Tailored from £12,900 per person excl. flights
12 days Antananarivo, Andasibe, Anjajavy, Nosy Komba
12 days Antananarivo, Andasibe, Anjajavy, Nosy Komba
This Luxury Madagascar Tour takes you around the country’s top hotels and ecolodges, where you can soak up the magical wildlife and landscapes of the island.
You’ll begin your holiday in the capital city of Antananarivo, known for its colourful architecture and rich history.
Next, you’ll head to Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, where you’ll explore a protected rainforest park filled with hiking trails, waterfalls and scores of wildlife including the indri, the largest lemur species in the world.
You’ll continue on to Anjajavy, where you’ll check in to the exceptional Anjajavy Lodge, located within a 450-hectare nature reserve on Madagascar’s north-west coast. You’ll have a luxury villa with a private deck overlooking the ocean, surrounded by spectacular nature and wildlife, which you’ll explore through daily customised activities.
You’ll end your holiday on the island of Nosy Komba with a stay at Tsara Komba Lodge, a luxurious ecolodge immersed in stunning nature. Spend your days snorkelling, scuba diving, roaming the golden sandy beaches, and walking through the lush forest to discover a myriad of lemurs, chameleons, reptiles, birds and amphibians.
With world-class lodges, and every request catered to, this two-week Luxury Madagascar Tour is an incredible way to explore Madagascar’s top sights in supreme comfort.
On arrival in Ivato International Airport in Antananarivo, you’ll be greeted by an English speaking guide who will accompany you to Maison Gallieni, your hotel in the upper town of Antananarivo.
Maison Gallieni is a restored colonial mansion with an elegant mix of modern and traditional décor. Take a dip in the pool and enjoy the lovely views over the city, or head out to explore the traditional architecture and distinct Indonesian influence of Antananarivo, locally known as ‘Tana’.
After breakfast, you’ll meet your guide and begin the four-hour drive east to Andasibe-Mantadia National Park. This stunning rainforest park has two protected areas, the Perinet Special Reserve and Mantadia National Park, that are famous for their population of indri lemurs, the largest living lemur species on earth.
The drive to Andasibe offers a great introduction to rural life in Madagascar, with rice fields, redbrick houses and roadside stalls selling seasonal fruits and vegetables along the route. You’ll arrive at Mantadia Lodge in time for lunch, and you’ll stay at the lodge for the next three nights on a full-board basis.
This afternoon you’ll visit Lemur Island, a private reserve that houses a population of habituated lemurs. There are four species to see including the black and white ruffed lemur, bamboo lemur, brown lemur and one diademed sifaka. This evening, you can go on an exciting night walk with your local guide, to see Madagascar’s nocturnal creatures come alive.
After an early breakfast, you’ll meet your guide and head out to the Perinet Reserve, a 180-hectare expanse of jungle wilderness. You’ll go in search of the famous indri, a species of lemur known for its distinct black and white markings, a barely visible tail, and surprised teddy bear face. It’s also one of the few animals in the world that cannot survive in captivity.
Along with the indri, there are 11 other species of lemur to spot as you walk through the rainforest including the common brown lemur, grey bamboo lemur, black and white ruffed lemur, and the diademed sifaka.
Perinet Reserve is home to many reptiles, invertebrates, and some of Madagascar’s orchid species, and there’s an abundance of birds, including the Nuthatch vanga, blue coua, velvet asity and many other endemic species.
This evening, you’ll venture out on a night walk into the forest with a local guide. You can spot chameleons and geckos, as well as a variety of nocturnal lemurs including the Goodman’s mouse lemur, woolly lemur, white-footed sportive lemur and furry-eared dwarf lemur.
After breakfast, you’ll meet your guide and make the 1.5 hour drive to Mantadia National Park for a day of adventure and a picnic lunch. This stunning park is filled with lemur species including the indri lemur, grey bamboo lemur, red-bellied lemur, white ruffed lemur and diademed sifaka.
While the trails are slightly more challenging, they’re well worth it as the forest is more impressive and less crowded than Perinet. You’ll also find many rare species of mammals, reptiles and a variety of birds including the breasted coua, scaly ground roller and pitta-like ground roller.
Enjoy your picnic lunch by the Rianasoa Waterfall before hiking back to the vehicle and returning to the lodge. This evening, you can head out on another exciting night walk with a local guide to explore the surrounding forest.
Enjoy an early breakfast before driving back to Antananarivo, where you’ll board a private charter flight to Anjajavy. The flight will take around 1.5 hours, and on arrival you’ll be greeted by a hotel staff member and transferred to Anjajavy Lodge, where you’ll stay for the next three nights on a full-board basis.
Anjajavy Lodge is located within a 450-hectare nature reserve on Madagascar’s north-west coast. The lodge’s 25 duplex rosewood villas all have private decks overlooking the ocean, and the surrounding forest is filled with lemurs, chameleons, malachite kingfishers and hummingbirds.
