Barefoot Luxury Madagascar Explorer • 9 Days

Barefoot Luxury Madagascar

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Experience the ultimate 9-day adventure through Eastern Madagascar with our Barefoot Luxury Southern Madagascar Explorer tour. You will have the opportunity to visit Ifotaka, Antananarivo, and Anjajavy, where a blend of comfortable accommodations, forest walks, and cultural experiences await. We provide transfer services for the duration of the tour, guaranteeing a seamless experience.

You will discover the hidden gems of Eastern Madagascar. This carefully curated tour invites you to unwind and experience barefoot luxury at its finest. From the moment you arrive, you’ll be greeted with exceptional hospitality and luxurious accommodations, where every detail has been designed to exceed your expectations.

Antananarivo

Your journey start at to the vibrant city of Antananarivo, where history and culture intertwine. Delve into the city’s rich heritage as you wander through ancient streets, marvel at architectural wonders, and interact with friendly locals. Experience the sights, sounds, and flavors of Madagascar’s capital, savoring every moment of this truly immersive cultural encounter.

Ifotaka

As you explore the lush landscapes of Ifotaka, prepare to be enchanted by the untouched beauty of the region. Immerse yourself in captivating forest walks, where you’ll encounter a diverse array of flora and fauna found nowhere else on earth. Engage with knowledgeable local guides who will share their expertise and enlighten you about the unique ecosystems that make this area so extraordinary.

Anjajavy

The pinnacle of your adventure awaits in the breathtaking coastal paradise of Anjajavy. Nestled between pristine beaches and lush forests, this secluded sanctuary offers a tranquil retreat like no other. Indulge in the finest amenities and unwind in the lap of luxury, while taking in the awe-inspiring natural beauty that surrounds you. Engage in a range of activities, from snorkeling in crystal-clear waters to rejuvenating spa treatments, ensuring an experience tailored to your desires.

Throughout your journey, we take care of all transfers, allowing you to relax and fully immerse yourself in the wonder of each destination. Our experienced team is dedicated to ensuring your comfort and satisfaction, providing personalized service that will leave a lasting impression. Join us on the Barefoot Luxury Southern Madagascar Explorer tour and unlock the hidden treasures of Eastern Madagascar in the most extraordinary way imaginable. Let us guide you through this unforgettable journey, where every moment promises to be an exceptional experience of pure bliss and discovery.

Accommodation

Day 1

La Maison Gallieni (or similar)
Antananarivo, Madagascar

Days 2 to 4

Mandrare River Camp (or similar)
Ifotaka, Madagascar

Day 5

Novotel Convention & Spa (or similar)
Antananarivo, Madagascar

Days 6 to 9

Anjajavy Lodge (or similar)
Anjajavy, Madagascar

Included

  • 8 x Breakfast
  • 6 x Lunch
  • 8 x Dinner
  • All required transport in an air-conditioned vehicle in Antananarivo and in 4×4 vehicles in all other locations
  • Services of an experienced professional Malagasy guide
  • All excursions, park fees and community/environmental levies
  • Flights & airport taxes: International & domestic (Antananarivo – Fort Dauphin return)

Excluded

  • Pre and post tour accommodation
  • Optional activities and excursions not mentioned in the program
  • Any beverages not included and all wine and spirits at Anjajavy Le Lodge
  • Personal expenses such as gratuities, visas, travel insurance, curios, laundry etc.

Pre-tour Information

Departure

When arriving in Antananarivo on the morning of Day 1 of the tour you will be picked up from the airport and embark on your tour. Should you arrive prior to day 1, pre-tour accommodation can be arranged and you will be picked up from your hotel on the morning of day 1 (Pick up time will be confirmed on arrival).

Transport

In Antananarivo, we use an air-conditioned vehicle, and for the rest of the tour, we use 4×4 vehicles.

Visas

A visa is required to enter the territory of Madagascar and can easily be obtained upon arrival at the airport of Antananarivo with a validity of up to 90 days. Tourists staying for less than one month can purchase a visa for 80’000 Ariary (around 23-27 €). Paying with the exact amounts or small currency is advised. No photographs are required, however, please ensure that passports are valid for at least 6 months after return date. In addition to the entry visa, the Malagasy government is proposing the introduction of a frontier levy of 10 € in the near future, still to be confirmed and variable at short notice.

Travel Insurance

Please note that travel and cancellation insurance is mandatory for every guest travelling with JENMAN Madagascar Safaris. All insurance is solely the responsibility of our guests. Please ensure you arrange your own insurance with protection for the full duration of your journey to cover personal injury, damage and loss of personal items including but not limited to camera equipment and other electronic items, medical expenses, repatriation expenses and loss of luggage, etc. Please speak to your travel agent if you require assistance.

