After the split from Gondwana 160 million years ago, Madagascar has taken its own way of evolution. Existence in isolation has transformed the life on the 4th biggest island on the Earth into something unique and endemic. The itinerary route traces picturesque landscapes, enters remarkable national parks, stops at lovely towns and villages and gradually uncovers the face of Madagascar’s soul – its nature. The island is not seized by the “greedy” hands of the massive tourism and offers to any traveller tranquillity, authentic experience and unspoiled beauty.
|Dates||19 May-02 June 2018|
Day 1 – Saturday, May 19th 2018
LONDON – TANA International flight arrival 13h40
Arrival to Antananarivo. Welcome and transfer to your hotel, with a short city tour depending on your arrival time. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 2 – Sunday, May 20th 2018
ANTANANARIVO (TANA) – TULEAR – IFATY, Domestic flight [departure at 13h20]
Breakfast. Depending on the flight schedule, transfer to the airport for taking the flight to Toliara. Lunch at your charge. Depending on landing time, visit of Reniala reserve to see the baobabs of the South. Transfer to Ifaty. Check in to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 3– Monday, May 21th 2018
IFATY – ANKASY: (75 km 2h)
Breakfast. Departure to Ankasy lodge which is an exceptional site, on an emerald and turquoise lagoon, on a beautiful white sand beach, time suspends its flight … Welcome to Ankasy, a small world at the end of the world, Still preserved from mass tourism! Lunch at your charge. Check in to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Half board stay (excluding drinks and extras) at Ankasy, a moment to relax and enjoy the site or to practice paying water & land activities.
Activities you can organize as extra :
Water: Snorkelling, excursions with motor boat or traditional canoe, sea urchin collection, banana boat, whale watching (depending on the season). The practice of nautical activities is subject to weather conditions on site.
Land: Jeep or ATV ride to the village of Tsiandamba, massages, French pétanque, nature trail…
Day 4 – Tuesday, May 22th 2018
ANKASY – ANDAVADOAKA (142 km 7h 30)
Breakfast. Early departure to Andavadoaka. you will leave through a typical Malagasy scenery that will allow you to discover another aspect of nature. You will pass by Salary where you can have lunch which is in our charge. Arrival at Andavadoaka late in the afternoon. A beautiful place with its creek on the edge of the Mozambique channel protected by the coral reef located on a lagoon, you will contemplate the wonderful spectacle of the dugout canoes. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.
Day 5 – Wednesday, May 23th 2018
ANDAVADOAKA – MOROMBE (60 km 2h)
Breakfast. Free morning. Lunch at your charge. Then, departure to Morombe. Crossing the dry forests where a few bottle baobabs, cactus stand. Arrival in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 6 – Thursday, May 24th 2018
MOROMBE -MANJA (250 km 6 – 7h)
Breakfast. Departure to Manja. Crossing small villages, landscapes and rice fields. On the way, we cross the river Mangoky by ferry. Lunch at your charge. Arrival in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight at the hotel
Day 7 – Friday, May 25th 2018
MANJA – BELO SUR MER (150 km 6 – 7h)
Breakfast. departure to Belo sur Mer. It will take the track crossing the saline before arriving on the spot (visiting the saline and bottle baobabs en route). The vegetation you are crossing is marked by jujube trees and savannah trees. Being in Sakalava country, you will discover the tombs and sacred wooden totems. Lunch at your charge. Arrival on site late in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight stay at your hotel.
Day 8 – Saturday, May 26th 2018
BELO SUR MER – MORONDAVA (90 km 5h)
Breakfast at the hotel and a quick visit of traditional boat construction sites nearby. Departure to Morondava by road according to the tide hours (because of crossing of a saline). Arrival in Morondava, check-in at the hotel. You will have the opportunity to visit the town of Morondava. Lunch at your charge. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 9 – Sunday, May 27th 2018
MORONDAVA – BEKOPAKA (220 km 10h)
After breakfast at the hotel, departure to Bekopaka. Free lunch on the way (recommended: Mad zebu in Belo sur Tsiribihina). Arrival on site late in the afternoon, check-in at the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 10 – Monday, May 28th 2018
BEKOPAKA: Small Tsingy with the gorge of Manambolo and Big Tsingy
After breakfast at the hotel depart for discovering the national park of Bemaraha :the small Tsingy with the gorge of Manambolo and Big Tsingy. The day begins with a local canoe trip through the Manambolo gorges, a visit to the caves and their stalactites. Then continuation in Petits Tsingy, formed of sharp limestone peaks more than 30m high. The circuit of the Manambolo gorge allows to appreciate the steep gorges of 50 to 80m of height. The width of the river varies from 40 to 100m. This tour takes us to the caves of the bat and the tombs of the “vazimba”, little men, ancestors of the Malagasy. Lunch at your charge, possibility to have a picnic lunch to book the day before with the hotel. Continuation of visiting the Big Tsingy. Return to the hotel in afternoon for dinner and overnight.
