Madagascar Wildlife Discovery Tours 2016
Indri in Andasibe-Mantadia - this is the largest of the extant lemurs and easily seen.  
The shy Madagascar crested ibis is the country's largest forest-dependent bird  
Largest of all chameleons is the Parson's chameleon, an icon of Andasibe-Mantadia  
The beautiful Pittalike ground-roller is best sought in Ranomafana National Park  
Red-bellied lemur in Ranomafana National Park  
The critically endangered Greater bamboo lemur  
Spiky Didieraceae trees in the arid Southern spiny bush  
'Elephant's foot' Pachypodium is common at Isalo  
Ringtail lemurs are common at Anja Parc, Isalo National Parks and Berenty Reserve  
Brookesia (Stump-tailed) chameleons inhabit the forest floor  
Male Velvet asity, part of one of the island's 5 endemic bird families  
19 day tour
Including flights and transfers
Prices from
£3995

Tour Highlights

  • Indris, Parson's chameleons and other iconic rainforest wildlife in Andasibe-Mantadia
  • Malagasy culture and history at Antananarivo and the other Highlands towns
  • Bamboo lemurs, Satanic leaf-tailed geckos and colourful tree frogs in Ranomafana
  • Ringtails at Anja Parc amid gigantic Granite domes
  • Sandstone canyons in Isalo
  • Rare wildlife and baobabs at Zombitse-Vohibasia
  • Spiny bush with baobabs and rare birds in Ifaty
  • 'Dancing' sifakas and Ringtails at Berenty
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Madagascar Wildlife Discovery Tours 2016

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On our very popular Madagascar Wildlife Discovery Tours you'll see a superb variety of lemurs, endemic birds and a catalogue of extraordinary reptiles, frogs and invertebrates, and diverse flora. We offer a variety of departure dates on this set, small group tour and all trips follow an identical route. 

2016 dates:

03 - 21 Sep -  FULLY BOOKED
17 Sep - 05 Oct: two rooms available
22 Sep - 09 Oct -  FULLY BOOKED
08 - 26 Oct - FULLY BOOKED
 

Encompassing the eastern rainforests, the  the bizarre 'spiny desert' of semi-arid southern region and the highlands of the central plateau, this 19 day tour is an incredible way to experience this superb country. During the tour, as well as viewing some of Madagascar's most iconic wildlife you will gain insight into the fascinating culture of some of Madagascar's different peoples. Rainbow Tours are the leading UK experts for travel in Madagascar.

2016 tours are from £3,995 per person and single supplement £650 per person.

Please contact us for price information and to reserve your place on 020 7666 1250 or email info@rainbowtours.co.uk

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Day 1
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. You will be transferred to Relais des Plateaux for a 1-night stay.
Accommodation: Relais Des Plateaux
   
Day 2
Day 2
Andasibe-Mantadia National Park (Perinet)
Depart for Andasibe-Mantadia National Park. The 3½-hour journey takes us through Merina territory with the characteristic brickworks, paddy-fields, and villages. Introductory walk in the rainforest. Stay 2-nights at either the comfortable Vakona Forest Lodge, Andasibe Hotel OR Eulophiella Lodge.
Accommodation: Vakona Forest Lodge
       
Day 3
Day 3
Mantadia National Park
Spend the day discovering the rare wildlife in the primary rainforest of Mantadia National Park. Mantadia's star attraction is the spectacular nominate subspecies of the Diademed Sifaka, second largest of all surviving lemurs. Other diurnal lemurs less easily seen include Red-bellied lemur and the garrulous Black-and-white ruffed lemur. There is a substantial population of Indri in Mantadia - some are strangely darker than those in Andasibe-Mantadia National Park. Almost all the most sought-after rainforest bird species may be spotted in Mantadia.

On our night walk in Station Forestier d’Analamazaotra, we may see the Greater dwarf lemur, Rufous mouse lemur, Small-toothed sportive lemur and Eastern woolly lemur.
Day 4
Day 4
Andasibe National Park (Perinet)
Morning for the rainforest reserve of Andasibe. We are virtually certain to see the iconic Indri. Other species include the Grey bamboo lemur, Common brown lemur, some of the rainforest dependent groundrollers, Parsons (pictured) and Short-horned chameleons and Madagascar day gecko.
 
