MG1 MADAGASCAR TOURSEARCH TOUR
'The Lost Continent'
Leapin lemurs!; Guided forest walks; Five different national parks and reserves; Unique flora and fauna; Meeting the friendly locals; Fascinating pre- and post-colonial history
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- MAP & HOTELS
- TRIP INFORMATION
Dates & Prices
Prices are in US Dollars (USD), before taxes (if applicable) - All pricing reflects per-person Land Only expenses, however, we can book flights from virtually every city. Please call us for an air quote.
|Start Date||End Date||Price||More Info|
|Wed 05 Oct 2016||Tue 18 Oct 2016||$4330 USD||Last-minute Availability|
|Thu 20 Jul 2017||Wed 02 Aug 2017||$4330 USD|
|Wed 04 Oct 2017||Tue 17 Oct 2017||$4330 USD|
Optional Single Supplement: $660 USD (number of singles limited).
An island of gold-sand beaches lined with swaying palm trees, diverse topographical wonders that combine to house incredible arrays of endemic flora and fauna and friendly, traditional peoples with tribal cultures, Madagascar has all the right ingredients for an unforgettable tour destination; and this small piece of paradise doesnât fail to live up to its potential. As we travel through scenery of mist-enshrouded virgin rainforest, rice paddies fringing low hills, deep canyons carved into peculiar shapes by erosion and Eden-like waterfall oases, we see Mother Nature at her best and come to appreciate the uniqueness of this special place. We see ruined palaces, brightly coloured houses stacked on hillsides, bustling markets and innumerable intriguing sites that detail the areaâs pre- and post-colonial history -- and of course, we'll be sure to see plenty of lemurs, which can be found naturally only in Madagascar and on one or two surrounding islands. Truly a tour like no other!
Brenda G. (Downers Grove, IL, CA)
My overall impression of the tour was a feeling that I had gained an insight and familiarity with a place rarely visited or even spoken of. Now, when I happen to see a world map, my eye goes to that little chunk of land next to Africa, and I remember the dancing lemurs, the chameleons on our night walks, and especially the hard-working, smiling people that constitute this beautiful island.
Heather F. (Toronto, ON, CA)
Laura is charming, friendly and outgoing. She is good with people and always had an eye on the group dynamic. She took issues in stride without making a fuss.
Patricia B. (Hacienda Heights, US)
Serra is a real professional. She took care of every situation with aplomb and a sense of humor. She had a challenging group dynamic to begin with but her talk to the group did the trick and things settled down. She made everyone feel special.She always checked on the slow pokes like me and saw that an alternative plan was in place. I really enjoyed my time when the manic hikers went off into the dust.Ben and Dennis (local guides) went out of their way for us. Dennis took me to the police station to get a patch for my CHP son. He also helped me find a mask I wanted. I have asthma and am generally falling apart and Dennis kept an eye out for my welfare. Lovely men - both of them.
Susan D. (Highlands Ranch, CO, US)
Bravo! Endless great memories and pictures.
*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.
The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.
Hotel du Louvre
The historic Louvre building was built in 1930, and the building has been nicely preserved in the style of the ... The corridors and rooms are decorated with old photographs and posters of Air France & Air Madagascar. The hotel has 60 air-conditioned rooms with all the luxuries of a 3-star hotel, A Wifi connection allows you to surf freely from your room.
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Vakona Forest Lodge
The design of the bungalows has been conceived in the respect of the local Malagasy architecture. Each of the double ... has its own terrace with an outside little living room, bathroom with warm water, individual toilets, a personal safety deposit box and mini-bar.
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Since 1937, this has been a private reserve in the ancient tamarind forest of the Mandradre River, now of world ... and also featuring an Atandroy museum. Since that day, lemurs living here have mostly lost their fear of man, and are easier to observe. Rooms and bungalows are equipped with a fan and mosquito nets.
Room amenities: Fan, private bathroom with shower, hot and cold water, mosquito nets.
Breakfast and dinner daily (local restaurants and hotels/lodges). All transport, accommodation, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for driver-guides, restaurant staff, porters. Airport transfers for land & air customers and for early arriving / late departing land & air customers who book their extra hotel nights through us.
Tour Leader gratuities, lunches(box / picnic lunches from lodges available for purchase), drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), international (if applicable) and domestic air taxes, visa fees, and any excursions referenced as 'optional'. Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Optional trip cancellation insurance. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on shopping, and visas.
Seasonality and Weather
Dry season: Apr-Oct. The south and west regions are hot and dry. Monsoons bring storms and cyclones to the east and north from Dec-Mar. The mountains, including Antananarivo, are warm and stormy from Nov-Apr and dry, cool and windy the rest of the year.
Transport and Travel Conditions
24-30 seat bus, perhaps smaller if groups size warrants. Roads are generally not good, some are just plain bad. Though all efforts are made to ensure that vehicles are in excellent condition, punctures and weather may cause delays and require patience.
The #3 difficulty rating on this tour: In order to fully enjoy and experience what Madagascar has to offer, one must be prepared to hike over uneven terrain, perhaps with mud and rocks and roots and heat. The lodge properties we use are also very spread out and the distance from main building to guest rooms may be considerable. There are also plenty of stairs throughout. Of course we do not "force" anyone to participate in activities listed in our itinerary; however, if one chooses to skip walks, one will miss most of what the country has to offer the visitor.
Hotels and lodges have hot water, electricity (maybe part-time), mosquito netting, dining areas, bar, sometimes swimming pools. Remote lodges are not air-conditioned though many are at higher elevations where heat is not a factor. Hotel porter service is available throughout (see 'Inclusions'). Single rooms are limited and likely smaller than twins. Many lodges are quite spread out and you will need to be able to walk up to 10 minutes from public areas to your room.
Staff and Support
Tour Leader throughout, drivers, local guides at various locations.
Groups of 7 or less may be led / guided by one of our local Madagascar-based personnel.
10-21 (plus Tour Leader)
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