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Madagascar Central - Antananarivo, Andasibe, Akanin'nyNofy - 7 Nights / 8 Days

The green landscapes! Discover The Peyreiras and Vakona reserves and see the chameleons; geckos; frogs; bats; Butterflies and lemurs... Continuation to Andasibe/Mantadia National Parks to see the biggest lemurs alive. Reach Akanin’ny Nofy by speed boat to discover beaches; forests; scattered orchids including the nepenthes. Reach Tamatave by the pangalane channel and then discover the Betsimisaraka town before going to the peninsula and Masoala National Park which is the richest in term of the fauna, the flora and exceptional all over the world. Virgin Earth, primary forest which shelters endemic species, beach gilded unexplored and three Park marines who protect more than 10 000 hectares of coral reefs, plant marine. 


ITINERARY:

Day 1 Antananarivo
Meet and greet on arrival at Ivato airport and transfer to the hotel.
Night at Hotel Palissandre 4* with breakfast and dinner

Day 2 Antananarivo-Andasibe
After an early breakfast, departure to Andasibe, crossing large eucalyptus forests, typical landscape of upland slopes with terraced rice fields and the heart of the valleys. Marozevo stop to visit the small reserve of Pereyras a center for breeding and reproduction of many species of butterflies, chameleons, reptiles and amphibians from Madagascar. The center is intended to repopulate areas where these species are endangered because of the constant deforestation and frequent bush fires. Continue to Andasibe. Visit the private reserve of Vakona where it is possible to approach lemurs so close you can feed (provided to stock up on bananas) and be photographed with his shoulder. Possibility of a night tour (optional) to search for nocturnal lemurs whose eyes glow in the trees, as the lemurs or lépilémurs.
Night at Vakona Forest Lodge 3* with breakfast and dinner

Day 3 Andasibe
Exploring on foot (2-3 hours) the exceptional reserve of Analamazaotra where the legendary indri (Indri indri), endemic to this region. This is the largest of the lemurs (65 cm in height and weight +/- 25 kg) and also the noisiest, known for his plaintive cry. Unlike all lemurs, it has no tail, but only a stump instead. The indri is the only monogamous species; if one spouse happens to die, the other will remain a widower from the rest of his life raising his offspring. This reserve is also the stronghold of 11 species of diurnal and nocturnal lemurs, as the griffon lemur (Eulemur fulvus fulvus), bellied lemur (Eulemur rubriventer), the woolly avahi (Avahi laniger), gray bamboo lemur (Hapalemur griseus) and the vari lemur or lemur maned (Varecia variegata). Enigmatic insects, chameleons, tenrecs and colorful birds can be seen on a guided hike through the jungle. The lushness of the vegetation will also deliver its riches creepers endless pandanus trees such precious rosewood, ferns, lichens, epiphytic orchids, medicinal plants, etc.
Night at Vakona Forest Lodge 3* with breakfast and dinner

Day 4 Andasibe - Akanin'ny Nofy
If you have not been able to see the Indri Indri yesterday and if you're an early riser, you still have the opportunity to see the Indri Indri before leaving for Manambato, a village of Andasibe 3h after the Brickaville bifurcation located on the shores of Rasoabe Lake. Next you will continue on a portion the Panganales Canal. Arrival and installation at your hotel, than you will be able to choose from several excursions proposed to you.
Night at Palmarium hotel 2* with breakfast and dinner

Day 5 & 6 Akanin'nyNofy
A series of optional excursions will be proposed during the next two days - on foot or by boat. Do not miss the guided tour of the private reserve of Ansirakalaloty "the palmarium" containing different species of lemurs, but also an amazing flora. You will also have the opportunity to visit the typical Betsimisarakavillage.
Night at Palmarium hotel 2* with breakfast and dinner

Day 7 Akanin'ny Nofy - Antananarivo
Departure to Tamatave by boat by the Panganales Canal (about 2 hours). Once at Tamatave, transfer to airport for your flight to Antananarivo. Meet and greet on arrival and transfer to your hotel.
Night at Hotel Palissandre 4* with breakfast and dinner

