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Rock My Madagascar Adventure

16 Nights from £3,395*

Tour Overview

Join us for an incredible expedition to some of the major highlights of Madagascar!

We’ll explore the capital Antananarivo, or ‘Tana’ for short, and visit Andasibe-Mantadia National Park to see the biggest lemur , the indri and take a trip to Lemur Island where you’ll see ring-tailed lemurs (King Julien).

We’ll then fly to the vibrant town of Morondava near to the famous Avenue of the Baobabs. Here we’ll visit a Vezo village to experience authentic Malagasy life.

We’ll then make the adventurous journey to Kirindy and Bekopaka, where will visit Tsingy De Bemaraha National Park and the Manambolo River Gorge.

We end the trip on the islands and beaches around Nosy Be. We’ll visit Nosy Iranja (Turtle Island), Nosy Komba to see the black lemurs, stay at a gorgeous eco-lodge on Nosy Ankazoberavina (a turtle breeding ground), stay on the beach in Nosy Be, swim with whale sharks and relax!

We’ll be accompanied on the trip by a female Malagasy naturalist guide who will tell us all about the history, culture and traditions of Madagascar.

Antsiranana

Indri Lemur Madagascar

Andasibe-Mantadia NP

Antananarivo, Madagascar

Avenue of the Baobabs

Andasibe-Mantadia National Park

Tsingy De Bemaraha NP

Tanzania & Zanzibar Group Tour

Morondava

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Nosy Iranja

Tsingy Rouge Madagascar

Nosy Komba

Mozambique

Whale Sharks

Tour Dates

  • 18 September – 4 October 2024 BOOK NOW

What’s Included

  • 16 nights accommodation
  • 16 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 12 dinners
  • All activities & park fees as per the itinerary below
  • Rock My Adventure group leader & local guides
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information & support
  • All transportation as per the itinerary & included activities (excluding internal flights – paid separately)
  • Tips for local guides

What’s Not Included

  • Flights (international and local)
  • Airport transfers (however we can arrange these for you)
  • Visas (if needed)
  • Medications, antimalarials or vaccinations
  • Travel/health insurance (required)
  • Drinks & meals not mentioned
  • Optional activities
  • Transport for optional activities

Cost

Total – from £3,395 (approx.)*

  • Deposit: £500 (non-refundable)
  • 2nd Payment: £2,110 (due 62 days before the departure date)
  • 3rd Payment: €500 (local payment, paid on arrival)
  • Internal Flights: €490 – €590 (approx. – internal flights – booked and paid separately)

* Total subject to current Euro to GBP exchange rates

Notes

  • This is an adventurous trip wth some long, hot, dirty, fun, tiring, crazy travel days – don’t come if you can’t handle that! 🙂
  • There are 3 internal flights between Antananarivo/Morondava, Morondava/Antananarivo and Antananarivo/Nosy Be which must be booked separately. These are included in the estimated cost above. We will give you all the information you need to book this when you book your tour.
  • At the end of the trip, you can fly out of Nosy Be or take a connecting flight back to Antananarivo.

Itinerary

Day 1: Antananarivo

Arrive in Antananarivo (‘Tana’ for short) and transfer to your accommodation for the night.

Relax and get to know your fellow travellers during a welcome meal! Your Rock My Madagascar Adventure starts here.

*  If you have the time and can arrive earlier, we can organise any other activities you wish to do – this includes chocolate-making workshop, Lemurs’ Park or a Malagasy cooking class. Additional accommodation and activities charged separately.

 

  • Meals: Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel (Ensuite)
  • Activities: None
Antananarivo, Madagascar

Day 2: Andasibe-Mantadia National Park

From there we’ll drive to our hotel on the outskirts of Andasibe-Mantadia National Park.

On the way, we’ll stop and take a nature walk in the V.O.I.M.M.A Reserve – which has a variety of lemur species.

V.O.I.M.M.A Reserve is short for ‘Vondron’olona miaro mitia ala’ which means ‘local people love the forest’ and it’s a locally-led and run reserve.

