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      Please note that due to constraints involving local flight times, this itinerary will run in reverse from what is shown below and on the tour map. Day 1 is still an arrival day with no included activities (aside from your Welcome Meeting), and the group will now fly to Ifaty on Day 2 and proceed with the itinerary in reverse order from there. The group will arrive back in Antananarivo on Day 13, so this change should not affect flight plans. Please also note that the change in itinerary does not alter the trip's included activities.

      • Hotels: Standard Class

      • 06/21/2024 - 07/04/2024

      • Max Participants: 16

      • 14 Days / 13 Nights

      Overview

      Experience the allure of Madagascar, a captivating island brimming with rich history, unique biodiversity, and diverse cultures—and, of course, curious lemurs. The isolated island has a fascinating blend of wildlife, landscapes, and local life. Journey to Antsirabe, a colonial town famous for its thermal lakes and precious stones, and learn traditional rituals during a community stay in the small village of Fiadanana. Discover the lush wonders of Andasibe-Perinet National Park, Indri Special Reserve, and Isalo National Park. Finally, unwind with the picturesque beaches and turquoise waters of Ifaty. Embark on an unforgettable adventure in Madagascar, all while earning professional development credit with other educators.

      A map of the tour begins in Antananarivo and continues south to the following destinations: Andasibe National Park, Antsirabe/Fiadanana, Ambatonikolahy, Ranomafana, Ambalavao, Isalo, and Ifaty. The map then shows a flight back to Antananarivo from Ifaty.
      What's Included:
      • Community guesthouse and traditional dinner
      • Andasibe Indri Special Reserve guided walk
      • Artisan workshop visit
      • Traditional healer visit
      • Paper factory visit
      • Anja Reserve walk
      • Isalo National Park visit
      • Internal flight
      • G Adventures Tour Leader throughout, driver throughout, local guides
      • 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner – allow $380-495 USD for meals not included
      • Simple hotels (12 nts), community guesthouse (1 nt, multi-share).
      • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities using private minibus and plane
      What's Not Included:
      • International air travel
      • Incidentals
      • Travel health and cancellation insurance
      • Applicable visas
      • Tips or gratuities
      • Airport taxes
      • Beverages
      • Meals not mentioned in itinerary
      • Optional tours and admissions
      • Airport transfers

      Itinerary Download PDF

      Arrive in Antananarivo at any time. Due to the potential for flight delays or cancellations, we recommend that you plan to arrive in Africa at least a day in advance. This will also give you time to adjust to the time difference and overcome any jetlag. We can book extra hotel nights for you in Antananarivo before and/or after the trip. Please note that check-in at the hotel is usually around 2:00-3:00 p.m. There are no planned activities until an intro meeting around 6:00 or 7:00 p.m., usually in the hotel lobby. Check for a sign or ask at the reception desk about the exact time and location of the group meeting. Please make every effort to arrive in time for this meeting. If you are delayed and will arrive late, please inform us. Your tour leader will then leave you a message at the front desk informing you of where and when to meet up tomorrow. After the meeting, you might choose to get dinner at a nearby restaurant with your traveling companions and your tour leader to further get to know one another. Antananarivo, the capital city of Madagascar, is located in the island’s Central Highlands. Overlooking the city is the Rova of Antananarivo palace complex, the center of the Merina kingdom from the 17th century. It features wooden houses and royal tombs. The pink baroque Andafiavaratra Palace sits in the nearby Haute Ville neighborhood. In the city center, heart-shaped Lake Anosy is ringed by jacaranda trees. Accommodation: Belvedere Hotel (or similar) * For the actual hotel your specific departure will be using, please check your voucher.

      This morning, we depart the capital and head east to the world-renowned Andasibe-Perinet National Park. During your free time over the next two days, you might opt to visit other small private or community reserves around Andasibe or go on guided night walks in those reserves or along the main road. You might also choose to walk to the little town of Andasibe, or simply enjoy the relaxing tranquility of the surrounding forest. Please note: Our accommodation here is simple bungalows. Approximate travel time: 4 hrs by private vehicle Accommodation: Bamboo Club (or similar)

      Today, we explore the Indri Special Reserve and Andasibe National Park. One of the park’s primary purposes is to protect the natural habitat of the indri, a large black and white diurnal lemur species that feeds on leaves and fruit. In addition to the indri, the park has ten other diurnal and nocturnal lemur species, large chameleons, and the rarely-seen blue boa. The flora is just as spectacular, with numerous species of trees, palms, and orchids. Accommodation: Bamboo Club (or similar)

