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Madagascar Expedition 2021

Lemur Madagascar Safari Tour Expedition

Madagascar Expedition 2021

The most complete itinerary to explore the Island of endemics, Madagascar. One of the greatest wildlife expeditions on earth. A wildlife photographer’s dream!
Max Group Size: Only 12 participants!
Departure: September 19, 2021
  • Coquerel Sifaka Lemur

Madagascar, the Island of Endemics

Set like a jewel in the western Indian Ocean, the Island of Madagascar holds the World record in endemic species. New Paths Expeditions is proud to bring to you the opportunity to explore it following the most complete itinerary offered today – you will visit the center, south, west, east and north of the island- guaranteeing the greatest possible sightings of the most iconic, and some of the most elusive, wildlife species of Madagascar. The Madagascar Expedition is limited to only 12 participants, has been crafted in detail and will truly amaze wildlife enthusiasts and photographers alike.


Highlights:

  • 90% of the Madagascar flora and fauna are endemic.
  • Visit 9 protected areas (national and private) encompassing the most complete Madagascar itinerary available today.
  • Observe over 20 species of Lemurs in their natural hábitat.
  • Superb bird watching with plenty of native species.
  • The biggest diversity of chameleons on earth.
  • Outstanding wildlife photography.
  • Enjoy the intimacy of a truly small group of like- minded, experienced travelers.
  • Escorted by a New Paths Expeditions Senior Leader plus a Local Master Guide.
  • Ideal expedition pacing using the best possible accommodations and first class transport.

Details in Brief:

Duration: 14 days in country (Plus a 5-day Extension)

Leader: ALAOY LOVA Idriss

Maximum Number of Participants: 12

Departures: September 19

Is this the right expedition for you? The Madagascar expedition involves multiple wildlife search hikes that last up to 2 hours, but cover short lengths of terrain. The trails are mostly flat and easy, though at Andasibe, some inclined terrain could be involved. Trails could be muddy.

Rides on bumpy and dusty roads are part of the expedition. The longest one being 4 hours. We use top class tourist busses (With air conditioning) and 4×4’s (With air conditioning). Bottled water is provided throughout the expedition.

There is a combination of warm weather with occasional cold fronts. At Andasibe high humidity and cool nights are expected. Short rains are a possibility as well as unexpected cold fronts. During October, the temperatures are warmer than in September.

Accommodations were selected based on their proximity to top wildlife habitats. Some could be rated as basic. Some have air conditioning and all are clean and comfortable. Do note that Camp Amoureux (1 night) is a basic camp. Hotel Colbert is the best hotel in Antananarivo and we have secured superior rooms for the expedition participants. The Hotel Colbert is a 4-star property.

Itinerary in Brief

Day 1: Arrive Antananarivo (Tana)map-mad

Upon your arrival in Tana (Antananarivo) you will be met by your Expedition Leader and taken to the Palissandre Hotel. You will be able to rest and relax after your journey at this centrally located hotel, which is considered the best in town and has beautiful views of the city center, a comfortable restaurant, bars and even a spa among other amenities.

Overnight at Palissandre Hotel (D).

Day 2: Antananarivo, Lemurs’ Park and Birding for endemics

After a good breakfast, a full day of sightseeing awaits you in Tana and the surrounding areas. The beginning of the day includes a pre-departure briefing by your Senior Leader and Local Naturalist Guide. Then you will continue with a drive around the city, where you will be introduced to the points of greatest interest, and will also have a chance to see how Malagasies live in nearby villages. There are plenty of photo opportunities for you during the panoramic excursion.

You will then reach the Lemurs’ Park, which is approximately 12 miles outside Tana. This important and well-managed project is a private park where orphan lemurs are raised for an eventual release back to the wild. The park is a lush botanical setting and provides great sightings of multiple lemur species. After lunch and some rest, you will depart towards the Tsarasaotra Bird Sanctuary. Right in Tana, it is home to dozens of different species, including multiple endemics. The park provides a quiet and beautiful retreat from the city proper.

Overnight at Palissandre Hotel (B, L, D).

Day 3: Tana to Berenty Reserve

Today you will leave Tana on a morning flight to Fort Dauphin. Once you land, you will have a 4-hour drive over some rather challenging roads in order to get to the Berenty Reserve. You will undoubtedly be greeted once you arrive by some of the ring-tailed lemurs, which are plentiful here; some of these may well be mothers carrying their adorable young on their backs. After arriving and checking in, enjoy some free time with your Leader and Guide to photograph the multiple lemurs that roam the lodge grounds. A talk by your Local Naturalist follows. You will enjoy dinner before embarking on a night excursion in the forest.

