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Discover the wonderful wildlife of the 'Great Red Island'

Personalised journeys from start to finish

Every trip helps support Conservation

Every detail taken care of

  • Personalised journeys from start to finish

  • Every trip helps support Conservation

  • Every detail taken care of

Itinerary highlights

  • Take a hike in Andasibe-Mantadia National Park
  • Interact with lemurs on Vakona’s Lemur Island
  • Explore Antananarivo, Madagascar's capital city
  • Discover the protected Anjajavy Reserve

What's included

  • Luxury accommodation throughout
  • Private tours in Andasibe-Mantadia National Park
  • Private transfers
  • Meet and greet airport service
  • Full support from your Travel Concierge before, during and after your trip
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At a glance

Cut off from the African mainland well over 100 million years ago, the flora and fauna of Madagascar’s teeming forests have evolved independently. The result: nearly 80% of its species exist nowhere else on earth. Here there are some 12,000 endemic species of plants and around 270 bird species, almost half of which are endemic. Madagascar is known as the “Great Red Island”, because of the eroding soil that stains the rivers and deltas crimson, you travel in search of lemurs, chameleons, orchids, baobabs, aloes, geckoes, sifakas and octopus trees.

On this thrilling adventure you’ll go in search of some of the island’s rarest species. You’ll visit some of the most isolated, unique and far-flung areas of Madagascar in the hopes of ticking some super endangered creatures off your list. Your journey starts with a night in Antananarivo before you head off to Andasibe-Mantadia National Park where you’ll venture into the rainforest on foot. A visit to Vakona’s Lemur Island will give you the opportunity to interact with a variety of lemur species, and you’ll get to hera the haunting calls of the indri at Anamalazotra and VOI Community Park.

Your exploration will draw to a close with three nights in Anjajavy Reserve which is a protected area encompassing sea, coral reef, beaches, forest, mangrove, savannah, tumescent baobabs and jagged ‘Tsingy’ rock formations. The green forests are home to seven lemur species (including the elusive aye-aye), fossa, chameleons and a rich array of bird life. 

Example trip itinerary

Day 1

Antananarivo

Flights & transfers

Transfer

Private scenic transfer from Antananarivo airport to Andasibe

Days 1-4

Andasibe

Accommodation in Andasibe

Forest hike in Andasibe-Mantadia National Park Forest hike in Andasibe-Mantadia National Park

With your guide, drive to the start of one of the park's various trails before venturing into the rainforest on foot. An incredibly diverse place, the protected primary forest is a stark contrast to the replanted stretches of eucalyptus and pine tree that exist outside the park, with a verdant array of plant-life, much of which is endemic, including rare orchids, palm and ficus. There's also an abundance of frogs and chameleons, birds, bugs and a chance of spotting some of the 11 lemur species that live here.

Ring-tailed lemur in Madagascar
Lemur Island Lemur Island

On a visit to Vakona’s Lemur Island, you'll have time to explore and interact with amazing lemurs. Visitors are able to see and interact with a variety of lemur species. The creatures here have been rescued from orphanages around the country. This visit will give you amazing photo opportunities.

Anamalazotra and VOI Community Park Anamalazotra and VOI Community Park

Visit Anamalazotra and VOI Community Park, established to protect the indri, whose haunting calls you are sure to hear throughout the forest, other highlights include visiting its orchid garden, searching for sifaka and black and white ruffed lemurs.

Flights & transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Antananarivo

Days 4-5

Antananarivo

Accommodation in Antananarivo

Antananarivo city tour Antananarivo city tour

Meet your guide and explore Antananarivo, Madagascar's capital and its political, economic, educational and cultural heart. You'll discover the historical upper town of Antananarivo, with its stunning French-inspired architecture. Continue downtown for lunch at le Café de la Gare in the old colonial railway station built by the French in 1910. In the afternoon, drive to Ambohimanga, 20km north east of Tana. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the ancestral home on the Merina kings and queens who united Madagascar under one rule. It is a fortified sacred hill with 16 gates leading to king Andrianampoinimerina’s house (ruled 1787-1810) and a series of elegant royal summer homes.

Light aircraft flight to Anjajavy Light aircraft flight to Anjajavy

Board a light aircraft for the charter flight to Anjajavy. The flight should take around 90 minutes.

Days 5-8

Anjajavy

Accommodation in Anjajavy

Days in Anjajavy Reserve Days in Anjajavy Reserve

The 7,200 hectare Anjajavy Reserve in the remote north-west of Madagascar is a protected area encompassing sea, coral reef, beaches, forest, mangrove, savannah, tumescent baobabs and jagged ‘Tsingy’ rock formations. Created by Anjajavy Lodge, which sits at the heart of the reserve, it is a beautiful microcosm of the island, it is classified by the WWF as a global priority in terms of conservation that harbours rare and endemic flora and fauna, as well as a scattering of traditional villages which the lodge works closely with and supports. On land, green forests are home to seven lemur species (including the elusive aye-aye), fossa, chameleons and a rich array of bird life. You'll most likely see the resident family of Coquerel's sifaka dancing through the garden. Tree roots meet the turquoise sea in a network of mangroves, a wonderful place to kayak, whose channels lead out to a marine park where tropical fish, turtles and occasional dolphin and humpback whale abound. Other activities here include nature walks, mountain biking, boat trips, community visits, snorkelling and wind surfing.

Light aircraft flight to Antananarivo Light aircraft flight to Antananarivo
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