Madagascar

Ultimate Weird & Wonderful Wildlife 12 - Day EcoTour

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Madagascar

Ultimate Weird & Wonderful Wildlife 12 - Day EcoTour

Destinations

  • Masoala National Park
  • Nosy Mangabe Island
  • Mandrare River
  • Spiney forest
  • Andasibe-Mantadia National Park
  • Analamazoatra (Périnet) Special Reserve

Highlights

  • Masoala National Park (UNESCO) - Madagascar's largest & least visited park, one of the most biodiverse parks on earth, home to 50% of Madagascar species
  • 30+ possible lemur species, plus fossa, chameleons, whales and more.
  • Authentic cultural interation with indigenous Antadory

Itinerary at a Glance

  • DAY 1 Tana
  • DAY 2-4 Masoala National Park - Nocturnal hike in search of the elusive Aye-Aye
  • DAY 5 Nosy Mangabe Island - Visit traditional Malagasy tombs
  • DAY 6-9 Mandrare River & Sacred Forests of the Antadroy Tribe - Nocturnal Transitional Lemur Hike
  • DAY 10-11 Andasibe-Mantadia National Park
  • DAY 12 Return to Tana

Ultimate Weird & Wonderful Wildlife 12 - Day EcoTour

Trip must start on Sat or Tues to accommodate flight to/from Maroantsetra on Sun or Wed

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival Tana

Meet at airport and transfer to your hotel.

Day 2–4 Masoala National Park

50% of Madagascar’s wildlife can be seen in Masoala, the country’s largest national park. Accessible only by a combination of charter plane and boat, Masoala also remains the country’s most pristine and least visited park, making it the perfect centerpiece for our itinerary. The park hosts 50 species of mammals including 11 species of lemurs such as white-fronted brown, red-ruffed and aye-aye, as well as chameleons, leaf-tailed geckos, tomato frogs, Madagascar red owls and serpent eagles, many of which are more easily spotted here than anywhere else in Madagascar. We’ll hike Masoala’s breathtaking trails in search of wildlife, explore its crystaline rivers and secluded beaches and snorkel or kayak its azure coastline.

Transfer to Tana airport in time for our private charter flightto Maroantsetra (Flight only operates on Sun and Wed, which requires all trips to start Sat or Tues).

Upon arrival at Maroantsetra airport, transfer to the boat for the voyage across Antongil Bay to our lodge. The journey takes around two hours, and dolphins and whales are typically sighted enroute. Masoala is one of the only national parks where the rainforest comes right down to the beach, so its majestic mountains carpeted in rainforest form a dramatic backdrop to your boat journey.

Enjoy the delightful warm waters, brilliant beaches and coastal rainforest by the lodge, and a variety of naturalist guided hikes to search for white-fronted brown lemurs, Red-ruffed lemurs, Dwarf chameleons and other wildlife endemic to this forest and other wildlife in the forest. After spending the morning in the dense forest with the giant hardwoods and majestic tree ferns, we will return to camp by boat. Another day after our morning wildlife hike we will enjoy a swim in the crystal clear cascading water of the Tampolo River at the foot of the forested mountains, followed by wildlife viewing by traditional dugout canoe paddled down the shady river.

Afternoon activities include snorkeling on the nearby coral reefs, rich in diversity, or a guided sea kayak to the look-out rock at the “Secret Cove” for the sun set, with the chance of a close encounter with Bottlenose Dolphin or Green Turtle.

In the evening enjoy a fire on the beach with sundowners followed by dinner at the lodge.

Wild Planet Exclusive: Nocturnal Hike

Night hike for nocturnal animals such as Leaf-tailed Gecko, Dwarf and Mouse lemurs and the elusive Aye-Aye.

Day 5 Nosy Mangabe

Nosy Mangabe is a densely forested island within Masoala National Park, home to black and white-ruffed lemurs, white-fronted brown lemurs, leaf-tailed geckos, brookesia (the smallest chameleon in the world) and Madagascar tree boa. Humpback whales are frequently sighted between June and September, as they migrate from the Antarctic.