THE VISIT OF BEMARAHA NATIONAL PARK REQUIRES A GOOD PHYSICAL FORM AND A STRONG WILL TO GO BEYOND CONVENTIONAL CULTURAL VISITS.
PEOPLE SUBJECT TO VERTIGO, CLAUSTROPHOBIA, AGORAPHOBIA AND EXCESS WEIGHT SHOULD NOT CONSIDER VISITING THIS PARK.
Day 11 – Tuesday, May 29th 2018
BEKOPAKA – TSIRIBIHINA (110 km 4h)
Breakfast, your departure will be early to reach Belo sur Tsiribihina. Beginning of the crossing of Tsiribihina River. Lunch is planned on board. In the afternoon, you will access the gorge, where you can see the first lemurs. At the end of the afternoon, the camp is set up in a large sand bank which borders the forest. Dinner is on board and overnight in the campsite.
Day 12 – Wednesday, May 30th 2018
TSIRIBIHINA : 2nd day of the descent
After breakfast, disembark the barge to reach a beautiful waterfall. Back to the barge and departure for crossing the great cliffs. Lunch on board, continuation of the descent. Camp set up, still on a sand bar. Dinner on board and overnight camping.
Day 13 – Thursday, May 31th 2018
MIANDRIVAZO –ANTSIRABE (246 km 5h)
Lunch at the barge. Then departure to Antsirabe, also called “City of water” due to its famous thermal springs. Another long day of travel awaits you to enjoy the scenery. You will cross Mandoto and Betafo before reaching Antsirabe. Arrival late at night, check in at your hotel. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 14 – Friday, June 1th 2018
ANTSIRABE – TANA
Departure after breakfast for the city tour by car. Stop at Ambatolampy to visit the traditional workshop of making pot of aluminum. After visiting continuation for Tana. Arrival on site, transfer to your hotel. Dinner and overnight.
Day 15 – Saturday, June 2nd 2018
TANA – LONDON International flight departure 14h30
Breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to the airport according to your international flight schedule. On your way, you can visit the local handcraft market. Early Lunch at your charge in a good restaurant near the airport. You should be at the airport 3 hours before the scheduled take off time.
The price is £1 895
The price includes:
Accommodation on HB basis (breakfast and dinner) along the tour – Standard room except in Tsiribihina which is in Camping in FB basis (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Tsiribihina: camping in FB with lunch from D11 to D13, camping equipment on board.
All airport-hotel-airport transfers
All ferries Fees
Land transport including driver & fuel
Park entrance tickets and guidance fees as per the visits provided herewith
The price does not include:
Travel insurance : delayed/cancelled flight; lost/stolen/delayed luggage, medical evacuation insurance, medical expenses on site
International, regional flights
Domestic flight tickets (from Tana to Tuléar) on non-resident economy fare. Baggage allowance : 1 PC/person, maximum 20 kg
Visa fees and custom/touristic taxes collected at arrival
Optional tours proposed by the hotels to be paid on spot
All visits or excursions not mentioned in the program
No shows, cancellation and/or modification penalties after confirmation, penalties related to the delays in payment of services after confirmation
Drinks and meals not included in the itinerary
Personal expenses, extras, communications
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|Les Trois Métis||http://les-trois-metis.com|
|Entremer||Belo sur Mer||www.beloentremer.com|
|Olympe de Bemaraha||Bekopaka||http://www.olympedubemaraha-madagascar.com|
The meal plan is as mentioned in the program. Meals do not include drinks, which are always extras. Drinking water during visits and/or excursions is not included.
The meal plan is suggested pork free.
The car rental fee includes the driver/guide’s all expenses: accommodation, meals as well as fuel during the tour. No extra payment is necessary for the driver/guide, except an optional good tip at the end of service, only upon your satisfaction.
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you must arrive on 7 October 2017, Saturday and departure on 21 October 2017, Saturday or you can extend your stay.
