56 days in Madagascar Itinerary

56 days in Madagascar Itinerary

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56 days in Madagascar Itinerary

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

4
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: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, step off the mainland to explore Nosy Fanihy, explore by horseback at Ambaro Ranch, and get to know the resident critters at Lemuria Land.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Nosy Be holiday maker site .

Cape Town, South Africa to Nosy Be is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Eastern African Time (EAT) is 1 hour. Traveling from Cape Town in September, expect Nosy Be to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°C and 23°C. On the 5th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Antsiranana (Diego Suarez).

Things to do in Nosy Be

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Lokobe Nature Special Reserve ©
Lokobe Nature Special Reserve
Nosy Sakatia ©
Nosy Sakatia

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Amber Mountain National Park (in Joffreville) and Plage de Ramena (in Ambanja). There's much more to do: walk around Tsingy Rouge Park, trek along Les Trois Baies, stop by Societe Tropicale Miniere, and get outside with Mer D'Emeraude.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Antsiranana (Diego Suarez) vacation builder website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Nosy Be to Antsiranana (Diego Suarez) takes 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Antsiranana (Diego Suarez) are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Nosy Tanihely.

Things to do in Antsiranana (Diego Suarez)

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Amber Mountain National Park, Plage de Ramena
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Tsingy Rouge Park ©
Tsingy Rouge Park
Les Trois Baies ©
Les Trois Baies
Amber Mountain National Park ©
Amber Mountain National Park

3
nights
Nosy Tanihely

Nosy Tanihely ©
Nosy Tanihely is known for nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Nosy Tanikely.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Nosy Tanihely road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Antsiranana (Diego Suarez) to Nosy Tanihely takes 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 23°C. You will leave for Mahajanga on the 12th (Thu).

Things to do in Nosy Tanihely

Parks Nature
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Nosy Tanikely ©
Nosy Tanikely

4
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.
Mahajanga is known for nature, beaches, parks, adventure, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the stunning scenery at Cirque Rouge, explore the fascinating underground world of Grotte d'Anjohibe, tour the pleasant surroundings at Eco Parc Reniala, and explore the striking landscape of Ankarafantsika National Park.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Mahajanga trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by flight from Nosy Tanihely to Mahajanga takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Mahajanga, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Nosy Boraha.

Things to do in Mahajanga

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Cirque Rouge ©
Cirque Rouge
Antsanitia Beach ©
Antsanitia Beach
Ankarafantsika National Park ©
Ankarafantsika National Park

4
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.
Nosy Boraha is known for historic sites, wildlife, nature, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the different monuments and memorials at Pirate Cemetery on Nosy Boraha and explore the activities along Piscine Naturelle d’Ambodiatafana.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Nosy Boraha sightseeing planner .

Traveling by flight from Mahajanga to Nosy Boraha takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and flight. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Mahajanga in September: highs in Nosy Boraha hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 26°C. You'll set off for Toamasina (Tamatave) on the 20th (Fri).

Things to do in Nosy Boraha

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Pirate Cemetery on Nosy Boraha ©
Pirate Cemetery on Nosy Boraha

3
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. Toamasina (Tamatave) is known for parks, historic sites, nightlife, fun & games, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Andasibe-Mantadia National Park - Reserve of Perinet, examine the collection at Musee de la Gendarmerie, steep yourself in history at Fort Manda, and enjoy some diversion at Club Nautique et de Tennis.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Toamasina (Tamatave) day trip app .

Traveling by flight from Nosy Boraha to Toamasina (Tamatave) takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Nosy Boraha in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 21°C in Toamasina (Tamatave). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Morondava.

Things to do in Toamasina (Tamatave)

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Musee de la Gendarmerie, Andasibe-Mantadia National Park - Reserve of Perinet
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Musee de la Gendarmerie ©
Musee de la Gendarmerie
Parc Ivoloina ©
Parc Ivoloina

4
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.
Morondava is known for parks, nature, wildlife, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Avenue of the Baobabs, head off the coast to Madagascar, steep yourself in history at Ankevo Hamlets, and delve into the lush surroundings at Kirindy Forest Morondava Madagascar.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Morondava planner .

Traveling by flight from Toamasina (Tamatave) to Morondava takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. On the 27th (Fri), you're off toIsalo.

