Eastern Madagascar is characterized by thick vegetation with endemic fauna, beautiful water landscapes made of lakes and rivers, beautiful beaches, etc.
On the road from the capital to Andasibe (150 km, 3 h), we will start visiting Madagascar Exotic, a farm breeding chameleons, reptiles and endemic butterflies. As we arrive at Andasibe National Park, we will have a glimpse of the richness of the Eastern Rainforest: a dozen species of lemurs (this place is in an Indri-Indri sanctuary), chameleons, birds, orchids, medicinal plants, rare tree species (rosewood), etc.
Water landscapes begin in Manambato and its lake. We will also cross the famous Pangalanes Channel to reach Ankanin’ny Nofy (the dream nest), a village located on the shores of Lake Ampitabe. We will stop at Le Palmarium Nature Reserve to admire rare palm species, carnivorous plants, etc.
To reach Tamatave, we will take the waterway again, on the canal, discovering unforgettable scenes of life: local people taking bush boats (river taxis), smiling barge navigators who never fail to say hello, children playing on the banks…
An essential stopover in eastern Madagascar: Sainte-Marie Island, famous for its history related with pirates and for whale watching. To get there, we will reach Mahambo where we will cross the sea. Sainte-Marie is also known for its welcoming and warm population. On the program: mountain-bike rides or walks, visits to the pirate cemetery, sea excursions and water sports, diving, whale safaris (from June to September), etc.
Day 1Antananarivo > Andasibe
Departure to Andasibe.
Visit en route to Madagascar Exotic, a farm for breeding butterflies, chameleons and endemic reptiles threatened by anthropogenic action (bush fires, deforestation ...)
Arrival in Andasibe in the early afternoon.
Day 2Andasibe > Ankanin’ny Nofy
Andasibe - Andasibe National Park
Visit of the National Park of Andasibe, site of conservation of the Indri-Indri, the largest of the lemurs. Other animal species can be seen, including 11 other lemurs, chameleons, birds ... The flora is not our most left with several varieties of orchids, rosewood and medicinal plants.
Manambato - Ankanin'ny Nofy
We keep going towards the East Coast. Arrival on the shores of Lake Rasoabe. We navigate on the Pangalanes' Canal __ up towards __Ankanin’ny Nofy, the "nest of dreams", on the shores of Lake Ampitabe.
Day 3Ankanin’ny Nofy > Tamatave
Ankanin'ny Nofy - Tamatave
Visit of the Palmarium Natural Reserve. With a local guide from the reserve, we will encounter about a dozen species of lemurs, and an exceptional flora (orchids, mahogany, carnivorous plants, and some very rare species of palm trees).
A full day navigating on the Pangalanes' Canal towards Tamatave.
On this aquatic boulevard, we encounter traditional boats, "brousse-boats" (like fluvial taxi-brousses), pirogues, local transportation...
Spontaneous wavin between sailors... Cries of joy from the children on the shores come along with us during our shipping. We are the witnesses of unusual and unforgettable pieces of life.
Arrival in Tamatave in the afternoon.
Arrival in Tamatave in the middle of the afternoon.
Day 4Tamatave > Sainte Marie
Mahambo - Sainte Marie
Crossing the sea towards Sainte Marie Island, for about 3 hours.
Transfer to your hotel where you can settle down for the night.
Day 5 - 6Free Stay in Sainte-Marie
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A preserved site of mass tourism, the island offers you the opportunity to live at the rhythm of a wild nature, in contact with a warm and welcoming population. All activities can be organized from the hotel: hiking or mountain biking, excursions by sea or by car to the picturesque sites of the island; In season (from June to September), whale safaris are also organized.
Day 7Sainte Marie > Antananarivo
Sainte Marie - Antananarivo
Transfer to the airport and flight to the Malagasy capital.
Depending on your flight schedule, we will have more or less time to take a tour in the old town and the craft market.
Lunch and dinner at your own expense.
Antananarivo - Paris Roissy CDG
Flight back to Europe. The Détours Madagascar team takes you back to the airport, and wishes you farewell...
See you soon !