Madagascar and Mauritius Made Easy
Seeing and hearing Indri at Andasibe is an unforgettable highlight  
Eastern lesser bamboo lemur, Andasibe  
Lac Vert, Andasibe, flanked by mid-altitude montane rainforest  
Brookesia supercilliaris, Mitsinjo rainforest, Andasibe  
Pair of Collared nightjars, Andasibe  
Scaly ground-roller, Mantadia National Park  
Colourful Mantella frogs on forest floor, Mantadia  
Sightseeing in Mauritius  
Underwater life - Mauritius  
Pod of Dolphins, Mauritius  
Planting endangered, endemic trees, Ebony Reserve, Mauritius  
The endangered Pink pigeon, Mauritius  
Paul et Virginie beach - drone view  
Paul et Virginie, Mauritius  
Snorkelling off Mauritius  
Black River Gorges NP, Mauritius  
Sublime; sedate....Verdanda Paul et Virgnie  
The sparkling pool at Veranda Paul et Virginie  
13 day tour
Including flights and transfers
Prices from
£3255 - £4145

Tour Highlights

  • Malagasy culture in vibrant Antananarivo
  • Indri, Parson's chameleon and other rainforest denizens of Andasibe-Mantadia National Park
  • Endangered endemic birds in Black River Gorges NP (Mauritius)
  • Exploring colourful underwater life and enjoying rest & relaxation time in Mauritius
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Madagascar and Mauritius Made Easy

Madagascar      Mauritius

For a relaxed beach holiday with a twist, you cannot beat this trip which combines lemur spotting in a beautiful rainforest in Madagascar with a beach break on the tropical island of Mauritius.

In Madagascar, you stay in a remote lodge near the wildlife hotspot of Andasibe-Mantadia National Park. This lush, verdant rainforest is home to numerous species of lemur, chameleon and bird and you will enjoy exploring a number of exciting trails with an English speaking private guide.

In Mauritius, one of the hotels our clients most enjoy is the Veranda Paul et Virginie Hotel & Spa, where you can enjoy relaxing at the beach or by the pool. Excellent facilities mean you can enjoy a wide variety of sporting activities, as well as spa treatments and fantastic cuisine in the restaurant. Meal plan at this hotel is Fully Inclusive. 

During your time here, we highly recommend an excursion to Black River Gorges National Park, a forest remnant that is home to some of the world's rarest and most endangered birds, like Pink pigeon, Echo parakeet, Mauritius kestrel, Mauritius cuckoo-shrike, Mauritius olive white-eye and Mauritius fody.  Ask us for details, if you wish to arrange such an excursion. 

Alternatively, visit the newly opened Ebony Forest Reserve, where some excellent habitat restoration and bird conservation work is in progress. You can seek endemic Mauritian birds including Pink pigeon, Echo parakeet, Mauritius bulbul, Mauritius flycatcher and Grey white-eye. Additionally, visitors are encouraged for plan an endangered, endemic tree as part of the habitat restoration programme.  

Another wortwhile day excursion is to the offshore islet Ile Aux Aigrettes, a predator-free sanctuary which holds populations of endangered Mauritian birds such as Pink pigeon and endemic reptiles such as Telfair's skink. (You can learn more about conservation efforts of the remaining Mauritian birds and reptiles on the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust's website).

