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Madagascar

This is “the” island paradise for anyone interested in wildlife. Of all the plant and animal species found on this diverse island, 90% are endemic, found nowhere else in the world. This includes the famously lovable lemurs, the fossa, and myriad bird species. With the expertise of our local guide, as well as our HF Holidays’ leader, we will introduce you to this charismatic and vibrant island’s diverse landscapes, species and culture

2017 Dates:  June 3, Sept 9, Oct 7, Nov 4  - 14 nights
                                                                                                            
Price:  2359  GBP  (Great Britain Pounds)
Price is per person
 for 14 nights double occupancy                Supplement for a single room 340 GBP   

Guided Walks:
 3 - 7 miles with up to 1900 ft of ascent

Included:
  • 14 nights' accommodation 
  • Full Board
  • A full programme of guided walks led by a specialist local leader
  • Sightseeing, entrance fees and travel by flights, minicoach and ferry

    Hotels: 
    Although comfortable, facilities are modest compared to international standards, and on some evenings accommodation is comfortable, but simple. 12 nights offer en-suite rooms, two nights are in a basic tented camp in Isalo National Park, a truly stunning location
Itinerary:

Day 1: arrival in the Madagascan capital, Antananarivo (1 night), and transfer to our accommodation.

Day 2: fly to Tulear, in the south of the island (1 night) for an introduction to the island’s endemic flora at the Antsokay Aboretum, before we begin our tour of the national parks.

Days 3-4: journey to Ranohira and Isalo National Park (2 nights), through the legendary landscapes of baobabs. Isalo is home to some of the most stunning scenery on the island, and affords you a fantastic chance of being able to observe the dancing ring-tailed lemurs. Walks explore the canyons and sandstone cliffs of magnificent Isalo National Park. Its mountains are home to over 400 species of flora. There’s the chance to take a swim in some of the natural pools and waterfalls on the walks. En-route our journey takes us on a visit to one of the sapphire mines on the island.  

Days 5-6: to our camp (2 nights) in the majestic valley of Tsaranoro, Andringitra National Park. The park is a sacred place for many cultures, and home to many mysteries and legends. Its scenery is superb, with vistas of dramatic peaks and waterfalls accompanying our walks as we visit the surrounding villages. Angringitra is also home to the highest peak on the island - Boby Peak, known locally as the Roof of Madagascar. 

 Days 7-8: en route to Fianarantsoa (2 nights), we stop to explore the community reserve of Anja and see ringtail lemurs up close, before village walks introduce us to the Betsileo culture and their traditions. We share a typical Malagasy lunch at the home of one of the families. 

 Days 9-10: the lush rainforests of Ranomafana National Park (2 nights) afford us excellent opportunities to discover a vast diversity of flora and fauna. We enjoy a night walk here too, introducing us to a host of different animal species. If we’re lucky we may see the park’s famous resident, the golden bamboo lemur. Walks will be scheduled in the early morning and the late afternoon to give us the best chance of spotting wildlife. 

 Days 11-12: a city tour of Antsirabe (2 night). Our stay here is a guest house run by the charity Residence Madalief, which supports projects in the local community. Our stay here gives us a fantastic opportunity to support this worthwhile charity. Walks in the area discover the surrounding villages and the beautiful volcanic Lac Tritriva. 

Days 13-14: the iconic Micheline train takes us into the heart of Andasibe National Park (2 nights), home to many endangered species, including 11 types of lemur and the Indri. The journey on the Micheline is a highlight in itself. The "train" has been restored to its former 1930's glory, and is the last of its kind operating a regular service anywhere in the world. This makes quite an entry to the final national park of our journey.

Day 15: return to Antananarivo in time to explore before our late evening flight home


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