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Dancing Lemurs of Berenty + Nosy Be


MPJ12A
12 NIGHTS
FROM £2,195
International flights quoted separately
For the adventurous wanting to see the amazing "dancing" sifakas and ringtail lemurs of Berenty Reserve, this privately guided holiday also visits the eastern rainforests of Andasibe-Mantadia, where you can hear the Indri wail. Finish your holiday relaxing on magnificent Nosy Be island with its warm turqoise waters. English speaking guides, local flights, transfers & park fees included.
Dancing Lemurs Berenty Madagascar Sifaka Ringtails Indri Nosy Be
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Analamazaotra Indri Reserve
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Mantadia Rainforest
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Night Walks
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Berenty Private Reserve
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Ring Tail Lemurs
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Dancing White Sifakas
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Fort Dauphin
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Nahampoana Reserve
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Nosy Be
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Indian Ocean Beaches
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Analamazaotra Indri Reserve
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Mantadia Rainforest
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Night Walks
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Berenty Private Reserve
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Ring Tail Lemurs
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Dancing White Sifakas
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Fort Dauphin
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Nahampoana Reserve
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Nosy Be
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Indian Ocean Beaches
Day 1
You will be met at Antananarivo Airport and transferred to your hotel in the capital city of the tropical island of Madagascar.
 
Check into your hotel and relax in your warm friendly surroundings.
Day 2
Today enjoy a full day tour to Ambohimanga and the Lemur Park.
 
Leaving Antananarivo, we travel 40-minutes northeast to the fortified royal settlement (or 'rova') at Ambohimanga. Meaning 'Blue Hill', this complex of royal buildings and palaces is situated on the highest and most sacred of the twelve royal hills surrounding Antananarivo. It is the best-preserved remains of the pre-colonial Merina Kingdom and an important source of Malagasy identity. Andrianampoinimerina was its most famous king, as he united the various Malagasy tribes into a single kingdom. The walled historic village includes the tombs of several kings and queens and remains a place of worship for pilgrims. It is Madagascar's only World Heritage Site. Afterwards you will have the opportunity to visit the local village to see their lifestyle.
 
After lunch (own account) we continue to the Lemur Park, a private nature reserve located near the Katsaoka River. Here you can see many species of birds, medicinal plants, reptiles and lemurs. These include the ring tailed lemur, black and white ruffed lemur, common brown lemur, Coquerel’s sifaka, crowned sifaka, mongoose lemur and eastern lesser bamboo lemur. After about an hour at the park, we return to Antananarivo.
Day 3
Today depart from Antananarivo and travel 4-hours with your driver/guide to the small village of Andasibe. On this scenic drive you will see local villages with their long red clay houses, rice paddies and roadside markets, which will give you a good feel for traditional Malagasy life.
 
On arrival at your lodge, enjoy a 2 to 3-hour walk in the montagne rainforest of Analamazaotra Reserve (previously called Perinet Reserve), which covers 810 hectares. This is where you come to see the magnificent black and white Indri - the largest lemur species in Madagascar, with their eerie wailing calls as they sing from the treetops and mark out their territory.
 
The path into the rainforest starts with a steep ascent up some well-made steps, followed by some relatively good paths, although a longer more gentle ascent is also available. There may be some scrambling off the path to get closer to the Indri, but there are plenty of trees to hang onto for balance.
 
You can also hope to see the beautiful orange, grey and white Diademed Sifaka as well as the Black-and-White Ruffed Lemur - although be warned that tracking lemurs in the dense canopy of this rainforest is hard work and you can realistically hope for only two or three sightings on each walk. However the excitement of finding them hiding high in the treetop canopy, and jumping from tree to tree, is a thrilling memory that will last a lifetime - so once you find a group do linger and enjoy watching their behaviour for a while.
 
In the early evening enjoy a 1-hour noctural guided walk along a road close to the Analamazaotra Reserve, so remember your headlamp. Here you can hope to see the glowing eyes of the tiny Goodman's mouse lemur, little tree frogs and sleeping chameleons.
 
Note: Tracking lemurs requires physical mobility and stamina as some trails are demanding, although your guide will be mindful of your level of fitness and adapt your route accordingly. Remember to dress appropriately when exploring the rainforest i.e. walking boots with good tread and proper rain gear, including lightweight waterproof trousers. A head torch for night walks is essential and light gardening gloves are useful to protect your hands when scrambling through the rainforest. As the climate in the mountains is much cooler than at the coast, especially at night, also pack a fleece.
Day 4
Today we drive 1-hour along a rough gravel road to the massive 16,000-hectare primary montane rainforests of Mantadia National Park.
 
The trees in these rainforests are tall and some trails are steep and muddy. There are also streams to cross using log bridges, but you should be rewarded by a view of the gorgeous Diademed Sifaka, perhaps the most beautiful of all the lemurs with its fluffy golden-orange, grey and white coat.
 
You should also see the Black-and-White Ruffed Lemurs that scream at each other across the forest and, if you are fortunate, maybe also the large Indri that is easily heard because of its impressive shrieks. This park is also a great place to see the giraffe-necked weevil, tenrec (similar to hedgehog), frogs and chameleons.
 
