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Madagascar - Island of Discovery - Walking Holiday

Region: Rest of World // Dates: 03 May - 22 May 2020 (19 nights)
Madagascar - Island of Discovery Walking Holiday
Alan Don

Madagascar attracts travellers because of its incredible flora and fauna. It is home to the world's eight Boabab species (six are endemic), 165 species of palm trees and 860 species of orchid, of which 650 are indigenous. The fauna is equally fascinating with 103 species of lemurs, two thirds of the world's chameleon species and 60 of the 300 bird species are endemic to the island. Our 20-day journey begins in the capital of Antananarivo. To the east, Andasibe village is our base for excursions into the lowland and mid-altitude rainforest of Analamazaotra Special Reserve. This is a place to easily spot family groups of Diademed sifaka, Indri indri plus black-and-white ruffed lemurs. We then visit other protected areas including Maromizaha, recently open to the public and enjoy short walks to spot Eastern Ring-tailed mongoose, frogs and chameleons (Calumma malthe). Travelling through terraced farmlands, we arrive in Antsirabe, a colonial spa town in the highlands, surrounded by volcanic lakes. After visits to artisan workshops plus lakeside and mountain walks, 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, the sacred forest of Tsaranoro, westwards of the massif of Andringitra, is a walker's paradise with prairies and open grassland below lunar-like granite massifs. We walk in the canyons and riparian rainforests of Isalo National Park. To the south west, forests of spiny "octopus" trees contrast with ancient baobabs at Zombitse-Vohibasia National Park. At Ifaty and Anakao, we snorkel on coral reefs and visit Tsimanampetsotsa National Park which is famous for its Pink and Dwarf Flamingos. Our tour ends with a flight and final evening back in the capital of Antananarivo.

Overview

Madagascar attracts travellers because of its incredible flora and fauna. It is home to the world's eight Boabab species (six are endemic), 165 species of palm trees and 860 species of orchid, of which 650 are indigenous. The fauna is equally fascinating with 103 species of lemurs, two thirds of the world's chameleon species and 60 of the 300 bird species are endemic to the island. Our 20-day journey begins in the capital of Antananarivo. To the east, Andasibe village is our base for excursions into the lowland and mid-altitude rainforest of Analamazaotra Special Reserve. This is a place to easily spot family groups of Diademed sifaka, Indri indri plus black-and-white ruffed lemurs. We then visit other protected areas including Maromizaha, recently open to the public and enjoy short walks to spot Eastern Ring-tailed mongoose, frogs and chameleons (Calumma malthe). Travelling through terraced farmlands, we arrive in Antsirabe, a colonial spa town in the highlands, surrounded by volcanic lakes. After visits to artisan workshops plus lakeside and mountain walks, 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, the sacred forest of Tsaranoro, westwards of the massif of Andringitra, is a walker's paradise with prairies and open grassland below lunar-like granite massifs. We walk in the canyons and riparian rainforests of Isalo National Park. To the south west, forests of spiny "octopus" trees contrast with ancient baobabs at Zombitse-Vohibasia National Park. At Ifaty and Anakao, we snorkel on coral reefs and visit Tsimanampetsotsa National Park which is famous for its Pink and Dwarf Flamingos. Our tour ends with a flight and final evening back in the capital of Antananarivo.

Highlights

Highlights:
  • Visit many of Madagascar’s national parks & reserves protecting a huge variety of ecosystems
  • Encounter endemic fauna including many species of lemur, chameleon, geckos, insects & birdlife
  • 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 known for wooden & natural fibre art & craft
  • Snorkel lagoons on one of the world’s largest coral reef & visit bird colonies on nearby islands
  • Meet local people who are creatively contributing in their regional economy

Details

Details:

03 May - 22 May 2020 (19 nights)

Twin share/person (starts/ends Antananarivo)
Advanced Early Bird: A$7740 until 11/11/2019 
Regular: A$8240
Single Supplement: A$1390

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.

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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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