22 days in Madagascar Itinerary

22 days in Madagascar Itinerary

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22 days in Madagascar Itinerary

Start: Port Elizabeth
Fly + Drive:  13​h 15​min
1
Antsirabe
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Fianarantsoa
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  9​h 15​min
3
Morondava
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
4
Andasibe
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Antsiranana (Diego Suarez)
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
6
Nosy Be
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
7
Antananarivo
— 5 nights
Fly:  10​h
End: Port Elizabeth

2
nights
Antsirabe

Antsirabe ©
Once a colonial retreat hotspot, Antsirabe boasts the architectural remnants of that period with cathedrals, hotels, and villas.
On the 22nd (Wed), admire the striking features of Gare d’Antsirabe, contemplate the waterfront views at Lac Tritriva, and then explore the activities along Lac Andraikiba. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Antsirabe Cathedral, then stop by Boutique Fon'Ala, and then pause for some photo ops at Fahaleovantena Tribes Monument.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Antsirabe sightseeing tool .

Port Elizabeth, South Africa to Antsirabe is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Eastern African Time (EAT) is 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive 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

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 24th (Fri): browse the exhibits of Labo photo Pierrot Men and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Ranomafana National Park. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, explore the activities along Black pool, contemplate the waterfront views at Blue pool, then explore the striking landscape of Il trekking del Camaleonte, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale Di Ambozontany.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Fianarantsoa road trip planning app .

Getting from Antsirabe to Fianarantsoa by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Morondava.

Things to do in Fianarantsoa

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): stroll around Kirindy Forest Morondava Madagascar. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Ankevo Hamlets and then stroll through Avenue of the Baobabs.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Morondava trip planner .

Getting from Fianarantsoa to Morondava by combination of bus and flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Andasibe.

Things to do in Morondava

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

3
nights
Andasibe

Andasibe ©
When you take a trip to Andasibe, you'll discover a protected rainforest in eastern Madagascar.
Spend the 28th (Tue) exploring nature at Andasibe-Mantadia National Park (Reserve of Perinet). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Vakona Private Reserve, delve into the lush surroundings at Analamazaotra Special Reserve, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at V.O.I.M.M.A. Community Reserve.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Andasibe vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Morondava to Andasibe takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Antsiranana (Diego Suarez).

Things to do in Andasibe

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

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Antsiranana (Diego Suarez) side-trips: Ambanja (Cascade des bons pere & Plage de Ramena). The adventure continues: hike along Les Trois Baies, head outdoors with Mer D'Emeraude, go for a walk through The three bays, and take in the awesome beauty at Montagne des Francais.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Antsiranana (Diego Suarez) online trip builder .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Andasibe to Antsiranana (Diego Suarez) in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, daily temperatures in Antsiranana (Diego Suarez) can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Nosy Be.

Things to do in Antsiranana (Diego Suarez)

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Ambanja
Highlights from your plan
Les Trois Baies ©
Les Trois Baies
Mer D'Emeraude ©
Mer D'Emeraude
Montagne des Francais ©
Montagne des Francais

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, nature, adventure, trails, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, step off the mainland to explore Nosy Fanihy, and stroll through Ambaro Ranch.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Nosy Be online trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Antsiranana (Diego Suarez) to Nosy Be in 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Nosy Be are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. On the 7th (Thu), you'll travel to Antananarivo.

Things to do in Nosy Be

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nosy Sakatia ©
Nosy Sakatia
Nosy Fanihy ©
Nosy Fanihy

5
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, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lemurs' Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Catholique d Andohalo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ambohimanga, and step into the grandiose world of Rova - Le Palais de la Reine.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Antananarivo trip planner .

You can fly from Nosy Be to Antananarivo in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Nosy Be in May, expect Antananarivo to be a bit cooler, temps between 28°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time 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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