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South and Morondava Package - 15 Days

Private Lodge tour to the South and West of Madagascar - 14 Nights / 15 Days

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Baobab Trees, Madagascar Grand Tsingy, Madagascar Beach in Morondava, Madagascar Lemur
Tour code: MSMI

Enjoy the Madagascar South and Morondava Tour on a Madagascar holiday with Jenman Madagascar Safaris. Once you have reached the coast you will be spoilt by endless seeming white beaches and crystal blue warm water. The coastal vibe will invite you to relax for the last 4 days of your trip!.

Departs: Antananarivo, Madagascar.
Ends: Antananarivo, Madagascar.
Group size: Minimum 1 guest and Maximum 10 guests.
Departure Dates: Every Day of the week – subject to availability.

Summary
15-Day Private Lodge tour through the south and west of Madagascar.

Highlights
Antananarivo, Ranomafana National Park, trekking in Isalo National Park, private Arboretum garden, Tulear, Morondava, Kirindy Reserve.

Meals
14x Breakfast. Where included breakfast will be enjoyed in the restaurants of the various accommodation establishments. Please advise us of any special dietary requirements in advance.

Safari Pricing
2017 Season
valid thru 31-October
1 Pax
2-3 Pax
4-5 Pax
6-7 Pax
8 Pax
Single Supplement
Per Person
$ 3,710
$ 2,065
$ 1,715
$ 1,875
$ 1,740
$ 710
Child under 12 years $ 720
Supplement for English speaking guide (Days 1-11)
$ 1,625 (per group)
• Prices shown exclude flights.
• Please note that internal flights should be booked in conjunction with international flights and the rates are subject to class, availability and change.
• All rates are subject to change according to rate of exchange fluctuations.




DAY 1; (1 Night)
JOHANNESBURG - ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar  [Hotel]

Antananarivo Markets, MadagascarOn arrival in Antananarivo, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Antananarivo, the picturesque capital of Madagascar. With its bustling markets, friendly people and ancient town on a hill with freestone churches and ancient royal places, it is unique among the world's other capitals.


Overnight: Residence Lapasoa or similar.
Meals: Breakfast supplied.


DAY 2; (1 Night)
ANTANANARIVO - ANTSIRABE, Madagascar
  [Hotel]

Antsirabe, MadagascarDepart to Antsirabe, a pretty thermal town, that combines a typical Malagasy style with the tranquility of a small European provincial town. Antsirabe means 'where there is much salt' and is one of Madagascar's major trading centres for semiprecious stones and minerals. We will drive through landscape, which is mainly composed of mountains and rice fields. In Antsirabe we will go on a city tour with a visit of Andraikiba lake and the legendary Tritriva crater lake. It is said that the lake's water level decreases during rainy season and increases in dry season. We will visit a gemstone factory, where you can watch the cutting and polishing process and purchase souvenirs.


Overnight: Chambres Du Voyageur or similar.
Meals: Breakfast supplied.

DAY 3; (1 Night)
ANTSIRABE - RANOMAFANA, Madagascar   [Lodge]

Ranomafan National ParkAfter breakfast, we will drive to Ranomafana National Park, one of the richest for discovering biodiversity in the eastern humid forest. It is nestled in a mountainous and extremely rainy region, which accounts for its nickname the 'misty land'. The tropical forest is home to 12 species of lemurs such as the golden bamboo lemur, brown lemurs and various species of birds, colourful chameleons and frogs.

In Ambositra we will stop for the visit of some Zafimaniry woodcarving shops. This art, classified as World Intangible Heritage by UNESCO, was revealed to the public in the fifties, when food shortage obliged this population of foresters to sell their furniture and sculptures on the market. Zafimaniry Art expresses itself through daily life objects (honey pots, weavinglooms, stools, plates…) as well as construction parts (doors and windows). We then head to Ranomafana National Park, where we will rest in preparation for our park visit the next day.


Overnight: Centrest Sejour or similar.
Meals: Breakfast supplied.


DAY 4; (1 Night)
RANOMAFANA - FIANARANTSOA, Madagascar   [Lodge]

Fianarantsoa, MadagascarIn the morning we will explore the Park to see lemurs, chameleons and frogs living in the rainforest and discover some of the pandanus, ferns, orchids and medical plants in the undergrowth. After lunch, we will go on a city tour of Fianarantsoa - the capital of the Betsileo tribe. Fianarantsoa was built on 3 levels and the highest level and its old and picturesque quarters are classified as a protected area because of its historical and architectural interest. It lies in the heart of Madagascar's most fertile agricultural areas and is renowned for its vineyards, tea plantations and terraced rice fields.


Overnight: Villa Sylvestre or a similar.
Meals: Breakfast supplied.


