Explore unique Madagascar by kayak, taking in the mind-blowing scenery and unwinding on idyllic beaches along the way. The ideal mix of R&R and adventure!
This Madagascar Luxury Kayaking Adventure combines comfortable lodge accommodation and remote bush camping in true style.
Experience pristine river, wetlands and coast while kayaking through the scenic Sainte Luce Reserve. Hike in rainforests to discover lemurs, birds and other exotic creatures. Stroll on deserted beaches, watch whales in season and go snorkelling in crystal clear waters at Manafiafy.
Tuck into tasty meals prepared by French-trained chefs while you enjoy an array of nature activities and barefoot luxury camping in southeastern Madagascar.
Arriving in Antananarivo our English speaking guide welcomes you to Madagascar and takes you to the nearby guesthouse in old town.
Spend the remainder of the day and the evening relaxing at the guest house, set in the city center, and exploring Madagascar’s capital city. We stay at a small guest house with only twelve rooms and a leafy garden set in the heart of Antananarivo's old town. The guest house was originally built in the 1930's as a private residence and retains its historic charm and character.
Day two starts with breakfast at the hotel before transferring to the Ivato airport for your flight to Fort Dauphin. This flight is about two hours long and takes you to the south eastern coast of Madagascar. Arriving in the charming town of Fort Dauphin, we transfer to our next overnight hotel, stopping at a restaurant near the beach for lunch.
Settle in, take a dip in the pool and unwind at the hotel overlooking the bay of Fort Dauphin. The hotel, located a short walk from the local markets and restaurants, features its own patisserie, a restaurant and bar area with WiFi Internet, as well as a small spa with a sauna.
Today we get up early for breakfast at the hotel, before embarking on our kayaking adventure.
We make our way to nearby Sainte Luce Reserve, a protected forest area that runs along the coast with its beautiful tropical beaches. The reserve hosts the most species rich and unspoiled areas of littoral forest found in southeastern Madagascar. These primary forests of Sainte Luce are home to a variety of lemur species, chameleons and sweet water crocodiles.
Here we explore the watery mangroves and tranquil lakes by kayak, admiring in the breathtaking scenery. On our first day of paddling we kayak to Evatra lagoon, a trip that takes about four hours along the coastline and through dense forest. We stop on the banks of the waterways to have a picnic lunch and take a walk to Lokaro bay from there. Along the way we enjoy a dip in a delightful natural pool tucked away in the hills. This scenic walk along the coast lasts for about two and a half hours and brings us to Lokaro beach, a palm fringed shore of the picturesque lagoon. Lakora beach is ideal for swimming and snorkelling, with the waters hosting the only noteworthy corals found in southeast Madagascar.
We spend the night bush camping at remote Lokaro, a veritable paradise of pretty beaches, rocky isles and turquoise waters. Enjoy a spectacular sunset over Lokaro Bay soaking up this idyllic natural setting from our camp, set amid rolling green hills.
On day four we wake up to the beautiful Lokaro Bay and have breakfast. Then we continue north into the mangroves and pristine littoral forests.
At 9:30am we set off on our two-hour paddle on the river that runs along the protected area of forests, wetlands and long stretches of fine white-sand beaches. Along the way we stop and walk to a secluded beach, some 20 minutes away on foot. We have lunch in this paradisiacal beach locale and kick-back for a while.
At 3:00pm we continue to Belaveno in our kayaks, a paddle that takes about two hours.
We set off at 8:30am this morning in our kayaks, immersing ourselves in unspoiled nature.
Our two and a half hour paddle on the river takes us through more picturesque scenery with coastal forests and wetlands all around us. We break for lunch and a rest, kayaking on in the afternoon for another two hours. This paddle is a great way to slow down and get in touch with nature, tuning into the sounds and finer details of this living environment.
Later in the afternoon we arrive at a large lake where our next overnight camp is set up. Wander in the forest to see the fruit bats, before your night walk to spot mouse, dwarf and woolly lemurs in the forest.
On our final day of kayaking we paddle for two and a half hours along the river, reaching Manafiafy Beach and our remote overnight lodge before noon.
This superb eco-lodge is located on a sheltered private bay, boasting a blissful white sand beach flanked by forested mountains. The intimate and highly-rated lodge is set right on the beach offering stunning ocean and beach views.
