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30 Days
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Tour Details

Day 1 – Emperors Palace Mondior Hotel – Johannesburg

 

KRUGER – SOUTH AFRICA

Day 2 – Kapama Southern Camp – Kapama Private Game & Safari Reserve

Day 3 – Kapama Southern Camp – Kapama Private Game & Safari Reserve

Day 4 – Kapama Southern Camp – Kapama Private Game & Safari Reserve

 

MADAGASCAR

Day 5 – Maison Gallieni – Antananarivo

Day 6 – Mantadia Lodge- Andasibe

Day 7 – Mantadia Lodge- Andasibe

Day 8 – Maison Gallieni- Antananarivo

Day 9 – Johannesburg then departure

 

COST: USD 5,550.- PER PERSON SHARING

Included in Johannesburg –

  • Arrival/departure airport transfers
  • 1 night accommodation at Emperors Palace Mondior Hotel on bed and breakfast

 

Included in Kruger –

  • Domestic flight from Johannesburg to Kruger
  • Arrival/departure airport transfers
  • 3 nights’ accommodation at Kapama Southern Camp and meals on full board
  • Two game drives per day in open shared 4×4 safari vehicles
  • Tea / Coffee / Cakes and Pastries / Afternoon Tea Snacks
  • A selection of local beverages and alcoholic beverages.

 

Included in Madagascar –

  • Arrival/departure transfers
  • 4 nights’ accommodation on bed and breakfast
  • Safari vehicle for your exclusive use
  • Experienced English speaking driver guide
  • All park entrance fees.
  • Regional flight from Johannesburg to Antananarivo and back

 

Not included-

  • International flights: USA to Johannesburg and back
  • Visa fees for South Africa, Zambia & Madagascar
  • Personal insurance policy
  • Personal effects and toiletries
  • Laundry and telephones.
  • Drinks
  • Tips

Departure & Return Location

John F.K. International Airport (Google Map)

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Air fares
  • 3 Nights Hotel Accomodation
  • Tour Guide
  • Entrance Fees
  • All transportation in destination location

Price Excludes

  • Guide Service Fee
  • Driver Service Fee
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Room Service Fees

Complementaries

  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen
  • T-Shirt
  • Entrance Fees
GENERAL INFORMATION ON MADAGASCAR.

Capital: Antananarivo
Size: 587,040 km² with a coastline of 4828 km. Madagascar is slightly less than twice the size of Arizona and is the world’s fourth-largest island. Madagascar has 6 provinces which consist of Antananarivo, Antsiranana, Fianarantsoa, Mahajanga, Toamasina and Toliara.

Population: 
More than 19 million. The vast majority is a blend of Malay, Polynesian and African ancestry, with two small minorities of Indian or French origin.

Languages: French & Malagasy.
The primary language spoken in Madagascar is Malagasy followed by French. English is not spoken outside of major hotels and tourist attractions.

Currency: Madagascar Ariary (MGA)

Geography: 
The east coast of Madagascar has lowlands leading to steep bluffs and central highlands. The Tsaratanana Massif in the north has volcanic mountains. The west coast has many protected harbors and broad plains, while the southwest is a plateau and desert region.

Biodiversity:
 
Madagascar is the home to 5 percent of the world’s plant and animal species, greater than 80 percent of which are endemic to Madagascar.

Climate: 
Generally the climate of Madagascar is subtropical, with a hot and rainy season between November and April, and a cooler dry season from May to October. However there is a big variation in climate

depending on altitude and geographical position. The west coast is drier than the east coast and the central highlands, while the far south and south west is a semi-desert region that experiences very little rainfall. The east coast receives the most rain and is hot and humid during the wet season, and also prone to cyclones between February and March. Temperatures are much cooler in the highlands. Antananarivo has a pleasant, temperate climate. May to October is the most pleasant time to travel to Madagascar, with cooler temperatures and little rain.

 

Travel Connections Ltd wishes you an unforgettable African safari.

SOUTH AFRICA & MADAGASCAR SAFARI

Day 1ARRIVAL IN JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA.

Arrive at Johannesburg airport at …..hrs. Upon arrival the driver from Emperor’s Palace will be waiting for you at the arrivals terminal wearing a black suit carrying an Emperor’s Palace pager board, bearing your name on it. Transfer to Emperors Palace Mondior Hotel.

 

From the moment guests step across the threshold at Emperors Palace, true luxury and impeccable attention to detail take center stage. African fusion meets elegance at the Emperors Palace Mondior Hotel which surpasses all expectations in world-class business, conference and leisure accommodation.