The Berenty Reserve not only is home to 6 species of these unique primates but also to a large colony of Madagascan flying fox. Strolling through the reserve will provide you with panoramic landscapes of ancient tamarind trees and riverine forest. The rather bizarre, but extremely interesting Spiny Forest is also to be found on the reserve. Over 100 bird species can be seen here, and many of them nest at the reserve as well. You will be staying at the Berenty Lodge, which provides simple clean and comfortable chalets with air conditioning, but so designed and arranged that you never lose sight of the fact that you are right in the center of a Madagascar forest. Lemurs will be, literally, everywhere! The simple but comfortable main lodge at Berenty has a tea garden, restaurant, and bar, and the Malagasy food served there is quite good.

Overnight at Berenty Lodge (B, L, D).

Day 4: Complete Exploration of Berenty Reserve Ecosystems

A full day exploring the two ecosystems that Berenty offers. The morning’s nature hikes will provide you with plenty of opportunities to see lemurs. It is guaranteed that you will see Verreaux’s sifakas (dancing lemur) dancing from tree to tree and peering at you from around the trunks. It’s also likely that you will be able to spot some of the rarer red-fronted brown lemurs, which are also a diurnal species. At any time during your hike, you may hear the loud and distinctive calls of one of the couas, birds native to Madagascar.

The daytime is also a good time to look for chameleons, those gentle and amusing jesters of Madagascar, the Madagascan flying fox, a species of bat which hangs from the trees as they await the coming of night to go in search of fruit, and also an impressive number of unique insects and plants.

Evening and nighttime hikes will enable you to see the animals which only come out during the hours of darkness. This is the time when the white-footed sportive lemur and the diminutive grey mouse lemur, with its large eyes and ears, may be sighted as they come out to hunt for food. An optional visit to the Ethnographic Museum and Textile Collection is also included.

Overnight at Berenty Lodge (B, L, D).

Day 5: Fort Dauphin

After breakfast, it will be time to take the drive back to Fort Dauphin. The drive, even though bumpy, provides great views of the Malagasy southern landscape. Upon arrival check into the Croix du Sud Hotel. Built in the French colonial style, the rooms are comfortable and look out over a central garden courtyard. The hotel has a restaurant, bar, and business center. In the afternoon enjoy a short visit to the town market and drive to a beautiful overview point. Use the rest of the day to relax and recharge your batteries for the next stage of the expedition.

Overnight at Croix du Sud Hotel (B, L, D).

Day 6: Fort Dauphin, Nahampoana Reserve & Tana

A journey of little more than 4 miles brings you and your companions to the Nahampoana Reserve. The Nahampoana Reserve is a wonderful place to visit. Set in what is actually a botanical garden, you will be delighted not only at the wildlife you see here but by the unique plants growing in the reserve. Undoubtedly, you will spot a Verreaux’s sifaka, bounding along sideways on its hind feet or see a wooly lemur peeking at you from an octopus tree. A rustling in the undergrowth could well signal the presence of an agonoka tortoise.

If you look closely, the surprising giraffe weevil might be seen trying to avoid entrapment in a Madagascar pitcher plant next to you. Vanilla orchids can also be found in the reserve, along with a number of other fascinating native and introduced plants.

Nahampoana provides you with well-maintained paths that wind through the park. Because a small river surrounds the reserve, it’s quite possible to take a canoe ride for additional wildlife and botanical observations.

After returning to Fort Dauphin and enjoying lunch, it will be off to the airport to return to Tana, where reservations have been made for you at Relais Des Plateaux.

Overnight at Relais Des Plateaux (B, L, D).

Day 7: Tana to Morondava, Kirindy

After travelling to the nearby airport, you will fly to Morondava, a seaside city right in the heart of baobab country. A drive of about one and a half hours then brings you and the group to Kirindy where a very productive nighttime walk will be conducted.

Overnight at Relais Du Kirindy (B, L, D).

Day 8: Kirindy, Marofandilia

Most of the day will be devoted to exploring the Kirindy Forest; a private nature reserve. The Kirindy is a dry, deciduous forest and is part of one of the most severely threatened ecosystems on Madagascar. This forest is in one of the more out-of-the-way places in Madagascar and receives fewer visitors than most areas. It abounds in all sorts of life, including birds, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals. Seven species of lemur make this forest their home, and it also provides sanctuary for the giant jumping rat. The fossa, Madagascar’s largest mammalian predator, is also found in Kirindy and searching for it will be one of the day’s priorities.