After breakfast, we’ll boat to Nosy Mangabe island, where we’ll hike through the dense forest with our guide in search of lemurs and other wildlife. Explore a cave with traditional Malagasy tombs and engraved rocks on the “Plaige des Hollandaise”. After lunch, boat to Maroantsetra and transfer to the airport in time for your charter flight to Antananarivo. (Flight only operates Sun and Wed) Transfer to your hotel.

Day 6-9 Mandrare River and Sacred Forests of the Antadroy Tribe

After breakfast of freshly baked croissant and pain au chocolat, fresh fruits, cereals and breads, we will explore the extraordinary array of flora and fauna unique to the sacred spiny forest and gallery forests of the Mandrare river, home to the indigenous Antadroy tribe. Your English-speaking naturalist guide will be joined by an Antadroy tracker to spot inquisitive groups of ring tailed lemurs, dancing Verreaux sifaka and more. Endemic birds include Crested Coua, Running Coua and Vangas. Swoon at the spectacular sunset and moonrise views over the Baobabs to the mountains beyond. This evening enjoy authentic Antandroy song, music and beautiful traditional dance that is the heart of Antandroy culture.

Wild Planet Exclusive: Nocturnal Transitional Lemur Hike

See diurnal lemurs prepare to sleep and nocturnal lemurs begin to awaken in the eerie and prehistoric Spiny Forest of Zenavo. First spot Sifakas and sleeping White-foot Sportive lemurs, then once the sun has set, two mouse lemur species, sleeping birds, chameleons, owls and now active Sportive lemurs.

Day 10-12 Andasibe-Mantadia National Park Analamazoatra (Périnet) Special Reserve

Visit a chameleon rescue center en-route to the park. Andasibe National Park, also known as Parc National d'Andasibe-Mantadia, boasts 12,810 ha of lush forests and encompasses two distinct areas: the small Réserve Spéciale Analamazaotra (often referred to as Périnet), and the much larger Parc National de Mantadia. This park is known for rare orchids, beautiful waterfalls, and is famous for the cultural rituals of the inhabitants of the surrounding area.

Nine species of lemur inhabit Andasibe, including indri-indri, Madagascar’s largest lemur. The Indri-indri cannot survive in captivity, yet have become habituated to humans at Andasibe and so are easy to spot. Other lemurs include brown lemur, lesser bamboo lemur, and three nocturnal lemur species; rufous mouse lemur, greater dwarf lemur, and eastern woolly lemur. Nearby Mantadia is also home to the black-and-white ruffed lemur and the beautiful diademed sifaka.

Amdasibe also holds the world record for most frog species, which include the brightly coloured golden mantella. Most reptiles and frogs are seen during night walks, particularly during the spring, summer and autumn months, September to May, when nocturnal lemurs are at their most active. There is also a good chance of seeing chameleons, including the impressively long Parson’s chameleon and the tiny nose-horned chameleon, best sighted at the end of the rainy season in October/November.

Wild Planet Exclusive:

Night hike for nocturnal lemurs, frogs and reptiles.

 

Madagascar Lodging

TANA (ANTANANARIVO)

Colbert Hotel

An exceptional alliance of the French hotel tradition and Malagasy hospitality, the Colbert Hotel Spa & Casino makes its 4 stars shine at the heart of the capital of Madagascar. Situated in the city center, its privileged location will swamp you with the panoramic views offered on the various monuments of the “cité des Milles”.

Rooms of the Hotel Colbert welcome you in a comfortable and bright atmosphere, offer the perfect combination of simplicity and cordiality. With stunning views stretching from the prominent Queen’s Palace to the Sports Center of the city, all ensures you a pleasant and restful stay.

  • Queen size bed or twin (according to your requests)
  • Reversible air conditioning
  • Flat-screen TV with satellite channels

Free access to the relaxation area (swimming pool, sauna, hammam, gym) during your stay.

