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THE EAST TO MASOALA N.P | 11 DAYS/ 10 NIGHTS


Tana; Andasibe; Akanin'ny Nofy; Pangalane; Tamatave; Masoantsetr & Masoala


Level:
Medium
Rating: Doable:
From May to December

Tailor-made program

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  • Sifaka Madagascar
  • Bamboo lemur Madagascar
  • Uroplatus Masoala National Park
  • Masoala National Park
  • Masoala snorkeling
The East Coast to Masoala National Park


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THE SPECIALIST


anja ANDRIANJATO

anja ANDRIANJATO

The specialist himself is on your services for more informations about this trip; available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.




 

PLAN YOUR TRIP


 

OVERVIEW

The green landscapes! Discover The Peyreiras and Vakona reserves and see the chameleons; geckos; frogs; bats; Butterflies and lemurs... Continuation to Andasibe/Mantadia National Parks to see the biggest lemurs alive. Reach Akanin’ny Nofy by speed boat to discover beaches; forests; scattered orchids including the nepenthes. Reach Tamatave by the pangalane channel and then discover the Betsimisaraka town before going to the peninsula and Masoala National Park which is the richest in term of the fauna, the flora and exceptional all over the world. Virgin Earth, primary forest which shelters endemic species, beach gilded unexplored and three Park marines who protect more than 10 000 hectares of coral reefs, plant marine …

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

The East Coast Landscape and its Rosewood, greenery and vanilla
One of the most green landscape of the big island
The private reserve Peyrieras and its butterflies, insects, reptiles and batrachians farm
Andasibe/Mantadia National Parks and its numerous lemurs, orchids, endemic plants
Ankanin' ny Nofy or the Dream nest and its lakes
The Palmarium reserve and its miles palm trees, lemurs, Carnivore plants
The Pangalanes Channel, a succession of natural streams 600 km long
Trekking in rain forest and a lot of activities like scuba diving, kayaking ...
Discover the best rainforest of Madagascar
More than 60 % is endemic 10 species of lemurs of the park, 4 are a member of the category of the primates
Observation of whales from July to September

PRICE PER PERSON SHARING

From € 3,475/pax (LUXURY HOTEL OPTION)


From € 2,690/pax (MID-RANGE HOTEL OPTION)


From € 2,120/pax (BUDGET HOTEL OPTION)


The price indicated is per person sharing room (DBL or TWIN), it is based on 2 Persons; if less or more, please contact us and we will send you the final price.

INCLUDES & EXCLUDES

Includes:

Private Meet & greet
Return private transfers from/in airport/hotel
The speed boat transfer activities
Private vehicle with a driver/assistant/guide speaking English (Gasoline included)
Accommodations in standard DOUBLE/TWIN room with private sanitary
The meals as specified
Entrance Parks/reserve and local guide fees
The return ticket flighs Tana/Maroantsetra
Taxes, VAT and handling fees

Excludes:

All international flight costs and visa fees or assistance unless otherwise specified .
Tips and personal expense and none specified items .
Travel insurance, it is a condition that all clients travelling with GMT+3 must have appropriate Travel insurance, including emergency medical evacuation cover .

JOINING TOUR ABROAD

11 days/10 nights: From Antananarivo to Antananarivo. This is a tailor-made wildlife safari and can be edited to suit your needs, wants and budget. Talk to our destination specialists to find out more about this trip and to get advice on whether it is the best one you’re your specific requirements and interests.

Day 1: Antananarivo

Meet and greet at Antananarivo airport by GMT+3 staff and then transfer to your hotel in Antananarivo city. Briefing about the program and introducing the timing.

ACCOMMODATION: Hotel | LUNCH: Excluded | DINER: Excluded | BREAKFAST: Included
TRANSPORATION: Minibus

Day 2: Antananarivo – Andasibe (170km +/- 3h)

After breakfast, depart for Andasibe National Park, passing through highland scenery and rice paddies. The drive takes approximately 4 hours and gives you your first glimpse to this culturally and scenically diverse country as you pass rice fields, villages and roadside stalls. We leave the mountainous region and make a small stop at Marovezo to visit the Peyreiras Reserve with its butterflies, reptiles and chameleons, tomatoes frogs, snakes. After the visit, continuation towards Andasibe and check into your hotel. Time for lunch, in the afternoon you are going to visit Vakona private reserve and begins with the lemurs Island, you are going to discover the brown, bamboo and the black and white lemurs, the time to have a great time with them and you will be able to take a close pictures with, continuation to discover some crocodiles, endemic birds, foussa foussana which is the famous Malagasy animal carnivore, some turtles and others.

