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Classic Madagascar

  • 9 Days
  • Wifi Available
  • Pickup: Airport

The Classic Madagascar tour promises a captivating nine-day adventure filled with unique experiences and encounters with the island’s extraordinary wildlife and landscapes. Nestled within the heart of Madagascar’s lush wilderness, Mantadia National Park and Perinet Reserve offer immersive opportunities to search for various lemur species, including the iconic Indri lemurs with their haunting calls echoing through the dense foliage. As you traverse the verdant trails of these pristine habitats, you’ll witness the playful antics of curious lemurs, their vibrant fur contrasting with the rich greenery of the forest canopy. Each moment spent in these protected areas unveils the intricate beauty of Madagascar’s biodiversity, leaving you awestruck by the sheer wonder of its endemic species.

Further along the journey, the exploration continues along the Mandrare River, where the landscape transforms into a surreal blend of towering baobab trees and sprawling savannahs. Here, you’ll embark on immersive walks in the Forest of Analoalo or Ambovo, where ancient trees whisper tales of the island’s rich history and cultural heritage. Guided by expert naturalists, you’ll delve into the secrets of Madagascar’s ecosystems, discovering hidden gems amidst the tranquil surroundings. From encountering rare flora to observing elusive wildlife, each step taken in these enchanting forests unveils the mysteries of Madagascar, leaving an indelible mark on your soul long after the journey concludes.

Departure & Return Location

Ivato International Airport, Antananarivo, Madagascar
(Google Map)

Price Includes

  • Airport assistance throughout
  • Transport in Antananarivo in air-conditioned car
  • All transport in 4x4 vehicles as indicated in the above itinerary
  • Private guide and vehicle in Antananarivo and Andasibe
  • All transportation in destination location
  • Tsaradia flights: Antananarivo – Fort Dauphin – Antananarivo
  • The services of an English-speaking guide
  • Chocolate making workshop
  • All meals and accommodation as per itinerary
  • All inclusive of meals & all drinks at Mandrare River Camp
  • Private vehicle transfers : Fort Dauphin – Mandrare – Fort Dauphin
  • Shared activities at Mandrare (no more than 4 pax per guide)
  • All excursions indicated in the itinerary, park fees and community/environmental levies
  • ½ day city tour of Antananarivo

Price Excludes

  • All international flights and visa fees or assistance unless otherwise specified
  • All tips, other drinks and personal expenses
  • Travel insurance: it is a condition that all clients travelling with MCC must have appropriate travel insurance, including emergency medical evacuation cover and cancellation insurance
  • Optional Tours


  • The Africa Safari Co. Cap
  • The Africa Safari Co. Backpack
  • Travel Kit and documentation
What to Expect

Embarking on the Classic Madagascar tour promises an unforgettable nine-day odyssey through the diverse landscapes and rich biodiversity of this enchanting island nation. From the moment you set foot in Madagascar, you’ll be immersed in a world unlike any other, where vibrant culture intertwines seamlessly with awe-inspiring natural wonders. The journey begins with explorations in Mantadia National Park and Perinet Reserve, where lush rainforests teem with an array of lemurs, including the charismatic Indri lemurs known for their haunting calls. Guided by experienced naturalists, you’ll embark on exhilarating treks through these pristine habitats, encountering endemic flora and fauna at every turn.

As the adventure unfolds, the tour takes you to the banks of the Mandrare River, where the landscape transitions into a surreal realm of towering baobab trees and expansive savannahs. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to engage with local communities and delve into Madagascar’s rich cultural tapestry, gaining insights into age-old traditions and customs that have shaped the island’s identity. Whether it’s participating in traditional ceremonies or savoring authentic Malagasy cuisine, each interaction offers a glimpse into the vibrant spirit of Madagascar.

Moreover, the journey includes immersive walks in the Forest of Analoalo or Ambovo, where ancient trees and endemic wildlife beckon exploration. Guided by knowledgeable experts, you’ll uncover the hidden treasures of these verdant forests, from rare botanical specimens to elusive creatures that call Madagascar home. Throughout the tour, you’ll be captivated by the unparalleled beauty and biodiversity of Madagascar, forging memories that will last a lifetime. Whether you’re an avid nature enthusiast, a cultural aficionado, or simply seeking adventure off the beaten path, the Classic Madagascar tour promises an enriching and transformative experience like no other.

Classic Madagascar Itinerary

Day 1:Antananarivo

Upon arrival into Ivato Airport you will be greeted by an English speaking guide who will accompany you to your hotel in the upper town of Antananarivo. ‘Tana’ – as the locals call it has fascinating traditional architecture and a more Indonesian influence than the rest of Madagascar. Maison Gallieni is a restored colonial mansion with an elegant mix of modern and traditional décor. Take a dip in the pool and enjoy the lovely views over the city before dinner.
Overnight at Maison Gallieni in a standard room (Half board)

Day 2:Antananarivo – Andasibe (by road)

After an early breakfast, your guide will take you east to Andasibe, a stunning rainforest park, about 4 hours’ drive from the city. The park consists of two protected areas, the Perinet Special Reserve and Mantadia National Park. Perinet is world famous for its population of Indri lemurs, which are the largest living lemur species. The journey to Andasibe offers first time visitors to Madagascar an introduction to rural life with rice fields, redbrick houses and roadside stalls selling seasonal fruits and vegetables lining the route. Check into hotel for lunch. This afternoon, visit a private reserve operated by local NGO Mitsinjo. The NGO funds reforestation, community education and sensitization to conservation issues as well as running Madagascar’s first amphibian captive-breeding facility. Here you will see a stunning array of wildlife and can also plant an indigenous species along the reforestation trail.
Overnight at Mantadia Lodge in a standard room (Full board)

