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Wildlife Holiday For BBC Madagascar

January 20th 2016  |  Madagascar, Wildlife Safaris  |  by  Richard Smith
Wildlife Holiday in Madagascar guide teaching young students about Malagasy wildlife Manafiafy

Feel like David Attenborough in the BBC series with this Madagascar holiday exploring the wildlife and scenery of the island.

David Attenborough explored much of Madagascar in the BBC series based on the island. Madagascar holidays offer beautiful wildlife not found anywhere else on Earth. We’ve put together a wildlife holiday following in his footsteps to a variety of habitats where you can see lemurs, chameleons, birdlife and some incredible scenery.

The Highlights

  • Visit Antananarivo, one of Africa’s most charismatic capital cities
  • A multitude of lemur species including the largest, the indri indri
  • Incredible biodiversity with literally thousands of different plants
  • Numerous reptiles such as chameleons, frogs and geckos
  • Walk in Madagascar’s forests by day and night
  • Discover the Pangalanes Canal on a relaxing boat trip
  • Stay in remote hotels accessed only by boat at the Bush House and Tsarabanjina
  • Witness Madagascar’s diverse scenery, from highland plains to rainforest clad mountains to remote and peaceful waterways and gem-like islands
  • Excellent diving and snorkelling at Tsarabanjina
  • Enjoy great food throughout
  • Private ten day Madagascar adventure
Guest with lemur, Vakona Lodge, Andasibe, Madagascar

Guest with lemur, Vakona Lodge, Andasibe, Madagascar

The Holiday Day By Day

Day 1

On arrival into Madagascar’s Antananarivo (Tana) Airport today you will be met by an English speaking guide who will accompany you until you depart mainland Madagascar for Nosy Be.

You will be driven to Lokanga Boutique Hotel where you stay the night on a bed and breakfast basis.

View of Antananarivo from the balcony at Lokanga, Madagascar

View of Antananarivo from the balcony at Lokanga, Madagascar

Days 2 to 4

From Tana this morning you will be driven to Vakona Lodge which is a journey of approximately two and a half to three hours on reasonably well maintained roads. The drive itself is very scenic and gives you the opportunity to see more of Madagascar including rice fields, villages and markets. There is an option to break your journey at Marozevo/Madagascar Exotic, which is about half way. This is a breeding facility for Malagasy reptiles, amphibians and butterflies and gives you the opportunity to view some species you may not see in the wild.

Largest lemur, Indri Indri at Vakona Lodge, Andasibe, Madagascar holidays

Largest lemur, Indri Indri at Vakona Lodge, Andasibe, Madagascar

You will be staying at Vakona Lodge for three nights on a half board basis to include breakfast and dinner. You will have the chance to visit Andasibe/Analamazaotra, Vakona Private and Mantadia Parks during your stay as well as enjoying a night tour to spot nocturnal animals.

Vakona Lodge, Andasibe, Madagascar

Forest setting at Vakona Lodge, Andasibe, Madagascar

Days 5 and 6

This morning you will be driven to Manambato from where you take a boat transfer to Akanin’ ny Nofy. This is generally a lovely one and a half hour trip along the old shipping canal, but if the weather is wet or windy it can be a choppy journey.

Bush House beach, Andasibe, Madagascar

Bush House beach, Andasibe, Madagascar

You spend the next two nights at Bush House which is a small, secluded property overlooking Lake Ampitabe on the Pangalanes Canal. Your stay is on a half board basis to include breakfast and dinner.

Sea views from Bush House, Andasibe, Madagascar

Sea views from Bush House, Andasibe, Madagascar

Days 7 to 10

Today you will continue along the Pangalanes Canal on another boat journey of around three hours. You will be met and driven to Tamatave Airport in time to take a scheduled Air Madagascar flight departing for Tana. Times to be confirmed.

Lake Ampitabe at Bush House, Andasibe, Madagascar

Lake Ampitabe at Bush House, Andasibe, Madagascar

On arrival you will connect onto the scheduled Air Madagascar flight to Nosy Be. Times to be confirmed. You will be met on arrival into Nosy Be and transferred by boat to Tsarabanjina where you spend the next four nights on a full board basis to include all meals.

Desert island barefoot luxury at Tsarabanjina, North West coast, Madagascar

Desert island barefoot luxury at Tsarabanjina, North West coast, Madagascar

diver with large group of fish

Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Aerial of Tsarabanjina private island, Nosy Be, Madagascar

Aerial of Tsarabanjina private island, Nosy Be, Madagascar

The Cost

Our holidays are all tailor made, so the price depends on actual date of travel, but a rough guide for the trip shown is £3,620 per person.

The holiday price includes: Internal flights within Madagascar, a wildlife holiday with your own guide and vehicle on a private basis, accommodation and meals as stated, wildlife activities as stated, national park and concession fees

The holiday price excludes: International flights to Madagascar, visas, travel insurance, tips and gratuities, Madagascar parks local guide’s fees from £7 to £30 depending on the length of walk.

The price for this Madagascar wildlife holiday is based on a private trip with two people travelling together. For families and single travellers please contact us for a more accurate quote.

What Next?

We’ve been arranging wildlife Madagascar holidays for over fifteen years and our team of experts visit regularly. They can guide you through your options and make sure we plan a holiday to bring the BBC series to life and make you feel like David Attenborough! Please call or email to start the planning.

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