Southern Africa by Intrepid Travel

More catalogs by Intrepid Travel | Southern Africa | 15 pages | 2006-12-06

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madagascar in one word ­ lemurs i mean isn t that what madagascar is all about surprisingly not while the nature traveller won t be disappointed neither will the adventurer as there is definitely more to the country than the lemurs and those other quirky creatures ­ like periwinkles baobabs geckos sifakas and octopus trees overall i thought madagascar was `out there amazing national parks boasting incredible rock formations arid land locals wearing vivid and wild fashion of their own designs go there before everyone else discovers that this is not your everyday destination megan hassett sales consultant madagascan beach break independent 6 days ex antananarivo departs daily subject to availability itinerary day 1 antananarivo spend time exploring `tana madagascar s capital built on hillsides and ringed with rice paddies `tana is worth spending a day exploring stroll physical culture shock through the vibrant street markets catching a bit of shade under the stall owners umbrellas or if there is time climb up to the palace overlooking the region from the city s highest hill the city s name translates to `city of a thousand from the time a thousand men conquered the hill the palace is built on days 2-5 isle ste marie fly to isle ste marie this tiny island is often referred to as `garden island with pristine beaches of soft white sand secluded bays swaying palm trees and a rich history involving pirates and shipwrecks this is a great place to get away from it all there is plenty of free time to relax or enjoy the many activities on offer search for sunken treasure on snorkelling or scuba diving excursions or cycle around the island for some sightseeing that s a bit out of the ordinary head to the island s pirate cemetery strange epitaphs skull and cross bone headstones and the mystery of hidden bounty are everywhere away from the sea there are plenty of opportunities to hike through the lush vegetation and spot exotic wildlife between july and september it is possible to take a boat trip out to the channel between the island and mainland to see massive humpback whales glide by day 6 antananarivo after breakfast return to antananarivo airport where the tour ends in the late morning above meeting the local kids megan hassett below the clear waters of madagascar megan hassett accommodation beach hotel 4 nts hotel 1 nt transport plane minibus meals 5 breakfasts budget allow eu50 for meals not included departs daily subject to availability notes round trip airport to hotel transfers are included so please advise flight details at time of booking trip code · spend four days relaxing on pristine beaches · enjoy the sea and surf with many optional activities · explore the island s rich pirate history yab 38