MADAGASCAR
TOUR

Ecotour to
3 national parks
to see lemurs!

MADAGASCAR TOUR: Ecotour to 3 national parks to see lemurs

Location: Madagascar

Length: 12 Days
Availability: June 29th – July 10th

Type: Guided Grade: Easy to Moderate

Early Bird Price: €3495 €2995

NOTE: Due to the global Coronavirus outbreak we recommend waiting to book this tour until we have more information on what the situation will be in the upcoming months.

Trip Overview

On our Madagascar Ecotour you’ll hike in dense rainforests where a local guide will help you spot as many lemur species as possible, listen for the eery call of the indri, and observe the moves of the dancing sifaka. Their moves may just put yours to shame! Ready for a dance-off?

This trip has been carefully and thoughtfully designed to create a responsible, eco-friendly, and conservation-oriented experience giving you plenty of opportunities to see lemurs and other endemic wildlife. You’ll visit 3 community reserves which have a positive impact on lemur conservation and a local school where you’ll participate in a lemur conservation education outreach activity with local children. This is a guided group tour with a maximum of 12 participants.

Who Will Enjoy the Madagascar Ecotour?

You’ll enjoy this trip if you love wildlife, have a sense of adventure and want to experience one of the most unique places on the planet!

you can only see lemurs in Madagascar

Highlights of the Madagascar Tour

  • Hike in 3 of Madagascar’s most beautiful national parks.
  • Visit 3 community-run lemur reserves.
  • Listen for the eerie calls of the Indri. You’ve never heard anything like this!
  • Participate in a lemur conservation education activity at a school.
  • Go behind the scenes and create lemur enrichment at ONG Reniala Lemur Rescue Center (LRC).

 

What’s Included

  • 11 nights accommodation in 3-star hotels
  • English speaking guide
  • Local guides in parks and reserves
  • Entrance tickets to the national parks and reserves
  • 11 breakfasts
  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • Transportation in a private mini-van throughout the tour
  • Behind the scenes access to ONG Reniala Lemur Rescue Center
  • Group call to get all your questions answered before your trip

 

 

Tour Map

Laurel doing a lemur selfie in Ranomafana National Park.

Why Us

Laurel, the founder of Monkeys and Mountains Adventure Travel, is passionate about ecotourism. On her visits to Madagascar she’s always in complete awe of the wildlife and wanted to help with lemur conservation. You can see how we do lemur slefies on the left – respectful of the lemur and not with lemurs on our heads. That’s the opposite of lemur conservation!

That’s why she’s so excited about this Madagascar trip. It makes a positive difference on locals, lemurs and the travellers who visit.

She truly believes that ecotourism, when done right, can play a key role in lemur conservation. 

 

Madagascar Tour Itinerary:

What You’ll Be Doing on your Madagascar trip.

Day 1: Arrive in Antananarivo (Tana)

We’ll pick you up directly at Ivato Airport, the main airport in Madagascar and transfer you to your accommodation. You’ll have the rest of the day to relax before your adventure begins.

Day 2: Antananarivo to Andasibe-Mantadia National Park

After breakfast, we’ll first stop at Lemurs’ Park, a botanical garden and lemur reserve. It’s the only reserve in Madagascar where you can see nine species of free-roaming lemurs. You’ll get up close to lemurs. Here’s your chance for a lemur selfie – without touching them.

Then, we’ll drive to Andasibe-Mantadia National Park (~140 km, 6-hour drive) through a landscape of rice fields, waterfalls, and forests.

Before dinner, we’ll go for a night walk along the road in search of the mouse lemur and other nocturnal species.

Day 3: Andasibe-Mantadia National Park

Andasibe-Mantadia National Park is a protected rainforest in eastern Madagascar.  We’ll hike in the reserve and discover the species dwelling inside this forest. Here you’ll have the opportunity to observe:  indri  (Indri Indri), the largest of all living lemur species, diademed sifaka (Propithecus diadema), greater and lesser bamboo lemurs (Hapalemur griseus) Prolemur simus), common brown lemurs (Eulemur fulvus) and Parson’s chameleon.

We’ll hike for ~ 4 hours. It’s moderate hiking with some ascents.