ACCOMMODATION: Hotel | LUNCH: Excluded | DINER: Excluded | BREAKFAST: Included
TRANSPORATION: Private Vehicle

Day 3: Andasibe

Today, you are going to visit Mantadia N.P which is the primary forest, you are going to discover the lemurs in the wildlife, varied orchids which over a hundred inventoried species that bloom in the forest, for its indri indri that can be observed the whole year and whose voice illustrates the nice mornings, for its magnificent waterfalls and the famous cultural rites of the inhabitants living around. Matandia forests are the domains of the liana and epiphytes like the foams and ferns. 108 species of birds are known in the park, some of them plays a role in the survival of the plants like the Terpsiphone mutate... After the visit, have lunch at your hotel and then depart to visit Analamazotra National Park that you will discover the biggest lemur alive which is the Indri Indri and other 13 lemur species, such as woody lemur, grey bamboo lemur, diademed Sifaka, brown lemur, red mouse-lemur, red-bellied lemur, and black and white ruffed lemur. You will discover as well orchids, medicinal plants, endemics... After the visit, drive back to your hotel

ACCOMMODATION: Hotel | LUNCH: Excluded | DINER: Excluded | BREAKFAST: Included
TRANSPORATION: Private Vehicle

Day 4: Périnet/Andasibe – Manambato – Akanin’ny Nofy (150km +/-4h & 1h speed boat)

After breakfast, depart for Manambato, leaving the humid forest behind you and enter to the real East. Upon arrival in Manambato, you will embark to your boat to join “Akanin’ny Nofy” or the nest of dreams. It takes 1 hour boat trip from Manambato. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and then have lunch. Free afternoon at leisure or just just laze around on lake.

ACCOMMODATION: Hotel | LUNCH: Excluded | DINER: Excluded | BREAKFAST: Included
TRANSPORATION: Private Vehicle & speed Boat

Day 5: Akanin’ny Nofy

After breakfast, visit the Palmarium reserve to see lemurs and various rare and endemic orchids, palm trees and carnivorous plants. The 50ha of littoral Forest protects a wide variety of palms; you will discover as well chameleons, frogs, birds, and colorful green lynx spiders and endemics plants cactus. After the visit, transfer to the hotel and then enjoy a free leisure day.

ACCOMMODATION: Hotel | LUNCH: Excluded | DINER: Excluded | BREAKFAST: Included
TRANSPORATION: -

Day 6: Akanin’ny Nofy – Tana (1h boat & 315km +/- 6h drive)

After breakfast, transfer by boat to Manambato and then drive back to Tana with the same road. Upon arriva; check in at your hotel.

ACCOMMODATION: Hotel | LUNCH: Excluded | DINER: included | BREAKFAST: Included
TRANSPORATION: Speed Boar/Private Vehicle

Day 7: Tana – Maroantsetra – Masoala

After breakfast; transfer to the airport for your flight to Maroantsetra. Upon arrival; you will be met and then transferred to the harbor for your speed boat for the voyage across Antongil Bay to the Masoala Forest Lodge. The journey takes around two hours, with the possibility of dolphin and whale sightings in season and the forested mountains of the Masoala Peninsula as a dramatic backdrop to the destination. On arrival at the lodge beach, you are welcomed ashore and settle into camp. After freshening up in the accommodation, lunch is served in the beach house. The afternoon activities include exploring the beaches and coastal forest in the lodge area and maybe enjoying a swim in the sea, before taking a guided walk along the coast past Tampolo Point, with the possibility of spotting white-fronted brown lemurs in the coastal forest.Return to camp for sundowners around the fire on the beach and dinner in the lodge.