This afternoon you will drive back to the capital city (drive time about 4 hrs) for a 1-night stay at Relais des Plateaux.
Accommodation: Relais Des Plateaux
   
Day 5
Day 5
Berenty Private Reserve
We transfer to Antananarivo airport to check in for the Air Madagascar flight to Fort Dauphin (south-east coast).
 
On arrival in Fort Dauphin, you will be driven 4 hours inland along a deteriorating road to the renowned Berenty Private Reserve, to stay 2-nights in simple en-suite bungalows at Berenty Lodge. Exploring Berenty with its broad trails on flat terrain is easy. Thanks to numerous television documentaries on its high concentrations of iconic southern wildlife such as the 'dancing' Verreaux's sifaka and the country's national mammal, the Ringail lemur in particular, this reserve is Madagascar's best known protected area.
Accommodation: Berenty Lodge
         
Day 6
Day 6
Berenty Private Reserve
Spend the day exploring gallery woodland and spiny bush at Berenty Private Reserve .
 
Best known for its large and well habituated populations of Ringtail lemur and the 'dancing' Verreaux's sifaka, Berenty also holds a wide variety of birds, reptiles and fascinating dry country flora; and contains two of the only four remaining stands of gallery forest in the entire Mandrare River Valley. One of the reserve's attractions is a large, raucous roost of Madagascar flying foxes, with their impressive 1-metre wingspans. (Photo by Gerald Cubitt)
Accommodation: Berenty Lodge
         
Day 7
Day 7
Fort Dauphin
After spending more time exploring Berenty, travel back after lunch to Fort Dauphin to stay 1-night in the Croix du Sud.
Day 8
Day 8
Antananarivo
You will be transferred to Fort Dauphin airport to check in for the Air Madagascar flight back to Antananarivo, where you will be met and transferred to Palissandre to stay 1-night. Time allowing you will be taken to see attractions in the capital, including the Aye ayes which are held as part of an internationally coordinated captive breeding programme in the nocturnal house at the National Zoo, Botanical Gardens and Museum.
Accommodation: Palissandre Hotel and Spa
 
Day 9
Day 9
Ifaty Beach
We fly to Tulear on the south-west coast for a 2-night stay in Les Dunes. This is in the most interesting area of spiny bush, which we will have the opportunity to explore. In the afternoon those who wish, can snorkel (payable locally): the hotel has boats to take guests out to the barrier reef offshore.
Accommodation: Les Dunes d'Ifaty
 
Day 10
Day 10
Ifaty Beach & Spiny bush
Early morning excursion to the spiny bush for bottle baobabs, octopus trees, rare birds of Ifaty Beach, including the Long-tailed ground roller (photo by Jim & Yvelle Whyte, Rainbow Tours clients) and Sub-desert mesite and many other interesting life forms in what is Madagascar's most bizarre habitat.
Day 11
Day 11
Zombitse-Vohibasia Forest & Isalo National Parks
We travel 3 hours inland to the transition forest national park of Zombitse, which appears on all birding and most natural history itineraries as the forest is packed with rare birds (notably the locally endemic Appert's greenbul, and the stately Giant coua), interesting reptiles and of course, lemurs. (The Hubbard's sportive lemur, photographed here by Daniel Austin, is locally endemic). Continue to Isalo, with the aim of enjoying sundowners at the rock formations of Isalo. Stay 3-nights at Isalo Rock Lodge OR at Relais la Reine d'Isalo.
Accommodation: Isalo Rock Lodge
       
Day 12
Day 12
Isalo National Park
We have a couple of full days to explore the sandstone massif of Isalo National Park, home to a strange community of range-restricted plants and animals, along with iconic lemurs such as Verreaux' sifakas. In lush stream-side vegetation, birds such as the endemic White-throated rail and some localised endemic frogs, may be seen.
Accommodation: Isalo Rock Lodge
       
Day 13
Day 13
Isalo National Park
Today we will explore more of what is deservedly the country's most popular national park, and home to an assemblage of rare wildlife and plants, some of which are locally endemic. One of the most distinctive plants which people come to see is the 'Elephant's foot' Pachypodium which clings to steep sandstone rock faces and in September, sports yellow flowers.
Day 14
Day 14
Ambalavao & Ranomafana National Park
We travel east to Ambalavao and visit the Anjaha Community Conservation Site for habituated Ringtail lemurs in a dramatic setting. Continue northeast to Ranomafana National Park. In this montane rainforest, 12 species of lemur find sanctuary, including all three species of bamboo lemur. Two - the Golden and Greater Bamboo lemur - are found almost nowhere else. Introductory walk in the rainforest. Stay 3-nights at Setam Lodge.
Accommodation: Setam Lodge
       
