The Sacred & Untold Stories Of Madagascar

Madagascar is one of evolution’s laboratories – an island where unique wildlife and fascinating human cultures exist side-by-side. On this trip you’ll learn some of Madagascar’s secrets, as the forests and beaches slowly reveal themselves.

Beginning and ending in the bustling capital, Antananarivo, with its intriguing and colorful markets, you’ll explore the Perinet Special Reserve (home to Madagascar’s most famous residents, the energetic and adorable ring-tailed lemurs) before having the chance to marvel at the spiky rock outcrops of Tsingy National Park – known as the place where one cannot walk barefoot.

That caution naturally doesn’t apply to the idyllic palm-fringed beaches of Nosy Be, a true tropical paradise of golden sand, warm azure ocean and lush green forests. As well as strolling along sun-kissed beaches, you’ll also want to travel the length of the Avenue of the Baobabs. Perhaps Madagascar’s best-known destination, this stretch of red road runs between dozens of 100ft-high baobab trees. Giant trees you can look up to and look forward to.

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Tour Summary

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Day 1

Upon arrival into Antananarivo, after completing immigration and customs formalities, collect your baggage and proceed to the Arrivals Hall. Here you will be met by a Luxury Trips representative for your private road transfer to Pavillon de L’Emyrne where you will be staying for one night.  

‘Tana’ – as the locals call it has fascinating traditional architecture and a more Indonesian influence than the rest of Madagascar.

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Day 2

After an early breakfast, your guide will take you east to Andasibe, a stunning rainforest park, about 4 hours’ drive from the city. The park consists of two protected areas, the Perinet Special Reserve and Mantadia National Park. Perinet is world famous for its population of Indri lemurs, which are the largest living lemur species.  The journey to Andasibe offers first time visitors to Madagascar a gentle introduction to rural life with rice fields, redbrick houses and roadside stalls selling seasonal fruits and vegetables lining the route. Check into the Andisabe Hotel, where you will stay for two nights.   After lunch, enjoy a visit to the 810 ha Perinet Reserve with a local guide in search of the Indri indri. With a barely visible tail, black and white markings and a surprised teddy–bear face, this lemur is one of the few animals in the world that cannot survive in captivity. There are another 11 species of lemur to spot as you walk through the rainforest. You may find a troop of grey bamboo lemurs, common brown lemur, diademed sifaka and the black and white ruffed lemur. Birdwatchers should look out for the velvet asity, the blue coua and the Nuthatch vanga and many more endemic species. Perinet is home to many reptiles, invertebrates, and some of Madagascar’s over a thousand orchid species.

In the evening you may choose to go on another night walk with your local guide.

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Day 3

After breakfast you will head to Mantadia National Park (1.5 hour drive) with a picnic lunch.  Look for some of the lemur species in this stunning park including the Indri indri, diademed sifaka, grey bamboo lemur, red-bellied lemur and white ruffed lemur. While the trails are slightly more difficult, the rewards are great as the forest is taller, wilder and less crowded than Perinet. There are an abundance of birds including the scaly ground roller, the pitta-like ground roller and the breasted coua. To do justice to Mantadia you need to spend a whole day in the park. This is a naturalist’s goldmine with many seldom seen species of mammals, reptiles and birds. Enjoy a picnic by the Rianasoa Waterfall before hiking back to the vehicle and return to the lodge.

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Day 4

After breakfast, you will be transferred back to the airport of Tana for your private charter flight to Tsingy de Bemaraha. On arrival at, you will be met by a Luxury Trips representative, and then transferred by 4X4 vehicle to Le Soleil des Tsingy where you will stay for two nights.

After lunch, visit the otherworldly pinnacles of the Petit Tsingy. You will take the Tantely circuit or the Andadoany forest trail depending on your level of fitness. You will spot some of the 53 bird species and 6 lemur species that make their home here and take in the fabulous views of the surrounding area.

Then in the evening, go out with your local guide to discover the nocturnal wildlife of the area.

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Day 5

After breakfast, drive for a full day exploration of the “Grand Tsingy.”  The walk itself is an adventure: on tiptoe over the sharp roof of the Tsingy, crossing the high roped-bridge, and meandering through pockets of dry deciduous forest. This unique site, a virtual forest of 50 meter high limestone peaks is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and located about 20km from the village of Bekopaka.  The Tsingy are razor sharp pinnacles produced by the erosion of limestone massifs over millions of years. The Tsingy shelters a startling array of wildlife: 11 species of lemur (including Verreaux and Decken’s sifaka and the red-fronted brown lemurs), 103 species of terrestrial and aquatic birds, 15 species of bats, 22 species of amphibians and a variety of reptiles.

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Day 6

After breakfast, drive back to the airstrip for your private charter flight to Morondava. Upon arrival, you will be met by your guide and be transferred to Palissandre Cote Ouest Hotel where you will stay for one night.

Morondava is situated in the heart of Sakalava territory and is known for its elaborately sculpted wooden royal tombs. These tombs are frequently decorated with well-executed, funerary carvings representing life and fertility.

In the late afternoon, you will drive to the “Allée des Baobabs” to enjoy the gorgeous sunset.

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Day 7

After breakfast you will be collected for your private charter flight back to Tana.  On arrival you will be transferred to Relais des Plateaux where you will stay one night.  

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Day 8

This morning you will transfer back to Ivato Airport in time for your scheduled flight to Nosy Be. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by a Tsara Komba staff member and transferred to Tsara Komba where you will be staying for two nights.

The Tsara Komba Lodge is a 4-star luxury hotel with a rare and authentic charm, in perfect keeping with nature and with the area’s outstanding biodiversity. It combines a stylish and exclusive atmosphere, an excellent slow food cuisine and tailored-made excursions, in an atmosphere dominated by a commitment to comfortable luxury and ecology. Experience the gentle caress of the wind, the bird songs and the sound of the waves lapping around this former volcano today covered by an abundant forest, bordered by a sapphire blue sea with excellent golden sandy beaches. The preservation of this sublime environment and the community-minded activities being pursued here to encourage harmonious sustainable development for the benefit of the local population are just two of the ethical aspects of this marvellous eco-paradise.

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Day 9

Fill your days with your own selection of activities. The hotel can arrange customised excursions to neighbouring islands, nature reserves, for fishing, quad biking, tours around the island, scuba-diving or snorkelling.  All these activities are just few minutes away from the hotel for you to admire and explore the sheer beauty of the ocean depths.

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Day 10

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Day 11

This morning you will transfer back to Nosy Be by boat in time for your flight back to Tana.  Upon arrival  your driver guide will meet you and transfer you to the Pavillon de L’Emyrne where you will stay one night.

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Day 12

After an early breakfast, you will be collected from your hotel by a Luxury Trips representative, for your private road transfer to the airport for your departure flight. Return home, taking with you the sights, sounds, and memories of an incredible vacation!

Included

  • Luxury Trip’s local reps available 24/7 while traveling;
  • Services of local guides and staff;
  • Air/ground transfers as specified;
  • Accommodation taxes, applicable tourism levies and all relevant Value Added Goverment Sales Tax (GST)
  • All accommodation as specified;
  • Excursions/activities as specified;
  • Luxury Trip’s final documentation.

Not Included

  • Meals, drinks, laundry, entrance fees, porterage, tours/excursions and transfers not specified;
  • Any scheduled flights and related taxes not specified;
  • Cancellation, baggage and medical insurance;
  • Staff gratuities;
  • Any new gov. taxes, levies, fuel or industry increases which are beyond our control;
  • Any items of a personal nature or anything not specifically stated as included;
  • International airfare.