Madagascar In Style - Spiny Desert, Rainforest and Beach
Aerial view of Mandrare River with spiny bush on front bank  
Antandroy tomb  
Verreaux's sifaka leaping in Octopus trees, Ifotaka  
Guided spiny bush walk in Ifotaka  
Ringtail lemurs inhabit Tamarind woods near Mandrare River Camp  
Adansonia za baobabs in Ifotaka area  
Lounge at Mandrare River Camp  
Sundowners at the Mandrare River  
Antandroy (People of the Thorns) dancers  
The new swimming pool at Mandrare River Camp  
Fine dining at Mandrare River Camp  
Relax in the lounge overlooking the Mandrare River  
Tent interior, Mandrare River Camp  
Guided walk in east coast littoral forest, Manafiafy  
Mangrove cruise, Manafiafy  
Manafiafy has lovely white sand beaches  
Dinner on the beach, Manafiafy  
Food at Manafiafy and Mandrare is superb  
 
Beach dining at Manafiafy  
14 day tour
Including flights and transfers
Prices from
£5990 - £6500

Tour Highlights

  • Lemurs and bizarre Spiny Bush at Ifotaka
  • Exceptional hospitality at Mandrare & Manafiafy
  • Fascinating Antandroy culture
  • Baobabs, Pachypodiums, Palms & Orchids
  • Fine beaches at Manafiafy
  • Rainforest and wildlife in Andasibe-Mantadia
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Madagascar In Style - Spiny Desert, Rainforest and Beach

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This superb Madagascar itinerary will take you to some of the island's remotest corners, where rare wildlife and unique flora in two of Madagascar's most threatened habitat types - spiny bush ('spiny desert') and eastern rainforest - find sanctuary.

Top quality accommodation is included: in the depths of the compellingly unique southern sub-desert or 'Androy', you will find exceptionally attractive, comfortable accommodation at Mandrare River Camp with its lovely riverside setting: hot showers, delicious food and a warm welcome await.

Set at a beautiful beach in south-east Madagascar, the Manafiafy Rainforest & Beach lodge offers outstanding hospitality, service and a range of activities.  Together these two properties, owned by Edd Tucker-Brown, make for a delightful overall experience. Both places provide top caliber, personal and excepionl service.

Round off the trip with a visit to Madagascar's number1 'must see' protected rainforest, Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, an easy 3hrs,30 min drive to the east of the capital city. (In this sample itinerary, we start with a visit to Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, aka 'Perinet' and then take you to the Southern region).

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Day 1
Day 1
UK - Antananarivo
Depart from London Heathrow or selected other UK airports on the Air France flight to Paris CDG***. Connect with the mid morning Air France flight on to Antananarivo. Upon arrival in the late evening you are met and transferred to Relais des Plateaux to stay overnight with breakfast included.
 
*** This sample itinerary is based on Air France but if you prefer to use other international carriers, do let us know and we shall be happy to prepare another proposal for you.
Accommodation: Relais Des Plateaux
   
Day 2
Day 2
Antananarivo - Andasibe-Mantadia National Park
After breakfast your professional guide and your driver will collect you from the hotel. Travel east to Andasibe-Mantadia National Park aka 'Perinet', where you stay 2 nights in a double room at Vakona Forest Lodge or Andasibe Hotel with dinner and breakfast included. Afternoon introductory walk in the rainforest.
Accommodation: Vakona Forest Lodge
       
Day 3
Day 3
Andasibe-Mantadia National Park
Spend today exploring the wildlife-rich, mid altitude rainforest of Andasibe-Mantadia National Park. The most productive wildlife viewing - and best time to seek the iconic Indri, is in the early morning during the dawn chorus. During the middle part of the day, you might wish to visit Lemur Island. In the mid afternoon you could make another rainforest walk in Andasibe, and at night, a nocturnal stroll in Analamazaotra, a concession managed by proactive NGO Association Mitsinjo. Overnight at Vakona Forest Lodge or Andasibe Hotel.
Accommodation: Vakona Forest Lodge
       
Day 4
Day 4
Mantadia National Park - Antananarivo
In the morning, either explore more of Andasibe, or visit the nearby Mantadia National Park where there is primary rainforest. Afternoon transfer back to Antananarivo where you overnight in Relais des Plateaux with breakfast included.
Accommodation: Relais Des Plateaux
   
Day 5
Day 5
Antananarivo - Fort Dauphin - Mandrare River Camp
This morning you'll be taken to the airport for the MCC Charter flight to Ifotaka, departing at 09h30. On arrival in Ifotaka at 12h30, you will be welcomed and transferred to Mandrare River Camp. Stay 4 nights in a semi-permanent luxury tent. All meals, canapés, picnic lunches, drinks (mineral water, soft drinks, beer, wine and spirits) and scheduled lodge excursions are included.
Accommodation: Mandrare River Camp
             
Day 6
Day 6
Mandrare River Camp
Days here can be spent seeking out wildlife in extraordinary landscapes created by the spiny bush habitat, and learning about the complex culture of the people of southern Madagascar. There are a number of designated forest areas near the camp, where with permission from local village chiefs, it's possible to explore this unique ecosystem with your guide. Also look for the various species of lemur unique to sub-arid southern Madagascar (White foot sportive, Grey mouse, Grey-brown mouse, Ringtails and the entertaining Verreaux’s Sifaka) but there are also many other animals which make walks a memorable experience.
 
The baobab forest is surreal experience - the baobab trees, held sacred by many Malagasy, have been left standing like sentinels presiding over the landscape where the surrounding bush has been cleared to make way for sisal plantations.
 