Day 15
Day 15
Ranomafana National Park
Explore Ranomafana for rainforest wildlife. Other key species include the Milne-Edwards sifaka and Red-bellied lemur. We may see five or more species of lemur in a single day here. Other resident mammals include the Fosa, the nocturnal Malagasy striped civet and the cheeky Ring-tailed mongoose. Ranomafana is a delight for twitchers, who come to see rarities like Brown mesite, Rufous-headed ground-roller, Yellow-bellied sunbird asity and Pollen's vanga. If night walks are permitted, we would hope for sightings of the Rufous mouse lemur, Malagasy striped civet and, with luck, Leaf-tailed gecko.
Day 16
Day 16
Ranomafana
Additional day to explore the upland rainforest of Ranomafana National Park for species previously missed out on. Aside from its mammals and colourful reptiles, birds abound, including Madagascar's most attractive endemic, the Pittalike ground-roller (pictured), which like its relatives is a quiet inhabitant of the forest floor.
Day 17
Day 17
Ranomafana - Antsirabe
After a morning rainforest walk in Ranomafana, we depart for the scenic drive to Antsirabe with sightseeing en route. We stay the final night in Couleur Cafe.
 
Accommodation: Couleur Café
     
Day 18
Day 18
To Antananarivo and departure
We travel back to Antananarivo via Antsirabe. We visit highlights of the capital including the Artisans market. After a farewell dinner at a restaurant in Antananarivo, those departing on the Air France flight will be transferred to the airport for the flight to Paris and on to the UK after midnight.
Day 19
Departure
Those departing on Air France: early morning flight back to Paris CDG where you connect with the onward flight to London Heathrow or selected other UK airports.

Pricing Information & Dates

19 day tour, from £3995 per person
Price Includes:
  • Flights
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers
  • Guide
Price Includes
* Return international flights from London (or selected other UK airports) to Antananarivo via Paris CDG
* Domestic Air Madagascar flights
* Airport taxes
* All transfers and land transportation
* Services of dedicated, experienced, professional, English-speaking Malagasy guide as tour-leader throughout.
* Excursions and activities as per itinerary.
* All park permits and park guide fees
* Accommodation as per itinerary
* All meals throughout the tour
* Bottled mineral water
Price Excludes
* Drinks, tips, travel insurance
* Visa (25 Euros, issued on arrival)
* Items of a personal expenditure
Price Notes
Please note: flights are booked on an ad-hoc basis and costs will be subject to change at time of booking.

For upgrade supplements to business or premium economy class, please contact us.

Minimum group size is 6 and maximum is 10.

This itinerary can be extended to allow you to visit additional reserves or to enjoy a beach holiday.

Single supplement is £650.

Dates for 2016
03 - 21 Sep - FULLY BOOKED
17 Sep - 05 Oct: 2 ROOMS AVAILABLE
22 Sep - 09 Oct - FULLY BOOKED
08 - 26 Oct - FULLY BOOKED

Tour includes: international flights (economy class) and airport taxes; all transportation in new comfortable 25-seater air-conditioned vehicle, accommodation and all meals; all transfers; guides in and entrance permits to the reserves specified; the services of a dedicated, professional English-speaking wildlife guide/ tour leader throughout the tour.

Tour excludes: gratuities, items of a personal nature, all drinks, travel insurance, Madagascar visa (€25, issued on arrival).

Please note that Madagascar is a poor country with a limited tourism infrastructure. This itinerary has been arranged in good faith based on the best local information available before departure. However, things change in Madagascar and flight schedules can be altered, sometimes at short notice. We reserve the right to alter the accommodation specified and the order of this itinerary in what we consider to be the best interests of the participants

Tour Route Map

  1.   Andasibe-Mantadia National Park
  2.   Berenty Private Reserve
  3.   Ifaty
  4.   Zombitse-Vohibasia Forest National Park
  5.   Tulear
  6.   Isalo National Park
  7.   Ranomafana National Park

Accommodation on this Tour

Berenty Lodge
Berenty Lodge
Berenty Private Reserve, Madagascar
Berenty Lodge has 13 simple en suite bungalows, and is located in one of Madagascar’s oldest reserves, established by the De Heaulme family in 1937. Breakfasts are served in the snack-bar, near the bungalows, from where you can watch wildlife while you dine.
         