DAY 5; (1 Night)
FIANARANTSOA - RANOHIRA, Madagascar   [Lodge]

Ranohira, MadagascarIn the morning we depart early for Ranohira. On our way we stop in Ambalavao - the commercial centre of the southern Betsileo region, renowned for its folks, arts and crafts – we will visit a wine producer for a wine tasting and the "Antemoro Paper" factory, where you can watch the paper being made and buy locally made cards and other paper products.

The famous Antemoro paper is a delicate, handmade, flower-decorated paper made of the fibres of a tree called "Avoha". We continue our drive to Ranohira and visit Anja Park along the way, where you can see some families of ring-tailed lemurs in their natural habitat.

On arrival in Ranohira we check in at Isalo Ranch and simply relax to prepare ourselves for the next day of trekking.


Overnight: Isalo Ranch or similar.
Meals: Breakfast supplied.


DAY 6; (1 Night)
RANOHIRA, Madagascar   [Lodge]

Isalo Ranch, madagascarToday we will spend the whole day trekking in Isalo National Park, which is chronologically the second one in Madagascar. Here, erosion has carved fantastic figures in the sandstone, from sharp needles standing up in the sky to rocky blocs apparently unstable on their base.

Apparently dry, the Isalo National Park is a land endowed with an important network of streams feeding the tributaries of the river Mangoky. It is a sacred land, as it also shelters the Bara ancestors' cemeteries, dug on the cliff sides to prevent pillage. We will discover the massif of Isalo, its canyons and its endemic flora (Pachypodium, aloes, etc.) and fauna (lemurs and birds). We will even have the chance to go for a refreshing swim in the natural cascades swimming pool.


Overnight: Isalo Ranch or similar.
Meals: Breakfast supplied.


DAY 7; (1 Night)
RANOHIRA - TULEAR, Madagascar   [Lodge]

Residence Lapasoa, MadagascarAfter breakfast, we drive along a long straight road, where the landscape is composed of dry and spiny forests, baobab trees and some proudly decorated Mahafaly tombs. We will visit the Arboretum, an interesting private garden, established by a Swiss botanist, has close to 1000 species of plants endemic to south-western Madagascar. We will then go on a city tour of Tulear, which is Madagascar's most recently established provincial capital and southwestern Madagascar's major town. The city tour also includes a visit to the museum.


Overnight: Hotel Victory or similar.
Meals: Breakfast supplied.


DAY 8 (1 Night);
TULEAR - ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar   [Hotel]

Hotel Renala au Sable d'OrYou will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Antananarivo, where you will be met and transferred to the city. The afternoon is at leisure.


Overnight: Residence Lapasoa or similar.
Meals: Breakfast supplied.


DAY 9 (1 Night);
ANTANANARIVO - MORONDAVA, Madagascar   [Hotel]

Baobab Avenue, MadagascarThis morning you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Morondava, where you will be met and transferred to the city. Morondava is situated in the heart of Sakalava territory and is known for the royal sculpted tombs of the Menabe ancestors. These tombs are frequently decorated with well-executed, often erotic, funerary carvings representing life and fertility.


Overnight: Hotel Chez Maggie or similar.
Meals: Breakfast supplied.


DAY 10 (1 Night);
MORONDAVA - KIRINDY - MORONDAVA, Madagascar   [Hotel]

Baobab Alley, madagascarToday we set out for a day excursion to the Kirindy reserve – a dry forest that covers approximately 10,000 ha. You will have the chance to see 6 species of lemurs, including the fat-tailed lemur and the tiny Microcebus Myoxinus, believed to be the world’s smallest primate. There are also 45 bird species and 32 reptile species, including the rare Madagascan flat-tailed tortoise, the side-necked turtle, Madagascar’s only freshwater turtle, and numerous chameleons. On our way back to Morondava, we will stop to admire the beauty of the famous Baobab Avenue.


Overnight: Hotel Chez Maggie or similar.
Meals: Breakfast supplied.


DAYS 11 - 13 (3 Nights);
MORONDAVA, Madagascar   [Hotel]

Fat-tailed lemurThe next 3 days are spent at leisure. Soak up the sun and enjoy the pristine white beaches and the warm Agulhas current. Explore the area on excursions and day trips or discover the marine life on deep-sea fishing trips or diving excursions. On the southern edge of town are tranquil mangrove swamps, which you can explore by pirogue, observing kingfishers, egrets and more along the way.


Overnight: Hotel Chez Maggie or similar.
Meals: Breakfast supplied.