      Today, we travel to the ancient colonial town of Antsirabe. During the drive, you will see Merina tombs and the labor-intensive cultivation of rice paddies. We will stop in Ambatolampy to visit a traditional family-run aluminum cookware factory. Antsirabe is known for its thermal springs and baths, as well as its precious and semi-precious stones and handicrafts. You will have the opportunity to explore this quaint little city upon arrival. Approximate travel time: 7-8 hrs by private vehicle Accommodation: Bamboo Club (or similar)

      After a short visit to Lake Andraikiba, we will have a tough three-hour hike over rocky and hilly terrain to the small village of Fiadanana. (If you cannot handle the hike, you will stay in Antsirabe for the night and then be picked up by the group the next day.) This beautiful village is surrounded by breathtaking landscapes of rice fields and panoramic views of the nearby mountains. See how the villagers live by interacting with them, and enjoy the chance to learn their rituals during an authentic community experience. You can explore this small, beautiful village on foot. We will also have the opportunity to listen to a ghost talker, enjoy a stay at a community guesthouse, and share dinner with a local family. Please note: Accommodation is in a traditional-style house that has been purpose-built to meet the needs of guests. There is a kitchen and a dining/lounge area to enjoy lunch or a drink, and a beautiful veranda overlooking the rice terraces. It is equipped with shared, basic shower facilities and outdoor toilets (a squat toilet and a Western-style toilet). The accommodations are basic, but the experience of living like a local and staying somewhere unique and remote for one night will be worth it. Approximate travel time: 1 hr by private vehicle, 3 hrs by foot Accommodation: ITC Hotel (or similar)

      This morning, we enjoy a local breakfast before hiking back out to the bus (about 2-2.5 miles). After picking up non-hikers, continue on a long drive to Ranomafana, a little village named after the hot springs in the valley. The nearby national park is one of the most significant wildlife observation sites in Madagascar. Approximate travel time: 4 hrs by foot, 7 hrs by private vehicle Accommodation: ITC Hotel (or similar)

      In the morning, enjoy an optional walk in the forest to see golden bamboo lemurs, greater bamboo lemurs, and other lemur species. You may also see reptiles such as the Madagascar boa, chameleons (the largest rainforest species being the Parson's chameleon), or the well-camouflaged leaf-tailed gecko. We then depart Ranomafana and enjoy the fascinating changes in the landscape as we travel to the rural town of Ambalavao. Ambalavao is famous for its "Papier Antemoro," a papyrus-type paper impregnated with dried flowers and sold throughout the island. We will visit a little paper factory, where the locals will tell us about the traditional methods used to produce this unique handmade paper. You can even buy some and use it to write letters to your friends and family back home. We will then take a group trip into town to wander through the open market and perhaps shop for a locally-made handicraft. If time allows, we will also visit a silk factory and learn about the local way of making fabric from silk and dyeing it using natural dyes. Approximate travel time: 3.5 hrs by private vehicle Accommodation: Aux Bougainvillees (or similar)

      Today, we journey from Ambalavao to the Anja Community Reserve, which is known for having some of the most accessible groups of ring-tailed lemurs in the country. Enjoy watching and learning about these fascinating creatures. We then travel through the savannah until the massif of Isalo becomes clearly visible at our destination, Isalo National Park. Approximate travel time: 4 hrs by private vehicle Accommodation: Manja Hotel (or similar)

      Spend the day exploring Isalo. Start with a short trek within a small canyon, before taking a break from the sun and stopping at a fresh natural swimming pool. We then continue on to the cascades, considered to be one of the best waterfalls in Madagascar, with a large natural swimming pool. With a little luck, you may see sifaka, brown, or ring-tailed lemurs. Later, we'll participate in a tree planting activity and learn about why deforestation is such a big problem in Madagascar. Get hands-on as you plant indigenous trees alongside the rest of the group as part of a project initiated by local organization Soa Zara, who are working to protect the environment around the town of Ranohira through tree planting, conservation education, sanitation projects, and other initiatives. Accommodation: Hotel VATOLAHY (or similar)

