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Land of the Lemur

Natural wonders of Madagascar

15 days from £3,199 per person

Evolving in relative isolation for millions of years, the island of Madagascar is a truly one-off place. Travelling south from the capital, we’ll enjoy a gentle introduction as we tour Antsirabe, a former colonial spa town. Over the next 10 days, you’ll experience the best of the island, scouting out lemurs, discovering tombs inside rugged sandstone rocks and passing through a plateau of wide-trunked baobab. You’ll also come up close to dozens of Madagascar’s endemic flora and fauna throughout your journey.

18 included excursions and visits

  • City tours of Antananarivo, Antsirabe, Fianarantsoa and Tuléar
  • Ambatolampy market
  • Visits to Ambositra’s artisan workshops; Ambalavao Antaimoro paper factory; Ilakaka; and Andasibe village
  • Entrance to Ranomafana National Park; Anja Park; Vakona Forest Lodge private park; Peyrieras Reptile Reserve; and Ambohimanga King’s Palace
  • Guided visits to Isalo National Park; Reniala Reserve, Ifaty; and Andasibe National Park
  • Evening walk in Andasibe

Including...

  • 12 nights in hotels/lodges and 2 in flight (accommodation as specified or similar)
  • 35 meals: 12 breakfasts (days 3-14) 11 lunches (days 3-13) 12 dinners (days 2-13)

Plus all these benefits

  • Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
  • Services of a local Titan tour manager
  • International and internal flights as detailed (prices are based on return flights with Ethiopian Airlines from London Heathrow via Addis Ababa. Supplements may apply from other airports)
  • Best available coaches with experienced drivers
  • Porterage
  • All airport taxes and duties

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VIP Outbound4

Day 1 UK - In flight

Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Addis Ababa.

In flight


Antananarivo

Addis Ababa - Antananarivo

We arrive in Addis Ababa and connect with our onward flight to Madagascar’s Antananarivo Airport, from where we are transferred to the Royal Palissandre Hotel (4T). Dinner is included every evening.

Royal Palissandre Hotel, Antananarivo (4T)


Antsirabe

Antananarivo - Antsirabe

Our first experience of this remarkable country is of its capital, Antananarivo, known by most as Tana. Located in the highland area of Madagascar, appreciate the cool climate as we explore on a city tour, and then wend our way south, through landscapes filled with terraced rice fields and eroded hills, known locally as lavaka. We stop at a local market in Ambatolampy before arriving in Antsirabe, an elegant city reminiscent of Europe. A tour of the city will include visits to a number of local artisan workshops. Our hotel for the evening is Le Royal Palace Hotel, Antsirabe (3T+).

Le Royal Palace Hotel, Antsirabe (3T+)


Ranomafana

Antsirabe - Ambositra - Ranomafana

The highland landscapes continue as we journey towards Ambositra; pine and eucalyptus forests are interspersed with the brick highland-style houses, decorated with ornately-carved balconies and bright shutters. View the bushfire-resistant Tapia tree, before arriving in Ambositra, popular for its wood-carving and handicraft workshops. After lunch accompanied by folkloric dancing, the scenery changes to lush green tropical forests and Ranomafana National Park - home to many beautiful waterfalls. Our base for the next two nights is the Centrest Sejour Hotel (3T) or Setam Lodge (3T).

Centrest Sejour Hotel (3T) or Setam Lodge (3T), Ranomafana


Ranomafana

Ranomafana

The island’s characterful and most famous inhabitants are the subject of this morning’s quest within Ranomafana National Park - the only confirmed habitat area for the two rarest lemurs, the greater bamboo and the golden bamboo lemur. During our search we may spot twelve species in all, in addition to the many types of bird, lizard and butterfly that make their home here, and also many species of moss and lichen. The name Ranomafana means hot water and this afternoon you can choose an afternoon walk, or to relax in the thermal waters.


Ranomafana

Ranomafana - Fianarantsoa - Ambalavao - Ranohira

Depart for Fianarantsoa, the capital of the Betsiloo people, where a tour will include highlights of the city that boasts Madagascar’s university and top schools, living up to its name ‘place of good learning’. In Ambalavao we get a close-up view of the process of making Antaimoro - the lovely papyrus-based paper containing wild flowers. If we are lucky, our visit will coincide with the weekly zebu cattle market - a lively, animated meeting of people from all over the country. We also visit Anja Park, run by the village to raise funds for local teachers. Our arrival in Ihosy signifies the end of the highlands and we pass through the vast red-soiled savannah of Plateau de l’Horombe before reaching Ranohira - the gateway to Isalo National Park - where we spend two nights at the Satrana Lodge (3T+).

