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This luxury tour package will allow your to discover the best sites that symbolize Madagascar. The price (double occupancy) is per person and subject to change for custom detail.

DURATION  : 12 days
AREA             :
East, West and South West of Madagascar
TRIP              : Private
PLACES TO VISIT : Antananarivo – Andasibe – Tsingy de Bemaraha – Isalo –  Ifotaka
ACCOMODATION TYPE :
Luxury (Half Board / Full Board)
TRANSPORT TYPE: Private car/ Private Flight (Charter)                     
BACK TO ANTANANARIVO: Private Flight (Charter)
ASSISTANCE : National Guide (English speaking) / Local Guide (English speaking)
AVAILABITY: ALL YEAR

THE WORTH OF OF MADAGASCAR

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DAY 1: ARRIVAL TIME

Arrival at Ivato International Airport. You will be welcomed by HT Agency Tours Staff. Once you have cleared customs formalities, our Guide will smooth through the rest of the arrivals process – currency exchange, setting up your phone with a new SIM card, and anything else you need. We will provide 1 SIM cards with Data + National Call + 5mn International call during your stay in Madagascar. It will make our contact easier. Check in at the hotel.

NIGHT AT TAMBOHO (DINNERS INCLUDED)

DAY 2: ANTANANARIVO - ANDASIBE (PERINET)

After breakfast, we explore Madagascar’s capital, known simply as “Tana”. We drive to the Royal Hill of Ambohimanga, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, consisting of a royal city and an ensemble of sacred places. The Queen’s Palace here is a symbol of the Merina Kingdom, the dynasty that made Madagascar a modern state. This is a place of pilgrimage and  the burial ground for its sovereigns since 1817. Sitting atop the highest hill in Antananarivo, it offers spectacular views of the surroundings. We then drive down to Independence Avenue and Anosy Lake. Here we get a good picture of the diverse communities that come together from all over the island in the capital, before we take a scenic drive to Marozevo. On the RN2 east we enjoy panoramic views of the stepped rice fields of the Highlands of Madagascar. We see villages of the Merina tribe in the rocky hills and then continue east through green and luxuriant vegetation, with stops along the scenic rainforest route in world-renowned Andasibe-Perinet National Park, seeing primary forests. On the arrival, check-in at the hotel. Around 6:30PM, you end this day with a guided night visits which will take 1 hour and half, and then drive back to the hotel.

NIGHT AT MANTADIA LODGE (BREAKFAST AND DINNERS)

DAY 3 : ANDASIBE (PERINET)

After breakfast, you start with a guided visit at Analamazaotra National Park. It is better to leave the hotel early (about 7:30AM) to meet easily the Indri-Indri and the Diademed Sifaka in their forest home. The visit takes about 3 hours. Within a mile of the park you can hear the peculiar call of the indri very early in the morning until noon and again in the late afternoon. Indris (called Babakoto in Malagasy) are the largest living lemurs at all reaching up to 1 meter. Andasibe is the best place to observe the Indris given that there are a couple of families habituated to humans. It lives in small groups and cannot survive in captivity. There are several legends trying to explain its origins since it is considered a sacred animal in the whole Madagascar. Apart from the Indri, another 13 lemur species inhabit these forests, such as woody lemur, grey bamboo lemur, diademed sifaka, brown lemur, red mouse-lemur, red-bellied lemur, black and white ruffed lemur and even aye-aye.  In the afternoon we visit Andasibe village, known as “the City of Waters”, and stroll through the local market to see some Malagasy craftspeople working.  Then, you will enjoy an amazing up close and personal experience with lemurs on the private Lemurs Island and then on to view many other species in the Vakona Reserve Zoo, where you will see many crocodiles in the huge river enclosure, native birds, and other wildlife in well-kept surroundings.

NIGHT AT MANTADIA LODGE (BREAKFAST AND DINNERS)

DAY 4 : ANDASIBE – ANTANANARIVO - BEKOPAKA

We depart early back to the capital and have a 4 hour drive through spectacular eroded hills called lavaka. On the road, we visit the famous exotic animal breeding centre owned by naturalist Andre Pereyras, where we see almost all the chameleon species of Madagascar – as well as butterflies, leaf tailed geckos, lemurs and other interesting animals.  Once in Antananarivo, you will aboard your charter and flight directly up to Bekopaka (The fligh will take 55mn). Before landing, your will enjoy a flight over surrounding up the scenic landscape of Tsingy de Bemaraha. And then transfer to the hotel.

