As a destination management company, we want you to be attracted by Madagascar before getting a foot in it. As said before, Colors of Madagascar is 12 amazing days tour starting from Antananarivo to Andasibe and ending in Berenty.
DAY 1: GET YOUR FOOTPRINTS HERE
Your first taste of Madagascar will be your arrival in Antananarivo from your international flight.Long flight may be tiring, that’s why we want to be at the airport to welcome you and transfer you to your hotel, where you will stay overnight.We are happy you are here! Sleep tight, tomorrow we will encounter Madagascar!
DAY 2: FIRST MEMORIES – ANDASIBE, WE’RE COMING
Yeah, breakfast! Take time to enjoy because we’re leaving Antananarivo for a 3 hours’ drive to Andasibe!
On our 140km trip, we will charmingly introduce you Madagascar. A myriad of villages for you to get acquainted with the traditional lifestyle of the Malagasy people. Prepare yourself to be amazed: look out the window, and contemplate golden grasslands on the background. Enjoy the abundant rice paddies, Go back in the past, and catch pictures of houses made of red mud.Get your first colours of Madagascar though roadside markets, colourfully displaying varieties of handicrafts or fruits. Are you keen to visit the Peyrieras farm? We hope so, it is such a great place, intensely hued by reptiles and chameleons, which are easily seen.
Time will pass by quickly, in the afternoon, we will arrive in Andasibe and get settled at the hotel where we will stay overnight and where dinner will be served.
DAY 3: ANDASIBE, HERE WE GO
It feels so great to be here! Walk a bit, look up, close your eyes and enjoy the sunlight melted with fresh air on your skin. The humid forest of Andasibe isbreath-taking. You are now in one of the most beautiful and richest areas in the world in terms of biodiversity. And we want to you to embrace that dreamt reality: we give you the whole dayto discover Andasibe parks and reserves.
Geographically, these forests are located at an altitude of 900-1,250 metres, and trade winds blow permanently on its Eastern part. Wow, you will be impressed by the numbers of animals they shelter there, to ensure species preservation. For example, there are 108 species of birds are flying all around. Some of them, like the special one called“Terpsiphone mutata”, contributes to some plant’s survival. There are also :
– 14 species of lemurs,
– 51 species of Boa reptiles including the famous Boa “manditra”, and
– 84 species of amphibians.
It is quite insane! Don’t be afraid, just enjoy, our tour guide is there to keep you safe!
In terms of flora, the parks and reserves we will visit are full of exotic trees, creepers and epiphytes such as orchids (hundred listed species), mosses and ferns.
Walking through so much beauty will leave you hungry, but no stress, let’s go back to the hotel to rest overnight after dinner.
We have selected the best parks and reserves for you to get your first taste of real nature in Madagascar:
• The “Special Reserve of Indri Indri”
Don’t forget your camera! We will stay there during 3 or 4 hours, strolling around to observe the biggest species of lemurs: the Indri Indri. Besides, we advise you to be ready to greet some other species as the brown lemur, the “Eulemur fulvus” or the grey one, “Hapalemur Griseus”. What about observing birds too?
• The Mantadia National Park
This wonderful park is located at 1h30 drive from Andasibe Village. It is the sacred land of the «Diademed Sifaka», one of the most beautiful lemurs of Madagascar.
•The VOIMMA Park
We love this park. For years now, it was run by the nearby villagers. This park is famous for its large amount of nocturnal lemurs and chameleons’ species: make sure you’ve got your jacket, ‘because tonight we’re going out.
• Islets of lemurs
The islets of lemurs is hidden somewhere in the Private reserve of Vakona Forest Lodge. To get there we will cross the river bed by canoe. In these islets, lemurs are living in relative freedom. We will encounter Madagascar’s 4 species of lemurs: Ruffed Lemur, Ring tailed lemur, Hapalemur.
