Madagascar Barefoot Luxury Kayak Adventure

Allow the excitement of wildlife sightings, untouched flora of the rainforest, breathtaking blue waters and white beaches to wash your stress away while putting you back in touch with nature through an exciting kayak adventure. Witness the perfect blend between the ocean and islands of Madagascar while taking in the fresh air of Madagascar on a kayak. Spend your afternoons resting in absolute luxury at some of the most beautiful camping locations that Madagascar has to offer.

Overview

Small-group barefoot luxury kayak adventure safari through Madagascar. Enjoy a cultural & kayaking adventure to the South East of Madagascar while camping in style. Starting and ending in Antananarivo, Madagascar – 11 Days


Tour Highlights:

Antananarivo – Antananarivo is a city for walking. Some of the most interesting places and views will be chanced upon during leisurely walks – that may climb haphazardly over the hills. Tana is truly a lovely Madagascar vacation destination and spending a few days there will be a great experience!

St Luce Reserve – Reserve established to contribute to the conservation of some of the very last true coastal forests left in the south east of Madagascar.

Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge – Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge has only 6 bungalows on the edge of the forest and just a short walk from the calm blue waters of the ocean in a sheltered bay. The lodge is entirely powered by solar and each bungalow has hot and cold running water. The furniture is designed for you to relax and enjoy the magnificent views from your private deck.

Camping – Experience camping in absolute style with French-trained chefs.

Fort Dauphin – Experience the beauty of Fort Dauphin, situated between the sea and the mountains.

Included

  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • All transport
  • Experienced professional Malagasy guide
  • All excursions
  • Park fees and community/environmental levies
  • All kayaks, personal buoyancy aids and paddles

Excluded

  • International and domestic flights and their taxes
  • Any excursions not mentioned in the program
  • All wine and spirits
  • Laundry
  • Visas and travel insurance
  • Personal expenses and souvenirs

The city accommodation will be in up-market, boutique-style hotels, while the bush camping nights are spent in spacious 3 man tents that will include stretcher beds and mattresses with bedding. Bush style showers and toilets are provided, as well as all soft drinks and beers. Meals are a major highlight and prepared by French-trained chefs, both on the river and at Manafiafy, where the accommodation style has been selected for its barefoot luxury offering, quite unique to Madagascar.

Day 1: Pavillon de l’Emyrne or similar
Day 2: Kaleta Hotel or similar
Day 3: Bush Camping at Lokaro
Day 4-5: Bush Camping
Day 6-9: Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge
Day 10: Pavillon de l’Emyrne or similar

Group size: Minimum 6 persons, Maximum 12 people sharing


Vehicle: In Antananarivo we use an air-conditioned vehicle, and for the rest of the tour, we use 4×4 vehicles.


Kayaking equipment: We provide Synergy Fluid Double Kayaks, which also have a centre seat and so can be paddled by one person if needed. They are stable and durable, being made from Polyethylene and they weigh only 33 kg. The kayaks are 3.8 m long and 0.86 m wide, with a carrying capacity of 190 kg. Each kayak has 2 hatches and contains one 15 L “Dry Bag”. There is also a tank well with bungee cord if needed. Each kayak comes standard with a backrest on each seat, which are removable if so desired. Your PDF (personal flotation device) or “life jacket” is a handy ‘one size fits all’ and is a quality make and design. Cobra paddles with aluminium shaft and hard, durable plastic blades, complete the outfit.


Spending money: The tour is almost fully inclusive, so not much spending money is required for extras, besides maybe any spirits or wine required or the whale watching and deep-sea fishing excursions. Madagascar’s currency is the Ariary. Euros are the most practical and convenient currency to exchange into Ariary at the Airport. International credit cards and travellers cheques are very seldom accepted.


First Aid: Our guides are trained in basic first aid and the camps are equipped with a medical aid kit. Preventative Malaria medication should be taken before the trip and throughout its duration, although it is advisable to consult a doctor prior to departure.


Luggage: Maximum baggage allowance on the plane will be 20 kg. Please bring a backpack or soft barrel bag, not a suitcase. Don’t bring too much clothing, as there are washing opportunities along the way. Please adhere to the allowance specified as space for luggage is limited.


Insurance: It is compulsory for all travellers to have insurance covering their personal requirements, medical expenses (including emergency medical evacuation cover) and personal possessions. This is to be arranged before leaving your home country. Jenman Safaris has comprehensive public liability insurance.


Packing:

  • Shorts
  • Track suit
  • Solid Walking shoes
  • Lightweight trousers/jeans
  • Swimming costume
  • Sandals
  • T-shirts
  • Sun hat
  • Windbreaker
  • Warm clothes
  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • Camera
  • Torch & spare batteries
  • Water bottle
  • Sunglasses
  • UV protection
  • Mosquito protection
  • Snorkelling equipment is provided at Manafiafy, but you may bring your own if you wish.

Visas: A visa is required to enter the territory of Madagascar and can easily be obtained upon arrival at the airport of Antananarivo with a validity of up to 90 days. Tourists staying for less than one month, can purchase a visa for 80’000 Ariary (around 23-27 €). Paying with the exact amounts or small currency is advised. No photographs are required, however please ensure that passports are valid for at least 6 months after return date. In addition to the entry visa, the Malagasy government is proposing the introduction of a frontier levy of 10 € in the near future, still to be confirmed and variable at short notice.


Gratuities: If you feel you have been looked after well by your crew or guides, and you wish to show your appreciation for their services, a monetary tip is very welcomed by those in Madagascar.

Some suggested guidelines:

  • Around EUR 4 per person, per day (10,000 Ariary) for a guide or a guide/driver.
  • Around EUR 2 (5,000 Ariary) for a park guide, depending on your satisfaction.
  • Around 5 % of the bill at a restaurant.
  • 200 Ariary per bag for a porter.

As Euro coins cannot be changed into local money in Madagascar, it is advisable to tip in Ariary. We would ask that you please reserve your generosity for tipping for services only, and not providing free hand-outs to children or adults, as this encourages begging.

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