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  • Privately on Request
  • Duration 10 days
    Group Size 3-10
    Land Cost $4,595 Details
    Single Supplement $675
    Lodging 2 stars-3 stars
    Grade II
    Best Time

    Madagascar Lemur Adventure

    Berenty, Perinet, and Nosy Be

    Day 1      Arrive in Antananarivo

    Upon arrival in Antananarivo (‘Tana’ - the City of a Thousand Warriors), you will be met and transferred to your local hotel.

    Meals: Dinner

    Day 2      Fort Dauphin to Berenty Reserve

    This morning you will transfer back to the airport for your flight to the town of Ft. Dauphin. Upon arrival you will depart overland on a two hour scenic drive to Berenty, a unique private nature sanctuary in the extreme southeast of Madagascar. Berenty is located at the end of a vast mountain range near many tropical beaches. Here you will spend time exploring the Berenty Reserve, looking for lemurs and other wildlife. You my also want to visit the museum of Antandroy ethnic group. You will overnight at a local lodge.

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Ringtail Lemur.
    Day 3      Berenty

    Enjoy a full day exploring the Berenty Reserve with your experienced guide. Established in 1936 by sisal planter Henri de Heaulme to preserve the forest, the reserve is now managed by Heaulme’s son Jean de Heaulme, but was was not opened to tourists until the early 1980’s The forest features many baobabs and over 115 plant species, providing habitat for a variety of wildlife. Large populations of ringtails, brown lemurs and the cuddly and comical sifaka live here. Berenty is also good for bird-watching with 83 bird species, 9 of which are birds of prey including the large Madagascar buzzard. In addition, there are 26 species of reptile, including two species of chameleon, the radiated tortoise and the rare Madagascan spider tortoise. You will also have the opportunity for an evening walk through the reserve in search of some of the nocturnal wildlife in the spiny forest.

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Verreaux's sifaka.
    Day 4      Tana

    Today you will return to Ft. Dauphin for your flight back to Tana. Upon arrival, you will be transferred back to your local hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure. You will now have time to visit Lemur’s park, located about 18km (about 11 miles) from Antananarivo. The main attraction is obviously viewing the lemurs, specifically the "microcebus", as well as the numerous turtles also housed in the park.

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Spiny forest.
    Day 5      Perinet Reserve

    After breakfast, you will drive to Andasibe, then to Perinet Reserve (known locally as Analamazoatra, for the river that runs through the reserve) through the green and luxuriant vegetation of the east. After check in at your local lodge, you will visit the Private Vakona Reserve. The walk in this reserve leads you around a lake, which is home to a number of crocodiles. You will find other reptiles to admire as well as aquatic birds. This evening, look forward to a night walk.

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Leaf-tailed gecko.
    Day 6      Perinet

    This morning you will take a walk in the rainforests of Perinet Reserve. As you hike through the forests, search for indigenous plants and animals, including the wildly known and highly endangered lemur, the Indri indri. Many other lemur species inhabit the forest, including the woolly, greater dwarf, brown mouse, grey bamboo, common brown, red footed brown, black and white ruffed lemurs and bats. This 810 hectare (about 2000 acres) also holds a world record for numbers of frog species among rainforests of comparable size.

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Indri indri.
    Day 7      Perinet / Tana

    Take a morning walk in Mantadia Reserve after breakfast. Mantadia is a primary rainforest and home to many species not found in Perinet. This includes the diademed sifaka and ruffed lemur, and sought after birds like the Pitta-like ground-roller, short-legged ground-roller, forest rock thrush among others. After lunch, you will drive back to Tana, stopping at a reptile farm along the way. You will check into your local hotel for your overnight in Tana.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Diademed sifaka.
    Day 8      Tana / Nosy Be

    This morning you transfer to the airport for your flight to Nosy Be, a tiny tropical island off the coast of Madagascar. Endless beaches rim turquoise lagoons, lush jungles and exotic plantations. From your plane you will see the vast area of Madagascar that has been devastated beyond ecological redemption thorough clearing, erosion and overgrazing. Seeing how little remains of the natural areas will impress upon you little time remains to save this amazing place. Consider an optional late afternoon excursion to Mont Passot, the island’s highest point for a spectacular view of blue lagoons, crater lakes, and lush forests. You will overnight at a local hotel.

    Nosy Be.
    Day 9      Nosy Be

    Today you will explore some of the smaller islands off Nosy Be. Enjoy a visit to Nosy Komba, a small volcanic island with resident black lemurs. Before sailing to Nosy Tanikely. Enjoy an afternoon of swimming and snorkelling at the marine reserve. This officially protected reserve is one of the best remaining sites for snorkelling in the area. Return to your hotel for your overnight.

    Friendly black lemurs on Nosy Komba.
    Day 10      Nosy Be / Tana / Onward

    Spend your final morning in Madagascar exploring Nosy Be or just relaxing at the resort. Fly back to Tana. Time permitting; visit the souvenir market for some last minute shopping. You will have a day-room reserved for you to refresh yourself before transferring to the airport for your flight home.

    NOTE:  Madagascar frequently presents unique travel challenges.  In order to prevent unhappy experiences, the traveler must expect delays, itinerary and hotel changes if circumstance dictate and other obstacles such as poor roads and vehicles that have been nurtured to a long life.  Accommodations are some of the best available, but they are not without quirks and malfunctions such as lack of hot water at times. If you require more than basic food and comfort and are shaken by the unexpected, then this may not be the trip for you.  On the other hand, if you are open to adventure and are willing to accept the unexpected, then you'll experience amazing flora, exotic  wildlife and unique cultures.  Given all of this, Madagascar is one of the true destinations of a lifetime.


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