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western tsingy, Ankarana, Madagascar

Endemic Wildlife and Limestone Landscapes with New Scientist

  • EXPERT-LED GROUP TOUR

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Indri clinging to tree, Andasibe Mantadia, Madagascar 1

Call of the Indri

Listen to the call of the indri – the largest lemur – echoing through primary forest.

Village Children, Kirindy, Madagascar 2

Conservation

Visit Durrell’s community projects in Kirindy to see the conservation work underway.

Chameleon in a tree, Andasibe Mantadia, Madagascar 3

Lemurs and Chameleons

Spot tiny chameleons and endemic lemur species in the lush forests of Amber Mountain.

Sunrise over western tsingy, Ankarana, Madagascar 4

Tsingy

Explore the lunar landscape of Ankarana, with its razor-sharp tsingy formations.

This group tour can be arranged on a tailor made basis, contact us for more information

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1
    Antananarivo
  • Day 2
    Antananarivo - Andasibe-Mantadia
  • Day 3
    Andasibe-Mantadia
  • Day 4
    Andasibe-Mantadia - Antananarivo
  • Day 5
    Antananarivo - Morondava - Kirindy
  • Day 6
    Kirindy
  • Day 7
    Kirindy - Morondava - Diego Suarez - Amber Mountain National Park
  • Day 8
    Amber Mountain National Park
  • Day 9
    Amber Mountain National Park - Ankarana Special Reserve
  • Day 10
    Ankarana Special Reserve
  • Day 11
    Ankarana Special Reserve - Nosy Be
  • Days 12-13
    Nosy Be
Indri with babyl lemur, Andasibe Mantadia, Madagascar
Andasibe-Mantadia, Madagascar

Andasibe-Mantadia

Begin in one of Madagascar’s most accessible parks, Andasibe-Mantadia, where the rainforest is alive with lemurs, chameleons and birds. Led by an expert wildlife guide, explore this wet, green tranche of highland jungle, home to the largest of all lemurs, the indri. Listen as their eerie calls echo through the forest – sounding like whalesong.

After dark, discover the forest’s nocturnal inhabitants, which include tenrecs, mouse lemurs and frogs, as well as countless chameleons.

Fosa, Kirindy, Madagascar
Fossa, Kirindy, Madagascar

Kirindy and Durrell

Fly by private charter to the Kirindy Reserve, on Madagascar’s western coast. This hot, dry, lowland forest is in stark contrast to the damp, cooler climes of Andasibe. Here, visit Durrell’s conservation projects and learn about the work they are doing.

With this change in climate and ecosystem comes a whole range of different species. These included the endangered giant jumping rat, which is unique to Kirindy; Madame Berthe’s mouse lemur, the world’s smallest lemur; and the fossa, a carnivorous mammal only found in Madagascar.

Dwarf chameleon, Amber Mountain, Madagascar
Dwarf chameleon, Amber Mountain, Madagascar

Amber Mountain

From Kirindy, fly north to the island’s tropical north. Visit Amber Mountain National Park, which rises within sight of the ocean but – thanks to its altitude – is very different from the coastal forests below. Hike along a network of trails that cut their way through this the rainforest, passing by sacred waterfalls and crater lakes that attract birdlife.

Spot Sanford’s lemurs and crowned lemurs on branches in the canopy and, below, rely on the sharp eyesight of your guide to spot dwarf chameleons. These inch-long creatures are invisible to the uninitiated and were, until recently, the smallest discovered species of chameleon.

Lady on rope bridge, Ankarana Special Reserve, Madagascar
Ankarana Special Reserve, Madagascar

Ankarana East

Leave the lush, damp forest of Amber Mountain behind for the hot, dry landscape of the tsingy. This vast eroded landscape of limestone pinnacles and chasms is encompassed by the Ankarana Reserve, which can be accessed from both east and west.

Begin in the east, where you stand at the same level as the tsingy pinnacles and follow trails that lead you out on to this alien landscape, even crossing one of the gorges on a narrow hanging bridge. The forest beside the tsingy is rich with wildlife; look out for lemurs, boas and even land crabs.

Tsingy in west Ankarana, Ankarana Special Reserve
Ankarana Special Reserve, Madagascar

Ankarana West

Afterwards, drive west, descending on to the coastal plain that lies to the west of Ankarana. Stay at Iharana Bush Camp, which sits at the foot of the limestone massif from which the tsingy emerge.

This side offers a very different perspective on this spectacular landscape – one that is best appreciated as you hike up into the tsingy at sunrise, watching as a golden light washes over the pinnacles and the distant plains below.

Includes / Excludes

Important Information

Activity Level
Active
Single Supplement

Travelling on your own? Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places provides security and peace of mind. We handle all of the arrangements for you and there will be a local tour guide on hand throughout to provide advice and help if needed, as well as the expertise of a Tour expert.

Flexibility

To allow flexibility, our group tours do not include international flights as standard. We can arrange international flights on your behalf and the above is an indication of the cost, based on return flights departing from London. All international flights from the UK are ATOL protected.

What is included

  • Accommodation as detailed
  • Accompanied by Charles Randrianantenaina throughout your time in Madagascar
  • All excursions
  • All park fees
  • All transfers
  • Internal charter flights

What is excluded

  • Drinks
  • Gratuities for local guides, drivers and porters
  • International flights
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance

Why a Steppes expert-led group tour

1.Experience Matters

We have been running insightful and groundbreaking group tours since our inception in 1989. We have worked with institutions such as the British Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum and run wildlife tours in conjunction with conservation agencies such as Fauna & Flora International, Wildlife Conservation Society, the Orangutan Foundation, Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and the Jane Goodall Institute.

2.Size Matters

Our average group size is typically eight to ten people, smaller than other group tours typically offered – a factor which many of our clients appreciate. Travelling as part of a smaller group provides a more intimate, personalised and relaxed atmosphere.

4.It’s about who you know

We have developed an enviable pool of expertise from which to choose our tour experts, who we carefully select based on their knowledge, companionship and personality. Often, these experts can use their influence to facilitate private access to sites not typically open to the public.

3.Like-Minded People

Steppes Travellers are like-minded people – interesting, interested and curious. Our group tours aim to create an easy and informal atmosphere – we have a lot of fun on our tours and many friendships have been formed.

5.Value for money

Our tours are well-priced to ensure you get real value for money. We include gratuities on the majority of our tours and do not pass on currency surcharges. We strive to look after single travellers as well as we can, keeping single supplements to a minimum.

6.Peace of Mind

When you travel on one of our group tours, you will be looked after by our local agents and your tour expert with the back-up of our 24-hour emergency number and duty manager. All our holidays are fully bonded and protected – our ATOL number is ATOL 6495.

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09/11/2113 Days $8,376 ex. flightsCharles Randrianantenaina10 AVAILABLE Reserve your place

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