Madagascar has over 150 species of chameleon, all native to the island

Seventy-five percent of all species found in Madagascar exist nowhere else on the planet.

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Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $4795  
Length: 13 days
Arrive: Antananarivo, Madagascar
Depart: Antananarivo, Madagascar
Lodging: 7 nights hotels, 5 nights wildlife lodges
Meals: All meals included except 2 dinners, 1 lunch
Activity: Wildlife & Natural History, Walking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level: Easy to moderate walking, rugged road travel, cultural exploration
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Highlights

  • Fascinating nature walks in Berenty, Andasibe, Ankarana, and Amber Mountain National Park
  • Explore diverse ecosystems, from lush tropical forest to spiny desert
  • Discover a wealth of unusual flora and unique fauna


Beyond expectations on all fronts!Karin E.—San Jose, CA

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Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

References

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Departure Notes

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Watching rare primates leap from tree to tree or dance across your footpath is one of the many fascinating experiences to be enjoyed in Madagascar, an extraordinary island-nation that was once connected to Africa. Animals and plants long gone from Africa have survived and thrived here; in fact, four out of five of all plant and animal species in Madagascar are found nowhere else on the planet. The odd primates called lemurs put Madagascar on the travelers’ map (there are more than 50 species of lemur, even as small as a mouse), and there’s an astounding abundance of other marvels, from thousands of species of rare orchids to amazing birdlife. Our journey explores this distinctive island in depth as we visit magical nature reserves from Berenty to Andasibe (Perinet), see the “dances” of beautiful sifaka lemurs, and listen to the haunting calls of indri lemurs in treetop canopies. Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime natural history adventure!

Itinerary at a Glance

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Day 1
Antananarivo

Arrive in Antananarivo (Tana), where gaily painted houses climb the hillsides.

Days 2-6
Fort Dauphin / Berenty Reserve / Antananarivo

We fly to Fort Dauphin and drive to Berenty Reserve, home to the unique “spiny desert” habitat. This small private park that preserves a third of Madagascar’s remaining tamarind forest and is a superb place to see friendly ring-tails and superbly acrobatic sifakas, known for their death-defying tree leaps and the sideways hops they use to get around on the ground. We return to Fort Dauphin for overnight on Day 5 and fly back to Antananarivo on Day 6.

Days 7-9
Diego Suarez / Ankarana National Park / Amber Mountain National Park / Antananarivo

From our base in Diego Suarez, we explore Ankarana, a reserve with spectacular landscapes, including the eroded limestone towers known as “tsingy,” and many species of lemurs, including  crowned lemurs, endemic to northern Madagascar. At Amber Mountain, a biologically diverse reserve whose montane rainforests offer huge green tree ferns, crystal-clear crater lakes, picturesque waterfalls, and a wealth of wildlife, we walk forested trails in search of more lemurs and a varied flora—1,000 species, a botanist's delight! We fly back to Antananarivo on Day 9.

Days 10-13
Andasibe National Park (Perinet)

We head to Andasibe (Perinet), famed as the home of the Indri indri, a lemur whose haunting treetop song carries for miles as one troop calls to another. Their Malagasy name is babakoto, or “Father of Man.” These three-foot-tall primates are renowned treetop acrobats. Red-fronted lemurs, grey bamboo lemurs, and woolly lemurs are also found here, along with colorful reptiles including huge Parson’s chameleons. We return to Antananarivo on Day 13 and depart, or join our Isalo Extension.

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Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extensions:

What the Trip is Like

The trip is Level 2+, Easy to Moderate. It features day hikes in national parks, with accommodations ranging from city hotels to basic wildlife lodges. You should be fit, healthy, and ready for adventure, because the walking trails in Madagascar’s parks can be quite slippery and muddy. Several of the travel days involve long drives and road conditions can be rough.

Explanation of Trip Levels

 

Departures & Leaders

2015
May 31-Jun 12, 2015  Vy Raharinosy
Aug 2-14, 2015  Vy Raharinosy
Sep 13-25, 2015

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2015
$4795 (11-14 members)
$4995 (8-10 members)
$5195 (5-7 members)
Single supplement: $990
Forced single supplement: $790
Internal airfare: $1190 (subject to change)
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Extension Costs
Cape Town Extension
   from: $1695
Isalo National Park Extension
   from: $2090

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
  • Accommodations
  • All meals included except 2 dinners, 1 lunch
  • Fees for parks and reserves
  • Land and boat transportation, airport transfers, and entrance fees

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare, transfers for independent arrival or departure, airport departure taxes, any meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Full Trip Brochure, optional activities, optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff, hotels en route to/from Paris and/or Madagascar, an any additional hotel nights that may be necessary due to international airline schedule changes or other factors, pre-trip expenses of medical immunizations, visa fees, travel insurance, and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.).

