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Mauritius & Madagascar: Lemurs, Baobabs, & Beaches (Aug 2024)

Land Tour

Before immersing ourselves in the wonders of Madagascar, we will begin with three extraordinary days in the enchanting island country of Mauritius. Nestled beneath the iconic Le Morne, you will stay in a charming boutique lodge, experiencing the beauty of its beaches and coastline.

Prepare to uncover the secrets of the land of lemurs as we embark on a 13-day adventure through Madagascar's magnificent landscapes and extraordinary wildlife diversity. Witness the captivating sight of numerous lemur species, alongside vibrant chameleons and frogs, providing an up-close and personal encounter like no other.

While Madagascar is renowned for its lemurs, it is also home to the iconic Avenue of the Baobabs. Just a short distance from the coastal city of Morondava, we will behold the awe-inspiring majesty of these ancient giants. Continuing our journey, we will venture to Kirindy National Park, where the elusive fossa, reminiscent of a feline, roams freely. Our exploration will then lead us to Tsingy De Bemaraha National Park, a surreal and otherworldly landscape awaiting our discovery.

Concluding our tour, we will retreat to a splendid eco lodge in Palmarium reserve, a hidden gem accessible only by boat. This journey is an adventurous pursuit, embracing the essence of exploration, that will satisfy your passion for unique primates and magnificent landscapes, ensuring an unforgettable experience for all.

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Tour Provider Journeys Worldwide
Number Of Days
15
Price From
$7,290
Start Location
Le Morne, Mauritius
End Location
Antananarivo, Madagascar
Age Range
No age restriction
Group Size
5 to 10
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Adventure, Small group
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
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Day 1

Arrive today and be greeted by your guide. You will be transferred to Le Morne to see the Iconic rock structure against the breathtaking turqouise waters and stay in a boutique lodge with one of the best views of the infamous Le Morne

Day 2

Today you will have free time to relax and enjoy the beach or do a hike up many of the trails in the area. 

You will also have an optional dolphin cruise/snorkel this day 

Day 3

For your final day in Mauritius, embark on an adventure among the many things to do or just take a spa day and relax. Get ready for our adventurous trip to the next incredible destination

Day 4

Welcome to Antananarivo (Tana), the capital of Madagascar! We will meet you at the airport and take you to your accommodation where you can relax for the afternoon. This evening you will meet your tour leader as you enjoy dinner and talk through the upcoming Madagascan adventure

Day 5

After an early flight to Morondava, we will pass through the avenue of the Baobabs on our way to Kirindy National Park.

This park is home to the rare Sportive Lemur and the unique Fossa! The Fossa is Madagascar’s only carnivore and is specialised at climbing trees to hunt lemur species. Head out on an evening walk to spot some of the rare lemur species of Kirindy.

Day 6

Wake up and enjoy an invigorating early morning walk in search of the Fossa and the many endemic lemurs of the Kirindy Forest. We then journey north, crossing the Manambolo River until we reach Tsingy De Bemaraha National Park.

The Tsingy are limstone forests created by ground water eroding the plateau above, creating needlelike formations. Upon arrival we will walk amongst the Little Tsingy or relax beside the Tsiribinhina River...... if you can say it, then we’ll buy you a drink!

Day 7

We will depart early for the Greater Tsingy of Beramaha National Park. Traverse the park on a series of aerial suspension bridges and walkways. Keep an eye out for the rare species of bird that inhabit the park and be amazed by leaping lemurs that cross the spiny pinnacles with ease.

Day 8

After breakfast we will begin our journey south, until we reach Baobab Alley. We will spend some time amongst these giants of the plant world. Wander among these magnificent trees and join us as we plant a baobab sapling and support the growth of new trees in this unique forest. In the late afternoon we will continue to Morondava for the night.

Day 9

After an early breakfast we set off on our long journey to Antsirabe. This is a day of travel through the winding mountains, highlands and picturesque rice fields of Madagascar. Upon arrival we will enjoy a local meal and perhaps explore the hidden gems of this smaller city.

Day 10

Antsirabe, famous for its precious stones and fossils. In the morning, we will take a walk around the city centre and learn about the importance of this area as a central trade route pre and post colonisation. The city is well known for its architecture as well as its horse drawn carts and locally produced beer!

Day 11

Travel day from Antasirabe to Andasibe

Day 12

Today we will spend the afternoon at the Analmazaotra National Park looking for a variety of lemur species, including indri, bamboo and mouse lemur. In the evening we head out for a night walk to look for chameleons, frogs, sifaka lemurs and a host of other nocturnal species.

Day 13

Cross Lake Rasoabe and the Pangalanes canel by boat, to reach Palmarium Reserve, home to 12 different species of lemur including the aye aye. You will be staying in a stunning eco lodge here in a beautiful private reserve. 

Day 14

The private reserve of Palmarium is also known as Ankanin’ny Nofy which translates from Malagasy as ‘nest of dreams’. It is spread across 50 hectares of peninsula land in the Lake Ampitabe area on the East coast of Madagascar, nestled on the banks of the Pangalanes channel and the Indian Ocean. Separated from the latter by thin coastal sand dunes, the landscape otherwise comprises of littoral forest with relatively flat terrain and some well-kept trails for exploration

Day 15

Spend the morning wandering the many trails of the reserve and in the evening visit Aye Aye Island. The aye aye is one of the most intriguing and unique members of the lemur family. Viewed with superstition by local communities, the aye aye are often chased from their forest home. Aye Aye Island was established as a safe refuge for these unique creatures. 

Day 16

Travel back through the canals, lakes, and winding roads to Tana and depart towards home or carry on to do a post-trip extension doing the Big 5 and Safari in South Africa

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Start End Availability Price
27 Jul 2024 11 Aug 2024 8 $7,290

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