      En route to Toliara, we drive through the wide-open and vast desert landscape, passing through several unique frontier-style sapphire mining towns. We'll also spot some beautiful baobab trees and pass by the tombs of the Mahafaly, a local tribe in Madagascar known predominantly for its large tombs. They were built for chiefs and kings and are covered in stones, sculptures, and horns. The more important the deceased, the more horns and statues with which the tomb is adorned. One of the largest tombs has over 700 zebu horns! As this is a sacred site, we will just be passing by, and photography is not permitted. Continue on to Ifaty to relax and enjoy the beautiful beaches on the Mozambican Channel. Approximate travel time: 6 hrs by private vehicle Accommodation: Hotel VATOLAHY (or similar) Meals included: Lunch

      The next two days are free days for you to enjoy the Ifaty area. There is plenty to see and do in Ifaty, and we want to make sure that you have some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like a visit to the Spiny Forest Reserve, a dugout canoe ride, snorkeling, or simply relaxing on the beach. See our optional activities list further below for ideas on how to spend your free time. Your tour leader has more ideas if you need them. Just ask! Accommodation: Feon'ny Ala (or similar)

      Spend another free day enjoying Ifaty.

      Accommodation: Feon'ny Ala (or similar)

      This morning, we travel to Toliara for a flight back to Antananarivo. Once back in Tana, your group might choose to head out for one last night out on the town. Due to the unpredictability of local flights, if we are unable to secure your domestic flight, we will instead transport you in 4x4 vehicles. This journey can take approximately 10 hours. Approximate travel time: 1 hr by plane or 10 hrs by 4x4 Accommodation: Belvedere Hotel (or similar)

      There are no planned activities today, so you may depart Antananarivo at any time. If you wish to extend your stay in Antananarivo, consider booking post-tour accommodation with us. Please note that check-out time from the hotel is usually mid-morning, but luggage storage services are available at the reception desk. Want more adventure? Book two or more GEEO programs in the same school year and receive a discount! GEEO will give you 10% off of the lesser value program(s) (up to 3 programs per year). If you would like to extend your time abroad but don't see another GEEO program that interests you, let us know. We can work with you to find a trip from our tour operator’s much larger catalog. Their tours are open to the general public and not designed specifically for educators, but we can still offer you and your travel companions a discounted educator price on any additional tours that you book.


      *Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the routes described on our website, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable, to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The information on our website is a general guide to the tour and region, and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

