{Madagascar}

East Madagascar Tour

9 Days
LENGTH
Jan - Dec
BEST TIME TO VISIT
£1,970
PRICE

Highlights:

  • Walk in the pristine rainforest
  • Indri-Indri at Andasibe National Park
  • Lush green landscape of the eastern coast
  • Appreciate simple way of life of people of the Pangalane Channel
  • Beach stay in unspoiled beaches of Sainte Marie

 

Meals:

Tour in Full board including 8 breakfasts / 5 lunches / 8 dinners

 

Day 1: Paris – Antananarivo:

Flight from Paris to Antananarivo, dinner on board. Arrival at Ivato International Airport late at night. Meet your guide and transfer to your hotel.

Overnight stay on bed & breakfast at hotel.

 

Day 2: Antananarivo – Andasibe: 142 km, 3 hr drive, asphalt road

After breakfast, depart to the Eastern coast of Madagascar. Stop in Marovezo to visit the small reserve of ‘EXOTIC MADAGASCAR’ or ‘Peyrieras’ to see chameleons, crocodiles, snakes, butterflies, and bats. Continue on to Andasibe. Canoeing and walking in the private reserve of Vakona to see several species of lemurs.

Lunch, dinner and overnight at hotel.

 

Day 3: Andasibe:

Breakfast and visiting Analamazaotra Park. Day dedicated to search for the largest lemur of Madagascar and in the world called: Indri -Indri that emits scream audible kilometres away. The park is home to other species of diurnal and nocturnal lemurs; many species of birds and reptiles. You will also see endemic flora such as the ‘traveler’s tree’ or Ravinala and more than 100 species of orchids inside the tropical and lush rainforest.

Lunch, dinner and overnight at hotel.

 

Day 4: Andasibe – Manambato – Akanin’ny nofy:

We leave Andasibe to reach Manambato, along the National Road near the humid tropical forest, and multitude fruits tree, crossing typical village of Betsimisaraka. Arrival at Manambato, boat transfer to Ankanin’ny Nofy by speedboat through Rasoabe and Ampitambe lakes, in the famous Pangalanes Channel. Nocturnal visit to see the elusive Aye Aye.

Lunch, dinner and overnight at hotel.

 

Day 5: Akanin’ny nofy – Tamatave:

After breakfast, visit at the private reserve of Palmarium in the morning. Ten species of lemurs evolving freely in the reserve, Indri, Sifaka, Coronatus, Varécia, variegata, Propitheca, etc. Rare and endemic terrestrial and arboreal fauna as well as a magnificent flora (orchids, carnivorous plants, Ebenes, mahoganies, trees of the traveler), the most beautiful palms specific to Madagascar, including the rarest varieties (Dypsis, Ravenea, Orania, but also Voanioala and Lemurophoenix).

Lunch at hotel.

Transfer by boat along the Pangalane Channel to reach Tamatave. The quiet water is covered by aquatic plants called “Pandanus” or elephant ears. We discover daily life of local fishermen who live through and close to the channel. Arrival at Tamatave port, transfer to your hotel.

Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

 

Day 6: Tamatave – Sainte Marie: 30 min flight

Depending on your schedule, transfer to the airport and flight to Sainte Marie Island. Upon your arrival, transfer to your hotel. Relaxing day by the sea. Lunch free.

Dinner and overnight at hotel.

 

Day 7: Sainte Marie:

Day at leisure on half board in Sainte Marie. Lunch free.

 

Day 8: Sainte Marie – Antananarivo: 1 hr flight

Depending on your schedule, transfer to the airport and fly back to Antananarivo. Lunch free.

Arrival in the capital, transfer to the hotel and take a rest.

Dinner and overnight stay at your hotel.

 

Day 9: Antananarivo – Paris:

City tour of Antananarivo, whose original name was Analamanga (Blue Forest) and is also commonly called ‘The city of the Thousand’, name given after the conquest and defence of a thousand warriors. Founded in the early seventeenth century, inhabited by Ethnic Merina, which in Malagasy means ‘ those who live in the highland’ and arranged on 12 sacred hills, at a height of 1,200 meters. Antananarivo has about 1.6 million inhabitants, scattered among countless typical and among them very different neighbourhoods, crossed by numerous streets and alleyways littered with small local markets. The visit of this capital, will take us to admire the Palace of the Queen ‘Rova’, now under restoration, the great Independence Boulevard ‘the esplanade of Analakely’ with its typical of the railway station.

Lunch in restaurant.

In the afternoon, visit of the ‘digue handcraft market’.

Room at your disposal for the Day Use and dinner at hotel RELAIS DES PLATEAUX, in luxury room.

In need time, transfer to the airport for the return flight with AF.

 

Price: From £1,970 per person.

 

What’s Included:

  • Overnight stay on bed & breakfast on Day 1, in double superior room basis
  • Overnight stay on full board from Day 2 to Day 5, in double room or bungalow basis
  • Overnight stay on half board during the sea stay at Sainte Marie, from Day 6 to Day 7, in double luxury villa basis
  • Overnight stay on half board in Antananarivo, on Day 8, in superior room basis
  • Day Use + meals on Day 9, in Antananarivo
  • Private Air-conditioned 4WD with a driver
  • Fuel
  • All return transfers mentioned in the program
  • Entrance fees in parks and reserves: Peyreiras, Vakona reserve, Andasibe National Park, Aye Aye nocturnal visit, Palmarium reserve
  • Local guide at parks and reserves
  • Insurance and civil and professional liability
  • Excursion and visits as mentioned into the program
  • Transport insurance covering passengers and driver
  • Hotel taxes
  • Handling fee
  • NB: All breakfasts are continental

What’s Not Included:

  • International flights
  • Domestic flights
  • Lunches on Days 6 and 7 at Sainte Marie, during sea stay
  • Lunch on Day 8
  • Excursions and visits not mentioned in the program
  • Excursions and visits not mentioned during the sea stay at Sainte Marie
  • Services not mentioned in the program
  • Personal expenses: drinks, laundry, phone calls etc.

 


USEFUL INFORMATION:

  • Feasible all year round. Whale watching from July to September in Sainte Marie. September to December is the best period to see lemurs in the Eastern coast. Eastern coast is rainy especially in February and March. Little rain in May. Light rain in June, July, and August.
  • Paved roads, except a stretch of track from National Road 2 to Manambato which is accessible only by 4WD vehicle
  • Not difficult path, but parks and reserve require a good physical shape, visits are between the 2/4 hour walk, not very tiring.
  • It frequently rains at Analamazaotra rainforest, therefore light rain-jacket is mandatory.
  • Health prevention: to come to Madagascar prophylaxis is not mandatory, but many doctors recommend a malaria prophylaxis.
  • Do not forget: heavy sweaters for the evenings during the period from April to October, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, light rain-jacket, hiking shoes, hats, and sunglasses.
  • Climate:
  • Summer in the Southern Hemisphere: (November to March): average 27 ° C – 35 ° C. The summer coincides with the rainy season which runs from November to March.
  • Winter: April to October: 18 ° C / 25 ° C.

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