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Barefoot Luxury Southern Explorer

Safari tour package: A set-date, set-itinerary, group safari
Prices and Dates: $2950
Includes internal flights: No
Length of safari: 8 days
Best months: April - December
Countries visited Madagascar Madagascar
Parks visited Not specified
Activity level Easy - Game drives, bush dinners
Safari type:
  • Birding
  • Boating
Enjoy 8 days exploring beautiful South Eastern Madagascar in luxury! Travel from Antananarivo to Manafiafy and Mandrare to experience the very best of Madagascar by booking and taking advantage of our newly priced "Madagascar 8 day Barefoot Luxury Southern Explorer" package. Your stay in Madagascar will see you spend up to six nights at Mandrare River Camp and Manafiafy Rainforest Lodge; two exclusive camps in the spectacular south-east of Madagascar. You will be provided with the services of an experienced and professional Malagasy Guide to show you the best of the South East of Madagascar. Included in your stay will be a visit to the sacred Antandroy forest where you'll cross the river on foot to observe lemurs and many bird species and many other highlights to look forward which include... Highlights: Mandrare River, wildlife viewing, birdwatching, Spiny forest, Sacred Forests and tombs of Ifotaka, day and night guided walks, baobab forests, authentic tribal displays, local village and market, Beach at Manafiafy, walks in the rainforest, exploring deserted beaches, whale viewing (June - December), snorkelling, canoeing in the mangroves.

MEALS: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner


DAY 1: Arrival in Antananarivo    

Upon arrival in Antananarivo (Madagascar’s capital), you will be met and welcomed by an English speaking guide, before transferring to your hotel in the city centre.

Accommodation:        Pavillion de l’Emyrne, or similar (double room with en-suite bathroom)
Meals
Dinner:        For your own account.


DAY 2: Antananarivo – Fort Dauphin    [BLD]    

After breakfast at your hotel, you will be transferred back to Ivato airport for your two-hour flight to Fort Dauphin, on the south-eastern coast of Madagascar.
Upon arrival you will be met by your guide and will take lunch in Fort Dauphin, before driving west towards Antandroy Spiny Forest. The three-hour journey offers a contrast of landscapes ranging from the rice paddies of the eastern seaboard over the lush tropical plateau to the drier arid region of sisal plantations and “spiny forest”.
You will arrive at your luxury tented camp in the late afternoon, allowing you to settle into your accommodation and enjoy the breath-taking views across the Mandrare River.

Accommodation:    Mandrare River Camp or similar (Private luxury tents with en-suite bathroom, hot water)
Meals        
Breakfast:   Pavillion de l’Emyrne, or similar
Lunch:        Lunch in Fort Dauphin
Dinner:       Mandrare River Camp or similar


DAY 3: Mandrare River Camp – morning and afternoon activities  [BLD]    

Enjoy a relaxed breakfast on the banks of the river, before embarking on a trip to the sacred Antandroy forest, crossing the river on foot to observe lemurs and many bird species. You will also be able to see the tombs of the Antandroy ancestors, and your guide will explain in detail about the culture of ancestor worship.
Lunch will be served at your camp, and there will be time to relax before you depart on an afternoon activity, unless you would prefer to rest at camp and enjoy the serenity of the river.
Some of the activity options include a trip to the giant sand dunes of Lake Anony, watching the sun set at the Baobabs, night walks (gallery and spiny forest), watching various species of lemurs and birds, watching traditional dancers, and a visit to the village or local school.

Accommodation:    Mandrare River Camp or similar (Private luxury tents with en-suite bathroom, hot water)
Meals        
Breakfast:   Mandrare River Camp or similar
Lunch:        Mandrare River Camp or similar
Dinner:        Mandrare River Camp or similar


DAY 4: Mandrare River Camp – morning and afternoon activities    [BLD]

Today will be spent enjoying the various activities located at and around your luxury tented accommodation.  These will be on suggestion of your guide, tailored to your interests.
Activities from the camp take place in the early mornings and late afternoons and evenings to avoid the heat of the day. There are a number of designated forest areas in close proximity to the camp, where, with permission from and being accompanied by one of the local village chiefs it is possible to explore, together with your guide, this unique and fascinating natural paradise. 

Accommodation:    Mandrare River Camp or similar (Private luxury tents with en-suite bathroom, hot water) Mandrare River Camp
Meals
Breakfast:        Mandrare River Camp or similar
Lunch:             Mandrare River Camp or similar
Dinner:            Mandrare River Camp or similar


DAY 5: To Manafiafy    [BLD]

After our last breakfast by the river, we transfer by road to Fort Dauphin, arriving in time for a relaxing lunch. We then continue onwards through plantations of mango, citrus, pineapples and bananas to the ocean coast and Manafiafy.
Situated on a beautiful white sandy bay, fringed with forest covered mountains, your lodge offers barefoot luxury with wildlife and water on your doorstep. Enjoy the location of your lodge in the afternoon, as the sunsets over the bay.

•    Please note it is possible to fly between Mandrare River Camp and Fort Dauphin, which reduces the long road transfer. The flight requires a minimum of 2 people to operate, takes approximately 30 minutes, requires reservation in advance and costs from EUR 200 per person. Maximum 3 people per plane.

Accommodation:    Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge or similar (Private bungalows with en-suite bathroom, sundeck and separate access to the magnificent unspoilt beach)
Meals
Breakfast:    Mandrare River Camp or similar
Lunch:         Lunch in Fort Dauphin
Dinner:         Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge or similar


DAY 6 & 7: Manafiafy – morning and afternoon activities    [BLD]    

After breakfast you will embark on your choice of a wide range of wildlife and sporting activities, which are included in your stay.


Some of the options include: 
Canoeing in the mangroves, early morning boat trips for wetland birding, day and night walks in the rainforest to see five 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, visits to the local village and school.
Optional activities, payable locally at the lodge include: massage treatments, whale watching boat trips (June to December), deep sea fishing trips.

Forest walks are the main reason for visiting this part of the island and those accessible from Manafiafy are “Littoral” rain forests – shady dense vegetation with a high degree of humidity and home to several Lemurs (collared brown, woolly, brown mouse, dwarf and sportive) as well as reptiles, spiders, birds, insects and orchids. Walks can be done at any time of the day and early evening, and are always accompanied by a Manafiafy guide.

The rocks, islands and bays surrounding Manafiafy provide endless opportunities for exploring and within a short boat ride it is possible to find deserted beaches, scout for whales, or snorkel in the crystal clear water viewing corals and tropical ‘aquarium’ fish. There is always something to do at Manafiafy and each excursion provides its own reward of new experiences – most of them unique to the island of Madagascar.

Accommodation:    Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge or similar (Private bungalows with en-suite bathroom, sundeck and separate access to the magnificent unspoilt beach)
Meals


Day 6 & 7

Breakfast: Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge or similar
Lunch:      Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge or similar
Dinner:     Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge or similar
    
DAY 8: Return to Antananrivo (via Fort Dauphin)    [B]    

You will drive back to Fort Dauphin and continue to the airport for your scheduled flight to Antananarivo, where you will connect with your departure flight.

Meal
Breakfast:    Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge or similar

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