17 day tour
Madagascar Family trip
- See all kinds of lemurs
- Sail over the Pangalanes canal
- Relax on the Ifaty beach
This family tour of Madagascar is a trip for nature lovers. You will discover all kinds of national parks and see animals like lemurs and chameleons. This tour begins in the capital Antananarivo, but you won’t stay here very long . The next destination is the Périnet park. Then you will continue your yourney by sailing through the Pangalanes Canal, discovering the countryside around Antsirabe and spotting all kinds of lemurs in Ranomafana. Once you have explored the waterfalls of Isalo and the beaches of Ifaty, you will travel back to the capital, where you prepare for the return trip.
17 day tour of Madagascar:
Route: Antananarivo – Andasibe – Kanaal van Pangalanes – Andasibe – Antsirabe – Ranomafana Nationaal Park – Ambalavao – Isalo Nationaal Park – Ifaty – Antananarivo
Day 1 – Arrival in Antananarivo
After arriving at the airport, you will be brought to a comfortable hotel in the capital. Today you can relax and recover from your flight.
Day 2 – Antananarivo to Andasibe
After breakfast it will take about four hours to travel to the town of Andasibe, in the east of the country. Andasibe is also known as Périnet. The Indri Indri, the largest lemur species, live here. Take an evening a walk to spot the nocturnal animals like the mouse lemur, chameleon, gecko and the tree frog. You will spend the night in a wooden cottage on the edge of the rainforest.
Day 3 – Andasibe
Together with a guide you will walk through the park and see the different lemur species. You will encounter the biggest chameleon, the Parsons chameleon, here. After lunch you will drive to the Vakona domain, an island where you can make good pictures of the animals you’ve probably already seen on the road. You can also see crocodiles here.
Day 4 – Andasibe to Pangalanes Canal
After a three hour drive you will reach Manambato, the gateway to the Pangalanes Canal. The Pangalanes is formed by a string of hundreds of lakes, creeks and lagoons, which are interconnected by channels with each other. Previously, the water was used for transport, but now with all the overgrowth there you can only find small boats of local fishermen.
Day 5 – Pangalanes Canal
Today you will have plenty of time to explore the nature reserve. You can take different walks and encounter various animals or (carnivorous) plants. You can also choose to take a walk with a guide, or go explore the Canal by boat. If you choose the trip by boat, you will be able to spot birds or visit a fishing village.
Day 6 – Pangalanes Canal to Andasibe
After breakfast, you will take the boat back until you return to the mainland. From there you will drive for a few hours to Andasibe where you will spend the night in the wooden chalets you stayed in on day 2 and 3.
Day 7 – Andasibe to Antsirabe
Today will be a long day on the road, but obviously you will make some necessary stops. In total, you will drive, for about six hours, on the National Route 7 to Antsirabe. The pousse pousse is a funny kind of rickshaw, which you will encounter here a lot. The town has some old buildings from the colonial era which you can admire. You will spend two nights in a guesthouse, which is part of a Dutch foundation that helps orphans and single mothers in Madagascar.
Day 8 – Antsirabe
Today will be an active day where you will explore the area of Antsirabe. About twenty kilometres of Antsirabe is a crater lake which you will visit. Then you will get on the bike and go explore the countryside. Along the way you will encounter the local people, who want to talk to you and who do not mind if you take pictures of them.
Day 9 – Antsirabe to Ranomafana National Park
Today you will drive for about five hours to the Ranomafana National Park. You will spend two nights in a hotel here. At night you can take an evening walk, but if you are too tired from the journey, you can always go tomorrow night.
Day 10 – Ranomafana National Park
The national park Ranomafana became famous in the 80s, because a new lemur species was discovered here: the golden bamboo lemur. A guide will take through the park to find all the lemurs. In the afternoon you can choose to visit the nearby spa and enjoy a nice hot bath.
Day 11 – Ranomafana National Park to Ambalavao
Today you will drive over the National Route again, until you arrive in Ambalavao. This village is located in the highlands. You can wander through the streets or visit a local project that makes traditional decorative paper. You also take a look in the kitchen.
Day 12 – Ambalavao to Isalo National Park
You will leave Ambalavao again today. On the way to Isalo you will stop to visit the park d’Anja where you will encounter a colony of lemurs. Then drive up to the Isalo National Park, where you will spend two nights in a hotel with a swimming pool.
Day 13 – Isalo National Park
Isalo is considered by many the most beautiful park of the south. Today you will spend the day exploring this park with a guide, this includes waterfalls, natural pools and adventurous mountain cleaves. In the middle of the jungle, you will be able to enjoy a barbecue lunch while ring-tailed lemurs and red head lemurs play around you in the bushes.
Day 14 – Isalo National Park to Ifaty
Route National brings you to Tulear Today. From here you will drive on a sandy coastal road into the resort of Ifaty. You will spend two nights here, where you can enjoy the sun, sea and sand.
Day 15 – Ifaty
Depending on the season, you could go snorkelling at a nearby reef. Today you can also choose to leave the harbour to search for migrating whales. There are also different activities to do on land. The forest on the southwest of Madagascar is home to hundreds of strange looking baobabs, also known as bottle trees, which you can admire.
Day 16 – Itafy to Antananarivo
A domestic flight will take you back to the capital in just over an hour. You will stay in the same hotel as the one on the first day of your trip.
Day 17 – departure from Antananarivo – end trip
You can explore the city again today. For example, visit the bustling Avenue de l’Independence and markets around it. Take a taxi to the highest point of the city, where can visit the two palaces. Then you will be taken to the airport and depart from Madagascar.