DAY 14 (1 Night);
MORONDAVA - ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar   [Hotel]

Residence LapasoaToday you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Antananarivo, where you will be met and transferred to the city. You can wander through the capital's steep and narrow streets, taking in its architecture, atmosphere and pace. Or you can climb up to the old rova (palace) and enjoy the views over Antananarivo and the surrounding countryside.

The town is at its best in the evening when the setting sun spectacularly illuminates its hillsides.


Overnight: Residence Lapasoa or similar.
Meals: Breakfast supplied.


DAY 15;
ANTANANARIVO - HOME DESTINATION, Madagascar   [TOUR ENDS]

Airport in AntananarivoAfter breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight to your home destination, where your unforgettable tour ends. We look forward to welcoming you in Madagascar again very soon!


Overnight: N/A
Meals: Breakfast supplied.


Note: The accommodation specified in the itinerary is a guide only and is subject to availability. Alternatives will be nearby and of a similar standard.

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Included
Accommodation based on a BED & BREAKFAST basis in twin sharing room at midrange hotels, all transfers and transport mentioned in the program, an English-speaking driver*, specialist guides in the national parks as per program, all excursions mentioned in the program, all entrance fees. An ENGLISH guide is included in the 6 client + rate.

*Please note that Malagasy drivers speak basic English and have general knowledge of history, culture and the fauna & flora in Madagascar. A supplement is payable should you require a specialist guide to accompany you on tour.

Excluded
English-speaking guide, all excursions not mentioned in the program, bottled water, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages, laundry, international flights, domestic flights from Tulear to Morondava, and from Morondava to Antananarivo, visas and travel insurance, all lunches, dinners, personal items. (Flights from/to Johannesburg can be arranged by Eyes on Africa).

Pre and Post Tour Arrangements
Pre and post tour accommodation and transfers can be arranged on request.

Departure
When arriving in Antananarivo in the morning of Day 1 of the tour you will be picked up from the airport and embark on your tour. Should you arrive prior to day 1, pre tour accommodation can be arranged and you will be picked up from your hotel on the morning of day 1. (Pick up time will be confirmed on arrival).

Transport
Transport will depend on the size of the group;

A small car for 2 - 3 pax
A minivan for 4 - 6 - 8 pax
A bus for 10 pax or more
A 4WD vehicle is provided for the day excursion to Kirindy reserve as well as the excursion to Grands Tsingy.

Accommodation
Accommodation will be in basic Hotels. Please note that Madagascar is a country which is in its infancy when it comes to tourism. Accommodation is limited therefore all the above mentioned accommodations are subject to availability and we reserve the right to change these using similar accommodation of the same or higher standards. The hotels used are simple, clean and of a basic – mid-range standard, with bathrooms en-suite.

Visa's
A visa is required to enter the territory of Madagascar: Tourists staying in Madagascar for less than 90 days will be able to receive a free visa upon arrival. Please check if your passport is still valid (at least 6 months before expiry date). You can easily obtain a visa at the airport of Antananarivo. Please note that, to get a visa at the airport, you do not need to bring photographs.

Gratuities
If you feel you have been looked after well by your crew or guides, and you wish to show your appreciation for their services, a monetary tip is very welcomed by those in Madagascar. Here follows some suggested guidelines:
• Around EUR 4 per person, per day (10,000 Ariary) for a guide or a guide/driver.
• Around EUR 2 (5,000 Ariary) for a park guide, depending on your satisfaction.
• Around 5% of the bill at a restaurant
• 200 Ariary per bag for a porter.

As Euro coins cannot be changed into local money in Madagascar, it is advisable to tip in Ariary. We would ask that you please reserve your generosity for tipping for services only, and not providing free handouts to children or adults, as this encourages begging.

Information on Areas Visited
MADAGASCAR
Madagascar is an island nation in the Indian Ocean, off the eastern coast of Africa. Madagascar is the 4th largest island in the world. It is the home of five percent of the world's plant and animal species, 80 per cent of them unique to Madagascar. Most famous among those are the lemurs. Madagascar and Mauritania are the only countries not to use a decimal currency. Its teeming fertile forests and geographical isolation have served to preserve and propagate 'nature's design laboratory' in a mix found nowhere else on earth. Madagascar's forests are a shimmering, seething mass of a trillion stems and dripping leaves.

Antananarivo
Antananarivo, better known in the short version Tana, is the bustling capital of Madagascar with about 2,000,000 inhabitants. Situated in the high plateau, the city was founded in 1610 by a Malagasy King. To protect the newly gained territory he left 1000 men behind and that's how Antananarivo got its name (town of 1000). It has developed to a quite interesting city with a lot of contrasts. Thus that Tana habits the country's major international airport, most visitors will find themselves at least passing through the city. But you should spend some days here and explore the city, visit the market places and Roya. Roya is a palace and one of the main features of Tana. It is built on the highest hill and can be seen from for tens of kilometers in any direction.

