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Madagascar East Tour – 8 Days

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On our 8-day holiday you will see the striking East Madagascar. Get in touch with the Indri, the largest of the lemur species, brown lemurs and bamboo lemurs. Explore the wonderful island paradise, Sainte Marie – a 57-km long island on the east shore of Madagascar. Our East Madagascar vacation is our insider tip, as it combines lemur sightings with beach relaxations – which are the two main highlights of any Madagascar vacation.

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Visit the striking East Madagascar. Our Madagascar East tour combines lemur sightings with beach relaxations – two main highlights of any Madagascar vacation. Starting and ending in Antananarivo – 8 Days

Tour Highlights

Andasibe National Park – The Andasibe-Mantadia corridor is situated in the foothills of the eastern escarpment of Madagascar. The village of Andasibe offers a perfect base to explore the Andasibe National Park. The 154 km2 park consists of two protected areas: the special Reserve of Indri d’ Analamazaotra and the National Park of Mantadia Analamazaotra, which is better known as “Périnet”.

Sainte Marie Island – The slender 57km-long island of Ile Sainte Marie is said to resemble a pregnant woman lying down. Most of the hotels are dotted on the coast south of Ambodifotatra, where the beach is narrow and pleasant. The northwest of the island is quieter but less accessible. The east coast is relatively rugged and, until recently, undeveloped. It offers some of the better beaches, particularly on the Ampanihy Peninsula, which is separated from the main island by the long Baie d’Ampanihy.

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!

Tamatave – Madagascar’s second-largest city Tamatave (also known as Toamasina) used to be a popular resort town for holidaymakers during colonial times. Tamatave is to Antananarivo what Brighton is to London or Nice is to Paris. Nowadays, it is the country’s largest port and oversees a growing hub of economical activities.

Price

2022

EUR 975 per person sharing

Price based on 4 people travelling. Please contact us for a tailormade quote.

Includes

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast daily
  • Half-board in Sainte Marie on days (4-6)
  •  All transport and transfers in applicable vehicle
  • English-speaking driver from Antananarivo to Manambato (Day 1-2)
  • English-speaking guide included in rate for 6 clients+ until Tamatave Airport (Day 1-4)
  • Motorboat transfers from Manambato – Akanin’ny Nofy – Tamatave
  • Specialist local guide in national parks as per programme (Andasibe)
  • Activities and excursions as mentioned
  • Park and reserve entrance fees

 

Excludes

  • Flights: International & domestic (Tamatave to St Marie and St Marie to Antananarivo)
  • English-speaking guide excluded from the rate for 1-5 clients
  • Pre and post-tour accommodation
  • Optional activities
  • All drinks & meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses such as gratuities, visas, travel insurance, curios, laundry etc.

Accommodation

Accommodation will be in basic hotels. Please note that Madagascar is a country which is in its infancy when it comes to tourism. Accommodation is limited, so all the above mentioned accommodations are subject to availability and we reserve the right to change these using similar accommodation of the same standards. The hotels used are simple & clean and of basic standard.
It is compulsory for all travelers to have insurance covering their personal requirements, medical expenses and personal possessions. This is to be arranged before leaving your home

Day 1: Hotel Grace Lodge or similar
Day 2: Hotel Palmarium or similar
Day 3: Hotel Joffre or similar
Day 4, 5 & 6: Vanivola or similar
Day 7: Residence Lapasoa or similar

Tour Preparation

Departure

When arriving in Antananarivo on the morning of day 1 of the tour, you will be picked up from the airport and embark on your tour. Should you arrive prior to day 1, pre-tour accommodation can be arranged and you will be picked up from your hotel on the morning of day 1 (Pick up time will be confirmed on arrival).

Transport

Transport will depend on the size of the group:
A small car for 2 – 3 people
A minivan for 4 – 6 – 8 people
A bus for 10 people or more

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 60 days. Tourists staying for less than one month can purchase a visa for 115’000 Ariary (around 35 €). 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 the return date.

