1000 VIEWS OF MADAGASCAR

12 DAYS FROM AND TO ANTANANARIVO

 This is an island waiting to be explored.
Discover the best of Madagascar during this fascinating eleven-day tour with
lemurs, colourful tribes, tropical beaches, bustling markets and everchanging scenery. 

Begin your adventure in Tana and travel through unspoilt
nature, the dense forests of Andasibe, the eroded hills of Antsirabe,
Fianarantsoa, Isalo National Park, Ifaty and Tulear.

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I’m proud to say it loud that my team and I know Africa better than anyone, Our company was crafted from the fundamental idea and mission to transforming safari towards an equal opportunity an beyond, In understanding the privilege and values of offering the highest and most professional hospitality. ( The safari Grandfather legend Eliud Veneti)  who has now retired but remains key advisory, I’m particularly proud to share that knowledge with all our guests. With us, you will see, experience, taste, and smell Africa like never before. You will explore Africa’s backbone where you will discover magical things. 

Born and raised in Africa; I’ve studied, researched, and trekked this land and I know secret roots, Your Tanzania safari will be special, As our guest, you will receive the red carpet treatment everywhere you go. 

I will show you my home village, where no other tourists visit. You will celebrate with the Wameru Tribe, Maasai tribe, sipping local wines and tasting organic coffee from our family farm to your table. The personalized safari is an unequaled immersion in the fabled beats of Africa in an extraordinary style.”

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Tour Highlights

Antananarivo:
Capital city of Madagascar

Natural Reserve of Andasibe:
Great location for finding lemurs

Antsirabe:
Known as the centre of the beer industry

Ambositra:
The centre of Madagascar's wood carving industry

Ranomafana National Park:
Known for its rain forest covered hills and abundant wildlife

Fianarantsoa:

The centre of wine industry in Madagascar

Ihosy:

Drive through the capital of the Bara tribes

Isalo National Park:

Hike in the park known for its beautiful vegetation and natural pool

Ifaty:

An ideal place for diving, snorkelling, seasonal whale watching.

Reniala Park:

A small reserve hosting baobabs, spiny forest and some of the largest chameleons in the world.

DEPARTURE DATES 2019

Every day of the week, subject to availability. Should you require flights, please contact our reservations team for further information.

Quick Facts

Tour type:
Private Lodge Tour

Countries visited:
Madagascar

Start & End:
Antananarivo

Vehicle:
1-3 Clients: Sedan vehicle 4+ Clients: Sprinter

Group Size:
Min. 1 / Max. 10

Meals:
11 x Breakfast

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THE SOUTHEAST OF MADAGASCAR THE OMBENI EXPERIENCE & OUTFITTERS ITINERARY

Tour hosted by: Ombeni Emanuel & Ombeni Safari Team

DAY 1: ANTANANARIVO, MADAGASCAR
On arrival in Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar, you will be welcomed and provided with assistance by one of our friendly staff before transferring to your hotel in the city. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure.

Accommodation:

Hotel Carlton, Palissandre Hotel & Spa or similar (rooms with en- suite bathrooms
DAY 2: ANTANANARIVO TO ANDASIBE, MADAGASCAR B
In the morning we will start our journey with a drive to Andasibe through the green and luxuriant vegetation of eastern Madagascar. This brings us to a very humid part of the country with many primary forests and lakes. Along the way we will see Merina villages spread in the rocky mountains. We arrive at Andasibe in the afternoon and check-in to the hotel. In the evening we will set off from the hotel at approximately 19h00 on a night walk to observe night active lemurs and other nocturnal animals. We return to the hotel where we overnight.

Distance:

150 km Accommodation: Andasibe Hotel, Vakona Forest Lodge, Sahatandra River Hotel or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms & veranda)

DAY 3: NATURAL RESERVE OF ANDASIBE
We start our morning with a visit to the Special Reserve of Andasibe to see the Indri, the largest lemurs on the island. This 810 ha reserve is unique with its endemic fauna and flora and contains a wide variety of orchids, canopy, and endemic animals like chameleons, tenrecs, and many birds. In the afternoon, we visit the V.O.I.I.M.A community reserve. This reserve provides a sustainable way of saving the remaining rainforests in the area by creating a livelihood for the local communities through reforestation projects. Here you will also come across a variety of wildlife, ranging from brown lemurs, indri, chameleons, geckos and birds. We overnight at the same hotel.

Accommodation:

Andasibe Hotel, Vakona Forest Lodge, Sahatandra River Hotel or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms & veranda)
DAY 4: ANDASIBE TO ANTSIRABE
We drive back to Tana, and head south to Antsirabe, across the highland landscape with its beautiful rice fields on display. The spectacular eroded hills called ‘lavaka’ remind us of the Far East with its rice fields and green landscape with vegetables and fruit trees. We stop in Ambatolampy for a quick visit to this huge agricultural city, also recognised as a source of aluminium. Arrival in Antsirabe is around 17h00. ‘The place of salt’ is an elegant city and known as the centre of the beer industry – we can smell the Star Brewery as we enter the town! Founded by Norwegians in 1856, it is the only place which really feels and looks like a European city. It has a temperate climate and therefore fruit and vegetables which grow in colder climates, are found in Antsirabe.

