Great Madagascar Tours

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Tana; Berenty, Fort Dauphin; Antsirabe; Ranomafana; Fianarantsoa; Ambalavao; Ranohira; Isalo; Toliara and Ifaty.

Available languages:

English, French (German, Italian, Russian and Mandarin are with a supplement cost)

Rating: SEASON:
April to December

Next departure: Aug 7th - Aug 19th 2024


  • Handcraft in Antsirabe
  • Cameleon in Ramomafana Park
  • Isalo Natural windows
  • Ring-tailed Lemur
  • Sifaka Great Madagascar Tours
The RN7 to Tulear & Berenty map





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Privatization possible from 2 persons





Fly from Antananarivo to Fort Dauphin and then depart for Berenty reserve, you will discover lemurs; birds; spiny forest and Nahampoana reserve to offer you the best of the botanical garden in Madagascar, short visit of Fort Dauphin before flying back to Antananarivo. Depart to discover the best of the RN7, Ambatolampy and visit the aluminum foundry, visit Antsirabe city and its handcrafts, the thermal, visit Ambositra wood-carving workshop, visit Ranomafana National Park to see the golden bamboo lemur. Continuation to Fianarantsoa and visit its beautiful old town where you will discover the six churches with beautiful spot views of the city. Depart for Ambalavao and visit the Antemoro paper, embroideries and silks, short visit of Ambalavao city characterized by its old colonial houses decorated with different shapes of the veranda. Visit Anja reserve to see the famous ring-tailed Lemurs, chameleons, and geckos. Crossing the plateau of Ihorombe, visit Isalo National Park, including the deep canyons, the natural swimming pools where you will discover lemurs, scorpions, endemic birds... Reach Isalo Natural windows to see the sun set. Depart for Ilakaka, the sapphire village, then reaches Toliara, along the road you are going to see the Mahafaly tombs and the Baobabs. Depart to Ifaty, visit the renal reserve, possibility of diving, snorkeling, big game fishing and whale watching. Fly from Toliara to Antananarivo and visit Ambohimanga Kings Palace or the Queen Palace.


Discover the ethnic group Antandroy’s daily life and its cultures
Discover Berenty Private & Nahampoana reserves
Discover Fort Dauphin
Discover the dry vegetation of the Southern part
Highlands Landscapes, the serpent’s hills, the plains, the rice fields
Highlands’ house architectural and its red bricks
The various ethnic groups, its cultures and arts ...
The national parks and reserve (Ranomafana, Anja and Isalo N.P)
Dry landscape of the most Southern part and the plateau of Horombe
The multicolored graves Mahafaly and its Aloalo The majestic Baobabs
The tropic of Capricorn and Tuléar
Ifaty and its beautiful beach + activities (Diving; snorkeling; Reniala reserve …)
Ambohimanga Kings Palace (UNESCO SITE)


May 22nd Jun 3rd - € 1735 From 4 pax JOIN THIS GROUP
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Aug 7th Aug 19th - € 1735 From 4 pax JOIN THIS GROUP
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Oct 12th Oct 23rd - € 1735 From 4 pax JOIN THIS GROUP

The price indicated is per person sharing room (DBL or TWIN), it is based on 4 Persons + 1 private assistant/guide during the whole tour; if more, we will send you the final price at the confirmation.



Private Meet & greet at Antananarivo international airport
Return private transfers from/in airport/hotel
Private vehicle with a driver (Fuel included)
Private tour guide English speaking.
Accommodations in standard DOUBLE/TWIN room with private sanitary
All meals as specified
Entrance Parks/reserve and local guide fees
One bottle of mineral water per person
The domestic flight tickets in economic class (DECOUVERTE OFFER / LL1)
Taxes, VAT and the service fees


All international flight costs and visa fees or assistance unless otherwise specified.
Tips; drinks; personal expense and none specified items.