NIGHT AT SOLEIL DU TSINGY (BREAKFAST AND DINNERS)

DAY 5 : BEKOPAKA

After breakfast, guided visit to the Bemaraha National Park (Grand Tsingy), you can choose whichever tour you want to do on this day, in consultation with your local guide and your driver, depending on your energy levels and enthusiasm on the day. There are circuits for all levels of fitness here at this World Heritage park. Here nature seems to be in perfect harmony with this wild and sharp limestone mountain. The flora consists of a dry western deciduous forest, plants typical of these dry limestone areas, such as species of Aloe and baobab Andasonia, the red-flowered flamboyant tree, Madagascar’s native banana Musa perrier. You can also see typical plants growing in the rocky area such pachypodium, orchids Concerning the fauna we can see the stump-tailed chameleon Brookesia perarmata, 53 bird, 7 lemur species including Decken’s sifaka Propithecus verreauxi deckeni.  For your lunch, you will have picnic organized by the guide. After lunch, you will continue your visit to the Small Tsingy.  

NIGHT AT SOLEIL DU TSINGY (BREAKFAST, LUNCHES AND DINNERS)

DAY 6: BEKOPAKA - MORONDAVA

This morning, enjoy breakfast before boarding your private charter flight to Morondava, located in the heart of Sakalava territory and known for its beautifully sculpted royal wooden tombs. The flight will take about one hour and you’ll be welcomed on arrival by a hotel staff member and transferred to Palissandre Côte Ouest. You’ll enjoy lunch at the hotel before enjoying a tour of the city. In the afternoon, your guide will drive you to the renowned Avenue of the Baobabs (Allée des Baobabs), a dirt road lined with dozens of ancient Grandidier’s baobab trees, the largest of the seven species of baobab found in Madagascar. You’ll watch the gorgeous sunset over these magnificent trees before heading back to the hotel.

NIGHT AT PALISSANDRE (BREAKFAST AND DINNERS)

DAY 7 : MORONDAVA - ISALO

After breakfast, you’ll board your private charter flight to Isalo National Park, the flight will take around 1 hour and 40 minutes. You’ll be met on arrival by a hotel staff member and transferred to Isalo Rock Lodge, a breathtaking retreat set high in the Sandstone Mountains, overlooking Isalo National Park. The national park known for its spectacular sandstone rock formations, natural pools with clear water, and deep canyons used for centuries as sacred burial sites by the Bara tribe. This afternoon, enjoy a sunset viewing at the famous Isalo natural window. Then, transfer back to the hotel.

NIGHT AT ROCK LODGE (BREAKFAST AND DINNERS)

DAY 8: ISALO

Today we explore the stunning desert plains, deep canyons, sandstone formations, grasslands and palm-lined oases of Isalo National Park. We hope to encounter the 3 lemur species that are found here – Red-fronted Brown Lemurs, Ring-tailed Lemurs and the loping, bipedal Verreaux’s Sifaka. We will also see vegetation such as Uapaca bojeri, Pachypodium rosulatum or ‘elephant’s foot’ and Aloe isaloensis, a native species of aloe endemic to Isalo. The eroded mountains also served as a place where the Bara people kept their dead before they could bury them in their actual tombs. This day includes strenuous walks. “Picnic lunch in the park”. This afternoon, enjoy a massage at the spa, or take a dip in the pool where you can have a nice view of the Isalo wonderful mountain.

NIGHT AT ROCK LODGE (BREAKFAST, LUNCHES AND DINNERS)

DAY 9 : ISALO – IFOTAKA

This morning, enjoy breakfast before boarding your private charter flight to Mandrare River Camp, taking around 1 hour and 40 minutes. Once arriving at the camp, you’ll tuck into a barbecue lunch of grilled meats and fresh salads. After lunch, relax in your luxury tent with stunning views over the Mandrare River. Toward in the evening, you’ll head out for an exciting night walk in the Forest of Zenavo. You’ll see diurnal lemurs bedding down for the night and nocturnal lemurs starting to wake up as you roam through the ancient forest. Keep your eyes peeled for sifakas, mouse lemurs and sleepy white-foot sportive lemurs, which become active once the sun has set, along with a variety of birds and chameleons.