MASOALA NATIONAL PARK

Masoala Forest Lodge

The spectacular rainforest covered peninsula on Madagascar’s northeast coast forms the backdrop for Masoala Forest Lodge – a luxurious outpost lost in time and nature… A place to relax explore and connect with the natural world in all its primordial splendor. The lodge is designed as an eco-haven to touch lightly on earth and allow an intimate experience of this unique environment and all the diverse species that call it home. Accessible only be foot or by boat, with a maximum capacity of just 14 guests, the lodge is a haven of tranquility. Nestled in a sheltered cove, surrounded by the Masoala National Park, the lodge opens onto warm, coral-rich waters of the Tampolo Marine Reserve. Here beaches stretch for miles and the sounds of a forest teeming with life will send you into a blissful reverie each night.

The seven-palm thatched tree-houses are elevated on stilted wooden platforms, to provide uninterrupted views of forest canopy and sea, allowing visitors to experience the forest from the perspective of the lemurs and birds. This elevation from the undergrowth is also luxurious and maximizes privacy and natural ventilation from all sides. Natural lighting and ventilation has been elegantly provided by the exclusion of exterior walls and the inclusion of a canvas and mesh inner tent, creating a bug free and private sanctuary that is extremely energy efficient. The private en-suite bathroom facilities are complete with hot water allowing for all creature comforts are provided without excess.

MANDRARE RIVER

Mandrare River Camp

As the sun rises over rugged mountains, you are welcomed to another glorious day on the banks of the Mandrare river by the distant singing of the local tribe as they fetch water from the river and the morning calls of the Coucal and Crested Coua.

Overlooking the river, Mandrare River Camp’s fully equipped, bespoke tents allow you to relax, sleep well, and invigorate your soul. Within each tent your will find a private terrace with chairs and table - 4 poster mosquito netted bed - Wardrobe and dressing table - Bedside lights and tables - 24hr solar lighting and hot water - Fully plumbed bathroom - Hand carved wooden furniture - Baggage trunk. The ornate wooden furniture in each tent is individually hand carved to depict a different local wildlife theme: Chameleon, Lemur, Gecko, Baobab, Radiated Tortoise and Heron.

Enjoy luxury en-suite tents, generously spread out in the shade of Tamarind trees, all with breathtaking views across the tranquil water to the sacred mountains beyond. The seclusion of the camp affords intimate access and insight to the spiny forest; home to an abundance of unique wildlife and the fascinating Antandroy tribe that inhabit this arid and otherworldly landscape.

ANDASIBE-MANTADIA NATIONAL PARK

Vakona Lodge

Designed in line with local Malagasy architecture, Vakona Forest Lodge is situated on a picturesque hillside that slopes down to a lake.

Surrounded by lush vegetation and filled with fresh mountain air, only the sounds of frogs and other wildlife can disturb you here. The 28 bungalows and 14 double rooms scattered throughout the hillside gardens are decorated with care offering a en-suite bathroom and toilets, a safe, a mini-fridge, mosquito nets, and verandas looking out into the forest of Andasibe National Park, while the main building has an octagonal reception area and large dining room with huge windows overlooking the lake. The large outdoor dining terrace and small lounge area offer peaceful spaces in which to relax as you sip a pre- or post-dinner drink from the bar.

 

Madagascar Activities

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Unparalleled Wildlife Viewing

We've combined remote destinations with exclusive wildlife activities led by expert naturalist guides for the best possible chance to see rare wildlife. No other Borneo itinerary will expose you to so much wildlife!

Night Safaris for Nocturnal Animals

Thrilling nocturnal hikes and river cruises for clouded leopard, marble cats, flying lemurs and more.

River Cruises

By electric motor where possible, for the best chance to view wildlife without scaring it away.

Rainforest Hiking

In three distinct regions to for up-close wildlife encounters with Orang-Utans, Proboscis monkeys, Pygmy Elephants and more.

Sustainable and Responsible Safaris

Electric motors for river safaris and interaction with local Orang-Sungai "River People." Your fees make a difference!

Snorkeling or Diving

On the Ligitan Reef in the Celebes Sea, one of the top 5 dive spots in the world.

Cultural Interaction

With local Orang-Sungai "River People".

