Madagascar - Nosy Be, Andasibe to Antsirabe - 13 Nights
Andasibe-Mantadia National Park is a 155 square kilometre protected area, located about 150 km east of Antananarivo, consisting principally of primary growth forest in Alaotra-Mangoro Region in eastern Madagascar.
The park's elevation ranges from 800–1260 meters, with a humid climate. Average annual precipitation is 1700 mm, with rainfall on 210 days of each year. This rainforest is habitat to a vast species biodiversity, including many endemic rare species and endangered species, including 11 lemur species. The park's two component parts are Mantadia National Park and Analamazoatra Reserve, which is best known for its population of Madagascar's largest lemur, the indri.
Despite being Madagascar’s number-one beach destination, the island of Nosy Be remains relatively low-key.
The climate is sunny year-round, and Nosy Be is paradise for water-based activities. Diving is the island’s top draw, and there is plenty of swimming, snorkelling and sailing for those keen to stay close to the surface.
Once you’ve had enough of seascapes, head for the rolling landscapes of the little-explored hinterland: as well as the brilliant Réserve Naturelle Intégrale de Lokobe, there are cocoa, ylang-ylang and vanilla plantations, crater lakes and waterfalls, and miles of dirt tracks accessible only by foot or quad bike. Despite all these assets, Nosy Be has a history as the capital of sex tourism. It’s true that Ambatoloaka is seedy in places but it is by no means representative of the whole island, and definitely not of the surrounding islands, which are all tiny, remote and heavenly. It’s also worth knowing that tourism operators and the authorities in Nosy Be have come down hard on prostitution; perpetrators face heavy prison sentences.
SUNDAY:Johannesburg – Nosy be SA8246 JNBNOS DK1 0930 1400
On arrival, we meet you. Transfer and accommodation at Loharano Hotel3* on a BB.
Days are spent at your own leisure to sightsee and book water activities or Island hopping day trips. These are all bookable via your hotel. You will spend your first 6 nights in Nosy Be.
SATURDAY: Nosy Be –Antananarivo – Andasibe MD 321 NOSTNR DK1 1425 1600
Transfer to the airport, fly to Antananarivo. We meet you and drive to Andasibe that is situated in 150 km from the capital. Accommodation Vakona Forest Lodge 3* or similar on a BB.
SUNDAY: Andasibe –Antsirabe 320 km
After breakfast , visit of Vakona park that is called « The lemurs’ island »: different kinds of lemurs, crocodiles, Fossa etc.Then visit of national park for the observation of the biggest lemurs “Indri Indri”. Drive to Antsirabe ,on the road, visit of Exotic Madagascar for the observation of the chameleons, crocodiles, uroplatus and another reptiles. Continuation to Andasibe, check in the hotel. On route, you will take lunches and meet the beautiful landscapes of the rice field, villages. Accommodation at Hotel Les Royal Palace* on a BB.
MONDAY: Antsirabe – Morondava 530 km
Drive to Morondava. Visit of the legendary lakes “tritriva & Andraikiba”.Then, continuation to Morondava. On route ,you will enjoy the western landscapes. You will have a break and take lunches in the restaurant in Miandrvazo village. On arrival, check in the hotel Le Baobabs Cafe 3* on a BB.
TUESDAY: Alley of baobabs and Kirindy reserve 80 km
After breakfast, drive to Kirindy reserve through the Alley of Baobabs where you will stay for the photos etc. In Kirindy reserve you will see the dry forest, the Fossa ( endemic predator), the lemurs and another baobabs. Lunch at the restaurant in the forest. On return back ,visit of beloved baobabs and sunset through the alley of baobabs. Accommodation at Le Baobabs Cafe 3* on a BB.
WEDNESDAY: Morondava – Antsirabe 530 km
Drive to Antsirabe. You will have a break on the road. On arrival , check in the hotel and accommodation at Le Royal palace 3* on a BB.
THURSDAY: Antsirabe – Ambalavao 300 km
After 90 km south of Antsirabe, you will pass by the centre of Malagasy hand sculptured wooden craft work called Ambositra town. There are many shops here where you can browse for souvenirs and find very good marquetry artisan with retailer price. Then continue up to Fianarantsoa. This is a big town, its situation and architectural art are similar as the Antananarivo one’s. Accommodation at Le Tropik 2* on a BB.
FRIDAY: Ambalavao – Antsirabe 300 km
In about 12 km from Ambalavao ,you will enjoy the ring-tailed lemurs in the small park “Anja”.There, you will also visit the grottos etc. Return Back to Antsirabe. Accommodation at Le Royal Palace 3* on a BB.
SATURDAY: Antsirabe –Antananarivo – Johannesburg SA8253 TNRJNB DK1 1500 1740
Drive back to Antananarivo. Visit of handicraft market ,then transfer to the airport for the flight back.
International & internal flights in very specific booking class.
Transfers airport –hotel –airport
Hotels as mentioned in the program on a BB
Car, driver’s service, fuel
Visit of parks and reserves as mentioned in the program
English speaking local guide in the parks & reserves
Visa for Madagascar – payable in EUROS cash upon arrival – approx. EUR30pp.
Lunches, dinners, personal expenses, optional extras, drinks, travel insurance, tips, tourism levy
Please enquire for the costs