      Details

      Frequently Asked Questions
      Please read our general FAQs, where you can find essential information that applies to all of our programs.
      Resources to Learn & Teach about Madagascar
      Visit our recommended reading page to see the list of books GEEO recommends reading before your program (this is not required reading). We also have lesson plans and Pinterest boards that may be useful for you as you learn about your destination and prepare to bring lessons back to your classroom.
      Terms and Conditions
      It is very important for you to visit our Terms and Conditions page before signing up for this program.
      GEEO Program Confirmation Process
      We require a minimum of 6 participants for most GEEO programs. We officially confirm that a program will run once at least 8 people have signed up, which provides a margin for individual cancellations. Nearly all GEEO programs ultimately meet this enrollment quota, and in the rare event that a program does not meet the minimum requirement and GEEO cancels the program, we will work with you to find a suitable alternative or provide a refund of your deposit if you prefer. We encourage you to sign up for any program that interests you, and we will notify the entire group once 6 people are booked and again once 8 people are booked. We always emphasize the importance of exercising caution when making non-refundable travel arrangements, especially given the unpredictable nature of travel. For example, we typically recommend booking flights with flexible change/cancellation policies.
      Cancellation policy
      All cancellations must be submitted to GEEO in written form by emailing your request for cancellation to travel@geeo.org. If you do not receive a confirmation that we have received your written cancellation request, please call us at 1-877-600-0105. Verbal cancellation requests will not be honored.
      • If you cancel 60 days or more prior to departure, all your program fee payments will be refunded besides your $350 deposit which is kept on file for future use
      • If you cancel between 30 and 59 days prior to departure, you will receive a 50% refund and your deposit is kept on file for future use
      • If you cancel within 30 days of departure, you will receive no refund, but your deposit is kept on file for future use
      Trip Notes
      1. DOMESTIC FLIGHTS: There are limited domestic flight options for our internal flights during the trip – we are at mercy of the national flight schedule, which often is only released 5 months at a time. Though there is normally one flight a day to and from each center, we have designed the itinerary around past and current flight departure times. These times may change, however, which may result in a slight adjustment in the itinerary in order for us to match up our trip itinerary with this local constraint. Typically, this results in shuffling days of the itinerary around and does not cause any missed activities, destinations, or experiences.
      2. VACCINATIONS: It may be required to show a yellow fever certificate upon entering the country. Please check in with your local health expert for advice on yellow fever and other inoculations required for this area. The Government of Madagascar requires proof of yellow fever vaccination only if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever.
      Group Leader Description
      All GEEO/G Adventures group trips are accompanied by one of G Adventure’s group leaders, which they refer to as Chief Experience Officers (CEOs). The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are traveling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues, and introduce you to our local friends. Our itineraries often have plenty of free time to explore on your own. While not being guides in the traditional sense, you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious, and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting – we think it’s the best of both worlds.
      Fitness Level
      This trip includes hiking that is suitable for most fitness levels. The heat and humidity are the biggest physical challenges. Make sure you stay hydrated!
      Single Travelers
      Half of GEEO’s participants travel by themselves, so please don’t worry if you do not have a travel companion for your trip. Our program fee is for one traveler in double-occupancy accommodation, and GEEO can find you a roommate of the same gender if you do not have a travel companion. Most of our programs have a “My Own Room” option, also known as a “Single Supplement,” which is an extra fee that you can pay to have a room to yourself. You will only incur an additional charge if you specifically request a single room. To see the price for the “My Own Room” option, please find your program on our extra services page. If you want to room alone, please email travel@geeo.org to request a single room. Please note: If you have booked the "My Own Room" option for this tour, you will receive your own single accommodation for all night stops except Day 5 in Fiadanana (community guesthouse - multi-share).
      Joining Instructions
      Day 1 is an arrival day, and no activities have been planned. Upon arrival to the city on Day 1, or earlier if you have booked pre-accommodation with us, please make your way to the joining hotel. Please note: Check-in time will be in the afternoon. Once you arrive at the hotel, look for a note at reception from your tour leader. This note will give the details of your Welcome Meeting on Day 1, usually between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., during which you will get a chance to meet your tour leader and other travelers, as well as learn more about how the tour will run. If you don’t see a note, please ask reception for details. If you miss the Welcome Meeting, your tour leader will leave a note at reception for you with any information you may need and with instructions for the next morning. Upon arrival at the airport in Antananarivo, as you make your way out of the airport, you will find a number of official taxis. A taxi to the hotel in Antananarivo should cost approximately $28 USD and take around 45 minutes. If you have pre-arranged an arrival transfer, look for the driver holding a G Adventures sign in the arrivals hall inside the airport terminal, the sign will not have your name on it, instead our driver will ask for your name as confirmation of your transfer with us. We recommend you to change your money at the airport into local currency, please ask your representative for help. Please avoid any help offered from porters in the airport as they demand compensation for their services and they can be misleading at times. Only accept help from your G Adventures representative.
      Emergency Contacts
      Should you need to contact G Adventures during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call their local office. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so that they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible. EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS G Adventures Local Representative (Madagascar) During Office hours (Weekdays, 8am-5pm Local Time): +261 202 202 012 After hours emergency number : +261 32 07 11511 G Adventures Local Office (Nairobi, Kenya) From outside Kenya: +254 727 208 832 From within Kenya: 0727 208 832 If for any reason you are unable to reach the G Adventures local office, please call the numbers listed below to connect with their Sales team, who will happily assist you. Toll-free, North America only: 1 888 800 4100 Calls from UK: 0344 272 0000 Calls from Germany: 0800 365 1000 Calls from Australia: 1 300 796 618 Calls from New Zealand: 0800 333 307 Outside North America, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and the UK: +1 416 260 0999
      Packing List
      Please read this article on GEEO’s blog for our staff’s suggestions on the best gear to pack for your upcoming travels. You must be prepared to carry your own bags and be comfortable carrying them up and down stairs, on and off transportation, and to hotels. As a rule, we try not to have to walk more than 15-20 minutes with your bags, which is why we recommend keeping the weight of your bags between 22-30 lb. Most travelers carry a backpack or rolling bag of small to medium size. No XXL bags please! A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person plus a daypack per person. Health & Safety
      • N95/KN95 face masks (at least a few just in case there is an outbreak within your group)
      • Hand sanitizer
      • Rapid Covid tests/antigen tests (at least 3)
      Suggested Checklist
      • Light fleece top
      • Light windproof/waterproof jacket
      • Sun hat
      • Personal clothing for weather in the 60’s to low 80’s – we recommend packing 8-9 days of outfits so you only have to do laundry once
      • At least one pair of long pants
      • Daypack
      • Sturdy walking shoes
      • Sport sandals or flip-flops
      • Sunblock
      • Sunglasses
      • Watch or alarm clock
      • Small flashlight or headlamp
      • Toiletries – your hotels will have soap and shampoo
      • Camera
      • First-aid kit, including: lip salve, aspirin, bandaids, anti-histamine, Dramamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, electrolyte powder, insect repellent, extra prescription drugs you may be taking
