CULTURE AND WILDLIFE TOUR
Day 1: Arrival in Tana (Sunday) 23:05. We will meet and welcome you at the airport and transfer you to a Guest house.
Please be aware that your driver/guide will be waiting for you at the International Arrival gate. An airport sign with your name should be seen and you may have to look for a logo if the airport gets overcrowded.
If you cannot locate your driver please remain calm and approach the Airport Welcome Service. An announcement intended for your driver can be broadcasted there, and this will then become the rally point. In the case of an emergency or you cannot locate your driver, the emergency contact details are on your documents and you should call the mentioned numbers before attempting to leave the airport.
Day 2: TANA - ANDASIBE .Morning city tour in Tana before the afternoon drive to go to Andasibe where you are expected to see and meet the biggest quasi-untailed lemur known as the Indri (indri indri). Andasibe is a rainforest area covered of 810 hectare; the national park of Analamazaotra often referred to Périnet, the Indri’s home.
You will en route stop at Mandaraka reptiles park / farm where you will see the different species of Madagascar chameleons. After the visit, you will continue the drive to Andasibe. Overnight at a guest house or hotel
Day 3: VISIT OF THE PARK.Visit of Andasibe-Mantadia national park. The primary forests of Andasibe-Mantadia contains a dense humid forest covered with lians, moss, fern tress and more than hundred orchids species blooming between September and January. Another common plants growing here are pandanus, ravinala palm-tree, tambourissa, bamboos and some precious wood, like palisander and ebano.
The extraordinary animal diversity is completed with another 15 mammal species, more than 100 of birds (many of them endemic, like the Madagascar yellowbrow, Madagascar baza, Madagascar wagtail or the Madagascar serpent-eagle), 50 of reptiles, among them the biggest chameleon of the island, the boa manditra and many leaf-tailed geckos and more than 80 amphibians. There are also a few local endemic fishes swimming in the small rivers and hundreds of insects, among them some extraordinary colourful and big butterflies.
Afternoon visit of the vakona lemurs island. Night at the same place
Day 4: Another day visit of the park, you will then visit the local community run park of Mitsinjo and will be taken to have lunch with your local guide who is living in the village of Andasibe. This evening, you will do an hour of night walk to find the smallest lemurs known as mouse lemurs and other night active lemurs. Night at the same place
Day 5: Another morning visit of the reserve and drive back to Antananarivo but will en route stop in the small village of Ambohibary to have a lunch with our family and you will be able to learn more about the local culture and taste local food. Night in Antananarivo at the same hotel or guest house as the first night.
Day 6: Drive to Antsirabe, Ambositra and continue to Ialatsara forest. On the way; You will stop and meet local people to learn about their culture and understand their lifestyle. Overnight at Ialatsara forest lodge and this evening, you will again do another night walk as this is a very good place to spot another species of mouse lemurs and chameleons, frogs,...
Visit gemstone and craft markets and workshops.
Day 7: An hour and half drive to get to Ranomafana national park, visit of the park for golden bamboo lemurs, sifaka, mongoose, birds. The park contains twelve lemur species. Aside from the golden bamboo lemur, visitors can spot eastern woolly lemur, red bellied lemur, eastern grey bamboo lemur, greater bamboo lemur, red-fronted brown lemur, black-and-white ruffed lemur, Milne-Edward´s sifaka, Small-toothed sportive lemur, greater dwarf lemur and brown mouse lemur and the very rare aye-aye. Other mammals include 7 species of tenrecs, 8 bats and 6 carnivorous, like the Malagasy striped civet and some mongooses.Night at Hotel le Grenat or Manja hotel or similar
Day 8: Drive to Ambalavao, visit of some local silk workshops then continue to Anja reserve and visit this local community run park to see ring tailed lemurs. Then continue the drive to Isalo.Night at Orchidee hotel in Ranohira.
Day 9: Visit of Isalo national park. Afternoon drive to the small Bara village of Andranomaintso, but will en route stop at Ilakaka to meet local Saphire Miners. Arriving in Andanomaintso village, you will stay for a night with our local guide.
We could set a tent close to his house if the room is not big enough for you but you will of course have dinner with his family and learn more about the Bara culture and lifestyle. Dinner with our local guide is not included but you could go with him to the market and buy what you want to have for dinner and they will prepare it.Bring your sleeping bags but we do have tents for you.
Day 10: Morning visit of Zombitse national park and drive to Toliara and continuie to Ifaty. Afternoon beach relax.From Tana to Toliara, you will meet 4-5 different tribes and will see different tombs style.Stay at a beach front hotel.
Day 11: Full day in Ifaty village, and you could do an early morning visit of Ifaty spiny forest, Turtle Village and do a short tour around with the local Vezo Fishermen.Night In Ifaty at Chez Alex or similar
Day 12: Drive back to Tana and overnight in Ambalavao. Visit some workshops of the Antemoro traditional paper or visit the local zebu market.Night at Zongo hotel
Day 13: Continue the drive back and you will be taken to Antoetra village to give you a deeper sight into the traditional life of the Zafimaniry people.
We will ask our local guide if he knows someone organizing the Famadihana and you will visit and experience this culture and ceremony. If the famadihana ceremony is not possible, Antoetra village itself is very interesting and you could visit the village, meet local to learn more about their culture and lifestyle or doing something else but our guide will help you doing something interesting (see if there is traditional wedding or something similar).Overnight at a guest house.
Famadihana (literally, the turning of the bones) is the name given to the traditional exhumations of dead ancestors. This custom is a rite of the two tribes of central highlands: the Merina (from Tana province) and Betsileo (from Fianarantsoa) people.
Ancestors are worshipped, remaining part of the family after death and playing just as important a role in family life as when they were alive. These are intense occasions which occur in each family roughly every seven years.
Amid feasting, drinking, music and dancing the bodies of the dead are disinterred from the family tomb, wrapped in bamboo mats and carried and danced around the tomb. The bodies are then re-shrouded and reburied. The celebration can last up to two days. These ceremonies occur in the region around Antsirabe and Ambositra between July and September only.
Day 14: Continue the drive back to Tana.Overnight at a Guest house.
Day 15: Visit of Ambohimanga king palace and the queen palace of Manjakamiadana. Overnight at a Guest house
Day 16: Transfer to the airport and fly out.
END OF THE TOURS
Tour cost: €1325 per person( based on 2 adults sharing a room)
INCLUDED: A car with a driver/Guide and fuel,All accommodation with Bed &Breakfast, All parks and reserves entrance fee, local guides fee,Airport transfers
EXCLUDED: Lunches and dinners,drinks and tips