Madagascar Rainforests, Wildlife, Tsingy & Beach
Brown lemur in mid-air, Andasibe-Mantadia (Mike Unwin)  
Madagascar highlands  
Eastern lesser bamboo lemur, Andasibe-Mantadia National Park  
Crowned lemur, Montagne D'Ambre  
Tsingy, Ankarana  
Giraffe weevil, one of the island's iconic small-scale marvels  
Indri, the icon of Andasibe-Mantadia National Park  
14 day tour
Including flights and transfers
Prices from
£4865 - £5265

Tour Highlights

  • Luxuriant rainforest at Andasibe-Mantadia National Park
  • Tsingy limestone pinnacle-fields at Ankarana
  • Rare wildlife including lemurs, chameleons and endemic birds
  • Relaxing in the balmy Nosy Be archipelago
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Madagascar Rainforests, Wildlife, Tsingy & Beach


On this itinerary, we aim to show you as much of Madagascar’s exquisite wildlife and habitats as can comfortably fit into a two week trip. The tour takes in a variety of Madagascar’s diverse eco-types, from humid rainforest to seasonally dry woods. You visit the enchanting reserves in Madagascar’s Eastern Rainforest belt at Andasibe-Mantadia (‘Perinet’), home to the Indri and 11 other lemur species, as well as the isolated rainforest in the volcanic massif of Montagne d’Ambre, complete with sacred crater lakes, waterfalls and Crowned and Sanford's lemur. Another highlight of the tour is a visit to Ankarana, frequently cited as the one place in Madagascar having that ‘WOW’ factor, which is a tough call in this extraordinary island! The 35km fortress-like limestone massif is famed for its pinnacle-fields, sunken deciduous forests and a vast network of caves and underground passages. A short spell on the islands of the balmy Nosy Be archipelago, provides the perfect relaxing ending after the parks.


