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SPLENDID EASTERN TOUR 10 Days / 9 Nights Feasible all year round

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Overview:

Tour to the Eastern coast of the Island. Discovery of the most rewarding and the easiest access of National Parks. Only three hours drive from the capital. This is the best place to see the largest living lemur.  The Pangalane Channel crossing offers a unique experience. This waterway binds lakes and lagoons along the straight coast of the Eastern, lined in primary forests and aquatic plants. Encounter with fishermen and villagers on the banks of the canal. Sainte Marie a true sanctuary of nature, with its primitive forests, its species of flowers, waterfalls, and beautiful seabed. The Island welcomes from July to September, humpback whales which come to breed and give birth to their calves.

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 Half board including 9 dinners / 9 breakfasts

Day Itinerary at a glance
D1 Abroad – Antananarivo
D2 Antananarivo – Andasibe
D3 Andasibe
D4 Andasibe – Manambato – Akanin’ny nofy
D5 Akanin’ny nofy – Tamatave
D6 Tamatave – Sainte Marie
D7 Sainte – Marie
D8 Sainte – Marie
D9 Sainte Marie – Antananarivo

Day by day itinerary

Day 1: Abroad – Antananarivo: Arrival at the Ivato International airport. Meet your guide and transfer to your hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at your hotel.

Day 2: Antananarivo – Andasibe: 142 km, 3 hr drive, asphalt road Departure to the Eastern coast of Madagascar. Stop in Marovezo, visit to the small reserve of “EXOTIC MADAGASCAR ” or “Peyrieras ” to see chameleons, crocodiles, snakes, butterflies, and bats. Continuation to Andasibe. Canoeing and walking in the private reserve of Vakona to see many species of lemurs. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Day 3: Andasibe: Breakfast and visit of the Analamazaotra Park. In search of the largest lemur of Madagascar and the world called: Indri -Indri that emits scream audible kilometers 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. Dinner and overnight at your 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 the speedboad through lakes Rasoabe and Ampitambe, in the Pangalanes Channel. Nocturnal visit to see the elusive Aye Aye. Dinner and overnight at your hotel. NB: Return of the vehicle and the driver back to Antananarivo. The Tour guide will accompany you to Tamatave.

Day 5: Akanin’ny nofy – Tamatave: 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 … A 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). Transfer by boat along the Pangalane Channel to join Tamatave. The quiet waters are covered by aquatic plants called “Pandanus” or elephant ears. We discover daily life of local fishermen who lives through and by 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 flight, transfer to the airport to take the flight to Sainte Marie island. Upon your arrival, transfer by your hotel. Relaxing day by the sea. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Day 7 and Day 8: Sainte Marie: Days at leisure in Sainte Marie. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Day 9: Sainte Marie – Antananarivo: 1 hr flight Transfer to the airport and fly to Antananarivo. Arrival in the capital, 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 defense 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 neighborhoods, 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, some great local markets not least the pretty market of Anosy flowers, without forgetting the typical Digue market, which exhibits a wide variety of handicrafts from all parts of the Island. Transfer to your hotel in the evening. Dinner and overnight stay at your hotel.

Day 10: Antananarivo – Abroad: Transfer to the airport.

End of our services

2-4 pax: 01 x 4WD vehicle
5-8 pax: 02 x 4WD vehicles
9-10 pax: 03 x 4WD vehicles

Price on request

Mandatory by 4WD: Paved roads except a stretch of track from National Road 2 to Manambato which is accessible only by 4WD vehicle

Inclusion

Overnight stay in Half board from Day 1 to Day 9, in double room basis
Private Air-conditioned 4WD with a driver
English-speaking guide
Fuel
All return transfers mentioned in the program
Entrance fees in Park and reserve: Peyreiras, Vakona reserve, Andasibe National Park, Palmarium reserve
Local guide at parks and reserve
A bottle of mineral water per person per day during the tour from Day 2 to Day 6
Insurance and civil and professional liability
Transport insurance covering passengers and driver
Hotel taxes
Handling fee
NB: All breakfasts are continental

Exclusion

International flights
Domestic flights
Lunches
Services not mentioned in the program
Personal expenses: drinks, laundry, phone call…
Travel insurance: It is important that all travelers have their own insurance covering accident, repatriation, cancellations and loss bags.

Note

Gallery

Andasibe rainforest
Aye Aye et Palmarium reserve
Giraffe Weevil
Indri Indri
 
Pangalane Channel
Sainte Marie beach
 
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