Wildlife of Madagascar, India & Borneo

Madagascar | India | Borneo (Malaysia)

Wildlife

Spot lemurs, tigers & orangutans

29 days £6,995 pp This is the per person group tour price, based on 2 sharing. The price is subject to change with exchange rate and flight cost fluctuations.
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Intro

Embark on a three-country tour of some of the world's most remarkable wildlife. Explore the Andasibe National Park and marvel at the vibrant colours of endemic Madagascan birds. Spot endangered nocturnal lemur on Aye Aye Island. Continue your voyage into India searching for Gangetic dolphins along the Chambal River, for tigers in Ranthambore National Park and for leopards in Bera National Park. Delve into the depths of Borneo. Cruise along the Kinabatangan River, looking for pygmy elephants and proboscis monkeys. Explore Mulu National Park and witness its famous bat exodus. Meet our close cousin, the orangutan, as they swing through the trees of Sepilok Forest Reserve.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Spot the indri (lemur) in Andasibe National Park
  • Reptiles at Peyrieras Exotic Park
  • Crocodiles on the Chambal river safari
  • Go tiger spotting in Ranthambore
  • Jodhpur’s blue buildings and magnificent forts
  • UNESCO-listed Mulu National Park
  • Visit the port town of Sandakan
  • See the native orangutan in Sepilok Forest Reserve

Places Visited

Antananarivo - Tamatave - Aye Aye Island - Canal des Pangalanes - Andasibe National Park - Delhi - Agra - Jarar - Chambal - Ranthambore National Park - Jodhpur - Bera - Mumbai - Udaipur - Kuching - Mulu National Park - Kota Kinabalu - Sandakan

What's Included

Arrival & departure transfers
Ground transport with driver
Domestic flights
Accommodation
Meals (refer to itinerary for meal plan)
English-speaking guides
Entrance fees to sites & parks
Itinerary
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Day 1 : Arrive in Antananarivo (Madagascar)

Arrive into Antananarivo airport, where you will be met by a Travel the Unknown representative and transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Antananarivo. 

Meal plan: Dinner

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Day 2 : Antananarivo - Aye Aye Island

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Tamatave. Upon arrival, you will be driven to the harbour where you will travel by boat along the Pangalanes waterways to the Aye Aye Island. Overnight on the Aye Aye Island. 

Meal plan: Breakfast

Tamatave (also known as Toamasina) is Madagascar's second largest city and its commercial hub, with the port handling much of the island's foreign trade. Industrialism and commerce are the focus rather than tourism, although there are lovely palm-lined avenues, colonial buildings, a seaside promenade and beautiful beaches (although swimming is not recommended due to pollution and sharks).

Aye Aye Island, a small island located on the Mananara River, is the perfect opportunity to spot these magnificent creatures. Spotting Aye-Aye’s, a species of nocturnal lemur, on this small island is almost always guaranteed as Aye Aye’s are known for their foraging skills, and coconuts are placed out for them. Visiting the island at dusk gives you the best chance to spot these incredible nocturnal animals.

Aye Aye's are the worlds largest nocturnal primate, they are famed for their unusual method of finding food. They tap on trees to find grubs before gnawing holes in the wood with its forward facing incisors to create a small hole which it then inserts its narrow middle finger in to pull the grub out. Aye Aye spend most of their time in the tree tops. During the day they can be found in their nests, which are spherical and can be seen near the canopy - so be sure to keep an eye out!

 


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Day 3 : Pangalanes

Spend the day on the Pangalanes waterways, where you will discover local life and see endemic wildlife. You will also have the opportunity to swim during your day on the Canal des Pangalanes. Overnight on the Aye Aye Island. 

Meal plan: Breakfast

Canal des Pangalanes is a 645-kilometre canal that flows through the east coast of the island. A haven for wildlife including crocodiles, lemurs and birds, it has beautiful beaches, natural lagoons and man-made channels. It was built in the late 19th century during the colonial era to create a secure passageway for cargo ships. Today, it is used as a means for travel and trade, as well as a fishing area, with many locals setting up homes along the canal banks. 