NIGHT AT MANDRARE RIVER CAMP (BREAKFAST, LUNCHES AND DINNERS)

DAY 10 : IFOTAKA

After breakfast, you will head south to the camp where you will find the magnificent sacred gallery forest. Depending on the water levels of the Mandrare River, you will cross the river on foot or by boat to reach this magical forest, famous for its playful groups of ring-tailed lemurs and Verreaux’s sifaka. In the evening, you will venture into the Thorny Sacred Forest with an English speaking tracker from the local community. You will visit the ancestral tombs of the local Antandroy tribe and your guide will tell you about Antandroy culture and customs, as well as the plants and animals endemic to the forest. You will end the excursion with a relaxing sunset on the banks of the Mandrare River.

NIGHT AT MANDRARE RIVER CAMP (BREAKFAST, LUNCHES AND DINNERS)

DAY 11 : IFOTAKA

Today you get up before dawn this morning to enjoy a magical sunrise walk through the Sacred Forest of Thorns. Watch the sunlight pass through the octopuses and watch the wildlife wake up and become active, including many endemic birds such as the crested coua, running coua and several species of vangas. After the visit, return to the hotel for breakfast. Today is dedicated to immersing yourself in the Antandroy culture. You can visit the local village and meet the ombiasy or get involved in learning how to wield a zebu skin slingshot! The Antandroy tribe are a fascinating people and this is a great opportunity to gain a unique insight into their culture.

NIGHT AT MANDRARE RIVER CAMP (BREAKFAST, LUNCHES AND DINNERS)

DAY 12 : IFOTAKA - ANTANANARIVO

For this last day after your breakfast, your will be boarding your private flight to Antananarivo, the flight will take about 3h30mn. On arrival, transfer in town followed by a shopping and purchase some souvenirs at the craft market (Depending on our time of arrival in Tana, there may be time for last-minute). And then transfer directly to the international airport for your external flight.

END OF THE TOURS

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SAFETY (Covid19)

Tourists Taxes
Transfer from the airport to the hotel and from the hotel to the airport
Private car with Air Conditional
Private Flight (Charter)
Charter
Driver/Guide (with English speaking)
Visits and excursions (following the itinerary)
Guides + entrance fees included for all national parks/reserves
Administrative management package
Bottles of water
Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners
Picnic Lunch in ISALO and Tsingy de Bemaraha

  • International flight tickets
  • Insurance
  • Drinks
  • Your guide will manage all programs’ timing
  • During the trip, the following dietary requirement(s) are served: Regular (typically includes meat, fish, milk, sea food, …). If you have special dietary requirements it’s a good idea to communicate it to us
  • Please note that the feasibility of the tour will depend on the availability of the proposed accommodations
  • We do not take responsibility for any airline schedule changes that may occur after quoting or booking. We will do everything we can to alleviate any disruption of your itinerary or holiday but cannot be held responsible for any loss of funds, bookings, missed connections or other prebooked/paid services.

This tour will take you from Antananarivo to Andasibe, Tsingy de Bemaraha, Baobabs Avenue, Isalo and Ifotaka

  • Andasibe National Park

Andasibe National Park is a part of Toamasina. It is 1.5 kilometers from Andasibe, 140 kilometers from Antananarivo, and 200 kilometers from Tamatave. The surface of the area is 16,310 hectares (Analamazaotra Special Reserve is 810 hectares while Mantandia National Park is 15,500 hectares). The climate is very humid, the average annual temperature is 18 degrees Celsius, and the average annual rainfall is 1,700 millimeters spread over 210 hectares. The park consists of 80% primary forests and 13% secondary forests, subject to the impact of human activity. The special reserve is dedicated to the protection of the largest Malagasy lemur, the indri. An orchid park is also open to the public. There are three campsites and a hotel in the park. When you travel in Madagascar and if you are fans of nature, do not miss to visit this park.

