Drive around this remarkable island full of contrasting landscapes and unparalleled natural diversity, visiting some of the most unspoiled national parks in the world.
Day 1-2: Antananarivo
Today you will arrive at Ivato International Airport, where a representative will greet you and transfer you to your hotel for the night, the wonderful Lokanga Boutique Hotel. With beautiful views across the city and luxurious, spacious rooms, Lokanga is the perfect place to unwind and prepare for your Madagascan adventure.
Day 2-4: Andasibe-Mantandia National Park
After a leisurely breakfast you will make the 100 mile drive west, to Andasibe National Park, where you will spend the next two nights at the Andasibe Hotel. After you arrive, you can take an evening forest walk, which give you the opportunity to become familiar with the forest’s nocturnal wildlife.
Andasibe National Park is known as the home of the Indri lemurs, the largest surviving lemur species, and if you’re lucky you might hear their singing each morning and evening from the hotel, which is a mere stone’s throw away from the rainforest. You will be given ample time to explore the park and look for the lemurs, and will have the opportunity to visit a local village.
Day 4-5: Antsirabe
Today, you will drive back towards Antananarivo and then head south, passing through a highland rice field landscape, to the town of Antsirabe, where you will spend the night at the Chambres du Voyageur, a beautiful eco-lodge with quirky landscaped gardens. It’s an ideal place to relax, though you may want to stretch your legs with a walk around the city. Antsirabe Train Station, though closed, bears witness to the city’s colonial heritage, while there are hiking trails available at Lac Tratriva, a stunning natural crater lake located 30 minutes outside town.
Day 5-7: Ranomafana National Park
Today you will drive 140 miles further south to Ranomafana National Park, where you will spend the following two nights at the Setam Lodge, perfectly located within the forest.
The following day you will have a full day touring the National Park, which is home to rare lemur species, including the golden bamboo lemur, as well as over 120 species of frog. Established in 1991, the park forms part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Rainforests of Atsinanana, and has helped save the local ecosystem.
Day 7-9: Isalo National Park
Today you will make the long drive south east, through Fianarantsoa, to Isalo National Park, where you will spend two nights at the Isalo Rock Lodge, which has stunning, luxurious rooms to match the dramatic views of the park. After a long drive, this is the perfect place to clear your head and relax.
You will have the following day to explore the park, with its spectacular scenery and wide variety of terrain, including sandstone, canyons, oases and grasslands. You will be guided through the beautiful landscape and will have the opportunity to go for a swim in a natural pool. There is also a wide range of hiking tours available.
Day 9-11: Ifaty & Tulear
Today you will make the 150 mile drive to the southeastern coast, crossing the drier landscape with its cactus and mangroves. You will spend two nights in Ifaty at the Hotel Le Paridisier, which has beautiful views across the ocean and located just a few steps from the beach.
Ifaty, a tranquil fishing village, is a great location for snorkelling and diving, as well as bird-watching in the Reniala Forest Private Reserve. You may wish to journey into Tulear, just south of Ifaty, where there is an impressive botanical garden, known Arboretum d’Antsokay. On a guided tour you are bound to spot numerous birds, chameleons, and other lizards.
Day 11-12: Return to Antananarivo, fly home
After a one final morning in Ifaty, you will fly back to Antananarivo, where you will spend one further night at the Lokanga Boutique hotel before being transported to the airport the following day to catch your flight home back to Paris, and then on to London.