      Optional Checklist
      • Light weight silk sleep sheet
      • Travel pillow
      • Money belt
      • Water bottle
      • Phone/tablet for internet – most hotels have WiFi
      • Chargers for electronics as well as converters/adapters, if needed
      • AirTags or Tile trackers
      • Packing cubes
      • Flip-flops/sandals
      • Earplugs
      • Snacks – packing a few granola bars is a good idea; you can buy snacks when you get there too, so don’t go crazy here
      • Ziplock bags
      • Reading/writing material
      • Hand sanitizer/baby wipes
      Document Checklist
      • Passport (with photocopies)
      • Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required
      • Travel insurance ID card
      • Flight itinerary/boarding pass(es)
      • USD/EUR cash
      • Credit/debit card
      • G Adventures vouchers
      • GEEO Classroom action plans for your group – this is sent a few days before departure
      Laundry
      Laundry facilities are offered at some of our hotels for a charge, or ask your group leader where the nearest laundromat is located. If you want to do your own laundry, we suggest you bring your own non-polluting/biodegradable soap.
      Passports and Visas
      All GEEO trips require that the participant have a valid passport. Please see our general FAQ for information on obtaining a passport. As with all of our trips, we try to provide the most accurate information we can, but governments sometimes change visa rules. It is your responsibility to double-check the information we provide below by searching here. Upon arrival in Madagascar, all foreign nationals must pay a $10 Landing Authorization fee. U.S. citizens do not need a visa to travel to Madagascar for a stay of 15 days or less. For stays of 15 days or longer, you must buy a single-entry tourist visa upon arrival at the airport with US dollars, euros, or Malagasy ariary. Upon arriving at Ivato Airport in Antananarivo, make your way to the border control desk closest to the Direction Generale des Impots (DGI) Office where there is an electronic sign indicating the cost of the visa. We always advise our travelers to check with their nearest Madagascan Embassy or Consulate for the most up-to-date information as fees and policies frequently change. It is the travelers responsibility to have the correct travel documentation.
      Money Exchange
      The local currency in Madagascar is the Malagasy Ariary (MGA), and we recommend that local purchases be made in cash MGA. As currency exchange rates fluctuate, we ask that you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com. Outside of Antananarivo, you will find that it is difficult to use foreign currency. In Antananarivo, you can withdraw the local currency from ATMs using a debit card linked to a major credit card network (e.g., Visa or Mastercard). ATMs may have limits on how much money can be taken out at one time. Credit cards may also sometimes be used for cash advances and/or purchases in Antananarivo, but please do not rely on them as a primary payment method, because they are not widely accepted. You should be aware that purchases with a credit card may incur international transaction fees with your financial institution.
      Tipping
      Tipping is an expected, though not compulsory, component of this program and an expression of satisfaction with the people who assist you on your trip. Tipping is also one of the most direct ways that you can have a positive economic impact within the East African community. Although it may not be customary for you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, as an important source of income for those in the tourism industry. Giving a tip should be a seen as a formal “thank you,” and the action should in no way be awkward. The best method of tipping someone who has served your entire group is to plan in advance, and not rush when it comes to saying goodbye. A suggestion would be for each group member to contribute anonymously by putting their tip into an envelope, which the tour can present to the recipient(s), offering their thanks and showing their appreciation. This method brings the action out into the open, allowing for friendly and appreciative interaction between the group and the recipient(s). You may use the following as a guideline: Tour leader: $25 USD per week Driver: $2 USD per day Supply Crew: $1 USD per day Local guides: $1-3 USD (per couple of hours) Restaurant/café servers: 10% of the total bill Hotel Porters: $1 USD Please note that tips should always be converted into Ariary, if possible. Locals can find it difficult and time-consuming to have to exchange EUR/USD tips and therefore always prefer Ariary.
      Vaccinations
      GEEO cannot provide any medical advice, so it is very important to consult your doctor or a travel clinic about which vaccinations you will need for your trip. We recommend contacting Passport Health (http://www.passporthealthusa.com/), which has travel clinics located throughout the United States. You can also check the CDC's recommended vaccinations for your destination. Please take this seriously!
      Flights
      We find the best prices for flights are often available around 90 days before departure, but of course this varies greatly from route to route and year to year. You should wait until this trip is confirmed before you book non-refundable flights. GEEO and G Adventures bear no responsibility for any flights purchased before the trip is confirmed. This program begins and ends in Antananarivo. Please double-check our itinerary for the date by which you must arrive in Antananarivo, which usually means departing the U.S. 1-2 days prior. You may want to arrive in Africa one or more days early in case you have flight disruptions. You can arrive at any time you choose, but try to make it in time for our 6:00 p.m. Welcome Meeting on Day 1. You can depart from Antananarivo any time on the final day of the program.
      Plugs and Converters
      There are two components to provide external power to your device: adapters and transformers (also called electrical converters). The adapter is for your device's plug, adapting the prongs on a standard U.S. two- to three-pronged power cord to fit the local outlets. The transformer/converter changes the local voltage to the voltage used in the U.S. Madagascar uses the European-style two circular prong plug (Type C or Type E) and their voltage is 220-240 Volts. (Standard U.S. electrical outlets are 120V.) Most new devices, including phones and laptops, are made to work with the different voltage rates, but some devices, like hair dryers, may only work on the U.S. standard of 120V. Check your device's plug or manual to see what voltage range it requires. Most transformer blocks will have an “Input” line that defines its voltage capacity; for example, “Input: 100-240V” means that it will work with voltages between 100V to 240V. If your device can’t handle the higher voltage, you’ll need to purchase a transformer/converter. You can find world transformers/converters online or at many retail stores in the travel section.
      Expectations
      Before you decide to travel with GEEO, it is important that you read all of the information about the program you are considering. Remember, our programs are quite adventurous.
      • The purpose of the accommodation is to provide a safe, well-located place for you to sleep. The hotels in Madagascar are pretty basic. (Feel free to google some of the hotels that are typically used: Hotel Chalets des Roses in Antananarivo, Feon’ ny Ala in Andasibe, Hasina Hotel in Antsirabe, Manja Hotel in Ranomafana, Aux Bougainvillees in Ambalavao, ITC Lodge in Ranohira, and Hotel Bamboo Club in Ifaty.
      • We use a mix of transportation that gets our guests from location to location safely. The transportation will often be an adventure in itself.
      • You must be able to easily carry or roll your luggage, so do not over-pack.
      • We recommend always carrying snacks with you. Meals can sometimes be far apart.
      • Please make sure you understand the role of your tour leader on this trip as they are not the traditional “guide” you may be expecting. While our trips are educational, they aren’t study/lecture trips. We want you to learn through exploring, and much of your experience will be based on how active you choose to be in acquiring knowledge and interacting with locals.
      Hopefully this is the kind of adventure you are interested in!
      Weather
      July and August are in the midst of the Madagascan winter, and you will get some of the best weather of the year. We will be in a few different climate zones, but expect highs in the upper 60’s to lower 70’s and lows in the 60’s. At Ifaty, it will be a bit warmer with weather typically in the upper 70’s to mid-80’s. This means trekking the naturally humid rainforests can be refreshing and airy. The rainforests are alive with unique flora and fauna, with many different species of lemurs, and other animals getting on with their daily lives in the jungle depths. Being so dry does mean that some of the species will be hibernating, mainly small mammals and reptiles. If you’re looking for marine life, you won’t miss out. You may have a chance to spot humpback whales near Ifaty.

