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20 days Madagascar & Mauritius

Flora, fauna & white beaches!

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Highlights

Explore the unique flora and fauna of the Red island Madagascar and end your tour in style with 

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Hike in Isalo N.P. Madagascar
  • Rainforests of Andasibe and Ranomafana N.P.
  • White beaches of Mauritius
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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 & 3: To Tulear

An early flight will take you to the southwest coast to Tulear. You are now at the coast of Canal de Mozambique. You driver/guide will take you to Ifaty Beach Club where you will be able to rest after your long journey and enjoy the sea breeze. Your bungalow has an amazing sea view!

On day 3 you can visit the nearby Spiny forest to see different species of Baobabs. 

Journey Time 4 hours (on day 2)
Accommodation        Le Paradisier
Meal Plan Breakfast                

Day 4 & 5: 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 4 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 3)
Accommodation Ranche 'd Isalo
Meal Plan Breakfast
 
 

Day 6 & 7: Tsaranoro hiking

Today you will drive further North on the RN7. You will enjoy many short stops on the way to see a glips of Malagasy culture. Soon you will reach a beautifully located lodge on the slope of the mountain “Le Capitain”. From here you will explore this mountainous area with vinyards, rice paddies, surrounded by high peaks. And also the locally run Parc Anja, where you can meet a huge family of ringtailed lemurs.

 

Journey Time 4 hours (on day 6)
Accommodation Betsileo Country Lodge
Meal Plan Breakfast

Day 8: 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 thatched en-suite rooms of Centrest Hotel. The hotel is located 30 minutes from the starting point for tomorrow’s activities.

Journey Time 4 hours
Accommodation Centrest Hotel
Meal Plan Breakfast
 
 

Day 9: 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 Lemures which you will be able to spot. You will also be able to see the ruffed 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 depending on the activity
Accommodation Centrest Hotel
Meal Plan Breakfast
 

Day 10 & 11: 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.

On day 11 you will go for a crater lake hike!

Journey Time 5 hours
Accommodation Coulour Cafe
Meal Plan Breakfast

Day 12: To Andasibe N.P.

After a good night sleep and a good breakfast you will start your journey eastwards. The drive will take about 8 hours. On the way you will have the possibility to have a pick-nick stop and pay a visit to Peyrieras Reptile Reserve. This reptile farm as a large collection of Chameleons, geckos and frogs. Here you will be able to see most of the reptiles that you will look for in the forests during the rest of your tour and take good pictures of them. 

After this visit you will continue to Andasibe National park. The coming two nights you will spend in the mid-range Andasibe Hotel. 

Journey Time 8 hours
Accommodation Grace Lodge
Meal Plan Breakfast
 
 

Day 13: Andasibe N.P.

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 Andasibe Hotel
Meal Plan Breakfast

Day 14: To Antananarivo

Today you will drive 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 15: Welcome to Mauritius

Your driver will take you to Antananarivo airport for your flight to Mauritius. 

On arrival at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport a Matoke tours representative will be waiting to pick you up from your flight. He will take you to your lovely mid-range accommodation, Blue de Toi in the popular town Grand Baie on the northern tip of the island.

The tropical island Mauritius is located 2.000 km of the African coast and is together with La Reunion and Rodrigues, part of the Mascerene islands. Welcome to paradise.

 

 

The coming 5 nights you will spend in the cozy Bleu de Toi Boutique Guest House which offers comfort rooms that have been tastefully decorated to offer a sense of calm and serenity. The guesthouse has a nice swimming pool and the beach is at walking distance.

Journey Time 1 hour
Accommodation Bleu de Toi
Meal Plan Breakfast                   
 

Upgrade to 20 Degrees Sud

You can also choose to upgrade to the luxury 20 Degrees Sud boutique Hotel. 

Hidden from view behind an impressive carriage entrance door in oak and concealed within an old coconut grove bordering the water’s edge, lies one of the best kept secrets of Mauritius: the Hotel 20°Sud, the first on the island to offer both the luxury and excellence of a five-star establishment within the dimensions of an attractive, privately run hotel.

The supplement price for 5 nights on bed and breakfast is: US$ 550 per person

Journey Time 1 hour
Accommodation                  20 Degrees Sud - Charme room
Meal Plan Breakfast                 
 
 

Day 16 - 19: Relaxing and activities

Bleu de toi guesthouse has all the necessary information regarding the sights close by and optional activities. The popular town of Grand Baie is a cozy town with plenty of nice restaurants and a large shopping centre. The nearby Pereybere town has a great public beach and lots of café’s and terraces to enjoy your day.

You can decide to do one of the following activities pre-organized by Matoke tours at an additional cost. 

 

Visit Port Louis and the Botanical gardens of Pamplemousse.

This activity is a must see on any holiday to Mauritius. Around 8.30 AM you will be picked from your hotel in a private vehicle. You will visit the beautiful botanical gardens of Pamplemousse where you will find all kinds of endemic flowers and trees. Then you will continue to Port Louise the capital of the island where you will visit the Citadel Fort Adelaide. The fort enjoys a fantastic panoramic view over the capital. The fort was built by the English in 1840. You will also visit the famous Caudan Waterfront mall. Around 5 PM you will be back at your hotel. 

Costing: US$ 100 (adult) and US$ 60 (Child below 12 years)

 

Catamaran Cruise

You will depart at 8:15 AM from your hotel to sail to the three northern islands on a beautiful catamaran. From Grand Bayon a catamaran you will spend the day on the Northern Islands, Ilot Gabriel and Flat Island.

The Catamaran will go through the Coin de Mire, an enormous rock with the appearance of gilled falling steeply into the sea, then you will discover Flat Island 22km north of Mauritius and finally we will stop at Ilot Gabriel to enjoy the beach and swimming. Once there, you can walk, do some snorkeling, fins, snorkel and of course sunbathing! Lunch will be served on board, usually consist of grilling and salads.

Costing: US$ 80 (Adult) US$ 50 (child below 12 years)

Day 20: Departure

Today is unfortunately your last day on Mauritius with Matoke tours. Depending on your departure you might still have some extra time to enjoy the beach or do an optional activity. 4 hours before your departure you will be picked by the Matoke tours representative to take you back to the international airport.

This is the end of hopefully a wonderful holiday on Mauritius

 

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