Madagascar, Discovery, 15 days - from £1,795 (land only) - from €2,245 (land only) - from $3,140 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel in Antananarivo (Tana). A group transfer from the airport is provided. Tana is an interesting city and there are also plenty of places to relax with some coffee and cake. KE Land Only services begin with the evening meal. Overnight at the group hotel.
Day 2: An early transfer takes us back to the airport for the internal flight to Tulear. We visit the Arboretum d'Antsokay, an interesting botanic garden where we enjoy lunch on the terrace. Later we explore the town of Tulear and the market near the waterfront. Overnight hotel Tulear.
Day 3: Drive inland to the Ranohira National Park, stopping for a picnic en route. We pass baobab trees and the Mahafaly tombs. In the afternoon we continue across the Col de Tapias with its fire resistant trees and enter Isalo National Park. 6-7 hour drive. Camp at the Maki Canyon.
Day 4: We begin the first of our two 'day walks' through the Isalo National Park, a spectacular and varied Jurrasic landscape of eroded sandstone towers, deep canyons, forest and grassland. With luck we will encounter a family of sifaka lemurs. Return to our camp at the Maki Canyon.
Day 5: Today we trek to the far end of the park crossing a unique wonderland of extraordinary plants, jagged rocks and brown and ring-tailed lemurs. Towards the end of the trek there is a beautiful natural pool to swim in before we end up at a lovely hotel where we stay in small bungalow style rooms.
Day 6: Drive onto the Horombe Plateau and visit a highland village market. After lunch at Ambalavao we change to 4x4 vehicles and continue into Andringitra National Park. Depending on road conditions we may have to walk a final short section to our gite accommodation.
Day 7: We have a superb 7 to 8 hour trek to our base camp from which we will climb of Peak Boby the following day. During the course of the day there is approx 800m of ascent. En route we have stunning views over the Tsaranoro Valley. Campsite at Peak Boby (2150m).
Day 8: Ascent of Peak Boby (2658m), the second highest peak in Madagascar. The ascent will take approximately 2 - 3 hours and we aim to arrive on the summit for sunrise. We return to camp and have the rest of the day for relaxing or enjoying an afternoon walk. Campsite at Peak Boby.
Day 9: We make the return trek by a different route through the cloud forest on the east flank of the mountain back to the gite we stayed in before nearer the entrance of Andringitra National Park. The evening will be a farewell party with our porters. Gite accommodation.
Day 10: Return drive to Ambalavao in our 4WD vehicle, where we visit a craft paper making site, then continue in the minibus to Fianarantsoa for lunch. In the afternoon we continue to Ranomafana National Park. Approx 5 to 6 hours driving today. On arrival in Ranomafana we check into our hotel.
Day 11: A full days walk through the marvellous Ranomafana rainforest park, home to several species of lemur, 100+ species of birds, plus various reptiles and endemic insects. The lush forest here is a contrast to what we have seen already further south. Approx 5hrs walking. Overnight hotel in Ranomafana.
Day 12: Driving north to Ambositra, we visit the workshops of sculptors famous for their marquetry. We take lunch and continue towards the elegant town of Antsirabe. Approx 6 hours driving today. Overnight in quiet hotel set within its own gardens in Antsirabe.
Day 13: We continue our journey to Perinet National Park, stopping off to visit the excellent Butterfly and Chameleon Centre in Mandraka. On arrival in Perinet we check into our bungalow accommodation with views over the forest.
Day 14: An early morning visit into the park takes us to see the Indri indri, the biggest of all lemurs and an experience we will not forget. We then drive to Tana (approx 3 hrs). Time permitting we have a walking tour of the city including the craft market. We check in to the hotel and have a celebratory evening meal. Overnight hotel Tana.
Day 15: KE Land Only services end after breakfast. A complimentary group transfer to the airport is provided.
This holiday involves going to moderately high altitude. During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 2500 metres. Most people will have no difficulty with this level of altitude but before coming on the holiday, we recommend you read the advice on trekking at altitude.