      Costs

      Please keep in mind that this trip offers some free time to pursue activities that interest you. Make sure you look over all of the optional activities and note these additional costs when deciding whether you can afford this program. The prices below are rough estimates for budgeting your trip.
      Tour Company Fee
      See our price in the top right corner
      Optional Activities
      $40-65 USD
      International Airfare from the United States
      Roughly $1,200-2,200 USD If you require assistance in booking your international airfare, we would be happy to help you.
      Insurance
      $79-200 USD Please note: It is mandatory for all of our travelers to have Emergency Medical insurance that covers both emergency evacuation and repatriation to the sum of $200,000 USD. We also strongly recommend purchasing cancellation insurance as an add-on.
      Tipping
      $120 total should be enough. We recommend $50 USD for your tour leader, $30 for your driver, and another $10 for other tips.
      Airport transfers
      $60 Total. It costs about $28 USD to get a taxi from the airport to the hotel. Same for the ride back.
      Visa
      A "landing authorization" of $10 is paid upon arrival. A visa is not required for a stay of less than 15 days, and a 30-day visa is available for $37 USD.
      Meals Not Listed in the Itinerary
      $380-495 USD
      Laundry, Drinks, Phone Calls, etc.
      Make sure you budget for these types of expenses
      Vaccines
      Variable. Please consult your doctor.
      Souvenirs
      Variable. At your personal discretion.
      Non-Educator Donation
      $100 USD (suggested donation) This is only for non-educator guests traveling with an educator on a GEEO trip. Educators and retired educators should not make this donation.

