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Island Gems of Madagascar

  • 11 Days
  • Max People : 8
  • Antananarivo Airport

Embark on an unforgettable journey through the Island Gems of Madagascar, starting in the vibrant capital city of Antananarivo. Immerse yourself in Malagasy culture as you wander through bustling markets and historic royal palaces, gaining insight into the island’s rich heritage. Your accommodations provide a perfect blend of comfort and luxury, ensuring a rejuvenating start to your adventure.

Venture into Madagascar’s pristine wilderness with visits to the Andasibe Natural Reserve and the Palmarium Reserve. Encounter the iconic Indri lemurs amidst lush forests in Andasibe, and then set sail along the Pangalanes Canal to Palmarium, where exotic wildlife and scenic canoe tours await. Continue to Mahambo for thrilling water activities against a backdrop of golden beaches and rolling waves, promising both relaxation and adventure. Explore Île Sainte Marie’s turquoise waters and coral reefs, followed by a serene retreat on Île aux Nattes, where tranquility and fresh seafood await. Conclude your journey back in Antananarivo, reflecting on your deepened connection to Madagascar’s landscapes, culture, and diverse wildlife. This itinerary promises a transformative experience in one of the world’s most unique destinations.

Departure & Return Location

Ivato International Airport (Google Map)


Cost per person twin share:
2 guests – $4,250
4 guests – $3,720

Plus internal flights – $510 per person

Upgrade to Princess Bora Lodge (Sainte Marie) – $650 per person

Departure Dates

11 Jun 2025 / 02 Jul 2025 / 23 Jul 2025 / 06 Aug 2025 /  20 Aug 2025 / 03 Sep 2025 / 17 Sep 2025 / 08 Oct 2025 / 22 Oct 2025 / 05 Nov 2025 / 19 Nov 2025

This safari is run on scheduled dates throughout the year but can also be tailor–made to meet your dates, time period and group size. Please enquire with our reservations office.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary or of similar standard (on bed and breakfast basis)
  • All transport and transfers in applicable vehicle
  • English-speaking guide (excluding Day 7-9 in Sante Marie)
  • Specialist local guides in national parks as per programme
  • Activities and excursions as mentioned
  • Park and reserve entrance fees

Price Excludes

  • Visas
  • Personal expenses such as alcoholic and other beverages, telephone calls and laundry
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Optional Tours


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

On the Island Gems of Madagascar tour, you can expect a rich tapestry of experiences that showcase the best of this unique island nation. Starting in Antananarivo, you’ll dive into Malagasy culture through bustling markets and historic sites, setting the stage for a journey filled with discovery.

Your adventure continues with immersive experiences in nature reserves like Andasibe and Palmarium, where you’ll encounter Madagascar’s famed wildlife including the Indri lemurs and a variety of endemic flora and fauna. Scenic boat trips along the Pangalanes Canal add an adventurous touch to your exploration.

Mahambo offers a coastal interlude with opportunities for surfing, snorkeling, and diving amidst stunning coastal scenery. Île Sainte Marie and Île aux Nattes provide a glimpse into the island’s natural beauty with pristine beaches, clear waters, and unique cultural sites like a pirate cemetery.

Throughout the tour, accommodations blend comfort with local charm, ensuring a relaxing stay after each day’s adventures. Whether you’re drawn to wildlife encounters, cultural immersion, or simply soaking in Madagascar’s natural beauty, this itinerary promises a transformative journey that leaves you with lasting memories of this enchanting destination.


Day 1 Arrive in Antananarivo

Welcome to the bustling capital city, Antananarivo! On arrival at the airport in you will be met by your Malagasy guide and transferred to your hotel where you will overnight.

Day 2Antananarivo - Andasibe

After breakfast, we drive to Andasibe, where the afternoon is yours to enjoy at leisure. Later, as evening falls, we set out on a night walk through the forest. Led by experienced guides, we have the opportunity to spot lemurs, chameleons, and owls, offering a unique and immersive forest experience.

Day 3Natural Reserve of Andasibe

Today’s adventure takes us to the Special Reserve of Andasibe, where we’ll have the chance to encounter a variety of lemur species amidst the lush greenery. In the afternoon, our journey continues to the V.O.I.I.M.A community reserve. Here, we’ll witness firsthand the efforts to preserve the rainforests through sustainable practices, such as reforestation projects that provide livelihoods for local communities.

Day 4 & 5Andasibe - Ankanin' Nofy Reserve

After breakfast, we continue to Manambato and embark on a scenic boat transfer along the Pangalanes to reach the Palmarium Reserve.

The next morning we visit the Palmarium reserve where we can encounter six species of lemurs in their natural habitat. In the afternoon we visit a nearby village to immerse ourselves in local culture. Later, we embark on an early evening excursion in search of the elusive Aye Aye lemurs, with the guidance of experienced trackers.

Day 6Ankanin' Nofy Reserve - Tamatave - Mahambo

Starting with the first light of morning, we embark on a boat trip along the Pangalanes Canal to Tamatave. The journey offers serene views of Madagascar’s lush landscapes and the chance to witness the daily rhythms of life along the canal. After a brief stop in Tamatave, your adventure continues northward by road to Mahambo. Along the way, you’ll pass through diverse scenery, from verdant rice paddies to majestic mountains. Arriving in Mahambo, a coastal town awaits. The lodge offers a plethora of activities to enjoy, including kayaking, beach volleyball, beach soccer, snorkeling, and more.

Day 7 - 9Mahambo - Saint Marie - Iie Aux Nattes

We embark on an morning boat transfer from your lodge to the El Condor ferry and continue to the Island of Sainte Marie. Upon arrival, a 4WD car awaits to take you to the Southern tip of the island. There, you’ll find one of the best beaches, where you can spend the days at leisure. Optional snorkeling excursions offer a chance to explore the vibrant underwater world.

Day 10Iie Aux Nattes - Antananarivo

Departing from Sainte Marie Island, catch a flight to Antananarivo. Upon arrival, delve into the city’s charm with a guided tour, including a visit to the historic Kings Palace on Blue Hill. Enjoy the panoramic views of the city from its elevated position and explore its cultural significance.

Day 11Antananarivo

After breakfast, it’s time to head to the airport for your flight to Antananarivo. From there, you’ll catch your connecting flight home.


Island Gems of Madagascar


Palissandre Hotel & Spa

Mantadia Lodge

Sambatra Beach Lodge


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

Yes. Single Supplement = $1,145.00

Which currency is most widely accepted on this tour?

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

What is cancellation policy?

As per the terms and conditions of our Booking Form and Privacy Policy.

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