MYSTERIES OF MADAGASCAR

MYSTERIES OF MADAGASCAR

Day 1 : ARRIVE IN ANTANANARIVO

  • Meet your in-country representative at the airport before setting out on this unique Malagasy adventure.
  • Please be aware that your driver will be waiting for you at the International Arrival gate.
  • An airport sign with your name should be seen and you may have to look for a logo if the airport gets overcrowded. If you cannot locate your driver please remain calm and approach the Airport Welcome Service.
  • An announcement intended for your driver can be broadcasted there, and this will then become the rally point. In the case of an emergency or you cannot locate your driver, the emergency contact details are on your documents and you should call the mentioned numbers before attempting to leave the airport. 
  • You will be given your welcome package including maps and more, then be transferred to your hotel.
  • Overnight at Hotel.

Day 2 : ANTANANARIVO – SAMBAVA

  • We take a morning flight to Sambava (subject to change), the only flight we shall take on this overland adventure.
  • The landscapes around Sambava are dominated by vanilla fields and coconut plantations.
  • On arrival, if time allows us, we can visit a workshop where you will get a demonstration of how to prepare vanilla from the field to the vanilla pod.
  • Diner and  Overnight at Hotel 

Day 3 : SAMBAVA – MAROJEJY  NATIONAL  PARK (Approximate walking time today 3.5 – 4 hours)

  • Today we depart around 07:30am, accompanied by our special Marojejy park guide.
  • We travel by 4WD to Manantenina it’s about 2hours by driving .
  • From here after a short break we continue along a dirt track to Mandena, which is as far as the car can go.
  • We then continue on foot for 1 hour to the entrance point of Marojejy National Park. This is around a leisurely 3km walk and an elevation change of 80 metres.  From the park’s entrance it is a further 2½ hour walk to reach Camp Mantella. The difference in elevation on this section is around 270 metres but the trails are quite good (can be slippery under foot after rain) and we shall stop frequently to look at the flora and fauna in the beautiful forest.
  • We should arrive in good time at the camp to be able to enjoy the forest surroundings. For those wishing to do some more exploring on foot we can walk to picturesque Humbert waterfall which is approximately 1 hour each way.
  • Overnight camping or staying in basic huts  or similar (BLD)

Day 4 : MAROJEJY  NATIONAL  PARK (Approximate walking time – 2 hours to second  camp)

  • Today we continue our trek and reach Camp Marojejia (Camp 2), a trek of approximately 2 hours mostly uphill with an elevation gain of around 350 meters.
  • The walk is quite tough in parts but we have plenty of time and will be able to make lots of stops to enjoy the forest and to look for wildlife. Marojejia camp is located at the transition between lowland and montane rainforest. It is located on a mountainside thus it offers breath-taking views, overlooking large areas of the park.
  • On arrival at the camp we can get some rest and those that want to, can do some further exploring of the park with the special park guide. Hopefully we will be lucky and spot the critically endangered “Silky Sifaka” a beautiful pure white lemur only found in this area and one of the top 25 rarest primates on the planet.
  • Overnight camping or staying in basic huts  or similar. (BLD)

Day 5 : MAROJEJY  NATIONAL  PARK (Walking time depends on trail conditions)

  • Today we explore the National Park on trails starting from the Marojejia camp searching for flora and fauna. The walk today should be around 4 hours but depends on our success observing the flora and fauna, much of which is unique to this magnificent park.
  • Overnight camping or staying in basic huts  or similar. (BLD)
  • Please those that wish to stay at camp and enjoy the amazing views and tranquillity of Marojejia camp can do so.

