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Masoala Adventure - 8 Days

A Private Lodge Tour and Camping Tour of East of Madagascar - 7 Nights / 8 Days

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Baobab Trees, Madagascar Whale Beach, Madagascar Lemur
Tour code: MA

Small group accommodated tour through Madagascar, explore Madagascar's amazing Masoala on this tour!

Departs: Antananarivo, Madagascar.
Ends: Antananarivo, Madagascar.
Group size: Minimum 1 guest and Maximum 10 guests.
Departures: Every Day of the week - subject to availability. Please contact us for more details.

Note: Not recommended for children under 12 years nor travellers with health problems.

Summary
8-Day Private Lodge tour and camping tour through the east of Madagascar.

Highlights
Antananarivo, Masoala Peninsula and National Park, Antongil Bay, Nosy Mangabe reserve, Betsimisaraka tombs.

Meals
7x Breakfast, 4x Lunch, 3x Dinner.

Note: Flights from/to Johannesburg can be arranged by us. Internal flights should be booked in conjunction with international flights and the rates are subject to class, availability and change.

Safari Pricing (per person)
2017 Season
valid thru 31-October
1 Pax
2-3 Pax
4-5 Pax
6-7 Pax
8 Pax
10 Pax
Single Supplement
Per Person
$ 2,325
$ 1,550
$ 1,325
$ 1,295
$ 1,185
$ 1,185
$ 285
• Prices shown exclude flights.
• Please note that internal flights should be booked in conjunction with international flights and the rates are subject to class, availability and change.
• All rates are subject to change according to rate of exchange fluctuations.




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

Antananarivo Markets, MadagascarOn arrival in Antananarivo you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel, where you can simply relax or go out and discover Antananarivo, the picturesque capital of Madagascar. With its bustling markets, friendly people and ancient town on a hill with freestone churches and ancient royal places, it is unique among the world's other capitals.


Overnight: Residence Lapasoa, or similar.
Meals: N/A.


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

Baobab Trees, AntananarivoToday you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Maroantsetra. You will be met at the airport and a transfer will take you to your hotel. Maroantsetra is a charming town situated at the bottom of the Antongil Bay, in a beautiful riverine scenery where the scent of vanilla and cloves fills the air. Its surrounding area is lush and green, and is dotted with rice paddies and stands of coconut palm.


Overnight:
Coco Beach, or similar.
Meals:
Breakfast.

DAY 3; (1 Night)
MAROANTSETRA - MASOALA, Madagascar   [Lodge]

Masoala rainforestYou will be transferred to the port where you will board a boat for Masoala. The Masoala Peninsula is the site of a 230,000 ha national park containing one of the best rainforests in the country and the largest protected area (terrestrial and marine) in Madagascar. After our arrival we will go on a 3 hour walk in the primary forest to see reptiles, birds, lemurs and orchids as well as rare and unique species such as the green lizard, the red owl, the tomato frog or the serpent eagle. You will even have the opportunity to relax and swim in the refreshing cool water of a river. To round off the day we will have a barbeque party at night.


Overnight: Ecolodge Tampolo Lodge, or similar - on full board basis.
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


DAY 4; (1 Night)
MASOALA, Madagascar   [Lodge]

Masoala BeachWe will start our day with a 3-hour bird watching excursion followed by a visit to a typical village with plantations of vanilla, cloves and coffee. Masoala Peninsula is one of Madagascar's premier trekking and hiking areas. It also offers excellent opportunities for sea kayaking and snorkelling - a simple mask is enough to admire the colourful marine world.

Between July and September you will also have the chance to see the majestic humpback whale in the Bay of Antongil.


Overnight: Ecolodge Tampolo Lodge, or similar - on full board basis.
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


DAY 5; (1 Night)
MASOALA, Madagascar   [Lodge]

Tsarabanjina Turtle seen scuba divingToday, you can go snorkelling in the Marine reserve , in front of Tampolo. Between July and September you will have the chance to see the majestic humpback whale in the Bay of Antongil.


Overnight: Ecolodge Tampolo Lodge, or similar - on full board basis.
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


DAY 6; (1 Night)
MASOALA - NOSY MANGABE - MAROANTSETRA, Madagascar   [Lodge]

Humpback WhalesBoat transfer to Nosy Mangabe, a scenic island with a variety of wildlife. We will visit the reserve to admire its endemic flora and fauna. Later on you will have the exciting opportunity to see the Betsimisaraka tombs. The Betsimisaraka tribe is Madagascar's second largest ethnic group and inhabits most of the central and north-eastern coastal region. The name Betsimisaraka, which means "those who stand together", refers to the time when the tribe's confederation was forged from several smaller tribes in the early 18th century. In the afternoon, we will go on a 15 minute boat transfer back to Maroantsetra.


Overnight: Coco Beach, or similar.
Meals:
Breakfast and Lunch.


DAY 7; (1 Night)
MAROANTSETRA - ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar   [Lodge]

Residence Lapasoa, MadagascarAfter breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Antananarivo, where a transfer will take you to your hotel in the city of Antananarivo, the picturesque capital of Madagascar. You can wander through the capital's steep and narrow streets, taking in its architecture, atmosphere and pace. Or you can climb up to the old rova (palace) and enjoy the views over Antananarivo and the surrounding countryside. The town is at its best in the evening when the setting sun spectacularly illuminates its hillsides.


Overnight: Residence Lapasoa, or similar.
Meals:
Breakfast.


DAY 8;
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar   [TOUR ENDS]

Baobab Trees, AntananarivoToday you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home, where your unforgettable tour ends. We look forward to welcoming you in Madagascar again very soon!


Overnight: N/A
Meals:
Breakfast.


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.

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Included
Accommodation based on a BED & BREAKFAST basis in twin sharing room at midrange hotels, camping at Nosy Mangabe on a full board basis, all required camping equipment, all transfers and transport mentioned in the program, entrance fees in the park and reserve (Nosy Mangabe and Masoala), specialist guides in the park as per program, all excursions mentioned in the program, an English-speaking guide.

Excluded
All excursions not mentioned in the program, bottled water, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages, laundry, international flights, domestic flights to and from Maroantsetra, visas and travel insurance, all lunches and dinners (except those mentioned on days 3-5), personal items. Flights from/to Johannesburg and onto Maroantsetra can be arranged by Eyes on Africa.

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
Transport will depend on the size of the group:
• A small car for 2 - 3 pax
• A minivan for 4 - 6 - 8 pax
• A bus for 10 pax or more

Accommodation
Accommodation will be in basic Hotels. Please note that Madagascar is a country which is in its infancy when it comes to tourism. Accommodation is limited therefore all the above mentioned accommodations are subject to availability and we reserve the right to change
these using similar accommodation of the same or higher standards.

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'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.

Masoala Peninsula
The peninsula is one of the largest and most diverse areas of virgin rainforest in Madagascar, and it holds possibly the greatest number of unclassified species. Masoala can only be reached by boat, which takes approximately 2 hours from Maroantsetra, and the visit is only for avid nature-lovers with fitness and fortitude. Despite the difficult access, it is worth making the trip as the area holds stunning beaches, incredible wildlife, and beautiful scenery.

Nosy Mangabe
The island of Nosy Mangabe is bursting with wildlife, and is famous for its Aye- aye lemurs and the leaf-tailed gecko. The reserve has beautiful sandy coves, trees with huge buttress roots, and strangler figs.

 

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