10 Nights Part Flying Madagascar Adventure
Duration - 11 days
Explore untouched areas of Madagascar - a unique country separated from mainland Africa and surrounded by hundreds of miles of the Indian Ocean.
- From: €3645 per person, sharing.
- From: £3035 per person, sharing.
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Day 1 - Overnight stay at Pavillon de l'Emyrne
We recommend that your first night is spent in the Antananarivo allowing you time to relax and acclimatise after your international flight.
The Pavillion de L’Emyrne has just twelve rooms and is situated in the heart of the old town of Antananarivo.
The Pavillion was originally built as a private residence in the 1930s and is a delightful city guest house with its own garden. Rooms are air-conditioned and have satellite television.
Breakfast is included – other meals may be taken locally with a good choice of restaurants within a few minutes walk.
Day 2 - Fort Dauphin – Mandrare River Camp
Madagascar is four times the size of the UK; the domestic flight time is just short of two hours.
Lunch is at Fort Dauphin before driving to Mandrare River Camp. The three hour scenic journey is a contrast of landscapes - from the rice paddies of the eastern seaboard over the lush tropical plateau to the drier arid region of sisal plantations and ‘spiny forest’. You arrive at Mandrare River Camp in the late afternoon to settle into your private tented accommodation.
The camp will be your base camp for the next four days. From here you can explore the natural wonders of this unique part of the world.
Mandrare River Camp has just six private tents sited on the riverbank, each enjoying spectacular views of the river and the surrounding landscape.
Each double or twin-bedded tent has en-suite facilities with solar water heating and solar power for night time lighting. The Mandrare River is the main water supply for the pastoralist Antandroy people and their herds who are native to this southern region of the island of Madagascar.
Days 3, 4 and 5 - Mandrare River Camp Excursions
There are a number of designated forest areas in close proximity to the camp. Accompanied by one of the local village chiefs it is possible to explore, together with a Mandrare guide, this unique and fascinating natural paradise.
Most visitors to these forests are looking for the various species of Lemur unique to southern Madagascar (White foot sportive, grey mouse, brown grey mouse, ring-tailed and the ever entertaining Verreaux’s Sifaka) but there are also many other species to make each walk a memorable experience with, birds, lizards, snakes, frogs and other species that have adapted to living in such ‘spikey’ conditions.
Late afternoon and early evening ‘day to night’ walks can be particularly rewarding seeing both diurnal and nocturnal species as they prepare to either settle down for the night or to start waking up to hunt for food.
To visit the baobab forest is certainly one of the most ‘surreal’ experiences it is possible to have.
A day’s excursion to Lac Anony with its brilliant white barren shores and dunes contrasting with the bright azure blue lake water is home to flamingos and local fishermen who for generations have fished the lake.
Another interesting excursion is to one of the local village markets – this southern part of the island is far away from the tourist circuits so the villagers are just as interested and fascinated with the visitors as the visitors are in seeing how local produce, animals and other staples are displayed for sale. Market day is quite an event in these parts with people coming from miles around, on foot or on ox-cart to bring their produce and to greet their friends and neighbours.
Day 6 - Fly to Manafiafy
On day six, you will leave the dry arid landscape behind in exchange for lush tropical vegetation.
Flying is the easiest and speediest way to make this transfer and what one misses on the ground (unpredictable road conditions etc) is more than made up for experiencing a ‘birds eye’ view of the changing terrain as one heads for the ocean coast and Manafiafy a short 45 minutes flight away.
Manafiafy with just six private bungalows is an intriguing combination of rain forest lodge and barefoot luxury beach property all rolled into one. Each spacious en-suite bungalow is constructed out of local stone and mangrove poles under a palm thatched roof having its own sundeck and separate access to the magnificent unspoilt beach and ocean.
Days 7, 8, 9 and 10 - Manafiafy morning and afternoon excursions
Days at Manafiafy are not just for lazing on the beach for that would be to miss the ‘wonder’ of staying here, but there certainly is time to relax and to enjoy a few hours on a sunbed and a swim in the ocean at some part of each day.
Forest walks are the main reason for coming to this part of the island accessible by boat or vehicle within close proximity to Manafiafy are ‘Littoral’ rain forests - shady dense vegetation with a high degree of humidity and home to the yet more Lemur as well as reptiles, spiders, birds and insects. Of course this is also perfect conditions for orchids and other moisture loving plants and creepers.
Walks, always accompanied by a Manafiafy guide, can be done at anytime of the day and early evening – as many of the lemurs are nocturnal this is the perfect time for viewing.
The Ampanasantomboka River provides an interesting boat ‘safari’ to scout for crocodile and birds as well as an opportunity to see local villages and fisherman going about their daily lives.
The surrounding rocks, islands and bays provide endless opportunities for exploring and within a short boat ride it is possible to find deserted beaches, scout for whales, or snorkel in the crystal clear water viewing corals and tropical ‘aquarium’ fish.
Day 11 - Departure
It is difficult to leave this small patch of paradise and many would be perfectly happy to stay on for a few more days enjoying the rhythm of ‘laid back’ Madagascan life that is so perfectly in tune with nature, however it is time to return to Fort Dauphin and the domestic flight to the capital – Antananarivo. Depending on departure flight timing it may be necessary to spend a few hours or overnight here before leaving for home or for a stopover beach holiday at the Kenya coast or in Zanzibar.
- Meet and greet on arrival at Antananarivo Airport
- Transport in Antananarivo in Air Conditioned Minibus
- Transport in 4x4 vehicles
- Flight between Mandrare River Camp and Manafiafy
- All inclusive activities, meals and international drinks in Madrare River Camp
- Activities, meals, and local soft drinks and beers at Manafiafy Lodge
- All meals as shown in the itinerary
- The services of an experienced professional Malagasy guide in Madrare River Camp andManafiafy
- All excursions, park fees and community/environmental levies
- Internal flight: Antananarivo-Fort Dauphin-Antananarivo.
- All international flight costs and visa fees
- All tips, other drinks and personal expenses (unless otherwise stated)
- All wine and spirits at Manafiafy Lodge
- Travel insurance: it is a condition that all clients travelling this itinerary must have appropriate travel insurance, including emergency medical evacuation cover