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Madagascar - Nature, Forest, Beach Tour - 12 Days / 11 Nights

Highlights of this tour include:

**Andasibe National Park
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.

**Ranomafana
Ranomafana National Park is in the southeastern part of Madagascar in Haute Matsiatra and Vatovavy-Fitovinany. With more than 41,600 hectares (161 square miles) of tropical rainforest, it is home to several rare species of flora and fauna including the golden bamboo lemur, the greater bamboo lemur, black and white ruffed lemur and Milne-Edwards sifaka, and over 120 species of frogs. Pitta like ground rollers, blue vangas, short-legged ground rollers and brown mesites can be seen. The park was established in 1991 with the purpose of conserving the unique biodiversity of the local ecosystem and reducing the human pressures on the protected area. It is part of the World Heritage Site Rainforests of the Atsinanana. Adjacent to the park is the Centre ValBio research station,[1] established in 2003 and managed by Stony Brook University with a focus on biodiversity research, community health and education, environmental arts and reforestation.

**Isalo Park
Isalo National Park is a National Park in the Ihorombe Region of Madagascar. The park is known for its wide variety of terrain, including sandstone formations, deep canyons, palm-lined oases, and grassland. The closest town is Ranohira, and the closest cities are Toliara and Ihosy.

**Anakao Beach
Anakao is a small beautiful fishing village stretching over a long beach located about 40 kilometres south of Tulear. With the exception of a fairly small number of visiting tourist, the relative isolation of the village has helped preserve a traditional Vezo lifestyle amongst its estimated 3,000 inhabitants; one of the highest concentrations of Vezo people found anywhere around the coastline of Madagascar.
There are some tombs located near the point of the town. The topography is described as "rather flat, except where the sandy soil forms dunes.'' To the south are the villages of Ankilimivony and Ankiririsa.

Due to poor road conditions, the village is best reached by boat from Tulear, which usually takes about one hour. During low tide, the transfer begins with a short oxcart ride onto the shallow water seabed to reach a pirogue or motorboat. Various hotels in Anakao provide transfers. The fastest transfer is Transfert Anakao.

There are a few basic hotels strewn along the coastline of Anakao and past both ends of the village. These are typically simple beach huts, providing a life on the beach experience for visiting tourists. However we also have upgraded accommodation options for the more upmarket client. Please note this area is rustic and peaceful. A hidden gem.

In the early morning hours countless pirogues can be seen sailing onto the open ocean for fishing trips and return with their catch during the afternoon in clusters of small sailing regattas.

ITINERARY:

1st day: Abroad - Antananarivo
Arrival at Ivato international airport.Pick up and transfer to the hotel with breakfast.
 
2nd  day: Antananarivo - Andasibe 150 km
In the morning, drive to the eastern part of Antananarivo. Stop in the Marozevo village to visit the Madagascar exotic reserve where we will enjoy the big chameleons, frogs and another reptile. Continues to Andasibe.In the afternoon, visit of the private park Vakona where the lemurs will jump to our shoulder and take the fruits from our hands. We will see also the endemic fauna that is called “Fosa”, snake “Boa Madagascariensis”, crocodiles and birds. Night walk to observe the nocturnal mouse lemurs, frogs and chameleons. Overnight at “Vakona Forest Lodge 3*'' or similar on a half board basis.
 
3rd  Day: Andasibe -Antsirabe 320 km
After breakfast, visit of Analamazaotra national park, there we will enjoy to see the biggest lemurs “ Indri Indri” and another endemic species fauna and flora. Driving to Antsirabe.On the road landscapes and stop in Ambatolampy, in order to visit the factory of aluminum. There we can also buy different things made of aluminum such as knifes and other souvenirs. The views there are truly magnificent.Antsirabe: town known for its thermal waters. There we can observe the work of precious gems cutters. This town is also known for its miniatures such as souvenirs of zebu horn. Overnight at  “ Hotel des Thèrmes 3 * ''on a half board basis.
 
