Ring Tailed Lemurs On Lemur Island

Madagascar Wildlife

11 days from £5,475 (excl. international flights)

Andasibe-Mantadia  – Kirindy Forest  – Berenty  – Antananarivo

Lemurs, rare birds, chameleons, baobabs, orchids and many other weird and wonderful life forms await nature enthusiasts in Madagascar

See the best of Madagascar's wildlife with us

To see a fair spectrum of Madagascar's endemic wildlife you need to visit at least one site in each of the country's dramatically contrasting habitats: we recommend Andasibe-Mantadia National Park for the eastern rainforest experience, then Kirindy Forest for the tropical dry deciduous forests of the western lowlands. Round off the experience with a visit to Berenty Private Reserve in the sub-arid southern Spiny desert zone.

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Day 1: Fly to Madagascar

Fly to Antananarivo, arriving late evening. You'll be welcomed and taken to Relais des Plateaux to overnight with breakfast.

Day 2 - 3: Begin the rainforest experience

Indri At  Andasibe  Karen  Coppock

Try and spot the critically endangered Indri at Andasibe

Your dedicated professional wildlife expert guide and driver take you to Andasibe-Mantadia National Park where you stay for 3 nights in Andasibe Hotel or Vakona Forest Lodge on a half board basis. Make an introductory rainforest walk with them into this beautiful place, or visit lemur island.

Day 4: Madagascar rainforest magic: Indris and other endemic animal oddities

Parsons  Chameleon  Jialiang  Gao

A Male Parson's chameleon

Explore the mid altitiude rainforest of Andasibe aka 'Perinet' with your guides, who know where to locate resident wildlife including iconic species such as Indri, Parson's chameleon, Blue coua and many more. Night walk with the guides who manage a small rainforest parcel, VOIMMA

Day 5: Mantadia National Park

Diadem  Sifaka  Michael  Hogan

The Critically Endangered Diadem Sifaka

Visit some primary rainforest in search of a host of rare species including Diadem sifaka and Pittalike ground-roller. Views from the ridges are lovely.

Day 6: Back to Antananarivo

Antananarivo City


Early morning rainforest walk followed by a visit to the tree nursery of Association Mitsinjo, an NGO that does commendable work in this area aimed at assisting permanently resident communities and habitat protection and restoration. You'll be invited to plant an endemic tree as part of ongoing reforestation work here - what better way could there be to really put something back into Malagasy soil?

Drive about 4 hours along a good road back to Antananarivo to overnight in Relais des Plateaux with breakfast.

Day 7: Fly to Morondava and drive to Kirindy via Alley of Baobabs

Baobab Alley

Allee des Baobab near Kirindy Forest

You'll be transferred to Ivato airport for the flight to Morondava on the hot, dry west coast. On arrival, your driver and guide take you via the famed Allee des Baobabs to Kirindy Forest for a two night stay in Camp Amoureux with all meals included.

Exploration of Kirindy and Marofandilia Forests should reveal the likes of endangered Giant jumping rat, Fosa and tiny Madame Berthe's mouse lemurs.

Day 8: Kirindy and Marofandilia Forests - Menabe Sakalava country

Sicklebill Vanga  Frank  Vassen

Sicklebill vanga is common in Berenty and Kirindy

Explore the dry deciduous forest of Kirindy, where people come to look for Fosa in particular. Birders can seek the likes of White-breasted mesite, Coquerel's coua and Sicklebill vangas and those into herpetology should see gigantic Oustalet's chameleon and Collared iguanids.

Day 9: Drive to Morondava

Palissandre  Cote  Ouest

Relax by the pool at Palissandre Cote Ouest

After a final early morning walk in Kirindy, travel 2 hours back to Morondava, stopping along the way near the Baobab alley to visit another tree planting project, this time managed by FANAMBY, Here, you can make a contribution with a difference and plant a sapling of one of the three endemic Baobabs species that occur in the area!

Continue to Morondava to chill out and relax at the lovely Palissandre Cote Ouest with dinner and breakfast included.

Day 10: Fly to Antananarivo

As Antananarivo acts as a centrally located 'hub' for itineraries involving exploration of different regions of Madagascar, you fly back here today and your guide and driver take you back to Relais des Plateaux to overnight, breakfast included. Sightseeing is included in either Morondava and/or Antananarivo, flight schedules depending.

Day 11: Fly to Fort Dauphin and drive to Berenty

Berenty  Dancing  Sifaka 2  Mada  Tourism

'Dancing' Verreaux's sifaka, Berenty

To round off your Madagascar Wildlife experience, fly south to Fort Dauphin today. There your guide and driver take you 4 hours along a frightful road (but the journey is very scenic) to Berenty Private Reserve. This allows you to explore the weird 'spiny bush' and some dry Tamarind woods, brimming with wildlife. Flagship species that people come from all over the world to see here include the Ringtail lemur, the 'dancing' Verreaux's sifakas and stately Giant coua. Stay 2 nights in Berenty Lodge on a half board basis.

Day 12: Berenty Private Reserve

Ringtail  Lemurs  Jean  Louis  Vandevivere

The Famous Ringtail lemurs

You'll quickly see why this is Madagascar's most famed protected area: there's abundant wildlife and its easily found as the reserve has a well maintained grid of broad trails. You can also do night walks to seek the likes of Madagascar flying fox, White-footed sportive lemur and Gray mouse lemur.

Day 13: Return to Fort Dauphin

After a morning walk in Berenty, set off back to Fort Dauphin to overnight in Berenty Lodge's sister hotel, Croix du Sud, with dinner and breakfast included.

Day 14: Fly to Antananarivo and depart

You'll be taken to Fort Dauphin airport to check in for the flight back to Antananarivo. Here, you'll have a day/ evening room if flying out on Air France. Visit the Artisans Market for some souvenir and handicraft shopping. Evening transfer to the airport to check in for the Air France flight departing after midnight

Day 15: Fly back home

Early morning departure around 01h00 to Paris CDG, arriving mid morning. Connect with the lunch time flight to London Heathrow or selected other UK airports.

Duration: 14 nights

Location: Madagascar, Africa

Price: £5475pp

Price per person is based on 2 adults travelling together, sharing in twin or double room accommodation and includes: all domestic Air Madagascar flights; airport taxes; airport facilitation; all private transfers and private 4WD transportation; services of dedicated professional English-speaking Malagasy natural history expert guide and of drivers; excursions and activities as outlined; park permits and park guide fees; accommodation as outlined with meals as listed.

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