Day 3:Andasibe (Mantadia National Park)

After breakfast you will head to Mantadia National Park (1.5 hour drive) with a picnic lunch. Look for some of the lemur species in this stunning park including the Indri indri, diademed sifaka, grey bamboo lemur, red-bellied lemur and white ruffed lemur. While the trails are slightly more difficult, the rewards are great as the forest is taller, wilder and less crowded than Perinet. There are an abundance of birds including the scaly ground roller, the pitta-like ground roller and the red-breasted coua. This is a naturalist’s goldmine with many seldom seen species of mammals, reptiles and birds. Enjoy a picnic by the Rianasoa Waterfall before hiking back to the vehicle and return to the lodge. A night walk will be organised in late evening in the forest surrounding the reserve with a local guide. You will see a variety of nocturnal lemurs: mouse lemurs, white footed sportive lemur, fat-tailed dwarf lemur, as well as the woolly lemur.
Overnight at Mantadia Lodge in a standard room (Full board)

Day 4:Andasibe (Perinet Reserve) – Tana (by road)

After breakfast, enjoy a visit to the 810 ha Perinet Reserve with a local guide in search of the Indri indri. With a barely visible tail, black and white markings and a surprised teddy–bear face, this lemur is one of the few animals in the world that cannot survive in captivity. There are another 11 species of lemur to spot as you walk through the rainforest. You may find a troop of grey bamboo lemurs, common brown lemur, diademed sifaka and the black and white ruffed lemur. Birdwatchers should look out for the velvet asity, the blue coua and the Nuthatch vanga and many more endemic species. Perinet is home to many reptiles, invertebrates, and some of Madagascar’s over a thousand orchid species. Return to the lodge for lunch and in the afternoon, transfer by road back to Tana. Enjoy the 2 restaurants, spa, swimming pool and roof top bar at the hotel.
Overnight at Novotel 5* in a superior room (Half board + lunch at Mantadia Lodge)

Day 5:Antananarivo – Fort Dauphin (Tsaradia flight) – Mandrare River Camp (by road)

After breakfast, transfer to Ivato Airport for a morning flight to Fort Dauphin with Tsaradia (2hrs). In Fort Dauphin you will be met by a guide and vehicle from Mandrare River Camp who will escort you to a local restaurant in Fort Dauphin. After an early lunch, drive to Mandrare River Camp (2hrs 30 min). Upon arrival at the camp settle into your tent and enjoy the majestic views over the Mandrare River. Around 5pm depart for a night walk in the Forest of Analoalo or Ambovo. This is a fantastic way to see diurnal lemurs bedding down, and the nocturnal lemurs begin to wake in the eerie and prehistoric Spiny Forest. You will spot sifakas and sleeping white-foot sportive lemurs, then once the sun has set, two mouse lemur species, sleeping birds, chameleons, owls and now active sportive lemurs.
Overnight at Mandrare River Camp in a tent (All inclusive)

Day 6:Mandrare River Camp

After breakfast you will head out to the stunning sacred gallery forest to the south of the camp. Depending on the river depth, you will walk or take a boat across the Mandrare River to reach this largely deciduous forest. Inquisitive groups of ring tailed lemurs and the always entertaining Verreaux sifaka are the highlight of this excursion. Return to camp for lunch and a relaxed afternoon by the pool. In late afternoon, head for a walk through the sacred spiny forest filled with the ancestral tombs of the local Antandroy tribe, as well as an extraordinary array of flora and fauna, unique to the spiny forest. Your English speaking guide and a tracker from the local community will give you an introduction to Antandroy culture and customs. Your visit is followed by sundowners on the Mandrare River banks.
Overnight at Mandrare River Camp in a tent (All inclusive)

Day 7:Mandrare River Camp

After a cup of tea or coffee head to the spiny forest for an early morning walk. Witness the sunlight break through the octopus trees while looking out for the many endemic birds such as crested coua, a variety of vangas and the running coua. Head back to camp for a sumptuous breakfast followed by a visit to the local market or the local village to meet the fascinating Antandroy tribe. Lunch will be served at the camp followed by a relaxed afternoon watching life along the river from your tent terrace. At 5pm, depart for a sundowner amidst the baobabs. Watching the sun set and moon rise with a view across the baobabs to the mountains beyond is a magical experience. In the evening the local village may come to perform beautiful traditional dances, accompanied by singing and music. Song and dance is at the heart of Antandroy culture and is used to accompany the major rituals and events of everyday life.
Overnight at Mandrare River Camp in a tent (All inclusive)

Day 8:Mandrare River Camp – Fort Dauphin (by road)– Antananarivo (Tsaradia flight)

After breakfast, drive to Fort Dauphin (2 hrs 30 min) in time for your Tsaradia flight back to Tana. On arrival you will be met by your guide and transfer to your hotel in the historic upper town. If time allows take a tour of the major historic landmarks and markets of central Tana.
Overnight at Maison Gallieni in a standard room (Full board)

Day 9:Antananarivo – OUT

Today your guide will collect you from your hotel and transfer you back to Ivato Airport in time for your international outbound flight.

Classic Madagascar Map
Classic Madagascar Accommodation

Maison Gallieni

Mantadia Lodge

Novotel Convention & Spa Antananarivo

Mandrare River Camp

Classic Madagascar FAQ

I'm a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?

Yes. Single Supplement on request.

Which currency is most widely accepted on this tour?

– Moroccan Dirham (MAD)
– US Dollar (USD)

What is cancellation policy?

  • 145 days or more – the 25% deposit can be carried over for a future booking from the same clients
  • 145 – 45 days 25% cancellation fee
  • 45 – 30 days 50% cancellation fee
  • 30 days or less 100% cancellation fee

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