Immerse yourself in the culture and unique biodiversity of this incredible island. Trek through the impressive canyons and sheer sandstone cliffs that jut upwards across Isalo National Park and marvel at the cascading waterfalls of Andringitra National Park. Wander through gorgeous landscapes and the lush, dense rainforests of Ranomafana National Park. Nature lovers can discover the unique wildlife of one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems, including endearing lemur species, colourful chameleons and beautiful orchid blooms.
- Explore the national parks of this enigmatic island. Visit Isalo, Andringitra, Ranomafana
- Snap shots of Madagascar’s many endemic species
- Enjoy walks through rainforests, traditional villages and magnificent mountains
- Discover magical Malagasy culture
- Option to extend the tour to visit Andasibe National Park
- 12 nights’ accommodation in en-suite rooms, 2 nights in a tented camp
- Full board, from breakfast on day 2 to dinner on day 15
- Full holiday programme with a specialist local guide
- Internal flight, national park entrance fees and travel by air-conditioned minibus or coach
Arrival in the Madagascan capital, Antananarivo (2 nights), and transfer to our accommodation. Our day begins with a morning exploration of Ambohimanga Rova, cradle of Malagasy monarchy, followed by an afternoon exploring the capital and taking a heritage walk in the old city of Tana.
The next day we fly to Tulear, in the south of the island (1 night) for an introduction to the island’s endemic flora at the Antsokay Arboretum, before we begin our tour of the national parks.
Journey to Ranohira and Isalo National Park (3 nights). Isalo is home to some of the most stunning scenery on the island, and affords you a fantastic chance of being able to observe the endearing ring-tailed lemurs. Walks explore a rocky plateau overlooking the canyons and sandstone cliffs of magnificent Isalo National Park. Its mountains are home to over 400 species of flora. There are some amazing natural pools and waterfalls on the walk. We'll also visit one of the sapphire mines on the island.
To our camp (2 nights) in the majestic valley of Tsaranoro, Andringitra National Park. The park is a sacred place for many cultures, and home to many mysteries and legends. Its scenery is superb, with vistas of dramatic peaks and waterfalls accompanying our walks as we visit the surrounding villages. Andringitra is also home to the highest peak on the island - Boby Peak, known locally as the Roof of Madagascar.
En route to Fianarantsoa (2 nights), we stop to explore the community reserve of Anja and see ring-tailed lemurs up close, before village walks introduce us to the Betsileo culture and their traditions. We share a typical Malagasy lunch at the home of one of the families.
The lush rainforests of Ranomafana National Park (2 nights) afford us excellent opportunities to discover a vast diversity of flora and fauna. We enjoy a night walk here too, introducing us to a host of different animal species. If we’re lucky we may see the park’s famous resident, the golden bamboo lemur. Walks will be scheduled in the early morning and the late afternoon to give us the best chance of spotting wildlife.
A city tour of Antsirabe (2 nights). Our stay here is a guesthouse run by the charity Residence Madalief, which supports projects in the local community. Our stay here gives us a fantastic opportunity to support this worthwhile charity. Walks in the area discover the surrounding villages and the beautiful Lac Andraikiba.
Return to Antananarivo in time for our late evening flight home.
Palissandre Hotel & Spa, Antananarivo - Madagascar
Palissandre Hotel & Spa is 4-star hotel located in the centre of Antananarivo overlooking the famous Avenue of Independence. It provides the perfect base for exploring the capital.
Le Paradisier, Tulear - Madagascar
Le Paradisier provides the perfect place for relaxation, located on the lagoon of Ifaty. The rooms take full advantage of the surroundings with each freestanding bungalow overlooking the ocean. Facilities also include an infinity pool, timer patio and on-site restaurant.
Relais De La Reine, Isalo National Park - Madagascar
This is a fabulous hotel. The location of Relais de la Reine is superb, in the Isalo National Park. The comfortable chalets are all en-suite with their own veranda and are arranged around a shaded garden next to the pool.
