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THE EAST COAST TO SAINTE MARIE | 10 DAYS/ 09 NIGHTS


Tana; Andasibe, Akanin'ny Nofy; Tamatave & Sainte Marie


Level:
Medium
Rating: Doable:
From April to December

Next Departure: July 11-20, 2018

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  • Parsonii Chameleon
  • Lemur Island Vakona
  • Indri Indri
  • Canal of Pangalane
  • Sainte Marie Island Madagascar
The East Coast to Sainte Marie map


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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

This tour is going to make you discover the Peyreiras reserve and its endemic reptiles (Chameleons; geckos; frogs; bats; Butterflies and lemurs…). Visits Analamazotra reserve which is the secondary forest of Andasibe National Park discover its fauna and flora. You will discover the biggest lemur; the golden or diademed Sifaka and another species. Visit Vakona reserve and begins with the Lemurs Island its famous lemurs (Black and white; brown; Ring tailed and bamboo lemurs…). Depart to the East coast till Manambato by vehicle and then boat transfer (1h transfer) on the channel of Pangalane part and reach Akanin’ny Nofy or the nest of the dream and discover beaches; forests; local villages scattered orchids including the nepenthes. Discover the real endangered nocturnal lemur which is the Aye Aye which is really hard to spot in Madagascar but sure 100% that you will spot it. You are going to spot as well lemurs species like the black and white; the common brown; the macaco macaco; the hybrid of the brown and the macaco; the indri indri which is the biggest lemur alive. Boat transfer to Tamatave and then private vehicle to Soanierana Ivongo; ferry from Soanierana Ivongo Sainte Marie. Relax in Sainte Marie on its beautiful beach; you can do a lot of activities like diving; snorkeling; big game fishing; kayaking. Fly back to Antananarivo and then visit Ambohimanga Kings Palace which is the second world heritage by UNESCO in Madagascar. .

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 ...
Vakona private reserve and its famous lemurs.
Andasibe/Mantadia National Parks and its numerous lemurs, orchids, endemic plants).
Akanin' 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.
Tamatave is its big harbor of Madagascar Betsimisaraka city, its culture and arts.
Beach lined with coconut palms and rain forest.
Discovery of humpback whales (from July to September).
Big-game fishing, diving…
Numerous excursions to take advantage (Pirates Island, lady Island, Ankarena, and Iles aux nattes)...
Ambohimanga Kings Palace (UNESCO SITE)

PRICE PER PERSON SHARING

From € 1,495/pax (MID-RANGE HOTEL OPTION)


The price indicated is per person sharing room (DBL or TWIN), it is based on 4 Persons + 1 private assistant/guide during the whole tour; if more, we will send you the final price at the confirmation.

INCLUDES & EXCLUDES

Includes:

Private Meet & greet.
Return private transfers from/in airport/harbor/hotel.
The boat/ferry transfer activities .
Private vehicle with a driver Gasoline included).
The shuttle BUS Tamatave/Soanierana Ivongo.
Accommodations in standard DOUBLE/TWIN room with private sanitary.
 The meals as specified.
Entrance Parks/reserve and local guide fees.
The flight ticket Sainte Marie/Tana in economic class.
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

10 days/09 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: Tana (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: Tana – Périnet/Andasibe (170km +/-4h drive)

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: Périnet/Andasibe

Today, you are going 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 orchids as well, medicinal plants, endemics... Free afternoon at the leisure before the nocturnal walk before dinner.

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

Day 4: Périnet/Andasibe – Akanin’ny Nofy (150km +/-3h & 1h 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 Upon arrival, check in at your hotel and then nocturnal walk to see the “Aye Aye”. Back to your hotel.

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

Day 5: Akanin’ny Nofy – Tamatave (2h30mins boat & 15mins drive)

After breakfast, visit the Palmarium reserve to see lemurs (indri Indri, Macaco macaco; the black and white; the dancing; the hybride) 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 chameleons, frogs, birds, and colorful green lynx spiders and endemics plants cactus as well. After the visit, depart to reach Tamatave on the Pangalanes Canal by boat, you will discover beautiful landscapes and meet the fishermen with their pirogue along the channel. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel.

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

Day 6: Tamatave – Sainte Marie (165km +/- 4h30mins drive & 1h30mins ferry)

Early breakfast and then pick up at your hotel at 05:3am by your private vehicle for Soanierana Ivongo by a private vehicle and then ferry to Sainte Marie. Upon arrival, you will be met and then transfer to your hotel.

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

Days 7 & 8: Sainte Marie

Free days at leisure or discover Sainte Marie Island.

ACCOMMODATION: Hotel | LUNCH: Excluded | DINER: included | BREAKFAST: Included
TRANSPORATION: On Request

ACTIVITIES AVAILABLE IN SAINTE MARIE



WHALES WATCHING - HALF DAY TOUR

You have the morning tour from 9am to 11am or the afternoon tour from 2pm to 4pm. From mid-July to the mid-September (winter); the humpback whales stay and eat in cold seas. At the beginning of spring, after the birth of their calves, they move to tropical seas to mate close to the coasts. They will stay there up to the end of summer and start their way back to cold seas and abundant food. These creatures can grow up to 15m in length and weigh 45 tons, yet they seem incredibly gentle and peaceful as they slip smoothly through the waters. Mothers swim close to their new-born children, shepherding them through their first migration.

DIVING & SNORKELING

Ifaty offers a great site for diving and snorkeling. Madagascar Sport Concept is a PADI diving school offering scuba diving lessons, PADI (open water diver) courses and recreational dives in the Tuléar region of Ifaty.

THE ISLAND AUX NATTES - HALF DAY TOUR

This is a full day tour. Take a pirogue or speed boat from Sainte Marie to reach this small Island which is 300m South from the main Island. Unspoiled tropical beaches with fine white sand, coconut and other palm trees scattered along the shore, and a turquoise lagoon protected by coral reefs inhabited by a variety of exotic marine life. You can relax on the white sandy Beach (The best beach is in the Western part of the island); you can even swim and have lunch in the local restaurant. Back to your hotel in the mid-afternoon .

Day 9: Sainte Marie – Tana (1h15 flight)

Free morning at the leisure and then transfer to the airport for your flight to Tana. Meet and then transfer to your hotel in town. (Depending at what time you lands in Tana that you can do a short day tour to visit the capital and its old town).

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

Day 10: Antananarivo

After breakfast, depart for Ambohimanga Kings Palace which is located at 22 km from Tana, it 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 actually a large stone disc 4m in diameter rolled closed every night and open every morning by dozens of men. After the visit, continuation to the Digue market, the place for handcrafts Malagasy that you will be able buy some souvenirs. Transfer to the airport for your international flight

ACCOMMODATION: On Request | LUNCH: Excluded | DINER: Excluded | BREAKFAST: Included
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    Sakamanga Hotel  
2 & 3  Andasibe    Sahatandra  
4   Akanin'ny Nofy    Palmarium hotel  
5  Tamatave    H1 hotel  
6; 7 & 8  Sainte Marie    Maningory hotel  
9  Antananarivo    Sakamanga hotel  
10  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.

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: Take a flight from Tamatave to Sainte Marie or reach 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 ?

Fly 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 60.00 Euro 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.