Sun, 8 Oct 2017
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Air Madagascar MD714
FTU Fort Dauphin
Connect in airport
Air Madagascar MD733
FTU Fort Dauphin
Arrives: Sun, 8 Oct 2017
Journey duration: 2h 35
SOME USEFUL INFORMATION TO HELP YOU PREPARE YOUR TRIP
The success of your trip depends heavily on the level of preparation. Our organizational knowledge and personal travel advice are at your disposal. Madagascar is a wonderful destination for travelers who take the time to prepare their trip. Here are a few tips and some useful information about the preparation of your trip. Do not hesitate to contact us to ask for more information about the country and the different circuits. It’s our pleasure to welcome you to Madagascar where you will travel through a rich cultural & natural diversity and breathtaking landscapes.
Good to know about hotels in Madagascar
Madagascar is one of the lost paradises on earth resisting to the invasion of modernity and still offers opportunities for extra-ordinary traveling conditions. To guarantee your security and comfort, and allow you to enjoy Madagascar at its real value, we work with a network of good value hotels which meet our quality requirements depending on availability on your itinerary.
Please kindly be advised that most accommodation options in the bush of Madagascar are often cut off from electricity & water networks and work on own power supply generators (solar or conventional). Often, bush hotels run on generator supply rationed in the day and into the night. In general, the generator is off from 22h on, after the guests return to their rooms after dinner. Similarly, the hot water may not be available throughout the hotel network.
Whatever itinerary you choose, we highly recommend you to bring your own torch lights to anticipate potential power cuts that can occur at any time on your route, in the bush as well as in the urban areas.
Make sure you are well insured!
Health facilities in Madagascar do not meet the European standards, thus, in case of medical emergency medical evacuation to Reunion or South Africa may be necessary.
We therefore strongly recommend that you subscribe to comprehensive travel insurance before departure. Our service does not include the cancellation or delay of journey, repatriation, theft / loss / delay of baggage and medical insurance.
Travel insurance protects you in case of emergency. Being properly insured, you can travel with peace of mind to enjoy your stay in Madagascar.
Before confirming your trip to Madagascar, we strongly encourage you to read the travel advisory, published and updated regularly by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the link http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/conseils-aux-voyageurs_909/conseils-par-pays_12191/madagascar_12283/index.html. You will also find updated information on the security status in different parts of Madagascar.
In general, we recommend you to consult a specialist before your departure on health issues related to your stay in Madagascar and in particular malaria.
Check on this occasion that you update your vaccines, including diphtheria, tetanus, polio, typhoid, viral hepatitis A and B.
We also recommend you to bring your own medication to relieve minor inconveniences associated with travel as well as a first aid kit. Similarly, if you follow a specific treatment, it is important to plan your treatment during your stay.
It is strongly recommended that you drink only bottled water during your stay, and eat in the restaurants recommended by your guide.
Remember to bring insect repellent and wear light and protective clothing against mosquito bites.
Sunscreen with a high sun protection is also essential as well as hats and sunglasses for your sun protection.
Equipment for the visiting national parks
We strongly recommend that you bring a good pair of comfortable & robust walking/trekking shoes (solid sole to protect against falls, slippery collars and sharp stones), a headlamp/torch, a raincoat, a fleece jacket (depending on season and location), light and covering clothes (to protect you from cold, sun, scratches, insect bites, etc.), as well as hats and sunglasses. Nights can be fresh/cold in the bush and/or by the seaside, please include some warm clothes. A backpack is necessary to bring along with you your water bottle, camera, some cash money, sunscreen, raincoat/pullover and a small first aid kit to disinfect and treat minor injuries during the visit.
In some national parks, it is possible to swim in natural pools and / or waterfalls. We suggest you to inquire at your hotel reception before leaving the park to provide the necessary equipment for swimming.
Please also include your own mask and snorkel to enjoy marine reserves on your itinerary.
We invite you to contact us before you leave for more information.
Baggage allowance Air Madagascar [Domestic flights]
In Madagascar, most conventional tours are proposed with return to Tana on regular domestic flights. On board of Air Madagascar domestic flights, the baggage allowance is only one peace per passenger, limited to 20 kg and 5 kg hand luggage in cabin. We invite you to respect this limitation of weight in order not to pay extra luggage charge, and prefer flexible and robust rolling travel bags to rigid and voluminous suitcases. Soft travel bags are easier to load in the boot or on the vehicle roof.
