11 days to the southeast of MadagascarSouthern Explorer

Looking for something very real, very true and very rare?

At Mandrare River Camp, luxury secluded en-suite tents afford intimate access and insight to the spiny forest, home to an abundance of unique wildlife and the fascinating Antandroy tribe. Sparkling blue seas, verdant rainforests and abundant wildlife offer a taste of serenity at Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge, where you’ll spend the last four days of this intimate and up-market safari experience in the south of Madagascar.

Madagascar – 11 days: Explore beautiful southeastern Madagascar in luxury where you’ll be greeted by the various species of Lemur and exotic rain forests. With activities such as canoeing in the mangroves, early morning boat trips for wetland birding, day and night walks in the forest and fishing, you’re guaranteed a great time and a fun, memorable trip.

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Overview:
Private Barefoot Luxury tour to the Southeast of Madagascar – 11 days

Tour Highlights:
– Sacred Forests and tombs of Ifotaka
– Learn about the culture of ancestor worship
– Provides endless opportunities for exploring deserted beaches, scouting for whales, or snorkelling in the crystal clear water viewing corals and tropical ‘aquarium’ fish

 

Price per person – AUD

SeasonTour Price – twin shareDomestic FlightSingle
21 Mar to 20 Jun 2017
21 Nov to 17 Dec 2017
AUD 5,055 – (USD 3,775)AUD 990 – (USD 695)AUD 6,465 – (USD 4,829)
21 Jun to 20 Nov 2017AUD 6,215 – (USD 4,640)AUD 990 – (USD 695)AUD 8,540 – (USD 6,379)

 Number of Days:  11

Note:

  1. Price is valid until 17 December 2017. If travelling after this date please contact us for revised prices.
  2. Departs daily subject to availability
  3. Accommodation may be different from properties listed due to availability but will be of a similar standard.
  4. Minimum of 1 people on tour.
  5. Maximum of 10 people on the tour.

Package Includes:

  • Meals: 7 x Breakfast, 6 x lunch, 6 x dinner
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • All transport
  • Experienced professional Malagasy guide
  • All excursions
  • Park fees and community/environmental levies

Packages Excludes:

  • International and domestic flights and their taxes
  • Any excursions not mentioned in the program
  • All wine and spirits at Manafiafy Lodge
  • Laundry
  • Visas and travel insurance
  • Personal expenses and souvenirs
  • Tips
  • (Please note it may be advisable to book your domestic flights along with your
    international flights for potential cost saving).

Day 1: Arrive Antananarivo
Upon arrival in Antananarivo (Madagascar’s capital), you will be met and welcomed by an English speaking guide, before transferring to your hotel in the city centre.
Accommodation: Pavillion de l’Emyrne, or similar (double room with en-suite bathroom)

Day 2: Antananarivo – Fort Dauphin
After breakfast at your hotel, you will be transferred back to Ivato airport for your two-hour flight to Fort Dauphin, on the south-eastern coast of Madagascar.
Upon arrival you will be met by your guide and will take lunch in Fort Dauphin, before driving west towards Antandroy Spiny Forest. The three-hour journey offers a contrast of landscapes ranging from the rice paddies of the eastern seaboard over the lush tropical plateau to the drier arid region of sisal plantations and “spiny forest”. You will arrive at your luxury tented camp in the late afternoon, allowing you to settle into your accommodation and enjoy the breath-taking views across the Mandrare River. [Breakfast, lunch & dinner]
Accommodation: Mandrare River Camp or similar (Private luxury tents with en-suite bathroom, hot water)

Day 3: Mandrare River Camp – morning and afternoon activities
Enjoy a relaxed breakfast on the banks of the river, before embarking on a trip to the sacred Antandroy forest, crossing the river on foot to observe lemurs and many bird species. You will also be able to see the tombs of the Antandroy ancestors, and your guide will explain in detail about the culture of ancestor worship.
Lunch will be served at your camp, and there will be time to relax before you depart on an afternoon activity, unless you would prefer to rest at camp and enjoy the serenity of the river.
Some of the activity options include a trip to the giant sand dunes of Lake Anony, watching the sun set at the Baobabs, night walks (gallery and spiny forest), watching various species of lemurs and birds, watching traditional dancers, and a visit to the village or local school. [Breakfast, lunch & dinner]
Accommodation: Mandrare River Camp or similar (Private luxury tents with en-suite bathroom, hot water)

Day 4 & 5: Mandrare River Camp – morning and afternoon activities
These two days will be spent enjoying the various activities located at and around your luxury tented accommodation. These will be on suggestion of your guide, tailored to your interests.
Activities from the camp take place in the early mornings and late afternoons and evenings to avoid the heat of the day. There are a number of designated forest areas in close proximity to the camp, where, with permission from and being accompanied by one of the local village chiefs it is possible to explore, together with your guide, this unique and fascinating natural paradise.  [Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily]
Accommodation: Mandrare River Camp or similar (Private luxury tents with en-suite bathroom, hot water)

Day 6: To Manafiafy
After our last breakfast by the river, we transfer by road to Fort Dauphin, arriving in time for a relaxing lunch. We then continue onwards through plantations of mango, citrus, pineapples and bananas to the ocean coast and Manafiafy.
Situated on a beautiful white sandy bay, fringed with forest covered mountains, your lodge offers barefoot luxury with wildlife and water on your doorstep. Enjoy the location of your lodge in the afternoon, as the sunsets over the bay.