DAY 4: From ANDASIBE to ANTSIRABE
Take an early shower. Let’s travel Madagascar from Andasibe to Antsirabe after breakfast. Today we hit the road towards the Great South – 310 km – 7 hours’ drive, to delight on the typical highland sceneries with rice paddies, traditional red clay houses, fruit trees, giant rocks, and so on.
Let’s stretch your legs out! Let’s make a stop in the tiny city of Ambatolampy at the foot of the Ankaratra massif (3rd highest summit of the island). We are on our way to Antsirabe, the Thermal City!
Dinner is waiting for us at the hotel, where we will stay overnight. Have you enjoyed your trip? Take time to meet over people at your hotel if you want to share your experiences of Madagascar. If you want to rest, rooms are ready.
DAY 5: ANTSIRABE TO RANOMAFANA
“Hey! We want some history courses!”- You’ll get some in Antsirabe. A peaceful city, which is famous for its thermal spring. The city economically burst at the arrival of some Norwegian missionaries, who used the fresh altitude climate to develop pastures. On the other hand, the French settlers developed a thermal complex along the Ranomafana’s lake, where the buildings can still be seen.
We want you to bring souvenirs of your trip in Madagascar! What’s better than a visit of the local handicraft shops? Before getting there, make a list of all your family and friends, because you’ll find gorgeous semi-precious stones, embroideries, a traditional sweets factory, handmade bags to offer once you’ll be home. Then, we will continue to Ambositra, mainly the capital city of handicrafts! Discover master woodcarvers and furniture manufacturing. Called the “Zafimaniry”, it is actually an amazing work of art, with shutters and walls carved in geometric designs.
After lunch, we will drive to Ranomafana located 230 km away from Antsirabe. Another 6 or 7 hours’ drive, but oh man, we really think you’ll go crazy on this one! This pleasant resort we’re going to, offers an open air museum – sheltering various wildlife and endemic plants : it is the rainforest itself. It will feel like cold water on your foot after hours of walk: so refreshing! Get settled at the hotel: dinner and cosyrooms are ready for you to relax!
Day 6: RANOMAFANA NATIONAL PARK – FIANARANTSOA
As we said in the beginning, you are investing a lot on this trip to Madagascar. And we want you to take pleasure on this journey! Today we are fancy-free! And we will make the most of our day in the National park of Ranomafana to enjoy a full-day visit. It is the ideal place to reconnect with your inner peace.
Located on a rain forested uphill that lies at an altitude of 800 to 1,200 meters, Ranomafana national park was created in 1990 after the discovery of the “golden bamboo lemur” in 1986 (its scientific name is Hapalemur Aureus). This particular and magnificent species of lemur is unique. Did we mention its strange eating habits?
We can also find 115 species of birds there, thirty of which are strictly forest species;90 species of butterflies; 98 species of amphibians;species of fish; and 62 species of reptiles, chameleons, lizards.
Ranomafana National Park is based 60 km (1h30 drive) away from Fianarantsoa, where we’ll arrive in the mid-afternoon! Offer yourself wondrous time to encounter the city, and its people. We also encourage you to try out new meals tonight at the hotel, where rooms would have been prepared in advance for you to appreciate your night.
DAY 7: RANOHIRA, “SINGING WATER
If sunlight isn’t enough to show you how great your day will be, be delighted by a good breakfast. Tea or Coffee today?
We are now leaving Fianarantsoa to go to Ambalavao (295 km – 5 to 6 hr drive).
Get a kick out of the magnificent scenery of terrace-rice fields and vineyard.
2h30 riding? Yes! Of course, we will go at Anja’s Private Park, a dry forest located at the foot of an enormous granitic dome: time to discover the famous « Ring Tailed Lemur ».
No worries if you want to sing your favorite song out loud as we are heading to Ranohira, which means “singing water”, through the grassy savannah plateau of Ihorombe, right in the heart of the Bara territory. Here, the Zebu regulates men’s life. People refer to it as the “Zebus’ civilization”. Gambade a bit before our arrival at a comfy hotel, for a tranquil retirement overnight! Dinner will be served there. What about trying some Malagasy meal tonight?