Ticket Flight Condition:

COUP DE COEUR (EL1): Nonrefundable and non modifiable rate after issuing the ticket flight
DECOUVERTE OFFER (LL1): Nonrefundable and modifiable rate with penalty of € 18/person after issuing the ticket flight
LIBERTE (YL1): Refundable and modifiable rate with penalty of € 18/person after issuing the ticket fligh
PRIVILEGE (CL1): Refundable and modifiable rate with penalty of € 18/person after issuing the ticket flight


13 days/12 nights: From Antananarivo to Antananarivo.
Fixed date departure: This is a group tour then you cannot customize the predefined itinerary, but you can modify your accommodation according to your needs (There may be an extra charge so please contact us)
Wish to privatize this tour? You can privatize and customize this itinerary, choose your travel dates, your accommodations, meal plans and budget according to your needs. Talk to our destination specialists to find out more about this trip and to get advice on whether it is the best one you’re your specific requirements and interests. We guarantee the lowest price guarantee.

Day 1: Antananarivo

Meet and greet at Antananarivo airport by GMT+3 staff and then transfer to your hotel in Antananarivo city. Briefing about the program and introducing the timing.

TRANSPORATION: Private Vehicle

Day 2: Antananarivo – Fort Dauphin – Berenty (1h15 flight & 90km +/- 3h)

After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight to Fort Dauphin. Upon arrival, meet and then depart to Berenty. Check in at your lodge. Time to discover the reserve with your guide. You will see very close several species of lemurs, some snakes, parrots, eagles, and other wildlife in the virgin forest. After the visit, drive back to the lodge throughout Antandroy museum and a re-constructed Antandroy village.

BREAKFAST: Included | LUNCH: Included | DINER: Excluded | ACCOMMODATION: Hotel
TRANSPORATION: Private Vehicle

Day 3: Berenty

With its large populations of Ringtails, Brown Lemurs and Verreaux’ Sifakas, the private Berenty Nature Reserve is probably the country’s best known protected area. The reserve contains nearly a third of the remaining tamarind gallery forest in Madagascar and is the best place on the island to see Ringtail Lemurs and Verreaux’s Sifakas. These large white lemurs are among nature’s most accomplished acrobats, hurling themselves across vast distances between the tamarind trees. In addition to lemurs, we may see civets and flying foxes (large fruit bats). The reserve is one of the best bird watching sites in the country with 83 varied species, including nine birds of prey. In the evening, you have the exciting opportunity to go on a night walk in search of the nocturnal Grey Mouse and White-footed Lemurs.

BREAKFAST: Included | LUNCH: Included | DINER: Excluded | ACCOMMODATION: Hotel
TRANSPORATION: Private Vehicle

Days 4: : Berenty – Fort Dauphin

After breakfast, depart for Fort Dauphin with the same road. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel and have lunch. In the afternoon, you are going to visit Nahampoana private reserve. An old French botanical garden and research center. Habituated Verreaux's Sifaka, Ring-tailed and Red fronted Brown Lemurs, play in the trees and on the grounds near the old colonial house. Other animals we should be able to find include chameleons, tortoises, crocodiles, and a variety of birds. After the visit, drive back to your hotel.

BREAKFAST: Included | LUNCH: Included | DINER: Excluded | ACCOMMODATION: Hotel
TRANSPORATION: Private Vehicle

Day 5: Fort Dauphin – Antananarivo by plane & Antananarivo – Antsirabe (170km +/- 4h drive)

After breakfast, transfer to the airport and then depart direclty to Antsirabe “Malagasy Vichy” by the famous national road number 7 through the typical landscape of the High land such as: rice fields in terraces, red brick houses with thatched roofs... Continue toward Ambatolampy to visit the craft aluminum foundry which produces cookware like pots, spoons, forks that makes its reputation. Nearby, other workshops are dedicated to producing "football games" featuring the best international football teams. Reach Antsirabe and upon arrival, check in at your hotel and then visit the city, discover Independence Avenue, and its beautiful garden, rail station and the old post office. Continuing to Mr. Mamy and his workshop of miniaturized rickshaw, cars, and bicycles will amaze you. Visit at the same time Mrs. Maminirina and her zebus’ horn workshop that you can see demonstration how it makes. Finally, day will be ended with the visit of the Malagasy’s candy shop manufactured by Mr. Marcel. After the visit, drive back to the hotel...

