Day 1: Arrive in Tana
Upon arrival at Antananarivo Ivato Airport, you will be met after clearing customs by your English speaking guide and transferred into the city, to your hotel. Overnight at Pavillon de l’Emyrne (Bed & Breakfast).
Day 2: Tana to Perinet/Andasibe
Your English speaking guide will pick you up at the hotel and take you for the drive East to Perinet, about 4 hours drive from the Capital Tana. The journey to Perinet offers first time visitors to Madagascar a gentle introduction to rural life, rice fields, red brick houses and roadside stalls selling seasonal fruits line the route. Check into Vakona Forest Lodge. This is Andasibe‘s best tourist standard hotel, located just over 7 km from the park entrance. Three nights at Vakona Forest Lodge standard room (Full board)
Day 3: Perinet Reserve
After breakfast, enjoy a visit of the Analamazaotra reserve with your local guide. The 810ha reserve protects the largest of all lemurs, the Indri Indri, with a barely visible tail, black and white markings and a surprised teddy bear face, it is one of the most attractive lemurs, with its loud and eerily haunting calls. There are another 11 species of lemurs that live in this area and your guide will try to find some during the visit, you may find a troop of Grey Bamboo Lemurs, Common Brown Lemur, and Diademed Sifaka. It is a great place for bird watching and special ones to look out for are the Velvet Asity, Blue Coua and Nuthatch Vanga. It is also home to reptiles, invertebrates, and many orchids. Lunch at the hotel.
Visit of the lemur’s island in the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to see lemur close to you.
A night walk will be organised in late evening with a local guide. This should reveal some nocturnal species in Perinet.
Day 4: Mantadia National Park
This national park varies more in altitude (between 800 m and 1260 m), than the more popular reserve and consequently harbours different species, this section of Mantadia has some good trails with gorgeous views across the forest and super bird watching possibilities, including specials such as the Scaly Ground Roller, Pitta-Like Ground Roller and Red Breasted Coua. To do justice to Mantadia you need to spend a whole day in the park. This is a naturalist’s goldmine with many seldom seen species of mammals, reptiles and birds. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the park then move to the waterfall of Rianasoa, before returning to the Lodge in the afternoon. Evening at your leisure.
Day 5: Perinet- Tana
After lunch, drive back to Tana and continue to your hotel in town. Overnight at Pavillon de l’Emyrne (Bed & Breakfast).
Day 06: Tana - Fort Dauphin – Mandrare River Camp
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Fort Dauphin. Upon arrival in Fort Dauphin, meet with your local English speaking guide then transfer by road to the camp. At arrival, settle into your tent and enjoy the majestic views over the river. After a barbeque lunch, of succulent grilled meats and salads, leave for a walk to the Sacred Ifotaka community forests. The forests are filled with the ancestral tombs of the local Antandroy Tribe, as well as a bewildering array of flora and fauna, unique to the spiny forest.
After a shower and freshen up, enjoy an evening aperitif on the river terrace, before a sumptuous 3-course dinner. Three nights at Mandrare River Camp (All inclusive).
Day 7: Mandrare River Camp
After breakfast, drive to the Sacred Gallery forests to the south of the camp, these forests are deciduous mainly tamarind, and full of wildlife, especially lemurs with large groups of Ring tailed Lemurs. In the afternoon, head up to enjoy sundowners at the Baobab, watching the sun set and moon rise with a view across the Baobabs to the mountains beyond, this is a magical experience. In the evening the local village may come to perform traditional dances, accompanied by singing and music.
Day 8: Mandrare River Camp
After breakfast of freshly baked croissant and pain au chocolate, fresh fruits, cereals and breads, continue to one of the nearby markets to see the full rich tapestry of valley life as people who have travelled for hours or even days, buy and sell their local wares. With your expert guides to interpret all that you see, this is a rich fulfilling experience.
Returning to camp for lunch, in the mid-afternoon continue northwards to the Forest of Zenavo, this forest owned by an elderly gentleman, is excellent for night walks, we do a day into night walk first spotting Sifakas and sleeping White-foot Sportive lemurs, then once the sun has set we see two mouse lemur species, sleeping birds, chameleons, owls and sportive lemurs.
Day 9: Mandrare River Camp – Manafiafy
After breakfast, transfer by road (there is a private charter option) to Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge, you will stop to relax and have lunch in Fort Dauphin. Manafiafy, also known as Sainte Luce, is a beautiful white sandy bay, fringed with forest covered mountains and wildlife rich mangroves. Upon arrival check into your luxury bungalow, perhaps with an afternoon swim as the sun sets over the bay. Three nights at Manafiafy Lodge (Full Board, including all local drinks).
Day 10: Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge
After a continental breakfast with fresh fruit, pain au chocolate and eggs; take locally available activities. The lodge offers a wide range of wildlife and sporting activities, all included in the cost:
Canoeing in the mangroves, early morning boat trips for wetland birding, day and night walks in the rainforest to see 5 species of lemur, snorkelling in the bay and nearby cove, whale watching from the 15ft observation tower (June to December). Boat trips to the nearby islands for a secluded picnic lunch. Walks along long empty beaches, trips to local village and school, supported by Manafiafy Lodge.
Optional activities, payable locally at the lodge include: massage treatments, whale watching trips (15 June to 15 November) and deep see fishing trips.
Day 11 & 12: Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge
Full day with activities as required at the lodge.
Day 13: Manafiafy Beach - Fort Dauphin - Out
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