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JTW 2020 – Madagascar + Mauritius

15 JUN – 30 JUN

Start your journey on the stunning coral and sand islands of Mauritius, a destination of cultures that have left their own unique impression over hundreds of years. Madagascar is a dream destination for outdoor enthusiasts! Half the fun is the journey to all these incredible attractions.

  • Enjoy a sunset dinner cruise
  • See Lemurs, reptiles and bird species on a wildlife adventure
  • Explore the wonderful Isalo National Park
  • Visit the Tea Plantations of Fianarantsoa and witness the daily lifestyle of the locals
  • Take a dip in the natural swimming pools and water falls of this gorgeous country

Day One ­­— 15 Jun 2020
Today our journey begins! We collect you from home for your transfer to Sydney and an overnight stay before our flight tomorrow.

Day Two — 16 Jun 2020
This morning we make our way to the airport to check in for our flight to Mauritius. Mauritius is famed for its sapphire-blue waters, powder-white beaches and luxury resorts that provide a front-row seat onto some of the most beautiful views in the Indian Ocean.
(Meals: Breakfast, Inflight, Dinner)

Day Three — 17 Jun 2020
We experience our first glimpse into the way of life of the nation of Mauritius, visiting the Capital, Port Louis, with its crowded and colourful local market and modern shopping centre. We’ll catch a breath of fresh air at the Royal Botanical Garden of Pamplemousses, one of the most famous gardens in the world.This evening, we enjoy a relaxing cruise off the coast to view a gorgeous Mauritius sunset.
(Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day Four — 18 Jun 2020
Today we visit the village of Mahebourg, a bustling centre of local trade located on the South-Eastern coast of Mauritius. With well planned wide streets, it still bears the testimony of a French and Dutch colonial past. Enjoy free time to visit the Naval Museum, walk the streets of the city and enjoy shopping before we transfer to the airport for our onward flight to Antananarivo, the capital city of Madagascar. Located in the island’s Central Highlands, Antananarivo boasts the Rova of Antananarivo palace complex, an imposing palace overlooking the city where we’ll enjoy breathtaking views before we transfer to our accommodation and enjoy dinner.
(Meals: Inflight, Dinner)

Day Five — 19 Jun 2020
This morning our wildlife experiences begin. We travel to the park of Andasibe which includes two protected areas – The National Park of Mantadia and the Special Reserve of Analamazoatra (or the Perinet reserve) home to the large Indri Lemur. During our journey, we will stop for a visit at the Perieryras Farm for some reptile spotting, and we’ll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before stopping in at the local Gendarme Museum and continuing onto Andasibe. This evening, take a night walk in the V.O.I.M.M.A Reserve to observe active night lemurs.
(Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day Six — 20 Jun 2020
This morning, we trek through the Perinet Special Reserve home to groups of endangered lemur Indri whose dulcet singing tones are are regularly heard in Madagascar. Today’s lunch is a unique experience in the forest environment of Vakona Forest Lodge, where we will take in the incredible views of the private reserve while we enjoy the flavours of Madagascar.
(Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day Seven — 21 Jun 2020
Our wildlife adventures continue as today we take a guided walk of Andasibe – Mantadia National Park, a stunning protected rainforest that’s home to 12 different species of lemurs (nocturnal and diurnal). The park’s biodiversity includes over 120 bird species, the cute hedgehog Tenrecs and chameleons, all in the surrounds of unique tree ferns, lichens, epiphyte orchids, medicinal plants, or precious woods like Dalbergia.
(Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day Eight — 22 Jun 2020
This morning we travel towards the Great South on a journey taking us past highlands with landscapes of rice paddies and traditional red clay houses. We stop in the charming city of Ambatolampy, the ‘town at the foot of the rocks’ famous for its aluminium production and we visit a local factory to see the simple methods used by the workers to produce aluminium pots and tableware used by households throughout Madagascar. We continue to Antsirabe, a popular and pretty spa town with its French colonial buildings and known for its thermal springs and many colourful rickshaws. This evening enjoy a tour of the city on a traditional rickshaw and visit the Andraikiba Crater Lake.
(Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day Nine — 23 Jun 2020
This morning we travel to Madagascar’s third largest city, Antsirabe, where we explore the local art and craft scene of semi-precious stone cutting, embroidery, and a sweets factory. We then continue to Ambositra, the city of art, culture and crafts noted for its master woodcarvers and furniture manufacturing. Even the shutters and walls of the Zafimaniry are works of art. Our evening finishes in Ranomafana, one of the most spectacular National Parks of Madagascar.
(Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).

Day Ten — 24 Jun 2020
Today wake up to adventure when we explore the lush rainforest National Park of Ranomafana. Established in 1990, this park is home to various species of lemur and reptiles, and we’ll spend the day amongst the amazing species of Golden Bamboo Lemurs, for whom the park, the only habitat in which they’re found, was created after their discovery in 1986.
(Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day Eleven — 25 Jun 2020
Today is a busy and exciting day of exploring. This morning we visit the tea plantations on-road to the Fianarantsoa, and once we arrive in this royal city, we’ll enjoy the sights of the Royal Palace and the artificial lake, Lac Anosy. We’ll visit a handmade papyrus factory called Papier Antaimoro before traveling on to lunch in the city of Ambalavao. From there we visit the Anja Village Reserve home of the largest number of Maki Catta in all of Madagascar, before continuing to Andringitra National Park where you will spend the night.
(Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day Twelve — 26 Jun 2020
Today we discover the Tsaranoro Valley, located on the outskirts of Andringitra, where the massive granite domes of the Tsaranoro Massif make this a world-class climbing destination. We continue onto Isalo National Park in the Ihorombe Region. This park is known for its wide variety of terrain, including sandstone formations, deep canyons, a palm-lined oasis, and grassland. From here we continue to Ranohiro, our base for the next few days as we explore Isalo National Park.
(Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day Thirteen — 27 Jun 2020
Today and tomorrow we immerse ourselves in Isalo National Park. Often referred to as Jurassic Park, this is arguably the best place to see ring-tailed lemurs and white sifakas dancing and jumping. As we have two relaxing days to experience one of the country’s most dramatic and pleasant national parks, we’ll have the opportunity to not only wildlife watch, but to stop for a swim at the natural swimming pools and waterfalls.
(Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day Fourteen — 28 Jun 2020
Day two exploring Isalo National Park, and today we’ll see rock formations carved by the elements. Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure followed by a sunset appetizer on the ‘Giorgio’s Window’.
(Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day Fifteen — 29 Jun 2020
After an early breakfast, we depart Ranohira and pass by the new village of Ilakaka which has experienced rapid population growth since 1990, when its population was only forty residents, because of the existence of Sapphire mining. En route, you’ll see the iconic baobab trees and the funerary art of the region represented in typical tombs (fasambezo) encircled by funerary carvings to express life and fertility of the deceased. This evening we transfer to the airport where we start our return journey home.
(Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Inflight)

Day Sixteen — 30 Jun 2020
Today we arrive into Sydney airport and are transferred home.
(Meals: Inflight)

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