BREAKFAST: Included | LUNCH: Excluded | DINER: Excluded | ACCOMMODATION: Hotel
TRANSPORATION: Private Vehicle & Regular flight

Day 6: Antsirabe – Ambositra – Ranomafana (280 km+/- 6h drive)

Breakfast and then continue to Ambositra which is the capital of the woodcarving handicrafts made by the precious wood like the rosewood, ebony, palissandre wood…. The possibility to visit the workshop before lunch. Continuation to reach Ranomafana National Park. You leave the highland landscape and enter the rainy forest. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel. Night walk before dinner to see nocturnal animals. (The mouse lemurs, frogs, and birds).

BREAKFAST: Included | LUNCH: Excluded | DINER: Excluded | ACCOMMODATION: Hotel
TRANSPORATION: Private Vehicle

Day 7: Ranomafana – Fianarantsoa (70km +/- 2h drive)

Transfer to Ranomafana National Park, try to see in the wild the endemic lemurs which are the greater Bamboo and the Golden bamboo; you may see other lemurs' species as the black and white ruffed; the common brown; Milne Edward's sifaka ... Please note that Ranomafana National Park homes more than 100 birds and the Henst Accipiter henstii which is the top one; the Nelicourvi Weaver and Madagascar White-eye… Five species of viverrids, reptiles, lizards, butterflies, and other insects have been recorded in this park. The area is covered with forests. In the higher areas, the trees are festooned with mosses and lichens. After the visit, drive back to your hotel and have lunch, visit Ranomafana village, you can relax and swim in the pool with its natural spring water. Then depart for Fianarantsoa. Upon arrival, visit the famous workshop of the photograph Mr. Pierrot Men and his black & white post cards, visit the old town, and admire the beautiful colonial architecture and then check in at your hotel.

BREAKFAST: Included | LUNCH: Excluded | DINER: Excluded | ACCOMMODATION: Hotel
TRANSPORATION: Private Vehicle

Day 8: Fianarantsoa – Ambalavao – Ranohira (370km +/- 6h)

After breakfast, depart for Ranohira, via the colonial town of Ambalavao to see some beautiful colonial architecture and the famous Antemoro paper and silk factory. Walk to discover its beautiful verandah which makes them different from its old colonial houses. Continue to the 2nd biggest zebus’ market in Madagascar that you can discover a thousand of zebus and men. Reach anja community reserve, located 12km south of Ambalavao, has dedicated itself to cultural preservation in the region. It is the most visited community managed forest and ecotourism site in Madagascar that guest can easily see and photograph the ring-tailed lemurs, chameleons, snakes, and birds. In the other side, Anja is also a rich cultural site, preserving ancient tombs from the previous two centuries. Guests can see two Betsileo tombs on the short loop. Funeral processions require the dead to be tied to a hand-made ladder, and then pulled by a natural rope that is found in the reserve, tenina Imperata cylindrical, and a thick herb with small white flowers is used to create the needed cord. After the visit, depart for Ranohira via the plateau of Horombe and a very unusual landscape. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel.

BREAKFAST: Included | LUNCH: Excluded | DINER: Excluded | ACCOMMODATION: Berenty Forest Lodge
TRANSPORATION: Private Vehicle

Day 9: Ranohira/Isalo

After breakfast, transfer to the entrance Park to discover Isalo National Park fauna and its flora. Isalo massif is a plateau of continental stoneware dating from the Jurassic. Strongly affected, the only batons split by the sandy valleys and the canyons live: an exceptional show. Today, we are going to begin the visit with the natural green swimming pool and reach Namaza site. You will enjoy the panoramic views, rice fields, cliffs made an incision by gorges. We will cross the luxuriant gorges, marked by its exceptional flora of the rain forest and by its numerous groups of Lemurs. We also find birds, butterflies, lizards and maybe scorpions. Reach the blue and black pool through the deep Canyon. After the visit, back to the car park and then drive back to Ranohira and then to your hotel. Around 4pm, depart to Isalo natural windows to admire the sun set. Back to your hotel after sun set and relax after the long day.

