Madagascar Suggested Itineraries
 
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This 11-day Madagascar Barefoot Luxury Kayak Adventure allows you to paddle and explore the secret spots of Madagascar’s south east archipelago. Kayak among the lush mangroves and secluded open lakes of the St Luce Nature Reserve which runs parallel to the beautiful and tropical beaches found in this region.

 
While kayaking among the beauty and the mangroves you will be able to take pleasure in wild lemur sightings, beautiful bird viewings as well as some unique flora along the way! This barefoot luxury adventure tour is great for couples, families and friends…
Kayaking at sunset in Madagascar
 
Some of the undeniable highlights of this exciting tour include; kayaking in the lush mangroves in the south-eastern part of Madagascar, early morning boat trips for wetland birding, day and night walks in the tropical rainforest to see five species of lemur in the wild, snorkelling in the bay and nearby cove, whale watching from a 15 foot observation tower (June to December), boat trips to untouched islands for picnics and walks, local village visits and interactions… and much more!

Group Size: Minimum 4 people, Maximum 12 people.

Highlights:
Camping in absolute style with French-trained chefs catering all meals in St Luce and at Manafiafy, kayaking on the pristine river through the St Luce Reserve, wildlife viewing, birdwatching, enjoying the beach at Manafiafy, walks in the rainforest, exploring deserted beaches, whale viewing (June - December) and snorkeling.

Indicative rates (subject to change due to exchange rate fluctuations):

Rates do not include international flights plus Madagascar internal flights Antananarivo – Fort Dauphin – Antananarivo from: approximately USD 700

Departs on selected dates between March and December.

**Please note there are no trips from mid-September to 19 November. Private departures can be arranged on request**

* Please note that the minimum scheduled tour group size is 4 clients in 2016 and the rates for 4-6 clients will therefore apply. Should your chosen departure have more than 6 clients booked, the 7+ clients price will apply. Should we confirm your departure with less than 4 clients, the 2-3 client rate applies. You will be informed at the latest 30 days before travel how many clients are traveling on your departure. We operate private kayak adventures with a minimum of 6 clients. Private groups with less than 6 travelers are on request only.
 
From: US$2815 per person sharing
 
Please note: itinerary subject to change.

Included in the price:
Kayaking in Madagascar - beach2 Nights in Antananarivo at Pavillon de l’Emyrne on a bed and breakfast basis, 1 night in Fort Dauphin at the Kaleta Hotel, 3 nights bush camping and kayaking through the St. Luce Reserve an all-inclusive basis (activity, meals, soft drinks, beers, dome tents, stretcher beds, extra mattresses, lighting, bush showers & toilets), 4 nights at Manafiafy Lodge inclusive of activities, meals, local soft drinks and beers; All required transport in an air-conditioned vehicle in Antananarivo, and in 4x4 vehicles in all other locations; The services of an experienced professional Malagasy guide, all excursions, park fees and community or environmental levies. All kayaks, personal buoyancy aids and paddles are provided.

Not included in the price:
International and domestic flights (Antananarivo – Fort Dauphin) and their taxes, Any excursions not mentioned in the program, all wine and spirits, laundry, visas and travel insurance, personal expenses and souvenirs.

B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner

Itinerary:
Day 1: Arrival in 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) [D]

The Pavillion de L’Emyrne has just twelve rooms and is situated in the heart of the old town of Antananarivo. It was originally built as a private residence in the 1930s and is a delightful city guest house with its own garden. Rooms are air-conditioned and have satellite television.

Antananarivo
Antananarivo, better known in the short version Tana, is the bustling capital of Madagascar with about 2,000,000 inhabitants. Situated in the high plateau, the city was founded in 1610 by a Malagasy King. To protect the newly gained territory he left 1000 men behind and that’s how Antananarivo got its name (town of 1000). It has developed to a quite interesting city with a lot of contrasts.

Thus that Tana habits the country’s major international airport, most visitors will find themselves at least passing through the city. But you should spend some days here and explore the city, visit the market places and Roya. Roya is a palace and one of the main features of Tana. It is built on the highest hill and can be seen from for tens of kilometers in any direction.

Day 2: Antananarivo – Fort Dauphin
After breakfast at your hotel, you will be transferred back to Ivato airport for your two hour scheduled flight to Fort Dauphin, on the south eastern coast of Madagascar.

Upon arrival in Fort Dauphin, transfer by road with lunch at a beach restaurant, then settle into your hotel to spend the remaining day at leisure.

Accommodation: Kaleta Hotel or similar (Rooms with en-suite bathroom, swimming pool, restaurant and bar) [BLD]

Fort Dauphin
This typically laid-back Malagasy town is beautifully set on a small peninsula flanked by sweeping golden beaches and backed by high mountains with green hills, blue seas, fine beaches and a myriad of surrounding attractions, making it a popular destination. The port is hardly used and rusting old shipwrecks can be seen in the vicinity. Fort Dauphin is "the lobster capital" of Madagascar and the town boasts excellent restaurants specializing in seafood.

