Lemurs, baobabs, rainforest, desert, hiking and diving: Madagascar is a dream destination for outdoors enthusiasts â€“ half the fun is getting to all these incredible attractions.
Madagascar is unique: 5% of all known animal and plant species can be found here, and here alone. The island's signature animal is the lemur of course, but there are many more weird and wonderful creatures: the eerie-looking fossa (a cat-like predator), colourful and camouflaged chameleons, oddly shaped insects, vivid frogs, graceful rays and turtles, several species of sharks, and humpback whales during the winter months. Trees and plants are just as impressive, be they the distinctively shaped baobabs, the fanning ravinala (travellers' palm), the hundreds of orchids or the spiny forests of the desert south.
The remarkable fauna and flora is matched by epic landscapes of an incredible diversity: you can go from rainforest to desert in just 300km. Few places on Earth offer such an intense kaleidoscope of nature. There are sandstone canyons, limestone karsts, mountains, fertile hills cascading with terraced rice paddies, forests of every kind â€“ rain, dry, spiny â€“ and a laterite-rich soil that gave the country its nickname of 'Red Island'. With 5000km of coastline, the sea is never very far, turquoise and idyllic in places, dangerous in others.
Making the best of Madagascar can be challenging (and expensive): it is the worldâ€™s fourth-largest island and its roads are dismal. For those who relish an adventure, however, this is a one-of-a-kind destination: the off-road driving is phenomenal, there are national parks that only see a few hundred visitors a year, regions that live in autarky during the rainy season and resorts so remote youâ€™ll need a private plane or boat to get there. There are also more activities than you'll have time for: hiking, diving, mountain biking, kitesurfing, rock-climbing, you name it. Oh, and there are plenty of natural pools, beaches and hammocks on which to recover, too.
Madagascar has been populated by successive waves of migrants from various corners of the Indian Ocean. This cultural melting pot has evolved into an intricate set of beliefs and rituals that revere ancestorsâ€™ spirits. For travellers, attending a famadihana(traditional exhumation and reburial when relatives can communicate with their forebears) can be the highlight of a trip. There is much history to discover, too, from Antananarivo's sacred hills to the pirate history of ÃŽle Sainte Marie.
DAY 1 ANTANANARIVO
Meet at the airport and transfer to the hotel. The airport is about 45minutes far from the city. The hotel situated in the town ,about 5 minutes from the city centre .His Malagasy name, Antananarivo, means 'The City of a Thousand', the 1000 armed men stationed within its walls by King Andrianjaka the seventeenth century. The French have rebaptisÃ©d Tananarive during colonization. For short, it is simply 'Tana'.
Whatever you call it, Antananarivo, or Tana, the capital of Madagascar is still the City of a Thousand: a thousand scents, a thousand views, thousand ways to walk its streets miles, miles stairs connecting upper town and city low ...
Antananarivo occupies the slopes of a rocky ridge
rising to about
Accommodation on bed and breakfast at CARLTON ***** standard room
DAY 2 ANTANANARIVO â€“
Drive to Andasibe.
Small village at half way between Tananarive and Tamatave, PERINET or
ANDASIBE in Malagasy is mainly well-known for its national special reserve, one
of the most accessible in the country (3 hours driving from Antananarivo) , a
primary forest of the wet tropical type, of
Stop on the way to visit the private farm of Peyreras an reptiles farm to discover the different insects and reptiles . Lunch at your own charge.
Before the diner night walk to watch the nocturnal lemurs.
Accommodation on bed and breakfast at ANDAISBE HOTEL*** standard bungalow or similar
DAY 3 ANDASIBE : ANALAMAZAOTRA - ANTANANARIVO
Breakfast at the hotel. All day spent for visiting the Andasibe Nationala Park. In the morning, visit of the Analamazaotra reserve which is a special reserve for the Indri Indri, which is the largest living lemur. Then Visit of the private reserve of Vakona and its lemurs islet
Lunch at your own charge
In the afternoon, drive back to Antananarivo
Accommodation on bed and breakfast at CARLTON **
DAY 4 ANTANANARIVO
Breakfast at the hotel.
City tour: drive through the town centre and the independence avenue , drive up to the old city at the edge of the Queenâ€™s palace to have a panoramic view of the modern city. Then drive to the airport.
Hotel Location: Antananarivo
Departure From: India
Hotel Location: Andasibe
Departure From: India