BREAKFAST: Included | LUNCH: Excluded | DINER: Excluded | ACCOMMODATION: Berenty Forest Lodge
TRANSPORATION: Private Vehicle

Day 10: Ranohira – Tulear – Ifaty (275km +/- 5h drive)

After breakfast, departure for Tulear crossing the high plateau of Horombe, passing by the “Sapphire Village” of Ilakaka. Continue to Tulear through the desert landscape and see some Mahafaly tombs with their Totems carved from Aloalo and the famous Baobabs. On arrival in Toliara, continue to Ifaty and then check in at your hotel.

BREAKFAST: Included | LUNCH: Excluded | DINER: Excluded | ACCOMMODATION: Hotel
TRANSPORATION: Private Vehicle

Day 11: Ifaty

Free days at leisure to relax on the beach or discover Ifaty on your own.



Reniala Private Reserve is a small protected area of only 60 ha which is a spiny forest. It homes more than 2000 plants species (many of them local endemic), some spectacular and very old baobabs (there is a giant baobab of 12.5 m diameter). Reniala includes a botanical trail and a bird sanctuary. It is a paradise place for birders because can easily observe some very rare endemic species, such as the long-tailed ground roller, the subdesert mesite, the red-capped coua or the blue vanga. There are 65 bird species in total within the reserve. Visitors can also spot mammals including the grey-mouse lemur, one the smallest primates, and some carnivorous reptiles, like the threatened radiated and spider tortoises, warty chameleons, lizards, and snakes.


Ifaty offers a great site for diving and snorkeling. Madagascar Sport Concept is a PADI diving school offering scuba diving lessons, PADI (open water diver) courses and recreational dives in the Tuléar region of Ifaty.


Sailing by pirogue in the lagoon, on the Great Barrier Reef - the boatmen usually offer you a full day: snorkeling in the morning and picnic with lobster in Ambolimailaka, where we witness the arrival of the Vezo fishermen, dozens of dugout canoes.

BREAKFAST: Included | LUNCH: Excluded | DINER: Excluded | ACCOMMODATION: Hotel
TRANSPORATION: Private Vehicle

Day 12: Ifaty – Tulear – Antananarivo (30km +/- 30mins & 1h15 flight)

Transfer to the airport for your flight in Antananarivo. Upon arrival, you will be met and then transferred to your hotel.

BREAKFAST: Included | LUNCH: Excluded | DINER: Excluded | ACCOMMODATION: On Request
TRANSPORATION: Private Vehicle

Day 13: Antananarivo

After breakfast, depart for Ambohimanga Kings Palace which is located at 22 km from Antananarivo, it is the cradle of the Merina dynasty, the Mecca of the Merina Kingdom and the starting point for the unification of Imerina. This ancient royal city was reputed to be a sacred city where no foreigner could enter. There's a lot to admire in this place. From the entrance of the village, the old stone gate-shaped disc in the chamber, the royal box of Andrianampoinimerina, the summer palace of the queens, the Horse Park, and sacred ponds. The enclosure is surrounded by a wall consisting mainly of egg whites in place of cement. The door to the east has “Ambatomitsangana” inscribed on it and is a large stone disc 4m in diameter rolled closed every night and open every morning by dozens of men. After the visit, continuation to the Digue market, the place for handcrafts Malagasy that you will be able buy some souvenirs. Transfer to the airport for your international flight.

TRANSPORATION: Private Vehicle


Grading is a somewhat difficult topic as much depends on the individual's own perception of his or her abilities. The following is intended as a general guide to our walking grades. This tour is rated medium so everyone can join it. We will usually involve easy walks (2 to 6 hours/day) at low altitudes (below 2000m). Some previous hill walking experience would be beneficial but these walks should be within the capabilities of those who lead a normal active life.


Do you like this trip and want to privatize it? You can modify the accommodation according to your needs. Please contact us!