The indigenous flora is outstanding, with hundreds of species of orchids that blossom in October & November, many species of ferns, sacred creepers, lichens and dwarf palm trees. In total there are 12 different species of lemurs, 28 species of reptiles and over 100 bird species.
 
Afterwards enjoy a 30-minute visit to Lemur Island, where you can interact with and take close-up photos of habituated lemurs rescued from captivity and now living in the semi-wild near Vakona Lodge.
 
Note: Tracking lemurs requires physical mobility as some trails are demanding, although your guide will be mindful of your level of fitness and adapt your route accordingly. Remember to dress appropriately when exploring the rainforest i.e. walking boots with good tread and proper rain gear, including lightweight waterproof trousers. A head torch for night walks is essential and light gardening gloves are useful to protect your hands when scrambling through the rainforest. As the climate in the mountains is much cooler than at the coast, especially at night, also pack a fleece.
Day 5
Today transfer 4-hours back to Antananarivo, the capital city of this enormous island.
 
Check into your hotel near Antananarivo Airport.
Day 6
Transfer to Antananarivo Airport for your flight to Fort Dauphin.
 
You will be met at Fort Dauphin Airport and transferred 4-hours in a 4x4 vehicle, travelling slowly along a severly degraded and extremely bumpy road to Berenty.
 
On this scenic transfer you will see the transition from the rainforests of the lush southeast coast to the arid "spiny forests" of the south-central region. As we drive through local villages, you will be able to observe the lifestyle of the people who live here. They have important burial rituals associated with ancestor worship and measure their wealth in zebu (cattle).
 
After checking in your lodge, enjoy a night walk with a lodge guide to search for nocturnal lemurs in this fascinating flora and fauna frontier.
 
Note: You will not have a guide on your transfer from Fort Dauphin. You guide will meet you at Berenty Reserve.
Day 7
Today is devoted to observing the wildlife of Berenty Private Reserve, which has been the location for many wildlife documentaries. It was where Alison Jolly wrote "Lords & Lemurs", the result of 40 years research into the magnificent lemurs of these forests.
 
In the morning enjoy a walk through the lush Gallery Forest and in the afternoon walk through the sharply contrasting dry Spiny Forest - both of which offer wonderful lemur viewing. Here you can see the magnificent Ringtail Lemur (the national animal of Madagascar), one group of which is semi-habituated allowing for close-up photo opportunities.
 
You can also view the gorgeous white Verreaux's Sifaka, which can be seen "dancing" across the wide red sand pathways, as their large back legs combined with very small front legs do not allow them to walk on all fours like other lemurs. Red-Fronted Brown Lemurs can also be seen. You may also see fruit bats, turtles, chameleons, butterflies, radiated tortoises, over 100 different bird species and over 115 plant species - including endemic succulents, the rare triangular palm, euphorbias, baobab trees and carnivorous pitcher plants.
 
At sunset we return for a night walk to see nocturnal species, so don't forget your headlamp.
 
Note: The lemur trails in this park are flat and very easy. A head torch is essential for night walks.
Day 8
Today transfer 4-hours from Berenty to the small town of Fort Dauphin (now known as Tolagnaro). Originally settled by the French East India Company, this small town is today home to a large titanium mine and exports lobsters throughout the world.
 
After checking into your hotel, drive 30-minutes along a bumpy road to Nahampoana Private Reserve - formerly a botanical garden - with wonderful bamboos, triangle palms, cinnamon and other exotic plants. Today it is a sanctuary for the ringtail lemur, collared brown lemur, Verreaux's sifaka and other species. As some of these animals have been fed in the past they may approach you, giving close-up photo opportunities. You can also hope to see elusive bamboo lemurs on a boat trip along the small river that forms the boundary of this small sanctuary, as well as a few rare radiated tortoises and crocodiles.
Day 9
Transfer to Fort Dauphin Airport for your flight to Antananarivo and connecting flight to Nosy Be.
 
You will be met at Nosy Be Airport and transferred to your hotel on this beautiful island with its spectacular warm turquoise waters. Check in and relax in the tropical surroundings of this spice island where coffee, cocoa, vanilla and cinnamon are grown.
Days 10 To 11
At leisure to relax and enjoy the splendid beaches of Nosy Be - meaning "Big Island".   
 
Nosy Be is a volcanic island which enjoys a tropical climate, with its landscape characterised by many hills overlooked by Mount Lokobe and Mount Passot. From one of these high vantage points you can enjoy exceptional views over nearby Radama and Mitsio Islands. The rugged coastline has many coves and deserted beaches lined by palm trees, offering superb swimming in emerald seas, snorkelling, scuba diving and fishing.
 
Optional excursions include a visit to the small island of Nosy Komba, snorkelling at Nosy Tanikely, a visit to see the lemurs at Lokobe Nature Reserve and an excursion to the idyllic beaches of Nosy Iranja.
Day 12
Transfer to Nosy Be Airport for your flight to Antananarivo, where you will be met and transferred to your airport hotel.
Day 13
Transfer to Antananarivo Airport for your flight home.
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