« Reptiles Park ( Madagascar exotic ) , National Parks , Indri indri ( biggest lemurs ) , local people, nature, motor boat, and beach»
TOUR ROUTES :
ANTANANARIVO – MANJAKANDRIANA – MORAMANGA - ANDASIBE NATIONAL PARK – MANAMBATO – ANKANIN’NY NOFY - TAMATAVE - MAHAMBO BEACH - SAINTE MARIE ISLAND .
Day 1 :
ANTANANARIVO - ANDASIBE NATIONAL PARK .
Day 2 :
TREK TO MITSINJO PARK - MANAMBATO - ANKANIN'NY NOFY .
After breakfast, check out from the hotel and pack your luggage in the car then drive to Perinet national Park to meet your local guide. It hosts 11 species of lemurs of which the biggest, the Indri Indri, is easily spotted because of its impressive shrieks. It cannot bear being in captivity, so it can be admired only in its natural milieu. The park also shelters several species of birds, reptiles, insects and Diademed sifaka. Return to the vehicle after visits and heading to Manambato village where you will take the motor boat to ankanin’ny nofy along mpangalane channel and your personal driver will wait for you in tamatave after your journey in ankanin’ny nofy. The boat ride from Manambato to ankanin’ny nofy takes a hour.
Recommended accommodation : overnight at hotel palmarium . ( bed and breakfast are included )
Day 3 :
RELAX AND SELF TOURING IN ANKANIN’NY NOFY.
Ankanin’ny nofy is known as nest of dreams, offers a perfect place for relaxation with its beautiful beaches and interesting tours with its private natural reserve is rich in plants and animals life including 10 different lemur species living in complete freedom ( Sifaka, Coronatus, Varécia, variegata, Propithèques etc ………). You will find in this place a very singular terrestrial wildlife as well as a really outstanding floran (orchids, carnivorous plants, granadilla wood, mahoganies, voyager trees…) and the most beautiful and rarest Madagascan palm-trees (Dypsis, Ravenea, Orania, and also Voanioala and Lemur phoenix).
Recommended accommodation : overnight at hotel palmarium . ( bed and breakfast are included )
Day 4 :
ANKANIN’NY NOFY TO TAMATAVE BY MOTOR BOAT THEN CAR TO MAHAMBO BEACH .
After the morning breakfast, take a motor boat from Ankanin’ny nofy to tamatave where you will meet your personal driver. This boat ride takes about 3 hours along mpangalane channel where you will see green plants on the side of the river. When you arrive in tamatave, you and your driver will drive to Mahambo beach which is about 80 km and takes 2 hours in the car along sea side.
Recommended accommodation : overnight at hotel la pirogue. ( bed and breakfast are included )
Day 5 :
MAHAMBO BEACH TO SAINTE MARIE ISLAND.
Here in Mahambo beach where you will take your motor boat trip to saint Marie and it's start at 09:00 am from Mahambo to Sainte Marie island at 16:00 pm or you can drive from Mahambo beach to Soanierana ivongo where you will get short boat trip to Sainte Marie which starts at 10:00 am to Sainte Marie at 13:00 pm . While you arrive in Saint Marie Island, Your tour with us ends here and you will now be independent. There are many taxi drivers and hotel representatives working on the pier. Generally the south and the north of the island have the best beaches. We suggest you to hire a motorbike or bicycle to visit around the island and since the island is quite small, it can be visited in one or two day. It will be your choice where and how long you stay here. The main way of leaving the island is by plane to Tana. The season of whales is From August to September.
Note : This trip can be organized on backward if you would like to relax in saint Marie first.
PRICE FOR MID RANGE HOTEL OPTION : 1 850 Euro for 2 people . ( one double or twin room sharing option )
PRICE FOR LUXURY HOTEL OPTION : 1 950 Euro for 2 people . ( one double or twin room sharing option )
MANJAKANDRIANA : This is a largish town 48 km from tana heading to Moramanga. The town also has a BOA bank, a hospital, a pharmacy and petrol station.
MADAGASCAR EXOTIC : Formerly known as Mandraka reptile’s farm, this place is well signposted at Marozevo on the right side of the road. Madagascar Exotic is a park which was owned by a prominent naturalist to help preserve many species of reptiles and chameleons, but now is more of a viewing/display area for these exotic reptiles. It's really fantastic to see the large variety of reptiles up close and to be able to walk in the woods and see different species of lemurs. Also all the beautiful chameleons, geckos, frogs and other reptiles were brought out of crowded cages so we could photograph them closely.
MORAMANGA : is a city (commune urbaine) in Madagascar. The name Mora-manga literally means “cheap mangoes”. The city of Moramanga has an important place in the history of Madagascar. It was in Moramanga, on the night of the 29th of March 1947 that the Malagasy uprising against French colonial rule started. Moramanga is also the capital city of the Bezanozano tribe (one of the eighteen tribes in Madagascar). The market town of Moramanga lies along the Antananarivo–Toamasina road, 112 km east of Antananarivo and 26 km west of Andasibe. The BNI-CL and BFV-SG banks have branches with ATMs on the main road. Moramanga has different nice places to stay and Malagasy gastronomy restaurant style. Here is another option place to stay if there are no rooms available in Andasibe Park. It has about 30.000 in habitants.
