10 Days - 9 Nights
Arrival at the airport. Meet, and transfer to your Hotel. The rest of the day is at your disposal to explore the city. (D)
Breakfast and briefing with the Lemurs' Land Destination's office staff. Departure into the South to Antsirabe. Short stop on a middle way in Ambatolampy for visiting the aluminum pot foundry. In the afternoon rickshaw tour for visiting the thermal city of Antsirabe. Before dinner the local guide will meet you for a short briefing about tomorrow program. (B, D)
Leave Antsirabe for the little village of Betafo, situated at 22 km west of the city. Walk to the most stunning rice terraces of Madagascar and the waterfall of Antafofo. The people here live out of time and build their own agriculture tools. Visit of local traditional village and the way of life of this remote village. Drive back to Antsirabe. (B, L, D)
Early breakfast and head to join the rainforest of Ranomafana. Stops on the way: Ambositra and its handicrafts ateliers for sculpture and marquetry. Night walk to see the wildlife of the region. We can spot mouse lemurs, chameleons, birds and frogs on the edge of the road. (B, D)
After breakfast, morning visit of the rainforest of Ranomafana, it's a high point for meeting lemurs in their natural sanctuary, like Milne-Edward's Sifaka, Grey Bamboo Lemur, the recently found Golden Bamboo Lemur, Red-fronted Brown Lemur. In the afternoon drive to Ambalavao, passing by Fianarantsoa. (B, D)
After breakfast, visit of the private Reserve of Anja, this visit will give you the opportunities to find many families of Ring-tailed Lemurs. After the visit, drive to join the massif of Isalo. Arrival in the end of the afternoon. (B, D)
Full day visit of the Isalo National Park through this sandstone formation. You will see the natural swimming pool, the waterfall of Namaza and, of course, the Ring-tailed and Brown Lemurs. This landscape remains the scenery in the western films. (B, D)
Leave Ranohira and its amazing landscape for the nice beach of Ifaty. On the way, baobabs and Mahafaly tombs. Stop in Tulear, short visit of the town and head for the two days beach relax at Ifaty. (B, D)
Full day beach stay in Ifaty. Many activities are available to organize with the hotel at your own charge, such as: visit of the baobab forest of Reniala, snorkeling, diving, or simply idling... (B, D)
Transfer to Tuléar airport and flight to Tana. City tour and visit of the handicraft market of the Digue. A short feedback with the Lemurs Land Destination’s Office Team, then check in for the international flight. (B)
Nowadays, Madagascar is home to more than 300 species of amphibians and 400 species of reptiles in which over 90% are endemic. This rate increases continually due to discover of new species in different places that have not been explored before.
Madagascar is the fourth biggest island of the world from its size and the origin of this unclassifiable land is in itself a travel. From Africa, from which it separated 165 million years ago, it kept the red earth. From Asia, where a large part of the population came from, it inherited the rice fields. However, Madagascar is neither truly Asian nor totally African; its original culture makes it the only "Afro-Asian" land on the planet. Eighteen populations share this territory of tropical forests, spiny deserts, and beaches with white sand, lateritic soil, lagoons and rock formations. This ethnic mosaic has forged over the centuries a system of authentically Malagasy values. Rites associated with the cult of ancestors such as famadihana, or the presence in the same country of African agrarian tools, and words of Asian origin, are found only in Madagascar.
Welcome to the country of endemism! Madagascar is home to a unique flora and fauna found nowhere else: 85% of the 12,000 island plant varieties live on its soil. The Malagasy territory has distinct natural environments that correspond to as many types of vegetation. The east coast, resolutely tropical, is characterized by vast rain forests and a wide range of palms, bamboos, ferns and orchids. The drier west is the country of baobabs. Seven of the eight different species of baobabs in the world are found in Madagascar. One specie (Adansonia digitata) exists in Africa, another species (Adansonia gregorii or gibbosa) is found in Australia and the other 6 endemic species (Adansonia grandidieri, Adansonia madagascariensis, Adansonia perrieri, Adansonia rubrostipa, Adansonia suarezensis, Adansonia za) in Madagascar with one who is present in Africa (Adansonia digitata).
Madagascar was separated from the rest of the African continent 160 million years ago. This results in the country's unparalleled biodiversity and endemism. Ninety-six percent of the fauna and flora is endemic in Madagascar and is found nowhere else. Covering an area of 587,000 km2, the country is the 4th largest island in the world (after Greenland, New Guinea and Borneo), so its environmental diversity rivals that of an entire continent (rainforests in the east, deciduous forests in the north and west, dense xerophytes' forests in the south, and forests of the high mountains inside the island). Madagascar is home to one of the most unusual collections of mammals in the world and has a remarkable diversity in terms of habitat and associated flora.
South-East exploration by train (12 days/11 nights)
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