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 hotel set in the highest part of the city.
Spend the remainder of the day and the evening relaxing at the hotel and exploring Madagascar’s capital city. We stay at a boutique style hotel with 45 elegant rooms decorated in sophisticated style with colonial charm. There is a top class restaurant serving Mediterranean style food as well as local classics. The sky bar terrace is a popular meeting place in the evening.
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 southeastern coast of Madagascar. Arriving in the charming town of Fort Dauphin, we transfer to Manafiafy Beach, our base for the next few days. 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.
Settle in, take a dip in the pool and unwind at the hotel overlooking the bay.
Today you are free to participate in an array of 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 to bird watching boat trips into the wetlands early in the morning.
As mentioned a top favourite nature activity here is walking in the verdant rainforests, on 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.
Today we take a speedboat across the bay to Dehaulme Forest located on a 10-mile beach. We take a walk into the forest to see the lemurs, reptiles and birds who habituate the rainforest, before taking a stroll, for approximately 1,5 hours, along the beach keeping an eye out for humpback whales (in season). Arriving at our destination there is time to relax in the shady forest, or to take a cooling dip whilst our beach barbecue is being prepared. After lunch we continue along the beach, through the forest, reaching the lakes and rivers of the reserve where we board our kayaks for our paddle to our camp.
In the late afternoon, we take a walk to see the local fruit bats and wander back through the forest to our camp where we are bush camping tonight. We having a relaxing evening enjoying dinner and then gathering around the campfire re-living our memorable day.
After breakfast on Day 5, we board our kayaks for a leisurely paddle back through the waterways and mangroves to Manafiafy and our lodge. Arriving in time for lunch, we spend the rest of the day and tomorrow relaxing at the lodge or on the beach and enjoying the activities available at the lodge.
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).
Today we transfer you to the international airport for your onward flight, bringing our Madagascar Luxury Kayaking Adventure to a close.
The sleepy fishing village of Manafiafy lies some 40km's from Fort Dauphin on an 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.
This tour does take children.
Please note that children under the age of 12 years will be accommodated on a case by case basis only.
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