A great 8-day Safari to the lesser-travelled Eastern Section of Madagascar. Discover the forests and wildlife of this region and the deserted white sand beaches.
Starting off with a visit to Andasibe National Park and its rare wildlife including its endemic lemurs. We then head in an eastern direction to the private Park of Le Palmarium for some more unique fauna and flora.
We then head by boat across the Pangalanes Channel to the island of St Marie where we put our feet up and relax for a few days or take part in watersports or walks on the island. Our fascinating Eastern Madagascar Tour ends with a return journey to Antananarivo.
You will be met at the airport in Antananarivo and transferred directly to Andasibe through a landscape of rice paddies, waterfalls and remote forest stations.
Along the 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 take a night walk in the park where we may see some nocturnal species of lemurs.
After breakfast, we visit Andasibe to see Indri lemurs, the largest of the lemur species, as well as brown lemurs, bamboo lemurs, various birds, colourful chameleons and other exotic fauna and flora the reserve 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 visit the private Palmarium Park, also known as Akanin'ny Nofy.
Located the east coast of Madagascar, this 50-hectare park lies along the Ampitabe lake and the Indian Ocean, in the Pangalanes Channel. Here, we see more of the endemic flora and fauna of Madagascar, such as rare palm trees and plants like orchids and mahoganies, as well as reptiles and the 10 different species of lemurs living in its trees.
This afternoon we take a boat transfer to Tamatave in the Pangalanes Channel.
You will be collected at the port and transferred to your hotel in Tamatave, the major city on the east coast and the country's largest port. It is a pleasant place with long, wide avenues lined with flamboyants and palm trees, a seaside promenade and a good selection of restaurants.
On day four of the Eastern Madagascar Tour, 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 island paradise, Sainte Marie - the 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 (own expense) of your choice.
Embark on a boat trip 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 features numerous walking tracks for exploring on foot. Enjoy the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean while snorkelling 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 picked up at the airport and transferred to your hotel in the city.
Antananarivo is the picturesque capital of Madagascar. With its bustling markets, friendly people and ancient town on a hill with freestone churches and ancient royal places, it is unique among the world's other capitals.
You can wander through the capital's steep and narrow streets, taking in its architecture, atmosphere and pace.
Or you can 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 onward flight, bringing this unforgettable Eastern Madagascar Tour to an end.
We hope to welcome you to Madagascar again!
Accommodation on this Eastern Madagascar Tour is in basic, yet clean and comfortable mid-range Hotels. The Madagascar tourism industry is relatively young, therefore accommodation is sometimes limited. Similar accommodation establishments of the same standards are used depending on availability.
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