Eyes on Africa is becoming Eyes on Adventure and adding exciting new destinations - new and expanded website coming soon!
---
India, Madagascar, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, Costa Rica, Galápagos, Pantanal and Amazon.

African Safaris with Eyes on Africa African Safaris with Eyes on Africa African Safaris with Eyes on Africa
Loading

Eyes on Africa on Facebook

Bookmark and Share

 

Madagascar Barefoot Luxury Kayak Adventure - 11 Days

A kayaking adventure to the South East of Madagascar Camping in style Accommodation - 10 Nights / 11 Days

Return to Budget Safari Packages
Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge Relaxing Deck Area Kayaking, Madagascar Beaches in Madagascar
Tour code: MKAM

Experience Madagascar’s pristine beauty, in the true adventurous spirit. This 11-day journey takes you on an unforgettable kayak trip along the banks of lush mangrove forests, paddling the clear waters in St Luce Reserve’s lakes and walks in the heart of the littoral forests. Allow the abundance of creature sightings, untouched flora of the rainforest, breathtaking blue waters and white beaches to wash your stress away while putting you back in touch with nature. On arrival at Manafiafy Beach you will be rewarded with barefoot luxury, in a private, picturesque bay, surrounded by the very best of Mother Nature, with unlimited activities to unwind, entertain and pamper yourself with.

Departs: Antananarivo, Madagascar.
Ends: Antananarivo, Madagascar.
Group size: Minimum (2/4) guests and Maximum 12 guests.

This safari is run on scheduled dates throughout the year, but can also be tailor–made to meet your dates, time period and group size.

Summary
A kayaking adventure to the South East of Madagascar Camping in style and 4* beach lodge accommodation.

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, bird watching, enjoying the beach at Manafiafy, walks in the rainforest, exploring deserted beaches, whale viewing (June - December) and snorkelling.

Overnights
• 2 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 at Mandrare River Camp inclusive of activities and meals, local soft drinks and beers;
• 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.

Meals
10 x Breakfast, 8 x Lunch, 10 x Dinner.

2017 Season
Safari Pricing (per person)
No flights included
Minimum 6 Pax


Single Supplement
01 Mar - 20 Jun
$ 2,905
$ 730
21 Jun - 31 Aug
$ 3,195
$ 730
20 Nov - 10 Jan '18
$ 2,905
$ 730
Child Under 16 years
50% of adult sharing rate
Internal Flights: Antananarivo – Fort Dauphin – Antananarivo from: US$640
Please note that for both internal flights and international flights the rates are subject to class, availability and to change.
All rates are subject to change according to rate of exchange fluctuations.

**Please note there are no trips from 01 September to 19 November. Private departures can be arranged on request.


Madagascar Barefoot Luxury Kayak Adventure Map


DAY 1; (1 Night)
ARRIVAL IN ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar  [Hotel]

Pavillon de l'EmyrneUpon 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.

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.


Overnight: Pavillion de l'Emyrne, or similar (double room with en-suite bathroom).
Meals: Dinner Supplied.


DAY 2; (1 Night)
ANTANANARIVO - FORT DAUPHIN, Madagascar
  [Hotel]

BeachAfter breakfast at your hotel, you will be transferred back to Ivato airport for your two hour scheduled flight with Air Madagascar 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.


Overnight:
Kaleta Hotel or similar (Rooms with en-suite bathroom, swimming pool, restaurant and bar).
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner supplied.

DAY 3; (1 Night)
LOKARO - ST LUCE RESERVE, Madagascar   [camping]

KayakEnjoy an early breakfast before we set of 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. The reserve 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 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.


Overnight: Bush Camping at Lokaro (stunning palm-fringed beach with great swimming).
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner supplied.


DAY 4; (1 Night)
BELAVENO - ST LUCE RESERVE, Madagascar   [Camping]

Relaxing on the BeachAfter breakfast you 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 9.30am 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 3pm for the 2 hours kayaking to Belaveno.


Overnight: Bush Camping in St Luce Reserve
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner supplied.


DAY 5; (1 Night)
OCEAN CAMP - ST LUCE RESERVE, Madagascar   [Camping]

Bush CampingThis morning sees us with a 2,5 hour paddle and an 8.30am 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.


Overnight: Bush Camping in St Luce Reserve.
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner supplied.


DAY 6; (1 Night)
MANAFIAFY  BEACH, Madagascar   [Lodge]

Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest LodgeAfter our last day of paddling on the river (2,5 hours), we end at Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge at approximately 11am. 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 massge for those tired muscles…

Enjoy the location of your lodge in the afternoon, as the sun sets over the bay.


Overnight: Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge (Private bungalows with ensuite bathroom, sundeck and separate access to the magnificent unspoilt beach).
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner supplied.


DAYS 7 - 9; (3 Nights)
MANAFIAFY - MORNING AND AFTERNOON ACTIVITIES, Madagascar   [Lodge]

Kayaking in the mangrovesAfter 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 15ft 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.


Overnight: Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge (Private bungalows with ensuite bathroom, sundeck and separate access to the magnificent unspoilt beach).
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner supplied.


DAY 10; (1 Night)
RETURN TO ANTANANRIVO (via Fort Dauphin), Madagascar   [Lodge]

Drive back via Fort Dauphin to AntananrivoYou 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 and a farewell dinner!


Overnight: Pavillion de l'Emyrne, or similar (double room with en-suite bathroom).
Meals:
Breakfast and Dinner supplied.


