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Madagascar Barefoot Luxury Southern Explorer

Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,475

Discover unique Madagascar on this up close and personal camping adventure.


This 11-day round trip from Antananarivo lets you explore the island everyone’s heard of, but few visit or understand. Camp and kayak your way through Madagascar and discover a lot more than its famous lemurs.

While you’ll fly into Antananarivo, your real journey starts in Fort Dauphin on the island’s south coast. Explore Sainte-Luce Reserve with a full day of kayaking to Evatra. The mountainous terrain contains many surprises including mangrove forests and natural pools. Overnight in a part of the bush far from the pressures of civilization, but surrounded by birds, sea turtles and others. With daily walks and kayaking trips through the forest, you’ll encounter many of these creatures along with different varieties of lemur.

Spend 3 nights relaxing at Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge. A welcome barbeque and 30 minute massage await to congratulate you on roughing it through the forest. Then enjoy the comforts and activities of your lodge, whether it’s more kayaking, boat trips, nature walks, whale watching, snorkeling or interactions with the locals.

Return to Fort Dauphin for your return flight to Antananarivo.


 

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Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,475

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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
Duration4 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.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Mandrare River Camp

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.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Days
Day 5

Day at Leisure

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

Day 6

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
Duration5 Nights
Accommodation

Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge

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    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 7

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
Duration3 Days
Day 8

Day at Leisure

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

Day 9

Day at Leisure

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

Day 10

Day at Leisure

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

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.

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DEPARTURES:

2016: Daily

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 10 nights accommodation as indicated, 3 nights bush camping and kayaking
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Professional Malagasy guide
  • All excursions as indicated
  • Some soft drinks and beers
  • Internal flights Antananarivo – Fort Dauphin – Antananarivo
  • Park fees and levies

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare and airfare taxes unless specifically indicated
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

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.

Subject to minimum of 4 passengers.  Internal flights included Antananarivo – Fort Dauphin – Antananarivo are subject to change and fare increase.  Price to be confirmed at time of booking. 

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