Ranomafana
Ranomafana National Park was created in 1991, after the golden bamboo lemur was discovered there in 1986. Located 445 kilometres south of Antananarivo and 65 kilometres east of Fianarantsoa, this beautiful reserve protects a humid rainforest that is teeming with a vast array of wildlife. In addition to the golden bamboo lumur, other lemur species include the greater bamboo lemur, the red-bellied lemur, the grey bamboo lemur, Milne-Edwards sifaka, the red fronted brown lemur, the sportive lemur, the black-and-white ruffed lemur, the greater dwarf lemur, and the brown mouse lemur. Ranomafana also hosts the fanaloka, the eastern ring-tailed mongoose, the red forest rat, the eastern avahi, and ring-tailed mongoose. Present but hard to see are fosa and the aquatic tenrec.

Many reptile and frog species can be found at Ranomafana, including Parson's chameleon, Madagascar tree boa, three leaf-tailed geckos, the day gecko Phelsuma quadriocellata (common) and numerous frogs. The National Park of Ranomafana is arguably the best Malagasy rainforest for birding, hosting blue coua, red-fronted coua, Pollen's vanga, Tylas, velvet asity, sunbird asity, pitta-like ground roller, scaly ground roller, short-legged ground roller, rufous-headed gound roller, brown mesite, Henst's goshawk, Madagascar flufftail, slender-billed flufftail, forest rock-thrush, collared nightjar, common jery, green jery.

Parc National de Isalo
This park was established in 1962 and covers 81,540 hectares of a wildly eroded sandstone massif. The grassy plains are surrounded by sandstone ridges sculpted into wild forms, and secluded in the rocks are many Sakalava Tombs. The Canyon des Singes ('Canyon of Monkeys') makes for an interesting day walk, and you'll have a good chance of seeing sifakas (a common lemur) leaping through the trees.

You can also walk along the canyon to the Piscine Naturelle - a hot and thirsty walk but worth it for the breathtaking landscape along the way. The Grotte des Portugais is at the northern end of the park. The cave isn't worth seeing, but the surrounding Forêt de Sahanafa is beautiful, with natural springs and a lot of lemurs. The Isalo is about 400km south-west of Tana, and the nearest town is Ranohira.

Toliara (Tuléar)
Toliara, which came into existence in 1895 and is also known as Tuléar, is Madagascar's most recently established provincial capital. It is a regionally significant port and southwestern

Madagascar's major town
Most commerce in the area is controlled by Indo-Pakistani traders who bore the brunt of Malagasy violence in 1987 rioting. On one street, a Chinese store escaped untouched to continue business while the Indian premises on either side, along with most of the central area, were gutted.

Apart from several interesting churches, most of Toliar's remaining buildings are fairly nondescript, as is its setting against a backdrop of mangroves and mudflats. The surrounding area, however, offers numerous attractions including good beaches, diving and snorkelling, surfing, kite surfing and wild surfing at Ifaty to the north and Anakao to the south; intriguing topography; interesting flora and fauna; and remote villages. In addition to the beach at Ifaty, popular travel destinations nearby include Sarondrano, Miary, Lake Tsimanampetsotsa and the Réserve Spéciale de Beza-Mahafaly. The Tropic of Capricorn crosses Madagascar just south of Toliara.

Morondava
Morondava is a vibrant west coast town, well known for its seaside resort, laid-back atmosphere, and for being the centre of the Sakalava kingdom. Not only is it a prosperous rice-growing area, but it is also the southern gateway to the attractions of the west, such as the Kirindy forest, and the famous baobabs.

Kirindy Forest
Kirindy Reserve is a tropical, dry deciduous forest which lies 60 km north of Morondava on the west coast, and covers approximately 10,000ha. The reserve claims a world record for primate density, and also comprises of one of the most threatened wildlife habitats in Madagascar – the dry deciduous forest, which has been reduced to just 3% of its original coverage. The reserve is topped with a forest canopy which has grown to a height of 14 meters, and is also dominated by baobab trees.

Of the 7 lemur species found in Kirindy Reserve, the most common are the fluffy Verreaux's sifakas (affectionately termed as "Dancing lemurs" for the amusing way they skip from side to side on the ground), and also the common brown lemur. Kirindy reserve is one of the few places where you can see the world's smallest known primate, the giant jumping rat, and is also the best place to observe fossas, especially during the mating season of October to December. There are also 45 bird species and 32 reptile species, including the rare Madagascan flattailed tortoise, the side-necked turtle, Madagascar's only freshwater turtle, and numerous chameleons.

 

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