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Barefoot Luxury Southern Explorer

Duration
8-11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,155

Complete immersion in the unique wilderness of Madagascar.


This 8-day round trip from Antananarivo lets you explore the island everyone’s heard of, but relatively few visit or understand. Stay at luxury tented camps while discovering the charms of Madagascar.

While you’ll fly into Antananarivo, your real journey starts in Fort Dauphin on the island’s south coast. From the tropics to the desert, pass through a wide variety of landscapes on your way to luxury tented accommodation overlooking the Mandrare River. You’ll learn about the local culture and traditions en route (indigenous religion is alive and well in Madagascar), then choose from a range of activities depending on your interests, whether it’s bird or lemur watching, or enjoying a local cultural performance.

Spend 3 nights relaxing at Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge. Enjoy the comforts and activities of this luxury barefoot lodge, which may include a boat trips, nature walk, whale watching, snorkeling or interactions with the locals.

Return to Fort Dauphin for your return flight to Antananarivo.


 

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Duration
8-11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,155

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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.

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Pavillion de l'Emyrne

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    Pavillion de l'Emyrne



    Boasting a beautiful view of the royal hill and plains, the hotel is located in the heart of the old city. The Pavilion Emyrne fully reflects the soul of its owner, who has put all his heart and energy in the restoration and management of ...

    Boasting a beautiful view of the royal hill and plains, the hotel is located in the heart of the old city. The Pavilion Emyrne fully reflects the soul of its owner, who has put all his heart and energy in the restoration and management of this property. This traditional building dates back to the 1930's. Make your stay memorable - Enjoy a haven of peace in the city center.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Library
    • Massage Treatments
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Sauna

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Day 2

Antananarivo to 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.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Mandrare River Camp

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    Mandrare River Camp



    On the banks of the Mandrare River, this camp is nestled under the shade of tamarind trees which is the lifeblood of the region. Home to an abundance of unique wildlife and the fascinating Antandroy tribe.

    On the banks of the Mandrare River, this camp is nestled under the shade of tamarind trees which is the lifeblood of the region. Home to an abundance of unique wildlife and the fascinating Antandroy tribe.

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Day 3

Mandrare River Camp

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.

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Day 4

Mandrare River Camp

Today 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.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

To Manafiafy

After your last breakfast by the river, transfer by road to Fort Dauphin, arriving in time for a relaxing lunch. 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 sun sets over the bay.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration3 Nights
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Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge

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  • Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge



    Nestled in a forest fringed cove, a truly tranquil setting with azure blue seas, lush forests and distant mountains.

    Nestled in a forest fringed cove, a truly tranquil setting with azure blue seas, lush forests and distant mountains.

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Day 6

Manafiafy

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 see 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.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Days
Day 7

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 8

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.

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DEPARTURES:

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 1 night in Antananarivo on a bed and breakfast basis
  • 3 nights at Mandrare River Camp on an all-inclusive basis (activities, meals and international drinks)
  • 3 nights at Manafiafy Lodge inclusive of activities, meals and local soft drinks and beers
  • All required transport in an air-conditioned vehicle in Antananarivo
  • 4x4 vehicles in all other locations
  • The services of an experienced professional Malagasy guide
  • All excursions
  • Park fees and community/environmental levies.

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not specifically mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

OTHER INFORMATION:

Although luxury is used in the name of this tour, note that the accommodations used are the best in the areas featured in Madagascar and unique in their style. The infrastructure at this time does not allow for luxury properties as per the normal expectation.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

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