Watch the sunrise over breakfast, enjoy a sociable luncheon at the chic Oriana restaurant and finish off the day with a relaxing cocktail at The Silver Moon bar. Conveniently located next to O.R. Tambo International Airport, leisure and business travellers alike can rest comfortably in one of the hotel’s 150 spacious rooms and suites. Cutting-edge technology is fitted throughout the hotel for guest convenience.

 

 

Overnight at Emperors Palace Mondior Hotel – bed and breakfast.

Day 2JOHANNESBURG TO KRUGER PARK (BY FLIGHT)

After breakfast transfer to the Johannesburg Airprt to take your schedule South Africa Airlines flight SA 8851 departing Johannesburg to at 0950hrs.

 

Arrive at Hoedspruit Airport at 1050hrs. Pick up at airport by Kapama Southern Camp vehicle and driver and drive to camp.

 

The charm and hospitality of Southern Camp staff make it a warm and inviting place for families looking for the ultimate African safari. It’s a relaxed atmosphere where even the tiniest tots are a priority and the memories made will be with you and your family forever.Light, airy en-suite bedrooms lead out onto private patios from which to spot the local wildlife. Vast picture windows in every room never let you forget that you’re in one of the most beautiful places in Africa. Equipped for the African heat, each suite is fitted with air conditioning, as well as a personal bar for refreshments. Tea facilities and Lavazza coffee machines are also at hand. For peace of mind, there’s an electronic safe for your valuables, and for our guests from abroad, international plugs for convenience.This Camp is situated in a new section of the Kapama Private Game Reserve. Offering exciting Big Five safari activities and great facilities, this Kapama game lodge caters for independent travellers and families as well as honeymooners, in fine style. Open vehicles set off in the early morning and again in the late afternoon in search of game sightings. Your excellent ranger and tracker team ensure you have a ringside seat for any wildlife encounters in this big game reserve in the Greater Kruger Park. In between game drives and bush walks you’ll have plenty of leisure time in which to indulge in activities to suit your mood. Perhaps a refreshing dip in the pool or a drink on the wide veranda as you watch for passing game would be just right. You could also retreat to your room for a siesta or take tea on your private deck and contemplate the surroundings. Kapama also has a range of other activities and excursions to suit a variety of interests.

Tantalising meals are served in the dining area which has open sides, so you can appreciate the tranquillity of the Camp’s bush setting. Atmospheric dinners around the fire in the open-air boma (traditional enclosure) are highlights for every visitor.

 

Overnight at Kapama Southern Camp – Accommodation, all meals, teas & snacks, two daily safari activities, local and select premium drinks

 

Day 3 and Day 4KAPAMA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE, KRUGER.

All days in the park with game drives.

 

Overnight at Kapama Southern Camp – Accommodation, all meals, teas & snacks, two daily safari activities, local and select premium drinks

Day 5KRUGER, SOUTH AFRICA TO ANTANANARIVO, MADAGASCAR (BY FLIGHT).

After breakfast transfer to Johannesburg Airport for your South African Airlines regional flight SA 8252 departing for Antananarivo, Madagascar at 1000hrs.

Day 6ANTANANARIVO TO ANDASIBE - 4HOURS DRIVE

We start our journey towards the Eastern part of the island. After exiting the busy and colorful city of
Antananarivo, we reach the Route Nationale 2, the main commercial road of the country which leads to the East coast of Madagascar and its main harbour. During our 150 km (3.5 hour) long journey, we will see various landscapes of the highlands from small traditional villages perched on hill sides, rice fields. A twisty, steep and lush portion of the road will announce that we are entering another region of Madagascar. You will arrive in Andasibe, known for its National Park, home of the primary and secondary forest.

The Peyrieras Butterfly Farm: We will make a stop at Madagascar Exotic. This private reserve is also
known as the Peyrieras Butterfly Farm, Peyrieras Nature Farm and Mandraka Reptile Farm. It is a small
privately run reserve (or zoo) at Marozevo, on National Road N2, 75 km (47 mi) east of Antananarivo,
between the towns of Manjakandriana and Moramanga. It was founded and owned by the French
entomologist and naturalist André Peyriéras, which is why it is also known as the Reserve Peyrieras.
The collection includes many reptiles (chameleons, iguanas, geckos, frogs), Batraciens (Bats), crocodiles,
papillons (Butterflies). The adjacent forest area supports families of relocated and habituated Verreaux’s
Sifaka and Common brown lemur which provide opportunities to photograph them close up at feeding times.

