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Madagascar - Land of the Lemur

15 days from £3,449 per person

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The chance to spot all kinds of unique wildlife, from the cute to the outright weird - our favourite is the adorable, teddy-like indri lemur.

Summary

Evolving in relative isolation for millions of years, 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 ten 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. A key highlight of Madagascar holidays is seeing the incredible flora and fauna - and we'll be sure to get you up close as much as possible throughout our journey.

Your holiday includes:

18 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

Plus:

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

Plus

  • Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
  • Local Titan tour manager
  • Travel in destination by coach
  • Porterage

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  • VIP Outbound2

    Day 1 UK - In flight

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

    In flight


  • Antananarivo

    Antananarivo

    Arrive in Antananarivo.

    Royal Palissandre Hotel, Antananarivo (4-star)


  • Antananarivo - Antsirabe

    Our adventure begins in the colourful capital of Antananarivo, known by most as Tana. Nestled in the greenery of the highlands, Tana enjoys a cool climate - perfect for our sightseeing tour this morning. We’ll then wend our way south, through landscapes of terraced rice fields and eroded hills, known locally as lavaka. Take in the bright colours and bustling atmosphere at a local market in Ambatolampy, where unusual fruits and local snacks are sold.

    We arrive in Antsirabe this afternoon, an elegant city with European flair. The colonial architecture, turn-of-the-century villas and wide tree-lined avenues will have you thinking you’re somewhere else entirely.

    • City tour of Antananarivo (morning)
    • Visit Ambatolampy market (morning)
    • City tour of Antsirabe (afternoon)

    Le Royal Palace Hotel, Antsirabe (3.5-star)


  • Ambositra - Ranomafana

    The highland landscapes of pine and eucalyptus forests continue, as we journey to Ambositra, popular for its wood-carving and handicraft workshops. After a lunch accompanied by folkloric dancing, the scenery changes to lush green tropical forests and Ranomafana National Park - home to some beautiful waterfalls.

    • Visit Ambositra’s artisan workshops (morning)

    Centrest Sejour Hotel (3-star) or Setam Lodge (3-star), Ranomafana


  • Ranomafana

    Wildlife is a huge focus when it comes to holidays in Madagascar. The greater bamboo and the golden bamboo lemurs are the island’s characterful and most rare inhabitants - and they’re the top of today’s watch list as we venture into the steamy jungle of Ranomafana National Park, their only confirmed habitat on the planet. The jungle hums with the sounds of insects and the wail of wildlife in the distance. As well as the lemur, we’ll be on the lookout for different species of bird, lizard and butterfly that make their home here.

    The name Ranomafana means ‘hot water’ in Malagasy and is named because of the thermal springs dotted around the area. This afternoon you can choose to explore on an afternoon walk, or relax in the famed hot springs.

    • Visit to Ranomafana National Park (morning)

    Centrest Sejour Hotel (3-star) or Setam Lodge (3-star), Ranomafana


  • Fianarantsoa - Ambalavao - Ranohira

    Depart for a tour of Fianarantsoa, the cultural capital of Madagascar and the capital of the Betsiloo people. Later, in Ambalavao, we get a close-up view of the process of making Antaimoro - the lovely papyrus-based paper containing wild flowers. If we’re 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.

    • Tour of Fianarantsoa, including Ambalavao Antaimoro paper factory (morning)
    • Visit to Anja Park (afternoon)

    Satrana Lodge, Ranohira (3.5-star)


  • 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. Keep your eyes peeled for Sifaka, brown and ring tailed lemurs en route.

    The day will come to a memorable end as we watch the setting sun turn the sky shades of deep purple, orange and red through La Fenêtre de l’Isalo’ rock formation.

    • Guided visit to Isalo National Park (all day)

    • Guided visit to Isalo National Park (all day)

    Satrana Lodge, Ranohira (3.5-star)


  • Ranohira - Tuléar - Ifaty

    We visit Ilakaka, the village which exploded in population with 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.

    The city was one of the main harbours of the colonial-era and home to many different tribes of people. It’s now a cosmopolitan collection of cultures and traditions. Continuing along the sandy coastal road lined with mangroves and dunes, we’ll 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.

    We’ll stay overnight in Ifaty.

    • Visit Ilakaka (morning)
    • City tour of Tuléar (afternoon)

    Hotel La Mira de Madio Rano, Ifaty (3.5-star)


  • Ifaty

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

    • Guided visit to Reniala Reserve (early morning)

    Hotel La Mira de Madio Rano, Ifaty (3.5-star)


  • Tuléar - Antananarivo

    Journeying back to Tuléar, a flight then returns us to Antananarivo.

    Royal Palissandre Hotel, Antananarivo (4-star)


  • Andasibe

    Our journey to Andasibe takes us into humid landscapes of rainforest and lakes, rich in plants and wildlife. We meet members of the predominant tribe of Madagascar’s east coast - the Betsimisaraka people. An evening walk is a perfect opportunity to look for nocturnal animals.

    • Entrance to Vakona Forest Lodge private park (afternoon)
    • Visit Andasibe village (afternoon)
    • Walk in Andasibe (evening)

    Vakona Forest Lodge, Andasibe (3-star)


  • Andasibe

    For wildlife lovers, today is likely to be a big highlight, as we explore Andasibe National Park. The large tropical rainforest is home to nine species of lemur, including the largest - the critically-endangered indri. Known for its distinctively loud call, it’s no surprise that it features in Malagasy myths and legends. There are plentiful other unique species, orchids, chameleons and birds.

    Returning to the lodge, its private park is one of the best spots for photographing lemurs. Maybe you’ll spot a bamboo or brown lemur.

    • Guided visit to Andasibe National Park (all day)

    Vakona Forest Lodge, Andasibe (3-star)


  • Ambohimanga

    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. Continue to UNESCO-listed Ambohimanga - a sacred royal city of immense historical, cultural, and spiritual significance.

    • Visit Peyrieras Reptile Reserve (morning)
    • Visit Ambohimanga King’s Palace (afternoon)

    Royal Palissandre Hotel, Antananarivo (4-star)


  • Day 14 Antananarivo - In flight

    After two incredible weeks, it's time for our Madagascar holiday to come to an end. Depart to the airport for our overnight flight to the UK.

    In flight


  • Day 15 UK

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

    Arrive Home


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Please note: This tour contains areas of rough terrain and a significant amount of walking is involved.

Madagascar - Land of the Lemur

15 days from £3,449 per person