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Classic Madagascar

Travel to the south of Madagascar, exploring the fascinating national parks of Andasibe, Ranomafana and Isalo. Then unwind at the end of your journey at a beautiful resort hotel on the pristine Indian Ocean coast.

Here are more details of a sample tour itinerary as a starting point, but at Kipling Tours, we can tailor-make any itinerary just for you. Call us to start planning your trip.

  • Day 1

    Depart to Madagascar

    This evening you will depart on your scheduled overnight flight from London to Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar.

  • Day 2

    Arrival in Antananarivo

    You arrive in Antananarivo this afternoon and are met on arrival by your local English speaking local guide and private transport. Depending on your flight arrival time, there may be an opportunity for a short driving tour of the centre of Antananarivo. Affectionately known as Tana to the locals the capital city is the economic and cultural heart of Madagascar and with its brightly coloured crowds of people, bustling markets and characterful colonial architecture. It provides a fascinating first taste of the experience ahead. After the long flight there will be time to relax and perhaps enjoy the swimming pool at your hotel before dinner in the evening. Antananarivo stands on a high hill you then transfer to your hotel with time to relax and use the swimming pool before dinner.

  • Day 3

    Drive to Antsirabe

    This morning you depart for the journey to the town of Antsirabe. Initially you retrace your journey to Antananarivo before continuing south along Route National 7 which you will follow for the remainder of the tour. The RN7 is one of the principal roads in the country and is paved for its entirety, something which cannot be said of the majority of Madagascar’s roads. The road passes through an attractive highland landscape with terraced fields of wheat and rice. Antsirabe is the third largest city in Madagascar and has a cool climate owing to its altitude of 1500m. During the French colonial period it was a favoured retreat from the capital, and many of the buildings are in the French colonial style. Today is a fairly full day on the road, but you will stop periodically at small villages or roadside stalls where local people sell fruit, vegetables and homemade handicrafts.

  • Day 4

    Ambositra and Ranomafana National Park

    Today you drive to the town of Ambositra, a journey of a little over two hours. This is a centre for traditional crafts and your guide will take you to visit several fascinating workshops where local people work with aluminium, cow horn and wood. One of the highlights is a small workshop where old aluminium drinks cans are turned into intricate models of cars and bike. These inexpensive handicrafts make excellent gifts for those back home. After lunch there is a spectacular landscape to admire along the way - rice fields dotted with traditional mud-brick houses. Along the route you can stop at a craft shop where sisal is woven into baskets. You stay overnight at a simple hotel in Ranomanfana National Park.

  • Day 5

    Ranomafana National Park

    Today you have a full day to explore Ranomafana National Park, one of Madagascar's best known and most important parks, famous for its population of Golden Bamboo Lemur. A place of stunning beauty and immense natural diversity, Ranomafana National Park is located in the Fianarantsoa Province of south-eastern Madagascar. The park is on the edge of Madagascar’s high plateau and is fairly mountainous, but it is this steepness of the slopes that has preserved the park from exploitation. The range of altitudes allows for many different forest types, from lowland rainforest to cloud forest and high plateau forest. National Park guides will escort you on trails to discover the indigenous wildlife. In the late afternoon you continue your journey to the town of Fianarantsoa and your hotel accopmmodation.

  • Day 6

    Fianarantsoa—Drive to Isalo

    In the morning you begin with a drive up to a high view point which gives a fantastic view across the city and surrounding countryside. Your journey continues to the pretty town of Ambalavao, set in the midst of the Andringitra mountains. Here you will visit a paper making workshop where bark from a local tree is turned into attractive paper products. The afternoon’s journey travels across grassy plains and includes the famous ‘Bishops Hat’ rock. This part of Madagascar is grazing country and you will encounter big herds of Zebu, the indigenous Malagasy cattle, which can sometimes block the road completely. Your accommodation today is in Isalo National Park and in the evening, as the sun sets on the savannah landscape, you drive to the Isalo Window, a unique rock formation where you can watch the sunset through the ‘window’.

