Baobabs of Madagascar

Overview

Marvel at Madagascar, a land of intoxicating nature, exotic wildlife, and unique flora - where 90% of species are endemic. Get up-close views of the island's many wonders, from the Avenue of Baobabs to the limestone pinnacles of Tsingy de Bemaraha, spotting lovable lemurs along the way. Travel by boat, 4WD, private charter flights and on foot, taking in Madagascar's most famous national parks and the sacred hills of Antananarivo. End each day soaking up bliss in boutique hotels, small beach resorts, magical camps, and deluxe eco-lodges.

  • Discover some of 1,000 endemic species, including the lovely lemur in Madagascar's pristine rainforests

  • Tiptoe over the roof of sharp limestone pillars at Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park

  • Visit ancestral forests of the indigenous Antandroy people and witness traditional ritual dances

  • Arrive: Antananarivo, Madagascar
  • Depart: Antananarivo, Madagascar
  • Duration: 10 Days
  • Group Size: 4-9 Guests
  • Minimum Age: 10 Years Old

Itinerary

  • Day01

    Arrive at Antananarivo

    Welcome to Antananarivo (a.k.a. "Tana" from the French colonial era), the capital and biggest city of Madagascar. Meet with a MT Sobek representative at the airport and transfer to the hotel in the upper town of Tana. Meet again in the evening for a festive welcome dinner at our hotel.

  • Day02

    Take a Scenic Drive and Spot Lemurs in Andasibe


    After breakfast, depart Tana for a three-hour drive east to Andasibe, a stunning rainforest park with two protected areas: the Perinet Special Reserve and Mantadia National Park. Perinet is world famous for its population of Indri, the largest living lemur species. En route to Andasibe, take in the rural life - rice fields, redbrick houses, roadside fruit, and vegetable stands. After check-in and lunch, head to Lemur Island, Vakona Lodge's private reserve that protects a number of habituated lemurs. Spot four species: bamboo, black-and-white ruffed, brown, and diademed sifaka lemur.

    • Accommodation: Vakona Forest Lodge
    • Activity: Scenic drive and lemur encounters
    • Transportation: 3-hour private van transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day03

    Explore Perinet Reserve and Take a Lemur Safari at Night

    Explore the 810-hectare Perinet Reserve in search of the Indri lemur with barely visible tails, black-and-white markings, and teddy bear faces. On a walk through the lush rainforest, look out for 11 other lemur species, including the grey bamboo, the common brown, the diademed sifaka, and the black-and-white ruffed lemur. The reserve also has endemic birds such as the velvet asity, blue coua, and nuthatch vanga. Notice the orchids - Madagascar has over a thousand species! Come evening, look for nocturnal lemurs on a forest night walk.


    • Accommodation: Vakona Forest Lodge
    • Activity: 1-2 hours/2 miles guided lemur walks & nighttime safari
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day04

    Journey to Tsingy de Bemaraha

    This morning, return to Tana to board a private charter flight to Tsingy de Bemaraha. Arrive to Amborondia, then transfer to the hotel for lunch. Nestled at the heart of a well-preserved nature park, Le Soleil des Tsingy is the ideal base for an extraordinary stay in the Tsingy of Bemaraha. For a leisurely afternoon, relax in the infinity pool and enjoy panoramic vistas.


    • Accommodation: Le Soleil des Tsingy
    • Transportation: 3-hour private van transfer & 3-hour private charter plane transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day05

    Discover Grand Tsingy on a Walking Adventure

    After breakfast, drive for a full-day exploration of Grand Tsingy. Tiptoe over the sharp roof of the Tsingy, cross a high-rope bridge, and meander through pockets of dry deciduous forest. Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this forest of 130- to 160-foot razor-sharp limestone peaks was produced by the erosion of limestone massifs over millions of years. The Tsingy shelters a startling array of wildlife, including 11 species of lemur, 103 species of birds, 15 species of bats, 22 species of amphibians, and a variety of reptiles.


    • Accommodation: Le Soleil des Tsingy
    • Activity: 5-6 hours/2-4 miles hiking with 1,297' elevation gain & loss
    • Transportation: 1-hour drive
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day06

    Sunset Drive Through the Avenue of Baobabs

    After breakfast, board a private charter flight to Morondava in the heart of Sakalava territory, known for its elaborately sculpted wooden royal tombs. Check into the hotel, have lunch, and enjoy a city tour before driving to the Avenue of the Baobabs for a beautiful sunset among the Adansonia grandidieri, the largest of Madagascar's six species of baobab.

