Fort Dauphin – Tulear – Anakao – Tsimanampetsotra
9 Days – From £1,440 per person
If you like the road less travelled, raw and untouched places – this trip to the South of Madagascar is for you. Many included highlights are unique in the world, only to be found in Madagascar. Expect lots of beauty: spectacular beaches, unique marine life, birds and plants, solid baobabs, a bit of history and culture. If you were thinking of lemurs, south is the way to go. This is a balanced trip, combining relaxation and activities and doesn’t involve day-long drives. Depending on the season you might want to extend the stay in Fort Dauphin for whale-watching.
International flights are not included in the package price. We give you the freedom to use miles and choose your preferred airline, and if you are stuck we can help you find the right connections. Return flights to Madagascar start from £700 per person, depending on the connections and time of the year.
This is a sample itinerary and prices are correct at the time of writing. We can tailor the itinerary to suit your plans by changing the length of the trip or the order of activities. More days can be added and different hotels can be chosen according to your preferences and needs.
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Day 1 – Welcome to the Kingdom of Lemurs
Today you will arrive in Fort Dauphin. You will be met and transferred by road to Berenty (about 4h drive). This reserve has a rich gallery of flora and fauna. Due to isolation, Madagascar wildlife has evolved on its own unique way, of which, lemurs are the most knows species. More than 100 species have been recorded. Berenty is one of the best places to spot lemurs, a large population of them living here. The name “Kingdom of Lemurs” is there for a reason. Berenty is also the place for spotting many endemic birds of Madagascar. After refreshing, visit the community museum. After dinner, take a night walk to spot nocturnal lemurs and reptiles. Overnight at Berenty Lodge.
Day 2 – More nature, more lemurs, more birds
At dawn, go on a bird-watching expedition with a local guide along the Mandrare river valley. Watch the sifakas opening their arms to the sun – their ‘good morning’ ritual. Enjoy the coolness of the forest before breakfast. In the afternoon explore the reserve. Visits in the reserve are unlimited for resident guests, so you can either explore on your own or with a guide, as long as you remain on the path and do not feed the animals. Berenty is the place to see the nepenthès fields with the local carnivorous plants, the endemic triangular palm and the huge areas of sisal plantations. At night take a walk to admire nocturnal animals. Overnight at Berenty Lodge.
Day 3 – A scenic day
In the morning drive to Fort-Dauphin, passing by the Anosy Mountains. The drive is very scenic, green and lush, with rice fields, local palms and mango trees. After crossing the last part of the south bush, climb to Col de Ranopiso. Arrive in Fort-Dauphin around noon. In the afternoon, take a city tour around this diverse and scenic town with a turbulent history. This area has two micro-climates, the humid one creating a lush tropical forest and huge mountains and the dry one creating thorny forests. Beautiful beaches are topping the scenery. After the city tour continue to Nahampoana Park, another reserve with a large population of lemurs. Overnight at Talinjoo Hotel.
Day 4 – Boat trip to Lokaro
After breakfast, drive up to Lanirano Lake and take the boat along a narrow channel through a lagoon with lush mangroves. After crossing Ambavarano, you will reach the scenic village of Evatra where the lake meets the sea, creating beautiful creeks. Ah, those old pirogues of the local fishermen! Continue sailing up to the Col. More and more wonderful views out there. Don’t miss the nepenthes, a carnivorous plant. Lokaro bay, a round bay with green water will show up at the end of the trip. The bay is famous for prawns and crawfish – a great place for a lunch break. Return to Fort-Dauphin at the end of the afternoon. Overnight at Talinjoo Hotel.
Day 5 – Fly to Tulear
After breakfast, take a short 45-min flight to Tulear around 10.30. Extending along the Mozambique Channel, immediately north of the Tropic of Capricorn, Toliara is the largest town of southern Madagascar. The Great Reef extending all the way to Morombe starts here. Toliara is often called City of the Sun due to strong sunshine. Upon arrival, transfer to Antsokay Arboretum, a botanical park of 40 ha located in the south-east of the town. Local plants, threatened by constant deforestation and bushfires are reproduced and multiplied here by seed or transplant. This is a really beautiful garden to see. Overnight at the Arboretum d’ Antsokay.
Day 6 – The dreamy Anakao
Early in the morning, transfer to the harbour and take a 45 minutes boat transfer to Anakao. This charming Vezo village with white-sand beaches and emerald sea is one of the most beautiful places in Madagascar. Discovered by the local fishermen not so long ago, Anakao is still unspoiled and authentic. Spend dreamy moments in the wild, refill your batteries with pure energy and beauty. For something more active, the reefs off Anakao offer good diving and surfing. While snorkelling it is possible to see a myriad of fish. Spend the rest of day at leisure. Overnight at Anakao Ocean Lodge.
Day 7 – A day at sea visiting Nosy Ve and Nosy Satrana
After breakfast take a sea tour. Two coral islands surround Anakao and its lagoon, Nosy Ve and Nosy Satrana. Nosy Ve is home to the only colony of tail-straw tropic birds, also called the red-tailed phaeton. They hide all over the island to lay eggs and hatch. Nosy Satrana is located inside the lagoon itself. Visit both islands on a pirogue, when the tide is right. The site is also ideal for whale watching along the coast during the austral winter. Spend the day swimming and snorkelling. Enjoy the feeling of being at the end of the world. The guides will prepare a delicious lunch from the fresh catch. Overnight at Anakao Ocean Lodge.
Day 8 – Tsimanampetsotra
After breakfast, take a sandy road to the spectacular Tsimanampetsotsa (drive about 3h). The park is a leading biological site and one of the most important nature reserves in Madagascar. This unique alkaline lake is a bird paradise, among which pink flamingos. You will also see huge baobabs, colourful Mahafaly tombs and a cave. Later on, visit Ampotaka, which is not far from Betioky. This part of Madagascar is very dry and the local people dig out cavities in the baobab trunks, serving as water reserves. Finish the trip at the stunning Ambola beach. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at Ambola Lodge.
Day 9 – Departure
After breakfast drive back to Anakao to take a 45-min boat ride to Tulear. Depending on your flight departure you can spend some time in the city. Don’t miss the small shellfish market with various handicrafts in Tulear. You can extend your stay for several more days, especially if you are interested in surfing and kite-surfing, there are some good waves in the area created by the reef. This hidden paradise with a 5* pure nature will always be remembered as unique and beautiful.