One of the more spectacular ground birds of Madagascar, the giant coua is also found here. This bird has bright blue skin around its eyes and a white throat shading into a roseate breast. Approximately 2 feet long, it is the largest member of the cuckoo family.

You will all admire and photograph the baobabs on the Baobab Avenue at sunset.

Overnight at Relais Du Kirindy (B, L, D).

Day 9: Morondava, Tana

Today drive to Morondava and enjoy a gentle pirogue excursion through the mangroves on the way to a local fishing village for close contact with locals. Enjoy lunch at the best place in town before flying back to Tana.

Overnight at Palissandre Hotel (B, L, D).

Day 10: Tana, King’s Palace

Tana has 12 sacred hills around it, and the day excursion will take you to Ambohimanga Hill, the site of the ruins of the Palace of King Andriaanampoinimerina, built for him by his father, Andriamasinavalona. It is a humble but much interesting palace, that will allow you to understand the unique history of this fascinating country.

We will also drive around farming fields, spend time with locals, and enjoy a simple but delicious lunch in a local cottage with great views of the valley.

Overnight at Palissandre Hotel (B, L, D).

Day 11: Chameleons & The Cloud Forest of Madagascar

Drive 3 hours to Andasibe, along the way stop at Peyreiras Reserve, where you will be able to observe and photograph a great number of the endemic reptiles and amphibians of Madagascar.

Arrive in Berenty and lodge at the beautiful Eulophiella Hotel, at night time enjoy walking the forest. Overnight at Eulophiella (B, L, D).

Day 12: Andasibe National Park

Your Senior Leader will take you on an exploration of the Andasibe National Park. Even though you will certainly meet lemurs of all kinds here – the bamboo lemur, the brown lemur, and the black & white lemur, the main objective of the day will be to spot the Indri Indri, the largest lemur of them all. The trails to spot the indri are beautiful, and other than the lemurs, they provide great birding opportunities, superb reptile sightings and magnificent botanizing. After lunch visit to the Vakona Private Reserve, a section of the property dedicated to provide shelter to lemurs that were displaced by the loss of their habitat, mainly by mining activities.

Overnight at Eulophiella (B, L, D).

Day 13: Tana

After breakfast, we will drive to Tana, then you will be taken to Palissandre Hotel. Enjoy a farewell dinner with Valiha music. You may decide to fly tonight, or the next day. Your hotel overnight is included.

Overnight at Palissandre Hotel (B, L, D).

Day 14: Fly home

Today, after breakfast, tranfer to the airport and fly back to the U.S, or continue with the Nosy Be Extension.

 

 

Nosy Be Northern Island Extension

Details in Brief:

Duration: 5 days in country
Leader: Local Naturalist Guide
Maximum Number of Participants: 12


Itinerary in Brief:

Day 14: Fly to Nosy Be

Today, fly from Antananarivo to Nosy Be Island, located on the northwest coast of Madagascar. Nosy Be is considered a natural paradise of beautiful beaches, supreme natural diversity -both on ground and underwater, and welcoming locals. (B,L,D)

Day 15: Lokobe Natural Reserve

Lokobe is considered one of the most beautiful and well managed Natural Parks in Madagascar. Spend a full day exploring it in search of unique wildlife, including the endemic Black Lemur and the Panther Chameleon. (B, L, D)

Day 16: Snorkel at Tanikely Marine Reserve

In the morning, take a boat ride to Tanikely Marine Reserve, consider the greatest one in Madagascar, and enjoy top class snorkeling in the Indian Ocean.

Enjoy the afternoon relaxing while enjoying Malagasy hospitality at the hotel (B, L, D)

Day 17: Fly to Antananarivo

After breakfast fly to Antananarivo and check in at the Palissandre Hotel. (B, L)

Day 18: Fly back home

Breakfast is included for your convenience. Transfer to the airport and fly back home.


Important Note

The Madagascar Expedition has been crafted in detail, following the ideal pacing for the destination. However, unpredictable circumstances such as weather, flight delays or cancellations, labor strikes, road conditions, traffic, hotel overbookings, and other factors may force adjusting the program on site. These events or realities are out of our control and an inherent risk when traveling, specially on expeditions to this kind of remote destinations. Your Expedition Leader might also decide to alter the program in case opportunities to improve the cultural or wildlife experiences are found. Please note that the expedition leader and hotels could change without notice due to unforeseen circumstances. No refunds will be given for program changes beyond the control of New Paths Expeditions.