In the evening, those who want to can take a night walk near the lodge to look for some of the nocturnal creatures of the forest! 

 

  • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel (Ensuite)
  • Activities: V.O.I.M.M.A Reserve, Night Walk
Antananarivo Madagascar

Day 3: Andasibe-Mantadia National Park

We’ll spend today exploring Andasibe-Mantadia National Park and the Mitsinjo Reserve to look for the indri – the largest and noisiest of the lemurs whose haunting cries echo around the forest.

Mitsinjo was where David Attenborough observed and filmed the indris and to see them in the wild and hear their calls is a magical experience. 

In the afternoon we’ll visit Lemur Island where you will have the chance to get up close to some of these beautiful and sacred creatures.

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel (Ensuite)
  • Activities: Mitsinjo Reserve, Lemur Island
Indri Lemur Madagascar
Lemurs' Park Madagascar
Antananarivo Madagascar
Ring-tailed lemur, Madagascar
Tsingy Rouge Madagascar

Day 4: Antananrivo

After breakfast, we’ll make our way back to the capital, Tana. We’ll arrive back in the afternoon and you’ll be staying in the city centre so you can experience the hustle and bustle of the city.

In the evening, your guide will organise a group meal at a fabulous restaurant or those who’d like to join (optional). Or, if you’d like to do your own thing, you can sample some of the other restaurants in town (we can recommend some great ones).

 

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel (Ensuite)
  • Activities: None
Madagascar Market
Lemurs' Park Madagascar

Day 5: Morondava

In the morning, we’ll take an internal flight to Morondava on the west coast of Madagascar.

In the afternoon, we’ll visit one of Madagascar’s main atrractions – the Avenue of the Baobabs  – and stay for sunset! Get ready for the photoshoot! 

In the evening, we’ll have a group dinner at the hotel.

 

  • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel (Ensuite)
  • Activities: Avenue of the Baobabs
Andasibe-Mantadia National Park
Chez Maggie Madagascar
Antananarivo Madagascar
Avenue of the Baobabs - Madagascar Group Tour

Day 6: Bekopaka

Getting up (very) early (it will be worth it), we’ll once again visit the Avenue of the Baobabs for sunrise.

From there, we’ll continue north to Bekopaka, just outside of Tsingy De Bemaraha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This is an exciting journey, driving on some of Madagascar’s infamous ‘secondary’ roads (the type that feature on the Top Gear Madagascar special) and taking a couple of car ferry crossings across the Tsiribihina & Manambolo Rivers. Get ready for some off-roading!!! 

We’ll reach our hotel for the evening, where we can relax, take a swim at our lovely lodge and get ready for more adventures tomorrow.

  • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel (Ensuite)
  • Activities: Avenue of the Baobabs
Madagascar
Antananarivo Madagascar
Andasibe-Mantadia National Park

Day 7: Tsingy De Bemaraha National Park

From Bekopaka we’ll travel into Tsingy De Bemaraha National Park to explore the incredible rock formations of Grande Tsingy, one of the most spectacular natural landscapes in the world.

We’ll have a picnic lunch in the park, before returning to Bekopaka and then you will have the option (included) to visit Petite Tsingy for sunset.

In the evening we’ll enjoy dinner together at the lodge.

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel (Ensuite)
  • Activities: Tsingy De Bemaraha National Park (Grande Tsingy & Petit Tsingy)
Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park
Mozambique
Aerial View of Stone Town, Zanzibar
Vezo village, Madagascar

Day 8: Manambolo Gorge

Today we’ll spend the day travelling up the Manambolo River to the spectacular and picturesque Manambolo Gorge.

We’ll make our journey in traditional Malagasy pirogues (canoes) attached together to make one stable, bigger boat. As we paddle we’ll likely see locals and fishermen going about their daily business.

In the afternoon you will have the opportunity to hike up the  Oly River which has small pools and cascades that you can swim in and you may even spot some lemurs and birds in the trees overhead.

