10 Days of Lemurs and Beaches in Madagascar
10 Days of Lemurs and Beaches in Madagascar
Madagascar is a land where lemurs dance through lush rainforests, electric orange chameleons prowl along prickly branches, and a rich cultural heritage greets you at every turn.
from $6,800 pp 10 Days/9 Nights $680/Day
10 DAYS OF LEMURS AND BEACHES IN MADAGASCAR
ANTANANARIVO | MANDRARE RIVER | ANJAJAVY RESERVE
Madagascar is one of the most far-flung destinations on the globe, and it feels like it, too. This is a land where lemurs dance through lush rainforests, electric orange chameleons prowl along prickly branches, and a rich cultural heritage greets you at every turn.
This 10-day inspiration itinerary focuses on two different areas of the country–one to the south at Mandrare River Camp and then a finale at Anjajavy Nature Preserve. Your days will be packed to the brim with excitement, whether it’s a hike through the stunning Sacred Gallery Forest to look for ring-tailed lemurs, hiking up 70-foot sand dunes, pausing to get the perfect shot of a baobab tree at sunset, sundowner in hand, or enjoying authentic dancing and singing with the Antandroy tribe around a raging fire. Bring the whole family along–this is sure to be a trip to remember.
GET SETTLED IN ANTANANARIVO
Upon arriving at Ivato Airport in Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar, you’ll be greeted by an English speaking guide who will make the next few steps of your trip a total breeze (Madagascar has two official languages: Malagasy and French). Get settled into the Maison Gallieni, a beautifully designed colonial mansion in the upper town of Antananarivo. Here you’ll get to unwind from your journey with a dip in the pool and enjoy views of the city before tucking into the first of many amazing meals to come. If you would like to discover the ins and outs of Antananarivo, such as the “Avenue of the Baobabs” while you’re in town, just let us know ahead of time so we can make arrangements with your private guide.
Days 2, 3, 4, 5
HEAD SOUTH TO MEET THE LEMURS OF MANDRARE RIVER
MANDRARE RIVER CAMP
The next day, the fun really begins as you journey to the southernmost tip of Madagascar. You’ll be flying to Mandrare River Camp by charter so that you don’t waste any time in between. Settle into your private tent with views of the Mandrare River. That evening, you’ll be taking a night walk in the Forest of Zenavo. Keep an eye out for lemurs who will be just waking up in this eerie and prehistoric Spiny Forest. After the sun sets more species of lemurs will emerge, along with chameleons and owls for a truly otherworldly experience.
The next day, you’ll explore the stunning Sacred Gallery Forest where ring-tailed lemurs will greet you with playful and inquisitive attitudes. That afternoon, walk the Sacred Spiny forest filled with the ancestral tombs of the local Antandroy tribe with a guide and local tracker. Sip sundowners on the banks of the Manrare and soak in all that’s happened so far on this magical Madagascar safari.
On the fourth morning, take a nature walk then journey on to the local village to meet the Antandroy tribe. That afternoon is yours to relax, and that evening perfect for enjoying sundowners amidst the world-famous baobab trees before experiencing traditional dancing and music that evening with the Antandroy community. Your final day in the Mandrare River area will be spent at Lac Anony, a beautiful salt water lake that is home to flamingos galore. Scale a 70-foot high sand dune then wash the sand away with a dip in the refreshing waters.
HEAD BACK NORTH TOWARDS YOUR NEXT DESTINATION
RELAIS DES PLATEAUX
Because your two epic base camps in Madagascar are located at opposite ends of the country, you’ll need to take a quick pit-stop in the middle at Relais des Plateaux. This colorful hotel is a perfect little oasis for the night where you can catch up on sleep (just in case you’ve been skimping in favor of looking for lemurs), interact with friendly local staff, or take a dip in the pool and enjoy the steam room before getting back to the action the following day.
Days 7, 8, 9, 10
HIKE, FISH, AND KICK BACK AT ANJAJAVY RESERVE
On day seven, you’ll depart by chartered flight to Anjajavy L’Hotel, a boutique lodge located on a 1,000-plus acre nature reserve on Madagascar’s northwest coast. The next three days will be spent exploring and unearthing all there is to discover at this magical location. Hike through the rainforest, dip your toes in local creeks, sightsee in nearby fishing villages, and see who in your group can photograph the most chameleons and hummingbirds during your stay. Ready for some more adventure? Feel free to go water skiing, take a boat ride to Moramba Bay, or go big game fishing. Of course, no one would judge you if you decided to simply kick back on the beach with your favorite book in hand, too. You'll head home feeling refreshed and, if you're anything like us, perhaps a little giddy after experiencing such an other-worldly and far-flung place as Madagascar.
WHY GO ON THIS TRIP
Spend a day in the capital of Madagascar, Antananarivo, where the "Avenue of the Baobabs" and other amazing sights are all at your fingertips
Experience the wonders of the Mandrare River with a number of hikes with five-star guides
Look for lemurs, chameleons, hummingbirds, and other exotic animals that call this area home
Visit the ancestral tombs of the local Antandroy tribe with a guide and local tracker
Discover the saltwater Lac Anony with incredible sand dunes on the shore
Explore the 1,000-plus acre nature reserve to the north of the island with hikes, village visits, and sightseeing
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