1  Antananarivo -  3 Mettis hotel -
2 & 3  Berenty -  Berenty Forest Lodge -
4  Fort Dauphin -  Lavasoa Hotel -
5  Antsirabe -  H1 Hotel -
6  Ranomafana -  Grenat Hotel -
7  Fianarantsoa -  Zomatel -
8 & 9  Ranohira -  Toile de L’Isalo -
10 & 11  Ifaty -  Bella Donna -
12   Antananarivo -  3 Mettis hotel -
13  Antananarivo -  - -

Most of the hotels in Madagascar do not have the standard internationnal level, except some hotels in Antananarivo, Sainte Marie and Nosy Be but GMT+3 guarantees to find you the best hotels and accommodation for your budget. We will supply all of the necessary details for you to prepare your holidays and have a memorable stay in each hotel. Please note that in Madagascar, there is only one 5 star hotel, which is the Carlton Hotel in Antananarivo,. Once you leave the capital, the ranges of hotels are varied.

GMT+3 LUXURY (hotels/Lodges/guest house/Camping)

Wherever you stay in Madagascar, we will guarantee to find comfortable hotels, lodges or guesthouses with twin or single rooms and en suite facilities. Our hotels have air-conditioning/heating where appropriate and reliable hot and cold water. They generally have a very good level of service and mosthaveadded amenities such as a restaurant, bar, gardens or swimming pool.

GMT+3 MID-RANGE (hotels/Lodges/guest house/Camping)

These hotels usually have twin or single rooms with en suite facilities. They are generally standard, no-frills hotels with adequate amenities and service standards. Whilst comfort levels are perfectly acceptable to most, please don’t expect too much! These are often small, family-run establishments

GMT+3 BUDGET (hotels/Lodges/guest house/Camping)

These accommodations may be communal or dorm-style, and WC / washing facilities are usually shared. Running hot and cold water may be unreliable or even unavailable. However, these can be the most rewarding and memorable places to stay, despite the comfort levels being low.


Sainte Marie Island (Nosy Boraha) is situated on the East Coast of Madagascar. The most Beach tourist place after Nosy Be and known by its kilometrical sandy beaches shaded by coconut palms, bays and coves protected by coral reefs. Please note that the best beaches are located in the northern; western and in Islet aux Nattes. In the same time, you will like its lush vegetation and animals. In winter (from June to the end of September) the humpback whales (Megaptera) are present around Madagascar but the best place to spot is in Sainte Marie Island …


Location: You need to return in Antananarivo first and then take the flight from Antananarivo to Sainte Marie or continuation to Tamatave and then to Soanierana Ivongo + speed boat to Sainte Marie.
Transportation: by plane; vehicle & Speed boat


Nosy Be island lying about 5 miles (8 km) off the northwestern shore of Madagascar. The name means “Big Island.” It is 19 miles (30 km) long, 12 miles (19 km) wide, and has an area of about 120 square miles (310 square km). Formed by volcanoes, the island is forested and has numerous craters and crater lakes. Its highest point is Mount Passot (1,079 feet [329 metres]). It has an annual rainfall of 78–118 inches (1,975–3,000 mm). The island’s products, chiefly sugar and oils for perfumery, also include rum, vanilla, black pepper, and bitter oranges. Nosy Be is the top beach destination in Madagascar with its surrounding islands remain paradise in the buff. A lot of activiies are available to make your holidays more Unforgettable .


Take a flight from Antananarivo to Nosy Be



Area: 594,180 sq km.
Population: 24,890,189.
Language: French, Malagasy.
Religion: Christian, Muslim.
Local Time: GMT +3
Electric Supply & Plugs: 220V, 50Hz, two pin round plug.
Recommended Maps: Freytag & Berndt 1:2,000,00 Madagascar.
Recommended Books: Bradt Guide: Madagascar, Dervla Murphy: Muddling through Madagascar, G. Durrell: The Aye-aye and I, D. Attenborough: Zoo Quest to Madagascar, I. Sinclair: Birds of the IndianOcean Islands, I. Tattersall: The Primates of Madagascar.