Accommodations

PALISSANDRE HOTEL & SPA

Located on a hillside, in the center of Antananarivo, Palissandre is a 4-star hotel and is a perfect base to discover Antananarivo. It features an outdoor pool, a spa and a restaurant with a terrace offering panoramic city views. Free WiFi access is available. The rooms are particularly small (16m2) and are equipped with a TV, telephone, mini-bar and air conditioning. You can enjoy city and pool views from the room. The restaurant serves local and French cuisine. Guests can enjoy drinks, cocktails, and snacks.

 


BERENTY LODGE

Built in harmony with the environment, but without renouncing comfort, Berenty Lodge rooms feature air conditioning, ceiling fans, and hot running water. The Berenty not only provides you with good lodging but gives you the chance to observe Lemurs right outside your door and very close access to two distinct types of forest.


CROIX DU SUD HOTEL

A modern and comfortable small hotel, the Croix du Sud supplies you with clean rooms that include a TV, air conditioning, ceiling fans and hot running water. All rooms look to a small central garden. WiFi is available in the lobby.


RELAIS DE PLATEAUX

This small hotel has been selected due to its close to the airport location. Rooms are comfortable, with air conditioning, hot running water, minibar, kettle for tea or coffee and a hairdryer. A full-service restaurant and dining room are in the hotel, as well as a bar. Rooms also come with a minibar, kettle for tea or coffee and hairdryer.


RELAIS DU KIRINDY

The Kirindy Forest has very limited accommodations and this new hotel is a gamechanger. Accommodation consists of 20 simple, neat, en-suite bungalows, constructed out of wood and other natural materials. Windows are netted with gauze. The lodge has a spacious, open-air restaurant where meals served incorporate Malagasy and European-styled dishes and a swimming pool. It’s by far the best option in Kirindy, the most threatened habitat of Madagascar.


EULOPHIELLA LODGE

Eulophiella Lodge is close to Andasibe National Park. The setting is beautiful, with grounds interspersed with palms, windy stone paths and little wooden bridges and each of the bungalows are spaced out for privacy. Eulophiella Lodge provides all the peace and tranquillity you could want when exploring the Madagascan rainforest.

 


RAVINTSARA WELLNESS HOTEL

The Ravintsara Wellness Hotel has 20 bungalows (sea and garden view) and all are equipped with air- conditioning, fan, safe, minibar, flat screen TV with satellite channels, Internet, telephone, king size bed, and a desk. The comfortable bathrooms are equipped with double sinks, a jacuzzi, and a shower as well as a separate toilet.

Departure

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2021 Prices

Note: All prices are in US$, per person, and based on double occupancy.
Domestic Air Prices may change without prior notice due to airlines’ policies.
The extension needs 4 guests to depart.
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Details

Included in Land Cost:

  • Services of New Paths Expeditions in-house support team.
  • 24/7 services of a Senior Expedition Leader during the expedition.
  • 24/7 services of a Malagasy Naturalist Guide.
  • Services of English-speaking local guides.
  • All ground transportation (including airport transfers)
  • Accommodations as noted.
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees, excursions, and visits as noted.
  • Group photography fees.
  • Meals as noted.
  • Bottled water at included meals, transfers and tours.
  • Services of transfer assistants, drivers, and local staff.
  • Gratuities for luggage porters, transfer assistants and restaurant staff.

Not Included:

  • International and domestic flights.
  • Passport and visa fees.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Gratuities for Local Master Guide, Driver and Expedition Leader (may be added to your final invoice, if desired).
  • Personal expenses and incidentals, such as, but not limited to, phone calls, e-mail, and laundry.
  • Trip cancellation, travel delay, and baggage loss insurance.
  • Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond the control of New Paths Expeditions.

Deposits and final payments:

In order to guarantee your space on the Madagascar Expedition, a deposit of $1,500 is required at the time of booking.

The remaining cost will be charged 120 before the expedition begins.

Using these funds, New Paths Expeditions will make a deposit of 30% of the cost of your domestic air tickets to guarantee your seats in the needed flights. Please note that even though New Paths Expeditions will make the mentioned deposit, the domestic air tickets are not included and their cost will be added to your final invoice. In case you cancel your expedition, due to airline policies, we will not be able to refund the cost of the tickets, nor we will be able to transfer them to another expedition participant.

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Madagascar Expedition 2017 Small Group

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