On this fantastic beach holiday you’ll get to discover Madagascar’s stiriking east coast. Get in touch with the Indri, the largest of the lemur species along with Brown and Bamboo lemurs. Explore the wonderful island paradise of Sainte Marie, a sliver of paradise off Madagascar’s northeast coast. A notorious pirate hideout in the late 17th century, it’s believed that this tropical islet once provided shelter for almost 1000 marauders…
Day 1: 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 Palissandre Hotel or Ibis Hotel .
Day 2: ANTANANARIVO – ANDASIBE
After the morning breakfast from your hotel, Your personal driver will pick you up and take you to Andasibe national park . You will stop for 1 or 2 hours to visit the Reptile and Insect Reserve of Peyrieras in the middle way to perinet (this is an option but you can skip it if you are not keen on it) . This is quiet reserve hidden in the jungle.
Your local guide will take you on a walk around the zoo explaining everything you see there including many species of beautiful butterflies and moths and different species of chameleons . There are also giant centipedes, pill bugs, crocodiles, geckos, frogs . You can watch and learn how many of the species are breed and grow up at the reserve and can even touch some of them too. From here, you can have your lunch after your visits from the reserve place and then will continue to Perinet National park.
Today’s journey stops at the Andasibe National Park. After you have unpacked and rested in the bungalow style.
Diner and Overnight at Vakona Lodge or Andasibe Hotel .
Day 3: ANALAMAZAOTRA NATIONAL PARK
Wake up early to breakfast at the hotel and then your personal driver will take you to the office of the park and will introduce you your personal local guide to visit the park . Listen to the music of the forest as it slowly wakes up.
The unique calls of the Indris echo all around you as they call to each other high in the trees . These famous, large lemurs only live in this small area of Madagascar. It is a very special experience and will wake the naturalist in you . While touring Perinet National park, you may be able to see over 11 different types of Lemurs, giant chameleons and boa constrictors.
Diner and Overnight at Vakona Lodge or Andasibe Hotel .
Day 4: ANDASIBE – MANAMBATO – ANKANIN’NY NOFY
Today, drive to Manambato over the old suspension bridge of Brickaville. Manambato is a charming village lying on the Pangalanes Channel where Tananarivians use to come for short beach holidays.
Embark on a one-hour boating expedition to reach Ankanin’ny nofy, literally translated to the “nest of dreams”.
Today, there is unique lifestyle along the canal. Most of the villages edging the canal are actually not linked by road to the rest of the island, giving it a rustic and somewhat forgotten feel.
Dinner and overnight at, Palmarium Hotel where bungalows are nestled atop a tropical hill, where only the birds, lemurs and sometimes waves of the lake will pace your day.
Day 5: ANKANIN’NY NOFY
Explore the surroundings of Lake Ampitabe where you have the option of exploring the Palmarium Private Reserve either by day or night. Home to a dozen species of lemurs and tropical plants that you’ve never seen before. Spend your afternoon at leisure, where several activities can be organized on the spot such as:
Boat trip to visit a typical Betsimisaraka village (School and nursery) Contemplate the dozens of kilometers of empty beach in the wild Indian Ocean shore.
Walk along the Pangalanes canal to see the endemic carnivorous plant nepenthes madagascariensis
Dinner and overnight at Palmarium Hotel.
Day 6: ANKANIN’NY NOFY – TOAMASINA – MAHAMBO
After breakfast, you will boat along the Pangalanes Canal to Tamatave. This boat trip allows you to “readapt” to the bustle of city life after your restful experience at Palmarium. Toamasina (formerly known as Tamatave) is Madagascar’s main port city. The region is characterised by long beaches, split by rivers that empty into the sea. High concentrations of unique flora and fauna can be found, as well as exotic plantations of coffee, vanilla, clove, banana, coconut and lychee. The city itself is an enticing mix of bric-a-brac sophistication – boulevards lined with palm trees and upmarket hotels sit alongside old, crumbling colonial buildings and creole houses built on stilts.
Enjoy lunch before
your drive to Mahambo. You will drive along the coast where you can buy
coconuts straight from the roadside. Do not hesitate to stop at one of the
shops bordering the road to discover unusual tropical fruits. Mahambo is a
small village well shaded by coconut trees. It is famous for surfing and resort
holidays, even if it remains very
traditional and old fashioned.
Accommodation and dinner at La Pirouge by the ocean.
Day 7: MAHAMBO– SAINTE MARIE
Enjoy your breakfast with a view of the Indian Ocean. Thereafter, you’ll jump aboard a ferry to Sainte Marie island. While boarding, you Sainte Marie’s Malagasy name is “Nosy Boraha”. The shallow waters and secluded bays around Nosy Boraha make it an excellent destination for snorkelling. The best spots are near Atafana and La Crique on the central western shores where the mix of healthy coral reefs and shallow wrecks make for an enchanting underwater experience. Further out, black-coral reefs and expansive granite-bouldered seabed are the perfect environment for scuba divers to encounter grouper, grey sharks, stingrays and barracuda. There are also a handful of deeper wrecks for more experienced divers to explore. For solitude and total isolation, this small island off the southern tip of Nosy Boraha is perfection. There are no roads and no cars, the beaches are gorgeous and the coral reefs some of the best in the world.
Dinner and overnight at Princess Bora Lodge and Spa.
Day 8 -10: SAINTE MARIE
Visit of the island.
Sainte-Marie is a really nature’s sanctuary, with his primitive forest, his many floral species, his waterfall, his marvelous submarine background, and his humpback whales from June to September.
There, we can find the first and most old church in Madagascar (1859), and we can also find there a natural swimming pool, a reef coral barrier constituting a beautiful natural aquarium.
In the south of this island, there are “les îlots aux sables” meaning the small island in sand, constituted by groups of 3 corallines small islands. And the “îlots aux nattes” means small islands in plait, the pearl of Sainte-Marie, with his point, his bay, and his lagoon with emerald water coloring.
Diner and Overnight at Princesse Bora lodge
Day 11: SAINTE MARIE- ANTANANARIVO
Enjoy a morning of leisure in Sainte Marie. You’ll depart on a short flight back to Antananarivo. Upon your arrival, you’ll be transfered to your hotel for dinner and overnight at Ibis Hotel.
Day 12: ANTANANARIVO & DEPARTURE
Transfer to Airport then fly back to your country
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