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Departures: 3rd Friday of Every Month

RAINFOREST, WILDLIFE, PLANTS, LIFE STYLES, AND BEACHES –
EVENTUALLY HUMPACK WHALES SAFARI FROM JUNE TO OCTOBER
.

This tour will take you to the evergreen rainforest in eastern
Madagascar, which goes through the famous national park of Andasibe. The three reserves in Périnet Analamazaotra, Mantandia and Maromizaha are home for the largest of all lemurs.

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RAINFOREST, WILDLIFE, PLANTS, LIFE STYLES, AND BEACHES –
EVENTUALLY HUMPACK WHALES SAFARI FROM JUNE TO OCTOBER
.

This tour will take you to the evergreen rainforest in eastern
Madagascar, which goes through the famous national park of Andasibe. The three reserves in Périnet Analamazaotra, Mantandia and Maromizaha are home for the largest of all lemurs. They also shelter many species of birds, frogs and chameleons as well as rare and endemic plants. You will also voyage to perfumed fields of cloves, cocoa and vanilla in the wetland of the Pangalanes channel where the wildlife is also easy to
observe. Your stay in Sainte Marie Island/Iles Aux Nattes with its greenery and idyllic beaches will be unforgettable.

 

Day 1  Antananarivo
Arrival in Antananarivo. Depending on the flight arrival, you might be able to leave straight to Andasibe otherwise, the next day.
  Transfer to hotel.

Day 2  Antananarivo - Andasibe National park (3 hours)

   Drive eastwards to Andasibe.
   En route, visit a butterfly and reptile farm in Mandraka.
Upon arrival in Andasibe, you will have an easy walks inside a reserve of Indri, managed by the local community.
   In the evening, short night walks to spot nocturnal animals.
   Overnight at lodge. (B)
 
Day  3         Perinet (Andasibe National Park)
Drive northwards to the gate of Mantadia reserve (part of Périnet).
You will have easy hike inside the park to spot animals and plants.
After a leisurely lunch at the hotel, you will drive southwards to visit Analamazoatra Reserve (another part of Périnet) otherwise, you will be able to visit the small private reserve and relax at the hotel.
Overnight at lodge (B)

Day 4  Andasibe - Manambato - Mpangalanes channel
 You will continue to eastwards throughout the mountains and luxuriant vegetation. From the Lac Rasoabe , you will have a short  boat transfer to Palmarium.
The rest of the day at leisure and you can enjoy the natural garden surrounding your lodge.
Overnight at lodge. (B)

Day 5  Palmarium Reserve
You will visit this private reserve owned by a naturalist. Several species of lemurs can be easily spotted here.
Overnight at lodge. (B)
  
Day 6  Mpangalanes – Toamasina (4 hours)
After a leisurely morning, you will have a boat transfer throughout the green channel of the Mpangalanes to the fluvial port of Toamasina, the main port of Madagascar . This is an opportunity to observe the life style of the Betsimisaraka tribe alongside the river.
 Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at hotel.

Day 7  Toamasina - Sainte Marie (40 mn)
You will be transferred to the airport. Fly to Sainte Marie in the morning.
   Rest of the day at leisure on the beach.
                                      Overnight at hotel. (B)

Day 8   Sainte Marie Island

 At leisure in Sainte Marie
You will be able to visit Sainte Marie alongside on Quad or bicycles.
 Overnight at hotel. (B)

Day 9   Sainte Marie Island
   At leisure in Sainte Marie
   Overnight at hotel. (B)

Day 10  Sainte Marie Island – Antananarivo
   Transfer to the airport and take the flight to Antananarivo.
 Upon arrival, city tour and visit of historical sites.
Depending on your international connecting flight, you will be transfer to the airport and you will have a day-use of a hotel before taking your flight.
Transfer to the airport and fly homewards

Euros 2,699 per person sharing



While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travelling can be unpredictable. The Trip itinerary  is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered.
Please note , any travel times listed are approximate only and subject to local circumstances.


a) As when you book this trip, you are doing so on an individual basis, and there may or may not be other passengers booked on the exact same day as you. Locally, you may have the option to be pooled with other passengers who have  booked through Africa Escapades.

b) Irrespective of the option you choose , travelling can be difficult, as long drives and poor road conditions are the rule as opposed to the exception in Africa. A safari is about travelling to see animals, so we cover long distances crossing the country to visit different game parks. Once there, we spend the majority of the time viewing game while driving in the parks. This translates to a lot of driving.  All said though, and despite this, the diversity and scenery of the African landscape, the local culture and abundant wildlife are all well worth the experience.

c) PASSPORT AND VISA:
A valid passport is mandatory. All foreign visitors to the Republic of Madagascar require entry visas. Visas are issued for stays of up to 90 days and are valid for six months from date of issue.


d) ENTRY & EXIT REQUIREMENTS:
A passport valid for six months beyond the date of entry, visa and evidence of yellow fever vaccination (if coming from an infected area) are required.


e) HEALTH:
Yellow fever vaccination certificate & cholera vaccination certificate are required if you are arriving from or have transited an area considered infected by the Malagasy authorities. Malaria Prophylaxis is recommended as is a vaccination for typhoid, polio and Hepatitis A. It is not recommended to drink tap water. Boil it or buy bottled water from the shops. It is strongly advised that visitors to the country take full health insurance. Availability of health care is very restricted and where available, the services are in high demand and can be expensive. Bring any special medication you may need. For your own comfort take a mosquito repellent. Bilharzia is present in some of the lakes, and swimming is not recommended except in designated areas.


f) WEATHER:

Tropical/subtropical climate with two seasons: Hot and rainy from November to April, cooler and dry from May to October. The south and west regions are hot and dry. The mountains, including Antananarivo, are warm and thundery from November to April and dry, cool and windy the rest of the year. Monsoons bring storms and cyclones to the east and north from December to March.
Lightweight clothing is worn during the summer on the high central plateau and throughout the year in the north and south. Warmer clothes are recommended during the evenings and winter in mountainous areas. Rainwear is advisable.

v Accommodation and meals as per the itinerary.
v All transfers.
v Visit and excursions mentioned in the programme.
v Entrance fees and local guides for Parks.
v Domestic  flights where applicable in the itinerary

v International flight.
v Meals not mentioned.
v Visa cost, Insurances, Drinks, tips and any personal expenses.

