Andasibe-Mantadia and Nosy Be island combination
The best two-centre combination in Madagascar for wildlife and beach
The most popular two-centre combination in Madagascar for those after a combination of wildlife with a coastal stint, this itinerary starts with 3 nights in the country's number 1 must see protected rainforest, Andasibe-Mantadia National Park.
Afterwards, drive back to Antananarivo for a flight north to Nosy Be, largest of the islands in the Nosy Be Archipelago. Of Madagascar's varied microclimates, this is the most benign and enjoyable. Stay for 4 nights in one of the new Residence Villas - or, if another property in the region takes your fancy, call us for a costing.
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Day 1: A warm welcome to Madagascar
Take the Air France flight from London Heathrow or selected other UK airports, to Antananarivo.
On arrival in Antananarivo, you will be met and transferred to the stylish La Maison Gallieni to overnight with breakfast included.
Days 2 - 4: The Madagascar Rainforest experience: Andasibe-Mantadia National Park
After breakfast, your dedicated professional, English-speaking Malagasy guide and your driver will collect you from Maison Gallieni. Set off on the 3hr,30min drive eastwards to the escarpment, where you stay 3 nights in an en-suite bungalow at Andasibe Hotel or Vakona Forest Lodge on a half board basis.
Your guides will take you on day and night rainforest walks, in search of the resident wildlife which include the marvellous Indris, which sound like humpback-whales.
For one of your night walks, you can explore the concession managed by proactive NGO Associaton Mitsinjo. For another, you might prefer to check out a small parcel of rainforest privately looked after by a VOIMMA, a guiding association based at Andasibe. At both sites, wonderful nocturnal wildlife awaits., especially in spring and summer months (September to April)
Day 5: Return to Antananarivo
You'll be driven back up to Antananarivo where you stay overnight in Relais Des Plateaux with breakfast included.
Days 6 - 9: Nosy Be Archipelago
You'll be transferred to Antananarivo airport to check in for the flight to Nosy Be. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to Residence Villas to stay 4 nights in a villa with private jacuzzi, all meals included.
During your time here, using The Residence as your base, you can arrange various excursions through reception. (Payable locally). These include a boat trip to the island of Tanikely, a marine reserve around which snorkelling and diving is excellent.
Wildlife enthusiasts can visit Lokobe National Park on south-east Nosy Be island - it protects the last remaining tract of Sambirano Forest on Nosy Be and is home to wildlife such as endangered Black lemurs and colourful Panther chameleons. Lokobe is a sweet experience; getting there partly by dugout canoes is part of the fun.
Day 10: Fly to Antananarivo
You'll be collected from your hotel and transferred to Nosy Be airport to check in for the Air Madagascar flight back to Antananarivo. On arrival, you will be met and time allowing, taken to the Artisans market for some souvenir shopping.
You will have the use of a day room at Relais des Plateaux. Late evening transfer back to the airport for the Air France check in.
Day 11: Departure
Early morning departure on Air France back to Paris, where you arrive at CDG around 11h30. Connect with the lunch time flight to London Heathrow or selected other UK airports.
Duration: 10 nights
Location: Madagascar, Africa
Price is based on two adults travelling together and sharing in double room accommodation, inclusive of return economy class Air France*** flights: London Heathrow - Antananarivo; air taxes, all private transfers, services of dedicated, private guide and of driver; park permits and park guide fees; excursions as outlined; all accommodation as outlined with meals as listed.
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