Land of the LemursMonday 4 August 2014
Lemurs, lemurs and more lemurs – that’s what Saga active explorer passengers are likely to see in the nature reserves of Madagascar.
Land of the Lemurs
These fascinating creatures are unique to the island, as well as an incredible array of flora and fauna which has evolved from 80 million years of isolation in the Indian Ocean.
There are almost 60 species of lemur, from the largest and most-recognisable singing indri, with ring-tailed markings and bright orange eyes, to the tiny nocturnal aye-aye, the critically endangered red-ruffed lemur with a coat of deep chestnut fur and the sifaka, the beautiful golden lemur.
An expert guide will take guests on an unforgettable adventure in search of these creatures with treks through rainforests and national parks, as well as offering an insight into the unique Malagasay culture.
Highlights of this 14-night holiday include exploring the orchid-cloaked Analamazaotra Reserve, home to the indri, and Mantadia National Park to spot further species of lemurs and rare birds.
There will also be an opportunity to visit a butterfly centre where visitors can also see chameleons, frogs and geckos.
The island adventure takes in a visit to the Royal Hill of Ambohimanga, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and lemur park, plus a tour of Vakȏna Reserve, home to lemurs that have been rescued from being pets – a practice that is now illegal. These lemurs can never return to the wild but breed successfully in this sanctuary.
After an unforgettable nature trail where baobab trees grow, travel further into Mantadia National Park to look for rare orchids and the tiny nocturnal microcebus lemur.
Drive through rice fields and hills covered by eucalyptus on your way to Madagascar's handicraft capital, Ambositra, and in Antsirabe explore the volcanic Tritiva Lake.
As well as plenty of trekking there will also be time to enjoy wonderful beaches and in Isalo National Park a picnic lunch under mango trees promises to be another memorable experience on this incredible island adventure.
Price from £2,699 for 14 nights, departing Heathrow in November 2014, January to May and July to November 2015. Extend the holiday by three nights on a half-board basis in the Great Rift Valley, on a full board basis from £3448.
2014 prices held for selected 2015 departures.
All holidays include VIP door-to-door chauffeur service, return flights and transfers, airport taxes, accommodation, most meals, porterage, tour manager, tourist visa and travel insurance.
For details call free on 0800 414 383 or visit saga.co.uk/holidays
Editors: Saga Holidays is winner of nine British Travel Awards including Best Safari and Best Wildlife and Nature Holiday Operator Sub-Saharan Africa, Singles and Escorted Journeys.
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