Madagascar Made Easy Deluxe
Largest of all extant Lemurs, the ape-like Indri can be seen at Andasibe-Mantadia  
Giraffe weevil, one of the island's many small-scale marvels (Craig)  
Gigantic Parson's chameleon, Mitsinjo Rainforest (Derek Schuurman)  
The endangered Coquerel's sifaka can easily be seen in the gardens and forest reserve at Anjajavy  
Beach, tropical deciduous forest and limestone formations, Anjajavy  
Moramba Bay has many mushroom-shaped limestone islets with baobabs  
Swimming off a secluded cove at Anjajavy Le Lodge  
Mangrove cruise  
Remote and secluded Anjajavy Le Lodge  
Anjajavy Private Reserve protects a healthy mangrove system  
 
Bottle baobabs on limestone, Anjajavy  
Critically Endangered Madagascar fish eagle is resident at Anjajavy  
Humpback whales off Anjajavy (D. Pattyn)  
In Summer months the Fat-tailed dwarf lemur can be seen on night walks  
12 day tour
Including flights and transfers
Prices from
£4655 - £5590

Tour Highlights

  • Indri, Parson's chameleon, Blue coua and other flagship species of the east Malagasy rainforests at Andasibe-Mantadia
  • Coquerel's sifakas, critically endangered Madagascar fish eagles and gigantic Oustalet's chameleons at Anjajavy
  • Top-notch accommodation and hospitality at remote Anjajavy
  • Rest and relaxing time at Anjajavy's sunny beaches
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Madagascar Made Easy Deluxe

Madagascar

Discerning travellers who don't have too much time available and who would like to get a feel for Madagascar's marvellous contrasts, will enjoy this sample itinerary,which can be modified to suit individual requirements. 

Begin with a rainforest sojourn to Andasibe-Mantadia National Park in the humid Eastern escarpment. Here, seek rare rainforest wildlife with your guides, who will point out flagship species such as Indri, Parson's chameleon, Mossy leaf-tailed gecko and Giraffe-necked weevil,  among many others. 

Then travel by light aircraft to the opposite side of the island, where you spend a few nights at remote and secluded Anjajavy, the country's only Relais & Chateaux property. Here you'll be able to explore an impressive example of tropical dry deciduous forest and seek rare wildife including Coquerel's sifaka, Coquerel's coua and Angel's chameleon. Anjajavy is also blessed with seven sunny beaches, where guests can relax inbetween partaking in actiivities and excursions on offer.

The itinerary can be done from the end of April through to end of December and guests choosing it, will be able to sample many of Madagascar's icons, such as Lemurs (many and varied); Chameleons; Baobabs; Beach and even some 'tsingy'-like limestone formations. You will also be able to observe fairly closely, a host of endemic species classified by the IUCN as Critically Endangered - in Andasibe those include Indri and Diademed sifaka, while at Anjajavy, iconic species such as Coquerel's sifaka and Madagascar fish eagle, always impress guests. 

In all, this is a wonderful trip and as its title implies, one which makes for a straightforward and enjoyable break. 

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Day 1
Day 1
UK - Antananarivo
Depart in the early morning from London Heathrow (or selected other UK airports) to Paris CDG where you connect with the Air France flight to Antananarivo. On arrival late this evening, you will be met and transferred to Relais des Plateaux, conveniently located just 5 - 10 minutes drive from the airport. Overnight at the hotel with breakfast included.
Accommodation: Relais Des Plateaux Hotel & Spa
       
Day 2
Day 2
Antananarivo - Andasibe-Mantadia National Park ('Perinet')
This morning you will be met by your private, English-speaking guide and driver. Travel through Merina villages, past rice paddy fields to the rainforests of Andasibe-Mantadia National Park (Perinet) - the journey takes about four hours on decent roads.
 
Stay 3 nights at Vakona Forest Lodge OR at Andasibe Hotel OR in Mantadia Lodge, with dinner, breakfast all guided day and night walks included.
 
