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Off the shores of southeast Africa, discover the island of Madagascar, a curious wonderland home to wildlife described by Sir David Attenborough as 'strange, rare and utterly unique'. During your adventure marvel at the enigmatic Baobab Trees, meet tribal Antakarana people and explore the limestone fantasyland of Ankarana National Park. You may also encounter fauna in the form of inquisitive lemur families, sea turtles patrolling colourful reefs and vibrant chameleons amongst striking forest flora.
Depart London on your overnight flight to the Madagascan capital of Antananarivo via Mauritius.
Upon arrival in Antananarivo, you will be met and transferred to your hotel for the remainder of today at leisure.
Spend this morning on a fascinating sightseeing tour of the city before enjoying lunch at a local restaurant. The afternoon is at leisure to wander through the city's bustling markets, admire the old town's colonial architecture or undertake an optional excursion.
This morning fly to Diego where your transfer will take you to the National Park of Amber Mountain for a leisurely wander along the park's scenic trails. Encounter a host of natural residents amongst drooping ferns including a plethora of enchanting lemur species, an astonishing variety of colourful chameleons, tree boas constricting Canarium branches and a vivid display of butterfly breeds hovering between orchids. In the afternoon continue to Antsiranana for an evening at leisure.
Following your journey to the sleepy rural village of Ambilo, a walk up the hillside unveils the mighty Baobab trees, whose swollen trunks are a striking contrast upon the dry plain. Your guide will provide an intriguing tour of these natural pillars, which often host frolicking crowned lemurs, before you enjoy a picnic lunch. As you return to the city this afternoon, stop off at local villages to meet the Antakarana people and experience unique tribal traditions.
Following an early breakfast drive to the Ankarana National Park, marvel at this breath-taking expanse of psychedelic limestone pinnacles, whose layered formation cultivate the forest-filled canyons and subterranean rivers below. During your tour, traverse walkways with a backdrop of dramatic landscapes, peer into the bat's grotto and take centre stage within the naturally carved rock amphitheatre.
In the morning, transfer to the quaint fishing village of Ramena where you will embark by boat to the Emerald Sea, a sheltered bay overlooking the Indian Ocean's inviting waters. Unwind upon the golden shores of this paradise or snorkel in search of reefs, before enjoying freshly caught fish cooked before your eyes.
After breakfast depart for the Millot Plantation in Ambanja, for a fascinating insight into a century of tradition and devotion to the world's finest cocoa. During your visit taste organic cocoa beans fresh from a husk, observe the meticulous production process each plant undergoes by hand and tour the village that is supported by the plantation. Following your visit, take a boat trip to the exotic island of Nosy Be and arrive at your hotel.
Today's island hopping adventure begins upon Nosy Komba, a tropical retreat whose volcanic surface cultivates luscious surroundings. Visit the island's Lemur Park for a close encounter with lemur families grazing on fruit provided by the villagers. You will also have the opportunity to peruse the market of Ampangorina which presents a vibrant selection of local crafts. Later continue to Nosy Tanikely, a protected marine reserve revered for its colourful corals, tropical fish and green sea turtles.
Embark on a traditional rowing boat through the mangrove swamp, before arriving at the Lokobe Special Reserve. Your guided tour of the forest gives you the best chance to observe famed Madagascan wildlife including striking chameleons, red owls perched upon ylang-ylang trees and black lemurs amongst vanilla orchids. After lunch return to your hotel on Nosy Be for the remainder of today at leisure.
Today is at leisure to unwind upon the island's idyllic beaches, or continue your exploration with an optional excursion.
This morning catch a flight back to the Madagascan capital for a day of discovery at your own pace. Later this evening enjoy a farewell meal in a local restaurant.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your scheduled flight back to the UK.
For stays of 30 days or less a Visa will be required and is purchased upon arrival. Further advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you check your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding passport validity.
If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of €300pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.
Your flight to Antananarivo Airport is with Air Mauritius (MK), departing from London Heathrow, Terminal 4. Each passenger is entitled to 30kg of hold luggage plus 1 item of hand luggage and 1 personal item such as a handbag, briefcase or laptop case. Weight restrictions will be finalised on your E-ticket receipt. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check-in. Check-in should be at least 3 hours before departure. Please note that all flight times are subject to change. Final flight details will be confirmed on your e-ticket and final documentation which will be sent to you approximately 10 days before departure.
It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.
This tour is accessible to most people with an good level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves moderate days of walking on uneven paths and hills, and getting on and off coaches. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.
The minimum number of passengers on your tour will be 5, and the maximum number of passengers will be 35. If in the unlikely event your tour does not reach the minimum passenger numbers, then you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.
This is an escorted tour, meaning the you will have the services of an English speaking guide during each excursion ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times.
The currency in Madagascar is the Malagasy Ariary, however it is advisable to take Euros and change small amounts of money at a time into Ariary, as it can be difficult to change money back. We strongly recommend exchanging money at the BFV/Societe Generale Bank, when in Madagascar. Do be aware that it is illegal to exchange money at the markets. Credit Cards are not widely accepted in Madagascar.
You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any dinners where these are not mentioned on your itinerary and personal purchases, such as souvenirs, extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £100 - £300 person should be sufficient for the duration of your tour. Please also bear in mind that there will be several shopping opportunities throughout your tour. Tipping is at your discretion, however we would recommend approximately £2 per person per day. Tips are accepted in the local currency, however it is asked that if you do not tip in the local currency that you only pay with notes, as coins cannot be exchanged.
|Depart UK||Arrive UK||Price|
|13 Jan 2018||25 Jan 2018||€3295pp|
|10 Mar 2018||22 Mar 2018||€3405pp|
|21 Apr 2018||03 May 2018||€3295pp|
|12 May 2018||24 May 2018||€3405pp|
|02 Jun 2018||14 Jun 2018||€3460pp|
|08 Sep 2018||20 Sep 2018||€3515pp|
|06 Oct 2018||18 Oct 2018||€3460pp|
|10 Nov 2018||22 Nov 2018||€3515pp|
|01 Dec 2018||13 Dec 2018||€3460pp|
The order of events and sightseeing may vary according to local conditions or for operational purposes. For this reason, we have indicated approximate times only. Your local guide will inform you of any schedule changes as they are informed of them. Some road construction and/or weather conditions may lengthen the driving times or sailing conditions. Our intention is to adhere to the day-to-day itinerary as printed; however, order of events and sightseeing may vary according to the local conditions.
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