We’ll then spend the night camping on the river bank. You may see bats and and even the rare Malagasy fish eagle.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping (All Equipment Included)
  • Activities: Pirogue River Trip, Wild Swimming, Camping
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South Africa, eSwatini & Mozambique Tour

Day 9: Kirindy

In the morning, we’ll paddle back downstream to meet our 4x4s. Leaving Bekopaka, we’ll stop at the ‘Baobabs of Love’ before spending the night in the Kirindy Mitea Forest Reserve.

Kirindy Forest is home to a stunning variety of plant and animal life, including eight lemur species, tenrecs, narrow-striped mongoose, giant jumping rat and the rare, fossa. 

In the afternoon/evening, we’ll take a forest walk before relaxing at our lovely lodge.

 

  • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel (Ensuite)
  • Activities: Kirindy Forest Walk
Mozambique
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Madagascar Tour

Day 10: Morondava

After breakfast, we’ll take an early morning walk in the forest before driving the short distance back to Morondava.

The rest of the day is free to relax at the beach or hotel, use the pool or explore the town. Morondava is a bustling place with a great atmosphere.

This includes the visiting the local markets/handicraft shops and taking a pousse-pousse (rickshaw) around town.

We’ll organise a group dinner for those who want to venture out. Morondava also has some nightlife for those who’d like to ‘move it, move it’.

 

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel (Ensuite)
  • Activities: Kirindy Forest Walk
Mozambique
Pousse-pousse, Antsirabe, Madagascar

Day 11: Morondava

Today we’ll visit a local Vezo tribe village.

Here you’ll enjoy delcious Malagasy food, energetic music and dance (you are welcome to join in or you can just watch), visit a traditional Malagasy healer and you will have the option to get your face painted traditional Malagasy style (Masonjaony).

In the late afternoon, you also have the option to visit the Avenue of the Baobabs again at sunset (additional cost).

 

  • Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
  • Accommodation: Hotel (Ensuite)
  • Activities: Vezo Village
Madagascar Group Trip
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Madagascar Market

Day 12: Antananarivo 

We’ll have a chilled morning by the pool/on the beach before we fly back to Antananarivo. Those who want to can visit a Betania village and the nearby mangroves.

There will be time to relax in the afternoon at the hotel.

In the evening, we’ll organise a group dinner in Tana for those who’d like to join!

 

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel (Ensuite)
  • Activities: None
Madagascar Market
Madagascar Market

Day 13: Nosy Be

Today we’ll take a tour of Madagascar’s capital, Antananarivo. We’ll visit some of the main attractions such as the Queen’s Palace, Route Digue Handicraft Market and Analakely Market.

We’ll stop for lunch at a local spot in the city centre.

In the afternoon, we’ll head to the airport to catch a short flight to the island of Nosy Be in the north of Madagascar.

In the evening we’ll have dinner and watch the sunset at our hotel right on the beach!

 

  • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel (Ensuite)
  • Activities: Antananarivo Tour
Antananarivo, Madagascar
Antananarivo Madagascar
Madagascar Market
Madagascar Group Trip

Day 14: Nosy Sakatia

We’ll leave Nosy Be (for a couple of days) and take a morning boat transfer to Nosy Iranja, also known locally as ‘Turtle Island’ where it’s very common to see hawksbill and green turtles swimming in the waters around the island.

Nosy Iranja encompasses two main islands that are connected by a fine white sandbank (the picture-perfect image of Madagascar,) which is visible at low tide and half covered at high tide.

On the larger island, you’ll find a lighthouse designed by Gustav Eiffel who designed the Eiffel Tower.

We’ll then make our way to our new home, an eco-lodge on the island of Nosy Sakatia, an important breeding ground for sea turtles.

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Eco-lodge (Ensuite)
  • Activities: Nosy Iranja, Snorkelling 
Madagascar
Madagascar

Day 15: Nosy Sakatia

Today we’ll head out on an excursion looking for the magnificent whale sharks that migrate to the warm waters of Nosy Be between September and December.