Night walk in the VOIMMA reserve: At nightfall, pick up your headlamps and flashlights for a nocturnal
walk in the rainforest. In 2012, villagers from Andasibe founded the reserve as an alternative to the
governmental led national park in the neighbourhood. The local people wanted to manage their land on their own again and be a part of ecotourism in this area.

For reptiles and amphibian lovers, the reserve offers countless frogs along its crystal clear river (among
them Boophis pyrrhus, Boophis viridis and madagascariensis) and several amazing chameleons
Chamäleons (Furcifer wilsii, Calumma parsonii cristifer, Calumma nasuta and brevicornis) in the forest. This is also a place to find the unique satanic leaf-tailed gecko (Uroplatus phantasticus). Bizarre insects like the famous giraffe necked weevil (Trachelophorus giraffae) are part of the forest, too.
This community-run reserve is open for night-walks to those interested to search for lemurs, listen to the
frogs, or stumble across sleeping chameleons after dark.

Overnight at Mantadia Lodge-Bungalow standard – Bed and breakfast.

Day 7ANDASIBE.

The Analamazaotra special reserve: We will visit the Analamazaotra special reserve. In order to have the best observation conditions, we leave our hotel around 7:30am to reach the entrance of the Analamazaotra special reserve. We will look for biggest lemur of Madagascar’s famous “Indri Indri.” This lemur is endemic to the site and made his emblem. Through an easy hike lasting about 2 to 3 hours, we will search for at least groups of Indri Indri.. We also find other species of lemurs, birds, chameleons, etc., as of endemic flora among other orchids, medicinal plants.

 

Andasibe Village: Do not miss to visit the village of Andasibe which has a population of around 5000

people. Through this visit, you will witness the daily life of this calm and colourful village. With your guide,

you will walk in the narrow and unpaved cobbled streets along the small stalls. You will have several

chances to interact with local villagers and see how they make a living and occupy their free time. The walk starts or end at the old colonial train station with its alpine architecture which was home to the once very fashionable restaurant “Buffet de la Gare” in the 1930s . The market is centrally located and busiest on Saturdays.

 

Overnight at Mantadia Lodge-Bungalow standard – Bed and breakfast.

 

Day 8ANDASIBE TO ANTANANARIVO (BY ROAD

 

Vakona reserve visit: On the immense Vakona property, an island surrounded by fresh water is home to

various species of lemurs: common brown lemurs, bamboo lemurs, ruffed lemurs, diademed sifakas. This

will be a rare opportunity to get up close and interact with these primates. Amazing photo opportunities and souvenirs will be the result of that visit. The numerous crocodiles, which used to belong to a former farm, can also be found in one of the small lake of the property. If you happen to be around on a Saturday, you may see the reptiles having their weekly feast.

 

We leave the region of Andasibe and begin our ascent towards the highlands and the capital. This journey will give you an impressive perspective about the difference of altitude between the two regions. This elevation is exploited by the hydroelectric power station which you will drive by. You will arrive in

Antananarivo after a 150km journey lasting about 3.5 hours.

 

Overnight at Maison Gallieni- Bed and breakfast

Day 9ANTANANARIVO, MADAGASCAR TO JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA THEN DEPARTURE (BY FLIGHT).

 

 

Antananarivo, Old City and Upper Town: We will visit the Old city and upper town of Antananarivo. The

majestic Rova ( The Queen’s palace ) overlooks the capital from the highest point of the city. The Rova of

Antananarivo is a royal palace complex that served as the home of the sovereigns of the Kingdom of

Imerina in the 17th and 18th centuries, as well as of the rulers of the Kingdom of Madagascar in the 19th

century. The historic boroughs around the Rova ( The Queen’s palace) have nice panoramic views on

downtown. You will drive or walk the neighbourhood with your guide to enjoy he picturesque ambience of the noblemen residence area, with both well-kept traditional houses, the colonial houses, palaces, cathedrals, the charm of the narrow, curved, upslope cobblestoned streets and ensemble of cute traditional Malagasy houses built entirely of wood. This whole package make the unforgettable ambiance of this borough.

 

Transfer to Antananarivo Airport for your South Africa Airliens fight SA 8253hrs depart for Johannesburg at 1445hrs.

 

Arrive at Johannesburg Int. Airport at 1710hrs and connect to your international flight back home.

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