Madagascar Private Journey

Custom-Tailored Adventure in the Land of Lemurs

Overview

The island-nation of Madagascar shelters an unmatched abundance of rare plants and animals, including more than 100 species of lemur, the engaging treetop acrobats found only here. Even Madagascar’s chameleons are unique, from the huge, multi-colored Parson’s chameleon to the inch-long Brookesia micra. In this natural history paradise of unique ecosystems, we bring you a Private Journey with exclusive accommodations, charter flights, top-notch naturalist guides, and flexible activities each day, from sundowners among the baobabs to early morning bird walks and exciting night excursions into the forests. Explore the trails of the lush eastern rainforests at Andasibe, one of Madagascar’s premier reserves, home to the famous “singing” indri lemur as well as a host of birdlife and endemic flora. On Madagascar’s northwest coast, Anjajavy, a deluxe Relais & Chateaux property in its own private wildlife reserve, is a unique tropical ecosystem that shelters a multitude of wildlife, from the common brown lemur to the Coquerel’s sifaka or tiny nocturnal mouse lemur. Reptiles range from amazing native chameleons to leaf-nose bats, and the birdlife is prolific. With activities tailored to your taste, enjoy abundant lemur-viewing, night walks, sunset boat rides, snorkeling, and kayaking in the mangroves. Extend your Madagascar journey with pre- and post-trip extensions to Mandrare River Camp, set in the otherworldly spiny forest of southern Madagascar, or track mountain gorillas in Rwanda’s Parc National des Volcans.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-5
Antananarivo / Andasibe / Indri Lemurs / Rainforest

After an overnight in Antananarivo, head to the rainforests of Andasibe, one of Madagascar’s premier reserves, created to protect the Indri, the largest living lemur species, whose haunting calls echo through the forest. More than 11 species of lemurs are found here, and a fascinating night walk offers a glimpse into the world of nocturnal species including the tiny mouse lemur. Return to Antananarivo on Day 5 for overnight.

Hotel Carlton
Antananarivo, Madagascar
Day 1 (1 night)
Mantadia Lodge
Andasibe National Park, Madagascar
Days 2 to 4 (3 nights)
Le Relais des Plateaux
Antananarivo, Madagascar
Day 5 (1 night)
Days 6-9
Anjajavy Reserve

A charter flight brings you to Anjajavy Reserve, whose forest is home to chameleons, frogs, and common brown lemur, as well as nocturnal species such as sportive, and mouse lemur. More than five lemur species can be seen on walks in the Anjajavy Reserve (and even while you’re on the deck of your villa). Birdlife includes flocks of grey-headed love birds, vangas, crested couas, and vanga parrots. Activities on these days can be tailored to your taste. Enjoy a walk through the towering baobab forest or through a tsingy labyrinth, or cove to cove hikes along the cliff path. Mountain bikes are offered, as are guided catamaran trips. Single and double kayaks are available for a paddle along the south coast of the reserve. More than 135 bird species have been recorded at Anjajavy, many of them rare or endangered; for birders, an early morning trip accompanied by a birding guide is a memorable experience. Overnights at Anjajavy Lodge. On Day 9, fly back to Antananarivo and depart on homeward-bound flights.

Anjajavy Lodge
Anjajavy, Madagascar
Days 6 to 8 (3 nights)

Highlights

Highlights

Private guides with choice of hiking options, night walks, early morning and afternoon outings
Private charter flights to reduce travel time
Experience Madagascar’s range of ecosystems, from dry deciduous forest to lush rainforest
Hear the “singing” of indri lemurs of Andisabe, see Coquerel's sifaka lemurs at Anjajavy
Sunset among the baobabs, snorkeling and kayaking at Anjajavy

Details

Length: 9 days
Cost From: $5495  
Arrive: Antananarivo, Madagascar
Depart: Antananarivo, Madagascar
Lodging: 8 nights hotels and wildlife lodges
Meals: All meals included except 2 dinners as indicated in the Detailed Itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Cultural Adventures, Walking, Wildlife & Natural History
Trip Level:

Easy to moderate nature walks, rugged road travel