Distance:

309 km Accommodation: Royal Palace Hotel, Plumeria Hotel or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms)
DAY 5: AMBOSITRA TO RANOMAFANA NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast we drive to Ambositra, the centre of Madagascar’s wood carving industry. The highlands are characterized by its architecture: The houses are made with ornately carved wooden balconies and shutters with bright colours. Further on we pass the ‘le col de tapia’, a type of tree resistant to bush fires. The landscape is still dominated by rice fields, pine forests, eucalyptus trees and rocky mountains. We turn off from the main road to reach our destination for the day: Ranomafana National Park.

Distance:

250 km Accommodation: Setam Lodge, Hotel Thermal or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms)
DAY 6: RANOMAFANA NATIONAL PARK
The approximately 40,000 ha of Parc National de Ranomafana with its rain forest covered hills and abundant wildlife, has long been considered one of Madagascar’s highlights, and is one of the country’s national parks most heavily visited. Its entrance lies about 7 km from Ranomafana village and altitudes in the park range from 800 m to 1200 m. In addition to its densely forested hills, Ranomafana’s terrain is characterised by numerous small streams which plummet down to the beautiful Namorona River. Although much of the region has been logged, the easternmost part of the park retains relatively large areas of primary forest. You will go for long walks in the National Park spotting some of the lemurs, chameleons and other animals.

Accomodation.

Setam Lodge, Hotel Thermal or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms)

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DAY 7: RANOMAFANA - FIANARANTSOA – ISALO
Returning on the road we came on, we leave Ranomafana and visit a local wine farm for wine tasting near Fianarantsoa ‘the city where one learns good things’. Note that visits to the wine farms may not be possible over weekends. The city is the gate to the South, the capital of the Betsileo tribes and the centre of the catholic religion. Most of the best schools in the country are also found here. Fianarantsoa is the centre of wine industry – the climate is said not to be ideal for grape vines, but it is a tradition left by the priests and monks who lived in the area of Fianarantsoa. We then head southwards to Ambalavao and visit the ‘Anteimoro Paper Factory’ which is a vestige of the Arabian civilisation on the island. We also visit Anja Park – a community run park where you can see some families of ring- tailed lemurs, also known as “Lemur Catta”. We continue to Ihosy the capital of the Bara tribes, who are shepherds of Zebu, and further on pass through the mountain chain of Andringitra, which serves as a transition between the dry south and green highlands with its famous ‘3 hillocks’ and its huge ‘archbishop’s cape’.

Along the way we will see from afar a spectacular huge granite dome with twin rock towers called ‘the gate of the south’, which in fact marks the end of the highland and the beginning of the south. The ‘Bishop’s hat’ is another noticeable, imposing formation and a sacred location for the local people – a place where their ancestors chose a collective suicide rather than to give in to the Merina tribes. We then pass through the huge ‘Plateaux de Horombe’ with its very deep red soil, which reminds us of ‘the no man’s land’ and we arrive in Isalo.

Distance:

355 km Accommodation: Isalo Rock Lodge, Jardin du Roy or similar (room with en-suite bathroom & air-conditioning)
DAY 8: ISALO NATIONAL PARK
Today, we will visit and hike in the Isalo National Park. The park covers an area of 81,540 ha, comprising of the entire stretch of the Isalo massif. This huge mountain is very spectacular with its eroded sandstone elevations. After a 10 minute drive from Ranohira village, we park our car and walk about 11⁄2 hour to reach the Natural Swimming Pool. Along the way we will see vegetation like Uapaca bojeri, Pachypodium rosulatum or ‘elephant’s foot’ and Aloe isaloensis, a native species of aloe endemic to Isalo. The eroded mountains also served as a place where the Bara kept their dead before they could bury them in their actual tombs. We start our climb and reach the massif after walking about 20 minutes, where we will have a spectacular view of the huge sandstone mountains with its beautiful colours and its strange and battered formations creating many different images like ‘the tortoise’, ‘the masks’ and ‘the crocodiles’. We see small streams of water, and rivers which are marked by lines of brilliant green, generally made up of numerous Pandanus pulcher and the delicate, slim-stemmed, feathery leaved palm Chrysalidocarpus isaloensis. Along the way, there may be sifakas, brown lemurs and ring-tailed lemurs, as well as fifty-five species of birds, lizards and snakes. We finally reach the swimming pool, with its crystal clear water – a great reward after a long and very hot walk.

