An Exquisite Eastern Madagascar Safari Itinerary Guide + Map and Tips

An Exquisite Eastern Madagascar Safari Itinerary + Map and Tips. This 13 Days Eastern Madagascar Safari is an off-the-beaten-track safari to Madagascar. Keeping to the Eastern side of the island, you start in Andasibe before heading to the private reserve of Palmarium which has habituated lemurs. that enjoy posing for photos. Fly north to the impressive Masaola Peninsular for the rain forest that comes down to the golden beaches and turquoise waters.

Madagascar – Wildlife and Green Treasures of the Red Island

Itinerary at the Glance: Eastern Madagascar Safari

  • Day 1: Antananarivo
  • Days 2, 3 and 4: Adasibe-Mantadia National Park
  • Day 5: Antsirabe
  • Days 5, 6, and 7: Palmarium Reserve
  • Day 8: Antananarivo
  • Days 9, 10, 11, and 12: Masoala National Park
  • Day 13: Departure

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Antananarivo

When you arrive in Antananarivo (Tana), Madagascar’s capital, you will be received and taken to your hotel for the night. Antananarivo is a vibrant city with bustling markets in the heart of the city. Spend the day relaxing or visiting the city.

Days 2, 3, and 4: Adasibe-Mantadia National Park

Andasibe Mantadia National Park, Madagascar

After breakfast, your driver/guide will pick you up from the hotel and transport you 3 hours east to Andasibe National Park, where your Madagascar lemur safari will begin. Andasibe is one of Madagascar’s most accessible national parks, making it one of the most popular forests to visit. Home to some of Madagascar‘s most stunning lemurs, including the indri-indri, the largest lemur on the island. The indri is a huge black and white teddy bear-like lemur whose calls can be heard echoing through the forest mist in the mornings. As you travel into the forest in pursuit of these lovely animals, the eerie howl gives their whereabouts away.

The diademed sifaka, a gold, grey, white, and black sifaka, is another iconic lemur in Andasibe-Mantadia. They are true arboreal, masters of the forest, moving from tree to tree with ease.

Spend your days exploring the woodlands in search of lemurs, chameleons, and other indigenous animals on this amazing island. This is the ideal way to begin your Madagascar family safari.

chameleons in andasibe-mantadia national park madagascar
Lemurs in Andasibe-Mantadia

Day 5: Antsirabe

Today is a long day of driving (7-8 hours) as you head south to Antsirabe. The scenery along the trip is breathtaking, which should compensate for the long drive. During the colonial era, Antsirabe was a spa town. If you have time, go to some of the local craft markets or visit some of the volcanic lakes.

Days 5, 6, and 7: Palmarium Reserve

Madagascar- Palmarium Reserve, Enjoying Lemurs

Continue east from Andasibe-Mantadia National Park to Manambato settlement, where you will be greeted and transferred to the private reserve of Palmarium via the Pangalanes Canals. The small reserve is home to many semi-habituated lemur species from all across the country, making it an ideal destination for photographers and families. There are indri-indri, diademed sifakas, black lemurs, crowned lemurs, and black and white ruffed lemurs in the reserve. The aye-aye, a gremlin-like creature that only comes out at night to forage for grubs that reside under the bark of trees, is one of Madagascar’s oddest and rarest lemurs. The Palmarium Reserve features some wild aye-aye that dwells on a wooded island in the middle of the lake, making it one of the greatest sites to watch in Madagascar.

Palmarium Reserve
Andasibe-Mantadia National Park.

Day 8: Antananarivo

​From Palmarium Reserve head back to Tana for the night.

Days 9, 10, 11, and 12: Masoala National Park

MADAGASCAR : Maroantsetra – Fort Dauphin

Today you travel north to Maroantsetra, where you will be welcomed and brought to the jetty for your 2-hour boat ride to the beautiful Masoala National Park, one of Madagascar’s most remote national parks. The Masoala Forest Lodge can only be reached by boat or by foot, giving it an extremely special wildlife experience. The Masoala Peninsula is a veritable Eden, with dense, lush forests cascading down mountains and hills and spilling onto desolate golden beaches framed by blue waters. The red-ruffed lemur, one of Madagascar’s most beautiful lemurs, lives in the forests of Masoala. Spend your days wandering through the jungle in search of the forest’s lemurs, chameleons, and rare birds. On the beach, you can also locate a peaceful location to read a book. Guests can use the lodge’s sea kayaks. If you go out to sea, you might encounter dolphins, turtles, and humpback whales in the clear seas of the peninsular.

This is a wonderful hidden treasure and one of our favorite places in Madagascar.

the red-ruffed lemur in Masoala National Park
Masoala Peninsula

Day 13: Departure

You return to home.

End of the 13 Days Eastern Madagascar Safari

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