• Please note it is possible to fly between Mandrare River Camp and Fort Dauphin, which reduces the long road transfer. The flight requires a minimum of 2 people to operate, takes approximately 30 minutes, requires reservation in advance and costs from EUR 200 per person. Maximum 3 people per plane. [Breakfast, lunch & dinner]
Accommodation: Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge or similar (Private bungalows with en-suite bathroom, sundeck and separate access to the magnificent unspoilt beach)

Day 7-10: Manafiafy – morning and afternoon activities
After breakfast you will embark on your choice of a wide range of wildlife and sporting activities, which are included in your stay.

Some of the options include:
Canoeing in the mangroves, early morning boat trips for wetland birding, day and night walks in the rainforest to see five species of lemur, snorkelling in the bay and nearby cove, whale watching from the 15ft observation tower (June to December). Boat trips to the nearby islands for a secluded picnic lunch, walks along long empty beaches, visits to the local village and school.
Optional activities, payable locally at the lodge include: massage treatments, whale watching boat trips (June to December), deep sea fishing trips.

Forest walks are the main reason for visiting this part of the island and those accessible from Manafiafy are “Littoral” rain forests – shady dense vegetation with a high degree of humidity and home to several Lemurs (collared brown, woolly, brown mouse, dwarf and sportive) as well as reptiles, spiders, birds, insects and orchids. Walks can be done at any time of the day and early evening, and are always accompanied by a Manafiafy guide.

The rocks, islands and bays surrounding Manafiafy provide endless opportunities for exploring and within a short boat ride it is possible to find deserted beaches, scout for whales, or snorkel in the crystal clear water viewing corals and tropical ‘aquarium’ fish. There is always something to do at Manafiafy and each excursion provides its own reward of new experiences – most of them unique to the island of Madagascar. [Breakfast, lunch & diner daily]
Accommodation: Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge or similar (Private bungalows with en-suite bathroom, sundeck and separate access to the magnificent unspoilt beach)

Day 11: Return to Antananarivo (via Fort Dauphin)
You will drive back to Fort Dauphin and continue to the airport for your scheduled flight to Antananarivo, where you will connect with your departure flight. [Breakfast]

The accommodation on this tour has been selected for its barefoot luxury offering, quite unique to Madagascar. Accommodation is situated near to or inside National Parks, on the banks of a river, or in other places of interest. The accommodation will be a mix of lodges, chalets and tented camps. Most properties are equipped with swimming pools, restaurants and bar areas.

Day 1: Pavillon de l’Emyrne or similar
Day 2-5: Mandrare River Camp or similar
Day 6-10: Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge or similar

Group size: Minimum 1 person, Maximum 10 people


Vehicle: In Antananarivo we use an air-conditioned vehicle, and for the rest of the tour, we use 4×4 vehicles.


Spending money: Clients are advised to bring enough money for any additional drinks or activities not included in the itinerary. Madagascar’s currency is the Ariary. Euros are the most practical and convenient currency to exchange into Ariary at the Airport. International credit cards and travellers cheques are very seldom accepted.


First Aid: Our guides are trained in basic first aid and the camps are equipped with a medical aid kit. Preventative Malaria medication should be taken before the trip and throughout its duration, although it is advisable to consult a doctor prior to departure.


Luggage: Maximum baggage allowance on the plane will be 20 kg. Please bring a backpack or soft barrel bag, not a suitcase. Don’t bring too much clothing, as there are washing opportunities along the way. Please adhere to the allowance specified as space for luggage is limited.


Insurance: It is compulsory for all travellers to have insurance covering their personal requirements, medical expenses (including emergency medical evacuation cover) and personal possessions. This is to be arranged before leaving your home country.


Packing:

  • Shorts
  • Track suit
  • Solid Walking shoes
  • Lightweight trousers/jeans
  • Swimming costume
  • Sandals
  • T-shirts
  • Sun hat
  • Windbreaker
  • Warm clothes
  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • Camera
  • Torch & spare batteries
  • Water bottle
  • Sunglasses
  • UV protection
  • Mosquito protection
  • Snorkelling equipment is provided at Manafiafy, but you may bring your own if you wish.

Visas: A visa is required to enter the territory of Madagascar and can easily be obtained upon arrival at the airport of Antananarivo with a validity of up to 90 days. Tourists staying for less than one month, can purchase a visa for 80’000 Ariary (around 23-27 €). Paying with the exact amounts or small currency is advised. No photographs are required, however please ensure that passports are valid for at least 6 months after return date. In addition to the entry visa, the Malagasy government is proposing the introduction of a frontier levy of 10 € in the near future, still to be confirmed and variable at short notice.


Gratuities: If you feel you have been looked after well by your crew or guides, and you wish to show your appreciation for their services, a monetary tip is very welcomed by those in Madagascar. Here follows some suggested guidelines:

  • Around EUR 4 per person, per day (10,000 Ariary) for a guide or a guide/driver.
  • Around EUR 2 (5,000 Ariary) for a park guide, depending on your satisfaction.
  • Around 5% of the bill at a restaurant
  • 200 Ariary per bag for a porter.
  • As Euro coins cannot be changed into local money in Madagascar, it is advisable to tip in Ariary.

We would ask that you please reserve your generosity for tipping for services only, and not providing free hand-outs to children or adults, as this encourages begging.

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