Flora and Fauna of Madagascar

Flora and Fauna of Madagascar

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Flora and Fauna of Madagascar

15 Days Starting in Longford TW6, UK and ending in London, UK

Visiting:

Antananarivo

,

Antsiranana

,

Sakalava

,

Ramena

,

Montagne d'Ambre National Park

,

Tendrombohitr' Antsingy

,

Taolagnaro

,

Berenty Reserve

,

Toamasina

,

Réserve Peyrieras Madagascar Exotic

,

Perinet

,

Vakona Forest Lodge

,

Analamazaotra

Tour operator:

Brightwater Holidays

Physical rating:

ActiveMedium

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Vegans, Meat, Please contact Brightwater with any specific dietary requirements

Tour code:

BMAD

Group size:

6 - 25

Age range:

1-99

Tour operated in:

English

Interests:

Recommended For:

Private Available:

Request A Private Tour

From:
$6837

$6513 (USD)

including Flights from the UK

EXTRA tourhub discount: $325

Tour Overview

Madagascar, the world’s fourth largest island, is like a gigantic ark sailing ever so slowly across the Indian Ocean, having broken free from the African continent some 160 million years ago. It took with it a vast menagerie of animals and plants which over countless millennia have evolved in almost complete isolation, so much so that today over 80% of all life forms here are found nowhere else on the planet. We travel around the island in a sequence of internal flights and road transfers and it can be a challenging experience, but the rewards are enormous. The National Parks and private reserves that feature in our tour are among the finest in the world and are home to a simply bewildering array of flora and fauna. On the botanical side we can expect to see a huge range of fascinating trees and plants, none more curious than the baobab, which look like giant tubers that have been pulled from the earth and thrust back in with the roots uppermost, hence the name ‘Upside Down Tree’. Among the other highlights are spiny bush plants including the unique cactus-like Didiereaceae; strange Triangulated Palms, bloated Pachypodiums and carnivorous Pitcher Plants; tree ferns, Aloes and Euphorbias. We will also see a host of orchids, including the famous Comet Orchid, which should be in flower at this time of year. Think of Madagascar and you think of lemurs and for many these endearing primates will top a star-studded cast list of birds and animals. In addition to the familiar ring-tailed lemur we can hope to see Sanford’s brown lemur, nocturnal mouse lemurs, and Indri, largest of all the lemurs with a haunting, whale-like call. Among the other creatures that may cross our path are geckos, chameleons and a wonderful selection of rare birds. Due to the nature of this tour, including several internal flights and transfers on roads of variable quality, as well as a number of walking tours, a reasonable level of fitness and mobility is required. Please bear in mind that all visits inside the reserves are on foot. Flight schedules for internal flights are subject to change which may affect the itinerary.

Highlights

  • Discover an array of endemic flora and fauna

  • Enjoy a nocturnal visit to discover the smallest frog and chameleon species of the rainforest

  • Walk along white sandy beaches bordered by turquoise seas

  • Spend a full day at the Berenty Reserve, home to six species of lemur

  • View the iconic Baobab trees throughout the country

Places You'll See

Flora and Fauna of Madagascar

Flora and Fauna of Madagascar

Flora and Fauna of Madagascar

Flora and Fauna of Madagascar

Flora and Fauna of Madagascar

Flora and Fauna of Madagascar

Itinerary

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icon Day 1
Location:

  Heathrow Airport, Antananarivo


We depart on an overnight flight from London Heathrow to Antananarivo.

icon Day 2
Location:

  Antananarivo


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Accommodation Name:

  Le Louvre Hotel & Spa, Antananarivo


Meals Included:

  Dinner


On arrival this morning in the capital Antananarivo (usually known as ‘Tana’) we will be met by our local guide and transfer to our hotel where dinner is served this evening.

icon Day 3
Location:

  Antsiranana, Sakalava, Ramena


Accommodation:

  Lodge


Accommodation Name:

  Mantasaly Lodge


Meals Included:

  All Meals


After breakfast we check out of the hotel and transfer to the airport for our domestic flight north to Diego Suarez/Antsiranana, situated on the far north coast. On arrival, we will drive to our accommodation at the Mantasaly Resort in Diego Suarez/ Antsiranana.
After freshening up, we will drive towards to Sakalava Bay, 25kms from the hotel. Here we take a walk along the Three Bays (Bay of Sakalava, Bay of Pigeons and Bay of Dunes), bordered by a turquoise sea and white sand. The track runs alongside an endemic forest of baobabs and ends at the majestic entrance to the Diego Bay Pass. We will also visit the lighthouse and the old French military installations.
After lunch at a local restaurant we will visit the fishing village of Ramena, before returning to our hotel. Dinner is served in the evening.