In the afternoon, we’ll visit Mintsinjo Forest where we’ll hike for ~ 2 hours. It’s a Malagasy NGO that started as a community initiative. Their focus is on conservation, nature-based tourism, and development. Before dinner, we’ll go for another night walk in search of more nocturnal creatures.

Day 4: Andasibe-Mantadia National Park to Antsirabe

We’ll drive back to Tana, then head south to Antsirabe.  It’s the capital city of the Vakinankaratra region, in the central highlands of Madagascar. The 310 km journey takes ~ 7 hours. Antsirabe is known for its thermal springs and two crater lakes. It’s been a spa town since the late 1800s when Norwegian missionaries built a health retreat.

We’ll visit a beautiful workshop where they make miniatures from recycled materials. This provides employment for locals.

Day 5: Antsirabe to Ranomafana National Park

We’ll drive to Ranomafana National Park (240 km ~ 6 hours). We’ll break up the drive with a stop in Ambositra to see the fine woodcarvings of the Zafimaniry community.

The Zafinmaniry’s knowledge of woodworking is on UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage. Although their style of woodworking was once common throughout Madagascar, it’s decreased because of deforestation.

Now, they’re the only remaining community in Madagascar who carries on the tradition. Your visit helps carry on the tradition and provides much-needed employment for locals. The Zafinmaniry are also involved with reforestation projects.

Then, we’ll continue to Ranomafana National Park, one of the most magnificent national parks in Madagascar. We’ll do a night walk here along the road searching for the nocturnal mouse lemurs. And if you’re really lucky, you’ll see the elusive fossa. Also known as the Malagasy Puma.

Day 6: Ranomafana National Park

Ranomafana National Park is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Madagascar and one of it’s most important national parks. It was created in 1991 after Dr Patricia Wright from Duke University discovered the highly endangered golden bamboo lemur.

You’ll spend the morning hiking in the 40,000 Hectares of mountainous rainforest that makeup Ranomafana. Thirteen different lemurs call Ranomafana home, including; golden bamboo lemurs, red-bellied lemurs, black and white ruffed lemurs, Milne-Edwards’ sifaka, mouse lemurs, brown lemurs, woolly lemurs (avahi), fat-tailed dwarf lemur and aye-aye. Although you’re unlikely to see the latter two. We’ll hike for ~ 4 hours. The hiking is moderate with some ascents.

In addition, you’ll see birds (115 species), Malagasy Ring-tailed Mongoose, chameleons, frogs, orchids and medicinal plants.

Afterwards, you’ll visit Centre Valbio near Ranomafana. It’s a state-of-the-art research station focused on conservation in Madagascar. It receives hundreds of researchers, students and eco-tourists each year. It’s one of a kind in Madagascar.

Then, we’ll continue to Ranomafana National Park, one of the most magnificent national parks in Madagascar. We’ll do a night walk here along the road searching for the nocturnal mouse lemurs. And if you’re really lucky, you’ll see the elusive fossa. Also known as the Malagasy Puma.

Day 7: Ranomafana to Ranohira

We’ll depart early for the town of Ranohira (~ 360 km, 7 hours). We’ll break up the drive with a stop in Ambalavao – the commercial centre of the southern Betsileo region. It’s renowned for its arts and crafts.

From Ambalavao it’s a short drive to the Anja Community Reserve where you can observe endangered ring-tailed lemurs (Lemur catta) in their natural habitat. Then we’ll continue to Ranohira where we’ll spend the night.

Day 8: Isalo National Park

We’ll spend the morning hiking in Isalo National Park. The park attracts hikers from all over the world to experience the sandstone massifs which form unusual rides, called runiformes. The landscape varies dramatically from sandstone massifs to canyons to oases to grasslands.

Although wildlife is not as abundant here as in the other national parks that we’ve visited, you can still spot ring-tailed lemurs, brown lemurs, and sifakas, in addition to the nocturnal lemurs. Approximately 80 species of birds live in the park, 35 reptile species and several endemic frogs.

The flora is the real showstopper at Isalo. More than 500 species can be found here, including several endemic plants, like elephants’ foot.

You’ll have the afternoon at leisure to enjoy the pool and spa area at your hotel.