Satrana Lodge, Ranohira (3T+)


Isalo National Park

Isalo National Park

We take a walking tour through Isalo National Park, encompassing 815 square kilometres of rugged sandstone rocks, hewn by rain and wind erosion into dramatic canyons, impressive gorges and stalagmite pinnacles. As the area is used as a burial place of the Bara people, we may spy tombs inside the rocks as we walk. Our ascent will be rewarded by spectacular views of the mountains’ changing colours and eroded shapes. Sifaka, brown and ring-tailed lemurs may be spotted en route. Late afternoon the day is topped off with a sunset view at ‘La Fenêtre de l’Isalo’, before we return to our lodge.


Ilakaka

Ranohira - Tuléar - Ifaty

We visit the once small village of Ilakaka - which exploded in population upon the discovery of sapphire deposits in 1998. Traversing Zombitse National Park, we enter the dry south and pass the ‘plateaux des baobabs’ of Andranomaintso - these upside-down looking trees are an icon of Madagascar - before arriving in Tuléar for a city tour. Situated on the Tropic of Capricorn, the city was one of the main harbours of the colonial-era and is now a cosmopolitan collection of different cultures and traditions, being home to many different tribes of people. Continuing to the north, along the sandy coastal road lined with mangroves and dunes, we will see many fishing villages; in this area the men fish twice a day in their dugout canoes known as pirogues, for the women and children to collect and deliver to Tuléar. Our Lodge for the next two nights is the Hotel La Mira de Madio Rano (3T+), in Ifaty.

Hotel La Mira de Madio Rano, Ifaty (3T+)


Ifaty

Ifaty

An early morning start is required for a visit to Reniala Reserve, filled with different types of baobab and thorny bush. The reserve is also an excellent spot for bird watching, searching for some of Madagascar’s unique species. Returning to the hotel for breakfast, the remainder of the day is free to spend as you wish - perhaps on the beach, watching the fisherman earning their living.


Antanarivo

Ifaty - Tuléar - Antananarivo

Journeying back to Tuléar, a flight returns us to Antananarivo, where on arrival we transfer to the Royal Palissandre Hotel (4T).

Royal Palissandre Hotel, Antananarivo (4T)


Andasibe

Antananarivo - Andasibe

Back in the fresh highland climate for only a few hours, our journey to Andasibe takes us into humid landscapes of rainforest and lakes, rich in plants and wildlife. We arrive and check in at Vakona Forest Lodge (3T) and later travel to the local village, to meet members of the predominant tribe of Madagascar’s east coast - the Betsimisaraka people. Before dinner, an evening walk will be a perfect opportunity to look for nocturnal animals.

Vakona Forest Lodge, Andasibe (3T)


Andasibe

Andasibe

For wildlife lovers, today is likely to be a big highlight, as we take an excursion to the large tropical rainforest, Andasibe National Park. The park is home to nine species of lemur, including the largest - the critically-endangered indri; known for its distinctively loud call, it features in many Malagasy myths and legends. As well as the indri, there are plentiful other unique species, orchids, chameleons and many birds. Returning to the lodge, its private park is one of the best spots for photographing lemurs, with species including the bamboo and brown lemur.


Ambohimanga

Andasibe - Antananarivo

Our journey back to Antananarivo includes a stop at Peyrieras Reptile Reserve, a small reserve home to a collection of reptiles, amphibians and butterflies and located close to a forest occupied by sifaka and common brown lemur. Continue to Ambohimanga - a sacred hill and King’s Palace (rova) - a place of immense historical, cultural, and spiritual significance and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our hotel for the night is the Royal Palissandre Hotel (4T).

Royal Palissandre Hotel, Antananarivo (4T)


In Flight

Day 14 Antananarivo - In flight

Our adventure over, we transfer to the airport for our return flight to the UK.

In flight


VIP Inbound

Day 15 UK

Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.

Arrive Home


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Visa is not included, please call for details Please note: This tour contains areas of rough terrain and clients are advised that a significant amount of walking is involved.

Land of the Lemur

Natural wonders of Madagascar

15 days from £3,199) per person