  • Isalo National Park

Isalo is located in the south of Madagascar in Ranohira. The park extends over an area of 81,54 hectares. Isalo is home to a population dominated by the Bara ethnic group mixed with communities of various origins who settled there because of the exploitation of sapphire in the surrounding area of Ilakaka. The territory is also a historically rich archaeological site, as it retains the continental plate connecting Madagascar with Africa, two million years ago. A true tourist attraction for its geomorphological singularities, at the same time varied and unique in the world, it is the most visited site on the island. The park is of rock structure that is globally shaped by the erosion of reddish mountainous sandstones dating back to the Jurassic era of 200 million years ago, extending for nearly 100 kilometers in the north-south direction. Its varied sculptural form is a chain of deep canyons, peaks up to 200 meters high, masses of granite and rock blocks of unstable appearance. There are currently 82 species of birds, 33 reptiles, 15 amphibians, and 14 mammals including seven primates. Among these, there are the maki, sifaka, and varika. As far as tourists are concerned, the main attractions are the pedestrian routes which, from the outset, are reminiscent of a decorative façade of the Far West.

  • Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park

Located in the western part of Madagascar, about 200 kilometers from Morondava, the protected area of Bemaraha covers more than 150,000 hectares. It is home to the famous Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park, one of the most spectacular landscapes of Madagascar and even of the world. The famous Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park is the first tourist attraction that makes the western destination of Madagascar a popular destination for tourists. Indeed, the Tsingy are a group of limestone rocks whose formation began several million years ago when the sea still covered the region. Thus, corals and shells have stacked and welded together to form thick layers which have subsequently raised. In the open air, the limestone cracked to give rise to diaclases and canyons. Rainwater that has an acid characteristic has also contributed to erosion by shaping tapered slats and deep tunnels with concretions on the surface. It is a    true limestone cathedral characterizing one of the most spectacular natural landscapes of the Great Island and even of the world, hence it’s inscription to the world natural heritage and national cultural heritage of UNESCO. Tsingy de Bemaraha is strongly regarded as a place of endemism because of their richness in plant and animal species where scientists have recorded a high level of endemism of around 80-90%. The protected area of Bemaraha is a true refuge for rare and endemic animal species. There are 17 rare species of reptiles, including the very small chameleon scientifically called the Brookesia perarmata and a species of rodents, Nesomys lambertoni, found only in the park. There are also 11 species of lemurs, six species of birds, and two species of local endemic amphibians. On the flora side, the park abounds with more than 600 species of plants, but the baobabs, aloes and flamboyants remain the first stars. 

  • Baobabs Avenue

About ten trees 30 meters high border this avenue, of the species Adansonia grandidieri, endemic to Madagascar. Baobabs, over 800 years old, known locally as renala (in Malagasy for “mother of the forest”), are a heirloom of the dense tropical forests that thrived in Madagascar. The trees did not grow in isolation in this dry and bushy landscape but were part of a dense forest which has now disappeared (only 10% of primary forests remain in the country). Over the years, with the increase in the country’s population, forests have been cut down for agriculture, leaving only baobab trees, which locals preserve both out of respect and for their value as a source of food and materials of constructions.

  • Ifotaka

Ifotaka is a community-managed forest reserve protecting 22,000 ha of thorny thickets and gallery forests in the remote south of Madagascar. With two distinct forest types, including the Most Unusual Forest on Earth, 5 species of lemurs, and dozens of rare endemic birds and reptiles, the wildlife experience here is exceptional. This little-known forest reserve is home to a strange and ethereal habitat found nowhere else on the planet: the thorny thicket. It’s so bizarre that biologists can’t decide if it’s a forest or a desert, hence the name. 95% of the plants in this almost exotic habitat are totally unique. It features two of Madagascar’s most famous characters, the famous dancing sifakas and may be the most iconic of all lemurs, the ring-tailed lemur.

  • Climate

The climate is tropical, but cooler in the highlands (dropping as low as 5°C at night in July/August in Antananarivo and Andasibe). The dry season is March to October continuing into November in most areas. The east coast is best March-May and September-November, January-March is cyclone season. The south west area is hot, dry and semi-arid. March-April is the best time for flowers and reptiles. November (spring) is generally the best time for wildlife and birds, but lemurs can be viewed all year round. Seasonal weather patterns can be unpredictable.