icon Day 4
Location:

  Montagne d'Ambre National Park, Antsiranana


Accommodation:

  Lodge


Accommodation Name:

  Mantasaly Lodge


Meals Included:

  All Meals


We depart today for an excursion to the Montagne d'Ambre National Park that protects an isolated rainforest block extending over 18000ha. With a maximum altitude of 1475m, this area of former volcanic activity is like a green oasis in the centre of the desert, a real paradise for botanists, with much of the flora and fauna of Montagne d'Ambre being locally endemic. This is the wettest part of Madagascar with an average rainfall of 3585mm, so the park is filled with rivers and lakes, torrents and waterfalls.
Plant highlights include tree ferns and the large epiphytic tree fern, Asplenium nidus. We have a good chance of seeing Sanford’s brown lemur and the amazing, camouflaged Leaf-tailed gecko, Uroplatus fimbriatus, on this walk, as well as a view of the Antomboka waterfall. A picnic lunch is included today.
We return to our hotel in Diego Suarez. Dinner is served in the evening.

icon Day 5
Location:

  Tendrombohitr' Antsingy, Antsiranana, Antananarivo


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Accommodation Name:

  Le Louvre Hotel & Spa, Antananarivo


Meals Included:

  All Meals


Checking out after breakfast, we will be driven northwest to the dry Montagne des Français to see the locally endemic dry-country flora. This is the type locality of the northern ‘flat-top’ baobab, Adansonia suarezensis, which emerges to stand proud above the surrounding vegetation on the slopes on the way up the dry mountainsides. One even has a few orchids nestling in the crown (Angraecum praestans & A. leonis). Other pachycaul plants to be found include Adansonia madagascariensis, Pachypodium rutembergianum, P. decaryi and the cone-shaped Cyphostemma pachypus, as well as ‘true’ succulents such as Aloe suarezensis and Euphorbia ankarensis.
Near the top, on Pic des Orchidées, the most famous of all Malagasy orchids, the Comet Orchid (Angraecum sesquipedale), should be in flower. This has the longest spur of any orchid, which as Charles Darwin correctly predicted is pollinated by a moth with a 30 cm-long tongue, Xanthopan morgani praedicta. A picnic lunch is included.
Flight schedule permitting, we take an afternoon flight from Diego Suarez back to Tana.

icon Day 6
Location:

  Taolagnaro, Berenty Reserve


Accommodation:

  Lodge


Accommodation Name:

  Berenty Lodge


Meals Included:

  All Meals


After breakfast we transfer to the airport for flight to Fort Dauphin on the far south-east coast, set on a peninsula backed by high green mountains – depending on the flight schedule we will have lunch in either Tana or Fort Dauphin. On arrival, here in the southernmost limit of the humid eastern domain, we travel inland along fairly poor roads to Berenty Private Reserve, which protects parcels of the bizarre 'spiny desert' habitat (Euphorbia-Didieraceae bush) as well as dry Tamarind gallery forest. After the Ranopis Pass which marks the transition zone between the southern and eastern domains - and where we can stop to view a slope full of the marvellous and strange Triangulated Palm - we enter the 'spiny desert' which stretches for as far as the eye can see and is dominated by tall, thorny Didieraceae trees and much Euphorbia. We will stay for two nights in the simple Berenty Lodge, where dinner is served this evening.

icon Day 7
Location:

  Berenty Reserve


Accommodation:

  Lodge


Accommodation Name:

  Berenty Lodge


Meals Included:

  All Meals


After breakfast today we will explore the Berenty Reserve, where the trails are broad and the terrain is flat. Best known for its large and well habituated populations of the iconic Ringtail lemur and the "dancing" Verreaux’ sifaka, Berenty is home to six species of lemur, the south's largest colony of Madagascar fruit bats, and 103 bird species, 56 of whom breed in the reserve. It also holds a wide variety of fascinating dry country flora including ancient Tamarind trees, tall, impressive Pachypodiums and Moringas. We have the whole day to explore the reserve. Note the tall, bloated Pachypodiums, Moringas and other xerophytic species typical of the spiny bush on sandy substrate, such as various endemic (and endangered) Aloe species, and some of Madagascar’s unusual woody tree Euphorbias.

