today is all about the wildlife! Begin with a walk in the rainforests of Analamazaotra Special Reserve (ASR), known locally as Andasibe after the nearby village, and also called Perinet Reserve. You'll be amazed at the game-finding skills and keen eyesight of your guides. As you hike through the forest, search for indigenous plants and animals, including the widely-known and highly-endangered lemur, the Indri Indri. Known by the Malagasy as the Babakoto, the Indri Indri is one of the largest living lemurs remaining on the planet. The Indri acquired its name when the Malagasy word 'indry,' which means 'there' or 'there it is,' was mistakenly understood to be its name and not the exclamation of the keen-eyed guide. 

    Many other lemur species also inhabit the forest, including the woolly, greater dwarf, brown mouse, grey bamboo, common brown, red-footed brown, black- and white-ruffed lemurs, as well as bats. This 2,000-acre reserve also holds a world record for numbers of frog species among rainforests of comparable size.

    After your time in Perinet Reserve, enjoy lunch at the lodge, then head back out for afternoon and evening walks in nearby Vakona Reserve.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Hotel Indri Lodge (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 3: perinet / tana
    Beautiful flora and fauna in the parkBeautiful flora and fauna in the park

    After breakfast enjoy a full morning in Analamazaotra National Park, followed by another visit to Vakona Reserve (Lemur Island). After lunch, return to Tana with a stop at a reptile farm. The farm houses a collection of many reptiles including chameleons, iguanas, geckos, frogs and more. The adjacent forest area supports families of relocated and habituated sifaka and brown lemur which provide great photography opportunities. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Hotel Orchid (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 4: tana / ft. dauphin / berenty
    Ring-Tailed Lemur and Offspring (photo by Joseph Tenne)Ring-Tailed Lemur and Offspring (photo by Joseph Tenne)

    After breakfast, head to the airport for a flight from Tana to Ft. Dauphin. On arrival, you will be driven three hours to Berenty Reserve. The rest of the day is yours to do as you wish. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Berenty Lodge (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 5: berenty reserve
    Comical Verreaux's Sifaka (photo by Joseph Tenne)Comical Verreaux's Sifaka (photo by Joseph Tenne)

    Enjoy a full day in Berenty Reserve, a unique private nature sanctuary in the extreme southeast of Madagascar, at the end of a vast mountain range near many tropical beaches. 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 not opened to tourists until the early 1980s. 

    With an experienced guide, explore the reserve, looking for lemurs and other wildlife. Berenty is also good for bird-watching, with 83 bird species, nine 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. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Berenty Lodge (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 6: berenty / ft. dauphin / tulear
    Say hello to new friendsSay hello to new friends

    This morning, depart early for your flight from Fort Dauphin to Tulear. On arrival in Tulear, transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon, enjoy a visit to a locally known shell market, on the waterfront, where you can browse for souvenirs, then continue on to the Baobab Forest at Ifaty.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Hotel Victory (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 7: isalo national park
    Wave to friendly locals during your driveWave to friendly locals during your drive

    Leave in the morning for a five-hour drive toward Isalo. The drive provides new scenery as you travel among the dry and spiny forests. During the drive, stretch your legs with a stop at the National Park of Zombitse. Then, in the late afternoon, arrive at the village of Ranohira and Isalo National Park, and if time allows, stop in to the interpretation center for a preview of what's to come tomorrow.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Hotel Jardin du Roy (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 8: isalo national park
    Common Brown Lemurs (photo by Joseph Tenne)Common Brown Lemurs (photo by Joseph Tenne)

    Today is a perfect day for a hike! With your guide, you'll explore Isalo National Park, known for its unique rock formations and wonderful scenery, as well as for its lemurs. Walk to Canyon des Singes to see three different species of lemurs (White Sifaka, Brown, and Ring-Tailed) and hike to the pools of Piscine Noire and Piscine Bleue, as well as the Cascade waterfalls. 

    Afterward, continue your guided walk to La Piscine Naturelle for a picnic and swim, if desired. Along the way, the guide will point out typical vegetation such as the tapia tree, pachypodium, aloes and more. 