Things to do in Morondava

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Avenue of the Baobabs ©
Avenue of the Baobabs
Kirindy Forest Morondava Madagascar ©
Madagascar ©
Madagascar

4
nights
Isalo

Isalo ©
Isalo is a town and commune in Madagascar. Step out of Isalo with an excursion to Tsiribihina River in Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park--about 40 minutes away.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Isalo road trip planning website .

You can drive from Morondava to Isalo in 4.5 hours. On the 1st (Tue), you'll travel to Ambalavao.

Things to do in Isalo

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Tsiribihina River
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Tsiribihina River ©
Tsiribihina River

2
nights
Ambalavao

Ambalavao ©
Ambalavao is a city in Madagascar, in the Haute Matsiatra region. Spend the 3rd (Thu) exploring nature at Parc National de l'Andringitra. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Anja Reserve, hike along Il trekking del Camaleonte, and contemplate the waterfront views at Natural pool.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Ambalavao trip builder site .

You can drive from Isalo to Ambalavao in 9 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Fianarantsoa.

Things to do in Ambalavao

Parks Nature Trails
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Anja Reserve ©
Anja Reserve
Parc National de l'Andringitra ©
Parc National de l'Andringitra

4
nights
Fianarantsoa

Fianarantsoa ©
The university town of Fianarantsoa (which means "good education" in Malagasy), serves as a commercial and intellectual center of Madagascar.
Change things up with these side-trips from Fianarantsoa: Ranomafana (Ranomafana Arboretum & Centre ValBio Research Campus). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Ranomafana National Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Cattedrale Di Ambozontany, contemplate the waterfront views at Black pool, and admire the landmark architecture of Carved balconies.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Fianarantsoa journey tool .

Drive from Ambalavao to Fianarantsoa in 1.5 hours. On the 8th (Tue), you'll travel to Antsirabe.

Things to do in Fianarantsoa

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Ambositra, Ranomafana, Ranohira
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Ranomafana National Park ©
Ranomafana National Park
Blue pool ©
Blue pool
Centre ValBio Research Campus ©
Centre ValBio Research Campus

4
nights
Antsirabe

Antsirabe ©
Once a colonial retreat hotspot, Antsirabe boasts the architectural remnants of that period with cathedrals, hotels, and villas.
Antsirabe is known for nature, historic sites, nightlife, spas, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lac Tritriva, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Antsirabe Cathedral, stop by Boutique Fon'Ala, and admire the striking features of Gare d’Antsirabe.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Antsirabe road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Fianarantsoa to Antsirabe takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. You'll set off for Andasibe on the 12th (Sat).

Things to do in Antsirabe

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Lac Tritriva ©
Lac Tritriva
Antsirabe Cathedral ©
Antsirabe Cathedral
Fahaleovantena Tribes Monument ©
Fahaleovantena Tribes Monument

4
nights
Andasibe

Andasibe ©
When you take a trip to Andasibe, you'll discover a protected rainforest in eastern Madagascar.
Spend the 13th (Sun) exploring nature at Andasibe-Mantadia National Park (Reserve of Perinet). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Vakona Private Reserve, walk around Analamazaotra Special Reserve, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at V.O.I.M.M.A. Community Reserve.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Andasibe vacation site .

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from Antsirabe to Andasibe takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 16th (Wed), you'll travel to Tolanaro.

Things to do in Andasibe

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

3
nights
Tolanaro

Tolanaro ©
Tolanaro is known for parks, beaches, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a peaceful walk through Domaine de la Cascade, take in nature's colorful creations at Arboretum of Ranopiso, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nahampoana Reserve, and stroll around Parc National d'Andohahela.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Tolanaro trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Andasibe to Tolanaro takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October in Tolanaro, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Antananarivo.

Things to do in Tolanaro

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Nahampoana Reserve ©
Nahampoana Reserve
Parc National d'Andohahela ©
Parc National d'Andohahela

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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.
Change things up with a short trip to La Musee des Papillons in Ambatolampy (about 2 hours away). There's still lots to do: get to know the resident critters at Lemurs' Park, examine the collection at Musee de la Photographie de Madagascar, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosquee Sunni, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Catholique d Andohalo.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Antananarivo trip itinerary website .

You can fly from Tolanaro to Antananarivo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Tolanaro in October, Antananarivo is little chillier at night with lows of 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Antananarivo

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

La Musee des Papillons
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Lemurs' Park ©
Lemurs' Park
Ambohimanga ©
Ambohimanga
Rova - Le Palais de la Reine ©
Rova - Le Palais de la Reine

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