DAY 8: RANOHIRA – ISALO NATIONAL PARK
WOW: THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL DAY! Why? Because we are loitering in the second biggest national park of Madagascar. The massif of Isalo, the oldest geological formation of Madagascar, is made up of sandstone massif of the 1stJurassic era.
The animals of Isalo have adapted themselves to the climate, the vegetation and the park’s geomorphology. Most of them are endemic species. Among them, we can quote the Benson’s blackbird or “Pseudocosyphus bensoni”, a very-well protected endemic species of Madagascar. Did you know that there are 77 species of birds living in the Isalo National Park? Yes there and, it still amazes us to see that they live in harmony withother 14 species of diurnal and nocturnal lemurs. Within these 14 species: 8 have been introduced in Madagascar, and 7 are endemic to the country. But not only, because you can add reptiles, amphibians, rodents, carnivorous and insectivorous animals to complete your list.
Our tour continues at the bedrock of the impressive massif of Isalo, for us to walk around to discover the park. Our experience as a receptive tour operator, demonstrate through years, that when clients arrive there, they want freedom to choose which activities they want to do. That’s why there are different possible visits on the spot: the natural swimming pool, the Canyons, the Nymph waterfalls or the Namaza forest.
And you know what? You won’t be deceived. Depending on the hotelwhere you will have dinner and stay overnight, and according to your needs, it is possible to: organize bicycle, horse rides, or SPA time at the hotel.
DAY 9: 220 KM, RANOHIRA TO TOLIARA
Bring your hat, your bottle of water and your camera: we are taking the roads for a 4 hours’ drive today. Your driver will stop from time to time for you to take advantage of the beautiful landscapes and views. We are heading south, to Toliara, a city located on a broad coastal plain, surrounded by sanddunes and mangroves near the Tropic of Capricorn along the Mozambique Channel.
Appreciate the first glimpses of “Baobab trees” rising majestically in the middle of the savannah and the magnificent Antandroy and Mahafaly tombs. This afternoon you’re free to hang out around your hotel in front of the sea.
Dinner and overnight stay at your hotel. Look out the window before going to sleep, you are not dreaming, this is Madagascar!
DAY 10: TOLIARA – FORT-DAUPHIN / FORT-DAUPHIN – BERENTY
You will now fly from Toliara to Fort-Dauphin. Depending on the flight schedule, we will transfer you to the airport and you will flight to Fort Dauphin.
Once there, take a deep breath and smile because we will be there to meet you! And we will drive you 90km away for 3 hours’ drive, to the Berenty Private Reserve. Located in the heart of a vast sisal plantation and owned by the De Heaulme family, this reserve is just gorgeous! Take your time to settle at your hotel. Delight in the menu for lunch and dinner. We will rest there overnight.
DAY 11 & 12: BERENTY
Let’s have fun today! Covering an area of 240 hectares and extending along the Mandrare river, this private reserve is such an idyllic place. Listen to your inner self. Be joyful! Expect great memories! Your guide is there to organize your visits at your ease.
We kept stunning treasures for your last day trip. Curious? Madagascar’s fauna and flora. The flora and fauna at Berenty are the gallery forest type. The flora includes: Tamarind, Didiereacea, Euphorbiaceae and Liliaceae. Its fauna consists in four lemur species, which are particularly widespread:
– the Propithecus verreauxi or “Sifaka”
– Lemur catta or “Maki” – Microcebus murinus or “Tsidy” and
– The Lepilemur leucopus or “Sonygika”.
The Lemur fulvus rufus commonly named “Gidro” species is from the region of Morondava, on the Western coast of Madagascar. And you are completely right to ask: “Eurpho… what?” – “What does a Sonygika look like?” No worries if you want to have fun remembering plants and lemur’s names, because once in the park, you will see them. The reserve also shelters turtles, chameleons, birds and butterflies.