    Later, if you didn't have time the day before, visit the Interpretation Center, where you'll learn more about the Massif of Isalo, its geology, history, flora and fauna. End the day by driving to Fenetre de l'Isalo for a beautiful sunset.

    Note: Sturdy walking shoes or boots are recommended for today's hike. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Hotel Jardin du Roy (or similar)
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  • Day 9: isalo / ranomafana
    Meet local peopleMeet local people

    After breakfast, head to Ranomafana National Park. About 100 years ago, the Malagasy discovered hot springs in the valley and created a spa around them. This has become the town of Ranomafana, derived from "rano," meaning water, and "mafana," meaning heat.

    This is a long day in the vehicle (ten hours), but there are interesting villages and people to see along the way. One stop is in Fianarantsoa, where you can do some shopping and take advantage of the bank and post office. You'll also stop at Anja Park to see Ring-Tailed Lemurs. A special treat today is a stop at Ambalavao to see the Antemoros Paper Factory, where very nice handmade paper is created. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Hotel Cristo (or similar)
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  • Day 10: ranomafana national park
    Grey Bamboo Lemur (photo by Joseph Tenne)Grey Bamboo Lemur (photo by Joseph Tenne)

    Enjoy a full morning visit to Ranomafana National Park, home to 12 species of lemurs, including the newly-discovered Golden Bamboo Lemur. The park also has very interesting populations of birds, frogs, 57 types of chameleons, beautiful orchids, and numerous other exotic flora and fauna.

    Return to the hotel for lunch at midday and then back to the forest for an afternoon visit, taking a swim in the thermal pools, if desired, and visiting the park museum. On the way back to the park, visit the small village of Parsonii Chameleon. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Hotel Cristo (or similar)
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  • Day 11: ranomafana / ambohimahasoa / ambositra
    Folkloric performer (photo by Joseph Tenne)Folkloric performer (photo by Joseph Tenne)

    After breakfast, take another short morning hike in the Vohiparara forest in search of lemurs and other wildlife. Then, in the late morning, leave for Ambohimahasoa for lunch and a short folkloric presentation.

    The afternoon driving route will take you through the highland areas characterized by their very attractive architecture. The houses are made with ornately-carved wooden balconies and brightly-colored shutters.  You'll also pass the 'col de tapia,' a type of tree which is resistant to bush fires and is home to the silkworms.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Hotel l'Artisan (or similar)
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  • Day 12: ambositra / antsirabe / tana
    Local market (photo by Joseph Tenne)Local market (photo by Joseph Tenne)

    After breakfast drive to the town of Antsirabe, 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!

    Afterward, drive to Tana with a stop at Ambatolampy to see a cooking pot factory.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Hotel Palissandre (or similar)
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  • Day 13: tana / nosy be
    Comet moth (photo by Joseph Tenne)Comet moth (photo by Joseph Tenne)

    After breakfast visit Lemur Park, then transfer to the airport for flight to Nosy Be Island, a tiny tropical island off the coast of Madagascar. Endless beaches rim turquoise lagoons, lush jungles and exotic plantations. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel to rest and prepare for your exploration of this island.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Vanilla Hotel (or similar)
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  • Day 14: nosy be / lokobe reserve
    Red-Fronted Brown Lemurs (photo by Joseph Tenne)Red-Fronted Brown Lemurs (photo by Joseph Tenne)

    Today you'll explore Nosy Be! After breakfast, drive to Ambatozavavy village with a stop along the way to see Ylang Ylang Plantation. Once at the village, you'll get in a pirogue, similar to a canoe, and sit back and relax during the 45-minute ride to Lokobe Village. From here, walk through coffee, paper and vanilla plantations to the entrance of the Lokobe Forest, where you'll see chameleons, snakes, frogs, tree boa, and black and sportive lemurs.

    In the afternoon, walk back to the village and enjoy lunch on the beach. Enjoy some time browsing the local market for handicrafts before your return ride in the pirogue.

    Tonight, your group and guide will celebrate with a final farewell dinner before transferring back to Tana and onward in the morning. 

    NOTE: Be sure to have sturdy walking shoes or sandals that can get wet or muddy, as well as mosquito repellents. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Vanilla Hotel (or similar)
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  • Day 15: nosy be / nosy komba / nosy tanikely
    Today is all about the waterToday is all about the water

    Today is all about the water, with a full-day boat excursion to Nosy Komba and Tanikely (bring your bathing suit). 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. 

