DAY 1- ARRIVE ANTANANARIVO
On arrival in Antananarivo (often abbreviated to Tana), you will be met by your driver and driven to your hotel where you can relax before your adventure begins.
DAY 2- ANTANANARIVO - KIRINDY FOREST
Transfer to the airport for your early morning flight to Morondava. On arrival you will be met and transferred in your private 4x4 vehicle to Kirindy Forest (about 2 hours on a dirt road) to your accommodation. Settle in and if time allows you may take part in an afternoon activity. And this evening, you will be taken for an hour of night walk in the forest of kirindy to find night active animals including the smallest lemurs known as mouse lemurs. Overnight at CAMP AMOUREUX
DAY 3 -KIRINDY FOREST - Spend the day in Kirindy Forest.
Set off on a walk in Kirindy Forest, a dry deciduous forest famous for the giant jumping rat and home to seven species of lemur including common brown lemurs, Verreaux's sifakas and the smallest of all primates, Madame Berthe’s mouse lemur. Some habituated fosa hang around the researchers’ campsite and can be seen in broad daylight with relative ease most times of year. Several bats, tenrecs, mongooses and rodents complete the mammal population. 40 birds, 50 reptiles and 15 amphibian species are also found in this magnificent forest. At sunset head for the Avenue of Baobabs to try and capture that iconic shot.
DAY 4 -KIRINDY- BEKOPAKA
This morning after breakfast depart on the long 8 hour drive to Bekopaka passing the Avenue of Baobabs and then continuing to Belo sur Tsirbihina, the cultural capital of the Sakalava tribe. The drive is very bumpy but you'll pass scenic countryside and the arid forest of the sandy red land of western Madagascar. There will be plenty of opportunities to stop off for photos. At Belo Sur, cross the Tsiribihina River on a floating pontoon ferry and then continue by road to Bekopaka. Night at Olympe du Bemaraha or similar
DAYS 5-6- TSINGY DE BEMARAHA NATIONAL PARK
Over the next two days you will be taken on a guided excursion in the spectacular mineral forest of Tsingy de Bemaraha exploring both the Petite Tsingy and Grand Tsingy. Tsingy is the Malagasy word for ‘walking on tiptoes’ and the nearly impenetrable labyrinth of limestone needles justifies this name. The whole protected area, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1990 comprises a surface of 1.575 km squared.
DAY 7-BEKOPAKA - MORONDAVA
Today start the return journey by road, across the car ferry pontoon to Belo Sur and the long dusty road back to Morondava. En route, you can also stop at the ‘baobab amoureux’ which is a natural twisted baobab 5 km from the main road. Baobabs are distinctive trees adapted to thrive in harsh conditions. Six of the nine species of baobabs are found only in Madagascar so it's no surprise that this is the national tree. You may have a second opportunity for photographing the Allée des Baobabs before arriving at your base for the night. Overnight at CHEZ MAGGIE or similar.
DAY 8 -MORONDAVA – ANTANANARIVO-Andasibe
Take a flight back to Tana then set off in the direction of Andasibe Reserve passing through highland scenery and rice paddies. This afternoon enjoy an afternoon walk through the reserve in search of the lemurs and other wildlife. In the evening there will be time for a night walk to observe the nocturnal species. Overnight at Eulophiella hotel or similar.
DAY 9- ANDASIBE - MANTADIA NATIONAL PARK
A day to explore Andasibe/Perinet National Park or Mantadia with your local wildlife guide. A montane forest park offering the chance to spot a variety of lemurs, reptiles and birds. One of its most famous inhabitants is the Indri, Indri - the largest of lemurs with a black and white teddy bear like appearance. You hear the Indri before you see them and waking up to their songs of communication in the early hours of the morning with the mist still hugging the rainforest canopy. Best to leave early morning to be hear the Indri when they make their distinctive morning group communication calls. Other lemurs which can be seen here are the red-bellied lemur, brown lemur, lesser bamboo lemur, with nocturnal lemurs - brown mouse lemur, greater dwarf lemur (Sep/Oct - May), Eastern woolly lemur, sportive lemur, aye aye (seen once each year!).
DAY 10-ANDASIBE - PALMARIUM
This morning you set off east towards the Pangalanes Canals on the east coast. This is a series of lakes that were linked together to form a safe passage up the east coast. After a 45 minute boat trip passing through fishing villages you will arrive at the private reserve of Palmarium. The rest of the day is yours at leisure to relax and enjoy the lemurs that live in the trees around the lodge or maybe pop down to the lake for a refreshing dip!- You can visit a nearby island at 17.30 to go in search of aye aye where currently 6 live. The tour takes approximately one hour and includes return boat transfers. Overnight: Palmarium Lodge
DAY 11- PALMARIUM- Andasibe
MORNING: Enjoy a walk through the forest with one of the lodge guides. Here it is possible to see a family of indri, Coquerel`s sifakas, black lemurs, crowned lemurs, black and white ruffed lemurs and red lemurs. This reserve provides excellent photograph opportunities as you can get very close to the lemurs. AFATERNOON: Take a boat back to Manamabato village where you will meet your driver to take you back to Andasibe. Night at Eulophiella hotel again or similar.
DAY 12-ANDASIBE – ANTANANARIVO
After an early wake up, you are heading back to Tana for a 3 hours’ drive and go straight to the airport to catch the flight out. END OF YOUR TOURS and we say you MISAOTRA and VELOMA MANDARAPIHAONA (literally means THANKS AND STAY ALIVE UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN-GOOD BYE)