WHALE WATCHING ROUTE

Trip’s Length: 6 days – 7 nuits

Travel Route: Antananarivo – Andasibe National Park (Analamazaotra/Périnet) – Manambato – Ankanin’ny Nofy – Tamatave – Mahambo – Soanierana Ivongo – Sainte Marie

Overview

This sample itinerary is customizable. Contact us to have it tailor-made to suit your expectation if necessary.

DAY 1- ARRIVAL – ANDASIBE NATIONAL PARK

DAY 2- ANDASIBE NATIONAL PARK – ANALAMAZAOTRA/PERINET

DAYS 3- ANDASIBE NATIONAL PARK – MANAMBATO – BOAT TO ANKANIN4NY NOFY

DAYS 4- ANKANIN4NY NOFY – BOAT TO TAMATAVE

DAY 5- TAMATAVE – MAHAMBO

DAY 6- MAHAMBO – SOANIERANA IVONGO – FERRY TO SAINTE MARIE

Detailed Itinerary

DAY 1- ANTANANARIVO – ANDASIBE NATIONAL PARK

After the hectic atmosphere in Antananarivo this tour gives you an introduction of the rural life. On the way you visit the Mandraka reptiles’ park to see several species of Madagascar Chameleons and other reptiles. This evening, it is possible to do a nocturnal visit with a local guide in Andasibe NP to find nocturnal lemurs known as mouse lemurs and other night active animals . Overnight in a hotel.

DAY 2- ANDASIBE NATIONAL PARK – ANALAMAZAOTRA/PERINET

Morning visit of Andasibe NP with your local guide. Andasibe NP is home of the indri indri, the largest  lemur of Madagascar. You can hear its specific sound from far. Besides the indri indri it’s quite easy to see other animals, like other kinds of lemurs, frogs, lizards, chameleons and lots of birds. In the park you can choose for a long walk (about 5 hours) or a shorter (about 2 hours). None of the walks is very heavy, but sometimes you have to climb through the trees to see the lemurs from a short distance. After lunch you drive to the Vakona Forest Lodge to visit the island of lemurs. Overnight in a hotel.(Eulophilia hotel or similar)

DAYS 3- ANDASIBE NATIONAL PARK – MANAMBATO – BOAT TO ANKANIN’NY NOFY

Today you drive to Manambato, a picturesque lakeside village. After lunch in a restaurant at Manambato,you travel by boat to Ankanin’ny Nofy. Ankanin’ny Nofy means ‘house of dreams’ and is situated at lake Ampitabe. There are lots of lemurs at Palmarium and this evening, you will do a night walk to find the very rare nocturnal lemurs known as Aye Aye.

Overnight at palmarium hotel or similar

DAY 4- ANKANIN’NY NOFY – BOAT TO TAMATAVE

You spend the morning in Ankanin’ny Nofy. After lunch you travel by boat to Tamatave through the Pangalanes canal. Besides fishing the local fisher men us the Pangalanes canal for transport in their pirogues. Enjoy the landscape during the boat trip. Your driver is waiting for you in Tamatave to bring you to your hotel. Overnight in a hotel.

DAY 5-  TAMATAVE – MAHAMBO

You drive to Mahambo, a nice village with a quiet beach, a lagoon and green surroundings. On the way, you will stop for a short visit at Analalava reserve in Foulepointe to see more lemurs, reptiles, birds and endemic  plants. Night in Mahambo would be at La Pirogue hotel

DAY 6- MAHAMBO – SOANIERANA IVONGO – FERRY TO SAINTE MARIE

Today the driver brings you to the end of the tour, Soanierana Ivongo. From here you travel by ferry to Sainte Marie island. From July until October it’s possible to see whales around the island. There are diving centers, you can relax at the beach or rent a bike for a tour through the green hills of the island.

There are many hotels in Sainte Marie and let us know if you need our suggestion or need booking from our side.

You could stay in Sainte Marie as long as you want but let us know if you need any services for your return back to Tana.

Tour Price: 860 Euro( USD 1066) per person

What’s included

INCLUDES

  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • A dinner at Palmarium
  • A 4×4 car
  • Fuel
  • An English speaking driver/Guide
  • Private boat from Manambato to Palmarium
  • Boat fee from Soanierano-Ivongo to Sainte Marie
  • All parks entrance fee
  • All local guides fee
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