Day 9: Ranhoira to Tulear to Ifaty

Today we’re driving 267 km for about five hours. We’ll head to Tuléar, the capital of the Atsimo-Andrefana region while enjoying a landscape of dry forests, baobabs and some proudly decorated Mahafaly tombs.

The Mahafaly are an ethnic group known to honour the dead with dramatic and lavish tombs.

Once we’ve arrived in Tuléar, we’ll visit the Arboretum where you can see over 900 species of plants that make up a tiny spiny forest.

Then we’ll carry on to Ifaty. It’s a seaside resort protected by a coral reef. You’ll find white sandy beaches dotted with spiny bushes. We’ll also be there during whale season so keep your eyes peeled.

Day 10: Ifaty to Tulear

Today is your day to make a direct impact on Madagascar’s endangered lemurs and lemur conservation initiatives. It will undoubtedly be one of the trip highlights!

We’ll do an activity with local children around lemur conservation. The Malagasy school curriculum is European based and doesn’t teach children about unique and endemic wildlife in Madagascar. Therefore, many local people don’t realize just how special wildlife is in Madagascar.

Then, it’s time to visit the ONG Reniala Lemur Rescue Center (LRC) in Mangily, in the southwestern part of Madagascar. Here, we’ll create enrichment items for the 30 rescued wild-caught ex-pet lemurs that call the LRC home.

What is their favourite food? Are they clever enough to figure out where we’ve hidden the food? We’ll find out as we observe the lemurs.

These type of activities seek to simulate some of the day-to-day activities and behaviours, such as searching/foraging for food, that lemurs would do in the wild. It helps to keep them physically active, mentally sharp and helps to prevent boredom.

Afterwards, we’ll drive to Tulear.

Day 11: Fly from Tulear to Antananarivo

We’ll transfer to the airport and fly back to Tana. Depending on the time of our flight, you’ll have the rest of the day at leisure. It’s a great time to do some souvenir shopping. We’ll share our favourite spot for doing so.

Day 12: Fly from Tulear to Antananarivo

We’ll take you to the airport. Depending on when your flight is you may have some time to explore on your own. We suggest souvenir shopping if you didn’t have the chance the day before. Alternatively, you may want to visit Tana’s Rova. It’s a fortified palace on top of the highest hill in Tana. It’s under restoration but you can visit the compound and get incredible views over the city.

Madagascar Trip Info

Availability

This unique trip is only offered from June 29 to July 10, 2020. 

We also offer custom tours that you can do any time of the year. Contact us at info@monkeysandmountains.com for further details.

 

Booking in Advance

Book as soon as possible. Space is limited to 12 guests. Book by March 15th and save €500! 

 

Grade 

You will be doing ~ 4-hour hikes in the national parks on several days of this trip and shorter hikes in the community reserves searching for lemurs and other wildlife. You should be in reasonably good physical condition.

 

Accomodation

You’ll be staying in Malagasy-style three-star accommodations. Often in bungalows filled with personality – no chain hotels. Electricity in most accommodations comes from a generator. In many places the power goes off at 11:00 pm.

It’s simple but beautiful accommodation that makes you feel like you’re actually in Madagascar.

 

Location

You’ll fly into Ivato International Airport in Antananarivo, the capital city of Madagascar.




You can see lemurs in Isalo National Park on your Madagascar trip.
HIking in Isalo National Park looking for lemurs.
sample of the type of accommodation you'll be staying in on your Madagascar trip with us
The type of accommodation you can expect on your Madagascar trip with us.
Check out the video of Brigitte, an amazing lemur we had the pleasure of meeting at a community reserve on our last trip.
You'll visit Ranomafana National Park on your Madagascar trip
Ranomafana National Park will be one of the highlights on your Madagascar trip.

Pricing and Inclusions

Pricing 

€3495 €2995  ,

20% of the payment is due at the time of booking. The remaining payment is due 60 days before the tour start date. discount.

 If you’re booking within 60 days of the tour start date, full payment is required. Payment for your internal flight is due as soon as we have confirmed that the tour is running.

What’s included in the price?

