31 days in Madagascar Itinerary

31 days in Madagascar Itinerary

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31 days in Madagascar Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Nosy Be
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
2
Antsiranana (Diego Suarez)
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
3
Nosy Tanihely
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Mahajanga
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Nosy Boraha
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
6
Toamasina (Tamatave)
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Andasibe
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
8
Tolanaro
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  11​h
9
Ambalavao
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
10
Fianarantsoa
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
11
Antsirabe
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
12
Isalo
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
13
Morondava
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
14
Antananarivo
— 5 nights
Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Amsterdam

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mont Passot and then step off the mainland to explore Nosy Sakatia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the resident critters at Lemuria Land, stroll through Lokobe Nature Special Reserve, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Nosy Be trip itinerary planning app .

Amsterdam, Holland to Nosy Be is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern African Time (EAT) is 2 hours. Traveling from Amsterdam in January, things will get much hotter in Nosy Be: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Antsiranana (Diego Suarez).

Things to do in Nosy Be

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

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ankarana Reserve and then stroll around Tsingy Rouge Park. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Windsor Castle, then try your luck at Grand Cercle de Diego, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Amber Mountain National Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Antsiranana (Diego Suarez) tour itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Nosy Be to Antsiranana (Diego Suarez) in 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Antsiranana (Diego Suarez) can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Nosy Tanihely.

Things to do in Antsiranana (Diego Suarez)

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Amber Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Tsingy Rouge Park ©
Tsingy Rouge Park
Amber Mountain National Park ©
Amber Mountain National Park
Ankarana Reserve ©
Ankarana Reserve

1
night
Nosy Tanihely

Nosy Tanihely ©
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Nosy Tanikely.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Nosy Tanihely road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Antsiranana (Diego Suarez) to Nosy Tanihely takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Mon) before leaving for Mahajanga.

Things to do in Nosy Tanihely

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Nosy Tanikely ©
Nosy Tanikely

2
nights
Mahajanga

Mahajanga ©
The small city of Mahajanga provides lots of sandy beaches lined with palm trees and is known for its restaurants serving various specialties.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): stroll through Eco Parc Reniala, then enjoy the sea views from Phare de Katsepy, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Grotte d'Anjohibe. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Lac Sacre, kick back and relax at Antsanitia Beach, and then explore the stunning scenery at Cirque Rouge.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Mahajanga trip planner .

You can fly from Nosy Tanihely to Mahajanga in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Nosy Boraha.

Things to do in Mahajanga

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cirque Rouge ©
Cirque Rouge
Eco Parc Reniala ©
Eco Parc Reniala
Antsanitia Beach ©
Antsanitia Beach

2
nights
Nosy Boraha

Nosy Boraha ©
Once a retreat for some of history's most notorious pirates, including William Kidd, Robert Culliford, and Olivier Levasseur, the serene and tranquil island of Nosy Boraha, or St.
On the 9th (Thu), explore the activities along Piscine Naturelle d’Ambodiatafana and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Pirate Cemetery on Nosy Boraha.

Make your Nosy Boraha itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can fly from Mahajanga to Nosy Boraha in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and flight. January in Nosy Boraha sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 30°C at night. You will leave for Toamasina (Tamatave) on the 10th (Fri).

Things to do in Nosy Boraha

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Pirate Cemetery on Nosy Boraha ©
Pirate Cemetery on Nosy Boraha

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 11th (Sat), look for gifts at Nulle Part Ailleurs, visit a coastal fixture at Phare de l'Ile aux Prunes, then steep yourself in history at Fort Manda, then examine the collection at Musee de la Gendarmerie, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Andasibe-Mantadia National Park - Reserve of Perinet. Keep things going the next day: experience rural life at La Palmeraie de l'Ivondro, have fun at Club Nautique et de Tennis, and then stroll through Parc Ivoloina.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Toamasina (Tamatave) trip builder tool .

You can fly from Nosy Boraha to Toamasina (Tamatave) in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Toamasina (Tamatave) can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Andasibe.

