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Land of Lemurs

The Land of Lemurs Tour is a 11-day private guided itinerary exploring the very green forests of the very south of Madagascar. If you like the road less traveled, raw and untouched places – this trip is for you. The tour has been exceptionally designed for nature lovers, for a group of friends or couples who like to explore and do something active, as well as for families traveling with children. Many of the included highlights are unique in the world, only to be found in Madagascar. 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. Hike in the endemic forest, meet the playful lemurs, watch the whales in Fort Dauphin and relax a few days on the beach at the end. The program includes a mix of accommodation in small boutique hotels with comfort and charm. We can tailor this itinerary to suit your plans by changing the length of the trip or the order of activities.

11 Days – From £2,570 per person 

*equivalent in USD, EUR accepted

Itinerary: Fort Dauphin, Berenty, Saint Luce, Fort Dauphin

  • Price is per person, based on two people sharing in a double/twin room
  • Half Board Accommodation (except for days 3 to 5 -BB)
  • All the excursions mentioned in the itinerary on a private basis
  • All transfers on a private basis
  • Entrance & guiding fees to all the mentioned National Parks
  • Professional English speaking driver/guide 
  • All mandatory local taxes
  • Visa, where applicable
  • International Flights (See Flights to Madagascar)
  • Domestic Flights (allow around £300-350 per person for FTU-TLE-TNR)
  • Personal Expenses
  • Insurance
  • Tips & Gratuities
  • Meals not mentioned in the description

International flights are not included in the package price. We give you the freedom to book the flights yourself, 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.

For families and groups (starting with 5 pax), we can book domestic flights in Madagascar, during the high season, and if the trip is part of a more complex itinerary. This is to ensure a seamless travel and no complications.

Send us a message on WhatsApp or Email us to check availability, discuss your preferences and get a quote.

This is a sample itinerary and prices are correct at the time of writing. We can tailor it to suit your plans by changing the length of the trip or the order of activities. More days can be added. Other hotels can be chosen, according to your liking. For more travel inspiration check these itineraries.

To avoid unpleasant weather surprises, we recommend to check our Madagascar Weather Guide to plan your trip in the right season. Click on the month you want to travel in and see the tours which are best for each month of the year. 

Day 1 - Berenty

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.

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Day 2 - Lemurs & 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.

Lemurs of Madagascar

Day 3 - Fort-Dauphin

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.

View of Fort-Dauphin, Madagascar

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 Overnight at Talinjoo Hotel.

Fort Dauphin, Madagascar

Day 5 - Transfer to Manafiafy

This morning you will be transferred to Manafiafy lodge (2,5hrs). Manafiafy, also known as Sainte Luce, is a beautiful sandy bay, fringed with forest covered mountains and wildlife rich mangroves. After refreshing, head for a night walk in the coastal rainforest. Explore the untouched paths of southern Madagascar to spot lemur, birds and chameleons, many of them being endemic. You’ll see nocturnal lemurs leaping through the trees, owls, satanic leaf-tailed geckos and other masters of camouflage. Return to the lodge for dinner. Overnight at Manafiafy Lodge.

Beach in Saint Luce, Madagascar

Day 6 - Manafiafy

After breakfast, head to the Stitch project and local woodworking shop to interact with the local Antanosy community. Stitch was created by the NGO Azafady to provide local women with sustainable livelihoods by training them in embroidery, English and business skills. After lunch and a bit of a rest, head to the nearby mangrove network by motorboat for bird-watching. Watch the magnificent Anosy mountain range in the backdrop. Endemic birds include kingfishers, hawks, the ibis and coua. After the scenic trip through the mangroves return to the lodge for dinner. Overnight at Manafiafy Lodge.

Manafiafy, a luxury small lodge in the south of Madagascar

Day 7 - Manafiafy

Before breakfast, head for a sunrise walk in the coastal rainforest to see groups of red-collared lemur foraging for food as they leap through the rainforest canopy. This type to lemur lives in groups of up to 20 individuals and is actives largely at dawn and dusk. This is a great time for birding, some species to see are coua, vanga and parrots. Return to the lodge for breakfast. Relax until your late afternoon excursion to see Madagascar’s largest bat, the flying fox, roosting in a nearby community forest, then filling the sky at dusk as they fly off on search of food. Return to the lodge for dinner. Overnight at Manafiafy Lodge.

Lemurs in Manafiafy

Day 8 - Manafiafy

Morning at your leisure. Suggested trips: whale-watching (June to November) and deep sea fishing. Manafiafy is one of the best places to see hump-back whales in Madagascar with regular sightings of mothers and their calves. After lunch, head to Manafiafy village. Manafiafy is a lovely Antanosy village with traditional wooden houses and pirogues lining the beachfront. Learn about the local customs and interact with the fishermen and their families. End your day with a sundowner overlooking Manafiafy bay from a rocky outcrop offering stunning views of the area. Overnight at Manafiafy Lodge.

whale jumping out of the water in Ile Sainte Marie, Madagascar

Day 9 - Private Island Camping

After a day at leisure, enjoy a true Robinson Crusoe experience. You will be taken to a private island less than a mile out from the Saint Luce peninsula where you will enjoy unspoilt beaches and sleep under the stars in your very own tree tent. Enjoy a day at the end of the world, in full privacy, away from it all. A sumptuous meal will be prepared by your personal chef and served on the beach. Overnight on the private island in a comfortable tent which will be prepared for you by the staff. A sky full of stars and the sounds of nature are sometimes the right luxury we are longing for. Return to the lodge the following morning for breakfast. 

fresh seafood grill at Manafiafy, a luxury small lodge in the south of Madagascar

Day 10 - Manafiafy to Antananarivo

After returning from the island, an early breakfast will be served at the lodge. Check out and drive back to Fort Dauphin (2,5h), where you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Antananarivo with Tsaradia regular flight. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure, strolling through the markets, or do something fun. We highly recommend taking a local cooking class in the capital and learn more about chocolate, seasoning and spices. It is a fun activity with take-away gifts and a delicious lunch/dinner at the end. Overnight at Maison Gallieni.

Manafiafy, a luxury small lodge in the south of Madagascar

Day 11 - Departure

According to your flight’s schedule, you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight. Extend this trip with some adventure either before or after Sainte Marie. Get active by exploring the numerous national parks scattered across the island and hike in the Tsingy of Bemaraha or Tsingy d’Ankarana, Isalo or Andringitra. Go beach hopping in the north or visit the remote baobab forests in the south-west of Madagascar. Madagascar has plenty of interesting activities awaiting for you. For a luxurious honeymoon, you can choose to stay at Anjajavy, alternatively Masoala and Mandrare are also interesting to explore. 

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