Day 8 Antananarivo
Early morning departure to visit the Palace of Ambohimanga, which means the blue hill, 20km from Tana, a remnant of the Imerna culture, summer palace of kings and queens. Listed World Heritage Site by Unesco. Lunch in a local restaurant on your charge.
Back to Tana and visit of handicraft market at Digue on the way to the airport.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
• The East Coast Landscape and its Rosewood, greenery and vanilla
• One of the most green landscape of the big island
• The private reserve Peyrieras and its butterflies, insects, reptiles and batrachians farm
• Andasibe/Mantadia National Parks and its numerous lemurs, orchids, endemic plants
• Ankanin' ny Nofy or the Dream nest and its lakes
• The Palmarium reserve and its miles palm trees, lemurs, Carnivore plants
• The Pangalanes Channel, a succession of natural streams 600 km long
• Trekking in rain forest and a lot of activities like scuba diving, kayaking ...
• Discover the best rainforest of Madagascar
• More than 60 % is endemic 10 species of lemurs of the park, 4 are a member of the category of the primates
• Observation of whales from July to September

Quotation includes:
  • Return flights from JHB to TNR + taxes ( subject to it fares been available at the time of booking)
  • One way Flight from Tamatave to TNR + taxes
  • Meet and Greet on arrival at Antananarivo Airport
  • Airport transfers in air conditioned vehicles.
  • All transport during the tour in air conditioned vehicles with an English speaking driver/guide. If needed we can provide an extra guide speaking: Italian, German, Russian, Spanish (depending on availability) with supplement.
  • Accommodation in hotels as specified in the itinerary (or similar).
  • All meals as specified in the itinerary 
  • All guide fees and park/reserve entrance fees.

Quotation excludes: .
Visa fees  - approx EUR30pp and can be obtained upon arrival, Visa must be paid in cash.
All tips, drinks and personal expenses. Travel insurance, it is a condition that all clients traveling with us must have appropriate Travel insurance, including emergency medical evacuation cover. None specified items.

Please enquire for rates as they change depending on when you want to travel.

TYPE OF ACCOMMODATIONS (LUXURY/MID-RANGE/BUDGET HOTELS)

DAYS CITY LUXURY MID-RANGE BUDGET
1  Antananarivo  Palissandre Hotel   Sakamanga Hotel   Niaouly hotel
2  Andasibe  Vakona Forest Lodge  Grace Lodge  Feon'ny Ala
3  Andasibe  Vakona Forest Lodge  Grace Lodge  Feon'ny Ala
4  Akanin'ny Nofy  Bush House  Palmarium Hotel  Pangalane Hotel
5  Akanin'ny Nofy  Bush House  Palmarium Hotel  Pamgalane Hotel
6  Tamatave  Calypso Hotel  Generation Hotel  Lionel Hotel
7  Maroantsetra  Relais de Masoala  Pagode Hotel  Central Hotel
8  Masoala  Masoala Forest Lodge  Chez Arol  Masoala Vanilla Lodge
9  Masoala  Masoala Forest Lodge  Chez Arol  Masoala Vanilla Lodge
10  Masoala  Masoala Forest Lodge  Chez Arol  Masoala Vanilla Lodge
11  Maroantsetra  Relais de Masoala  Pagode Hotel  Central Hotel
12  Antananarivo  Palissandre Hotel  Sakamanga Hotel  Chez Cecile

Most of the hotels in Madagascar do not have the standard internationnal level, except some hotels in Antananarivo, Sainte Marie and Nosy Be but GMT+3 guarantees to find you the best hotels and accommodation for your budget. We will supply all of the necessary details for you to prepare your holidays and have a memorable stay in each hotel. Please note that in Madagascar, there is only one 5 star hotel, which is the Carlton Hotel in Antananarivo,. Once you leave the capital, the ranges of hotels are varied.

GMT+3 LUXURY (hotels/Lodges/guest house/Camping)

Wherever you stay in Madagascar, we will guarantee to find comfortable hotels, lodges or guesthouses with twin or single rooms and en suite facilities. Our hotels have air-conditioning/heating where appropriate and reliable hot and cold water. They generally have a very good level of service and mosthaveadded amenities such as a restaurant, bar, gardens or swimming pool.

GMT+3 MID-RANGE (hotels/Lodges/guest house/Camping)

These hotels usually have twin or single rooms with en suite facilities. They are generally standard, no-frills hotels with adequate amenities and service standards. Whilst comfort levels are perfectly acceptable to most, please don’t expect too much! These are often small, family-run establishments

GMT+3 BUDGET (hotels/Lodges/guest house/Camping)

These accommodations may be communal or dorm-style, and WC / washing facilities are usually shared. Running hot and cold water may be unreliable or even unavailable. However, these can be the most rewarding and memorable places to stay, despite the comfort levels being low.
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