    • Accommodation: Palissandre Côte Ouest
    • Transportation: 35-minute flight & 1-hour private van transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day07

    Camp in the Heart of the Spiny Forest

    After breakfast, board the private charter to Mandrare River camp. Upon arrival, settle into your tent and enjoy the majestic views over the Mandrare River. After a delicious barbecue lunch, enjoy some relaxation time, and around 5pm depart for a night walk in the Zenavo forest - a fantastic way to see diurnal lemurs bedding down, and the nocturnal lemurs begin to wake in the eerie Spiny Forest. Spot sifakas and sleeping white-footed sportive lemurs; once the sun has set, see two mouse lemur species, birds, chameleons, owls, and sporting lemurs.

    • Accommodation: Mandrare River Camp
    • Activity: 2 hours/1-2 miles forest night walk to spot lemurs
    • Transportation: 4-hour charter plane transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day08

    Explore the Forest from Mandrare River Camp

    After a delicious breakfast, continue to the sacred Gallery Forest in the south. Depending on the river depth, walk or take a boat across the Mandrare. Curious groups of ring-tailed lemurs and Verreaux's sifaka are the highlight of this excursion. Return to the camp for lunch and rest, then head for a walk through the sacred Spiny forest, filled with extraordinary wildlife and ancestral tombs of the Antandroy tribe. Get an introduction to the Antandroy culture and wrap up the day with sundowner cocktails by the riverbank.


    • Accommodation: Mandrare River Camp
    • Activity: 3-4 hours/3 miles of nature & culture walks
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day09

    Visit the Local Village and Meet the Antandroy Tribe

    Watch sunlight break through the octopus trees on an early morning walk through Spiny Forest. Look out for endemic birds: the crested and running coua and a variety of vanga. Back at the camp, breakfast is followed by a visit to the local market (on Thursdays and Saturdays), or the nearby village to meet the fascinating Antandroy tribe. At 5pm, depart for sundowners amidst the baobabs. The moon rising across the baobabs to the mountains beyond is magical. In the evening, take in a traditional dance performance.


    • Accommodation: Mandrare River Camp
    • Activity: 2 hours/1-2 mile wildlife walk
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day10

    Fly to Antananarivo and Depart Madagascar

    After an early breakfast, board a private charter back to Tana. On arrival, transfer to the Relais des Plateaux for a delicious lunch and then back to the airport for homeward-bound flights.

    • Transportation: 3-hour private charter transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
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Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

Sunset drives between towering baobab trees and forest night treks make this adventure through Madagascar an unforgettable journey.

Reason #02

Get insider access to the Spiny Forest, home to an abundance of unique wildlife and the fascinating Antandroy tribe.

Reason #03

With MT Sobek, stay at deluxe landscape-inspired lodging amidst the wilderness, for immersion in the pristine landscapes.

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What To Expect

  • Activities

    Wildlife viewing of endemic species, day and night walks through otherworldly landscapes, encounters with indigenous tribes, and unforgettable scenic drives.

  • Lodging

    Boutique hotels, small beach resorts, stylish camps, and eco-lodges with deluxe amenities, all in the midst of pristine nature.

  • Climate

    In the highlands of Madagascar, the temperature can be 50°-60°F. During the afternoon you can expect temperatures to range from 60°-70°F. It is not uncommon to experience short, light rain showers.

FAQ

  • Do I need a visa for Madagascar?

    No, U.S. citizens do not need a visa for stays less than 30 days. Do not go to the visa counter at the airport.

  • Do I need vaccinations or malaria tablets?

    We always recommend you speak to your doctor or a health professional about vaccinations and malaria tablets well in advance of your safari. At present, certain areas of Madagascar are affected by malaria.

  • Are tour dates flexible?

    Yes, please contact us if you are not able to travel on the set departure dates listed. Most adventures can be arranged on alternative departure dates for a minimum of one traveler as long as accommodations are available.

  • How safe is Madagascar?

    Madagascar is a relatively safe country. Petty crime is high in big cities. Avoid showing off personal objects in crowded places, as you would any big city in the world.

  • Why should I consider Madagascar?

    From magnificent mountains to idyllic islands, to triumphant trees, it's an exotic sanctuary that is unparalleled to any other place in this world.

  • Can I drink the water in Madagascar?

    Drinking tap water is not recommended in Madagascar. We advise that you only drink bottled water, or treated water, which is readily available. It is also advisable to avoid ice in drinks and to peel fruit and vegetables before eating.

Dates & Pricing

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Scheduled Dates

  • Jul 02 - 11, 2019
    Confirmed Departure
  • Available
    Jul 17 - 26, 2019

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$8,495.00 Price per person

Additional Cost

  • $1,800.00 Internal Airfare
  • $1,200.00 Single Supplement

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • 1 glass of wine or beer at welcome & farewell dinners
  • All tips and gratuities for support staff with the exception of your lead adventure guide(s)
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • Arrival and departure day group airport transfers

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Optional tips to your lead adventure guides
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Wine and beer at dinners on days 3 & 4 and days 6-8
  • Airport transfers if arriving outside of the group transfer
  • Optional travel protection

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