8 days in Madagascar Itinerary

8 days in Madagascar Itinerary

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8 days in Madagascar Itinerary

Start: Harare
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Nosy Be
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
2
Mahajanga
— 1 day
Fly + taxi:  4​h 30​min
3
Andasibe
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Morondava
— 1 night
5
Antananarivo
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Harare

2
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.
On the 27th (Fri), stroll through Lokobe Nature Special Reserve and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the resident critters at Lemuria Land and then step off the mainland to explore Nosy Sakatia.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Nosy Be travel itinerary planner .

Harare, Zimbabwe to Nosy Be is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Harare to Nosy Be due to the time zone difference. In December, Nosy Be is somewhat warmer than Harare - with highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Andasibe.

Things to do in Nosy Be

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

1
day
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 29th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Ankarafantsika National Park and then take in breathtaking views at Cirque Rouge.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Mahajanga trip planner.

Getting from Nosy Be to Mahajanga by flight takes about 6.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Mahajanga are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Andasibe.

Things to do in Mahajanga

Parks Nature
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Cirque Rouge ©
Cirque Rouge
Ankarafantsika National Park ©
Ankarafantsika National Park

1
night
Andasibe

Andasibe ©
When you take a trip to Andasibe, you'll discover a protected rainforest in eastern Madagascar.
On the 30th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Andasibe-Mantadia National Park (Reserve of Perinet) and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Vakona Private Reserve.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Andasibe online vacation planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Mahajanga to Andasibe in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Morondava.

Things to do in Andasibe

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Vakona Private Reserve ©
Vakona Private Reserve

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 31st (Tue): contemplate the long history of Ankevo Hamlets, then take a peaceful walk through Kirindy Forest Morondava Madagascar, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Avenue of the Baobabs.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Morondava trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Andasibe to Morondava takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Antananarivo.

Things to do in Morondava

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): relax in the rural setting at Croc Farm, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ambohimanga, then don't miss a visit to Independence Avenue, and finally explore the historical opulence of Rova - Le Palais de la Reine. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Gare de Soarano and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Lemurs' Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Antananarivo trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Morondava to Antananarivo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. December in Antananarivo sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Antananarivo

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
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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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