The climate in Madagascar is characterized by a dry season that runs from April to October and a rainy season from November to March.
However, significant variations across regions are: more moisture to the east, with a dry season very narrowed, and instead significantly and prolonged heat wave in southern dry period. Cyclones may occur between November and March.
There are significant differences in temperature between day and night in the highlands and in the bush. It is strongly recommended to provide a sweater fleece by a traveler and a pair of jeans and closed walk to visit the parks and the nights can be cool shoes. Also provide a waterproof / raincoat because it can rain at any time, especially in the areas of primary forest and national parks. Sun exposure and the presence of mosquitoes is another factor to be taken into account in predicting light and protective clothing.
Madagascar is subject to regular power cuts (both in cities and in the bush). It should be noted that the power supply is 220V with French type sockets. Some hotels do not have sockets in the rooms to avoid the use of hair dryers that can damage the generators. Please contact the hotel reception before you use/charge electric equipment in your room. In the absence of sockets in the rooms, you can always recharge your electronics at the reception or the hotel bar.
Madagascar is a peaceful country with nice people, smiling and hospitable. However, we must not forget that Madagascar is among the poorest countries in the world. For a pleasant stay in Madagascar, simple safety precautions and rules and common sense apply to all travelers. Please do not leave your personal belongings and valuable items (camera, mobile phones, watch, VISA card, cash money, etc.) without vigilance and always keep an eye on them. Please leave your jewels & expensive watches at home or they might be stolen/lost.
Currency and exchange rates
The monetary unit is the Ariary (MGA or AR), which in 2005 replaced the Malagasy franc (FMG). It’s often possible that the prices are given in Malagasy francs, ask precisely to avoid misunderstandings as 1 AR = 5 FMG.
Indicative exchange rate 1 EUR = 3 300 MGA
Official rate available on the website of the Central Bank of Madagascar
While traveling in the country, make sure you bring enough cash money in small cuts between. In most cases, you will only be able to pay your extras in cash. Only some developed hotels accept payments by card.
Payment cards VISA and MASTER
Important: In Madagascar, MASTER Card has limited use. However, most retailers take VISA. The fees vary from one institution to another.
The eventual settlement of hotel bills or airline tickets with a credit card may incur fees ranging from 5 to 8%. Please do not forget to carry some cash money in small coupons for tips.
Cash withdrawal and cash expenses in the bush
For obvious security reasons, we do not recommend carrying along important sums of money in cash. You can change some USD or EUR currency at the airport upon arrival and make withdrawals thereafter.
By following the advice of your guide, you can make regular withdrawals during your passage through major cities and avoid carrying large amounts of cash on you.
While traveling in the country, remember to bring enough cash and small cuts between two cities. In the bush, you can settle your extras in cash whereas in big cities/hotels payment by VISA / MASTER is available.
We will be happy to send you information and an estimation of the amount you will need to perform the visits indicated in your program.
Some restrictions to consider
Rental motorcycle, ATV, as well as scuba diving activities etc. can only be done under professional supervision for people who hold a driving license. Likewise, scuba diving requires a certification. Please contact us for further information.
In order to perform safely these activities in Madagascar, it is essential to take appropriate insurance options.
Some tours may be unsuitable for persons with reduced mobility, suffering from vertigo or claustrophobia. Similarly, some excursions are not suitable for children under 6 years.
Boat transfers are provided by professional service providers on site. We always require lifejackets on board. However, it happens that service providers do not meet our requirements. We advise you to bring your own life jackets and wear on you during excursions at sea.
We also thank you for advising us about any dietary restrictions and allergies during our exchanges.
We remain at your disposal for further information on any matter relating to the choice of itinerary and excursions.
Even though we strictly require respect for all safety rules on site for all types of sports and excursions at sea activity, these practices can be risky because of the specific circumstances in Madagascar. By accepting the present proposal, those who subscribe to this type of activities in Madagascar take knowledge of the risk involved and take full responsibility.
MADABLUE declines all liability in case of accident during the practice of these activities as well as the absence of life jackets on board vessels and accidents related to the lack of life jackets on board, or any other type of failure to comply with safety during the execution of the tour.