Upon arrival in Antananarivo, you will be met and welcomed by an English-speaking guide, before transferring to your hotel in the city centre. Unpack, settle in, and spend the rest of your day at leisure, enjoying a dip in the pool while taking in the mesmerizing view of the city before dinner.
After breakfast, you will be transferred back to Ivato airport for your two-hour flight to Fort Dauphin, on the south-eastern coast of Madagascar. Upon arrival you will be met by your guide and will have lunch in Fort Dauphin, before driving west towards Antandroy Spiny Forest. The three-hour journey offers a contrast of landscapes ranging from the rice paddies of the eastern seaboard over the lush tropical plateau to the drier arid region of sisal plantations and “spiny forest”. You will arrive at your luxury tented camp in the late afternoon, allowing you to settle into your accommodation and enjoy the breath-taking views across the Mandrare River. Thereafter, you will depart for a night walk in the Ambovo Forest. You will have the opportunity to spot various types of lemurs, chameleons and owls throughout your walk.
Enjoy a relaxed breakfast on the banks of the river, before embarking on a trip to the sacred gallery forest, crossing the Mandrare river on foot or boat, to observe the ring tailed lemurs and the always entertaining Verreaux sifaka. Return to your camp for lunch, enjoy a relaxed afternoon at your leisure, before you depart on an afternoon activity. In the late afternoon, embark on a leisurely stroll through the hallowed spiny forest, adorned with ancestral tombs belonging to the esteemed Antandroy tribe. This remarkable landscape is home to an unparalleled assortment of plant and animal life, found exclusively within the spiny forest’s confines. Accompanied by an English-speaking guide and a knowledgeable tracker from the local community, you will receive an insightful introduction to the rich cultural heritage and traditions of the Antandroy people. Concluding your visit, indulge in a delightful experience of sundowners on the banks of the Mandrare River.
After a cup of tea or coffee, you will head out for an early morning walk in the spiny forest, witnessing the sunlight break through the trees while keeping an eye out for endemic birds such as the Vangas and the Head back to the camp for a delicious breakfast, followed by a visit to the local market or the local village to meet the fascinating Antandroy tribe. Lunch will be served at the camp, followed by a leisurely afternoon where you can unwind and observe the vibrant life along the river from the comfort of your tent’s terrace. Later that day, enjoy a sundowner amongst the baobabs trees with a spectacular view of the mountains in the distance. As evening falls, you may have the pleasure of witnessing the local village’s captivating traditional dances, accompanied by mesmerising singing and melodic music. Song and dance hold a central place in Antandroy culture, serving as integral elements that accompany significant rituals and joyous occasions in their everyday lives. Prepare to be immersed in the rhythmic beauty and cultural richness of these performances.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Fort dauphin for your flight back to Antananarivo. On arrival, you will be met by your guide who will transfer you to your hotel where you will have the afternoon at leisure. Enjoy some time and the spa, lounge by the pool or enjoy some drinks at the rooftop bar. Later that evening, your guide will accompany you to Le Marais for dinner, hailed as the top restaurant in Madagascar and offers a unique blend of Malagasy and European cuisine.
After an early breakfast. you will be transferred to your to Ivato Airport for your scheduled charter flight to Anjajavy. upon arrival you will be met and transferred by a staff member to the lodge. The lodge is located within a 450 hectare nature reserve on Madagascar’s north-west coast. Later that afternoon, you will embark on a night walk in the surrounding Reserve where you will have the opportunity to observe a diverse range of nocturnal lemurs. While the charismatic coquerel’s sifakas steal the show in the reserve, the darkness unveils its own stellar performers. Keep an eye out for the agile danfoss mouse lemurs, weighing a mere 63 grams, as they dart through the shrubbery in search of food, effortlessly leaping from branch to branch. If you happen to hear a peculiar squeal resonating from the treetops, you may have discovered a Grewcock’s sportive lemur. Look out for other fascinating mammals such as the endemic tsingy tuft-tailed rat, Commerson’s leaf-nosed bat, or even the elusive fossa, Madagascar’s largest predator and a rarity to behold.
In the morning, depart for a walk along the “Chemin des Crabes” to see the fabulous birdlife, beautiful baobabs and the infamous hairy crab. The area stands as one of the prime locations for observing majestic creatures like the regal Madagascar fish eagle, the elusive crested ibis, and the rare Madagascar sacred ibis. As your night walk draws to a close, you will have the opportunity to explore a small cave. Within its depths, you will discover fascinating remnants such as a fossilized lemur skull, mesmerizing stalactites, and even the intriguing presence of sharks’ teeth. You will then return to the lodge for lunch and have the afternoon at leisure.
This morning you will enjoy a long walk along the Giant’s Causeway and King’s Alley. You will discover extremely ancient baobab trees, Tsingy rock formations found only in Madagascar, along with a variety of lemurs including the Coquerel’s Sifakas. The Sifakas, along with troops of common brown lemurs, roam freely in the gardens and surrounding reserve. You will then return to the lodge for lunch and have the afternoon at leisure.
You will transfer back to Fort Dauphin and continue to the airport for your scheduled flight to Antananarivo, where you will connect with your departure flight. We hope to welcome you again on one of our other African adventures!
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