This tour starts from Antananarivo goes through the central highland and end up in the north east coast of Madagascar. You will visit Ambohimanga, a cultural and historical malagasy identity as well as a UNESCO world heritage site. Then immerse yourself in the corridor of rainforest to explore its rich diverse wildlife. The lush vegetation with exotic plants and tropical hard wood shelter  one of Madagascar unique treasures lemurs. You will  watch them from the largest one called Indri indri , the dancing lemurs after his sideways walk passing by the elusive nocturnal spices called aye aye  to the smallest lemur in the world called microcebes. Throughout this journey the stunning lush scenery is set as main frame. An overland journey full of adventure as you travel along the north east coast . The road is scenic but very tough. However the untouched landscapes, untamed wildlife and interaction with people are worth it.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS TRIP:
  • Meeting with lemurs and exploration of Madagascar unique wildlife in national parks and private reserves
  • Hiking at Cap Masoala rainforest national park
  • Visit of marine park in a secluded island
  • Experience adventure along the east coast on off beaten road
  • Lush and vibrant journey from central highland to the north east coast
  • Private guided tour on a Unesco World heritage of Ambohimanga hill.
ITINERARY: Antananarivo, Anjozorobe, Andasibe, Tamatave, Manompana, Antanambe, Sahasoa, Mananara Nord, Rantabe, Maroantsetra, Cap Masoala, Maroantsetra, Antananarivo
PRICE INCLUDES:
  • Accommodation in a double room on Bed and breakfast according to the program above
  • All transfer Hotel / Airport /hotel as mentioned in the program
  • Entrance fees and local guides in National Park 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: paragliding, rock climbing, scuba diving, snorkelling, any watersports
  • 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
  • Meals: Lunch and dinner
  • Visa fee
BOOKING AND CANCELLATION POLICIES
  • A reservation requires a deposit of 40% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • 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 customized according to your style. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations

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Day 1

ANTANANARIVO

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be welcomed by our representative who will be holding a signboard with your name on it. Then transfer to the hotel.
Overnight at Tana hotel or similar.

Day 2

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 3

ANJOZOROBE - ANDASIBE

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 4

ANDASIBE - TAMATAVE

 Morning is 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 Parkis renowned for its great biodiversity.
In the afternoon you will continue on to Tamatave along the scenic road passing by travellers palms forest and small wooden villages.
Overnight at La Veranda Hotel or similar.

Day 5

TAMATAVE - SOANIRANIVONGO - MANOMPANA

 Early morning you set out for Manompana first step on your off road adventure. You keep driving north eastward. The road was paved before but now, it`s full of potholes and puddles so the drive will be more like a slalom. Starting from Tamatavethe road crosses not far from the Indian Ocean, as you drive right along the beach sometimes only few meters from the Ocean, you will see the breaking surf over spits of white sands. You willpass by seaside resorts and wooden and bamboo villages. On the way you drive through Soanieranivongo, the ferry station for Sainte Marie Island which is a small piece of paradise for beach resort and an important area for humpback whale safari on the North East coast. Then you will keep on RN5 and cross 3 rivers with local ferries before reaching your final day destination the village of Manompana.
Overnight at a local Hotel.
Day 6

MANOMPANA - ANTANAMBE

After breakfast, you will depart for Antanambe. Along the way you pass through small villages dotted in this lush coastline. The East coast is known for its rivers running down from the rainforest, you will cross bridges and ferries. The road is rough and muddy. Then in the afternoon, you will reach Antanambe village.
Overnight at Chez Grondin, simple but comfortable bungalow or similar.

Day 7

ANTANAMBE - SAHASOA

Today, you will visit the marine part of Mananara National park. This park spreads over 144,000Ha with 23,000Ha terrestrial area and 1,000 Ha marine parks. Its diverse ecosystems include low altitude humid forest, mangroves, sandy coastal plains, marshlands with littoral vegetation and coral reefs. You will board on speed boat to join the Nosy Antafana, the biggest of three islets that composes the marine park. Humpback whales can be spotted in the waters between July and September, and if you are lucky, you mightsee a dugong.
A simple accommodation is available in the island and camping is allowed.

Day 8

SAHASOA - MANANARA NORD

Early morning departure along the lush North East coast. Depending on the availability and the speed of the ferries and rainfall the drive will last a day. Crossing bridges and boarding ferries become casual habit on this road. Then you will arrive in Mananara Nord and visit the aye aye island.
Overnight at Chez Roger or similar.

Day 9

MANANARA NORD – RANTABE

Afterbreakfast, you will head for Rantabe, a village on the halfway between Mananara Nord and Maroantsetra.
Each day you will cross bridges and ferries.
Overnight at simple and comfortable accommodation

Day 10

RANTABE –MAROANTSETRA

You will continue your journey on the national road 5 along the coast and the thick lush vegetation. The more you keep driving further north the road condition becomes tougher and tougher.Every day you will cross 5 bridges and ferries at least. You will turn up in Maroantsetra before sunset.
Overnight at simple and comfortable accommodation.

Day 11-12

MAROANTSETRA – CAP MASOALA

Early morning after breakfast, you will get on speed boat for the transfer to Cap Masoala national park which is World Heritage site. 50% of Madagascar fauna and flora can be found here. This park spreads over 2,300 square kilometres of rainforest and 100 square kilometres of marine parks, Masoala is Madagascar’s largest protected area. The park was established in 1997. Here the rainforest ecosystem meets the sea. Because of its remote position, it remains pristine and untouched reserve. Lemurs such as Aye-Aye an elusive nocturnal lemur, red ruffed and black and white ruffed lemurs can be spotted on this bays. Its flora is unique with the carnivorous plant called Nepentens masoalensis, orchids, endemic palm tree and tropical hard wood as well as a great place for bird watching like Helmet Vanga. Marine ecosystem is rich with its coral reef where you can dive. Between July and September, humpback whalescome the Antongil Bay during their long migration. The warm protected waters of the bay provide an ideal breeding and calving ground for these magnificent marine mammals. The park has many trails available to meet visitor expectations depending on pace, interests and physical ability.
Overnight at Ecolodge Chez Arol or similar one.

Day 13

CAP MASOALA – NOSY MANGA BE- MAROANTSETRA

After hiking in the pristine rainforest, you will get back on speed boat and stop over Nosy Manga be to enjoy the beautiful island with its dazzling array of marine life and lemurs. Then you keep heading to Maroantsetra, is a market and important town along this itinerary. It is known for spices plantations like vanilla, cloves, cinnamon and cocoa as well as a domestic seaport in Analanjirofo Region, Madagascar.
Overnight at simple and comfortable accommodation.

Day 14

MAROANTSETRA – ANTANANARIVO

Fly back to Antananarivo. Your last day accommodation is near by the airport. If time allows, visit of handicraft market. We end our tour by your transfer for an outbound flight at Ivato International Airport.

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