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Day 4 : Aye Aye Island - Andasibe

Transfer to Manambato, where you will be met and driven to Andasibe National Park. Later, enjoy taking a night walk through the Mistinjo forest. Overnight in Andasibe. 

Meal plan: Breakfast

A protected area on the island, Andasibe National Park is an incredible place to see the biodiversity Madagascar has to offer, with a range of flora and fauna. A convenient drive from the capital, Andasibe National Park has eleven endangered species of lemur, birds including the Madagascar falcon, a colourful range of snake and lizard species, as well as a record breaking number of amphibians. Visitors are almost guaranteed a sighting of the indri (a species of lemur). There are treks catered to every need, from a range of activity levels to catering to different interests.

Indri are black and white lemurs native to Madagascar, and are one of the largest species in the world. Also known as Babakoto, Indri are monogamous mammals famed for their vocals. They travel around in small family groups and communicate with other groups by "singing" and "roaring". These distinctive songs, which can be heard as far as 4km away, can last anywhere between 45 seconds to 3 minutes and are best heard at dawn and dusk.


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Day 5 : Andasibe

Enjoy a full day exploring the Analamazoatra region of the Andasibe National Park. Overnight in Andasibe. 

Meal plan: Breakfast

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Day 6 : Andasibe

Spend the morning in the Vakona Private Reserve, where you will enjoy a canoe trip. The afternoon will be free to spend at your leisure. Overnight in Antasibe. 

Meal plan: Breakfast

The Vakona Private Reserve in Andasibe National Park is home to many different kinds of lemurs including Babakoto, Nile crocodiles and endemic cat-like fossa. 

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Day 7 : Andasibe - Peyrieras - Antananarivo

Drive back to Antananarivo, stopping en route at the Peyrieras Exotic Park. Continue your journey on to Antananarivo, where you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Antananarivo.

Meal plan: Breakfast

Created over 30 years ago by one of Madagascar's most prominent naturalists, André Pereyras, Peyrieras Exotic Park is a small private wildlife reserve with a large butterfly and reptile farm. Located in the valley of the Madraka River, the park is set amongst a dense tropical forest. It houses a variety of reptiles, including chameleons, iguanas, geckos and crocodiles, many of which would be difficult to spot in the natural environment. 

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Day 8 : Antananarivo

Enjoy a full day tour of the city of Antananarivo. Key sights will include the Royal Hill of Ambohimanga and the old quarter of the city. Overnight in Antananarivo.

Meal plan: Breakfast

The Royal Hill of Ambohimanga is a former royal city and burial site. It remains a sacred and spiritual place of worship which pilgrims come from all over Madagascar, and further afield, to visit. 

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Day 9 : Antananarivo - Delhi (India)

Transfer to the airport for flight to Delhi, via Addis. Overnight on plane. 

Meal plan: Breakfast

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Day 10 : Delhi

On arrival in Delhi, you will be transferred to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day on a walking tour of the city. Overnight in Delhi. 

Meal plan: Breakfast

India’s capital and a major gateway to the country, contemporary Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines the ancient with the modern. Amidst the vast spiraling skyscrapers, the remnants of a bygone era in the form of its many monuments, stand as silent reminders of the region’s ancient legacy. The first impression for any visitor travelling in from the airport is of a specious, garden city, tree-lined with a number of beautiful parks.

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Day 11 : Delhi - Agra - Jarar

Depart Delhi and drive to Chambal Safari. Stop en route in Agra, where you will visit the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Overnight in Jarar. 

Meal plan: Breakfast

​The Taj Mahal is an immense mausoleum of white marble, built for Mumtaz Mahal, the wife of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. The construction of the tomb began in 1632 and employed more than 20,000 workers. Situated on the right bank of the Yamuna in a vast Mogul garden, this funerary monument, bounded by four isolated minarets, reigns with its octagonal structure capped by a bulbous dome through the criss-cross of open perspectives offered by alleys or basins of water. The materials were brought in from all over India and central Asia and white Makrana marble from Jodhpur. Precious stones for the inlay came from Baghdad, Punjab, Egypt, Russia, Golconda, China, Afghanistan, Ceylon, Indian Ocean and Persia. The unique Mughal style combines elements and styles of Persian, Central Asian and Islamic architecture.