ANDASIBE VILLAGE : Andasibe is a town and commune. It belongs to the district of Moramanga, which is a part of Alaotra-Mangoro Region in Toamasina Province. The population of the commune was estimated to be approximately 12,000 in 2001 commune. Primary and junior level secondary educations are available in town. It is also a site of industrial-scale mining. The majority 60% of the population of the commune are farmers. The most important crop is rice, while other important products are cassava and sweet potatoes. Industry and services provide both employments for 20% of the population.
PERINET NATIONAL PARK : In late 1990s the long-established reserve generally known by its colonial name of Perinet (but officially Analamazotra) was combined with Mantadia national park. This andasibe reserve has 810 ha protects the largest of the lemurs, indri indri. There are 11 species of lemurs altogether in Andasibe, although you will not find them all. There are tenrecs, beautiful and varied insects and spiders, as well as reptiles. This is also a great place for bird watching. Specials to look out for include the velvet asity, blue coua and nuthatch vanga. The trails in Andasibe have been carefully constructed, but nevertheless, there is quite a steep ascent (up steps). To visit the parks, you are obliged to take local guide which is finding at the entrance of the park easily and most of them are knowledgeable for wildlife and bilingual including French and English speaking.
VAKONA RESERVE : This is a private reserve and it’s known as Lemur’s island. It homes about 60 groups of lemurs, terencs, birds and crocodiles etc ………. You can discover here also some medicinal plants which are could found in Madagascar only. Close photograph is guaranteed here. They have their own private guide and their fee is already included in the price.
MANAMBATO : The village of Manambato, at the banks of the Rasoabe Lake, forms an integral part of the Pangalanes canal. Manambato where people collect motor boat to ankanin’ny nofy or to tamatave. There are some hotels around and it’s safe to swim with its white sand beaches.
ANKANIN'NY NOFY : Known as the ‘nest of dreams’, this peaceful and relaxing haven is home to white sand beaches, forests, scattered orchids, strings of lakes and mangroves, all factors that have made the reserve to one of the most popular visits in the Pangalanes canal. This protected area is home to nearly 100 000 palm trees specific to Madagascar. Ten species of lemurs live in freedom in the reserve, as well as reptiles, amphibians and crocodiles. Visitors can watch Indri Indri, sifakas, mouse and crowned lemurs.
TOAMASINA : (commonly known as Tamatave) is Madagascar second city and with the presence of the main regional seaport has a growing potential for economical activities. It is the country’s largest port, and therefore the country’s commercial hub, handling much of the island's foreign trade. Banks and cash machine can be found here.
MAHAMBO BEACH : The bay of Mahambo, 15 km before reaching Fenerive. Here bathing is safe and fishing and diving are possible activities. If you get bored of merely laying on the sandy beach, you can go on walk excursions into the thick forest, where it should be easy to spot lemurs. Here where you will start or end motor boat trip to Sainte Marie island .
SAINTE MARIE ISLAND : known (more formally) as Nosy Boraha, is an island off the east coast of Madagascar. The main town is Ambodifotatra. The city covers an area of 222 km2, and has a population estimated about 28,000. Safe from sharks, the lagoon of Sainte Marie Island is endowed with significant coralline growth. Its underwater fauna is preserved as a natural heritage and first-class diving site in the Indian Ocean. Ile Sainte Marie is the best place in Madagascar for whale watching. The island is 50 km long and 7 km at its widest point. The south and the north of the island are the best beach and there are plenty of high standing hotels.
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« Reptiles Park ( Madagascar exotic ) , National Parks , Indri indri ( biggest lemurs ) , local people, nature»
After the morning breakfast, your personal driver will pick you up from your hotel in tana heading to Andasibe national park as known as perinet park . This park is only 138 km a way from tana which takes you about four hours driving with tar road and curving. On the way, you will visit one of the practical insect and reptiles reserve at Peyrieras or known as Madagascar exotic in Marozevo owned by naturalist Andre Peyrieras. The centre provides the opportunities for close viewing of some chameleons, leaf tailed geckos, butterflies, crocodiles, Verreaux’s sifaka and common brown lemurs that are habituated. This is an option but you can skip it if you are not keen on it. Then you will pass the next the big town called “Moramanga “ where we will stop for lunch and allow you to photograph local people at the open market .While you arrive in andasibe park , you have an option to have night walk seeing mouse lemurs and other nocturnal wonders.
Recommended accommodation : overnight at analamazaotra hotel , hotel feon'y ala or grace lodge hotel for midrange option and at sahatandra hotel , vakona lodge , andasibe hotel and Mantadia lodge for luxury option . ( bed and breakfast are included )