      Optional Activities

      Most optional activities are booked and paid for locally, sometimes in the local currency, and you do not have to decide in advance which ones you would like to sign up for. The prices listed are based on the latest information we have received from our participants and G Adventures. They are not guaranteed to be accurate. Please use them as a rough guide for budgeting your trip.
      Antananarivo
      Antananarivo City Tour: Follow a local guide on a tour of history-rich Antananarivo, the vibrant capital of Madagascar. Get to know the real "Tana" (as locals call it) on a 3-hour walking tour. Explore the colorful, bustling market, and sites such as the Cathedral, and Queen's Palace. (Note: This activity begins at 8:00 a.m. on Day 1, which may require booking pre-trip accommodation unless your flight arrives in the very early a.m. hours.) Tsarasaotra Bird Park: 25,000 MGA per person Take a wander around this quiet park located near the city center. Hang around the lake to catch a glimpse of this park’s abundant aquatic bird life. Queen’s Palace Visit: 15,000 MGA per person (3-4 hrs) Belonging to a complex of seven monuments, the Queen's Palace (also called Manjakamiadana) was destroyed in a fire in 1995. Take a wander around the lasting stone walls of this site, 650 feet above the city centre. Admission includes entry fee and guide. The Prime Minister’s Palace Visit: 20,000 MGA per person Located on the highest hill in Antananarivo, the Andafiavaratra Palace was the residency of Prime Minister Rainilaiarivony of Madagascar, who governed the island kingdom in the late 19th century. The site has now transitioned into a museum boasting over 1,400 artifacts rescued from the fire at the Rova of Antananarivo, giving visitors insight into Malagasy history.
      Andasibe
      Vondron’olona Ifotony Reserve: 45,000 MGA per person (1-2 hrs) Take a walk through this nature reserve. Managed by the locals in the area, this area works to preserve species of native plants and animals. Andasibe-Perinet National Park Guided Walk: 75000 MGA per person (1-3hrs, afternoon) Want to continue your rainforest exploration? Return to Andasibe-Perinet National Park in the afternoon for a walking tour led by a local guide for a chance to spot more animals.
      Ambalavao
      Morning Forest Walk: €20-25 EUR per person Enjoy morning walk in the forest to see golden bamboo lemurs, greater bamboo lemurs, and other lemur species. There's a possibility of seeing reptiles such as the Madagascar boa, chameleons (the largest rainforest species being the Parson's chameleon), or the well-camouflaged leaf-tailed gecko. Thermal Pool Swim: 15,000 MGA per person Take a dip into a pool heated naturally by the hot springs surrounding the Namorona River. Opt for a massage on site to deepen your relaxation. Silk Factory Visit: €2 EUR per person Visit a silk factory in town to learn about the local way of making fabric or clothing from silk and the process of dyeing cloth with natural dyes.
      Ifaty
      Snorkeling: 320,000 MGA per person (2-3 hrs) Grab a mask and some fins and check out what’s living just under the water. Reniala Spiny Forest Reserve Visit: 35,000 MGA per person Visit this unique ecosystem belonging to the last pieces of primary forests of Southern Madagascar. Learn more about the plant and animal life in the area, and gaze upon the largest baobab tree in Ifaty. Price includes entry fee and transportation. Dugout Canoe Ride: 30,000 MGA per person Head out in a traditional dugout canoe to see the area from a new perspective. Fishing: 30,000-800,000 MGA per person There are tons of different types of fishing opportunities available in this area. Speak to your tour leader to learn more. Quad Biking: 230000 MGA per person (4-6 hrs) Hop on an ATV to explore Ifaty. Rates will depend on duration, and if you'd like a guide to accompany you.

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