Madagascar is a living laboratory for evolution, where you can explore its diverse landscape of spiny desert, tropical moist forest, tropical dry forest and mountainous terrain looking for unique creatures and botanical marvels.
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September 6/7: San Diego/Atlanta/Paris
Your adventure begins as you board your overnight flight in Atlanta and continue on your flight to Paris.
September 8/9: Paris/Antananarivo
Upon arrival in Paris, connect with your flight to Antananarivo, Madagascar. Next day, see Lake Anosy, the European District, and the birthplace of the Malagasy state, Ambohimaga, with its enormous stone gate. Stop at Tsimbazaza, a botanical and zoological garden, home to endemic species of Malagasy flora and fauna.
September 10/11/12: Antananarivo/Fort Dauphin/Berenty Reserve
Fly to Fort Dauphin, then drive to Berenty. Early morning hikes reveal the Verreaux’s sifaka, flying foxes clinging under the forest canopy, and in the evening, sightings of the white-footed and gray mouse lemurs. Relax among the playful lemurs at your hotel’s tea garden.
September 13/14: For Dauphin/Nahampoana Private Reserve/Andohahela National Park
Back in Fort Dauphin, visit the Nahampoana Private Reserve. Explore dramatic waterfalls and mysterious caves on foot or by canoe. On the next day, visit Andohahela, which transitions from lush rain forest to arid spiny forest, showing a stunning diversity of uniquely adapted wildlife. Visit Mangatsiaka, home to lemurs and reptiles and the Didieraceae dry forest.
September 15/16/17: Tulear/Isalo National Park
Fly to Tulear, then drive to Isalo National Park, a dramatic landscape dominated by Jurassic period massifs. At the Isalo Interpretation Center, learn about the local tribes whose mysterious burial sites are found here. Awake to the song of the native Benson’s rock thrush and watch the skies for black kites soaring overhead.
September 18: Tulear/Antananarivo
Return to Tulear, an oasis of sandy beaches, friendly people, and the world’s third-largest coral reef system. Visit the Arboretum d’Antsokay with its 900 species of endemic plants. Also visit a fishing village and enjoy lunch at a seaside restaurant before flying back to Antananarivo.
September 19/20/21: Perinet Reserve/Andasibe National Park
Drive to Perinet Reserve, home to the indri, the Madagascar crested ibis, and the helmet vanga. Move on to Andasibe-Mantadia National Park where the diademed sifaka and the black-and-white ruffed lemur can often be found. Your lodge has a small reserve for intimate visits with troops of black-and-white ruffed and brown lemurs.
September 22/23: Andasibe/Antananarivo/San Diego
Drive back to Antananarivo where a dayroom is reserved for you. In the late evening, return to the airport for your flight home.
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Lewa Downs, Kenya
September 22-27, 2018, 2018—Post-Tour Extension
Spend your days on safari at the Lewa Downs Conservancy in northern Kenya, famous around the world for its rhino conservation efforts.