icon Day 8
Location:

  Taolagnaro


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Accommodation Name:

  La Croix du Sud, Fort Dauphin


Meals Included:

  All Meals


Towards the end of the day, after lunch at the Reserve’s restaurant, we travel back to Fort Dauphin with stops en route to see localised and rare flora including tall, spiny Didieraceae trees; Baobabs (Adansonia za) and the peculiar, endangered and highly localised Triangulated palm. With luck, if they have re-established themselves, in the more humid area near Fort Dauphin we can see endemic Pitcher-plants: Madagascar marks the westernmost limit for this predominantly Asian group of carnivorous plants which do not exist in Africa.

icon Day 9
Location:

  Taolagnaro, Antananarivo


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Accommodation Name:

  Le Louvre Hotel & Spa, Antananarivo


Meals Included:

  All Meals


After breakfast we transfer to the airport at Fort Dauphin for our flight to Tana, where we will check in once more at the Hotel du Louvre. Dinner is served in the evening.

icon Day 10
Location:

  Antananarivo, Toamasina, Réserve Peyrieras Madagascar Exotic


Accommodation:

  Lodge


Accommodation Name:

  Andasibe Lemurs Lodge


Meals Included:

  All Meals


We depart for Andasibe this morning on road N°2 connecting Antananarivo to Tamatave, the biggest harbour of Madagascar, travelling through luxuriant forests of Angavo, with a picnic lunch en route. We will also visit Peyrieras, a unique farm which is home to a wide variety of chamaeleons and other reptiles. We will stay for the next three nights at Lemurs Lodge, Andasibe, where dinner is served this evening.

icon Day 11
Location:

  Perinet, Vakona Forest Lodge


Accommodation:

  Lodge


Accommodation Name:

  Andasibe Lemurs Lodge


Meals Included:

  All Meals


Following an early breakfast we will spend the morning exploring the lush rainforest of ‘Périnet’ (the Andasibe-Mantadia National Park).  This is the most visited protected area in the country due to its world renowned rainforest flora and remarkable wildlife. Several nocturnal species live in the park, such as the tiny Microcebus. Chameleons, frogs are present everywhere, among a flora rich in pandanas, eucalyptus, ravinala, rosewood. There are also several lakes covered with water lilies, full of charm and mystery.
We can look for the marsh orchid, Gastrorchis lutea, and lovely, terrestrial orchids such as G. pulcra var. perrieri and G. tuberculosa. Aerangis orchids may be in flower in the Orchid Garden and also Cymbideiella pardalina, which in nature only grows in clumps of the Staghorn fern, Platycerium madagascariensis. Star attractions on the wildlife front include lemurs such as Indri (largest of the extant lemurs and noted for its whale-like 'song'), shy grey bamboo and brown lemurs, a wonderful selection of rainforest birds (notably blue coua, velvet asity and coral-billed nuthatch vanga) and reptiles such as the giant, emerald green Parson's chameleon.
After lunch in the hotel, for those who wish we will visit the Vakona reserve by canoe, which will enable us to reach the forests where different species of Lemurs live. We can expect to observe these lemurs very closely - some are so familiar that they will jump on your shoulder.
Alternatively you may wish to spend the afternoon relaxing by the pool. Dinner is served in the evening.

icon Day 12
Location:

  Analamazaotra


Accommodation:

  Lodge


Accommodation Name:

  Andasibe Lemurs Lodge


Meals Included:

  All Meals


We have another early morning start as we trek through the forest reserve of Analamazaotra, managed by the Mitsinjo association, which works for the preservation of Andasibe fauna and flora. Lunch is served back at the hotel after which the afternoon is free to relax. Once night has fallen (around 6.00pm), we will have a one hour nocturnal visit to discover the smallest chameleons and frogs species on the rainforest and the smallest lemur species called mouse-maki.

icon Day 13
Location:

  Antananarivo


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Accommodation Name:

  Le Louvre Hotel & Spa, Antananarivo


Meals Included:

  All Meals


After breakfast we transfer back to Antananarivo. Lunch is provided on the way. On arrival in Anatananarivo we will check in for the final time to the Hotel du Louvre, with the rest of the day free to relax in the hotel or explore independently. Dinner is served in the evening.

