Experiencing a homestay in a traditional village or “AMBANIVOLO” is perhaps one of the fastest and easiest ways to get to know the real MADAGASCAR.
You will discover that things here move at a slower pace than in the city and this is what we call “MORAMORA”, and for those who relish the quiet calm of the rustic life, this is possibly as good as it gets. Homestay guests will not just be immersed in the lifestyle of the locals; they will also quickly establish a bond with their warm and welcoming families who will treat them like their own.
Visitors will experience the full spectrum of village life. Start with home-cooking lessons, where the wide variety and sumptuousness of painstakingly prepared dishes can sometimes be enough to confuse most people! Learn how to prepare the food, which might include gathering vegetables fresh from the backyard, washing and cooking them.
You will also have the opportunity to harvest fruits that are in season or try your skill at transplanting rice on muddy rice paddies. Spend time with the children after they return from school .Or opt to explore your surroundings: try your hand at riverside fishing or perhaps indulge in a spot of farming. In the evenings, enjoy cultural dances, musical .
Experience the charm of Madagascar traditions that have been preserved throughout the ages. And when you return home, take with you a memorable cultural experience, and the friendships of a family happy to welcome you whenever you return to Madagascar.
For our Homestay plan, we would suggest tourists to go to 3 different places: ANDAPA ,AMBANJA and AMBATONDRAZAKAFor the stay in Andapa, we would recommend to go to Marojejy national park for 2-3 days before coming down to the small town/village of Andapa where you will stay with a family.Andapa is a serene and peaceful place, a small and wonderful world where the people still maintain a simple and harmonious lifestyle. For the visitor, it is a place of both contemplation and discovery.
Blessed by an abundance of water funneled from the surrounding mountains, Andapa is a symbol of life and hope for sustainable development in Madagascar.The people in Anadapa are exceptionally friendly and easygoing.when you experience Andapa first-hand, will you truly know the beauty of its countryside, the kindness of its people, and the serenity of its way of life.
The itinerary of your stay will be for 3 days- 2 nights
Day 1: Arrival in Andapa, meet the host family . briefing of what you’re going to see and do. Preparing and taking dinner with them.
Day 2: People used to wake up very early in the morning to get breakfast done before heading to the rice fields or to the vanilla fields. Today, you will be taken to both to a vanilla fields and to the rice fields and working with them. They will teach you how to pollinate vanilla and you will also participate in their work at the rice fields. Evening enjoy and learn more about cultural music and dances.
Day 3: Morning : Biking around to visit the village and meet children in a small school, visit a market ,visit and see how people making the local beer/rhum known as Betsa . Afternoon drive back to Sambava.End of your homestay and this evening you will stay at an hotel before getting your flight back to Tana the following day.
Homestay in Ambanja could be arranged for tourists who are going for a tour in the north of Madagascar and the homestay in Ambatondrazaka area could also arranged with the tour to the east of Madagascar. But for both destination, you are not going to stay in the town but in small villages around and will be living in a traditional house at the countryside and enjoying a laid-back lifestyle and plenty of fresh air.
There is always something to do in a homestay. Villagers will eagerly invite you to join their activities and visitors will soon find that the enthusiasm is infectious ! harvesting local crops,visiting zebu farm or learning how to make traditional delicacies are only a sprinkling of the many things that await visitors.