Epic Madagascar

Antananarivo, Andasibe & Tsarabanjina
10 days private tour from GBP £5,900 per person pp

Journey to the magical island of Madagascar for an exceptional wildlife experience in the eastern rainforests, topped off with an exquisite beach retreat in the north of the island. We’ve hand selected stylish hotels and lodges in the most desirable locations, with some enviable experiences to enjoy along the way.

Epic Madagascar
Journey highlights
  • Listen to the eerie, whale-like call of the Indri, the largest species of lemur in the world.

  • Book a diving trip and immerse yourself in the colourful marine life of Nosy Be, where you may encounter turtles, white-tip sharks, scorpion fish and sting rays.

  • Trek through primary rainforest and spot lemurs and vibrantly coloured chameleons and amphibians.

  • Feel your senses awaken as you embark on a trek through the forest at night and spot the bright eyes of adorable mouse lemurs staring back at you.

  • Epic itinerary:Our Epic Journeys offer unforgettable cutting-edge hotels, experiences and restaurants with a focus on design, fashion and innovation
Our tailor made journeys include:
  • Your dedicated Travel Consultant who will take care of arrangements
  • Private international airport transfers in destination
  • Your own private, English-speaking local guides
  • Unique experiences, hand-picked by our Journeys team
  • Entrance to must-see local sites
  • Dedicated 24/7 team providing in-country support and guidance
  • Complimentary access to My Scott Dunn – industry-leading travel app providing pre-departure information and in-journey support

When to visit

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Any time of year is fine for a visit except from January to March, when heavy rainfall in many areas can make some roads all but impassable, and when there’s a high risk of cyclones in the east and northeast. In general, the best time to travel in most areas is April and October/November. The coolest time to travel anywhere is during the dry season (May to October).

Average maximum temperatures vary from about 30°C in coastal areas (higher in summer) to around 25°C on the hauts plateaux. In Antananarivo and other highland areas, temperatures during winter can drop to 10°C and even lower during the night.


Price Guide: (per person based on double occupancy and excludes international flights)

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  • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
  • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
  • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
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April GBP £5,900 GBP £900 plan your trip
May GBP £5,900 GBP £900 plan your trip
June GBP £5,900 GBP £900 plan your trip
July GBP £7,400 GBP £1,100 plan your trip
August GBP £7,400 GBP £1,100 plan your trip
September GBP £7,400 GBP £1,100 plan your trip
October GBP £7,400 GBP £1,100 plan your trip
November GBP £7,400 GBP £1,100 plan your trip
December GBP £5,900 GBP £900 plan your trip
  • April
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    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £5,900
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    GBP £900
  • May
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £5,900
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    GBP £900
  • June
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £5,900
    Deposit from*
    GBP £900
  • July
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £7,400
    Deposit from*
    GBP £1,100
  • August
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £7,400
    Deposit from*
    GBP £1,100
  • September
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £7,400
    Deposit from*
    GBP £1,100
  • October
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £7,400
    Deposit from*
    GBP £1,100
  • November
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £7,400
    Deposit from*
    GBP £1,100
  • December
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £5,900
    Deposit from*
    GBP £900
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Itinerary

Fly into Antananarivo
Day 1-2

Antananarivo, Central Madagascar, Madagascar

On arrival into Madagascar’s capital city, Antananarivo, you’ll bet met by your private driver and transferred into the city, passing a patchwork of vibrant paddy fields. As you enter the city you will feel the frenetic energy as you drive through chaotic roads full of street vendors, clusters of wooden houses and a never-ending stream of zebu carts and scooters zipping past you. Although fascinating to see this contrasting way of life, you’ll be pleased to arrive at Maison Gallieni your base for the night. This contemporary hotel oozes style and is based on top of a hill with spectacular views out over this vibrant city.

Accommodation: 1 night
Day 2-5

Andasibe

Your journey through the wilds of Madagascar begins. Your private guide will pick you up from your hotel and will be accompanying you over the next few days. Leaving the capital, you’ll set off on a four-hour drive east, passing bustling local markets and verdant paddy fields, to the rainforest reserve of Andasibe-Mantadia National Park. You’ll arrive at Mantadia Lodge, which has panoramic views of the lush rainforest and an ideal base to explore the region. 
On your first full day you will hike into the secondary forests of Andasibe. Feel your excitement build as you begin to hear the eerie, whale-like call of the Indri throughout the forest and as it appears, watch in complete awe at it effortlessly propels between branches. Tonight, head out on a night walk and scan the forests with your head torch in search for chameleons and the bright shining eyes of the adorable mouse lemur, peeking out from the trees.
The following day you’ll trek through the lush, dense, primary rainforest of the Mantadia region of the park. This isn’t as accessible as the rest of the park but far more rewarding as you clamber through without the well-trodden trails of Andasibe. Bursts of colour will catch your eye as you scan the vegetation in search for amphibians, reptiles and insects. A highlight being the giraffe weevil, a bizarre red insect deriving its name from an extended neck, much like that of a giraffe. 

Accommodation: 3 nights
Day 5-6

Antananarivo, Central Madagascar, Madagascar

Today you will head back to Maison Gallieni in Antananarivo. This afternoon, we recommend you experience a chocolate-making masterclass, learning to make indulgent truffles by Madagascar’s only chocolatiers. Top this off with a fascinating historic tour of the city followed by a scenic sundowner spot with an elevated view of Tana.

Accommodation: 1 night
Day 6-11

Nosy Be Archipelago

After breakfast you’ll be transferred back to the airport in time for your flight to Nosy Be, in northern Madagascar. On arriving at the airport, you’ll be met by your private driver and transferred down the winding, forest-lined roads and pass scatterings of villages. At the port, you’ll take the exhilarating journey on speed boat to the private island of Tsarabanjina. As you arrive at this tiny island fringed by talcum-soft sand, the staff will be ready and waiting to welcome you into their island home with revitalising drinks. Your thatched villa on the beach has all the luxury comforts you need with a Robinson Crusoe feel to it. You’ll hear exotic bird songs by day and by night you’ll fall asleep the sound of the waves gently lapping the shore. 
Spend your days indulging in this intimate retreat, surrounded by azure water, lush vegetation and palms trees. Once you feel rested, you can experience the marine life around the island and scuba dive amongst an array of tropical fish or snorkel if you’d prefer. End one of your days with a private beach barbeque and a bottle bubbly.

Accommodation: 5 nights
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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 020 3553 3512 to start planning your holiday.

Why Scott Dunn?

At Scott Dunn, we live and breathe travel. An insatiable appetite to discover the world runs through everything we do. We relish the planning and revel in the detail. We know it’s the smallest touches that make the biggest difference, and we stop at nothing to make every trip not only exceptional but totally unique.

  • Every itinerary is crafted from scratch, based around exactly what’s important to you
  • Packed full of unique experiences, hand-picked by our journeys team
  • Expert local guides enrich your experience in every destination
  • Your own dedicated Travel Specialist who will take care of every detail of your trip
  • We have a 24/7 team providing in-country support and guidance
  • We offer flexibility and financial protection to give you total peace of mind

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