Madagascar

🌿CONSCIOUS COLLECTION: Exotic Madagascar, An Eco-Friendly Small Group Tour

Immerse yourself in the colourful and exotic beauty of Madagascar on a ten-day small-group tour (max. 16 travellers) promoting eco-tourism and responsible travel. A nature-lover’s dream, you will have the chance to spot incredible wildlife in their natural habitat including lemurs, chameleons and birds, trek through the rainforest to see pristine fauna found nowhere else in the world, discover the biodiversity of three national parks and reserves, see baobab trees and much more. Includes nine nights’ accommodation in Madagascar’s finest hotels, one internal flight, daily breakfast and dinner, lunch experiences, private airport transfers and transportation throughout, and the services of expert local naturalist guides.

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TWIN SHARE
Earn 2,999 Qantas Points
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Package valid for one person (twin share)
  • Nine nights’ accommodation in Madagascar’s finest properties, including a heritage stay in a 1920s villa in Fianarantsoa and an idyllic stay at Ifaty Lagoon
  • Daily breakfast and nightly dinner, plus select additional lunches
  • The services of expert local naturalist guides
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10 Days
SOLO TRAVELLER
Earn 3,799 Qantas Points
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Package valid for one person
  • Nine nights’ accommodation in Madagascar’s finest properties, including a heritage stay in a 1920s villa in Fianarantsoa and an idyllic stay at Ifaty Lagoon
  • Daily breakfast and nightly dinner, plus select additional lunches
  • The services of expert local naturalist guides

Embark on an exclusive, small-group tour (max. 16 travellers) of Madagascar focusing on eco-tourism, ecological conservation and responsible travel. From lush rainforest to desert, with exceptional flora and fauna that cannot be found anywhere else in the world, Madagascar is one of the most biologically diverse destinations on the planet. Home to centuries-old baobab trees, lemurs, chameleons, birds and other exotic wildlife, the world’s fourth biggest island – a haven off the southeast coast of Africa – is the ultimate nature-lover’s paradise.

🌿The Conscious Collection: Promoting the pillars of eco-tourism, which include employing environmentally friendly practices, protecting both cultural and natural heritage, and supporting local communities, this incredible tour will allow you to discover the biodiversity of Ranomafana National Park, meet the locals of the small village of Ambatolampy and learn how to protect the incredible flora and fauna of this exotic destination.

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What You’ll Love…

The Tour – Spot rare wildlife, flora and fauna, immerse yourself in local life and discover the rich culture of Madagascar

Explore Ranomafana National Park, renowned as Madagascar’s most spectacular and home to twelve different species of lemur as well as several species of mongoose, which can be found only in Madagascar. Home to incredible biodiversity, you will also have the chance to encounter rare and medicinal plants.

Offering a different type of terrain is Isalo National Park with its grassy plains, dramatic canyons and sandstone ridges sculpted by wind and rain, which attracts hikers from all over the world with its beautiful scenery. Keep your eyes peeled for lemurs, 80 species of birds, 35 species of reptile and several types of frogs, not to mention 500 different varieties of flora including elephant’s foot, rare palms and aloe species.

Immerse yourself into daily life in charming small villages and meet the local artisans who specialise in aluminium work, wood carving and more. Take the opportunity to peruse local markets for authentic souvenirs and learn the fascinating process behind papermaking with mulberry bark, a tradition which dates all the way back to the 15th century.

Enjoy a ride on a colourful rickshaw around the city of Antsirabe, renowned for its thermal springs and French colonial architecture.

See the intricately decorated tombs of the Mahafaly group, who arrived in Madagascar around the 12th century and erected huge tombs to honour deceased chiefs and kings.

Discover the coastal fishing village of Ifaty with its sandy beaches and nearby coral reef, the perfect place to wind down after all your exploring.

To close a truly unforgettable adventure, enjoy a special farewell dinner accompanied by a performance by Malagasy musicians.

Your Package Includes:

  • Nine nights’ accommodation in Madagascar’s finest hotels, featuring unique boutique properties selected for their location and charm. Stay in Jardin du Roy, spectacularly located on the edge of Isalo National Park and hewn from granite stones and local materials; Hotel de Louvre, built by the Eiffel engineers in the 1930s; Hotel Plumeria, a spa hotel in the heart of Antsirabe; Hotel Thermal, a hotel within an old thermal station close to Ranomafana hot spring; the 1920's-era Villa Sylvestre; Les Dunes d'Ifaty located on the Mozambique Channel and close to a baobab forest, and Au Bois Vert, nestled in lush three-hectare parkland with a swimming pool
  • Daily breakfast and nightly dinner, plus select additional lunches
  • The services of expert local naturalist guides
  • Visit three of Madagascar’s premier National Parks and Reserves
  • Lemur spotting in search of up to 14 different species including the rare and endangered Greater Bamboo Lemur
  • See reptiles and bird life native to Madagascar
  • Trek rainforests to see unique species of fauna found nowhere else in the world
  • Experience the culture of the unique Mahafaly tribe
  • Enjoy a rickshaw ride through the colonial town of Antsirabe
  • Visit local markets in search of Malagasy handicrafts
  • An internal flight from Tulear to Antananarivo
  • Private airport transfers and air-conditioned transportation throughout
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees as detailed in the itinerary