  • Day 7

    Isalo National Park

    Today you have a full day guided hike in the Isalo National Park. In the company of an experienced Park Ranger you will first hike to an area where you can see Ringtail Lemurs. After spending some time watching and photographing these fascinating creatures you will continue your hike to a beautiful upland waterfall and natural swimming pool. A variety of other unique wildlife can be seen including chameleon and stick insects. You will visit ancient tribal burial sites before hiking out of the park and meeting up with your transport and returning to your hotel. A wonderful day and one of the highlights of the tour.

  • Day 8

    Drive to Ifaty

    After breakfast you depart from Isalo and head south. Along the route you can visit an open air local moonshine workshop where local rum is produced. Old oil drums are used to ferment sugar cane and the resultant brew is then distilled using makeshift equipment to create the local hooch. You also pass through a small town which is the centre for gem production and there are various shops which sell locally found and cut emeralds. As you head towards the Mozambique Channel, you will see the huge Baobab trees which are so iconic. Eventually you arrive in Tulear, a significant sized town which is a popular tourist resort. From here a rough dirt road leads past mangrove swamps to the small village of Ifaty and your hotel.

  • Day 9

    Ifaty

    Today is free at leisure at Ifaty Beach. The beach is sandy and the waters warm. A reef lies off shore and provides protection to the coast, which means that the sea is normally calm. Local fishermen are often to be seen in their small boats. A visit will be arranged to one of the fishing villages which dot this coast line and in the evening, we will arrange for traditional local musicians to perform at the hotel.

  • Day 10

    Flight from Tulear to Antananarivo

    Today you fly from Tulear back to Antananarivo. Flight schedules will determine this day as the flight time can vary from early morning to late evening. Depending on the arrival time in Antananrivo, there may be an opportunity for shopping or you may wish to spend your day at the hotel swimming pool.

  • Day 11

    Lemur Park - Depart Madagascar

    Today you visit the lemur park near Antananarivo. In the afternoon you transfer to the airport for your homeward flight.

  • Day 12

    Arrive Home

    Your flight arrives back in the UK today.

Prices start from

£2095 for a 12 day

Full board basis based on flights with Kenya Airways.  We include local guides, all admission and all local transfers by private coach

includes flights

  • Couleur Cafe

    Antsirabe, Madagascar Highlands

    The Couleur Café is an Antsirabe institution much favoured by travellers.  Eight bungalows surround a pleasant garden and the main building has a welcoming lounge with fireplace, and a dining area where French cuisine is served. There is also a small shop where you can buy souvenirs. The rooms are spacious and all have en-suite bathrooms with a shower.

  • Vakona Forest Lodge

    Comfortable lodge situated in Mantadia National Park

    The Vakona Forest Lodge is a premium lodge located in the midst of the Andasibe – Mantadia National Parks and ideally situated for discovering the wildlife of these unique forests.

  • Tsara Guest House

    Fianarantsoa, Madagascan Highlands

    Situated in Madagascar’s second largest city, Fianarantsoa, this pretty guest house offers accommodation in 18 comfortable rooms. It is an ideal overnight stop between Ranomafana and Isalo National Parks.

  • Jardin du Roy

    Isalo National Park, Southern Madagascar

    Set in extensive private grounds, the Jardin du Roy is a French-owned hotel on the edge of Isalo National Park. The property is built of local stone and there are 25 rooms offering twin,  double and triple accommodation.  All rooms are ensuite and are simply but tastefully furnished. There is also a large swimming pool enclosed in a spacious and attractive garden.

  • Satrana Lodge

    Beautiful safari lodge style hotel in a secluded position in Isalo National Park

    The Satrana Lodge is a secluded and comfortable safari style lodge on the edge of Isalo.  The main building has a lovely restaurant and bar, situated adjacent to the beautiful swimming pool.  Each of the 40 deluxe tented accommodations are set on a raised platform. Every tent has its own hardwood front deck, with lovely views over the Horombe plain.

  • Les Dunes d'Ifaty

    Spacious villas and rooms on Madagascar's Indian Ocean coast, complete with swimming pool

    Situated by the Indian Ocean on Madagascar’s West Coast , this charming hotel complex, with its 19 villas and 22 deluxe rooms, offers a tranquil setting and a place to relax after the journey to the south. Located near to the village of Mangily, local fishermen can be seen each day as they fish out on the reef.

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