Eastern Highlands and Ile Sainte Marie Madagascar Tour

Posted on January 11, 2018 by -

La Palmarium jetty, Eastern Highlands & Ile Sainte Marie tour

Eastern Highlands and Ile Sainte Marie

The pint-sized ‘continent’ of Madagascar split from Godwanaland some 165 million years ago. A Noah’s ark of sorts sailing away to the east. This isolation led to a separate evolution of flora and fauna. Creating a paradise for nature-lovers with over 20,000 species of flora and fauna. 80% of which are not found anywhere else on this planet! This strangest of islands is an incredibly exciting destination. Known for its lemurs, orchids (1000 species), chameleons (over 70% of the world’s population) and frogs (a mere 150 species).

The Tour:

This 10 night tour is an attractive option! It allows you to see both the Eastern Rainforests, the canal de Pangalanes and also the lovely Ile Sainte Marie. It also has only one domestic flight so you don’t have to keep returning to Antananarivo.

You begin with the lush Eastern rainforest area of the Andasibe-Mantadia Natural Park. Famed for its rainforest animals, including the indri indri as well as birds, insect life and frogs. You enjoy morning walks in the forest and night walks in season.

Next you head to the Eastern coast of Madagascar to the unique canal and lake system called the Canal de Pangalanes. This scenic wetlands area is also home to the Palmarium Reserve. This private reserve makes for a good adjunct to the Andasibe-Mantadia National Park. Because they have introduced lemurs from various parts of Madagascar so that you see a broader range in close quarters.

This is perfect for keen photographers as you see first lemurs in the natural primary forest and then in this secondary forest area. There is also an opportunity to see the extremely rare Aye Aye nocturnal lemur on a night walk in a specially created island reserve.

Next you take a scenic drive up the coastal road staying overnight in the sleepy village of Mahambo. The following morning you enjoy a scenic drive up the coast to the ferry for the boat cruise to Ile Sainte Marie for 3 nights. We offer accommodation at two different price points on Ile Sainte Marie. Plus it is very easy to add extra nights in Ile Sainte Marie, if you have the time.

Eastern Highlands & Ile Sainte Marie at a Glance

1 night in Tana – Maison Gallieni (Luxury) or Palissandre, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

2 nights Andasibe – Mantadia Lodge (Luxury) or Vakona Forest Lodge (Premier – Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

2 nights Palmarium Lodge, Pangalanes Canal, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

1 nights La Pirogue, Coast, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

3 nights Princesse Bora Lodge (Luxury) or Masoandro Lodge (Premier), Ile Sainte Marie, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

Uganda Explorer Safari

Posted on December 20, 2017 by -

Baby gorilla in Bwindi Forest

This Uganda Explorer safari (from Entebbe ) is primarily about visiting and tracking the Mountain Gorillas in Uganda. There is the opportunity to trek gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest as well as taking forest walks. You spend two days here so you have the choice to buy a second gorilla permit if you want.

The gorilla experience is followed by a visit to Queen Elizabeth National Park.  Then you head onto Kyambura and Kibale Forest where you have two opportunities to track the chimpanzees.

The tour is suitable for fairly fit people as it involves walking in rugged conditions. It operates with a minimum of 2 people and maximum of 6 people in specially customized 4 x 4 safari vehicles. The safari is based on staying in good lodges and luxury tented camps.

Virtually all meals, a scheduled domestic flight, guiding and transport, set safari activities and park fees are included in our price.

9 night Uganda Explorer Tour at a Glance:

1 night Hotel No 5 in Entebbe, BB basis only

3 nights Buhoma Lodge, Bwindi National Park

2 nights Ishasha Wilderness Camp, Queen Elizabeth National Park

1 night Mweya Lodge

2 nights Primate Lodge or similar, Kibale Forest

Scheduled or Private departures?

The Uganda Explorer has 18 scheduled departures throughout the year, which may appeal to solo travelers.  The main reason for picking one of these dates is that there will be gorilla tracking permits reserved for guests on these dates. This will matter even more if you would like to track the gorillas on two consecutive days. With so few permits being issued each day, you can imagine this could be a real challenge, otherwise.

However, the same itinerary can be taken on a private basis on any departure date at a broadly similar cost. But we’ll only confirm the trip once we have obtained gorilla tracking permits. If you plan well ahead, it is still possible to track gorillas twice. But if you are booking within a few months of travel, this would be unlikely. On private safaris the game drives and vehicle will be exclusive use. But activities such as primate tracking and boat cruises will be shared with other guests.

Families – Given the focus on gorilla tracking, there is a strict age restriction. So scheduled departures are only suitable for families with near adults of 16 years and above.

Gorilla Permit: Please note that the Gorilla permit is NOT included at this stage. However we will arrange it & include it in your final invoice, along with any extra activities you may wish to do (see below).

Extra Activities:


  • Gorilla permit of $600 per person until June and $700 from July
  • Kyambura chimpanzee walk at $50 per person
  • Kibale chimpanzee trekking at $150 ($200 from July 2020) OR Chimpanzee habituation programme at $200 per person ($250 from July 2020)
  • Forest walk at $90 per person
  • Community visit at $40 per person
  • Batwa Pygmies Community Visit at $105 per person
  • Bigosi swamp walk at $25 per person

Guaranteed Gorilla Express departures for 2020

March to April: 15th and 29th March, 20th April (Easter)

May to June: 22nd May, 2nd and 21st June

July to August: 5th and 19th July, 2nd and 30th August

Sept to Oct: 20th and 27th Sept, 18th and 25th October

Nov to Dec: 8th Nov and 20th December

Please note: This tour can be done on a PRIVATE BASE if you are 4 people.


Victoria Falls & Chobe Safari

Posted on December 20, 2017 by -


Victoria Falls & Chobe safari adventure

This safari adventure is ideal for anyone who’s keen to have the best of what Zimbabwe & Botswana has to offer!

The Victoria Falls has a dramatic scenic contrast and a sight not to be missed – the clouds of spray generated by this thunderous descent have resulted in a lush rain forest full of stunning wild flowers. Combining this with the Chobe National Park in Botswana (only a 1½ hours drive from Victoria Falls) – one of the greatest game reserves in Southern Africa –  and you have the ultimate safari experience!

It begins with 2 nights in Zimbabwe at the Victoria Falls. Here you will get to enjoy the majesty of the Falls with a guided tour. As well as a sunset cruise. You then stay 2 nights at the ever-appealing Chobe National Park. Enjoying game drives into the park as well as game-viewing by boat on the Chobe River.

We do have an luxury accommodation offer available as well. If you have  extra time you can a couple of nights either at Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe or on the Zambezi River in the Zambezi National Park.

Zimbabwe or Zambian side of Victoria Falls

Note: This sample tour features Victoria Falls on the Zimbabwean side, because of the consistency of the waterfall on that side. But if you would prefer to stay on the Zambian side, this can as easily be arranged.

So contact us today for a quote or booking.

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