This evening, you’ll depart for a night walk in the reserve to spot a variety of nocturnal lemurs, including the danfoss mouse lemurs. Weighing just 63 grams, these little lemurs scamper through the forest after nightfall, springing between branches in search of food. Listen out for the strange squeal of the Grewcock’s sportive lemur, and keep watch for the endemic tsingy tuft-tailed rat, Commerson’s leaf-nosed bat, or Madagascar’s largest predator - the rare and elusive fossa.
Enjoy breakfast this morning before heading out on a walk along the ‘Chemin des Crabes’ (Path of the Crabs) to see the abundant birdlife, beautiful baobabs and the famous hairy crab. You’ll be enchanted by the kaleidoscope of colours and plumage of the reserve’s common birds, from the bright red fody and Souimanga sunbird, to the vibrant paradise flycatcher and sickle-billed vanga.
It’s also one of the best places to spot the regal Madagascar fish eagle, shy crested ibis, or rare Madagascar sacred ibis. At the end of the walk, you’ll visit a small cave where you’ll find a fossilized lemur skull, stalactites and sharks’ teeth.
You’ll return to the lodge for lunch and a leisurely afternoon. Take a dip in the large infinity pool filled with seawater, or discover the private beach coves surrounding the lodge and marine reserve.
After breakfast this morning, enjoy a long walk along the Giant’s Causeway and King’s Alley. You’ll discover ancient baobab trees, tsingy rock formations found only in Madagascar, and a variety of lemurs including the Coquerel’s sifakas.
These incredible animals live in family groups of up to 10 individuals, and although they are perfectly adapted to life in the trees, they often descend to the ground. While the Verreaux’s sifaka from southern Madagascar is known for its sideways dance, the Coquerel’s sifaka is famous for the way it bounces across the ground like a miniature kangaroo.
In the afternoon, you’ll return to the lodge where you can enjoy a leisurely lunch. Meals are usually served in on the beach or in the enclosed Oasis, a wet biotope filled with carefully selected plants to represent the incredible floral diversity of Madagascar. You’ll spot frogs and chameleons in the pond, Souimanga sunbirds and the Malagasy Kingfishers, and groups of lemurs freely running through the tree canopy, including the sifakas and common brown lemurs.
Enjoy a final breakfast at Anjajavy Lodge before being transferred back to the airstrip for your private charter flight to Nosy Komba. On arrival, you’ll be welcomed by a hotel staff member and transferred to Tsara Komba Lodge, where you’ll stay for the next four nights on a full-board basis.
Tsara Komba Lodge is a luxury hotel with an authentic charm, combining a stylish and exclusive atmosphere with exceptional cuisine and customised excursions. The lodge is dedicated to working in harmony with the region’s incredible biodiversity, and they run various programs to encourage sustainable development for the benefit of the local communities and the environment.
You don’t even need to leave your luxury bungalow to be immersed in nature - you’ll have sea views from your private terrace and you’ll be hidden away in a gorgeous tropical botanical garden, backed on to a private nature reserve. The reserve is filled with lemurs, chameleons, hummingbirds, parrots and endemic plants, while the bay is home to whales, dolphins and turtles.
You’ll be surrounded by golden sandy beaches, exquisite blue sea, and vibrant forest, and all of your explorations on the island of Nosy Komba will be on foot, by pirogue (traditional dugout canoe) or by boat, allowing you to experience this unspoiled natural beauty at a relaxed pace.
Enjoy a delicious breakfast each day before venturing out around this extraordinary island. You can explore the stunning underwater world with a scuba-diving or snorkelling trip, discover the nearby beaches, or roam the enchanting forest. As a former volcano, Nosy Komba’s rich earth is blanketed in a primal forest made up of a diverse range of trees, flowers and plants.
Head out on nature walks to spot black lemurs, colourful chameleons and beautiful birds and butterflies. You can also go on several trips to Kisimany, Mamoko, the Mitsio archipelago and the Baie des Russes (Russian Bay), where you’ll see some incredible natural sights.
You’ll fill your days with a selection of customised activities, ranging from fishing or quad biking, to excursions to neighbouring islands. You may also like to visit the village of Ampangorina, where women make embroidered tablecloths and men create intricate wood carvings.
If you’re feeling active, free equipment is available for beach volleyball, beach racquetball, frisbee, badminton, canoe trips, kite flying and bottom fishing. Or you may prefer to simply relax on the beautiful beaches and take a dip in the sparkling sea.
You’ll enjoy exceptional meals each day, as Tsara Komba Lodge’s chefs use only carefully selected produce sourced from their organic gardens and local fishermen.
Enjoy a final breakfast on Nosy Komba before transferring to Nosy Be by boat, then the airport for your private charter flight back to Antananarivo. From there, you’ll transfer to the Ivato International Airport for your international return flight home.
After two incredible weeks of wildlife encounters, natural wonders and supreme luxury lodges, we’re sure you’ll be leaving your Luxury Madagascar Tour with many special memories and plenty of stories and photos to share back home.