  • All transfers to and from the  airport
  • Transportation in a min-van throughout the tour
  • 11 nights accommodation on a double basis (we will try to match you with a roommate of the same sex if travelling alone)
  • 11 breakfasts 
  • Entrance tickets to the national parks and reserves
  • Local guides in parks and reserves
  • English speaking guide 
  • All tourist levies

Excluded

  • International flights to/from Madagascar
  • Domestic flight from Tuléar to Antananarivo (~€270 per person) 
  • Lunches and dinners (this way you get to choose what you want to eat) 
  • Tourist visa (~ $33 USD for a stay up to 90 days)
  • Lunches and dinners. (~$12 for a main course with drink,) 
  • Personal expenditures
  • Tips for the guides
  • Travel and trip cancellation insurance. 

Madagascar Travel Info

Visa 

All foreign visitors to the Republic of Madagascar require entry visas. For short visits (90 days or less), every visitor, regardless of nationality, can obtain a visa upon arrival at the airport in Antananarivo, provided the visitor’s passport is valid for at least 6 months beyond the last day of the intended stay in Madagascar, and provided the visitor carries an airline-issued ticket or passenger receipt confirming the visitor’s intention to leave Madagascar within 90 days. Source: http://www.madagascar-consulate.org/visainfo.html

The cost for the visa (as of Jan 2020) was $37.00 USD.

Your passport should have at least one blank page and be valid for a minimum of six months upon your arrival.

Flying into Madagascar 

You’ll fly into Ivato International Airport. It’s the main airport for Madagascar just outside of Antananarivo, called Tana for short, and is the capital city. We’ll pick you and up and drop you off there. 

We recommend  Skyscanner to find the best deals but please wait until we confirm that the trip is 100% running.

You’ll also have a one-way internal flight from Tulear to Antananarivo. We can book this for you but it’s not included in the cost of the trip.

Transportation on the Tour

You’ll travel in a private minivan with your English speaking guide. We’ll try to make your journey as comfortable as possible but there are some days with long drives and the roads can be bumpy.

Is Madagascar safe?

Yes, but you do need to be careful to keep an eye on your belongings as there are pickpockets, especially in the larger centers. We will also provide further safety recommendations to participants on the tour.

Check the travel advisory for Madagascar from your country’s embassy for the latest information. In Canada, it’s https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/madagascar.

We recommend having travel insurance on your belongings and trip cancellation insurance for this reason.

Do I need to take any immunizations or special medication?

Yes. Please refer to the recommended immunizations and malaria medication recommended by the Centers for Disease Controle and Prevention: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/clinician/none/madagascar, or check with your local or travel doctor.

 



Chameleon seen on one of our night walks.
you can see and hear indris on your Madagascar trip with us
Indris are gorgeous primates. You often hear their haunting calls before you see them
Frog seen on one of our night walks.
Lemur enrichment that we did at ONG Reniala Lemur Rescue Center on our last tour is always a highlight of our Madagascar trip.
Sometimes you got to get some air to get the good stuff :).

ONG Reniala Lemur Rescue Center

ONG Lemur Rescue Center in Madagascar

 On our tour you’ll  you’ll have the unique opportunity to create and prepare enrichment for 30 rescued wild-caught ex-pet lemurs who now live at the ONG Reniala Lemur Rescue Center, the first and only rescue centre for ringed-tailed lemurs or Lemur catta in Madagascar. Since 2011, the Lemur Rescue Center has been taking care of lemurs confiscated by Malagasy government authorities. Their goal is to rebuild stable social groups and then reintroduce them into wild habitats while monitoring their well-being.

Lemur Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation includes 1) integration into a group with other lemurs, 2) recognition and consumption of natural forest foods, and 3) an appropriate response to the threat of potential predators. The Lemur Rescue Center and the NGO Reniala are committed to raising awareness among young people and the local population about the protection of lemurs and more generally about Madagascar’s treasures.


Lemur Enrichment

During our lemur enrichment activity, we’ll find out what will be their favourite food.  Are they clever enough to figure out the challenges that you’ve created for them? You’ll find out, as you’ll observe them enjoying the fruits of your labour. Last year this was one of the highlights of the entire trip! Click her to find out more about the ONG Reniala Lemur Rescue Center’s (only in French) lemur research and conservation efforts in Madagascar and be sure to follow them on Facebook for the latest updates.

The Madagascar Tour is from June 29th to July 10th, 2020.

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