Day 1
Flight London (or selected other UK airports) - Antananarivo
Depart in the morning on Air France flight via Paris (Charles de Gaulle) to Antananarivo. On arrival in Antananarivo in the evening you will be met by your tour leader, and assisted with currency exchange. Transferred to the comfortable Relais des Plateaux, just 10 minutes drive away, for a 1-night stay, with breakfast included.
Accommodation: Relais Des Plateaux
Day 2
Day 2
Andasibe-Mantadia National Park
After a leisurely breakfast depart with your guide by 4WD vehicle to Andasibe-Mantadia National Park (‘Perinet’), an easy 4-hour drive through scenic high plateau countryside to humid rainforests on the eastern escarpment. You’ll be based at Vakona Forest Lodge for 2 nights, all meals included.
Take an introductory rainforest walk, visit Lemur Island and if you wish, make a night walk in Madagascar’s most visited protected area because of its rich and varied wildlife. Iconic species include the Indri, the largest of all the lemurs, the two-foot long Parson’s chameleon (pictured here, by Mike Unwin) and numerous rainforest-dependent birds.
Accommodation: Vakona Forest Lodge
Day 3
Day 3
Andasibe-Mantadia National Park
Explore the easy trails of Analamazaotra Special Reserve (‘Perinet’/ Andasibe) with your guides and at night, seek nocturnal wildlife across the road in the rainforest concession managed by the proactive NGO Association Mitsinjo.
Accommodation: Vakona Forest Lodge
Day 4
Day 4
Mantadia National Park - Antananarivo
Visit the lush primary rainforest national park of Mantadia, about 37km north of Andasibe town. This rainforest holds an assemblage of rare birds and mammals not necessarily found in ‘Perinet’. The trails are somewhat steeper and narrower than those in Analamazaotra. In the mid afternoon, travel back to Antananarivo to arrive at dusk and overnight in Relais des Plateaux, with breakfast included.
Accommodation: Relais Des Plateaux
Day 5
Day 5
Antananarivo - Diego Suarez - Montagne d’Ambre National Park
You’ll be collected from your hotel and transferred to Antananarivo airport to check in for the Air Madagascar flight to the far north coastal town Diego Suarez/Antsiranana. On arrival, your guide and driver meet you and take you to the lodge to check in for a 2- night stay in a comfortable room at Litchi Tree OR the Nature Lodge. All meals are included.
This afternoon you visit the isolated rainforest-clad national park of Montagne d’Ambre, where the flora and fauna is quite different than that you will previously have seen in the Eastern Rainforests of Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, as the two are not connected. The drive time to the entrance near Joffreville is roughly an hour. Montagne d’Ambre is one of Madagascar’s oldest and most scenically beautiful national parks.
Accommodation: The Litchi Tree
Day 6
Day 6
Montagne d’Ambre National Park
Today you return to Montagne d’Ambre to seek out more the one of the wildlife unique to the far northern region. Key species include Crowned and Sanford’s lemurs, Panther chameleon and Amber Mountain rock-thrush. The waterfalls and crater lakes make this park especially attractive for photographers.
Accommodation: The Litchi Tree
Day 7
Day 7
Ankarana National Park: Ankarana Est
Travel three hours southwards to visit Ankarana Est, where among other formations you can see the Petite Tsingy. Overnight at Ankarana Lodge, with all meals included. These strongly eroded limestone pinnacle fields are a feature of the island’s ‘tsingy’ plateaus, of which there are three protected examples in the western region. Rising up abruptly from the surrounding savannah, Ankarana is a 5km x 20km limestone fortress, which in its labyrinth of caves and sunken forests, protects large populations of often rare and localized wildlife.
Day 8
Day 8
Ankarana Ouest
Travel around the reserve to Ankarana Ouest, to stay 2 -nights in en suite bungalows at Iharana Bush Camp, with all meals included. The western sector of the special reserve, with its grand tsingy formations, is a place in Madagascar which renowned travel writer Hilary Bradt describes as having the ‘wow’ factor. Here the tsingy formations are far larger, and there are awe inspiring caves and underground rivers.
Accommodation: Iharana Bush Camp
Day 9
Day 9
Ankarana Ouest
Your guides will take you into the remarkable Ankarana Ouest today. Here you can seek wildlife local to the north-western dry deciduous forests and marvel at the incredible geological formations which include a vast network of caves and subterannean passages. You will also have the chance to visit one of the nearby villages, for a glimpse into the culture of the Antakarana people who live in the region.
Accommodation: Iharana Bush Camp
Day 10
Day 10
Ankarana Ouest - Ankify - Nosy Be
You will be transferred about 3hrs by road to the seaside town Ankify, where you will be met at noon for the speedboat transfer to Nosy Be, largest of a tropical archipelago off Madagascar's balmy north-west coast. Transfer to Nosy Lodge to stay 3 nights in an en-suite beach bungalow with dinner and breakfast included.
Day 11
Day 11
Nosy Be - Lokobe National Park excursion
You will be collected from the lodge after breakfast and taken by road and by boat on an easy-going day trip to Lokobe, the last remaining stand of Sambirano Forest left on Nosy Be. In this highly threatened forest type, rain and deciduous forest types merge and so, it holds its own locally endemic assemblage of wildlife including iconic species such as the endangered Black lemur. Enjoy a traditional lunch at the local Sakalava fishing village after completing the nature trail.
Day 12
Day 12
Nosy Tanikely Marine Reserve and Nosy Komba excursion
You will be collected from the lodge and taken by speedboat on an excursion to the satellite island of Nosy Tanikely, a reef-ringed marine reserve where snorkelling is wonderful. On the island there are lemurs, a roost of Madagascar flying fox (Fruit bats) and breeding Tropic-birds. Then stop by at Nosy Komba where people come for that 'lemurs on the shoulder' experience with Black lemurs. Lunch is included, at the picnic site under tall trees by the sandy beach.
Day 13
Nosy Be to Antananarivo
Morning at leisure on Nosy Be. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Antananarivo, where your guide and driver will meet you and take you to back to Le Relais de Plateaux, just 10 minutes drive from the airport, for use of a day room.
In the late evening, you will be transferred to the airport for the Air France check-in. (If flying out on Air France)
Accommodation: Relais Des Plateaux
Day 14
Air France flight from Antananarivo to Paris CDG, where you connect on arrival in the mid morning with the regional flight back to London Heathrow or selected other UK airports, arriving by lunch time.

Pricing Information & Dates

14 day tour, from £4865 - £5265 per person
Price Includes:
  • Flights
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers
  • Guide
Price Includes
* International return Air France flights from London Heathrow or selected other UK airports via Paris CDG to Antananarivo (economy class) and airport taxes;
* Domestic Air Madagascar flight as per itinerary, and airport taxes
* Accommodation as stated, with meals as indicated
* All private transfers and 4WD (and speedboat) transportation;
* Services of dedicated, private, English-speaking guide and of drivers
* Park guides and national park guide fees
* All excursions and activities as per the itinerary.
Price Excludes
* Gratuities
* items of a personal nature (travel insurance, phone calls, laundry)
* drinks
* Madagascar visa (€35, issued on arrival)
Price Notes
Please note: this is a sample, tailor-made itinerary so can be modified to suit your travel calendar and special interests. To extend beach time at the end, you might also wish to consider places such as Eden Lodge - contact us for details and a customized proposal.