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Day 1
Day 1
Flight: UK - Mauritius: Welcome to Antananarivo!
Depart from London Heathrow (or selected other UK airports) early this morning on the Air France flight to Antananarivo, where you arrive late in the evening. Upon your arrival into Antananarivo, you will be welcomed and transferred to the comfortable Relais des Plateaux, about 15 minutes' drive away.
Accommodation: Relais Des Plateaux Hotel & Spa
Day 2
Day 2
Andasibe-Mantadia National Park
This morning you will be met by your private guide and driver for the journey east to Andasibe-Mantadia National Park.
Begin your exploration of the reserve in search of the Indri and other lemurs. Afternoon and evening walk in the rainforest for nocturnal species. Stay 3 nights at the recently opened Mantadia Lodge (or similar), breakfast, dinner and four days in the rainforest reserves of Andasibe and Mantadia with your private guide included.
Accommodation: Mantadia Lodge
Day 3
Day 3
Andasibe-Mantadia National Park
Spend today exploring the beautiful rainforest at Andasibe-Mantadia.
Accommodation: Mantadia Lodge
Day 4
Day 4
Andasibe-Mantadia National Park
Another day in which to explore the wonders of Andasibe-Mantadia National Park (Perinet). In the evening, you will be taken into the forest to seek the nocturnal species, among them the Eastern wooly lemur, sportive lemur, greater dwarf lemur and rufous mouse lemur. This is also the best time to spot the abundant chameleons and tree frogs.
In Mantadia National Park look out for the Diademed sifaka, Black-and-white ruffed lemurs, the insectivorous tenrecs and the rainforest-dependent ground rollers. You may wish to take a picnic lunch to enjoy beside a waterfall.
Accommodation: Mantadia Lodge
Day 5
Day 5
Andasibe-Mantadia National Park - Antananarivo airport (drive) and fly to Mauritius
After breakfast and a rainforest walk, depart on the easy and scenic 4 hour journey by road back to Antananarivo, to check in at the airport for the late afternoon Air Mauritius flight over to Mauritius***
Arrive into Mauritius early this evening where you will be met and privately transferred to the laid back Veranda Paul et Virginie Hotel & Spa to stay for 7 nights in a prestige room, on a Fully Inclusive basis.
Do note that this hotel is perfect for couples, whereas families should rather consider The Residence, among others: do call us to discuss options.
*** As of April 2022, the Antananarivo - Mauritius flights will resume operations 4 times weekly.
Accommodation: Veranda Paul et Virginie Hotel & Spa
Day 6
Day 6
Luxuriate at the beach in Mauritius.
Alternatively, visitors keen on nature may like to arrange excursions such as to Black River Gorges National Park***, where you can enjoy a walk in this ancient forest which protects some of the world's rarest and most endangered birds. You have a good chance to see species such as Mauritius kestrel, Pink pigeon, Echo parakeet and Mauritius cuckoo-shrike. You;ll also be able to learn about the sterling work carried out through the decades by Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, who, through painstaking efforts, saved species such as the Mauritius kestrel and Pink pigeon, from the very brink of extinction.
*** An excursion to Black River Gorges National Park, based on 2 people travelling together, is £120 per person. Let us know if you would like us to book this for you - for keen birders and natural history enthusiasts, we highly recommend it. (Rate applies to weekdays)
Accommodation: Veranda Paul et Virginie Hotel & Spa
Day 7
Day 7
Relax at the beach, or partake in some of the many activities that you can arrange through the hotel.
Accommodation: Veranda Paul et Virginie Hotel & Spa
Day 8
Day 8
Another day to enjoy the beach or go sightseeing - the island also has two World Heritage Cultural Sites, the Aapravasi Ghat and Le Morne Cultural Landscape. Or, if you want, visit Ebony Forest Reserve where those who want, are invited to plant an endemic tree.
Accommodation: Veranda Paul et Virginie Hotel & Spa
Day 9
Day 9
Fun in the sun - enjoy your time in Mauritius.
Accommodation: Veranda Paul et Virginie Hotel & Spa
Day 10
Day 10
Enjoy more of balmy, tropical Mauritius.
Accommodation: Veranda Paul et Virginie Hotel & Spa
Day 11
Day 11
Enjoy your last full day to soak up the sunshine and warm Indian Ocean waters around Mauritius.
Accommodation: Veranda Paul et Virginie Hotel & Spa
Day 12
Day 12
Departure (reluctantly!): Mauritius to London
Depending on your flight time, you might have the use of a day room/ late check-out at the hotel.
You will be met at the hotel and transferred approximately 60 minutes back to Mauritius airport to check in for the late night Air France flight back to the UK via Paris CDG.
Day 13
Early morning arrival in London Heathrow