Things to do in Toamasina (Tamatave)

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Musee de la Gendarmerie, Andasibe-Mantadia National Park - Reserve of Perinet
Highlights from your plan
Musee de la Gendarmerie ©
Musee de la Gendarmerie
Fort Manda ©
Fort Manda

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 13th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Andasibe-Mantadia National Park (Reserve of Perinet) and then walk around Analamazaotra Special Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at The Mitsinjo Reserve, tour the pleasant surroundings at Vakona Private Reserve, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at V.O.I.M.M.A. Community Reserve.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Andasibe road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Toamasina (Tamatave) to Andasibe takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tolanaro.

Things to do in Andasibe

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

2
nights
Tolanaro

Tolanaro ©
On the 15th (Wed), stroll through Nahampoana Reserve, tour the pleasant surroundings at Domaine de la Cascade, and then stroll through Lokaro Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Arboretum of Ranopiso and then walk around Parc National d'Andohahela.

Start your trip to Tolanaro by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Andasibe to Tolanaro takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January in Tolanaro, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ambalavao.

Things to do in Tolanaro

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Nahampoana Reserve ©
Nahampoana Reserve
Parc National d'Andohahela ©
Parc National d'Andohahela

1
night
Ambalavao

Ambalavao ©
Ambalavao is a city in Madagascar, in the Haute Matsiatra region. Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): explore the activities along Natural pool and then stroll through Anja Reserve. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parc National de l'Andringitra.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Ambalavao online travel route planner .

Getting from Tolanaro to Ambalavao by combination of flight and bus takes about 11 hours. Other options: drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Fianarantsoa.

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

2
nights
Fianarantsoa

Fianarantsoa ©
The university town of Fianarantsoa (which means "good education" in Malagasy), serves as a commercial and intellectual center of Madagascar.
On the 19th (Sun), admire the striking features of Carved balconies, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and then explore the striking landscape of Ranomafana National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Labo photo Pierrot Men, explore the activities along Black pool, then contemplate the waterfront views at Blue pool, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cattedrale Di Ambozontany.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Fianarantsoa online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Ambalavao to Fianarantsoa takes 1.5 hours. On the 20th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Antsirabe.

Things to do in Fianarantsoa

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ranohira, Ambositra
Highlights from your plan
Ranomafana National Park ©
Ranomafana National Park
Cattedrale Di Ambozontany ©
Cattedrale Di Ambozontany
Blue pool ©
Blue pool

2
nights
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 21st (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Lac Andraikiba, explore the activities along Lac Tritriva, stop by Boutique Fon'Ala, then admire the striking features of Gare d’Antsirabe, then pause for some serene contemplation at Antsirabe Cathedral, and finally pause for some photo ops at Fahaleovantena Tribes Monument.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Antsirabe trip site .

You can drive from Fianarantsoa to Antsirabe in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. You'll set off for Isalo on the 22nd (Wed).

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
Isalo

Isalo ©
Isalo is a town and commune in Madagascar. On the 23rd (Thu), take in the dramatic natural features at Tsiribihina River.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Isalo trip tool .

Getting from Antsirabe to Isalo by car takes about 4.5 hours. You will leave for Morondava on the 24th (Fri).

Things to do in Isalo

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Tsiribihina River
Highlights from your plan
Tsiribihina River ©
Tsiribihina River

2
nights
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 25th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Kirindy Forest Morondava Madagascar. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Madagascar, tour the pleasant surroundings at Avenue of the Baobabs, and then steep yourself in history at Ankevo Hamlets.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Morondava day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Isalo to Morondava takes 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time 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

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee de la Photographie de Madagascar and Is´art Galerie. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ambohimanga and Rova - Le Palais de la Reine. Take a break from Antananarivo with a short trip to La Musee des Papillons in Ambatolampy, about 2 hours away. There's lots more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lemurs' Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosquee Sunni, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Catholique d Andohalo, and stop by Lisy Art Gallery.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Antananarivo trip itinerary planning app .

You can fly from Morondava to Antananarivo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Antananarivo can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Antananarivo

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

La Musee des Papillons
Highlights from your plan
Ambohimanga ©
Ambohimanga
Rova - Le Palais de la Reine ©
Rova - Le Palais de la Reine
Cathedrale Catholique d Andohalo ©
Cathedrale Catholique d Andohalo

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