We are met by a laid-back beach barbecue and treated to a well-deserved complimentary back massage to soothe tired bodies after our kayaking adventure. At Manafiafy Beach you enjoy a truly barefoot luxury experience. This afternoon you are free to lie back and soak up the splendour of this gorgeous setting where wildlife and water meet. End your leisurely day off with a calming sundowner as the sun sets over the bay.
For the next few days you are free to participate in an array of unique outdoor and nature activities as part of your trip. Manafiafy is best known for its forest walking trails, of which there are many, but this is by no means the only thing to do here.
Included activity choices range from kayaking in the mangroves (in case you haven't had your fill of kayaking), to bird watching boat trips into the wetlands early in the mornings.
As mentioned a top favourite nature activity here is walking in the verdant rainforests, as either daytime or evening walks with a local Manafiafy guide. These walking trips take you into the dense vegetation of the shaded tree canopies in search of the five species of lemurs found here, along with birds, frogs, reptiles, spiders, insects and exotic orchids. Lemurs are the most iconic animals of Madagascar, with the species here being collared brown, wooly, brown mouse, dwarf and sportive lemurs.
Another recommended activity is snorkelling in the crystal clear waters of the nearby cove, bay and islands to spot the colourful tropical fish and corals. You can also enjoy whale watching from the 15 foot tall observation tower in season (June to December) and take boat trips to the islands for secluded picnic lunches. Alternatively, stroll along the deserted beaches, tuck into fresh seafood and fish, and visit the nearby fishing villages to meet the locals, go to markets and see how the friendly Malagasy live.
There are also optional activities that are not included in the tour price (paid for at the lodge), such as deep sea fishing trips, massage treatments and whale watching boat trips in season (June to December).
Day ten sees us returning to Fort Dauphin to catch a flight back to Antananarivo.
Our English speaking guide is there to welcome you at the airport in Antananarivo and transfer you to the centrally located hotel. Tonight we get together for a farewell dinner to mark our last night in Madagascar, and celebrate the friends and memories made on our adventure.
Today we transfer you to the international airport for your onward flight, bringing our Madagascar Luxury Kayaking Adventure to a close.
The St Luce Reserve is located on a peninsula separated from the mainland by river mouths, making it an island-like geographic feature.
The reserve was established to conserve the coastal forests here, as these are the only littoral forests remaining in southeast Madagascar, as well as being one of the most critically endangered coastal forests in the entire country.
The Indian Ocean and unspoilt beaches form a natural boundary on the eastern side of the reserve, and meandering freshwater rivers define the edge of the reserve to the west. The St Luce Reserve forms part of a larger protected area, and is bounded by protected forests to both the north and south. Thus surrounded by ocean, rivers and more forests, the St Luce Reserve is a nature-lover's delight, free of towns and human development. The Lokaro area of St Luce is a scenic mix of unspoilt littoral forests, flowing streams, rolling green hills, winding waterways, natural pools and palm-fringed lakes.
This nature reserve incorporates a diversity of natural habitats, including freshwater and marine ecosystems, grasslands, coastal forests, mangroves and wetlands. These habitats serve as a haven for various lemurs, birds, reptiles, mammals, sea turtles and even crocodiles.
The sleepy fishing village of Manafiafy lies some 40km's from Fort Dauphin on a exceptionally good-looking peninsula. The locals are friendly and the culture lively and colourful with fresh fish markets where you can buy the catch of the day as it comes out of the water. Manafiafy Forest is home to one of Madagascar's most critically endangered micro-habitats, consisting of palms, bird species and the rare brown collared lemur.
This is a place of wild, natural beauty - one of Madagascar's best kept secrets!
Rocky shores and white sand beaches make up the idyllic bays of Manafiafy, where whales can be spotted in season. Manafiafy is a hikers paradise, with walking trails that explore the dense rainforests, inhabited by lemurs, birds and a host of exotic flora and fauna. Short boat rides from Manafiafy lie islands with deserted beaches which offer excellent snorkelling opportunities, as do the coves and bays at Manafiafy itself.
The wild south coast of Manafiafy offers plenty of rewarding activities and endless opportunities for exploring this unique gem of Madagascar.
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