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Vanilla Islands: Lemurs of Madagascar + Mauritius Beach


MPV10A
10 NIGHTS
FROM £2,294
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
This exotic Vanilla Islands holiday combines viewing lemurs such as the wailing indri, reptiles, birds & other unique wildlife in Madagascar, with a luxury beach vacation on the tropical island of Mauritius, where you can swim & snorkel in warm clear turquoise waters & enjoy a variety of watersports. English speaking Madagascar guide, all transfers & park fees included.
Vanilla Islands Holiday Lemurs Madagascar Beach Vacation Mauritius
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Vanilla Islands Holiday
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Lemurs of Madagascar
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Antananarivo
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Analamazaotra Reserve
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Indri Lemurs
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Mantadia National Park
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Mauritius
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Watersports
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Snorkelling & Diving
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Beach Vacation
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Vanilla Islands Holiday
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Lemurs of Madagascar
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Antananarivo
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Analamazaotra Reserve
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Indri Lemurs
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Mantadia National Park
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Mauritius
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Watersports
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Snorkelling & Diving
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Beach Vacation
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
Today depart from Antananarivo and travel 4-hours with your guide to the small village of Andasibe. On this scenic drive you will see local villages with their long red clay houses, rice paddies and roadside markets, which will give you a good feel for traditional Malagasy life.
 
On arrival at your lodge, enjoy a 2 to 3-hour walk in the montagne rainforest of Analamazaotra Reserve (previously called the Perinet Reserve), which covers 810 hectares. This is where you come to see the magnificent black and white Indri - the largest lemur species in Madagascar, with their eerie wailing calls as they sing from the treetops and mark out their territory.
 
The path into the rainforest starts with a steep ascent up some well-made steps, followed by some relatively good paths, although a longer more gentle ascent is also available. There may be some scrambling off the path to get closer to the Indri, but there are plenty of trees to hang onto for balance.
 
You can also hope to see the beautiful orange, grey and white Diademed Sifaka as well as the Black-and-White Ruffed Lemur - although be warned that tracking lemurs in the dense canopy of this rainforest is hard work and you can realistically hope for only two or three sightings on each walk. However the excitement of finding them hiding high in the treetop canopy, and jumping from tree to tree, is a thrilling memory that will last a lifetime - so once you find a group do linger and enjoy watching their behaviour for a while. Altogether there are 12 lemur species in this park - 6 diurnal and 6 nocturnal.
 
In the early evening enjoy a 1-hour noctural guided walk along a road close to the Analamazaotra Reserve, so remember your headlamp. Here you can hope to see the glowing eyes of the tiny Goodman's mouse lemur, little tree frogs and sleeping chameleons.
 
Note: Tracking lemurs requires physical mobility and stamina 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 when exploring the rainforest i.e. walking boots with good tread and proper rain gear, including lightweight waterproof trousers. A head torch for night walks is essential and light gardening gloves are useful to protect your hands when scrambling through the rainforest. As the climate in the mountains is much cooler than at the coast, especially at night, also pack a fleece.
Day 3
Today we drive 1-hour along a rough gravel road to the massive 16,000-hectare primary montane rainforests of Mantadia National Park.
 
The trees in these rainforests are tall and some trails are steep and muddy. There are also streams to cross using log bridges, but you should be rewarded by a view of the gorgeous Diademed Sifaka, perhaps the most beautiful of all the lemurs with its fluffy golden-orange, grey and white coat.
 
You should also see the Black-and-White Ruffed Lemurs that scream at each other across the forest and, if you are fortunate, maybe also the large Indri that is easily heard because of its impressive shrieks. This park is also a great place to see the giraffe-necked weevil, tenrec (similar to hedgehog), frogs and chameleons.
 
The indigenous flora is outstanding, with hundreds of species of orchids that blossom in October & November, many species of ferns, sacred creepers, lichens and dwarf palm trees. In total there are 12 different species of lemurs, 28 species of reptiles and over 100 bird species.
 
Afterwards enjoy a 30-minute visit to Lemur Island, where you can interact with and take close-up photos of habituated lemurs rescued from captivity and now living in the semi-wild near Vakona Lodge.
Day 4
This morning enjoy another 2 to 3-hour walk in the montagne rainforest of the Analamazaotra Reserve, searching for Indri, Diademed sifaka and Black-and-White ruffed lemurs.
 
In the afternoon transfer 4-hours to Antananarivo, where you will be dropped off at your airport hotel.
Day 5
Transfer to Antananarivo Airport for your onward flight.

You will be met at Mauritius Airport and transferred 1-hour to your beach resort.
 
Check in to your hotel, settle in and relax on this warm tropical Indian Ocean island, surrounded by sparkling turquoise waters and coral reefs.
Days 6 To 10
Enjoy lazy days relaxing on the white sandy beaches of Mauritius.
 
Swim and snorkel in these sparkling turquoise Indian Ocean waters, participate in a wide variety of water sports and savour fine Creole cuisine - especially the superb seafood.
 
Mauritius offers wonderful scuba diving in its calm clear waters, so this is the ideal opportunity to learn if you have never tried before, with many PADI dive centres. Deep sea fishing is also outstanding, in waters regarded as the best for marlin in the world.
 
Dolphin-watching catamaran cruises are very popular, as well as glass-bottomed boat rides to view the surrounding coral reefs swarming with tropical fish. Golf and horse riding are available, as well as bicycle hire to allow you to explore the island independently.
 
You can visit vibrant Grand Baie, with its pubs and nightlife and shop in the capital city of Port Louis, where you must expect to bargain vigorously. Or join one of many fascinating day tours that explore the history and nature reserves of the island.
Day 11
Transfer 1-hour to Mauritius Airport for your flight home.
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