Situated on the bank of the river Yamuna, the UNESCO World Heritage Agra Fort is an enormous, grand structure. The special feature of this fort is the 2.5km long and 21 metre-high circuitous wall of solid red sand stone in which each of the stones are closely bound by iron rings. The fort is surrounded by a deep moat. Some of the important buildings inside the fort are the Jahangiri Mahal, the Moti Masjid and Mena Bazaars.

Built in the early 16th century and formerly the capital of the mighty Mughals, Agra is famous for its beautiful medieval monuments. The city was pampered by the Mughals for more than two centuries, adorned with their beautiful artworks and striking architectural styles.The crowning jewel of Mughal architecture, the Taj Mahal (World Heritage Site) is one of the world’s most beautiful and beloved structures. 

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Day 12 : Chambal Safari

Embark on a boat safari in search of Gangetic dolphins. Spend the afternoon bird spotting with a local guide. Overnight in Jarar.

Meal plan: Breakfast

The Chambal Safari boatmen are exceptionally skilled at manoeuvring as close to the birds and animals as possible without disturbing them. Trained naturalists accompany you and provide expert information on the Chambal wildlife, which includes the endangered Chambal Gharial (long-nosed crocodile), marsh crocodiles, Gangetic dolphins and a host of exotic birdlife. 

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Day 13 : Jarar - Ranthambore

Spend the morning on a black buck safari. Later, depart Jarar and drive to Bhratpur, where you will catch the train to Ranthambore. Overnight in Ranthambore. 

Meal plan: Breakfast

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Day 14 : Ranthambore National Park

Spend the day exploring Ranthambore on a jeep safari. Overnight in Ranthambore. 

Meal plan: Breakfast

Ranthambore National Park is one of the biggest and most renowned national park in Northern India. The park is located in the Sawai Madhopur district of southeastern Rajasthan, which is about 130 km from Jaipur. Being considered as one of the famous and former hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur, today the Ranthambore National Park terrain is major wildlife tourist attraction spot that has pulled the attention of many wildlife photographers and lovers in this destination. Ranthambore is spread over an area of 1,334 sq km along with its nearby sanctuaries like - the Mansingh Sanctuary and the Kaila Devi Sanctuary.The park is majorly famous for its tigers and is one of the best locations in India to see the majestic predators in its natural habitat. The tigers can be easily spotted even during the day time busy at their daily quest- hunting and taking proper care of their young ones.

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Day 15 : Ranthambore

Enjoy another day spotting native species, including the tiger, on a safari drive through Ranthambore National Park. Overnight in Ranthambore. 

Meal plan: Breakfast

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Day 16 : Ranthambore - Jodhpur - Bera

Depart early for the train station, where you will catch the train to Jodhpur. Visit the Mehrangarh Fort, before driving to Bera. Overnight in Bera. 

Meal plan: Breakfast

Jodhpur is the second largest city in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It is located 335 kilometres (208 mi) west from the state capital, Jaipur. It was formerly the seat of a princely state of the same name, the capital of the kingdom known as Marwar. Jodhpur is a popular tourist destination, featuring many palaces, forts and temples, set in the stark landscape of the Thar desert. The city is known as the Sun City for the bright, sunny weather it enjoys all year. It is also referred to as the "Blue City". Jodhpur lies near the geographic centre of Rajasthan state, which makes it a convenient base for travel in a region much frequented by tourists. The old city of Jodhpur is surrounded by a thick stone wall.

