General

DAY 1: INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT

travel-madagascar-encounter-antananarivo-queens-palace-anosy-lake-capital-city-madagascarArrival in the afternoon or the evening.

Bed and breakfast at San Cristobal Hotel.

DAY 2: ANTANANARIVO (TANA) – MANDRARE RIVER CAMP

encounter-madagascar-inbound-operator-mandrare-river-campTransfer to the airport and flight to Mandrare River Camp. Your entire stay will be all-inclusive. Installed in your tent, you will enjoy the majestic view of the Mandrare River. On the menu for lunch: yummy grilled meat and salads. In the afternoon, exploration of the sacred forests of the village of Ifotaka on foot. These forests are home to the ancestral tombs of the Antandroy tribe and are bursting with a disconcerting collection of fauna and flora specific to the thorny forest. Return to the camp to cool off before the aperitif and the sumptuous dinner served on the terrace.

All inclusive at Mandrare River Camp

DAY 3: MANDRARE RIVER CAMP

inbound-operator-encounter-mandrare-wildlife-lemurAfter breakfast, you will head south to reach the gallery forests. These are hardwood forests, mainly composed of tamarind trees. It is an abundant fauna that shelters large groups of ring-tailed lemurs. At the end of the afternoon, enjoy the spectacular show of a stunning sunset, with impressive baobabs and the moon rising from the mountains in the background.

Possibility to attend a performance of Antandroy traditional dances and music.

All inclusive at Mandrare River Camp

DAY 4: MANDRARE RIVER CAMP

mandrare-river-camp_car-transfer_luxury-travel_avenue-of-baobabs_south-east_madagascarDeparture to the market after an exquisite breakfast. As you stroll in the market, you will get to meet these valley people who travel hours and sometimes even days to buy and sell their local products. Our expert guide will explain each of the scenes that happen in front of you.

Back to the camp for lunch. In the afternoon, departure for the forest of Zenavo, the property of an old man where you can enjoy particularly pleasant night walks. At sunset, you will see the Sifaka or dancing lemur and the white-legged Lepilemur. Then, after sunset, you will see several species of Microcebus, birds, chameleons and owls.

All inclusive at Mandrare River Camp

DAY 5: MANDRARE RIVER CAMP – ANDASIBE

encounter-mada-dmc-lemurs-east-2Flight back to Tana after the breakfast. Welcome and meeting with your driver. Leave Antananarivo to go to Andasibe. You will cross a myriad of villages and get acquainted with the traditional lifestyle of the Malagasy people. You will arrive in Andasibe in the afternoon and get settled at the hotel.

Half board accommodation at Mantadia Lodge

DAY 6: ANDASIBE (MANTADIA NATIONAL PARK AND PERINET SPECIAL RESERVE)

encounter-mada-dmc-lemurs-eastA whole day devoted to discovering Andasibe parks and reserves. The humid forest of Andasibe is one of the most beautiful and the richest areas in terms of biodiversity. These forests are located at an altitude of 900-1,250 metres and trade winds blow permanently on its Eastern part. They also shelter many animals, this way ensuring their preservation.108 species of birds can be found in the park. There are also 14 species of lemurs, 51 species of Boa reptiles including the famous Boa “manditra”, and 84 species of amphibians. In terms of flora, there are home to creepers and epiphytes such as orchids, mosses and ferns. We can find there various orchids with more than one hundred listed species.

Half board accommodation at Mantadia Lodge

DAY 7: ANDASIBE – ANTANANARIVO

inbound-maison-gallieni_luxuy-guest-house_high-end-accommodation_antananarivo_madagascarAfter a last visit in Andasibe rainforest, you will hit the road towards Antananarivo. You will arrive in late afternoon and get settled at the hotel. Overnight stay at your hotel.

Half board accommodation at Maison Gallieni

DAY 8: ANTANANARIVO – ANJAJAVY

dmc-madagascar-anjajavy-hotelTransfer to the airport for the flight to Anjajavy.

Situated in the west coast, northern of Mahajanga, Anjajavy is laid along the Mozambique Channel, in a rich and exceptional environment. Starred member since 2004 of the Relais & Châteaux association, of which it is the sole representative in Madagascar, the Lodge meets 4* superior international standards. Each of the 24 rosewood villas borders the main beach of the huge private estate of the Lodge. All the villas have a spacious terrace facing the sea, a living room with a lounge and a bedroom.

Full board accommodation at Anjajavy Le Lodge

DAY 9, DAY 10: ANJAJAVY

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During your stay, you will have the chance to discover the reserve with its lemurs and flora and visit local villages perfectly reflecting the diversity of Malagasy nature. There, you will enjoy the ultimate luxury, the isolation and a totally unspoilt nature while enjoying the finest hotel of the Red Island.

Full board accommodation at Anjajavy Le Lodge

DAY 11. ANJAJAVY – ANTANANARIVO

inbound-operator-antananarivo_capital_venir_madagascar_octobreFlight back to Antananarivo. Shopping and city tour in Tana. Transfer in the afternoon or evening for the international flight.

NOTES

  • Recommended period for this trip: April to December
  • All transfers with a private plane are done only in the morning.
  • Make sure to pack good hiking shoes, mosquito repellent, and items to protect from the rain and the sun.

Available departures

Unfortunately, no places are available on this tour at the moment

Highlights

  • Great wildlife experience in very comfortable and luxury lodge
  • The amazing landscape and very rich biodiversity of the Madagascar deep south
  • The baobab forest and the stunning beach of Anjajavy, a Relais Chateaux members

Overview

An exclusive combination of three amazing places. Discover the extraordinary thorny forest of Ifotaka along the Mandrare River. It is one of the most beautiful places to observe the Sifaka in their natural environment. It is also home to impressive baobab trees.  Then the east is more verdant. Andasibe National Park is a very high biodiversity area. Watch the biggest lemurs, several species of endemics birds and chameleons. You will end the adventure in Anjajavy. Situated in the north west, surrounded by a gorgeous lagoon, bay and beach. The dry forest around is also an interesting place for wildlife watching. For this exceptional tour, we have also selecting a range of a very exclusive lodges.