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.
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|ITINERARY:||Antananarivo, Anjozorobe, Andasibe, Tamatave, Manompana, Antanambe, Sahasoa, Mananara Nord, Rantabe, Maroantsetra, Cap Masoala, Maroantsetra, Antananarivo|
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This private tour can be customized according to your style. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations
Overnight at Tana hotel or similar.
ANTANANARIVO - ANJOZOROBE
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.
ANJOZOROBE - ANDASIBE
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.
ANDASIBE - TAMATAVE
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.
TAMATAVE - SOANIRANIVONGO - MANOMPANA
Overnight at a local Hotel.
MANOMPANA - ANTANAMBE
Overnight at Chez Grondin, simple but comfortable bungalow or similar.
ANTANAMBE - SAHASOA
A simple accommodation is available in the island and camping is allowed.
SAHASOA - MANANARA NORD
Overnight at Chez Roger or similar.
MANANARA NORD – RANTABE
Each day you will cross bridges and ferries.
Overnight at simple and comfortable accommodation
Overnight at simple and comfortable accommodation.
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.
CAP MASOALA – NOSY MANGA BE- MAROANTSETRA
Overnight at simple and comfortable accommodation.