Whale sharks are the biggest fish in the world, and despite being sharks, they are completely harmless to humans, only eating plankton, small fish, and shrimps.

Swimming with them is an unforgettable experience and we may even see some turtles, dolphins, humpback whales or Omura’s whales too.

The afternoon is free to explore the island and relax at the eco-lodge before we have dinner together.

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Eco-lodge (Ensuite)
  • Activities: Whale Shark Excursion
Aerial View of Stone Town, Zanzibar
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Aerial View of Stone Town, Zanzibar
Black Lemur Nosy Komba Madagascar

Day 16: Nosy Be

Sadly we have to leave Nosy Sakatia today but we will console ourselves with a visit to the island of Nosy Komba.

During our excursion, we’ll visit the local fisherman’s village, a plant medicine garden, the market and enjoy a lovely island lunch!

Nosy Komba is also famous for its black lemurs that are very used to humans and there is a lemur sanctuary that you can visit (optional).

In the afternoon we’ll head back to Nosy Be for a farewell dinner!

 

  • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel (Ensuite)
  • Activities: Nosy Komba Tour
Nosy Komba Madagascar
Nosy Be Madagascar

Day 17: Departure Day

Today is always a sad day as we say goodbye to our new friends, but the memories and shared experiences of Madagascar will last a lifetime!

*You can fly out directly from Nosy Be or take a flight back to Tana. If you fly back to Tana, you can either fly home in the evening, or we can arrange an extra hotel room for you that evening. 

 

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: None
  • Activities: None
Mozambique

Please bear in mind that the itinerary is subject to minor changes, ‘This is Africa’! But whatever happens, we’ll ensure you have an amazing trip!!

Have a question? Feel free contact us here or take a look at our FAQ’s page.

 

Testimonials

It was an amazing trip I would recommend to anyone.

The trip was amazing. It was seamlessly organised. We stayed in so many beautiful places. I think I saw more beautiful beaches on the trip than I have anywhere else I’ve travelled, and I loved the wildlife we saw. Our local guides were amazing and gave us a real insight into the culture, which was quite unique. Too many highlights to list them all but the ones that spring to mind are: one incredible day where we swam with dolphins, whale sharks and giant sea turtles (all wild, and the latter two multiple times), up there as one of my all time favourite travel days; an amazing night walk seeing lemurs and other wildlife up close for the first time, getting local canoes, watching the sun set with amazing scenery and locals playing music and dancing for us – it was one of those really special moments. And there were so many small moments in the group that brought a lot of fun and laughter to it all. It was an amazing trip I would recommend to anyone – perhaps particuarly to someone who has seen continental Africa and loves it but also fancies something a bit different – it is a very unique and amazing place!

VICKI | UK

Tanzania Group Tour

“Every day after was as impressive as the last.”

“The Rock My Madagascar Adventure was incredible. We saw and experienced so much in such a short space of time. I especially loved Isalo National Park and Ranomafana. Hearing the indris calling in Andasibe was magical too. The trip to Tsingy was a real adventure. The roads are something else, but it was amazing. It was even fun when our car got stuck in a river. Helen was a great group leader, with endless energy and Stella was a wonderful and informative local guide – I feel like we learned a lot about the culture of Madagascar and the all-important ‘Fady’. It was great to travel with a group of like-minded people. Madagascar can be a rough place to travel, but we did it as a team and had SO MUCH FUN. I want to do it all again.”

LAURA | UK

“Definitely the best holiday I have ever been on.

“The pre-departure information was brilliant. The trips was genuinely fantastic. Really good mix of culture, wildlife, people and touristy/luxury things. I loved the village tour and time with locals, the whale sharks and the nights out! I enjoyed myself and it was fun to meet different characters and all learn how to gel together. I enjoyed the diversity of people on the trip. The accommodations were better than I expected, especially on the islands. The trip met my expectations, 100% and I would recommend Rock My Adventure. I loved all the guides and I enjoyed the different personalities and guiding styles.

SOPHIE | UK

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