Below please find the day-by-day itinerary for this expedition. Unless otherwise noted, daily excursion options are included in the cost of the trip. We do our best to adhere to the scheduled itinerary, but in the spirit of our expeditionary style of travel we may deviate slightly to take full advantage of encounters with the destination and its people, culture, and wildlife.
Depart USANovember 4
Board your independent overnight flight to Madagascar.
Antananarivo (Tana), MadagascarNovember 5
Upon arrival in Antananarivo, transfer to the Hotel Colbert for dinner and overnight.
Tana / Andasibe-Mantadia National ParkNovember 6
After a leisurely breakfast, embark on a scenic drive to the Andasibe-Mantadia National Park. Enjoy a picnic lunch en route and visit La Mandraka Nature Farm. This afternoon check in to the Vakona Forest Lodge, your base for three nights. Visit Lemur Island, located on the grounds of the lodge and join an exhilarating spotlighting excursion this evening to search for nocturnal species.
Andasibe-Mantadia National ParkNovember 7 — November 8
Spend two full days exploring the park. Begin at dawn to await the morning call of the indri, the largest of all lemurs. Each animal sings in its own voice; the echoes tell each group where every indri is located on the hill. Other species you may find include brown lemurs, gray bamboo lemurs, short-horned chameleons, and iridescent Madagascar tree boas. Birding is equally spectacular with endemics such as the Madagascar paradise-flycatcher and the brilliant blue vanga.
Andasibe-Mantadia National ParkNovember 9
Return to Tana today and check in the Hotel Colbert. If there is time in the afternoon, visit the Natural History Museum.
Tana / Fort Dauphin / MandrareNovember 10
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for our flight to Fort Dauphin. Board 4x4 vehicles for the drive to Mandrare River Camp, your base for three nights.
MandrareNovember 11 — November 12
One of the last stands of spiny forest in Madagascar, Mandrare is considered to be sacred by the local tribes. Gallery forest along the river gives way to an arid landscape where a variety of endemic, drought-adapted plants and trees can be found. During day and night excursions, in game drive vehicles, and on foot, search for four species of resident lemurs—ringtail, Verraux’s sifaka, white-footed sportive, and mouse. Birds that can be found here include scops owls, hook-billed vanga, and Verreaux’s coua. You will also have the opportunity to meet with the Tandroy people of Ifotaka Village to learn about their traditions and daily life.
Mandrare / Fort Dauphin / TanaNovember 13
Depart for Fort Dauphin early this morning and transfer to the airport for your flight to Tana. Upon arrival, check in to the Hotel Colbert. Time permitting, make a stop at Lake Alarobia to search for a variety of waterfowl.
Tana / Maroantsetra / Masoala National ParkNovember 14
Board our charter flight to Maroantsetra on the northeast coast, then board a local boat to Dounia Forest Lodge, your home for three nights. Nestled between soft, sandy beaches and pristine rainforest, your elevated “tree-house” offers fantastic views of the coastline and surrounding forest canopy.
Masoala National ParkNovember 15 — November 16
Explore the forest on foot, or take a kayak through the clear waters of a mangrove swamp. Search for a variety of colorful chameleons, from the large panther chameleon to the tiny Brookesia vadoni. The rainforest also supports a number of
frogs, most of which are endemic to Madagascar, as well as leaf-tailed geckos. Ten species of lemurs can be found here, including the beautiful red-ruffed lemur which is native to this peninsula. There will also be opportunities to snorkel, swim, and meet with the local Betsimisaraka people who live within the park boundaries.
Masoala National Park / Maroantsetra / AnjajavyNovember 17
Board local boats for Maroantsetra and transfer to the airport for our flight to Anjajavy, located on the northwest coast in an area of dry, deciduous forest. Transfer to the beautiful Anjajavy L’Hotel, your base for three nights. Set on a beach surrounded by lush gardens, you are free to stroll the trails, perhaps spotting several species of lemurs and sifakas meandering through the property.
AnjajavyNovember 18 — November 19
Spend two full days exploring the 450 hectare nature reserve adjacent to the hotel. Here you may find over 1,800 species of flora, most of which are endemic to the country, along with many medicinal plants. The forest is also home to many animal species such as localized Coquerel’s sifakas, Madagascar fish eagles, chameleons, and Cuvier’s oplure.
Anjajavy / Tana / USANovember 20 — November 21
This morning board our flight to Tana. After lunch board your independent flight, arriving in the USA the next day.