Mehrangarh Fort is situated 400 feet (122 m) above the city, and is enclosed by imposing thick walls. Inside its boundaries there are several palaces known for their intricate carvings and expansive courtyards. The imprints of cannonball hits by attacking armies of Jaipur can still be seen on the second gate. To the left of the fort is the 'chhatri' (umbrella) of Kirat Singh Soda, a soldier who fell on the spot defending the Mehrangarh fort. There are seven gates, which include Jayapol (victory) built by Maharaja Man Singh to commemorate his victories over the Jaipur and Bikaner armies. Fattehpol (victory) gate was built by Maharaja Ajit Singh to mark the defeat of the Mughals. The palm imprints upon these still attract much attention even today. The museum in Mehrangarh Fort is one of the most well-stocked museums in Rajasthan. In one section of the fort museum there is a selection of old royal palanquins, including the elaborate domed gilt Mahadol palanquin, which was won in a battle from the Governor of Gujarat in 1730. The museum exhibits the heritage of the Rathores in arms, costumes, paintings and decorated period rooms.


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Day 17 : Bera

Spend the day on jeep safari drives through Bera where, along with a local guide, you will search for the local leopard. Overnight in Bera. 

Meal plan: Breakfast

Bera is a dusty village in Southern Rajasthan located amidst the Aravalli mountain range. Surrounded by bodies of water, it is famous for its leopard population.

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Day 18 : Bera - Mumbai

Enjoy a morning safari in Bera, before departing and travelling to Udaipur. Take a tour of the city. Later, transfer to the airport for your flight to Mumbai. Overnight in Mumbai. 

Meal plan: Breakfast

Udaipur is often called ‘Venice of the East’ or the ‘City of Lakes’, and was founded by Maharana Udai Singh in 1559 AD. According to legend, Udai Singh was guided to establish his capital on the very spot that a holy man was meditating on near Pichola Lake. Surrounded by Aravali Ranges, forests and lakes, this place was less vulnerable to external invasion than Chittaurgarh. Maharana Udai Singh died in 1572 and was succeeded by Maharana Pratap, who valiantly defended Udaipur from Mughal attacks. Maharana Pratap is the most revered Rajput icon who gallantly fought the Mughals in the battle of Haldighati in 1576. Mewar continuously defied foreign invaders and has a history of bloody battles, until the British intervention in the 19th century, when a treaty was signed to protect Udaipur. Upon gaining independence, Udaipur merged with the union of India.

The Lake Palace (Jag Niwas), located in the middle of Pichola Lake, is the finest example of an architectural and cultural marvel. The grand City Palace on the banks of the lake, along with the Monsoon Palace (Sajjan Garh) on the hill above, enhances the beauty of this magnificent city. This is one of the largest palace complexes in the world. Udaipur is also the centre for performing arts, crafts and its famed miniature paintings. The Shilpgram festival is a great crowd-puller during New Year celebrations.


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Day 19 : Mumbai - Kuching (Borneo)

Spend the morning touring the city of Mumbai. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Kuching, Borneo. Overnight on flight.

Meal plan: Breakfast

Mumbai is the most populous city in India, the economical and commercial centre of the country and the home of Bollywood, the Hindi film industry. Mumbai's most famous site is the Gateway of India, a 26-metre-high arch built to commemorate the landing of King George V and Queen Mary in India in 1911. Other important landmarks include the Marine Drive boulevard, known as the 'Queen's Necklace' due to its resemblance to a pearl necklace when viewed at night from above; Dhobi Ghat, the world’s largest open air laundry; Crawford Market, the largest market in Mumbai,  named after  the first Municipal Commissioner of the city, Arthur Crawford; and the Victoria Terminus railway station, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The latter is famous for its blend of Gothic Revival and traditional Mughal architectural styles, and was built to commemorate Queen Victoria’s golden jubilee. In 1996 it was renamed to Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, after the founder of the Maratha Empire.

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Day 20 : Kuching

Arrive into Kuching, where you will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day will be free to spend at your leisure. Overnight in Kuching. 

Meal plan: Breakfast

The state capital of Sarawak, Kuching, is often described as one of the most attractive cities in Southeast Asia. It is one of the most multiracial cities in Malaysia - north of the Sarawak River being predominantly Malay in character, whilst the south is largely populated by Chinese. The city has become a major food destination, and market stalls sell many varieties of Asian cuisine. Kuching's attractions include a picturesque port, the Rainforest World Music Festival, the historic Fort Marherita and the ornate Sarawak State Museum.

