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Madagascar – Cruise on the river off the track

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By choosing this off the beaten track circuit, you will discover a unique, peaceful and intoxicating route that will disorient you as you approach the grandeur of Malagasy nature.
A real dip in nature through the extraordinary endemic flora & fauna.

A journey sailing on the canals of Pangalanes tasting the local specialties, but above all the encounter with the local life and the welcoming population in total respect of a generous and surprising nature.

A trip you won’t soon forget!

What to Expect

Antananarivo and the life on the capital of Madagascar.

The magical Canals of Pangalanes and its typical villages where life flows quietly on its edges, characterized by typical boats that are used for the transport of material and basic necessities.

The immense city of Toamasina (Tamatave) with its large market called Bazar Be, where food is available, but it is also a set of different diversified activities including craftsmanship, precious stones, clothing, souvenirs, spices and much more still.

  • Antananarivo
  • Pangalanes Chanel's
  • Tamatave
  • Ankanin'ny Nofy
  • Mahambo
  • 
Flora & fauna
  • Local Customs and Traditions
  • Local Villages
Tips
  • Transport and facilities in Madagascar are not necessarily of the standard usually found in developed countries.
  • The local boats used in this excursion are generally quite small, so there is a risk that participants will get wet.
  • To participate in this excursion you must be able to swim.
  • As such, we do not recommend this excursion to guests who have back problems or who are otherwise not at peak fitness.
  • Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed, since they depend on the behavior of the animals themselves or according to weather and sea conditions.
  • The color of the water and the visibility may vary depending on the weather.

  • Do not forget to bring your swimsuit, towels, sunglasses, sun cream, insect repellent for walks inside or adjacent to the forest/parks, your camera, and a long-sleeved, cotton top during the bath/snorkeling/trekking.
  • Toilets will be of local standards.
  • The excursion may be subject to variations in timing according to weather and sea conditions. Remember that the coral reef and everything that lives in it are really delicate, the PH of our skin is more acidic than the carapace of turtles, fish skin and corals, so if we touch them we risk contaminating them and causing them to die. All of us, guests of the Ocean, help us to introduce the next generation to the magical life of the coral reef.
Itinerary
Suggested Program

Day 1Antananarivo

Arrival in Antananarivo. Welcome with the guide. Transfer and overnight at the hotel.

Free lunch and dinner. Overnight at Hotel.

* Optional: take a car ride to visit the Ambohimanga Palace, built in the 17th century, and classified as a World Heritage Site in 2001. Return to the city center for a tour of the flower market, uptown and down town, Lake Anosy, jewelers and lots of local life typical of the capital.

 

Day 2Antananarivo > Vatomandry

Breakfast. Departure towards the east coast on the Strada Statale 2, crossing the large forest corridor, a transition area between the plateau and the east coast. Fascinating rainforests despite deforestation, hence the interest of protected areas such as that of Analamazoatra visible from Andasibe.

At the lively crossroads village of Antsampanana, we will turn towards the coast.

Crossing large expanses of Niaouli plantations, if the timing permits, we will visit an artisanal niaouli essential oil distillery. This region is also famous for its lobsters and “Camarons” (giant shrimp).
Free lunch. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 3Vatomandry > Ankanin'ny Nofy

Breakfast.
Day cruise on the Canal des Pangalanes to Akanin’ny nofy, stopover in Ambila, quiet and verdant, Ambila Lemaintso is a small village on the east coast of Madagascar overlooking the Indian Ocean.

Ideally located between the ocean and the Canal des Pangalanes, Ambila Lemaitso will also enchant you with its exuberant endemic nature.
Free lunch.

Continuation of navigation and arrival at the hotel in the late afternoon, located on the shores of Lake Ampitabe, and surrounded by a white sand beach.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 4Ankanin'ny Nofy

Breakfast.
This little corner of paradise known by the charming name of Nid de Rêve, which means the Malagasy name “Akanin ny Nofy”, is a true haven of peace on the banks of the Pangalanes canal. Discovery of the region from the great Rasoamasay lake with its scenes of everyday life.

Possibility to visit the private reserve of the Palmarium: a synthesis of the fauna and flora of the island, palms, orchids, lemurs and reptiles.

Free lunch. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 5Ankanin'ny Nofy > Tamatave > Mahambo

Breakfast.
Ascent of the Canal in Tamatave and discovery of the bush taxi boats.

Disembarkation and continuation to Mahambo 90 km from Tamatave along the road of the “cloves”. Recommended stop in Foulpointe, a very popular seaside resort where it is possible to have lunch and visit the forest reserve of Analalava, one of the tourist attractions of the city.

Free lunch. Continue to Mahambo.
Installation at the hotel located by the sea.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 6Mahambo - Possibility to Extensions

North of Tamatave, Mahambo is a well representative village of Betsimisaraka country with its huts with roofs made of dried ravinala leaves, hidden at the bottom of a bay bordered by dense forests and enclosed by a very pretty lagoon.

Here the stay has always been divided between swimming, snorkeling around the coral reef, canoe trips with fishermen, walks in the woods.

Breakfast. Free day at the beach Paid activities available in the hotel: Quad, Bike, surfing, etc.
Free lunch. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Possibility Extensions Saint Marie

Day 7Mahambo > Tamatave

Breakfast.
Return to Tamatave, the largest port city in Madagascar, which we will reach in mid-afternoon.

To feel the exotic atmosphere, visit the city, preferably by rickshaw, through the wide and beautiful bustling streets around the grand handicraft bazaar.
Free lunch. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 8Tamatave > Antananarivo > Your Destination

Breakfast.
Transfer to the airport and flight to Antananarivo, assistance for your flight to your destination. Assistance with departure formalities.

Services

Price Includes

  • Airport / hotel / airport transfers.
  • Meet & Great.
  • Overnight stay and meals indicated in the program.
  • Car rental with French/English -speaking driver, fuel, insurance.
  • The boat cruise from Vatomandry to Tamatave.
  • Meals as specified in the program.
  • Half board for the entire stay except in Antananarivo on the D01.
  • Excursions and visits mentioned in the program.
  • All service mentioned in the program.
  • Tourist taxes.

Price Excludes

  • International and domestic flight tickets
  • Visa fees, Tips, Drinks, all personal expenses
  • Room services, Linen washing, Mini-bar in the structures.
  • Any Private Expenses
  • The costs of local guides during visits to the National Parks.
  • Meals in optional or not mentioned in program

  • Different Extra Costs not mentioned
  • The complete "dinner" during Christmas and the end of the year.
  • All services not mentioned in the program
  • Baggage insurance, travel cancellation, Covid, sickness and repatriation.
  • 02/03 PERSON SHARING A VEHICLE DURING THE TRANSFER AND 4x4 VEHICLE DURING THE CIRCUIT.
  • 04/07 PERSON SHARING A MINIBUS VEHICLE
  • PEOPLE WHO TRAVEL SOLO: CONSULT US

Don' t forget

  • Comfortable footwear

  • Sunscreen
  • 
Sun Glasses
  • Rain Coat
  • Your Camera
  • Mid-season Clothing
  • Everything you need
  • Your Medicaments

Subject to change

  • To National Flights AIR MADAGASCAR/TSARADIA
  • Increase Fuel
  • Monetary Fluctuation
  • VAT
  • The Availability of the rooms at the time of booking

Hotel Proposed

Category Combined
  • Antananarivo : Palissandre Hotel & SPA
  • Vatomandry : Casadoro
  • Akanin'ny Nofy : Jungle Nofy
  • Mahambo : La Pirogue
  • Tamatave :

Extension

3 Days - 2 Nights

Saint Marie

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