Accommodation:

Isalo Rock Lodge, Jardin du Roy or similar (room with en-suite bathroom & air-conditioning)
DAY 9: ISALO TO IFATY
After breakfast, we continue to Tuléar, the terminal of the National Road N° 7. This part of our journey brings us to new scenery among the dry forests of the west and the spiny desert of the south. On the way, we admire the different ‘Mahafaly tombs’ and the ‘Antandroy tombs’. After a short visit of Tuléar we drive to Ifaty, which lies about 27 km from Tuléar. Due to the bad condition of the road, it will take us about 21⁄2 hours to reach Ifaty, the driest part of the country. Situated in the Deep South, the landscape is dominated by the cactus-like, spiny forest of different euphorbiaceae and didieraceae. We will cross the dry and sandy soil where the local people battle to find drinking water. Mangrove trees line the coast alternated by Vezo communities which earn their living from fishing. We will see many small pirogues with men who go out fishing twice a day, while children and women wait on the coast to collect the fish before taking them to Tuléar for sale. Distance:

265 km Accommodation: Le Paradisier, Les Dunes D’Ifaty or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms)
DAY 10: IFATY, MADAGASCAR
Ifaty lies on the beach. It is therefore an ideal place for diving and snorkelling and a popular place for birdwatchers. Here you can also experience the Vezo fishermen’s life. Many excursions are possible on this leisure day. Visit the Reniala Forest where you can see two kinds of baobabs, spiny bush, reptiles like ‘boa madagascariensis’, geckos and the ‘chameleon parsoni’, which is one of the largest chameleons in the world. You can also take a boat trip to see whales. From July to mid-September, whales come to the cool seas of Madagascar to give birth to their young. It is a spectacular experience, and it is possible to see the whales very near to the boat. Situated in the largest lagoon of the country, Ifaty is also protected by a large coral reef, which makes it an ideal place for diving and snorkelling. In the afternoon we can walk to the village of Mangily to visit a local school and experience the Vezo fishermen’s way of life, especially as they return from fishing.

Accommodation::

Le Paradisier, Les Dunes D’Ifaty or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms)
DAY 11: IFATY – TULÉAR – ANTANANARIVO
Early in the morning at around 6h00 we transfer to the airport for the flight back to Tana. After check-in at the hotel, you have the afternoon free to explore and to do some sightseeing. The capital of Madagascar is also called the ‘City of Thousands’ and it is where the first King started to unify the different kingdoms of the island. Tana was built in three stages: The high city, the first area occupied during the regal period where the old queen’s palace is situated; the mid-city, where all the chic boutiques of the capital are found; and then the low city, which is the commercial area of the town. Walk from the high city to see the Rova, the queen’s palace, and the house of the first minister during these days, which is now a museum. All of these were built by Frenchman Jean Laborde during the royal period. The mid-city, or the administration area, ends at the Rainiharo tombs and the lower town is situated in the main avenue called ‘L’avenue de l’independence’ dominated by the railway station.

Distance::

20 km Accommodation: Hotel Carlton, Palissandre Hotel & Spa or similar (rooms with en- suite bathrooms)
DAY 12: ANTANANARIVO, MADAGASCAR
Today is the end of our tour and you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

Please be advised: Accommodation are subject to change
on the basis of time of registration

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PRE-DEPARTURE INFORMATION

DEPARTURE:

When arriving in Antananarivo in the morning of Day 1 of the tour you will be picked up from the airport and embark on your tour. Should you arrive prior to day 1, pre tour accommodation can be arranged and you will be picked up from your hotel on the morning of day 1 (Pick up time will be confirmed on arrival).

TRANSPORT:

In Antananarivo we use an air-conditioned vehicle, and for the rest of the tour, we use 4×4 vehicles.

ACCOMMODATION:

The accommodation on this tour has been selected for its barefoot luxury offering, quite unique to Madagascar.

The Grand Urban Hotel has 45 rooms, with a mix of elegance and charm. The rooms are opulent, clean and sophisticated in its decor. The Hotel has a trendy restaurant and the menu ranges from local specialities to Mediterranean dishes. At night the Skybar turns into a lively place where a cocktail and conversation are the perfect duo.

Mandrare River Camp has just six private tents situated on the riverbank, each enjoying spectacular views of the river and the surrounding landscape. The camp has many natural wonders nearby, allowing you to explore this unique part of the world. Each double or twinbedded tent has en-suite facilities with solar water heating and solar power for night time lighting.

Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge contains only five private bungalows and offers an intriguing combination of rain forest lodge and barefoot luxury beach property all rolled into one. Each spacious en-suite bungalow is constructed out of local stone and mangrove poles under a palm-thatched roof having its own sundeck and separate access to the magnificent unspoilt beach and ocean.

VISAS:

A visa is required to enter the territory of Madagascar and can easily be obtained upon arrival at the airport of Antananarivo with a validity of up to 90 days. Tourists staying for less than one month, can purchase a visa for 115’000 Ariary (around 35 €). Paying with the exact amounts or small currency is advised. No photographs are required, however please ensure that passports are valid for at least 6 months after return date.

TRAVEL INSURANCE:

Please note that travel and cancellation insurance is mandatory for every guest travelling with Ombeni Madagascar Safaris. All insurance is solely the responsibility of our guests. Please ensure you arrange your own insurance with protection for the full duration of your journey to cover personal injury, damage and loss of personal items including but not limited to camera equipment and other electronic items, medical expenses, repatriation expenses and loss of luggage, etc. Please speak to your travel agent if you require assistance. MAKING YOUR TRAVELS MEANINGFUL: The OMBENI fOUNDATION Your booking makes a difference: http://theombenifoundation.org

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