Land of baobabs

This adventure trip brings you to the remote west of Madagascar, 4×4 driving on all kinds of track, wading through rivers, crossing saltpans and mangroves, navigating tall grass, bush plains and sand dunes. Discover the land of Mikea, a primitive tribe of hunters and baobabs. Also, the colour of this trip is turquoise. Discover magical lagoons and bays, a magnificent coral reef full of marine life. This is a journey that will reconcile you with nature.

Morondava – Tulear – Anakao – Ifaty – Andravona – Andavadoaka  – Morombe – Tulear

10 Days – From £1,270 per person

  • Price is per person, based on two people sharing in a double/twin room. If more than two people travel together, the price will be lower.
  • Accommodation & meals as per itinerary (breakfast and picnic lunch)
  • All the excursions mentioned in the itinerary on a private basis except the expedition with the scientist which is on a shared basis
  • All transfers by car and boat on a private basis
  • Car rental including a driver, gas and insurance as per itinerary
  • Professional English speaking naturalist guide
  • Entrance & guiding fees to all the mentioned National Parks
  • 1 large bottle of water per day per person
  • All mandatory local taxes
  • International and Domestic Flights
  • Personal Expenses
  • Insurance
  • Visa
  • Tips & Porters
  • Additional Drinks

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.

Give us a call or email us at madagascar@boutiquetravelexperts.com to discuss your requirements, check availability and get a confirmed price. 

 Day 1 Morondava

 Today you will arrive in Morondava – the gateway the Avenue of the Baobabs. The majestic Grandidier’s baobabs are aligned along the road, wowing anyone passing by. There are said to be very old, millenniums old. Don’t miss out the Baobabs in love, two hugging baobabs growing together through centuries. Observe a spectacular sunset over the trees. Spend the evening at leisure.

Baobab Alley

Day 2 Fly to Tulear

After breakfast, fly to Tulear. Extending along the Mozambique Channel, immediately north of the Tropic of Capricorn, Toliara is the largest town of southern Madagascar. The Great Reef starts from here and goes north all the way to Morombe. Toliara is sometimes called the “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.

Auberge de la table - Toliara

Day 3 – Tsimanampetsotra

After breakfast take a sandy road to the spectacular Tsimanampetsotsa (drive about 3h). The park is one of the most important nature reserves in Madagascar. This unique alkaline lake is a flamingo paradise. You will see huge baobabs, colourful Mahafaly tombs and a cave. Don’t miss the famous blind fish. After, visit Ampotaka, located on the Mahafaly plateau, not far from Betioky. It is very dry here and the local people dig out cavities in the baobab trunks, serving as cisterns during the rainy season. This way the local communities survive the dry season. On the way back, pass by Ambola beach. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at Ambola Lodge.

Flamingoes

Day 4 Anakao to Ifaty

After breakfast drive back to Anakao to take a 45-min boat ride to Tulear and continue to Ifaty. Upon arrival, visit Reniala Baobab Reserve, which is located near the sea, at the exit of the Mangily village, with a botanical trail and a bird sanctuary. The reserve covers an area of ​​45 hectares with an additional 15 hectares of buffer zone between the reserve and the clearing areas. Transfer by boat and by road from Ankao may take about 3 hours. Overnight at Le Paradisier.

Salary Bay

Day 5 Ifaty to Andravona

After breakfast drive to Andravona (4 hours driving). Andravona has a large white sandy beach and beautiful views. Visit the local unique tribe “Mikea” and the nearby beautiful forest. This tribe hardly has any contact with the outside world. They still practice bees-hunting in the forest of Befandefa. Walk along the Vezo fisherman village and watch the return of fishermen from the sea accompanied with women and children waiting to fetch the fish. Relax and watch the beautiful sunset on the Mozambique Channel. Enjoy the views – it’s an absolutely stunning place. Overnight at Mikea Lodge.

Mikea Lodge

Day 6 Andavadoaka 

Today drives are shorter, but so spectacular. Stop in a pond surrounded by huge baobabs.  After a picnic, continue across the coastal line adorned with nice view of the sea, baobabs and thorny forests. You will arrive after 2,5 h.  Andavadoaka, is a relaxing fishermen village with breathtaking scenery. The village is famous for its turquoise bay, rich reefs and idyllic beaches. The reef barrier creates coral islands a little further north. Inland, short bottle-like baobabs grow in the thorny forest, creating a surreal landscape. There is also an algae plantation nearby. Enjoy the beautiful and eerie scenery, blue emerald sea, small creeks, sand, spiny forest. Overnight at Laguna Blue.

Baobabs near Andavadoaka

Day 7 Morombe

Today visit the unique forest in the world, located in Morombe, with several giants of Grandidieri baobabs from a small village of Andombiry. The baobabs of this region are very old. The majority of them measure between 15 and 25 meters in circumference. The largest baobab of Madagascar, Tsitakakoike, is to be found here (27m). A sacred tree, it is respected and protected. It is hard not to feel small in front of such a wonderful creature. Overnight at Hotel la Pirogue d’Or.

Morombe

Day 8 – Morombe – Bay of Assassins  – Salary

Early breakfast and drive back toward Salay Bay. Enjoy the last day of baobabs and stop at the Assassin’s Bay. Continue to Salary Bay in the afternoon. Overnight at Salary Bay.

Salary bay

Day 9 – Salary – Tulear

Today drive back to Tulear through Ifaty. Stop to see Massif de Roses? Overnight at Auberge de la Table.

Tulear

Day 10 Departure

Today fly out from Tulear. Depending on your time schedule and time permitting, take a short tour of the city, visit the small shellfish market.

Morondava Beach