The '7 day change of mind guarantee' does not apply for Tour bookings. Due to the high demand and limited departures any cancellation / refund requests must be made within 48 hours of purchase. Otherwise, the standard Refund Policy applies.

After you have made your booking, please follow the instructions on your confirmation email and ensure you complete your traveller information details within 48 hours.

Valid for select departure dates:

17 April 2020

15 May 2020

12 June 2020

17 July 2020

21 August 2020

18 September 2020

4 October 2020

15 November 2020

Important: Please allow for travelling time from Australia. International flights are not included in your package and must be purchased separately. It is your responsibility to make your own travel arrangements and ensure that you arrive in Antananarivo on your chosen tour start date.

Instant Booking: To secure your dates at purchase, click 'Instant Booking' and select your preferred package. Once your preferred package is selected you'll click through to 'Choose Your Dates of Travel' and will be able to enter in your preferred tour commencement date.

Twin-Share Package: The package is valid for ONE PERSON aged 18 years or older (based on twin share). If you are travelling with another person you must purchase TWO PACKAGES, otherwise, an additional solo traveller surcharge will apply. Solo travellers will get their own room throughout the tour.

Private Departures Available: Guests must be aged 18 years or older. If you wish to travel with children, or on your own private tour together with friends, please enquire for further information (minimum four travellers - surcharges apply).

Maximum tour capacity is 16 people, minimum tour capacity is two people.

Tour includes accommodation at the following hotels:

Hotel Du Louvre, Antananarivo (Superior Room)

Plumeria, Antsirabe (Standard Room)

Hotel Thermal, Ranomafana (Standard Room)

Villa Sylvestre, Fianarantsoa (Villa Room)

Jardin Du Roy, Ranohira (Rock Cottage)

Les Dunes D’ifaty, Ifaty (Superior Room)

Au Bois Vert, Antananarivo (Standard Room)

Accommodation is subject to availability and may be substituted for a hotel of a similar standard.

Accommodation Note: It is important to remember that Madagascar is still a developing country with basic infrastructure and an emerging tourism industry. Hotel standards in Madagascar vary greatly throughout the country and we will always use the best available options with private en suite bathrooms. This is what makes Madagascar so unique and adds to the allure of this charming country. Les Dunes D'ifaty only have two twin rooms available. Should you require twin bedding, this will be requested but cannot be guaranteed. Please advise at time of booking.

Tipping and gratuities are not included in the package and are at your own discretion (as a guide, approx. US$10-15 per person, per day is the industry standard).

Arrival and departure transfers are only available on the first and last day of the tour. Any arrivals and departures outside of these days will need to make their own arrangements to/from the airport.

Travellers should have a basic level of physical fitness and mobility and must be able to negotiate uneven surfaces, climb stairs and board boats.

Travellers are advised to check with their local health professional at least 45 days prior to departure, as some vaccinations require 30 days or more to be effective. Proof of vaccination is not usually required unless you are coming from an infected area.

Your passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond your intended stay overseas.

All surcharges are payable directly to Luxury Escapes.

Dining inclusions do not include beverages (unless otherwise stated) and menu options are subject to change.

Additional expenses such as (but not limited to) international flights are not included with this package.

Package cannot be split.

Travel insurance is compulsory. We suggest purchasing travel insurance as soon as possible after purchasing this package.

Strictly no refunds for this package for amendments and change of date.

Not valid in conjunction with any other offer or on existing reservations.

Any unused portion of the package is non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for other services or cash.

Please note: Disability access is limited during the tour, please consider this when making your booking.

The value and comparative savings have been determined based on published rack rates and the value of inclusions. Please be advised that rack rates may not be reflective of actual rates being charged, dependent on the timing and manner of your booking and therefore are only indicative of the level of saving.

Occasionally our itineraries are updated prior to departure to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers’ feedback as well as updates from our ground operators. Please note that while we operate successful tours in this region throughout the year, some changes may be necessary due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities may also vary from time to time.

All activities and services are subject to availability.

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