Day by Day

12 days Highlights of Madagascar

Lemurs, hiking and beach!


This route is the classic Madagascar highlights route perfect for persons who are interested in the flora, fauna and cultural aspects of Madagascar.


  • Spot Lemurs in Andasibe and Ranomafana N.P.
  • Hiking in Isalo N.P.
  • Relax on Ifaty beach
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Day by Day: 12 days Highlights of Madagascar

Day 1: Welcome to Madagascar!

On arrival at the airport of Antananarivo your driver/guide will pick you up from the airport and take you to a cozy guesthouse on the outskirts of town. Susie’s Place recently opened and in a quiet neighborhood nearby the airport. 

Journey Time 15 minutes from airport
Accommodation        Susie's place
Meal Plan No meals inclusive today

Day 2: To Andasibe N.P.

After a good night sleep and a good breakfast you will start your journey Eastwards. The drive will take about 4 to 5 hours. On the way you will have the possibility to have a picnic stop and pay a visit to Peyrieras Reptile Reserve. This reptile farm has a large collection of Chameleons, Geckos and Frogs species. Here you'll be able to see lots of reptiles you'll as well find during your forest hikes.

Journey Time 4 hours
Accommodation Eulophiella
Meal Plan Breakfast

Day 3: Andasibe National Park

Andasibe national park is the habitat of the biggest lemur in the world, the Indri-Indri. You will take an exciting walk in the national park with a professional guide looking for these very special creatures. You will be amazed by the impressive sound the Indri Indri make to communicate with each other. You will probably also see the Bamboo Lemur, Brown lemur and the largest chameleon, the Parsons Chameleon.

In the evening you can go for an nocturnal walk around the forest to spot the nocturnal animals, like the Mouse lemur and the Sportive lemur and different species of Chameleons and Frogs.

Journey Time Depending on the walk
Accommodation Eulophiella
Meal Plan Breakfast

Day 4: To Antsirabe

A long but scenic drive will take you to the colorful town of Antsirabe. On the way you will see the scenery changing to farm lands where primarily rice is grown by the local people. You will have the possibility to pay a short visit to one of the best duck liver producers in the country, and taste this delicacy.

In Antsirabe you will see more of the Malagasy way of life. You can enjoy a ride through the town on a pousse-pousse. The pousse-pousse (translated literally “push push”) are the local bikes for Antsirabe. You can also enjoy a drink on one of the local terraces. You will spend the night in Antsirabe town. There are plenty of good restaurants in town to enjoy the local cuisine.

Journey Time 8 hours
Accommodation Coulour Cafe
Meal Plan Breakfast

Day 5: To Ranomafana N.P.

After breakfast you will travel to Ranomafana National Park. This park is without doubt the most popular national park of Madgascar.

In the afternoon you can enjoy the pool filled with hot water from the nearby hot springs or go to the spa. You will sleep in the comfortable en-suite rooms of Centrest Hotel. The hotel is located 30 minutes drive from the starting point for tomorrow’s activities.

Journey Time 6 hours
Accommodation Centrest Hotel
Meal Plan Breakfast

Day 6: Ranomafana N.P.

Ranomafana national park became a national park after the discovery of a new Lemur species called the Golden Bamboo Lemur which is critically endangered. The rainforest has unique flora and fauna with 12 species of Lemurs, 118 bird species of which 30 only exist in Ranomafana national park.

The name literally translates in the local Malagasy language to “warm water“, there are several hot water springs in the national park! This park is famous for its 12 different species of Lemurs which you will be able to spot. You will also be able to see the Milne Edward Sifaka and many different chameleons and geckos.


Today you will have all the time to spot different species of lemurs. There are 5 different tracks that you can explore with a professional guide. The walks start early morning and depending on your fitness you can choose the track which is right for you.

Don’t miss the evening night walk in along the park to see the nocturnal animals, like the mouse lemur, chameleon, gecko and the Treefrog.

Journey Time 6 hours
Accommodation Centrest Hotel
Meal Plan Breakfast

Day 7 & 8: Isalo N.P.

A half day drive will take you to the Grand Canyon of Madagascar, Isalo National Park. This landscape is an amazing mix of deep canyons, green oases, sandstone formations and plains. Here the history of earth is close to you.

The next two days are there to enjoy this beautiful area. On day 8 you will be in the park all day. With a professional local guide you will cross Isalo by foot. Don’t forget to bring your swimming costume to be able to dive in one of the natural pools. Lunch will be inclusive in the walk.

Journey Time 4 hours (on day 7)
Accommodation Ranche 'd Isalo
Meal Plan Breakfast

Day 9 & 10: Tulear

Today you will continue on the RN7 to the coast. You will first enter the coastal town of Tulear where you will stop for lunch. Now you are at the coast of Canal de Mozambique. Another hour drive along the coast will take you to Ifaty Beach Club in Ifaty town, a beautifully located beach hotel overlooking the sea.

Here you can relax in the afternoon with your feet in the sand. Next to the lodge there is a fishing village where all the fishing boats are waiting to sail out every morning for their daily catch. There are several optional activities you can do the coming days organized by your accommodation. 

Journey Time 5 hours
Accommodation Le Paradisier
Meal Plan Breakfast

Day 11: Domestic flight to Antananarivo

Today you will fly back to Antananarivo. You will stay at the same cozy guesthouse as at the beginning of the trip. In the evening you will have the possibility to try one of the good restaurants in the neighborhood. 

Journey Time 15 minutes from airport
Accommodation        Susie's place
Meal Plan Breakfast

Day 12: Departure

Today is unfortunately your last day with Matoke tours in Madagacar. Depending on your time of departure, you will have a day room at Susie’s Place to freshen up and store your luggage.

If time allows you will have the possibility of visiting some of the interesting sites in the capital and do some souvenir shopping. Your driver/guide will take you back to the airport for your international flight home.

This is the end of hopefully a wonderful tour in Madagascar with Matoke tours!

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