Exclusive Wildlife Activities

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Madagascar Wildlife

Prolific & Likely Sightings

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Madagascar Departures

Madagascar-Ultimate Weird & Wonderful Wildlife 12 - Day EcoTour

May 01, 2018 - May 12, 2018 12-days $7,998
Jun 26, 2018 - Jul 07, 2018 12-days $7,998
Jul 31, 2018 - Aug 11, 2018 12-days $7,998
Sep 04, 2018 - Sep 15, 2018 12-days $7,998
Oct 16, 2018 - Oct 27, 2018 12-days $7,998
Nov 17, 2018 - Nov 28, 2018 12-days $7,998

 

Madagascar FAQ

Madagascar Facts for Visitors

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Official Name

Republic of Peru

Population

29 million

Capital City

Lima, population 7.6 million

People

45% Amerindian, 37% Mestizo (mixed Indian descent and European), 15% White and 3% Black, Japanese, Chinese, and other

Languages

Spanish, Quechua and Aymara. Spanish is the official language of Peru; Quechua and Aymara are spoken in many highlands regions by indigenous groups. During your travels in Peru you will find that most people working in the travel industry (airlines, hotels, et cetera) speak English as a second language. You should have little trouble getting around most of the common tourist locations; however, knowing a little Spanish goes a long way. If you don't know any Spanish, it's a good idea to bring along a phrasebook.

Religion

81% Roman Catholic, 12% Evangelical, 6% other

Time

5 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (-5 GMT). Daylight Saving Time is not observed.

Electricity

220V, 60Hz is standard voltage in Peru, but many four and five-star hotels also have 110V power available. Our system of rainforest lodges also use 220V; keep this in mind when bringing recharging equipment.

Major Industries

Pulp, paper, coca leaves, steel, chemicals & minerals, tourism

Telephone Codes

51 - country code
01 - city code for Lima
84 - city code for Cusco
54 - city code for Arequipa
74 - city code for Chiclayo

Visas & Departure Tax

A valid passport and proof of onward passage are required. Citizens from USA, United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia do not require a visa. Your passport should be valid for at least six months after your date of arrival. All visitors are required to fill out a tourist card. These short applications are provided on your flight to Peru or at border crossings. Upon arrival in Peru, you will receive a copy of this card from Peruvian Immigration stating the length of approved stay, usually ninety days. While traveling in Peru, keep your copy with your passport and present it to authorities when departing the country. Please visit the Embassy of Peru website (www.embassyofperu.org) for the most current visa information.

The international departure tax ($31 as of 2012) may be paid with US dollars, its equivalent in soles or a combination of both.

Money / Currency

Peruvian currency is known as the NUEVO SOL, written as (S/). It comes in bills of 10, 20, 50, 100, and 200 nuevo soles, and coins of 5, 10, 20, and 50 centimos, 1 sol, and 5 soles. The latest exchange rates can be found at http://www.xe.com/. At the airport and in the larger cities and towns, you can exchange travelers' checks and US dollars to soles. When changing U.S. dollars, use new or undamaged bills, as torn or heavily crinkled bills are not accepted. Some of the larger banks will have ATMs that can withdraw funds using Visa cards - be sure you know your PIN number. Credit cards are becoming more widely accepted, however not in remote areas, and should not be relied on. If you plan to use a credit or debit card, remember to call your bank in advance of your trip and let them know you will be using the card internationally. If you don't do this, banks will sometimes flag your account for fraudulent activity when you use your card abroad and it can be difficult to have the fraud alert lifted quickly.

Climate / Best Time to Go

Amazon: The Amazon watershed begins at the peaks of the Andes, but the rainforest area termed the eastern lowlands begins at an elevation of about 1200 feet and slopes down gently northeastward to 300-400 feet. The eastern lowlands are covered with dense tropical rainforest. It is always hot and humid in the jungle regions, with two seasons. In the dry season from May to October, sunny days heat up to the high 80s, with occasional cold fronts bringing rain in the southern Peruvian Amazon. Daily rain showers characterize the rainy season from November to April; at this time it may be difficult to get around in the jungle.

