9 days in Madagascar Itinerary

9 days in Madagascar Itinerary

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9 days in Madagascar Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly + taxi:  5​h
1
Antananarivo
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
2
Toamasina (Tamatave)
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Nosy Be
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 30​min
End: Antananarivo

3
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 9th (Mon): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Tsimbazaza Zoo and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lemurs' Park. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Rova - Le Palais de la Reine, then experience rural life at Croc Farm, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ambohimanga.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Antananarivo route app .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Antananarivo is an approximately 5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to Antananarivo is 1 hour. In December, daily temperatures in Antananarivo can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Toamasina (Tamatave).

Things to do in Antananarivo

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Historic Sites
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Lemurs' Park ©
Lemurs' Park
Tsimbazaza Zoo ©
Tsimbazaza Zoo
Ambohimanga ©
Ambohimanga

2
nights
Toamasina (Tamatave)

Toamasina (Tamatave) ©
Toamasina, meaning "like salt" or "salty", unofficially and in French also Tamatave, is the capital of the Atsinanana region on the east coast of Madagascar on the Indian Ocean. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): enjoy the sea views from Phare de l'Ile aux Prunes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Parc Ivoloina, then see the interesting displays at Musee de la Gendarmerie, and then contemplate the long history of Fort Manda.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Toamasina (Tamatave) trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by flight from Antananarivo to Toamasina (Tamatave) takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Antananarivo in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Toamasina (Tamatave), with lows around 26°C. On the 13th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Nosy Be.

Things to do in Toamasina (Tamatave)

Historic Sites Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Musee de la Gendarmerie
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Fort Manda ©
Fort Manda
Parc Ivoloina ©
Parc Ivoloina
Musee de la Gendarmerie ©
Musee de la Gendarmerie

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then head off the coast to Nosy Sakatia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Lokobe Nature Special Reserve, get to know the resident critters at Lemuria Land, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mont Passot.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Nosy Be trip planner.

You can fly from Toamasina (Tamatave) to Nosy Be in 6 hours. December in Nosy Be sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. You will leave for home on the 16th (Mon).

Things to do in Nosy Be

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nosy Sakatia ©
Nosy Sakatia

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