Barefoot Luxury Southern Explorer (11 Days)

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  • Walking
  • Game Viewing
  • Beach
  • Water Based Activities

Explore beautiful south-eastern Madagascar in luxury where you’ll be greeted by the various species of lemur and other astonishing wildlife found in this unique part of the island.  This 11-day trip will guarantee an experience filled with adventure and the finest luxury.


Tour Highlights

Mandrare River Camp – Enjoy your stay in Mandrare River Camp’s luxurious tented camp to experience breath-taking views across the Mandrare River. The Sacred Antandroy Forest is also located here. You will be able to see the tombs of the Antandroy ancestors, and your guide will explain in detail about the culture of ancestor worship.

Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge – Here you can embark on your choice of a wide range of wildlife and sporting activities, providing endless opportunities for exploring deserted beaches, scouting for whales, or snorkelling in the crystal clear water viewing corals and tropical ‘aquarium’ fish.


Day 1: Arrive in Antananarivo

Upon arrival in Antananarivo, Madagascar’s capital, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in the city centre.

Day 2: Visit the Spiny Forest

After breakfast, you will be transferred back to Ivato airport for your flight to Fort Dauphin, on the south-eastern coast of Madagascar. On arrival, you will be met by your guide and drive west towards Antandroy Spiny Forest offering a contrast of landscapes. You will arrive at your luxury tented camp in the late afternoon.

Day 3: Discover the Antandroy Forest

After breakfast on the banks of the river, we embark on a trip to Antandroy forest where we will see the tombs of the Antandroy ancestors as well as lemurs and many bird species while crossing the river on foot. In the afternoon, you can either relax at the camp or take part in our optional activities such as a trip to the giant sand dunes of Lake Anony, watching the sunset at the Baobabs, night walks, watching various species of lemurs and birds, watching traditional dancers and a visit to the village or local school.

Day 4 & 5: Explore Antandory

These two days will be spent enjoying the various activities located at and around our luxury tented accommodation, tailored to your interests. Some unique and fascinating forest areas in close proximity to the camp can be explored with permission from and being accompanied by one of the local village chiefs.

Day 6: Mandrare River Camp

After our last breakfast by the river, we drive to Fort Dauphin where we continue onward through plantations of mango, citrus, pineapples and bananas to the ocean coast and Manafiafy. Situated on a beautiful white sandy bay your lodge offers barefoot luxury with wildlife and the beach on your doorstep. Please note: Flying between Mandrare River Camp and Fort Dauphin is possible under certain conditions.

Day 7 – 10: Enjoy wildlife & water activities

After breakfast, you will embark on your choice of a wide range of wildlife and sporting activities which are included in your stay. Some of the options included are canoeing in the mangroves, early morning boat trips for wetland birding, snorkelling in the bay and nearby cove, and visits to the local village and school. Other optional activities such as massages are available at your own expense.

Day 11: Tour ends in Antananarivo

You will drive back to Fort Dauphin and continue to the airport for your scheduled flight to Antananarivo, where you will connect with your departure flight.


Day 1

Pavillon de l’Emyrne or similar

Day 2 – 5

Mandrare River Camp or similar

Day 6 – 10

Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge or similar

Included / Excluded


  • Accommodation and meals as mentioned in the itinerary or of similar standard
  • All required transport in an air-conditioned vehicle in Antananarivo and in 4×4 vehicles
    in all other locations
  • Services of an experienced professional Malagasy guide
  • All excursions, park fees and community/environmental levies


  • International and domestic flights
  • Pre and post tour accommodation
  • Optional activities and excursions not mentioned in the program
  • Any beverages not included as per itinerary
  • Personal expenses such as gradituities, curios, laundry etc
  • Travel insurance and visas

Pre Tour Prep


When arriving in Antananarivo on the morning of Day 1 of the tour you will be picked up from the airport and embark on your tour. Should you arrive prior to day 1, pre-tour accommodation can be arranged and you will be picked up from your hotel on the morning of day 1 (Pick up time will be confirmed on arrival).


In Antananarivo, we use an air-conditioned vehicle, and for the rest of the tour, we use 4×4 vehicles.


A visa is required to enter the territory of Madagascar and can easily be obtained upon arrival at the airport of Antananarivo with a validity of up to 90 days. Tourists staying for less than one month can purchase a visa for 80’000 Ariary (around 23-27 €). Paying with the exact amounts or small currency is advised. No photographs are required, however, please ensure that passports are valid for at least 6 months after return date. In addition to the entry visa, the Malagasy government is proposing the introduction of a frontier levy of 10 € in the near future, still to be confirmed and variable at short notice.

Travel Insurance:

Please note that travel and cancellation insurance is mandatory for every guest travelling with Jenman Madagascar Safaris. All insurance is solely the responsibility of our guests. Please ensure you arrange your own insurance with protection for the full duration of your journey to cover personal injury, damage and loss of personal items including but not limited to camera equipment and other electronic items, medical expenses, repatriation expenses and loss of luggage, etc. Please speak to your travel agent if you require assistance.

Making Your Travels Meaningful:

The Grow Africa Foundation (163-738 NPO) is the responsible tourism initiative started by Jenman African Safaris and Hideaways. The focus of Grow Africa is to make a positive impact on the environment, society and economy in the places we travel to. We do this by instigating and supporting local social and environmental projects.

Your booking makes a difference: With every booking to the value of R10,000 / US$1,000 / EUR1,000 or more a donation of R50 / US$5 / EUR5 will go to the Grow Africa Foundation. Click here to see the projects your booking is supporting.


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