4th day: Antsirabe - Ranomafana 280 km
Before our departure we will have a little excursion around the town with a visit of the legendaries lakes. On our way, stop in Ambositra – very important town of Madagascar, because of its market range. Ambositra also specializes in wood production. There we can find a huge variety of sculpture of wood such as Rose wood, Eben etc. On arrival, check-in the hotel,then night walk to see the nocturnal fauna such as lemurs and chameleons. Overnight  at  “Setam Lodge 3*”   on a half board basis.

5th day: Ranomafana- Fianarantsoa 100 km
In the morning  just after breakfast, visit of national park Ranomafana to see diurnal lemurs, birds and endemic plants, orchids etc.Then,continuation to Fianarantsoa. Fianarantsoa is considered as economic, cultural and religious center. High regions of this town are the most interesting ones. There we can find a huge sculpture of Saint Virgin. According to history, this sculpture was built as the respect to the Queen Ranavalona the 1st.Overnight at “Tsara Guest House 3*” on a half board basis.
 
6th  Day: Fianarantsaa- Ranohira 290 km
On our way to Ranohira we will enjoy incredible views. We will pass by the vine plantations, mountains and legendary rocks. Ambalavao is famous for its various architecture. There we will visit cloth factory, factory of paper production and some vine plantations. There we will be able to taste different sorts of vine from the local regions. Approximately 12 km. we can find the Anja Park, where we will be able to see Catta lemurs (Madagascar Maki) and many lizards. We will get to Ranohira in the end of afternoon. Overnight at “Isalo Rock Lodge 4*” on a half board basis .
 
7th day: Ranohira (Isalo Park)
We will do an excursion to this wonderful park in the morning. In Isalo Park we will find beautiful canyons, spears of rocks, many grottos, labyrinth of massifs etc. There, In the afternoon, we will also observe natural swimming pool. Overnight at  “Isalo Rock Lodge*”on a half board basis.
 
8-9-10-11th  days : Ranohira - Tulear – Anakao( beach) 280 km
Drive toward the southwest of Madagascar, capital of the Vezo fishing people. Along the way, just right after the Zombitse, on your way, we will see the fantastic baobabs that can be used as water reservoir for the inhabitants. Between Tulear and Sakaraha is the famous big Mahafaly tombs, these are particularly interesting because of the sceneries representing the daily life of the deceased. Arrive in Tuléar  ,transfer by motor boat to Anakao that is one of the fishermen villages famous of its beach and environment. There we can do some activities like an optional extra such as surfing, diving, fishing, snorkeling. Accommodation at Anakao Ocean Lodge on a half board basis.
              
12th day: Anakao –Tulear –Antananarivo -Abroad  
Transfer by motor boat. Then by car to the airport. Check in the flight to Antananarivo. We meet you. Check –in for the flight back to Abroad. Sometimes a night in Antananarivo is requiered due to flight schedules. We will advise accordingly at the time of your quotation.

The price includes:
International flights;
Domestic flights:Tulear- Antananarivo.
Airport Taxes
All transfers, car with driver and fuel;
Entrance fees to the parks and reserves;
Local guides in the  parks and reserves;
Accommodation in a nice hotel as mentioned in  the program
Meals: Half board ie breakfast and dinner
Tourist Tax

The price does not include:
Visa which must be obtained upon arrival in TNR and is payable in EUROS cash - approx 30 pp.
Drinks, personal expenses, optional extras, meals not mentioned, travel  insurance, tips etc.

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS IN ANAKAO:

Peter Pan (3 bungalows and 1 loft)
Prince Anakao (27 bungalows)
Bivouac Lalandaka/Chez Olivier (6 bungalows)
Safari Vezo (23 bungalows)
Anakao Ocean Lodge & Spa (18 bungalows)
Chez Solange & Christophe (3 rooms)
Longo Vezo (7 bungalows)
Lalandaka
Trano Mena / Chez Stoick (6 bungalows)
Chez Emile (6 bungalows)


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