The Andes: Known as the backbone of South America, the Andes consist of two parallel ranges, the eastern and western cordilleras, extending from the northwest to the southeast, and comprise the second highest mountain range in the world. 160 miles inland from the Pacific, the Andes jut up to heights of 20,000 feet. Most of Peru's Andes lie between 9,840 feet to 13,120 feet, with peaks separated by deep canyons. The weather in the high sierra separates into two defined seasons: in summer, from May to October, days are sunny; nights are cold and rain scarce. Rainfall is abundant from December to March. Temperatures in the highlands fluctuate between 35 degrees F and 68 degrees F.

Vaccinations

You should visit your doctor or travel medicine clinic 4-6 weeks prior to your departure date to get vaccines or medicines you may need for your trip. You can read more detailed, country-specific information on vaccinations and health in Peru on the Center for Disease Control's (CDC) website at www.cdc.gov. Specific questions on anything pertaining to tropical diseases and their prevention should be addressed to them. You must check the CDC web site in advance of your trip to be sure you are current.

Required

At the time of writing there are no vaccination requirements for entry into Peru.

Recommended

Routine vaccines: Measles-mumps-rubella, diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus, and varicella (chickenpox).

Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Typhoid vaccines

Malaria: The Amazonian areas you will be visiting in Peru have a risk of malaria, however the risk is low. It is possible, although unlikely, to get malaria while visiting these areas of the country. Talk with your doctor or travel medicine clinic to decide if taking an anti-malarial medication is the right choice for you.

Yellow Fever: The Amazonian areas you will be visiting in Peru have a risk of yellow fever. Talk with your doctor or travel medicine clinic to decide if a yellow fever vaccine is right for you.

Best Eats/Must Tries

Cuy - aka guinea pig, a delicacy in the highlands

Lomo Saltado - a kind of stir-fried beef dish with onions, vinegar, ginger, chili, tomatoes and fried potatoes, served with rice (found on every menu)

Papas Rellenas - stuffed baked potatoes, delicious and found in the highland regions on just about every street corner

Ceviche - a must try along the coastal areas. Can be made with either shrimp or sea bass. One of the most authentic Peruvian dishes

Palta Rellena - avocado stuffed with chicken salad. An excellent appetizer

Choclo con queso - corn on the cob with cheese

Caucau - a stew made with tripe, potatoes, peppers and parsley (especially popular in the Colca Canyon region)

Rocoto Relleno - a spicy bell pepper stuffed with beef and vegetables

Cocada al Horno - for the sweet tooth, made with coconut, egg yolk, sesame seeds, wine and butter

Picarones - cassava flour fritters made with eggs, deep fried and served in honey

Tejas - a sugar candy wrapped in waxed paper, pecan flavor is the best

Drinks

Chicha Morada - our favorite Peruvian drink, Chicha Morada is made from the juice of purple corn, with a chai-like blend of spices and laced with bits of pineapple. It all comes together in a vibrantly refreshing and very tasty drink

Inca Cola - you've got to try it! Its a yellow soda pop that tastes like fizzy bubble gum or a little like vanilla

Pisco Sour - even though it comes from the village of Pisco, you can drink one just about anywhere in Peru. It's very similar to a Tom Collins and is made with white grape brandy

Mate de Coca - a tea made from coca leaves, good to drink if you feel the signs of altitude sickness setting in

Cuzquena and Arequipena - good local beers available in both larger bottles and as dark varieties

Guinda - a sweet cherry brandy

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We're Wild for Wildlife...
  • Explore 5 of Madagascar’s most pristine, biodiverse and distinctly different national parks including Masoala – only accessible by private flight & boat.
  • Avoid the small, commonly-visited touristy parks with overly habituated animals
  • Maximum wildlife – up to 30 Lemur species possible!
  • Designed by wildlife experts - Combines rainforest, dry spiny forest, Tsingy, rivers, islands and marine ecosystems for max wildlife.
  • Charter and scheduled flights and carefully arranged logistics to minimize long, rugged drives.
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