icon Day 14
Location:

  Antananarivo


Meals Included:

  All Meals


This morning we visit the nursery of the late Alfred Razafindratsira, who was a major supplier of seeds for palms and gained immortality by discovering a new species which bears his name: Beccariophoenix alfredii, also known as the High Plateau Coconut Palm.
After lunch in Tana there will be an opportunity for souvenir shopping in the local crafts market. After an early farewell supper, we transfer to the airport in time for our overnight flight back to London.

icon Day 15
Meals Included:

  Breakfast


On arrival in London the group shall disperse or make onward connections.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

  • Services of a professional tour manager

  • Comfortable coach travel throughout

  • Meals - as per the itinerary

  • All Domestic Transportation (including internal flights)

  • Drinks with Meals

  • Entrance Fees

What's Not Included

  • Tipping and Gratuities

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Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

Yes

Are flights included in this tour?

Yes

Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

Yes

Are airport transfers included in this tour?

Yes

Will I receive more details of the holiday before I travel?

You will receive detailed joining instructions around 10 days prior to you departure, but you are of course welcome to contact us at any time should you have any queries.

    What facilities do your coaches have?

    Generally, our coaches have reclining seats, air-conditioning and toilets, however this cannot always be guaranteed as sometimes we have to use smaller vehicles. Toilets are recommended for emergency use only and regular comfort stops will be made throughout your holiday while travelling around.

    Do I have to go on the included excursions?

    Absolutely not. You are more than welcome to spend the day at your hotel or exploring independently should you wish. All we ask is that you inform your Tour Manager, so they are not left waiting for you to join the group.

    Is there time to relax?

    Although our itineraries may seem jam-packed, boasting access to some of the most exclusive sites across the UK and beyond, a Brightwater Holiday is just that: a holiday. Each trip will counter in more than enough free-time for you to explore places at your own leisure. And with most nights and the majority of meals being included in our tour prices, you can relax in hand-picked accommodation.

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    Absolutely not! Although some of our tours are specifically focused on one thing, all you need to enjoy a Brightwater holiday is interest and bags of enthusiasm! Even on our most specialist tours, we take travellers from all skill levels, from experts to beginners.

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    You need to be able to get on and off the coach unassisted, and most – but not all – coaches have a kneel facility that lowers the front step for ease of boarding

    Do you have self-drive holidays?

    Yes, we do – tailored to your exact requirements!

    What’s the luggage allowance on your coaches?

    There’s no fixed limit, but we generally say one large suitcase to go in the luggage compartment and a smaller bag that you can take onto the coach with you. For flight-inclusive holidays, we include a luggage allowance of at least 20kg.

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    UK garden holidays generally depart from London, with additional pick-ups depending on the route of the coach, while holidays to Scotland depart from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Perth, with Dundee, Inverness and Aberdeen sometimes included. All Eurostar holidays depart from London St. Pancras and flight-inclusive holidays depart from one or more of the main London airports, with regional flights .

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    For single travellers, those with a companion or even those travelling in a larger group, you'll find that the signature of any Brightwater Holiday is the company. You won't ever be travelling with a group of strangers, instead, you'll find yourself surrounded by like-minded people with a strong shared interest who will soon become your firm friends.

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    Bursting with enthralling, educational and enlightening itineraries, a Brightwater Holiday, by its very nature, is packed with bucket-list-worthy destinations, behind the scenes passes and expert-led experiences. From creating bespoke quality garden and special interest tours for groups and individuals alike, we have made it our business to make our guests' travel dreams come true.

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    Unfortunately, single room supplements are charges that are often imposed on us as a company when we book rooms for group holidays. However, most hotels do charge less for single occupancy, and we always pass this saving on to our solo travellers in the form of a modest single supplement.

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    Prices start from as little as £20, but please contact our friendly team for questions about specific itineraries or excursions.

    Can I pre-book my coach seats?

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    How to get there? Easy!

    With a Brightwater Holiday, the journey is just as important as the destination and we make getting you to your tour start point easy. From organising group flights and individual travel plans, to offering accessible local departure and pick-up points, we go out of our way to ensure that your journey is as convenient and hassle-free as it can be.

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    Travel insurance is required for all overseas holidays and is also strongly recommended for UK holidays – primarily to protect yourself against cancellation charges should you be unable to travel.

