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Madagascar - Mountains & Mystery - Walking Holiday

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Region: Rest of World // Dates: 14 April - 03 May 2019 (19 nights)
Madagascar - Mountains & Mystery Walking Holiday
Alan Don

Madagascar is home to some of the world’s most unique flora and fauna including lemurs, chameleons, orchids and baobab trees. Our 20-day journey begins in the capital of Antananarivo. To the east in Andasibe, is our base for excursions into the lowland and mid-altitude rainforest of Andasibe-Mantadia National Park. We enjoy morning walks to spot lemurs, Eastern Ring-tailed mongoose, frogs and chameleons. Travelling through terraced farmlands, we arrive in Antsirabe, a highland town surrounded by volcanic lakes. After lakeside walks and visits to artisan workshops, we continue to Ranomafana National Park. This montane rainforest is home to lemurs, chameleons and almost half of Madagascar’s bird species. For a contrast, Andringitra National Park is a walker’s paradise with prairies and open grassland below lunar-like granite massifs. We walk in the canyons and riparian rainforests of Ranohira Isalo National Park, then, to the south, forests of spiny “octopus” trees contrast with ancient baobabs. At Ifaty and Anakao, we snorkel on coral reefs and visit Tsimanampetsotsa National Park which is famous for its Pink and Dwarf Flamingos, before we return to the capital.

Overview

Madagascar is home to some of the world’s most unique flora and fauna including lemurs, chameleons, orchids and baobab trees. Our 20-day journey begins in the capital of Antananarivo. To the east in Andasibe, is our base for excursions into the lowland and mid-altitude rainforest of Andasibe-Mantadia National Park. We enjoy morning walks to spot lemurs, Eastern Ring-tailed mongoose, frogs and chameleons. Travelling through terraced farmlands, we arrive in Antsirabe, a highland town surrounded by volcanic lakes. After lakeside walks and visits to artisan workshops, we continue to Ranomafana National Park. This montane rainforest is home to lemurs, chameleons and almost half of Madagascar’s bird species. For a contrast, Andringitra National Park is a walker’s paradise with prairies and open grassland below lunar-like granite massifs. We walk in the canyons and riparian rainforests of Ranohira Isalo National Park, then, to the south, forests of spiny “octopus” trees contrast with ancient baobabs. At Ifaty and Anakao, we snorkel on coral reefs and visit Tsimanampetsotsa National Park which is famous for its Pink and Dwarf Flamingos, before we return to the capital.

Highlights

Highlights:
  • Visit six of Madagascar’s national parks protecting a huge variety of ecosystems
  • Encounter many of Madagascar’s endemic species including lemur, chameleon, geckos, birdlife & insects
  • Walk in a range of rainforest habitats, prairies & open grasslands
  • Enjoy the colonial architecture of the larger towns & ochre brick buildings of smaller villages
  • Visit local markets famed for wood & natural fibre art & craft
  • Snorkel on the world’s third largest coral reef & visit bird colonies on nearby islands

Details

Details:

14 April - 03 May 2019 (19 nights)

Twin share/person (starts/ends Antananarivo)
Advanced Early Bird: A$7,580 extended until 07/09/2018
Early Bird: A$7,780 until 14/12/2018
Regular: A$8,080
Single Supplement: A$1,360
Note: For guests who request a single room the single supplement will be charged. For single people who prefer to share, we will try to find a suitable room-mate, but if this is not possible the single supplement surcharge will apply.

Minimum Group Size: 4 guests

Accommodation:
3-5 star hotels and boutique lodges throughout with private facilities

Special Interest:
Wildlife, Botanical, Culture, Geology

Walk Rating:
Moderate: 5-15km per walking day with some shorter or longer options. Age is not necessarily as important as your fitness and recent walking experience, and anyone of reasonable fitness should be able to join this tour. We reserve the right to be flexible with the itinerary to allow for unforeseen circumstances including weather conditions and group fitness.

Tour Itinerary

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Leader

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  • Didier Ramilison

    Didier Ramilison has lived and worked in Madagascar all his life. Didier is a keen bird watcher and holds a degree in Nature Science from the University of Madagascar. Didier has organised and led interNATIONAL PARKtours to Madagascar since 2012 and always receives excellent guest feedback. Where appropriate Didier works alongside local guides to accompany and enhance our tour experience in each of the national parks.

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