 

• All prices are in Euros. 

• The Program quotations are done at the currency exchange rate of USD 1.36 per 01Euros. Should the currency exchange rate fluctuate in the course of the year, we reserve the right to revise the rates accordingly.

• All the scheduled regular road safaris are guaranteed for a minimum of 02 pax. To accord each traveller a window seat, each minibus carries a maximum of 07 passengers. Since our company policy is not to split couples the maximum occupancy that is normally found during a safari is 06 passengers per vehicle.

• For our regular road safaris, English-speaking driver/guide will be provided, knowledgeable in the flora and fauna of the country. If advised upon booking on the language preference for your clients/travellers, we will endeavour, if/where possible, to allocate a driver/guide who can communicate in the preferred language.

• Airport, city and/or town-to-town transfers will be provided in minibus or COACH bus.  Window-seat is NOT guaranteed in Coach bus.


• When a programme runs across two seasons, the applicable rates will be subject to an increase or reduction, as applies, based on the cost differences between the two seasons.  For example, taking a 07 night safari with 05 nights in the Low Season (at the cost of Euros 560 per person) and 02 nights in the High Season (Euros 700 per person), 700- 560 = 140. 140/7=20. 20 x2 = 40. The cost for the safari would be Euros 560 + Euros 40 = Euros 600 per person.

• The children’s tariff of 50% of the adults’ rate applies to children below the age of 12 years, sharing a room with 02 adults (unless where otherwise indicated).

• At the Hotels/Lodge/Camps, Christmas & New Year Supplements are GENERALLY applicable from Dec 15th  to January 8th , inclusive. Easter Supplements are also GENERALLY applicable from Good Friday to a DAY AFTER Easter Monday, inclusive. These supplements are available on a separate list or on request/will be advised upon booking.

• The following services are not included: visas fees, airport taxes for international departures, gratuities and tips, laundry, drinks (apart from treated drinking water available in some rooms) and any other item not specified in the itinerary.

• When an itinerary includes a night in Antananarivo, this overnight can be taken either on the first day or on the last day of the safari, whichever is more suitable to the clients’ flight schedules.

• In respect to Antananarivo Accommodation supplements offered for additional nights on specific programs, these are strictly applicable only to the program in question.  For other bookings for these Hotels (not within the program) our normal tariff rates will apply.  This is due to the fact that Hotel chain discounts have been taken into account when issuing rates of these additional nights on programmes. 

• All scheduled regular roads Hotel safaris can, on private basis, be operated on any day of the week; costs for private safaris are indicated separately. Private safaris do not include the services of a multilingual guide, which would be charged as a supplement.



• Small aircrafts (those used on domestic flights) in Madagascar have a maximum baggage allowance of 15Kg per person (in soft bags, not hard cases).  Excess buggage charges apply for extra luggage and at times, clients might be forced to leave excess baggage due to limited space on the type of aircraft utilised. If the client is aware of having a lot of luggage, it may be advisable to book and pay for extra free seat(s), each of which will increase the buggage allowance by an average persons’ body weight, above the normal allowance.

• In all the tour programmes where the game drives/air strip transfers are provided by a Lodge/Camp, this service is undertaken on a non- exclusive, per seat-in-car  basis, usually in a 4x4 vehicle driven by an English speaking driver-guide.

• Hotels, Lodges and Tented Camps only guarantee use of rooms after 12.00 hrs (PM) on the day of arrival. Prior to this time, room occupancy is subject to availability (unless the room has specifically been booked and paid for from the preceding night).

• Use of room is limited up to 10.00 hrs (AM) in all Hotels, Lodges and Tented Camps, unless prior arrangements are made with the reception for a day room or for an extension of check-out timings. Day Rooms (upto 1800 hrs) in the City & Beach Hotels can be reserved at about 75% of the Hotel’s per night cost.


• The timings for our game drives in the National Parks and Reserves are dependant on the hours of light, and are designed to be as enjoyable as possible. We offer either an extended game drive between 07.30 hrs and 12.00 hrs or two shorter game drives: between 06.30 hrs and 08.45hrs and from 10.00 hrs to 12.30 hrs, in addition to an afternoon game drive for either option.  The afternoon game drive is normally from 16.00hrs to 18.00hrs.

• Conditions of services as per the standard AFRICA ESCAPADES LTD. contract, featured in full at the end of this document.

 

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Voyage en Saite Marie

Voyage en Saite Marie

Departures: 3rd Friday of Every Month

RAINFOREST, WILDLIFE, PLANTS, LIFE STYLES, AND BEACHES –
EVENTUALLY HUMPACK WHALES SAFARI FROM JUNE TO OCTOBER
.

This tour will take you to the evergreen rainforest in eastern
Madagascar, which goes through the famous national park of Andasibe. The three reserves in Périnet Analamazaotra, Mantandia and Maromizaha are home for the largest of all lemurs.

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