Ideal if you yearn for a short, but memorable, getaway to experience the extremes of Madagascar.
This trip combines two of the best and most idiosyncratic locations that Madagascar can offer – one in the north and one in the south. Both offer extremely comfortable accommodation, and strike the perfect balance between activity and relaxation, with excellent guides who will help you decipher the complexities of life on the island.
Day 1: Depart UK
Day 2: Arrive Antananarivo, 1-night
Days 3-5: Fly to Maroansetra and boat transfer to Masoala. Walks, canoe trip to explore the national park
After an early breakfast, depart Antananarivo and transfer by boat to Masoala. The journey takes about 3 hours, passing Nosy Mangabe island, where you may see dolphin and whale (in season). You'll also travel past the thickly forested mountains of the peninsula which serve as a dramatic backdrop. There's time to explore the camp and nearby beaches and forest, or perhaps enjoy a quick snorkel on the reef before lunch. In the afternoon take a guided walk along the stunning coastline to view the sacred island at Tampolo point, returning to camp by sunset, in time for a hot shower and sundowners on the beach before dinner. Accommodation: Masoala Forest Lodge, 3 nights.
Day 6: Transfer to Maroansetra, fly to Antananarivo, 1-night
After breakfast at the hotel you'll depart by boat to Maroantsetra, and then take a domestic flight back to Antananarivo. On arrival at the airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Days 7-9: Fly to Fort Dauphin, drive to Ifotaka. Walks to explore Ifotaka Community Forest
Today you leave Antananarivo once again and fly to Fort Dauphin, where you will be met by your guide and drive by 4x4 vehicle west towards the town of Ambosary, before continuing to Ifotaka, arriving in time for lunch. In the afternoon, you can observe the gallery forest, and in the evening gather around the campfire for traditional music and dancing performed by Ifotaka villagers. Accommodation: Mandrare River Camp, 3 nights.
Day 10: Transfer to Fort Dauphin and fly to Antananarivo
After breakfast drive back to Fort Dauphin to board a flight back to Antananarivo. Upon arrival in Antananarivo, transfer to your hotel and the rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 11: Transfer to the airport and depart
Day 12: Arrive UK
- When to go: Mar to Dec: Late March to end of December
- Price including flights from/to UK: From £4,495 pp
- Price excluding international flights: From £3,595 pp
- Duration inc. flights from/to UK: 12 days
- Duration exc. international flights: 10 days
- Single supplement: From £576