DAY 11;
ANTANANRIVO, Madagascar   [TOUR ENDS]

Airport in AntananrivoTransfer to the airport for your return flight.


Overnight: N/A
Meals:
Breakfast supplied.


Note:
The accommodation specified in the itinerary is a guide only and is subject to availability. Alternatives will be nearby and of a similar standard.

Top   

CLICK TO SEE DEPARTURE DATES


Included
2 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.

Excluded
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.

Pre and Post Tour Arrangements
Pre and post tour accommodation and transfers can be arranged on request.

Departure
When arriving in Antananarivo in the morning of day 1 of the tour you will be picked up from the airport and embark on your tour. Should you arrive prior to day 1, pre-tour accommodation can be arranged and you will be picked up from your hotel on the morning of day 1 (Pick up time will be confirmed on arrival).

Transport
In Antananarivo we use an air-conditioned vehicle, and for the rest of the tour, we use 4x4 vehicles.

Accommodation
The city accommodation will be in up-market, boutique-style hotels, while the bush camping nights are spent in spacious 3 man tents that will include stretcher beds and mattresses with bedding. Bush style showers and toilets are provided, as well as all soft drinks and beers. Meals are a major highlight and prepared by French-trained chefs, both on the river and at Manafiafy, where the accommodation style has been selected for its barefoot luxury offering, quite unique to Madagascar.

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.

Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge contains only five private bungalows and offers an intriguing combination of rain forest lodge and barefoot luxury beach property all rolled into one. Each spacious en-suite bungalow is constructed out of local stone and mangrove poles under a palm thatched roof having its own sundeck and separate access to the magnificent unspoilt beach and ocean.

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 33Kg. The kayaks are 3.8m long and 0.86m wide, with a carrying capacity of 190Kg. Each kayak has 2 hatches and contains one 15L "Dry Bag". There is also a tankwell with bungee cord if needed. Each kayak comes standard with a backrest on each seat( These are removable if 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.

Visas
A visa is required to enter the territory of Madagascar: Tourists staying in Madagascar for less than 90 days will be able to receive a free visa upon arrival. Please check if your passport is still valid (at least 6 months before expiry date). You can easily obtain a visa at the airport of Antananarivo. Please note that, to get a visa at the airport, you do not need to bring photographs.

Gratuities
If you feel you have been looked after well by your crew or guides, and you wish to show your appreciation for their services, a monetary tip is very welcomed by those in Madagascar. Here follows some suggested guidelines:
• Around EUR 4 per person, per day (10,000 Ariary) for a guide or a guide/driver.
• Around EUR 2 (5,000 Ariary) for a park guide, depending on your satisfaction.
• Around 5% of the bill at a restaurant
• 200 Ariary per bag for a porter.

As Euro coins cannot be changed into local money in Madagascar, it is advisable to tip in Ariary. We would ask that you please reserve your generosity for tipping for services only, and not providing free handouts to children or adults, as this encourages begging.

Information on Areas Visited
MADAGASCAR
Madagascar is an island nation in the Indian Ocean, off the eastern coast of Africa. Madagascar is the 4th largest island in the world. It is the home of five percent of the world's plant and animal species, 80 per cent of them unique to Madagascar. Most famous among those are the lemurs. Madagascar and Mauritania are the only countries not to use a decimal currency. Its teeming fertile forests and geographical isolation have served to preserve and propagate 'nature's design laboratory' in a mix found nowhere else on earth. Madagascar's forests are a shimmering, seething mass of a trillion stems and dripping leaves.

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'show 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.

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.

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.

Top   

SCHEDULED SAFARI DATES

Please contact us for 2017 dates.

 

 

Top          Return to Budget Safari Packages

 


Travel Insurance

Wilderness Wildlife Trust            Eyes on Africa sponsors Children in the Wilderness            Eyes on Africa is a corporate sponsor of The African Wildlife Foundation

Eyes on Africa is proud to be a certified Fundi - a South Africa Tourism Specialist                           Eyes on Africa is endorsed by IATAN - International Airlines Travel Agent Network           Eyes on Africa is a member of the Better Business Bureau             Eyes on Africa is a member of ASTA - The American Society of Travel Agents (member #900143776)

African Safari - Home          Site Map          Currency Converter          Search          Links          Blog          Africa Weather          Budget Safaris          Photo Safaris

Botswana Safari          Kenya Safari          Malawi Safari          Mozambique Safari          Namibia Safari          Rwanda Safari          Seychelles Islands

South Africa Safari          Tanzania Safari          Zambia Safari          Zimbabwe Safari

Safari Map          About Us          Our African Safaris          Scheduled Safaris          Rates and Pricing          Planning          News          FAQ's          Photography          Contact Us

Eyes on Africa, Ltd.
1743 West Fletcher Street
Chicago, Illinois 60657
Tel: 800.457.9575 / 773.549.0169    Fax: 773.327.2977    Email: Eyes on Africa

All content © 2002-2016, Eyes on Africa, Ltd. All rights reserved.
All images © 1995-2016, James Weis/Eyes on Africa (unless otherwise noted). All rights reserved.
Legal Restrictions & Terms of Use  •  Privacy Statement  •  Travel Terms & Conditions  •  Travel Info Form  •  Travel Agreement  •  Travel Insurance Form  •  Credit Card Form

email webmaster: EOA Webmaster