Magical Madagascar
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The Highlights of Magical Madagascar Step into the magical world of Madagascar.  This active adventure takes you in search of camouflaged chameleons, multiple species of the island’s signature lemurs, prized orchids and brilliantly-plumed birds. Highlights Explore a place unlike any other, fantastically beautiful and diverse, where half the fun is getting to these incredible attractions. Discover the joy of waking to the distant singing of the local Antandroy tribe as they fetch water from the river. Experience the thrill of spotting your first mouse lemur on a nocturnal forest walk. Enjoy a one of kind adventure, tracking more than a dozen species of lemurs in forests of every kind – rain, dry and spiny.

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Destination & Sightseeing

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Day 1. Arrive Antananarivo, Madagascar Tonga Soa! Bienvenue! Enjoy a fetching French-Malagasy welcome and your first night in ‘Tana,’ Madagascar’s 500-year-old capital. (D) Maison Gallieni 1

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Day 2. Antananarivo / Andasibe Meet your guide and begin your journey past the rice fields and fruit stands to Andasibe, gateway to the Perinet Reserve. Check into your airy bungalow beneath the palms and enjoy the music of the rainforest. (BLD) Mantadia Lodge 2

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Day 3. Andasibe Head into the Perinet Reserve or, as the Malagasy call it, the Analamazaotra rainforest. As you walk with your guide, listen for the haunting wails of the Indri, the largest of lemurs. This is a great place for bird watching and special ones to look out for are the Velvet Asity and Nuthatch Vanga. Tonight, return to the reserve with your guide to witness the antics of the nocturnal species. (BLD) Mantadia Lodge 3

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Day 4. Andasibe Spend a fascinating day exploring Mantadia National Park, a naturalist’s goldmine filled with seldom seen species of lemurs and reptiles. Grab your binoculars for the most rewarding bird watching; perhaps you’ll spot a Scaly Ground Roller or a Red Breasted Coua. (BLD) Mantadia Lodge 4

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Day 5. Andasibe / Antananarivo Enjoy a leisurely morning, soaking up the brilliant colors and earthy scents of the surrounding rainforest. This afternoon, drive back to the capital and enjoy the evening at leisure. (BLD) Le Pavillon De L'emyrne 5

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Day 6. Antananarivo / Mandrare River Fly to Fort Dauphin where your guide awaits your arrival to transport you to the southern island’s arid, other-worldly terrain. Settle into your tent and enjoy the majestic views of the river and mountains beyond. After lunch, leave for a walk to the Sacred Ifotaka community forests dotted with the ancestral tombs of the local Antandroy Tribe, as well as an array of flora and fauna unique to the spiny forest. (BLD) Mandrare River Camp 6

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Day 7. Mandrare River Awaken to the call of the Coucal and the tantalizing aroma of baked croissants before setting out for the Sacred Gallery forests. Your guided walk among the tamarind trees should reveal large groups of Ring-tailed lemurs and dancing Verraux's sifakas. Later, enjoy sundowners as you watch the sun silhouetting the baobabs. This evening, perhaps the villagers will treat you to a traditional performance. (BLD) Mandrare River Camp 7

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Day 8. Mandrare River Immerse yourself in the tapestry of valley life as you spend the morning with your guide at the local marketplace, mingling with the Malagasy who have travelled from afar to buy and sell their wares. This afternoon depart for a night walk. At first, you’ll be searching for sifakas and sleeping white-foot sportive lemurs but once the sun has set, tread softly and watch as the nocturnal mouse lemur and chameleons begin to stir. (BLD) Mandrare River Camp 8

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Day 9. Mandrare River / Antananarivo After breakfast, your driver will take you to the airport in Fort Dauphin for your flight to Antananarivo. Settle into your hotel and join your guide for an afternoon city tour. (BD) Maison Gallieni 9

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Day 10. Antananarivo / Depart Return to the airport for your international departure flight. (B) 10

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