The climate is tropical, but very cold in the highlands (dropping as low as 5°C at night in July/August in Antananarivo). The dry season is March to October continuing into November in most areas. The southwest area is hot, dry and semi-arid. November (spring) is generally the best time for wildlife and birds, but lemurs can be viewed all year round. Additional information and climate charts can be accessed here.

The western coast of Madagascar is much drier than the eastern coast. In general, we can say the climate here is dry tropical. During the dry months between May and November it does not rain at all and the temperatures are pleasant (20 to 25°C on average). Between December and April it can rain torrentially or just a couple of showers, depending on the area and the year. The northern area is greener and indeed considerably wetter than the south. The hottest months are March, April, November and December, when the average temperature is 30° C or even more.



The visa is always free for an holidays less than month and subject to change. We will confirm you before your arrival. Your passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond the date of return.

All visitors must obtain a tourist visa (maximum duration 3 months).
This costs approximately 25.00 Euro per person and can be obtained in any Madagascar Embassy or upon arrival at the international airports of Antananarivo, Diego Suarez, and Nosy Be or in Tamatave (Toamasina). Return International flight tickets.


Please consult your doctor when planning your journey: Malaria is present in most parts of Madagascar. Some form of anti malarial is recommended. Always use mosquito repellent and avoid being bitten. Vaccinations against tetanus, cholera and yellow fever are recommended. Bring your usual medicines because they may not be available in Madagascar.
In top Urgency, GMT+3 works with specialist doctors to assure and assist you before your evacuation.


We recommend you to see a Travel insurance to secure your holidays in Madagascar. You must take your policy document with you on tour and it should state in writing that you are the named policyholder and that the cover is valid for your period of travel. Your policy document must also indicate that you have medical expenses and emergency repatriation cover and a 24-hour contact telephone number for your Insurance Company must be shown on your documentation in case of emergency.



Credit cards are still not used widely in Madagascar. However, they are accepted in big cities, international hotels and in the banks of all cities. You will find ATMs in most main cities, where you can withdraw Ariary. VISA and MASTERCARD are most commonly accepted cards. It is also useful to bring some Travelers Cheques or cash in Euros or US dollars. AMERICAN EXPRESS is seldom accepted outside of Antananarivo. Please note that $100 date 1996 bills are not accepted (better from 2006 dated)


Tips are expected for most services. The size of the tip depends on your satisfaction but 5 to 10 % is an acceptable level. We suggest that you plan on average 10 Euros per person per day for a guide. Remember that wages are very low in Madagascar so be careful not to over tip and create unreasonable expectations for other travelers



Unfortunately it does occasionally happen that luggage does not always reach its destination on the same flight as its owner, or possibly it may be damaged in transit. If you are unlucky enough for this to occur, it is important that you file a PIR (Property Irregularity Report) with the airline before leaving the airport. This is essential when you come to make a claim either against the airline or from your travel insurance company. Please note that 20kg per person is allowed for the internal flight.


Given the variations of day and night temperature, and the changes of altitude between the highlands and the coast, we recommend that you dress in layers. Bring light clothes but have additional layers (fleece, pullover, jacket, windbreaker or raincoat). Make sure you have long sleeves and long trousers to protect against mosquitoes in early morning and dusk.


On each tourt a first aid kit is carried but you should have your own blister kit, supply of plasters, aspirin and other essentials. Please do not give medicines to local people without consulting the tour leader. See the list in the General Information Booklet for more information. A good pair of sunglasses is essential for protection against UV rays and glare at high altitudes. Sun Hat, High Factor Sun Cream/Block & Lip Salve.
Choose a high factor sun cream (Factor 30 or more) to protect your skin against the sun at high altitudes. A combination sun block/ lip salve are ideal for facial protection. A head torch is essential for NOCTURNAL visit. Remember to bring some spare batteries and a bulb. Sun screen and insect repellent. Make sure you have enough camera film and spare batteries, as both are difficult to obtain locally. Bring a beach towel and swimming costume.