Travel Insurance

Please note that travel and cancellation insurance is mandatory for every guest travelling with Jenman Madagascar Safaris. All insurance is solely the responsibility of our guests. Please ensure you arrange
your own insurance with protection for the full duration of your journey to cover personal injury, damage and loss of personal items including but not limited to camera equipment and other electronic items, medical expenses, repatriation expenses and loss of luggage, etc. Please speak to your travel agent if you require assistance

Making your travels meaningful

The Grow Africa Foundation (163-738 NPO) is the responsible tourism initiative started by Jenman African Safaris and Hideaways. The focus of Grow Africa is to make a positive impact on the environment, society and economy in the places we travel to. We do this by instigating and supporting local social and environmental projects.
Your booking makes a difference: With every booking to the value of R10,000 / US$1,000 / EUR1,000 or more a donation of R50 / US$5 / EUR5 will go to the Grow Africa Foundation. Click here to see the
projects your booking is supporting: https://www.jenmansafaris.com/about-us/grow-africa/

Itinerary

You will be met at the airport and transferred directly to Andasibe through a landscape composed of rice paddies, waterfalls and scarce forest stations. Along our way we will stop at Marozevo to visit a reptile farm. Then we head to Andasibe, a small and pleasant village, former logging centre and home to one of the most visited National Parks of the island. Before dinner, we will go on a night walk in the area of Andasibe, where we will have the chance to see some nocturnal species of lemurs.
After breakfast, we will go on a morning visit of the reserve to see the Indri lemurs, the largest of the lemur species, as well as brown lemurs, bamboo lemurs, various birds, colourful chameleons and other fauna and flora Andasibe National Park is renowned for. Later we drive to Manambato, where you will go on a boat transfer to Akanin’ny Nofy, which means “Nest of Dreams”.
In the morning we will visit the private Palmarium Park, also known as Akanin’ny Nofy, which is situated on 50 ha on the east coast of Madagascar, along the Ampitabe Lake and the Indian Ocean, in the Pangalanes Channel. You will be able to discover the endemic flora and fauna of Madagascar, such as rare palm trees and plants like orchids and mahoganies, as well as reptiles and 10 different species of lemurs living in its trees. In the afternoon you will go on a boat transfer to Tamatave in the Pangalanes Channel. You will be collected at the port and transferred to your hotel in the city, a major hub on the east coast containing the country’s largest port. It is a pleasant place with long, wide avenues lined with flamboyance and palm trees, a seaside promenade and a good selection of restaurants.
Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Sainte Marie, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to explore this wonderful paradise, a charming 57 km-long island that lies 8 km off the coast of eastern Madagascar. The island offers long beaches, shallow seas, cascades, tropical flowers and almost Caribbean atmosphere and is also of interest for its several old buildings and its long history as a pirate haunt.
This day is free at leisure and you have the opportunity to enjoy some of the numerous optional excursions available at your own expense. Set off on a boat excursion to the small island “Ile aux Nattes”, Sainte Marie’s jewel with its beautiful beaches, bays and emerald lagoon or visit the pirates’ cemetery. For outdoor lovers, the island is covered with tracks and offers many opportunities to explore on foot. Enjoy the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean while snorkeling or scuba diving with one of the many operators on the island. From July to October, you will have the chance to see the majestic humpback whales near the island.
You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Antananarivo, where you will be collected and transported to your hotel in the city. Antananarivo is the picturesque capital of Madagascar. With its bustling markets, friendly people and historic town on a hill with freestone churches and ancient royal places, it is unique among the world’s capitals. Wander through the capital’s steep and narrow streets, taking in its architecture, atmosphere and pace. Or climb up to the old rova (palace) and enjoy the views over Antananarivo and the surrounding countryside. The town is at its best in the evening when the setting sun spectacularly illuminates its hillsides.
Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home, where your unforgettable tour ends.
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