Day 3: St Luce Reserve
Kayaks on the beachEnjoy an early breakfast before we set off on an adventure! Sainte Luce Reserve offers us an experience of the spectacular beauty of south east Madagascar. Your first day of kayaking will be for 4 hours to Evatra, with lunch on the banks of the mangroves and a delightful walk to Lokaro (2,5 hours). Experience beautiful coastal scenery and a gorgeous natural swimming pool nestled in the mountainous coastline.

St Luce Reserve is situated on an island-like peninsula, cut off from the mainland by river mouths to the north and south. The reserve has been established to contribute to the conservation of this extraordinary habitat, as it is some of the very last true coastal forest left in the south east of Madagascar and one of the most critically endangered in the country. This conservation area is bounded to the east by the Indian Ocean and white sand beaches, to the west by winding fresh water rivers, and to the north & south by more protected forests. There is no village, there are no neighbours, and as the reserve has a fresh water habitat, marine habitat, littoral forest, mangrove, wetland and open grasslands, you will find lemurs, birds, reptiles, mammals, sea turtles, crocodiles.... it's all here.

Accommodation: Bush Camping at Lokaro (stunning palm-fringed beach with great swimming) [BLD]

Manafiafy / St Luce
The Manafiafy Forest (also known as Sainte Luce) is one of the last remaining stands of littoral forest in the country, and is home to one of the most critically endangered micro-habitats in the country (palms, birds and the rate brown collared lemur). Located 40km from Fort Dauphin on a peninsula, this historical site contains some magnificent landscapes and beaches.

Maniafiafy offers a wild, natural beauty. It is nested in the middle of filaos and coconut trees and is bordered to the East by splendid beaches of the Indian Ocean, and to the north & south by more protected forests.

The Sainte Luce Private Reserve has been established to contribute to the conservation of this extraordinary habitat, and is part of 450 hectares of protected forest (including 26 hectares of primary forest), and wetlands, and also boasts kilometers of white-sand beaches. The western edge of the forest is surrounded by meandering sweet water crocodile habitat, and you will find various species of lemurs, chameleons, birds, reptiles, mammals, and sea turtles, thanks to littoral forest, mangrove and open grasslands. You can explore Sainte Luce during day and night walks or with long pirogue rides through the orchid-laden mangrove-lined rivers.

Day 4: Belaveno - St Luce Reserve
After breakfast we head north through the mangroves and forest. The river is adjacent to the protected forest and wetland, which also incorporates many kilometres of stunning white beaches. At 9.30 am we head off for a 2 hour paddle, followed by a 20 minute walk to a secluded beach where we will enjoy lunch. Relax after lunch, enjoying this idyllic setting, before we set off at 3 pm for the 2 hours kayaking to Belaveno.

Accommodation: Bush Camping [BLD]

Day 5: Ocean Camp
This morning sees us with a 2, 5 hour paddle and an 8.30 am start. Enjoy another idyllic day of paddling on the river, following the littoral forest through the wetlands and soaking up the sights and sounds of nature and letting the stress and cares of modern living, dissolve away…

In the afternoon after lunch, we have a 2 hour paddle to a large lake. Wander in the forest to see the fruit bats, before your night walk to spot Mouse, Dwarf and Wooly Lemurs in the forest.

Accommodation: Bush Camping [BLD]

Day 6: Manafiafy Beach
After our last day of paddling on the river (2, 5 hours), we end at Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge at approximately 11 am. Situated on a beautiful, private, white sandy bay, fringed with forest covered mountains, your lodge offers barefoot luxury with wildlife and water on your doorstep.

A welcome barbeque on the beach will await you and a most well deserved 30 minute complimentary back massage for those tired muscles… Enjoy the location of your lodge in the afternoon, as the sun sets over the bay.

Accommodation: Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge (Private bungalows with en-suite bathroom, sundeck and separate access to the magnificent unspoilt beach) [BLD]

Day 7, 8 & 9: Manafiafy - morning and afternoon activities
Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest LodgeAfter 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:
Kayaking 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 15 ft. 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.

Accommodation: Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge (Private bungalows with en-suite bathroom, sundeck and separate access to the magnificent unspoilt beach) [BLD]

Day 10: Return to Antananarivo (via Fort Dauphin)
You will drive back to Fort Dauphin and continue to the airport for your scheduled flight to Antananarivo, for your last night in Madagascar. 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) [BD]

Day 11: Home
Transfer to the airport for your return flight.

End of Tour [B]

Kayaking equipment:
We provide Synergy Fluid Double Kayaks, which also have a centre seat and so can be paddled by one person if needed. They are stable and durable, being made from Polyethylene and they weigh only 33 kg. The kayaks are 3.8 m long and 0.86 m wide, with a carrying capacity of 190 kg. Each kayak has 2 hatches and contains one 15 L “Dry Bag”. There is also a tank well with bungee cord if needed. Each kayak comes standard with a backrest on each seat, which are removable if so desired. Your PDF (personal flotation device) or “life jacket” is a handy ‘one size fits all’ and is a quality make and design. Cobra paddles with aluminium shaft and hard, durable plastic blades, complete the outfit.

Spending money:
The tour is almost fully inclusive, so not much spending money is required for extras, besides maybe any spirits or wine required or the whale watching and deepsea fishing excursions.
Madagascars currency is the Ariary. Euros are the most practical and convenient currency to exchange into Ariary at the Airport.
International credit cards and travelers cheques are very rarely accepted.

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