  • Altutude
    • Antananarivo : 1300m
    • Andasibe : 964m
    • Morondava : 22m maximum and an average altitude above sea level of 6m
    • Isalo : Varies from 800m to 1200m
    • Bekopaka : 334m
    • Mandrare River : 1800m
  • Equipment

HT Agency Tours offers torches for nocturnal wildlife walks, a water bottle. Please bring camera film (and spare batteries), binoculars and a beach towel and swimwear. Rain proof pants are very handy for walks in the rainforest. Walking poles maybe useful in Ranomafana NP and Andasibe NP. Lightweight walking bootshoes and trainers is recommended. Clothing should be lightweight, but a warm sweater or jacket is advisable as nights at altitude and under desert conditions can be very cold, even in summer and especially in July to September. Rainwear is highly recommended on all tours for the occasional shower. Warmer layers will be required during the winter months.

  • Visa and Passport

Madagascar: An entry visa is required by USA citizens and can be obtained on arrival. The visa is chargeable at 40USD and issued for 30 days. The visa fee is payable in USD or Euro and we advise to take small denominations and a little extra as the USD amount is calculated daily by the applicable rate of exchange. Other nationalities should consult the relevant consulate. For a single-entry tourist visa, you can apply via the e-visa website: https://evisamada.gov.mg/en/

You will need to print a copy of your evisa approval letter and present this with your passport at immigration upon your arrival. The approval letter will take a minimum of 3 days to be processed so we strongly advise for you to apply within plenty of time (maximum of 6 months prior to your arrival) before your departure. You will be permitted to stay within Madagascar for a maximum of up to 90 days and we strongly recommend for you to read the FAQ section on the e-visa website before applying.

  • Insurance

It is a condition of booking with HT Agency Tours that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude, please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip.

  • Vaccinations

Nothing compulsory, but we recommend protection against malaria, tetanus, typhoid, hepatitis A plus, Polio and diptheria. Please note that all travellers aged over 9 months old that have travelled from or have transit via a country with a risk of yellow fever transmission, will need to present a Yellow Fever certificate at immigration/borders in Madagascar for inspection. Consult your travel clinic for latest advice on different prophylaxis available against malaria. Following the advice given by the Government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, we strongly recommend the wearing long sleeved shirts and the liberal application of insect repellent as a precautionary measure to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. These precautions should be taken at all times as the mosquitoes are also active during daylight hours. Please check the latest requirements with your travel clinic or doctor prior to departure.

  • Food and drink

The costs of meals may vary according to the location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given below are just an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the center of a major city may charge more:

  • Lunch price: 10 USD
  • Dinner price: 17 USD
  • Beer price: 2 USD
  • Watter price: 1 USD

For safe operation

  • Given the fluid nature of local COVID-19 protocols, our itineraries are regularly reviewed and will be modified based on local requirements to ensure a safe experience. If a major change is necessary, we will let you know before departure.
  • Our guide will use their judgment during the trip to modify the itinerary if physical distancing cannot be achieved
  • Our guide will receive in-depth training on COVID-19 protocols and how to conduct our journeys in the “new normal”.
  • Our guide will brief you upon arrival on the use of face masks and physical distancing during the trip, based on local government guidelines.
  • Only restaurants with strict protocols that comply with local food hygiene and physical distancing requirements will be used. We will encourage outdoor dining areas where possible.
  • All of our staff and third party suppliers will be continually informed of new health and safety protocols.

Transportation Protocols

  • Our drivers will follow local protocols on the use of face masks and physical distancing required.
  • Our drivers will provide alcohol-based hand sanitizer and tissues in the vehicle and encourage customers to wash their hands when getting into the vehicle.
  • All vehicles will be disinfected (seats, door handles, etc.) regularly throughout the day.

Protocols for Hotels

  • We will only offer hotels that have specific COVID-19 protocols in place and comply with local government guidelines.
  • We will ensure that these measures include; improved room cleaning, ventilation, physical distancing, regular cleaning and disinfection of high frequency touch points in public areas, food safety, staff retraining and minimization of contact within properties

If You Get Sick

  • All of our leaders are trained to help any guest who becomes ill while traveling.
  • We also have an “action plan” in case of suspected COVID-19 cases within the group and are ready to seek medical support at any time.
  • Our guides are supported by our 24/7 based operations team and local partners across the country

Our recommendations

  • We recommend you to bring your own face masks (at least 2 reusable) and an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • We recommend you to check with the airline for their individual COVID-19 requirements prior to departure.
  • We recommend you to check your own government travel advice and meet entry requirements including, but not limited to, COVID-19 testing, pre-arrival health questionnaires, and tracking and traceability in the country, etc