Name: Madagascar -The Red Island
Activities: Child-friendly holidays, Beach holiday, Chimpanzee trekking, Gorilla trekking, Photography, Snorkeling
Location(s): Madagascar
Duration: 15 Days

Indri Lemur, Perinet, Madagascar


Panther Chameleon, Madagascar


Mantella Frogs, Madagascar



Guide:
Brian Finch


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  Day 1 - Antananarivo
On arrival in Anatananarivo in the early morning you will be met by our Agent, and transferred tothe Hotel for breakfast and have the rest of the morning at leisure. After lunch we visit Tsarasaotra for a look at our first endemic birds and keep an eye out for the world’s biggest Chameleon: Oustalet.
1 overnight, Hotel Colbert

Days 2,3,4 – Akarafantsika Reserve
After an early breakfast at the hotel, we depart for the airport, to catch a flight to Mahajanga, west coast. Here it is very hot, with some humidity in the coastal regions but dry and arid at no great distance inland from the town. We will have lunch then drive to Ankarafantsika Reserve, where we camp for three nights and spend our days searching for rare birds and reptiles and watching the captivating antics of the many varieties of Lemur found in this species-rich reserve.
3 overnights Les Jardins de Matsitso.

Day 5: Antananarivo
We shall return to Mahajanga for our flight back to Antananarivo.
1 overnight, Hotel Colbert.

Days 6,7: Berenty Park
This morning we fly to Fort Dauphin on the south of the island, and transfer to Berenty for two nights. Here amidst the Ring-tailed and Brown Lemurs, and the stunning white Verreaux's Siffakas are our cottages. After an early al-fresco breakfast, we set off on our morning walk.

Around the cottages can be found the attractive day gecko, Phelsuma leiogaster and we may stumble onto the Madagascan Boa on our walks. The numerous butterflies include the Colotis amatus and Manahari and Belenois grandidieri, and the colourful red Acraea damni.
2 overnights Berenty Lodge

Day 8: Fort Dauphin ,
We leave for Fort Dauphin
1 overnight Hotel Gina.

Days 9,10,11: Ifaty
Flight to Tulear. On arrival in Tulear we shall transfer to Ifaty to spend 2 days exploring the incredible fauna of the equally incredible spiny forest. Each day we have our breakfast early, then depart by vehicle to the Spiny Forest, for which this corner of Madagascar is so well known.
There are opportunities for snorkeling on the coral reef, for those who do not wish to spend all their time in the spiny forest.
On our last day, after a fruitful morning, we return to the Lakana Vezo for lunch and in the afternoon have a look at an area very close to there, which may host the rare endemic, Madagascar Plover.
3 overnights Lakano Vezo Hotel

Day 12: Antananarivo
From Ifaty we return by air to Antananarivo
1 overnight Hotel Colbert

Days 13,14, Perinet.
Morning drive to Perinet to the famous Indri Reserve of Analamazaotra. Arriving towards lunch, we shall explore the local area in the afternoon, and also venture out spotlighting at night.
Each day early breakfasts precede our departure for the Reserve. Whilst the lake trail is flat, there are one or two trails on hills, which are equally worth investigation. After rain terrestrial leeches can be seen on the trails, the walking is quite easy either being a gentle slope, or flat and where there is a climb, steps have been carved into the forest.
2 overnights Vakona Lodge,

Day 15: Depart
From Perinet we return to Antananarivo, arriving in time for dinner before the transfer to the airport for the final departure.

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