11 days in Madagascar Itinerary

11 days in Madagascar Itinerary

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11 days in Madagascar Itinerary

Start: Chamarel, Mauritius
Fly + taxi:  5​h 45​min
1
Andasibe
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Morondava
— 1 night
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  9​h 15​min
3
Fianarantsoa
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Antsirabe
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h 45​min
5
Toamasina (Tamatave)
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
6
Antananarivo
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  3​h
End: Chamarel, Mauritius

2
nights
Andasibe

Andasibe ©
When you take a trip to Andasibe, you'll discover a protected rainforest in eastern Madagascar.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at V.O.I.M.M.A. Community Reserve, then stroll through Vakona Private Reserve, and then stroll around Analamazaotra Special Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Andasibe-Mantadia National Park (Reserve of Perinet).

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Andasibe trip itinerary planner .

Chamarel, Mauritius to Andasibe is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and taxi. Traveling from Chamarel to Andasibe, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Morondava.

Things to do in Andasibe

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Vakona Private Reserve ©
Vakona Private Reserve
Analamazaotra Special Reserve ©
Analamazaotra Special Reserve

1
night
Morondava

Morondava ©
Known for its iconic road lined with ancient Baobab trees, the sleepy coastal village of Morondava serves as a popular base for travelers looking to explore the national parks and nature reserves of Madagascar.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Avenue of the Baobabs.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Morondava vacation site .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Andasibe to Morondava in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Fianarantsoa.

Things to do in Morondava

Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Avenue of the Baobabs ©
Avenue of the Baobabs

2
nights
Fianarantsoa

Fianarantsoa ©
The university town of Fianarantsoa (which means "good education" in Malagasy), serves as a commercial and intellectual center of Madagascar.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): view the masterpieces at Labo photo Pierrot Men and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Ranomafana National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, contemplate the waterfront views at Black pool, then explore the striking landscape of Il trekking del Camaleonte, then explore the striking landscape of Blue pool, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale Di Ambozontany.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Fianarantsoa trip builder website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Morondava to Fianarantsoa in 9.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to drive to Antsirabe.

Things to do in Fianarantsoa

Nature Parks Trails

Side Trips

Ranohira, Il trekking del Camaleonte, Cathedral of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Highlights from your plan
Ranomafana National Park ©
Ranomafana National Park
Blue pool ©
Blue pool
Labo photo Pierrot Men ©
Labo photo Pierrot Men

2
nights
Antsirabe

Antsirabe ©
Once a colonial retreat hotspot, Antsirabe boasts the architectural remnants of that period with cathedrals, hotels, and villas.
On the 8th (Fri), explore the activities along Lac Andraikiba, explore the activities along Lac Tritriva, and then pause for some photo ops at Fahaleovantena Tribes Monument.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Antsirabe trip planner .

Traveling by car from Fianarantsoa to Antsirabe takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. On the 9th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Toamasina (Tamatave).

Things to do in Antsirabe

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Lac Tritriva ©
Lac Tritriva
Antsirabe Cathedral ©
Antsirabe Cathedral
Fahaleovantena Tribes Monument ©
Fahaleovantena Tribes Monument

2
nights
Toamasina (Tamatave)

Toamasina (Tamatave) ©
Toamasina, meaning "like salt" or "salty", unofficially and in French also Tamatave, is the capital of the Atsinanana region on the east coast of Madagascar on the Indian Ocean. On the 10th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Parc Ivoloina, then contemplate the long history of Fort Manda, and then examine the collection at Musee de la Gendarmerie.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Toamasina (Tamatave) trip planner .

Getting from Antsirabe to Toamasina (Tamatave) by combination of bus and flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. November in Toamasina (Tamatave) sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Antananarivo.

Things to do in Toamasina (Tamatave)

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Musee de la Gendarmerie
Highlights from your plan
Musee de la Gendarmerie ©
Musee de la Gendarmerie
Parc Ivoloina ©
Parc Ivoloina
Fort Manda ©
Fort Manda

1
night
Antananarivo

Antananarivo ©
Surrounded by verdant rice paddies, Madagascar's capital and the country's commercial and cultural hub, Antananarivo boasts a rich history and heritage, evident in its numerous historic buildings, colonial-era neighborhoods, and archaeological museums.
On the 11th (Mon), experience rural life at Croc Farm and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ambohimanga. On your second day here, stroll around Lemurs' Park, then don't miss a visit to Gare de Soarano, then don't miss a visit to Independence Avenue, and finally explore the historical opulence of Rova - Le Palais de la Reine.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Antananarivo trip builder site .

Traveling by flight from Toamasina (Tamatave) to Antananarivo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Toamasina (Tamatave) in November since evenings lows in Antananarivo dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Antananarivo

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Lemurs' Park ©
Lemurs' Park
Ambohimanga ©
Ambohimanga
Rova - Le Palais de la Reine ©
Rova - Le Palais de la Reine

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