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Luxury Madagascar: Mandrare River Lemurs + Tsarabanjina


MRD10A
10 NIGHTS
FROM £3,995
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
This luxury holiday to Madagascar flies to the south of the country & views lemurs in the gallery & spiny forests of Mandrare River eco-camp, home to ringtail lemurs & gorgeous white dancing sifakas. Then fly to the Nosy Be archpelago & relax on the paradise island of Tsarabanjina Island, ideal for a honeymoon or romance. English speaking lemur guide, local flights, transfers & park fees included.
Luxury Holiday Madagascar Lemurs Mandrare River Tsarabanjina Honeymoon
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Luxury Holiday, Madagascar
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Antananarivo
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Fort Dauphin
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Mandrare River
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Ringtail Lemurs & Sifaka
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Spiny Forest
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Lemur Night Walks
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Tsarabanjina Island
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Snorkelling & Diving
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Honeymoon Deals
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Luxury Holiday, Madagascar
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Antananarivo
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Fort Dauphin
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Mandrare River
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Ringtail Lemurs & Sifaka
• 
Spiny Forest
• 
Lemur Night Walks
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Tsarabanjina Island
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Snorkelling & Diving
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Honeymoon Deals
Day 1
You will be met at Antananarivo Airport and transferred to your hotel in the capital city of the tropical island of Madagascar.
 
Check into your hotel and relax in your warm friendly surroundings.
Day 2
Transfer to Antananarivo Airport for your flight to Fort Dauphin (now called Tolagnaro).
 
You will be met at Fort Dauphin Airport and transferred 4-hours along a severely degraded and bumpy road to your luxury eco-camp located on the banks of the seasonal Mandrare River. Situated near the small village of Ifotaka, here you will see the dry "spiny forests" of southern Madagascar.
 
As we drive to your tented camp, you will be able to observe the lifestyle of the people who live here. They have important burial rituals associated with ancestor worship and measure their wealth in zebu (cattle). You will also see huge sisal plantations, large cacti and magnificent baobab trees.
 
After checking in your lodge, enjoy a night walk to search for nocturnal lemurs in this fascinating flora and fauna frontier - so don't forget your headlamp, which is an essential item.
 
Note: A scheduled charter flight direct to Mandrare River Camp is available for a significant supplement on Mondays and Thursdays only.
Days 3 To 4
Today is devoted to exploring the wildlife along the banks of the Mandrare River, which is the lifeblood of this otherwise dry region.
 
In the morning, we drive along the river bank to a crossing point and walk for 2 to 3 hours in the magnificent sacred Gallery Forest (in the wet and shoulder season, you will wade across the river). Here you can hope to see magnificent Ringtail Lemur (the national animal of Madagascar) and the gorgeous white Verreaux's Sifaka in the wild - a memory that will last a lifetime.
 
After lunch, enjoy another 2 to 3 hour walk through the sharply contrasting sacred dry Spiny Forest, where you will see interesting tombstones and learn more about local customs and fadys (taboos). You may also see chameleons and other interesting insects and reptiles.
 
Enjoy sundowners against a magnificent backdrop of baoba trees, before returning to camp for dinner.
 
Note: Tracking lemurs requires physical mobility as some trails are demanding, although your guide will be mindful of your level of fitness and adapt your route accordingly. Remember to dress appropriately i.e. walking boots with good tread. A head torch for night walks is essential.
Day 5
Transfer 4-hours to Fort Dauphin Airport for your flight to Antananarivo.
 
You will be met at Antananarivo Airport and transferred to your hotel situated near the airport.
 
Note: A scheduled charter flight direct from Mandrare River Camp is available for a significant supplement on Tuesdays and Fridays only.
Day 6
Transfer to Antananarivo Airport for your flight to the spice island of Nosy Be.
 
You will be met at Nosy Be Airport and transferred 20-minutes by road to Mango Soa, to connect with your 1-hour speedboat to the paradise tropical island of Tsarabanjino in the Nosy Mitsio archipelago. This is a gentle beach launch, so be prepared to take off your shoes and roll up your trousers!
 
On arrival check in and relax on idyllic Tsarabanjino Island - which means "beautiful to look at" - with its warm crystal clear turquoise waters and white sandy beaches offering outstanding swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving and deep sea game fishing.
Days 7 To 9
At leisure to relax and enjoy the beaches of this romantic island in the Nosy Mitsio archipelago.
 
You can swim and snorkel all year round, but diving is best from September to December. As diving conditions are easy in warm calm waters (26-30 degrees) with excellent visibility (15-25 m), this is a perfect place to learn to scuba.
 
From August to early October you may see migrating humpbacked whales and mantas, and from September to October you may see whale sharks. Bottle nosed dolphins are also sometimes seen frolicking in the waves.
 
Optional excursions are also available to nearby Nosy Be Island.
Day 10
Transfer 1-hour by speedboat and 20-minutes by road to Nosy Be Airport for your flight to Antananarivo.
 
You will be met at Antananarivo Airport and transferred to your airport hotel.
Day 11
Transfer to Antananarivo Airport for your flight home.
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