What about your accommodation for day 11 and 12?
During your first day in Berenty, day 11 of your trip in Madagascar, lunch and dinner will be served at your hotel. Then, we will proceed to your transfer to Fort Dauphin in the afternoon of day 12. Back in Fort Dauphin, you will have dinner and an overnight stay at your hotel.
We hope you took an agenda with you during your trip. It will be the time for you to read it from the beginning. Make the most of your night by staying up late to admire the sky’s color while reading your notes and highlights. Tomorrow we will be back in Antananarivo.
DAY 13: FORT DAUPHIN – ANTANANARIVO
Today you will have your transfer to the airport for you flight from Fort-Dauphin to Antananarivo. Will you be happy to meet us again? We hope so, because we will be happily waiting for you at your arrival to transfer you to your hotel for your overnight stay.
DAY 14: GOOD BYE ANTANANARIVO
Lots of emotions going on today as you are leaving Madagascar. It was so nice to have you here. On your transfer to the airport for the international return flight, take time to breathe Madagascar. Enjoy your night on board to get overwhelmed by your memories before your arrival the following day.
It was such an honor for us to be your Tour Operator during your stay. We are so happy you made it! You now got footprints in Madagascar! For those you didn’t come yet, that was a glimpse of what you will live here. These are just words, join us to make them come true. “Mandrapihaona”, see you soon!
[Find here all information you need about the “Colors of Madagscar” Tour]
|Day||Location||Superior Hotel||Standard Hotel|
|D1||ANTANANARIVO||PALISSANDRE HOTEL||CHALET DES ROSES|
|D2||ANTANANARIVO – ANDASIBE||VAKONA FOREST LODGE||FEON’NY ALA|
|D3||ANDASIBE||VAKONA FOREST LODGE||FEON’NY ALA|
|D4||ANDASIBE – ANTSIRABE||COULEUR CAFE||MAISON TANIMANGA|
|D5||ANTSIRABE – RANOMAFANA||SETAM LODGE||CENTREST|
|D6||RANOMAFANA – FIANARANTSOA||TSARA GUEST HOUSE||LA RIZIERE|
|D7||FIANARANTSOA – RANOHIRA||JARDIN DU ROY||ISALO RANCH|
|D8||RANOHIRA||JARDIN DU ROY||ISALO RANCH|
|D9||RANOHIRA – TOLIARY||BAKUBA CONCEPT||MORINGA|
|D10||TOLIARY – BERENTY||BERENTY LODGE||BERENTY LODGE|
|D11||BERENTY||BERENTY LODGE||BERENTY LODGE|
|D12||BERENTY – FORT DAUPHIN||CROIX DU SUD||CROIX DU SUD|
|D13||FORT DAUPHIN – ANTANANARIVO||ROYAL PALISSANDRE||CHALET DES ROSES|
- The trip will be done with a 4WD vehicle. It is the best means of transportation to travel through Madagascar.
- You will be accompanied by a driver/guide
- Starting from 05 pax, a separate tour guide will be included
- This trip can be done all year round
- Supplement for domestic flights :462 € / pax (subject to change)
- 4WD vehicle rent from Antananarivo to Toliary, Day 2 to Day 9, and from Fort Dauphin to Fort Dauphin, Day 10 to Day 12 with fuel and a driver/guide
- Starting from 05pax, a tour guide will be included from day 01 to day 14
- 4WD vehicle in Tana on Day 14
- Accommodation on a double or single basis
- Breakfasts, lunches and dinners depending on the accommodation chosen above
- Entrance and guiding fees in the following parks and reserves: Peyrieras, Andasibe, Ranomafana, Anja, Isalo and Berenty
- Welcomes and transfers as programmed
- Visits mentioned
- Tourist taxes
- Flights and airport taxes
- Free activities
- Lunches not mentioned
- Dinners in Antananarivo
- Drinks, tips and extras
- Multirisk and personal insurances
- « Possibility to » visits and those which are not mentioned in the program