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Day 21 : Kuching - Mulu

Transfer to the airport for flight to Mulu National Park. Later that day you will have the opportunity to witness the natural phenomenon of the bat exodus. Overnight in Mulu.

Meal plan: Breakfast

Mulu National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site made up of mountains and rainforest, yet, its main attraction lies beneath the ground. Mulu’s cave networks have become the subject of much international interest - Deer Cave being the largest single cave passage in the world and the bat exodus from here, where millions of bats fly out of the cave and create swilling patterns in the sky, is a sight to behold. Mulu has become the site for many research projects, including that of the Royal Geographic Society.

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Day 22 : Mulu

Spend the day on safari drives through Mulu National Park with a local guide. Overnight in Mulu. 

Meal plan: Breakfast

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Day 23 : Mulu - Kota Kinabalu - Sepilok

Depart Mulu and travel to the airport, where you will fly to Sandakan, via Kota Kinabalu. On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Sepilok. 

Meal plan: Breakfast

In the past, the town of Sandakan was populated with traders from all over the world - Dutch, Arabs, Indians - as well as Chinese planters. However, following its destruction by the British in World War 2, it has since had to rebuild itself. It has achieved this with the support of an ever growing timber trade and, later, the palm-oil industry. Today this port is Sabah's second largest town, boasts excellent seafood especially along its waterfront and its bay is dotted with Chinese fishing trawlers.

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Day 24 : Sepilok - Kinabatangan

Spend the morning in Sepilok, before transferring to Kinabatangan. Board a cruise and travel along the Kinabatangan River. Overnight in Kinabatangan. 

Meal plan: Breakfast

Sepilok Forest Reserve & Orangutan Sanctuary occupies an area of 16 square miles, consisting of an orangutan sanctuary and mangrove trails. Most well known for its orangutan sanctuary, founded in 1964, its primary aim was to rehabilitate orphaned and confiscated orangutans. Located on the edge of the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve, this sanctuary is now home to somewhere between 60 and 80 wild and 25 young orphaned orangutans. Orangutans are fed the same meal every day in a bid to encourage them to venture out on their own in search of variety, a tactic that has proved very successful.

At a length of 560 km, the Kinabatangan River is the second longest river in Malaysia. The river and its banks are renowned for its extraordinary wildlife  including macaques, elephants, monitor lizards, and of course the unique proboscis monkeys with their harems of wives. It also boasts a diverse birdlife including rhinoceros hornbills and blue-banded kingfishers.  Furthermore you can find limestone caves, swamp forests and salty mangroves along its vast length. A boatride on the river is a special highlight of Borneo.

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Day 25 : Kinabatangan

Enjoy a full day touring the Kinabatangan region, searching for native wildlife along the banks of the river. Overnight in Kinabatangan. 

Meal plan: Breakfast

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Day 26 : Kinabatangan - Tabin

Travel on to Tabin Wildlife Reserve. On arrival, the rest of the day will be free to spend at your leisure. Overnight in Tabin. 

Meal plan: Breakfast

Tabin Wildlife Reserve was established in 1984, primarily in order to protect the largely endangered animal population who inhabit the forests, including the Pygmy Elephant and the Banteng, a species of wild cattle. Tabin is also the site of a rescue project for the Rhino, being home to the highest concentration of Sumatran Rhino in Borneo.

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Day 27 : Tabin

Spend a full day in Tabin Wildlife Reserve with a local guide. Overnight in Tabin. 

Meal plan: n/a

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Day 28 : Tabin - Kota Kinabalu

Take a morning safari drive through Tabin Wildlife Reserve, before later driving to Tawau airport for your flight to Kota Kinabalu. Overnight in Kota Kinabalu. 

Meal plan: Breakfast

Kota Kinabalu, formerly known as Jesselton under British colonial rule, is now the capital of the state of Sabah. It is situated on the north-western coast of Borneo, lying between the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park and Mount Kinabalu. Kota Kinabalu was only granted city status in 2000, but it is fast becoming one of the largest urban regions in Malaysia.
 


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Day 29 : Departure

Transfer to the airport for departure flight. 

Meal plan: Breakfast

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