Day 1: Antananarivo
Welcome to Madagascar! On arrival into Tana (Antananarivo), clear immigration, collect your luggage, and proceed through customs to the arrivals hall. In the arrival hall, you will be warmly greeted by a driver and assisted with your luggage. Transfer by road to your accommodation.
On arrival at Relais Des Plateaux, check in and spend 1 night in a standard room with breakfast & dinner included.
Day 2: Kirindy Mitea National Park
After an early breakfast, it's time to check out. Meet your private driver/guide in reception at the agreed time and transfer to Tana Airport in time check in and board the Air Madagascar flight MD702 departing 08h30 to Morondava.
On arrival into Morondava Airport at 09h30 disembark, collect your luggage and proceed with your private driver/guide to the vehicle. Transfer to Morondava.
From here you will venture out on foot through the town of Morondava with your guide visiting a colourful market and carpentry work shop. Enjoy lunch before beginning the 50km journey to Kirindy.
On arrival at Kirindy Lodge, check in and spend 1 night in a bungalow with breakfast & dinner included. Please note accommodation is very basic in Kirindy Park and it's the only option within the park and area to allow you to access the nocturnal wildlife. After dinner you will have the opportunity to venture out on foot to spot the nocturnal wildlife.
Kirindy is the best place on the whole island to observe fossas (Madagascars biggest predator) on the night walk.
Day 3: Avenue of the Baobabs
After breakfast, it's time to check out. Enjoy a morning visit with your guide in the reserve in search of the 7 lemur species which reside here. The most common are the common brown lemurs and the Verreaux's sifakas. Several bats, tenrecs, mongooses and rodents complete the mammal population. 40 bird, 50 reptile and 15 amphibian species are also found in this magnificent forest.
This afternoon visit the famous Baobab Avenue, where you will have the opportunity to photograph until sunset. Your guide will have drinks and snacks available to really savour the moment.
Afterwards you will continue on to your overnight accommodation. On arrival at Palissandra Cote Ouest, check in and spend 1 night in a bungalow with meals included.
Days 4 - 6: Andasibe-Mantadia National Park
Rise early this morning and make your way back to Baobab Alley to photograph this region at sunrise. The group will then head back to the hotel for breakfast.
Afterwards you will meet your guides at the agreed time and transfer back to the airport. Catch a scheduled Madagascar Air flight to Tana. On arrival into Tana, disembark and collect your luggage. Meet your guides in the arrival hall who will assist you with luggage and transfer you by road to Perinet. This is a 3 hour drive from town through quite attractive landscapes. You will feel the onset of humidity as you enter primary forests and pass lakes. There are also rural farming areas with rice fields and fruit plantations.
On arrival at Vakona Lodge, check in and spend 3 nights in a standard room with meals included.
Sunday 24 June:
Head out today with your guides who will spend the day showing you around this stunning reserve. Get close to Indri, enjoy forest trails, waterfalls and spotting rare orchid varieties.
Return in the afternoon for a well deserved rest and dinner at the lodge.
Monday 25 June:
After breakfast, meet your guides at the agreed time and venture out to Analamazaotra reserve. The 810ha reserve protects the largest of all lemurs, the Indri Indri, with a barely visible tail, black-and–white markings and a surprised teddy–bear face, it is one of the most attractive lemurs, with its loud and eerily haunting calls.
There are another 11 species of lemurs that live in this area and your guide will try to find some during the visit. You may find a troop of Grey Bamboo Lemurs, Common Brown Lemur, and Diademed Sifaka. It is a great place for bird watching and special ones to look out for are the Velvet Asity, Blue Coua and Nuthatch Vanga.
It is also home to reptiles, invertebrates, and many orchids. Lunch at the hotel
In the afternoon visit the Lemur’s island where you will have the opportunity to see lemurs up close. You will also enjoy a late evening walk with a local drive where you will be able to see some nocturnal species in Perinet. Returning to your accommodation afterwards.
Day 7: Antananarivo
After breakfast, it's time to check out. Drive back to Tanà. Possibility to stop at Mandraka for a short visit of Peyrieras private reserve ( entrance fees at guests charge ). Afternoon at leisure in Tana.
On arrival at Palissandre Hotel and Spa, check in and spend 1 night in a standard room with breakfast & dinner included.
Day 8: Johannesburg
After breakfast, it's time to check out. Meet your guides at the agreed time and embark on a city tour before heading to the airport.
Bid your guides goodbye as you proceed to check in and catch a scheduled flight to Johannesburg. On arrival into Johannesburg, clear immigration and collect your luggage before proceeding through customs.
From the airport, make your way on foot to City Lodge O.R Tambo located in the airport complex, approximately a 10 minute walk from the arrival hall.
Check in and spend 1 night in a standard room with breakfast included.
Days 9 - 11: Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve
After breakfast, it's time to check out. Make your way to the domestic terminal in time to check in and catch a scheduled flight to Skukuza Airport.
On arrival into Skukuza airport, disembark and collect your luggage. You will be met in the arrivals hall by a transfer driver, assisted to the awaiting vehicland transferred to Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve.
Your driver will be a local and very happy to talk about life in the region along the way. A cooler box with water is also provided. Should you wish to have anything to eat, we recommend you purchase something from the airport cafe. It's a fascinating drive through villages and plantations with a glimpse at local life. Feel free to speak with the driver and ask questions about life in the region.
On arrival at Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge, check in and spend 3 nights in a luxury suite with all meals, boma dinner, selected house beverages, open vehicle safaris, environmental awareness walking safaris included.
29 - 30 June:
On safari in the sensational Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve. Enjoy morning and afternoon safari activities with a guide and tracker.
Day 12: Departure
After your morning safari and breakfast, it's time to pack and check out. Meet your private driver and transfer back to Skukuza Airport in time to check in and catch a scheduled flight to Johannesburg.
On arrival into Johannesburg, disembark, collect your luggage and proceed onward to your international flight home to Australia or other onward arrangements.
All arrangements with Encompass Africa end.