Tour Route Map

  1.   Antananarivo
  2.   Andasibe-Mantadia National Park
  3.   Montagne d’Ambre National Park
  4.   Ankarana
  5.   Nosy Be, the Mitsio and Radama islands

Accommodation on this Tour

Iharana Bush Camp
Iharana Bush Camp
Ankarana, Madagascar
Situated about 16 km from the town of Ambilobe, Iharana Bush Camp has eight bungalows with en suite facilities (showers not bath tub). The design reflects a unique crossover between traditional Malagasy and African styling.
Relais Des Plateaux
Relais Des Plateaux
Antananarivo, Madagascar
Relais Des Plateaux is positioned on the outskirts of Antananarivo and is just a ten minute drive away from the airport. Rooms are large and comfortable with air-conditioning and mini-bar. The hotel has a large outdoor heated pool and a spacious new restaurant.
The Litchi Tree
The Litchi Tree
Montagne d’Ambre National Park, Madagascar
Located a short distance from the tiny centre of the old French military town of Joffreville, The Litchi Tree is a six-roomed boutique guesthouse. Rooms have large wooden beds, en suite bathrooms with large shower, wooden floors and simple, but colourful and stylish décor.
Vakona Forest Lodge
Vakona Forest Lodge
Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, Madagascar
This is a family-run property and the best hotel in the area. It has 28 comfortable rooms and bungalows, a sparkling pool and stables in a eucalyptus plantation and private reserve 7km from the entrance to Perinet. The lodge is 140 km from the capital, about 3 hours by tarred road.

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Hi Helen

Overall we had an absolute fantastic trip! Everything went off seamlessly! It was both of our first experiences hiring a company like Rainbow tours on our own and I must say it’s been a pleasant experience from beginning to end: You were timely with responses, you listened to what we wanted and it was all in there in the itinerary. 

Rija was our favorite guide and Loren our favorite driver. They were so much fun and agreeable about stopping, pointing out all the wildlife and surroundings. Rija did all that she could to obtain information and provide us with the best info possible on our hikes.  

The accommodations were all very comfortable and the staff was always very nice and accommodating. Our first stop at Litchi Tree, the owner, Herve, was always polite and accommodating to Michelle and I. 

Bush Camp was amazing, staff attentive and friendly and they had frogs in the toilet! We personally love frogs in the toilet and our own toilets at home are now a huge disappointment :) Eden Lodge also amazing with fantastic staff. And super bonus that we were the ONLY ones there! It really was like having our own private beach. Vakona lodge also great. The rooms were underwhelming after Litchi, Bush and Eden but there was nothing wrong with them. In fact our room had a cat on the porch and that was a welcome bonus. Again staff and was great. The physical surroundings of Vakona were just beautiful and Lemur Island was definitely a huge highlight. Just icing on the cake! 

The place by the airport, Relais des Plateau (?), was okay. Our last stay there which was the afternoon/evening before we left they put us in room 5. Directly behind room 5 is where they burn the rubbish. It was quite an unpleasant smell. We discussed going to the front desk but decided since we weren’t staying the night… But I do regret not saying something. But I suggest for future bookings, tell them no room 5. 

Highlights for me are the Tsingy and ALL the lemurs. It was amazing to have lemurs on your shoulder but they were spectacular to behold on in the wild as well. I enjoy seeing as many animals as possible in the wild and we saw a LOT!

Our guide, Stefan, and driver - whose name I can’t recall! - were good. It was a different experience after being with Rija but still good. Stefan didn’t eat with us and we weren’t sure if it was because we are women, or just technically they are off the clock and eating with us is purely a personal choice. But he was great and loved taking pictures for us which was super helpful during Lemur Island. 

Thank you so much! We plan to be back to book with you! 

I’ll get some pictures together.



Ms Gras-Usry and Ms Norsen
May 24, 2017

'Thanks to Fiona for all organisation. Njeeva was fantastic; he was with us for the whole trip except for Nosy Saba. Please advise the local agency of his conduct and empathy.

Litchi Tree is a brillaint place.

Nosy Saba is totally superb; great staff. Would love to go back'. 


Mr Pope and Ms Pyman
December 6, 2016

'Vakona Forest Lodge, Andasibe: lovely location.

Allamanda Hotel, Antsiranana: the food was very good.

Litchi Tree, Montagne d'Ambre: Friendly and characterful.

Iharana Bush Camp, Ankarana: accommodation a bit too basic; got bitten in bed

Eden Lodge: Lovely place'

Mr Foster and Ms Anderson
November 22, 2016

'Overall holiday satisfaction excellent.

Iharana Bush Camp excellent all round, 3 nights here would have been better.

Sakatia Lodge excellent, relaxed, plenty to do and enjoy.' 

Campbell party
October 19, 2016
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