Pricing Information & Dates

13 day tour, from £3255 - £4145 per person
Price Includes:
  • Flights
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers
  • Guide
Price Includes
Return international flights (economy class seating)
Airport taxes
Airport facilitation
All private transfers in Mauritius and Madagascar
Services of private, professional guide and of driver in Madagascar
Excursions and activities as per itinerary
Accommodation with meals as specified.
Price Excludes
Items of a personal nature
Madagascar visa (35 Euros)
Drinks other than specified, any additional activities, gratuities

Tour Route Map

  1.   Andasibe-Mantadia National Park
  2.   Antananarivo
  3.   Mauritius

Accommodation on this Tour

Mantadia Lodge
Mantadia Lodge
Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, Madagascar
Mantadia Lodge Sure to become the most sought- after accommodation servicing Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, this lodge, under the same ownership as Couleur Café in Antsirabe, was opened in......
Relais Des Plateaux Hotel & Spa
Relais Des Plateaux Hotel & Spa
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.
Veranda Paul et Virginie Hotel & Spa
Veranda Paul et Virginie Hotel & Spa
Veranda Paul et Virginie Hotel & Spa We enjoy this relaxed beachfront hotel which is located at a fishing village 13 km from Château de Labourdonnais museum and gardens, and 18 km from the......

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'Hi Helen,

Thank you very much for your email, and even more for setting us up for such an amazing honeymoon.

We loved staying at Andasibe Hotel (and we really liked Maison Gallieni too).

The local guide in Madagascar, Dennis, was excellent, and so was the driver. We would thoroughly recommend them to anyone going there. Dennis is extremely knowledgeable, and provided us guidance on what we could have done in the park while leaving us time and space for us to make up our own mind on what would work best for us.

Unfortunately having only two full days to spend in the area meant that we could not visit the Mantadia park, also because the quickest road leading there has been badly damaged by the cyclone and access was very difficult. Going back in time we would probably like to spend another day there, but this is our fault... We loved the excursions in the Andasibe park both during the day and at night, and we got to see two Indri families and several Sifaka from a close distance.

Thank you for flagging up the tree planting activities organised by Mitsinjo: we felt it was a really worthwhile cause, and we think this should really be promoted among tourists going to Andasibe.

On the way back to Tana before taking the flight to Mauritius, Dennis also made sure that we could spend some time in a souvenir shop, so that we could get something for friends and relatives.

As for Mauritius, Trou aux Biches is fabulous, and thank you for recommending it to us! The beach is stunning, and so are the scenery and the food. The beach would be even better if they managed to move the motor boats away, as one local beach vendor told us they are already planning to do, as they are quite noisy and tend to run pretty close to the swimming area.

Overall, we are extremely happy with Rainbow Tours: it was the first time ever we were travelling with a travel agency, and we could not have hoped for a better experience. We have already recommended it to some friends, and we will keep doing so whenever the opportunity arises. Needless to say, we will get in touch when we plan our next long-distance trip.

Thank you again for your guidance and assistance.

Best wishes,

Roberto & Daniela'


Mr and Mrs Roccu
July 24, 2017

'Dear Derek

We just wanted to thank you very must for your help and organisation of our holiday.

Our guide was Mike, he said he know you well. We found him excellent.


The tour company in Mauritius was very attentive and meet and guided us through to check in and departures.

We had a fantastic time in Madagascar and a very special stay in Mauritius.


Best regards

Timothy and Gaynor'

Mr and Mrs Faulks
June 26, 2017

'Overall holiday satisfaction: excellent. Vakona Forest Lodge excellent in all respects; facilities good. Paradise Cove is a lovely place'. 

Mr Fitt and Ms Giglio
October 27, 2016

'Craig Kaufman was amazingly helpful. He organised our holiday to Madagascar and Mauritius at very very short notice. We thought Vakona Forest Lodge provided excellent accommodation. Having stayed in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest with accommodation provided by local tribes we are very aware that there are different standards in a rainforest to a conventional hotel. We werevery comfortable and happy there. The trips were wonderful and we saw many varieties of lemur. If people went there and expected luxury lodges they may have been disappointed. We expected exactly what we got which was excellent for a rainforest and I would imagine the very best in the area. Some people have unrealistic expectations. 

Best wishes and thank you Craig for organising a wonderful trip.  

Karen and Martin Perrett

Mr and Mrs Perrett
June 10, 2016
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