Your guide will take you on an introductory walk in the forest, home to the Indri, the largest surviving lemur. Many other lemur species, a host of rainforest-dependent birds, reptiles and frogs dwell in this magnificent rainforest.
 
Accommodation: Vakona Forest Lodge
           
Day 3
Day 3
Andasibe-Mantadia National Park
Full day to explore the wonders of Andasibe-Mantadia National Park (Perinet) where most of the trails are graded as 'easy'. As most of the diurnal wildlife is really active in the early mornings, we recommend you start with an early breakfast, after which your guide will lead you into the rainforest, which, like all Malagasy protected areas, is explored on foot.
 
In the evening, you will be taken into the rainforest concession managed by proactive NGO Association Mitsinjo, to seek the nocturnal species, among them the Eastern woolly lemur, Weasel sportive lemur, Furry-eared dwarf lemur and Goodman's mouse lemur. This is also the best time to spot the area's abundant chameleons and tree frogs - Andasibe holds a world record of frog species when it comes to forests of comparable size. (More than 100 species).
Day 4
Day 4
Mantadia National Park
Today your guides will take you to explore the beautiful primary rainforest in the 10,000 ha Mantadia National Park, about 37km north of Andasibe. The park holds a select band of rare mammals and birds which are not necessarily found in Andasibe or in the Analamazaotra rainforest concession. These include Diademed sifaka, vociferous Black & white ruffed lemurs, Red-bellied lemurs and wonderful birds, notably all four the rainforest-dependent Ground-rollers. Please note that the trails here are narrower than they are in 'Perinet'/Andasibe and traverse steeper slopes so can be slippery during or after inclement weather. In the park you may see iconic 'herps' (reptiles and frogs) such as the enormous emerald Parson's chameleon and with luck, colourful Painted mantellas.
Day 5
Day 5
Andasibe-Mantadia National Park - Antananarivo (road journey)
Enjoy a morning rainforest walk with your guides to catch up on species possibly missed previously, in Andasibe. Or, visit the impressive tree nursery of Association Mitsinjo where by arrangement visitors may have the opportunity to plant an endangered endemic tree as part of this NGO's commendable reforestation progamme.
 
In the afternoon, depart on the easy 4 - 5 hour drive along winding tarmac roads to Antananarivo. Your guide will be pleased to stop along the way so you can take photographs or visit village markets. Overnight at the very conveniently located and comfortable Relais Des Plateaux, breakfast included.
Accommodation: Relais Des Plateaux Hotel & Spa
       
Day 6
Day 6
Antananarivo - Anjajavy Le Lodge (light aircraft transfer)
You will be collected from your hotel and transferred to the airport for the air transfer to Anjajavy to stay 5 nights in a luxury air-conditioned villa, all meals and many activities included.
 
Facilities include a large, sparkling pool, a variety of watersports, mountain bikes, and game popper and fly fishing. There are seven beautiful, deserted beaches to explore, as well as the protected dry deciduous forest - with baobabs and palissandre - behind the lodge, inhabited by a variety of lemurs and a wealth of birdlife.
Accommodation: Anjajavy Le Lodge
                                   
Day 7
Day 7
Anjajavy Le Lodge
Relax at the hotel or partake in some of the land and water based activities on offer. Guided day and night walks around the reserve - which was recently expanded to 1,030 hectares with more plans in the pipeline - are really rewarding with circuits ranging from a couple of hours to a full day in duration.
 
The trails cover flat, gentle terrain.
 
During afternoon tea in L'Oasis (pictured) - a part of the sprawling gardens - you are likely to see a variety of indigenous birds and also, lemurs which tend to enter the gardens daily.
Day 8
Day 8
Anjajavy Le Lodge
Continue your exploration of this remote forested peninsula, accessible only by means of light aircraft. While there are no reefs here, snorkelling is good around the strongly eroded, limestone islets in Moramba Bay, which we highly recommend as a day trip.
 