    After, enjoy a farewell dinner with the group.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Vanilla Hotel (or similar)
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  • Day 16: nosy be / tana
    Enjoy your last day on the waterEnjoy your last day on the water

    Depending on how much time you have before your flight to Tana, you can spend your final morning in Madagascar exploring Nosy Be, visiting the souvenir market for last-minute shopping, or just relaxing at the resort.

    Fly back to Tana, then settle in for the night.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Hotel Combava (or similar)
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  • Day 17: tana / depart
    Hooray for Madagascar!Hooray for Madagascar!

    For your last day in Madagascar, enjoy visits to the sites in Tana. After breakfast, visit the Royal Palace of Ambohimanga. In the afternoon, visit the zoo and paleontology museum. Enjoy dinner in Tana, then tranfer to the airport for your flight home.


    You've come this far...want to stay for more? Journeys has many options for extending your Madagascar visit, including:

    • A visit to the northeastern side of the island to search for the rare and endangered Golden-Crowned Sifaka lemur, that inhabits a small area estimated to total just over 170 square miles in 44 restricted and fragmented gallery, deciduous, and semi-evergreen forest areas centered around the town of Daraina. This mostly white, golden-orange-crowned sifaka has large furry ears and is one of the smallest sifakas, weighing just under eight pounds and measuring 35 inches from crown to tail's end. This lemur cannot be seen elsewhere on the island and is classified as endangered, with its limited range only newly protected since 2005.
    • A visit to the Masoala Peninsula takes you to one of the most richly biodiverse places on Madagascar, with over half of all of the island's species of plants, mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles found here. Of the ten species of lemurs found in Masoala, four are on the red list of the International Union of the Conservation of the Nature (UICN). Masoala is the only place on the island where the least-known of the Malagasy carnivores, the mongoose Salanoia concolor or Brown-Tailed Mongoose, has been observed since 1970. The Masoala sea is home to the humpback whale, various dolphins, the dugong and 41 types of corals.
    • Or, a short visit to Ampijoroa Forest in search of the Coquerel's Sifaka and several other lemurs to add to your "lemur life list."
    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Hotel Combava dayroom
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Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$6,250
Single Supplement:
$750
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.
Custom & private on your dates
Sep 23-Oct 9, 2018

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:
17 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.
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Comfortable and delightful hotels and lodges
Activity Level:
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(see full descriptions)
Some hiking through forest, travel over rough roads
Group Size:
4-10
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Pricing and Payment

For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.​

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

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

Madagascar Masoala Peninsula Extension

Duration: 6 days

Travelers will also have the option of extending their trip to include a visit to the Masoala Peninsula, the most biodiverse national park in Madagascar, with both marine and forest habitats, and over half of all species of plants, mammals, birds,... read more

Kirindy Pre-Tour Extension

Duration: 7 days

The extension can be combined with a Madagascar trip either before or after an trip there. This trip will combine the large and amazing Baobab Trees and the dry forest of Kirindy. Hopefully you can spot nocturnal lemurs, fossas, the giant jumping rat... read more

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Choose accommodations and amenities that fit your personal style
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Our most natural accommodations. Bath facilities often shared, sometimes rustic.
●●○○○ Delightful
Comfortable and especially personal. Small to mid-sized lodges, typically with private bath.
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Lodges and hotels with additional amenities, refined artistry, or extra-special settings.
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Exclusive or luxury lodges, hotels, or safari camps with fine dining options.
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The most indulgent accommodations arranged specially for private trips.
× activity level
Match the trip’s intensity to your ability and motivation.
●○○○○ Gentle
Easy walking, with opportunities for low-key physical activity.
●●○○○ Active
Energetic exploration with optional day hikes, leisurely cycling, or light canoeing.
●●●○○ Vigorous
Day-long active excursions and options for demanding activity in varied environments.
●●●●○ Challenging
Strenuous hiking or other intense activity that may be at high altitude or over rough terrain.
●●●●● Demanding
Multi-day trekking and other activities requiring endurance or strength. Steep trails. No technical expertise necessary.
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