Isalo Rock Lodge
Isalo Rock Lodge
Isalo National Park, Madagascar
The impressive new Isalo Rock Lodge has 60 luxurious rooms and is located high on a sandstone massif overlooking the Isalo National Park. From the lodge the panoramic views over the surroundings area are breathtaking.
       
Palissandre Hotel and Spa
Palissandre Hotel and Spa
Antananarivo, Madagascar
The Palissandre is conveniently located in the heart of the city, set on the hillside with panoramic views. The 48 rooms are simply decorated, all equipped with TV, safe, bath and hairdryer. The hotel has an outdoor pool, spa and free Wi-Fi.
 
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.
   
Setam Lodge
Setam Lodge
Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar
Setam Lodge is one of the newest hotels at Ranomafana National Park, just a kilometre from the park entrance. The lodge has 20 rooms arranged in ten bungalows. Each room offers spacious accommodation with en suite facilities and private verandah.
       
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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Reviews

'Gersica was very helpful (on the 15 October 2015 Madagascar Discovery Tour) and gave everybody lots of attention. All tours were well organised and guided by her. Overall holiday satisfaction: Excellent. Great experience to see all these animals. Excellent accommodation, delicuous food and perfectly guided.

Eulophiella Lodge is beautifully lotedwit all he plants and flowers.

Berenty Lodge: excellent in all respects. Nice to see all these animals up close.

Les Dunes d'Ifaty: well located at the coast. Beautiful room and excellent service. Nice pool.

Isalo Rock Lodge: beautiful bungalows well located in the area.

The tour was great. We enjoyed every day. Every day and every walk was really special. Thanks (to) Gersica we got a perfect impression and a good experience of Madagascar'.

Mr and Mrs Mears
December 9, 2015

'Our guide Gersica was excellent throughout. (15 October 2015 Rainbow Tours Small Group Madagascar Wildlife & Discovery Tour) She was efficient, very knowledgeable, and was particularly helpful in overcoming individual difficulties whether needing to re-arrange accommodation, transport etc or medical needs. Without her energy and constant attention to detail, the holiday would not have gone as well as it did. Gersica was an excellent guide who went the extra mile to make the trip enjoyable for everyone'
 

Mr and Mrs Yates
November 23, 2015

'Wonderful holiday in fantastic country. Most hotels/lodges far better than expected and food very good. Accommodation everywhere was clean and comfortable and could not fault service provided throughout the trip.

Gersica, our main guide throughout the trp was excellent. Extremely knowledgeable, very good English and managed the group efficiently. There were a few problems with people feeling unwell but Gersica was extremely helpful and supportive. She accommodated any requests made by individuals and was attentive to our needs as a group at all times. I was particularly impressed by how well organised Gersica wasdujrin transfers at airports and her efficency in checking in bags and processing documentation. Could not have asked for a more experienced and professional tour leader. She is an excellent representative for Rainbow Tours'   (15 October 2015 Madagascar Small Group Wildlife Discovery Small Group Tour).

Ms McBrien
November 9, 2015

'Overall holiday satisfaction: Excellent.  (26 September 2015 Madagascar Wildlife Small Group set departure).  Vegetarian food was excellent everywhere. This is partly due to Gersica's diligence in ringing ahead to each hotel. Thanks again for a most memorable trip'

 

Mr Jackson and Mr Bates
October 29, 2015

'I have just returned from your (26 September 2015 Small Group Wildlife/Discovery) tour to Madagascar and I am writing to express my satisfaction with how the tour was organised and run.... I cannot speak too highly of Gersica for the care and enthusiasm she manifested. She also has a fantastic knowledge of the area and animals together with telescopic vision!!'

David Cooper
October 23, 2015

'Thanks for a really great holiday. (20 August 2015 Small Group Wildlife Discovery Tour). We covered a lot of ground but saw just a glimpse of the diversity that is Madagascar. The coach driver (for most of our time) was really outstanding with his concentration and sympathetic driving. But the Silver Challenge Cup must go to Gersica, whose knowledge, patience, sensitivity, sense of humour and capacity for hard work knows no bounds. She is tops!'

Mr and Mrs West
September 23, 2015

An excellent tour with everything included in the price including 1 litre of water per person per day – Superb

K Leppard
October 26, 2013

Loved the variety, boat ride terrific. Varied activities, knowledgeable, high quality guides all round, nature and culture, the “big” and the “small”.

V Timperley
August 30, 2013
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