18 days in Madagascar Itinerary

18 days in Madagascar Itinerary

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18 days in Madagascar Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Nosy Be
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
2
Antsiranana (Diego Suarez)
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
3
Andasibe
— 2 nights
taxi + bus:  5​h 30​min
4
Antsirabe
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Fianarantsoa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Ambalavao
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  10​h
7
Morondava
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 30​min
8
Antananarivo
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Johannesburg

3
nights
Nosy Be

The island of Nosy Be, off the coast of Madagascar, remains the country's premier beach getaway renowned for its tranquil ambience, pristine shoreline, and year-round warm weather.
Nosy Be is known for wildlife, parks, nature, zoos & aquariums, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, step off the mainland to explore Nosy Fanihy, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Lemuria Land, and stroll through Lokobe Nature Special Reserve.

To find maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Nosy Be vacation maker website .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Nosy Be is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of taxi and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to Nosy Be is 1 hour. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Johannesburg in December: high temperatures in Nosy Be hover around 37°C and lows are around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Antsiranana (Diego Suarez).

Things to do in Nosy Be

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Lokobe Nature Special Reserve ©
Lokobe Nature Special Reserve
Nosy Sakatia ©
Nosy Sakatia

3
nights
Antsiranana (Diego Suarez)

Antsiranana (Diego Suarez) ©
On a trip to Antsiranana, a sleepy port town in Madagascar's northernmost province, you can enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of its streets, lined with quaint colonial-era buildings and colorful marketplaces.
When in Antsiranana (Diego Suarez), make a side trip to see Amber Mountain National Park in Joffreville, approximately 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: walk around Tsingy Rouge Park, stop by Societe Tropicale Miniere, try your luck at Grand Cercle de Diego, and trek along Les Trois Baies.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Antsiranana (Diego Suarez) attractions website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Nosy Be to Antsiranana (Diego Suarez) in 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Antsiranana (Diego Suarez) can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Andasibe.

Things to do in Antsiranana (Diego Suarez)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Amber Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Tsingy Rouge Park ©
Tsingy Rouge Park
Les Trois Baies ©
Les Trois Baies
Amber Mountain National Park ©
Amber Mountain National Park

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 21st (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Andasibe-Mantadia National Park (Reserve of Perinet) and then take a peaceful walk through Analamazaotra Special Reserve. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through The Mitsinjo Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Vakona Private Reserve.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Andasibe trip app .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Antsiranana (Diego Suarez) to Andasibe takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Antsirabe.

Things to do in Andasibe

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

1
night
Antsirabe

Antsirabe ©
Once a colonial retreat hotspot, Antsirabe boasts the architectural remnants of that period with cathedrals, hotels, and villas.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Antsirabe Cathedral, pause for some photo ops at Fahaleovantena Tribes Monument, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lac Tritriva, and finally explore the activities along Lac Andraikiba.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Antsirabe trip website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Andasibe to Antsirabe takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Fianarantsoa.

Things to do in Antsirabe

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

1
night
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 24th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Blue pool and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Ranomafana National Park.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Fianarantsoa trip planner .

You can drive from Antsirabe to Fianarantsoa in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Ambalavao.

Things to do in Fianarantsoa

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Blue pool
Highlights from your plan
Ranomafana National Park ©
Ranomafana National Park
Blue pool ©
Blue pool

2
nights
Ambalavao

Ambalavao ©
Ambalavao is a city in Madagascar, in the Haute Matsiatra region. Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Natural pool and then stroll through Anja Reserve. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Parc National de l'Andringitra.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Ambalavao trip builder .

Traveling by car from Fianarantsoa to Ambalavao takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Morondava.

Things to do in Ambalavao

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Anja Reserve ©
Anja Reserve
Parc National de l'Andringitra ©
Parc National de l'Andringitra

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.
On the 27th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Ankevo Hamlets and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Avenue of the Baobabs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Madagascar and then delve into the lush surroundings at Kirindy Forest Morondava Madagascar.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Morondava road trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Ambalavao to Morondava takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Antananarivo.

Things to do in Morondava

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Avenue of the Baobabs ©
Avenue of the Baobabs
Kirindy Forest Morondava Madagascar ©
Madagascar ©
Madagascar

3
nights
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.
Antananarivo is known for zoos & aquariums, historic sites, shopping, adventure, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Lemurs' Park, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Tsimbazaza Zoo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Catholique d Andohalo, and relax in the rural setting at Croc Farm.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Antananarivo journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Morondava to Antananarivo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Antananarivo

Parks Zoos & Aquariums 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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