8 days in Madagascar Itinerary

8 days in Madagascar Itinerary

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8 days in Madagascar Itinerary

Start: Chamarel, Mauritius
Fly + taxi:  5​h 45​min
1
Andasibe
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
2
Toamasina (Tamatave)
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  11​h 30​min
3
Fianarantsoa
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Antsirabe
— 1 night
bus:  2​h 45​min
5
Antananarivo
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  3​h
End: Chamarel, Mauritius

1
night
Andasibe

Andasibe ©
When you take a trip to Andasibe, you'll discover a protected rainforest in eastern Madagascar.
On the 2nd (Sat), stroll through Vakona Private Reserve. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Andasibe-Mantadia National Park (Reserve of Perinet) and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Analamazaotra Special Reserve.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Andasibe using our trip planner.

Chamarel, Mauritius to Andasibe is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Mauritius Time to Eastern African Time is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Toamasina (Tamatave).

Things to do in Andasibe

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Vakona Private Reserve ©
Vakona Private Reserve
Analamazaotra Special Reserve ©
Analamazaotra Special Reserve

1
night
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. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): look for gifts at Nulle Part Ailleurs, examine the collection at Musee de la Gendarmerie, and then stroll through Parc Ivoloina.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Toamasina (Tamatave) holiday planning website .

Drive from Andasibe to Toamasina (Tamatave) in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight. In November, daily temperatures in Toamasina (Tamatave) can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Fianarantsoa.

Things to do in Toamasina (Tamatave)

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trip

Musee de la Gendarmerie
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Parc Ivoloina ©
Parc Ivoloina
Musee de la Gendarmerie ©
Musee de la Gendarmerie

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 5th (Tue): trek along Il trekking del Camaleonte. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Wed): explore the activities along Blue pool and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Ranomafana National Park.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Fianarantsoa travel planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Toamasina (Tamatave) to Fianarantsoa takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to Antsirabe.

Things to do in Fianarantsoa

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Blue pool, Il trekking del Camaleonte
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Ranomafana National Park ©
Ranomafana National Park
Blue pool ©
Blue pool

1
night
Antsirabe

Antsirabe ©
Once a colonial retreat hotspot, Antsirabe boasts the architectural remnants of that period with cathedrals, hotels, and villas.
On the 7th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Antsirabe Cathedral, contemplate the waterfront views at Lac Tritriva, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lac Andraikiba.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Antsirabe trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Fianarantsoa to Antsirabe in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Antananarivo.

Things to do in Antsirabe

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Lac Tritriva ©
Lac Tritriva
Antsirabe Cathedral ©
Antsirabe Cathedral
Lac Andraikiba ©
Lac Andraikiba

2
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.
On the 8th (Fri), meet the residents at Lemurs' Park, then admire the landmark architecture of Gare de Soarano, then hunt for treasures at Digue Market, and finally step into the grandiose world of Rova - Le Palais de la Reine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: experience rural life at Croc Farm, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ambohimanga, then don't miss a visit to Independence Avenue, and finally stop by Art Miniature.

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

Traveling by bus from Antsirabe to Antananarivo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, daily temperatures in Antananarivo can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) 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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