ACCOMMODATION: Hotel | LUNCH: Include | DINER: Include | BREAKFAST: Include
TRANSPORATION: Private Vehicle & flight

Day 8: Masoala

Awaken early for coffee and breakfast on the sea deck before setting off on the day’s adventure. Today this is a walk down the coast and up into the primary rainforest in search of the Red-ruffed lemurs, Dwarf chameleons and other wildlife endemic to this forest. After some hours in the dense forest with the giant hardwoods and majestic tree ferns return to camp by boat for a well-earned lunch and rest. The afternoon activity could be a snorkel on the nearby coral reefs, rich in diversity, or a guided sea kayak to the look-out rock at the “Secret Cove” for the sun set, with the chance of a close encounter with Bottlenose Dolphin or Green Turtle. Dinner in the lodge..

ACCOMMODATION: Hotel | LUNCH: Included | DINER: Included | BREAKFAST: Included
TRANSPORATION: Speed boat

Day 9: Masoala

A relaxed start to the day and breakfast on the sea deck. Depart on a guided walk through the coastal forest, in search of more birds and mammals. After a couple of hours walk, take a welcome swim in the crystal-clear water of the cascades of the Tampolo River at the foot of the forested mountains.Return to camp on a traditional dugout canoe paddled down the shady river. After lunch, enjoy a relaxed afternoon swimming on the private beaches or snorkeling on the coral reefs. A guided nocturnal walk with the intriguing possibility of seeing some of the secretive nocturnal wildlife such as Leaf-tailed Gecko, Dwarf and Mouse lemurs.

ACCOMMODATION: Hotel | LUNCH: Included | DINER: Included | BREAKFAST: Included
TRANSPORATION: -

Day 10: Masoala – Maroantsetra – Tana

An early breakfast on the sea deck. Board the boat for the voyage to the island of Nosy Mangabe. Once ashore on the densely-forested island, explore the network of trails with your guide with a chance of spotting Black and white-ruffed and White-fronted brown lemurs, leaf-tailed geckos and perhaps a Madagascar tree boa. You can view the traditional Malagasy tombs in a cave and the engraved rocks on the “Plaige des Hollandaise”. After a picnic lunch on the beach, you board the boat once more for the voyage to Maroantsetra and transfer to the airport in time for the flight out to Antananarivo with the private charter airplane. Upon arrival; connecting to your international flight.

ACCOMMODATION: Hotel | LUNCH: Included | DINER: Excluded | BREAKFAST: Included
TRANSPORATION: Speed boat

Day 11: Antananarivo

After breakfast, depart to visit Ambohimanga Kings Palace which is the cradle of the Merina dynasty, the Mecca of the Merina Kingdom and the starting point for the unification of Imerina. This ancient royal city was reputed to be a sacred city where no foreigner could enter. There's a lot to admire in this place. From the entrance of the village, the old stone gate-shaped disc in the chamber, the royal box of Andrianampoinimerina, the summer palace of the queens, the Horse Park and sacred ponds. The enclosure is surrounded by a wall consisting mainly of egg whites in place of cement. The door to the east has "Ambatomitsangana" inscribed on it, and is a large stone disc 4m in diameter rolled closed every night and open every morning by dozens of men. After the visit, transfer directly to the airport for your international flight home.

ACCOMMODATION: Day room - Hotel | LUNCH: Excluded | DINER: Excluded | BREAKFAST: Include
TRANSPORATION: Private Vehicle

WALKING GRADES & FITNESS

Grading is a somewhat difficult topic as much depends on the individual's own perception of his or her abilities. The following is intended as a general guide to our walking grades. This tour is rated medium so everyone can join it. We will usually involve easy walks (2 to 6 hours/day) at low altitudes (below 2000m). Some previous hill walking experience would be beneficial but these walks should be within the capabilities of those who lead a normal active life.

