Anjajavy Extension

Lemur Viewing, Snorkeling, and a Stunning Relais and Chateaux Property

Overview

A deluxe Relais & Chateaux property in its own private wildlife reserve on Madagascar’s coast, Anjajavy is a nature lover’s dream. Private air-conditioned villas are scattered along a pristine beach, surrounded by dry deciduous forest, a unique tropical ecosystem that shelters a multitude of wildlife, from the common brown lemur to the Coquerel’s sifaka or tiny nocturnal mouse lemur. Reptiles range from amazing native chameleons to leaf-nose bats, and the birdlife is prolific. With luck, you could see Madagascar’s largest carnivore, the fossa, a member of the mongoose family. With activities tailored to your taste, enjoy abundant lemur-viewing, night walks, sunset boat rides, snorkeling, and kayaking in the mangroves. Exclusive Anjajavy Lodge is accessible only by light aircraft.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Antananarivo / Anjajavy Lodge

Depart Antananarivo on a scheduled charter flight to the airstrip at Anjajavy Lodge, set along the isolated Anjajavy Peninsula on the northwest coast of Madagascar. The flight takes approximately one hour and 40 minutes, and you’ll be met on arrival for transfer to the lodge.

Anjajavy consists of 24 two-story rosewood villas dotting a long, sandy beach on the lodge’s private estate. The villas are air conditioned and have a spacious terrace facing the sea, a living room, and a breakfast nook. There is a large swimming pool overlooking the ocean. Fresh fruits, crabs, shrimp, and local fish are on the restaurant’s menu, with indoor or outdoor dining available. Private dinners can be organized by staff on the veranda, poolside, or on the beach.

In the late afternoon around 5pm, enjoy tea time at the Oasis, a specially designed native garden surrounded by trees that are a playground for wild lemurs as well as parrots, sunbirds, Malagasy kingfishers, and Malagasy paradise flycatcher. At 7 pm, head out for an hour-long guided night walk, an opportunity to learn about the nocturnal wildlife of the forest. Overnight at Anjajavy Lodge…D

Note: Scheduled charter flights depart on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. This extension requires a minimum 3-night stay.

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Days 2-3
Anjajavy Reserve

Deciduous dry forest is one of the world's richest and most distinctive tropical dry forests, sheltering communities of rare and endemic faunal and floral species and scattered with small traditional villages. The Anjajavy forest is home to chameleons, frogs, and common brown lemur, as well as nocturnal species such as sportive, and mouse lemur. More than five lemur species can be seen on walks in the Anjajavy Reserve (and even while you’re on the deck of your villa). Birdlife includes flocks of grey-headed love birds, vangas, crested couas, and vanga parrots.

Activities on these days can be tailored to your taste. Enjoy a walk through the towering baobab forest or through a tsingy labyrinth, or cove to cove hikes along the cliff path. Some walks you can do on your own and some require a lodge guide. Mountain bikes are offered, as are guided catamaran trips. Single and double kayaks are available for a paddle along the south coast of the reserve. More than 135 bird species have been recorded at Anjajavy, many of them rare or endangered; for birders, an early morning trip accompanied by a birding guide is a memorable experience. An optional excursion is offered out to island-dotted Moramba Bay for fishing, snorkeling, or swimming. The bay has one of the largest coral reefs outside Australia. Visit the nearby fishing village that is home to many of the friendly people employed by the lodge. Overnights at Anjajavy Lodge…BLD each day

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Day 4
Fly Anjajavy / Antananarivo

Depart for the lodge airstrip and fly to Antananarivo to connect to international flight (international flights should depart after 2pm)…B

Details

Length: 4 days
Cost From: $2490  
Arrive: Antananarivo, Madagascar
Depart: Antananarivo, Madagascar
Lodging: 3 nights lodge
Meals: All meals included
Activity: Cultural Adventures, Snorkeling, Walking, Wildlife & Natural History, Birding
Trip Level:

Easy to moderate nature walks, optional snorkeling, kayaking