07 October (Saturday)-21 October (Saturday) 2017
Flight from London on 6 October (Friday)
Your itinerary of 15 days & 14 nights at a glance
|Travel time (3)||Night||Hotel (2)||Meal plan(1)||Accom.|
|D1||07/10/2017||London – Tana
|LANDING @ 13h40||1||Belvedere||STANDARD ROOMS|
|MD 714/733 13h20-15h55 +
30 km » 1h
|1||Hôtel de la Plage||HB|
|D3||09/10/2017||Ifaty – Ankasy||75 km » 2h||1||Ankasy Lodge||HB|
|D4||10/10/2017||Ankasy -Andavadoaka||142 km » 7h30||1||Shangri-la||HB|
|D5||11/10/2017||Andavadoaka -Morombe||60 km » 2h||1||Chez Katia||HB|
|D6||12/10/2017||Morombe – Manja||250 km » 6-7h||1||Kanto||HB|
|D7||13/10/2017||Manja – Belo sur Mer||150 km » 6-7h||1||Entremer||HB|
|D8||14/10/2017||Belo sur Mer – Morondava||90 km » 5h||1||Kimony||HB|
|D9||15/10/2017||Morondava – Bekopaka||220 km » 10h||1||Olympe du Bemaraha||HB|
|D11||17/10/2017||Bekopaka – Belo/Tsiribihina||110 km » 4h||1||Camping||FB||CAMPING|
|D13||19/10/2017||Tsiribihina –Miandrivazo -Antsirabe||246 km » 5h||1||Résidence Sociale||FB||STANDARD ROOMS|
|D14||20/10/2017||Antsirabe – Tana||170 km »3h||1||Les Trois Métis||HB|
|D15||21/10/2017||Tana – London
|TAKEOFF @ 14h30||0||-/-||n/a|
|(1) BF: Breakfast, BB bed & breakfast, HB half board with breakfast & dinner, FB full board with breakfast, lunch & dinner.
The meal plan DOES NOT INCLUDE DRINKS & EXTRAS.
|(2)Hotels mentioned or similar, equivalent tariffs & service, subject to availability|
|(3) Trip duration given for information and not including pauses|
|DOMESTIC FLIGHT SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE!!!|
Programme of your visits (Inclusions/Exclusions)
|Itinerary||Visits||Entry ticket||Guidance fees|
|D1||London – Tana||City tour||Included||Included|
|Reniala Private Reserve (date of visit depending on the flight schedule)||Included||Included|
|D3||Ifaty – Ankasy||Water & land activities||Not Included||Not Included|
|D4||Ankasy -Andavadoaka||Road transfer, no specific visits||–||–|
|D5||Andavadoaka –Morombe||Road transfer, no specific visits||–||–|
|D6||Morombe – Manja||Road transfer, no specific visits||–||–|
|D7||Manja – Belo sur Mer||Road transfer, no specific visits||–||–|
|D8||Belo sur Mer – Morondava||City tour||Included||Included|
|D9||Morondava – Bekopaka||Baobab Alley||Included||Included|
|D10||Bekopaka||National Park Bemaraha (small Tsingy + pirogue Manambolo and big Tsingy)||Included||Included|
|D11||Bekopaka – Belo/Tsiribihina||Visit of the typical village Sakalava: history and culture + folkloric animation (no price but tips)||Included||Included|
|D12||Belo/Tsiribihina||Visit Begidro: culture + history of colonization
Waterfall visit, possibility to swim
|D13||Tsiribihina –Miandrivazo -Antsirabe||–||–||–|
|D14||Antsirabe – Tana||Visits of Antsirabe: handicraft shops, City tour by car + Aluminum workshop at Ambatolampy||Included||Included|
|D15||Tana -London||Visit of local handicraft market||Included||–|
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1.Travel Insurance (Obligatory)
2.Mosquito Repellent Bracelet
5. USB Flash Drive ( To share the photos between us at the end of the trip)
6. Beach footwear
7. Bush Hat
8. Quick Dry, Lightweight Travel Towel
10. Rechargeable Adventure LED Torch Flashlight
11. 80L Backpack Rucksack
12. Comfortable walking trainers or boots
13.A small rucksack to carry your packed lunch/water bottle
14. Converter from UK to EU plugs.
Worldwide Universal International universal adaptor (UK, USA, Asia, Australia, Middle East) to European 2 pin (round) wall socket – Visitor / Visiter / Travel Adaptor / Adapter / Plug / converter / Convertor
15. Take your outdoor clothes, waterproof trousers /jacket, swimming suit
16. Snorkel Set
17.Travel vaccination certificate book/ For details http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home.aspx
18. Walkable Sandals
19.Print copy of your flight ticket