Day 6 : MAROJEJY – SAMBAVA (Walking time 3-4 hours descent)

  • We depart camp today around 07:00 am and descend to Camp Mantella and then back to Mandena where our vehicles await. The descent should take around 4 hours.
  • We then drive around 1 hour back to Sambava which means “where the rivers flow into the sea after meeting.” Sambava is located at the crossroad of the SAVA roads and is nestled at the mouth of three rivers. It’s the main city of the region because of it’s location that is in the heart of the “green triangle,” between other cities like Antalaha in the South, Vohemar in the North, and Andapa in the West.
  • Diner and  Overnight at Hotel 

Day 7 : SAMBAVA- MAROANTSETRA

  • Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Maroantsetra. You will be met at the airport and a transfer will take you to your hotel.
  • Maroantsetra is a charming town situated at the bottom of the Antongil Bay, in a beautiful riverine scenery where the scent of vanilla and cloves fills the air. Its surrounding area is lush and green, and is dotted with rice paddies and stands of coconut palm.
  • Diner and  Overnight at Hotel 

Day 8 : MAROANTSETRA – MASOALA

  • You will be transferred to the port where you will board a boat for Masoala. The Masoala Peninsula is the site of a 230,000 ha national park containing one of the best rainforests in the country and the largest protected area (terrestrial and marine) in Madagascar.
  • After our arrival we will go on a 3 hour walk in the primary forest to see reptiles, birds, lemurs and orchids as well as rare and unique species such as the green lizard, the red owl, the tomato frog or the serpent eagle.
  • You will even have the opportunity to relax and swim in the refreshing cool water of a river. To round off the day we will have a barbeque party at night.
  • Diner and  Overnight at Hotel 

Day 9-10 : MASOALA NATIONAL PARK

  • We will start our day with a 3-hour bird watching excursion followed by a visit to a typical village with plantations of vanilla, cloves and coffee. Masoala Peninsula is one of Madagascar’s premier trekking and hiking areas.
  • It also offers excellent opportunities for sea kayaking and snorkelling – a simple mask is enough to admire the colourful marine world.
  • Between July and September you will also have the chance to see the majestic humpback whale in the Bay of Antongil
  • Diner and  Overnight at Hotel 

Day 11 : MASOALA – NOSY MANGABE -MAROANTSETRA

  • Boat transfer to Nosy Mangabe, a scenic island with a variety of wildlife.
  • We will visit the reserve to admire its endemic flora and fauna. Later on you will have the exciting opportunity to see the Betsimisaraka tombs. The Betsimisaraka tribe is Madagascar’s second largest ethnic group and inhabits most of the central and north-eastern coastal region. The name Betsimisaraka, which means « those who stand together », refers to the time when the tribe’s confederation was forged from several smaller tribes in the early 18th century.
  • In the afternoon, we will go on a 15 minute boat transfer back to Maroantsetra.
  • Diner and  Overnight at Hotel 

Day 12 : MAROANTSETRA – ANTANANARIVO

  • After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Antananarivo, where a transfer will take you to your hotel in the city of Antananarivo, the picturesque capital of Madagascar.
  • You can wander through the capital’s steep and narrow streets, taking in its architecture, atmosphere and pace. Or you can climb up to the old rova (palace) and enjoy the views over Antananarivo and the surrounding countryside. The town is at its best in the evening when the setting sun spectacularly illuminates its hillsides.
  • After farewell diner, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home, where your unforgettable tour ends. We look forward to welcoming you in Madagascar again very soon!

Price

Tour Price/Persons 02Pax 03Pax 04pax 06Pax
1155€ pp 1125€ pp 1015€ pp 915€ pp
Single Supplement 480€
Included Not Included
  • Airport transfer.
  • Special car and driver as needed throughout
  • English speaking driver.
  • 11 Nights hotels with sharing rooms
  • Half board basis
  • Motor Boat to Masoala
  • Porters
  • Entrance to National Parks and sites visited as part of the itinerary
  • Tourist Tax
  • Gratuities (a small tip at time of service is customary)
  • Lunch
  • Beverages, alcoholic and non-alcoholic, including bottled water
  • Personal items such as telephone, fax, laundry, etc.
  • All items not specified in the itinerary
  • Entry visa
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Internal airfare with Air Madagascar

Prices are per person based on double or single occupancy (unless otherwise noted) and do not include international airfare to/from your destination or internal flights during the expedition. Internal flights are € 285 per person in 2018 and in in 2019. All prices and fares are quoted in Euro and subject to change. Contact us for more information.