Trip Payment Schedule

At time of reservation: $500
120 days prior to departure: 20% of trip cost
60 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule

More than 90 days prior to departure: No charge!
46-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

Hotel Colbert

Hotel Colbert

Day 1 (1 night),
Day 6 (1 night),
Day 9 (1 night), Antananarivo, Madagascar

This 140-room hotel, set on a hillside overlooking Tana’s Haute Ville, enjoys a great location close to small shops, restaurants, a large ...
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Berenty Lodge

Berenty Lodge

Days 2 to 4 (3 nights), Berenty, Madagascar

The only accommodation near the Berenty Private Reserve, remote Berenty Lodge offers simple accommodation in 12 wooden thatched chalets with en ...
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La Croix du Sud

La Croix du Sud

Day 5 (1 night), Fort Dauphin, Madagascar

Located a bit away from town, La Croix du Sud offers pleasant air-conditioned courtyard rooms, each with satellite TV and mini-fridge, set around a ...
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Allamanda Hotel

Allamanda Hotel

Days 7 to 8 (2 nights), Diego Suarez, Madagascar

Set right on the waterfront of beautiful Diego Suarez Bay just a short walk from the center of town, the 24-room Allamanda offers a peaceful ...
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Vakona Forest Lodge

Vakona Forest Lodge

Days 10 to 12 (3 nights), Perinet Reserve, Madagascar

Conveniently located on a lakeshore just over half a mile from the park, the Vakona Forest Lodge features 28 quiet and comfortable bungalows in a ...
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Extension Accommodations

If you would like to view the accommodations offered with our extensions options:

Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

Vy Raharinosy

Vy Raharinosy is a wonderful ambassador of his native country with a gift for sharing his knowledge not just about the famed lemurs and other unique wildlife of this island-nation but also about the unique Malagasy culture and environmental challenges. After graduating from the University of Antananarivo with a degree in Philosophy, Vy studied Business, English, and International Communications, including studies in Hyderabad, India. He has been a professional guide since 1998 and speaks English and French along with Malagasy.

Upcoming Trips:

Magical Madagascar, May 31-June 12, 2015
Magical Madagascar, August 2-14, 2015
Madagascar: Off the Beaten Path, September 6-21, 2015
Madagascar: Off the Beaten Path, September 27-October 12, 2015
Madagascar: Off the Beaten Path, October 18-November 2, 2015

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Client Testimonials:


One of the best trip leaders we have ever had. Hermese S., Woodland, CA
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Vy was an outstanding leader, very friendly, well organized, knowledgeable, and interesting. Jon W., Davis, CA
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Vy really should have a rating higher than excellent! He was ALWAYS concerned for our safety and our enjoyment, and had a remarkable amount of knowledge about his wonderful country. We are sorry we all live so far away -- he is a friend now. Irene R., Cincinnati, OH
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Vy was one of the the best guides I've ever had--a very kind and capable representative of Madagascar with excellent people skills and knowledge of other environment. He is a definite asset for Wilderness Travel. Ken N., Kailua, HI
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Vy was such an excellent, helpful, fun, knowledgeable, interactive, engaging guide. How will any future guide ever measure up? Karin E., San Jose, CA
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Vy was an excellent leader, very attentive to our needs and desires. Sara K., Las Cruces, NM
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Vy is definitely one of the best. Binney N., Camarillo, CA
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Vy is well educated and knowledgable about the culture, history, and wildlife of Madagascar. He was friendly, easy to talk with, and readily shared his knowledge. Isaac A., Martinez, CA
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Vy is your best asset. He worked constantly to make sure the trip met our interests, and to be sure it ran smoothly. Charles E., Long Beach, CA
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Vy was definitely one of our best guides ever! We knew from our first meeting he would be good! Marilyn G., Ponte Vedra Bch, FL
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Fantastic and caring person who goes beyond any expectations. His desire to ensure the participant's enjoyment throughout the trip was continuously evident. Jacqueline D., Ozone Park, NY
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Vy made us very comfortable and made sure everything ran smoothly. Everything was done so we didn't have any worries. A special thank you to him. Joe C., Escondido, CA
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We can't say enough about Vy. So professional and yet fun. Quite thoughtful and really listens to what your interests are. How lucky you are to have him. Lisa H., Helotes, TX
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Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extensions:

Madagascar

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Isalo National Park Extension

Rugged Landscapes, Lemurs, and More!

Walking, Wildlife & Natural History
5 days  -  Level 2

South Africa

cape town table mountain south africa

Cape Town Extension

Africa’s Most Romantic City

Cultural Adventures, Walking
4 days  -  Level 2

Client Comments

Beyond expectations on all fronts! Karin E., San Jose, CA It was a true adventure! The country was gorgeous to see and experience, the people of the country were friendly, and the experience with the lemurs was off the charts! Jennifer R., Fort Lauderdale, FL
This is a wonderful wildlife trip that I highly recommend. Playing with lemurs was fantastic! Bobbie B., Acworth, GA Wilderness Travel did a great job finding the well-hidden gems in rural Madagascar. Melissa K., Fairfield, CA