East Circuit: Culture, Rainforests, and Island Escapes
- Duration: 12 Minutes (approx.)
- Product code: mtt-4-en
Arrival in Antananarivo from your international flight. Customs formalities. The Visa is free for any stay less than 30 days. Meet your driver-guide at the exit and transfer to the city center to your hotel. Accommodation and breakfast at the hotel. Welcome to Madagascar, a whole other planet on an island!
Day 2: Antananarivo – Andasibe
155KMS 3H30 on ASPHALT
Breakfast at the hotel. Meet at the hotel in the morning for the beginning of the East expedition of the Island through the National Route 2. This region is characterized by its wet climate thanks to the rain forest.
Crossing a myriad of villages and getting a feel for the traditional lifestyle of the Malagasy people, sail high past incomprehensibly abundant rice paddies, chimney-less long clay red houses in the Malagasy style, and millions of roadside markets displaying a variety of handicrafts, fruit and meat markets- all this against a pretty backdrop of golden grasslands and granite inselbergs.
On the way, visit the Perieyras farm, where you can easily see some reptiles, like chameleons from the biggest one to the smallest. Keep on driving, pass Moramanga. Arrival in Andasibe in the afternoon. Visit of the Vakona private park.
Day 3: Andasibe
Andasibe National Park
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer by car to the entrance of the park. This full day is dedicated to discovery by trekking inside the rain forest.
The park of Andasibe gathers 2 protected areas under one green umbrella: the National Park of Mantadia and the Special Reserve of Analamazoatra (or the Perinet reserve). The Perinet reserve is well known to be the shelter of the Indri-and the Indri are only present in this area. This species is considered to be the biggest primate living in Madagascar. The Mantadia reserve is characterized by orchids. In the park, there are 12 different species of lemurs (nocturnal and diurnal) but also more than 110 bird species with an endemic rate of 50 %. Tenrecs (sort of hedgehog) and chameleons cross your way too, and you enjoy primary forest curiosities such as trees ferns, lichens, epiphyte orchids (angraecum, bulbophyllums,…), medicinal plants, and precious woods like Dalbergia. Back to the hotel.
Day 4: Andasibe - Akanin'ny Nofy
160 KMS 4H APHALT+ Boat Crossing
Breakfast at the hotel. Hit the road toward Brickaville where you will leave the RN2 and take the track until you reach Manambato.
Boat crossing from Manambato to Ankanin’Nofy by passing through the sparkling Rasoabe Lake and Rasoamasay, and then into the Canal des Pangalanes - and finally you will arrive in Ampitabe Lake. This is where the hotel is located.
Day 5: Akanin'ny Nofy
Spare day in Ankanin'ny Nofy.
Optional Activities and visits available on site: Palmarium reserve, local school, crocodile lake.
Day 6: Akanin'ny Nofy-Tamatave (Toamasina)
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer by boat to Tamatave along the canal. We discover the canal life: traditional pirogues, tiny villages on the edges. Arrival in Tamatave and transfer to the city where your hotel is settled.
Day 7: Tamatave (Toamasina) - Sainte Marie
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer by local staff to the airport of Tamatave. Boarding and flight to Sainte Marie by Air Madagascar. Reception by the hotel’s staff and a short drive to the island resort. Remainder of the day at leisure.
Day 8: Sainte Marie
Day at leisure.
Day 9: Sainte Marie
Day at leisure.
Day 10: Sainte Marie (04 Nights)
Day at leisure.
Day 11: Sainte Marie-Antananarivo
Depending on the flight schedule, transfer to the airport by the staff of the hotel. Flight back to Tana. Lunch in Sainte Marie or Tana. Meet at the airport and transfer to your hotel in the city center.
Day 12: Antananarivo
Breakfast at the hotel. Day fully dedicated to the visit of the city. Sightseeing city tour with a driver-guide and a car at your disposal. Hit the road to the north part of the city to visit the old palace of Ambohimanga.
We leave the hotel after breakfast to reach Ambohimanga, the blue hill. This hill is considered at the spot of unification of the Imerina kingdom. At the capture of Antananarivo in 1794, the famous 12 sacred hills of the Imerina country became unified and directed by one and only king: Andrianampoinimerina. Originally born in Ambohimanga, he decided to establish his summer palace in the city and at his death he was buried there. The ex-royal city was considered as sacred and forbidden to any foreigner. This situation changed, conveniently, for your visit...
Back in the afternoon and keep on visiting the old city or high (mountaintop) city. Transfer to Combava hotel for day-use and dinner. Return to the airport late in the evening, flight back.
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Included: Airport transfers in Antananarivo and Diego (Antsiranana); 11-nights accommodation with breakfast in medium hotel according to the itinerary; tours and entrance fees according to the itinerary; guides in the national parks
Not Included: International or Domestic flights, lunch/dinner, visa cost, health insurance or travel insurance. Refreshments or snacks and things not on the above itinerary.