Madagascar Expedition 2018
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 15, 2018
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.
- 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: 13 days in country (Plus a 5-day Extension)
Leader: Jorge Salas / Renzo Zeppilli
Maximum Number of Participants: 12
Departures: September 15
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.
Jorge Salas, a Senior Leader with over 25 years of experience leading expeditions in all continents. Jorge is a great lecturer, a passionate wildlife and travel photographer, and a favorite among our guests. He has been published by Smithsonian, WWF, Nature Conservancy and many other international media.
Itinerary in Brief
Arrive today in Antananarivo from the US. Superior rooms at Hotel Colbert (a 4-star considered the best in town) have been booked for all the expedition participants. (Meals Aloft)
Day 2: Explore Antananarivo
Drive through the city most iconic areas on your way to Lemur Park. A well managed Lemur orphanage project that we support, and a great introduction to the country’s species. In the afternoon enjoy some endemics birding. (B, L, D)
Day 3 & 4: Berenty Private Reserve
A morning flight and then a 4-hour drive will take us to the Berenty Private Reserve, a paradise for Ringed-tail Lemurs and Verreaux’s Sifakas (Dancing Lemurs). Visit both ecosystems during night and day encountering multiple endemic species of lemurs, reptiles, insects and flora. (B, L, D)
Day 5 & 6: Fort Dauphin and Fly to Antananarivo
Drive 4 hours to the Fort Dauphin, in the Southern Malagasy coast. Visit the local market and rest. The next day, visit the Nahampoena Private Reserve to look for new species of Lemurs, including the Bamboo Lemur and then fly to Antananarivo and lodge at a comfortable hotel located close to the airport. (B, L, D)
Day 7: To Kirindy
Fly to Morondava and board 4×4’s to drive one and a half hours to Camp Amourex. The drive takes you through Baobab ‘avenue’. Camp Amourex is a very basic tent camp, where we will stay 1 night (It is the greatest lodging facility in the area). Enjoy a very productive night walk in the reserve looking for the Pygmy mouse lemur, the smallest primate of the world. (B, L, D)
Day 8: Kirindy Nature Reserve and back to Morondava via Baobab Avenue
Spend a full day exploring this fascinating and unique ecosystem that provides superb lemur encounters, several species of chameleons and first class birding. The Kirindy forest is the most threatened habitat, home to the biggest predator of Madagascar, the Foosa. In the afternoon drive back to Morondava going through Baobab avenue at sunset. Cameras ready, please! (B, L, D)
Day 9: A day in Morondava
Enjoy a morning pirogue ride through the nearby mangroves that will finish at a local fishing village. You will stay at very comfortable seaside hotel and will have time to enjoy the beach and explore the town. (B, L, D)
Day 10 & 11: Andasibe National Park
Fly to Antananarivo and then drive three hours to Andasibe. Enjoy an evening wildlife excursion. On day 11, spend the day exploring the Andasibe National Park in search of the Indri Indri, the largest lemur of them all. Many other species abound. Superb lemur, reptiles and flora photography is guaranteed. (B, L, D)
Day 12: To Antananarivo via Chameleons’ Park
After one more excursion at Andasibe, drive back to Antananarivo. On the way, stop at a private park that holds a superb collection of reptiles and amphibians. You will dine and overnight at Hotel Colbert. (B, L, D)
Day 13: Fly Home
Today, after breakfast, transfer to the airport and fly back to the U.S, or continue with the Nosy Be Extension. (B)
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 13: 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 14: 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 15: 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 hotels beach. (B, L, D)
Day 16: Fly to Antananarivo
After breakfast fly to Antananarivo and check in at the Colbert Hotel. (B, L)
Day 17: Fly back home
Breakfast is included for your convenience. Transfer to the airport and fly back home.
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.
This is considered the best hotel in Tana and offers visitors clean rooms, good food and modern amenities. New Paths Expeditions have secured Superior Rooms to guarantee the best possible comfort for you. This hotel also features a business center, gym, spa, and casino. The two restaurants offer some of the best food in the city, and the outdoors terrace provide great views of the city. Free WIFI is provided in the hotel lobby and plug in internet is available in all rooms.
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 hair dryer. 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 hair dryer.
Camp Amoureaux is a very basic camp and provides tents on platforms which are equipped with mattresses. All tents feature a simple, but clean bathroom. Hot water is not available, and electricity is limited to morning and evening hours. Having a flashlight is a must. Food is basic but safe. Service can be slow. This property is the best accommodation available close to Kirindi Reserve.
PALISSANDRE COTE OUEST
You will certainly be delighted with your stay at the Palissandre Cote Ouest, considered one of the best hotels in Madagascar. Located on the beach, with a nice pool, bar and with free WIFI at the lobby, this hotel provides lodgings that are based on the traditional Malagasy style while providing every modern convenience. Bathrooms are quite large and showers are very good.
Set in the middle of a reserve, Vakona lodging consists of bungalows that provide you with clean comfort. Screens will allow you to keep the windows open for good air circulation. The restaurant provides good food, and you can dine either inside or on the terrace. This is the ideal location to explore the Andasibe National Park.
PALM BEACH NOSY BE HOTEL
Balconies come with all standard rooms in this top level hotel so that you can sit and enjoy the sea breezes. All rooms are modern and equipped with air conditioning, television, and Wi-Fi among other amenities. The Palm Beach Hotel is the perfect spot to enjoy the beach in between excursions.
*New Paths Club member prices include direct wire payment benefit plus additional discounts. If Club Members use a credit card, a 5% surcharge will apply
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.
- 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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