TYPE OF ACCOMMODATIONS (LUXURY/MID-RANGE/BUDGET HOTELS)

DAYS CITY LUXURY MID-RANGE BUDGET
1  Antananarivo  Palissandre Hotel   Sakamanga Hotel   Niaouly hotel
2 & 3  Andasibe  Vakona Forest Lodge  Grace Lodge  Feon'ny Ala
4 & 5  Akanin'ny Nofy  Bush House  Palmarium Hotel  Pangalane Hotel
6  Antananarivo  Palissandre hotel  Sakamanga hotel  Niaouly hotel
7; 8 & 9  Masoala  Masoala Forest Lodge  Chez Arol  Camping
10  Antananarivo/TD>  Palissandre hotel  Sakamanga hotel  Niauly hotel
11  Antananarivo  -  -  -

Most of the hotels in Madagascar do not have the standard internationnal level, except some hotels in Antananarivo, Sainte Marie and Nosy Be but GMT+3 guarantees to find you the best hotels and accommodation for your budget. We will supply all of the necessary details for you to prepare your holidays and have a memorable stay in each hotel. Please note that in Madagascar, there is only one 5 star hotel, which is the Carlton Hotel in Antananarivo,. Once you leave the capital, the ranges of hotels are varied.

GMT+3 LUXURY (hotels/Lodges/guest house/Camping)

Wherever you stay in Madagascar, we will guarantee to find comfortable hotels, lodges or guesthouses with twin or single rooms and en suite facilities. Our hotels have air-conditioning/heating where appropriate and reliable hot and cold water. They generally have a very good level of service and mosthaveadded amenities such as a restaurant, bar, gardens or swimming pool.

GMT+3 MID-RANGE (hotels/Lodges/guest house/Camping)

These hotels usually have twin or single rooms with en suite facilities. They are generally standard, no-frills hotels with adequate amenities and service standards. Whilst comfort levels are perfectly acceptable to most, please don’t expect too much! These are often small, family-run establishments

GMT+3 BUDGET (hotels/Lodges/guest house/Camping)

These accommodations may be communal or dorm-style, and WC / washing facilities are usually shared. Running hot and cold water may be unreliable or even unavailable. However, these can be the most rewarding and memorable places to stay, despite the comfort levels being low.

ANAKAO

This is the 2nd option beach extension for this trip, you can do a lot of activities (snorkeling, diving, and Big game fishing, surfing and windsurfing...) you can visit some Tsimanampetsotsa N.P and two islet…

HOW TO GET THERE ?

Location: 40 km south of Tuléar in a desert area with an amazing turquoise sea with emerald tints.
Transportation: Speed Boat; Sail boat or 4WD

SAINTE MARIE

Sainte Marie Island (Nosy Boraha) is situated on the East Coast of Madagascar. The most Beach tourist place after Nosy Be and known by its kilometrical sandy beaches shaded by coconut palms, bays and coves protected by coral reefs. Please note that the best beaches are located in the northern; western and in Islet aux Nattes. In the same time, you will like its lush vegetation and animals. In winter (from June to the end of September) the humpback whales (Megaptera) are present around Madagascar but the best place to spot is in Sainte Marie Island …

HOW TO GET THERE ?

Location: You need to return in Antananarivo first and then take the flight from Antananarivo to Sainte Marie or continuation to Tamatave and then to Soanierana Ivongo + speed boat to Sainte Marie.
Transportation: by plane; vehicle & Speed boat

NOSY BE

This Vezo fishermen village is located 80 km south of Morondava. This place has one of the best beach in Madagascar, you will be surprised by the long beach of bright white sands and an amazing transparent sea of emerald waters. Belo sur mer is the place that they built pirogues and large wooden boats. You will like as well to observe the birds in the mangroves, to visit wild islands surrounded with a superb coral reefs, discover the salt works, baobabs forest….

HOW TO GET THERE ?

Drive back in Antananarivo and then take a plane to reach Nosy Be

YOU CAN MIX WITH THE FOLLOWING TOURS

GENERAL INFO

Area: 594,180 sq km.
Population: 23,129,189.
Language: French, Malagasy.
Religion: Christian, Muslim.
Local Time: GMT +3
Electric Supply & Plugs: 220V, 50Hz, two pin round plug.
Recommended Maps: Freytag & Berndt 1:2,000,00 Madagascar.
Recommended Books: Bradt Guide: Madagascar, Dervla Murphy: Muddling through Madagascar, G. Durrell: The Aye-aye and I, D. Attenborough: Zoo Quest to Madagascar, I. Sinclair: Birds of the IndianOcean Islands, I. Tattersall: The Primates of Madagascar.