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Flora and Fauna of Madagascar

15 Days Starting in Longford TW6, UK and ending in London, UK

Visiting:

Antananarivo

,

Antsiranana

,

Sakalava

,

Ramena

,

Montagne d'Ambre National Park

,

Tendrombohitr' Antsingy

,

Taolagnaro

,

Berenty Reserve

,

Toamasina

,

Réserve Peyrieras Madagascar Exotic

,

Perinet

,

Vakona Forest Lodge

,

Analamazaotra

Tour operator:

Brightwater Holidays

Physical rating:

ActiveMedium

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Vegans, Meat, Please contact Brightwater with any specific dietary requirements

Tour code:

BMAD

Group size:

6 - 25

Age range:

1-99

Tour operated in:

English

Interests:

Recommended For:

Private Available:

Request A Private Tour

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  • Travel Blogger
  • Countries Visited:

    36 Countries

  • Favourite Destination:

    Cape Town

  • Dream Destination:

    Peru

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  • I’m a traveladdict (no surprise 😉), storyteller and photographer, mom of two and an environmental scientist and biologist when I’m not traveling.

Faroe Islands

Hiking

Must pack items for Faroe Islands

"To get to Drangarnir and Tindholmur, make sure you're with a guide! As far as the hiking is concerned, bring layers (around 3 should be fine), as well as lots of water and some food!"

What do you love most about Faroe Islands?

"The road in Streymoy ends in the town of Tjørnuvik. This town is located in a valley, boasting its very own beach, and a great view of the North Atlantic!"

What do you love most about Faroe Islands?

"Visiting the Kallur Lighthouse on Kalsoy island was surreal. Plush green landscapes and adoring sheep families join you on this 1-hour hike. I had it entirely to myself too!"

@ck_the_explorer's Top Tips

"Views like this are found by hiking up to Klakkur, a viewpoint near Klaksvik in the Faroe Islands. Seeing the salmon cages in the distance and Faroe's 2nd largest city is quite the experience."

What do you love most about Faroe Islands?

"The old town Torshavn, in the capital of the Faroe Islands, still has old turfed homes in perfect condition. These houses are reminiscent of Faroese ancestors!"

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  • Travel Photographer
  • Countries Visited:

    59 Countries

  • Favourite Destination:

    Iceland, Faroe Islands, Istanbul, Amsterdam, Stockholm

  • Dream Destination:

    Patagonia

  • About them:
  • I'm from Washington DC but currently call Sweden my home. I'm a self taught photographer and drone flyer and enjoy switching the fluorescent lights in my lab with golden hour in any destination.

Amsterdam

Netherlands

What do you love most about Amsterdam?

"The architecture with the canals are so amazing! The whole city has a really charming vibe!"

Favourite time of year to visit Amsterdam

"Amsterdam is truly an all year destination! "

@biankadventures's Top Tips

"- Avoid the peak season - Book in advance - Get the Amsterdam city card - Try the stroopwafel - Get lost in the canals - By some flowers in the market"

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Loved visiting the Damrak and the iconic flower market! Nice to see so many beautiful flowers in one place! "

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  • Content Creator
  • Countries Visited:

    29 Countries

  • Favourite Destination:

    New York

  • Dream Destination:

    Peru

  • About them:
  • I am a huge travel addict who has a regular 9-5 job and outside of this try to explore the world, search for unique places and hidden gems! I hope my tips and photos can be an inspiration for you!

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

United States

What do you love most about Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area?

"The Columbia River Gorge has one of the best concentrations of waterfall hikes with over 90 waterfalls in the area waiting to be explored!"

Favourite time of year to visit Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

"Late spring or early autumn! Both provide good weather conditions, a chance to see new blooms or fall foliage & minimised crowds."

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and get lost in nature!"

@thishomeschoolerslife's Top Tips

"Wear layers & always bring a jacket. The Gorge is known to have big wind gusts, especially in the late fall, winter, and early Spring. Best to be prepared with a jacket or layers."

@thishomeschoolerslife's Top Tips

"The historic Vista House at Crown Point is an excellent starting point for your drive on HWY 30. Climb to the top for the best views of the Columbia River."

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  • Influencer
  • Countries Visited:

    4 Countries

  • Favourite Destination:

    London

  • Dream Destination:

    The world!

  • About them:
  • "Live once Travel Well", is my main motto for life. I love to travel, go on outdoor adventures & family travels/adventures. When I'm not traveling, I'm busy planning my next adventure ☺️