A day’s excursion to Lac Anony with its white sand shores and dunes, contrasting with azure blue water, is seasonally home to flamingos and to local fishermen who for generations, have fished on the lake.
 
Another interesting excursion is to one of the local village markets. This region is far from the tourist circuits, so often villagers are just as interested and fascinated in the visitors as the visitors are in the lives of the residents. Market day is quite an event in these parts, with people coming from miles around on foot or ox-cart to bring produce and to see friends and neighbours.
Accommodation: Mandrare River Camp
             
Day 7
Day 7
Mandrare River Camp
Enjoy exploring the Ifotaka area with your guides.
Accommodation: Mandrare River Camp
             
Day 8
Day 8
Mandrare River Camp
Spend more time exploring the most 'unique' region of Madagascar - the 'Androy' or arid south, where in some years there is no rainfall. See fascinating drought-resistant flora, rare and iconic wildlife and enjoy top-notch hospitality. (The baobabs in the area are of the large, endemic Southern Malagasy species Adansonia za).
Accommodation: Mandrare River Camp
             
Day 9
Day 9
Mandrare River Camp - Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge
Light aircraft transfer to Fort Dauphin airport (12h30 - 13h30) where you are met and transferred north by road along the south-east coast to Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge. Stay 4 nights in a sea-view bungalow with all meals, local soft drinks and many activities included.
 
Many activities are included here including, canoeing in the mangroves, early morning boat trips for wetland birding, day and night walks in the rainforest to see five species of lemur, snorkelling in the bay and nearby turquoise cove, whale watching from the 15ft observation tower (Jun to Nov), boat trips to the nearby islands for a secluded picnic lunch, walks along sweeping white sand beaches, trips to local village and to the school, supported by Manafiafy Lodge.
 
Optional activities, payable locally at the lodge include: massage treatments, whale watching trips by boat to see the fascinating humpback whale migration (July to September, strictly subject to weather/sea conditions) and deep sea fishing trips.
Accommodation: Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge
   
Day 10
Day 10
Manafiafy
Relax at the pretty beaches, go snorkelling or in season, whale watching, or partake in sightseeing activities such as walks in the coastal bush or a mangrove cruise.
Accommodation: Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge
   
Day 11
Day 11
Manafiafy
Enjoy more of Manafiafy, either just relaxing, or getting to know local culture in this remote corner of Madagascar.
Accommodation: Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge
   
Day 12
Day 12
Manafiafy
Spend more time relaxing in Manafiafy or exploring the lush humid coastal bush for small wildlife.
Accommodation: Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge
   
Day 13
Day 13
Fort Dauphin - Antananarivo and departure
Transfer by road to Fort Dauphin for the MCC Charter flight back to Antananarivo. On arrival you will be met and transferred to Relais des Plateaux where you have the use of a day room (if departing next morning on Air France).
 
If departing on Air France, you will be collected from the hotel late evening and transferred to the airport to check in for the Air France flight departing after midnight.
Accommodation: Relais Des Plateaux
   
Day 14
Day 14
Departure
Depart at approx. 01h50 on the Air France flight to Paris, arriving CDG mid morning (if choosing this airline). Connect at CDG on the lunch time flight back to London or selected other UK airports.

Pricing Information & Dates

14 day tour, from £5990 - £6500 per person
Price Includes:
  • Flights
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers
  • Guide
Price Includes
* International flights from London Heathrow or selected other UK airports via Paris CDG with Air France
* Charter flights with Madagascar Classic Camping from Antananarivo - Mandrare - Fort Dauphin - Antananarivo
* All private transfers and transportation
* Services of professional, experienced English-speaking Malagasy guide for Andasibe-Mantadia & Antananarivo, and services of Madagascar Classic Camping's guides for Southern Madagascar.
* All park permits and entrance fees
* Park guide fees
* Excursions and activities as outlined
* Accommodation with meals as per itinerary (B&B in Antananarivo; Half board in Andasibe-Mantadia NP and All-inclusive in Mandrare River Camp and Manafiafy)
Price Excludes
* items of a personal nature
* visa fee (27 Euros)
* additional meals and drinks
* gratuities.
.
Price Notes
This package with Madagascar Classic Camping's charter flights is offered from 17th July - 24th November.

The charters are operated from Antananarivo to the South on Mondays and Thursdays, and from the South back to Antananarivo on Tuesdays and Fridays.

If you are travelling at outside of this period or if you would like to have a different number of nights in either of the southern properties, please contact us and we will be pleased to provide a tailor-made alternative.

Tour Route Map

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

Accommodation on this Tour

Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge
Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge
South East Coast, Madagascar
Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge is a small luxury lodge that fronts straight onto on a protected, forest-fringed beach, north of Fort Dauphin. From Manafiafy, you can enjoy a simple beach holiday, exploring the rich marine life while snorkelling, picnicking on castaway islets.
   
Mandrare River Camp
Mandrare River Camp
Ifotaka, Madagascar
Luxury Mandrare River Camp stands in the shade of tamarind trees on the bank of the Mandrare River, about 110km northwest of Fort Dauphin. Seven large (17m²) tented rooms have a comfortable, netted, four-poster bed, electric lighting and private en suite facilities.
             
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.
   
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 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


'Holiday of a lifetime! Michel in Tana and Ernest at Manafiafy were excellent ambassadors for Madagascar - well educated, informative, personable.

Luxury Camping Safari: Excellent in all respects. Couldn't have been better looked after; very comfortable. Enjoyable camping experience.

Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge: excellent. Elene is an excellent hostess and superb manager. The lodge runs like clockwork; her staff are well trained, enthusiastic and polite. She and they deserve continued success'

Mr & Mrs McClelland
December 10, 2015
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