SEASON & CLIMATE

The climate is tropical, but very cold in the highlands (dropping as low as 5°C at night in July/August in Antananarivo). The dry season is March to October continuing into November in most areas. The southwest area is hot, dry and semi-arid. November (spring) is generally the best time for wildlife and birds, but lemurs can be viewed all year round. Additional information and climate charts can be accessed here.

The western coast of Madagascar is much drier than the eastern coast. In general, we can say the climate here is dry tropical. During the dry months between May and November it does not rain at all and the temperatures are pleasant (20 to 25°C on average). Between December and April it can rain torrentially or just a couple of showers, depending on the area and the year. The northern area is greener and indeed considerably wetter than the south. The hottest months are March, April, November and December, when the average temperature is 30° C or even more.

FORMALITIES

VISA REQUIRMENTS:

The visa is always free for an holidays less than month and subject to change. We will confirm you before your arrival. Your passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond the date of return.

All visitors must obtain a tourist visa (maximum duration 3 months).
This costs approximately 25 Euros per person and can be obtained in any Madagascar Embassy or upon arrival at the international airports of Antananarivo, Diego Suarez, and Nosy Be or in Tamatave (Toamasina). Return International flight tickets.

VACCINATIONS & PROTECTIONS:

Please consult your doctor when planning your journey: Malaria is present in most parts of Madagascar. Some form of anti malarial is recommended. Always use mosquito repellent and avoid being bitten. Vaccinations against tetanus, cholera and yellow fever are recommended. Bring your usual medicines because they may not be available in Madagascar.
In top Urgency, GMT+3 works with specialist doctors to assure and assist you before your evacuation.

INSURANCE:

We recommend you to see a Travel insurance to secure your holidays in Madagascar. You must take your policy document with you on tour and it should state in writing that you are the named policyholder and that the cover is valid for your period of travel. Your policy document must also indicate that you have medical expenses and emergency repatriation cover and a 24-hour contact telephone number for your Insurance Company must be shown on your documentation in case of emergency.

MONEY

CREDIT CARDS & TRAVELERS CHEQUES:

Credit cards are still not used widely in Madagascar. However, they are accepted in big cities, international hotels and in the banks of all cities. You will find ATMs in most main cities, where you can withdraw Ariary. VISA and MASTERCARD are most commonly accepted cards. It is also useful to bring some Travelers Cheques or cash in Euros or US dollars. AMERICAN EXPRESS is seldom accepted outside of Antananarivo. Please note that $100 date 1996 bills are not accepted (better from 2006 dated)

TIPPING:

Tips are expected for most services. The size of the tip depends on your satisfaction but 5 to 10 % is an acceptable level. We suggest that you plan on average 10 Euros per person per day for a guide. Remember that wages are very low in Madagascar so be careful not to over tip and create unreasonable expectations for other travelers

PERSONAL EQUIPMENT TO BRING

LUGGAGES:

Unfortunately it does occasionally happen that luggage does not always reach its destination on the same flight as its owner, or possibly it may be damaged in transit. If you are unlucky enough for this to occur, it is important that you file a PIR (Property Irregularity Report) with the airline before leaving the airport. This is essential when you come to make a claim either against the airline or from your travel insurance company. Please note that 20kg per person is allowed for the internal flight.

CLOTHING:

Given the variations of day and night temperature, and the changes of altitude between the highlands and the coast, we recommend that you dress in layers. Bring light clothes but have additional layers (fleece, pullover, jacket, windbreaker or raincoat). Make sure you have long sleeves and long trousers to protect against mosquitoes in early morning and dusk.

PERSONAL FIRST AID KIT:

On each tourt a first aid kit is carried but you should have your own blister kit, supply of plasters, aspirin and other essentials. Please do not give medicines to local people without consulting the tour leader. See the list in the General Information Booklet for more information. A good pair of sunglasses is essential for protection against UV rays and glare at high altitudes. Sun Hat, High Factor Sun Cream/Block & Lip Salve.
Choose a high factor sun cream (Factor 30 or more) to protect your skin against the sun at high altitudes. A combination sun block/ lip salve are ideal for facial protection. A head torch is essential for NOCTURNAL visit. Remember to bring some spare batteries and a bulb. Sun screen and insect repellent. Make sure you have enough camera film and spare batteries, as both are difficult to obtain locally. Bring a beach towel and swimming costume.