Tsara Camp, Tsaranoro - Madagascar
Our camp is located in the Tsaranoro Valley with the Tsaranoro Mountain on one side and the huge mountain chains of Andringitra National Park on the other. The camp is basic. Each tent is large with two simple beds, bedside-table and space to hang up clothes. There is a basic en-suite bathroom attached to each tent. Chairs on the veranda of each tented area provide the perfect place to watch the changing light on the backdrop of the Andringitra mountains.
Ambalakely Hotel, Fianarantsoa - Madagascar
Ambalakely means ‘in the small country side’ and this hotel certainly lives up to its name with its beautiful lush surroundings. Rooms are modern, and all have private bathrooms, but are designed with comfort and quiet in mind.
Setam Lodge, Ranomafana - Madagascar
Setam lodge is located just on the outskirts of the national park. It makes the most of its stunning setting with huge windows in the restaurant to take in the views, and each of the rooms has a small terrace overlooking the valley. Each chalets contains two bedrooms, each with an en-suite bathroom.
Residence Madalief, Antsirabe - Madagascar
Residence Madalief is a charitable organisation which operates community projects in and around Antsirabe. The guest house was opened to generate funds to support the charity. Our stay there is in en-suite rooms which look out onto a well-kept garden, the ideal place to relax. Watch out for the bird of prey that has made its home above the kitchen door!
Au Bois Vert, Antananarivo - Madagascar
Au Bois Vert is located a short transfer, only 5 minutes, from the airport. The lodge has been built in the heart of a 3 hectare forest and its setting, along with its pool, makes it the ideal place for you to rest after your flight. Rooms are air-conditioned and facilities include TV, safe and free internet connection.
Mantadia Lodge, Andasibe - Madagascar Extension
Mantadia Lodge is in a great location on a hill with panoramic views over the forest. Your stay will be enhanced by a calm living room with a reading area and a bar. The lodge also features an infinity pool.
What to Bring
Suggested Kit List
As you’ll be carrying your own luggage at airports and between your transport and hotels we recommend you try to keep your luggage to a minimum. These items are a general suggestion of what to pack for an active outdoor and walking holiday; depending on your destination, you may need more of some things and less – or none! – of others. You’ll know best what you prefer to wear when out walking or while taking part in other outdoor activities.
- Walking boots (worn in), with good ankle support and spare bootlaces
- Walking socks
- Walking sandals
- Lightweight fleece, waterproof trousers and jacket
- Shorts and short-sleeved t-shirts
- Long trousers and long-sleeved lightcoloured shirts with collars to protect from the sun
Your clothing should ideally be pre-treated with insect repellent and in-built sun protection (available from specialist clothing stores such as Rohan, Cotswold Outdoor)
- Warm fleece, scarf/buff hat and gloves
- Comfortable clothes and shoes for evenings and sightseeing
- Sun protection – sun hat, sunglasses, high factor sunscreen and lip protection
- Water bottle – at least 2-litre capacity
- Lightweight survival bag
- Small/medium rucksack (30 litre) and a liner or cover to keep contents dry
- Insect repellent
- Personal first aid kit including: personal medication, tissues, plasters, blister kit, painkillers, antiseptic wipes, Imodium, rehydration sachets
- Passport (and copies)
- booking confirmation
- insurance cover note
- HF Holidays’ registration form.
Please ensure you have access to emergency funds should you need them; carrying a credit card is probably the most convenient method.
- trekking poles, if you find these useful
Please note that your HF Holidays’ leader reserves the right to refuse to take any guest on a walk should they consider that a lack of suitable clothing/footwear may affect safety
All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £10 per person.
These departure dates can be booked with flights or as land only holiday options. All packages that include flights are ATOL protected. Advertised flight prices are based on UK flights departing from London. Regional departures and/or connections to London, if available, can be requested. Cabin upgrades may also be available on request.
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