Departing from Antananarivo the capital city, this tour will take you to walk in the stunning rainforest rich in wildlife searching for lemurs, one of Madagascar wonders and for endemic plants. Along the way you will walk through rice farmers villages as well as visit a UNESCO`s world heritage site.

Keywords: Madagascar Rainforest, East coast, Andasibe, Indri indri, community immersion, Ambohimanga, Madagascar Unesco site, villages

HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS TRIP
  • Visit Ambohimanga palace, historical vestige of Madagascar monarchy and Unesco world heritage.
  • Hike in enchanting rainforests full of wildlife
  • Magnificent flora: orchids, carnivorous plant, rosewood, ebony, palissander
  • Close encounters with indri indri the largest lemurs on earth and other species of lemurs in park and reserve
  • Meet local people and get to know their daily life and inner organisation of a village.
  • night walks in Anjozorobe and Andasibe parks for nocturnal lemurs.
ITINERARY: Antananarivo, Anjozorobe, Andasibe
PRICE INCLUDES:
  • Accommodation in a double room on Bed and breakfast according to the program above
  • Entrance fees and local guides in National Parks and private parks mentioned in the program
  • Transport with private vehicle with driver and fuel during the whole trip
  • Professional experienced English speaking guide during the trip
  • Tourist tax and VAT
PRICE EXCLUDES:
  • All excursions mentioned as optional in the program
  • All excursions which are not in the program
  • All personal expenses, drinks, laundry, tips
  • Personal insurance for eventualities like accidents, theft or damage to luggage, cancellation etc
  • All flights and airport taxes including flight from Sainte Marie to Antananarivo
  • Meals: Lunch and dinner
  • Visa fee
BOOKING AND CANCELLATION POLICIES
  • A reservation requires a deposit of 40% of the total price.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid before departure to or on arrival in Antananarivo.
  • If Madagascar Tourism &Transport is in charge of issuing domestic flight, payment for all flights will be requested in order to confirm them.

This private tour can be customised according to your style. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.

Day 1

ANTANANARIVO - ANJOZOROBE

After breakfast we head for Ambohimanga or Blue Hill well known as UNESCO`s world heritage site in 2001. It is one of the twelve sacred hills during eighteenth century arourd the current Capital city. The Royal Hill of Ambohimanga consists of a royal city and burial site, and an ensemble of sacred places. It is associated with strong feelings of national identity, and has maintained its spiritual and sacred character both in ritual practice and the popular imagination for the past 500 years. It remains a place of worship to which pilgrims come from Madagascar and elsewhere.( unesco.org)
After Ambohimanga visit we carry on to Anjozorobe. The forest corridor of Anjozorobe is a protected area.
After a picnic lunch we start our trekking through the countryside passing through villages and fields to the parking lot of the protected area.
This trek called community immersion will allow you to experience villagers daily life who live in the protected area and its surroundings. Crossing rice fields and visiting the Ambodipaiso and Antsahabe villages, you’ll understand how to produce the Malagasy’s basic food, the rice and its long step.
During this tour, you will meet local craftsmen with their wickerwork and zebu cart manufacturing as well as get to know the social, architectural and cultural organization of Merina typical village.
The “Community Immersion” tour will also give you the opportunity to learn more about the positive impacts of the conservation biodiversity on the local community. You can participate to planting trees from the community nursery. So, you contribute to the development of the community and the sustainable management of the site’s natural resources.
Then in the evening, a night walk in the park to watch nocturnal lemurs such as the Lepilemur mustelinus or “Tsidy” and the Avahi laniger or “Fotsife” in Malagasy, chameleons( Calumma brevicornis, Calumma globifer and Calumna gastrotaenia); Frogs (Mantidactilus and gypheromantis). Also, a lot of various insects in the Anjozorobe Angavo forest, among them the stick insect (phasme), snakes and birds.
After night walk, dinner and overnight at Saha Forest camp or similar.

Day 2

ANJOZOROBE - ANDASIBE

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 In the morning day walk in the park of Anjozorobe forest corridor with local guide you may see the Indri- Indri the largest lemur in the world and the Sifaka , a dancing lemur. These two lemurs are the highlights of the park. But you may come across other species of lemurs and reptiles. This park is a hotspot for bird watching. Flora is rich in this park apart from fauna, like native and endemics plants of tropical forest.(fern, hardwood, medicinal plants). The forest is considered sacred by local people who believe ancestors spirits live in the forest.
After the day walk, we leave Anjozorobe and head for Andasibe. Lunch on the way. We drive through Eucalyptus forest, rice fields and villages before joining the asphalt road, leading to the East part of Madagascar.
Overnight at Sahatandra river hotel or similar

Day 3

ANDASIBE - ANTANANARIVO

Morning dedicated to explore Andasibe national park. Early start for hike, lemurs will be active for foraging in this tropical rainforest around sunrise. Here is the home of the largest living lemur in the world. It is called « indri indri » and its wailing sounds will echoed throughout the park areas and its surroundings inviting us to meet lemurs. A part from lemurs, this park is a heaven for nature lovers seeking for wildlife discovery with various birds, colorful chameleons and other fauna and flora like orchids,(flowering season between September and January) tropical hardwood: rosewood, ebony, medicinal plants, palm trees. Andasibe National Park is renowned for its great biodiversity.
Then you will continue along the visit of Vakona reserve with the Lemurs Island and crocodile park.
In the afternoon, you will drive back to Antananarivo

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