Day 9
Day 9
Anjajavy Le Lodge
Enjoy remote and secluded Anjajavy, the perfect location for honeymoons and family holidays alike. It is one of a small handful of sites in the country which offer the rare combination of high quality accommodation with both the wildlife and beach aspect. While biologists have created reasonably complete inventories of the local flora and fauna, new surprises will undoubtedly crop up as is always the case in Madagascar.
Day 10
Day 10
Anjajavy Le Lodge
More time to enjoy delightful Anjajavy. If you wish you can also visit one of the nearby villages, where the hotel has made admirable contributions to improve living standards of the residents, such as financing a clinic, school and wells.
Day 11
Day 11
Anjajavy - Antananarivo (light aircraft transfer) and departure
Scheduled Madagascar Trans Air flight from Anjajavy to Antananarivo, where you are met and transferred to Relais des Plateaux. Here you have day room use.
 
Your guide and driver will take you sightseeing in the capital.
 
Late evening transfer to the airport for the Air France check in.
Day 12
Day 12: Departure
Fly Air France from Antananarivo to Paris CDG, arriving in Paris mid morning. Connect with the lunch time flight to London Heathrow or selected other UK airports.

Pricing Information & Dates

12 day tour, from £4655 - £5590 per person
Price Includes:
  • Flights
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers
  • Guide
Itinerary Dates From Price
05 Jan 2022
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30 Jun 2022
£4655
01 Jul 2022
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31 Aug 2022
£5590
01 Sep 2022
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31 Oct 2022
£5239
01 Nov 2022
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19 Dec 2022
£4775
Price Includes
* International Air France*** flights (economy class seating) from London to Antananarivo via Paris CDG return
* Scheduled internal Madagascar Trans Air flights from Antananarivo to Anjajavy return;
* Departure taxes
* All transfers and private 4WD land transport
* Services of a professional English-speaking Malagasy guide for Antananarivo and Andasibe-Mantadia National Park
* Entry permits and park guide fees
* Excursions and activities as outlined.
Price Excludes
* Items of a personal nature
* Drinks, gratuities and visa fee
Price Notes
Please note: this is a sample itinerary and can easily be tailored to suit your travel calendar and interests.

*** If you do not wish to use Air France for your international flights, let us know and we'll be pleased to quote on one of the other airlines servicing the Antananarivo route.

For family holidays, do call us for tailored quotes, as children can benefit from substantial discounts.

Tour Route Map

  1.   Andasibe-Mantadia National Park
  2.   Antananarivo
  3.   Anjajavy & the Northwest
  4.   Anjajavy Forest Reserve

Accommodation on this Tour

Anjajavy Le Lodge
Anjajavy Le Lodge
Anjajavy & the Northwest, Madagascar
Anjajavy Le Lodge stands beside the beach at the end of a peninsula that extends into a wide bay in the Mozambique Channel. It is a remote and exceptionally beautiful coast, with sandy coves and turquoise waters, and at Anjajavy it borders a superb dry forest reserve protecting a host of unique wildlife.
                                   
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.
       
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

'We felt Anjajavy was just amazing. Staff were superb; animal viewing excellent. The balance of travel; the walks, down time was just right for us. Other people did more excursions but we were vedry happy to relax and digest the sites. The whole Anjajavy experience was one of the best we have had anywhere. The ethos of service/ balance with environment/ comittment to local people/ wildlife/ luxury excursions (private picnic on beach etc) was outstanding. We expected a Relais & Chateaux to be mainly French influenced but the majority of the guests were Anglophone. Cedric was an exceptional manager and was available to talk often. 

NB travelling Premium Economy was worth every penny as it gets you through immigration in Tana quite quickly  - if you are at the back of the plane it is very different'

 

Mr and Rev Thomas
December 8, 2016

'Great holiday, thanks! Overall satisfaction: excellent'. 

Mr and Mrs Russell
July 13, 2016

'Transfers were very functional and helpful. The local guide at Andasibe (Dizzy) was outstanding. He put in a lot of extra effort to ensure we saw as much as we could. Overall holiday satisfaction: excellent. Anjajavy was a truly wonderful way to spend our last week. Only one small comment: drinks are expensive BUT everything else was fantastic'

Mr and Mrs Greg
December 8, 2015
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