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Pangalanes Channel Day 1: Antananarivo On your arrival in Antananarivo, you are met and transferred to the hotel for the night. This makes it convenient for late arrivals and early departures. Each room is ensuite with a . .
Country: Madagascar
City: Antananarivo
Duration: 18 Day(s) - 17 Night(s)
Tour Category: Eco Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99
Package Itinerary

Pangalanes Channel

Day 1: Antananarivo

On your arrival in Antananarivo, you are met and transferred to the hotel for the night. This makes it convenient for late arrivals and early departures. Each room is ensuite with a shower. There is a pool, restaurant and bar area.

Overnight: Orchid Hotel – is a good 3-star hotel close to the airport.

Day 2: Antananarivo-Tulear

Transfer to the airport for your flight south to Tulear. Meet the 4x4 vehicle at the airport and drive north to the sandstone massif of the Isalo National Park. Two days here to explore the canyons and plateaux of the massif with overnight accommodation at the luxurious Jardin du Roy.

Relax at the lodge after the flight and long drive.

Overnight: Jardin du Roy – blends in perfectly with its natural surroundings. The rock bungalows are all ensuite with either a bath or shower and air conditioning. There is a swimming pool, tennis courts and a spa (B/D)

Days 3 and 4: Isalo

Over these 2 days, you have the fantastic opportunity for some trekking through impressive canyons and along dramatic bluffs; Isalo's topography has been sculpted over the years by wind and water and now lends itself to some quite fanciful shapes!

A classic walk is along the Massif affording dramatic views and arriving late in the afternoon at"La Piscine Naturelle", a natural swimming pool formed in the rocks fringed by palm trees and forever topped up by a flowing waterfall.

After a day out in the sun, it is hard to refuse...Travellers also have the option of visiting a variety of natural canyons in the area, horse riding or just relaxing back at the Jardin du Roy. There is no better way to finish the day however than to watch the sun setting through "La Fenetre" a natural rock formation providing a window to the setting sun!

Overnight: Jardin du Roy (B/D)

Day 5: Ranomafana

Today you continue north into the highlands, stopping at the community-run Anja Reserve where it is possible to see ring-tailed lemurs playing amongst the granite rocks. Depending on your arrival you may have the chance to enjoy a leisurely walk inside the Ranomafana National Park.

Overnight: Setam Lodge – is located close to the entrance of the national park making it an ideal base from which to explore the reserve. The restaurant has huge glass windows offering views out over the forest. Each of the rooms is ensuite and is built on the hill offering views of the valley, river and forest (B/D)

Day 6: Ranomafana

Ranomafana National Park covers an area of 41,000 hectares and has dense rainforests of medium altitude with waterfalls and rapids. It is home to 12 species of Lemur including the golden bamboo. Lemurs are not the only attraction however with the park boasting an impressive 118 species of bird!

A variety of trails and footpaths lead you through this dense jungle but it's the sheer majesty of the forest itself that makes the Park so beautiful. A variety of orchids, tree palms and ferns and a huge variety of geckos, chameleons and beautiful little coloured frogs make this a thoroughly enjoyable day.

Overnight: Setam Lodge (B/D)

Day 7 : Ranomafana –Antsirabe

Depart Ranomafana and head north stopping at the town of Antsirabe for the night.

Overnight: Hotel Camelia – has 11 rooms, each with ensuite bathrooms. There is a restaurant for guest meals (B/D)

Day 8: Antsirabe-Andasibe

This morning you have an early start to head further north to the Andasibe National Park. On your arrival at the lodge, you can take the time to relax or visit the “Lemur Island” where previously captive lemurs now live a relatively free life.

Overnight: Vakona Lodge - is designed in line with local Malagasy architecture. The ten bungalows and 14 double rooms offer the traveller the desired comfort of ensuite bathrooms, and verandas looking out into the forest of Andasibe National Park. Warmed by the central fireplace the dining room offers views outside whilst keeping warm or one can relax on the veranda that overlooks the lake (B/D)

Day 9: Andasibe

You have a full day to explore Andasibe/Perinet National Park or Mantadia with your local wildlife guide. This is a montane forest park offering the chance to spot a variety of lemurs, reptiles and birds. One of its most famous inhabitants is the Indri, Indri – the largest of lemurs with a black and white teddy bear-like appearance.

You hear the Indri before you see them and waking up to their songs of communication in the early hours of the morning with the mist still hugging the rainforest canopy is a highlight of your trip to the Red Island.

It is best to leave early morning to be near the Indri when they make their distinctive morning group communication calls.

Other lemurs which can be seen here are the red-bellied lemur, brown lemur, lesser bamboo lemur, with nocturnal lemurs - brown mouse lemur, greater dwarf lemur (Sep/Oct-May), Eastern woolly lemur, sportive lemur, aye-aye (seen once each year!)

Overnight: Vakona Lodge (B/D)

Day 10: Pangalanes Channels

This morning you set off east towards the Pangalanes Canals on the east coast. This is a series of lakes that were linked together to form a safe passage up the east coast. After a 45-minute boat trip, you will arrive at the private reserve of Palmarium. The rest of the day is yours at leisure to relax and enjoy the lemurs that live in the trees around the lodge.

Overnight: Palmarium Lodge – has several bungalows overlooking the lake. Each bungalow has a balcony and ensuite bathroom. There is a restaurant and an outside sitting area (B/D)

Day 11: Pangalanes channel

Enjoy a walk through the forest with one of the lodge guides. Here it is possible to see a family of indri, Coquerel’s sifakas, black lemurs, crowned lemurs, black and white ruffed lemurs and red lemurs. The rest of the day is yours at leisure.

Overnight: Palmarium Lodge (B/D)

Day 12: Palmarium-Tamatave

From Palmarium you transfer a further 2 hours up the Pangalanes Canals past villages where you will see the children swimming, the women washing the clothes and the men out fishing. This is quite a fun transfer as you pass these everyday Malagasy scenes.

On your arrival in Tamatave, you will transfer to the airport for a flight back to Tana. Overnight: Orchid Hotel (B)

Day 13: Tamatave- Antananarivo-Nosy Be

Catch your flight northwards to Nosy Be and connect with your transfer by boat to the idyllic island of Tsarabanjina. Set amidst the Mitsio archipelago this is a mountainous island surrounded by beautiful white beaches and is an ideal place to relax after the last couple of weeks of exploration.

Optional activities include Walks to the top of the mountain for spectacular views, snorkelling, sailing, fishing, diving, water skiing and excursions to the neighbouring islands in the archipelago.

Principally sea food based cuisine with the option to dine on the beach under the stars...

Overnight: Nosy Tsarabanjina - a private island consisting of 18 thatched bungalows constructed of indigenous timber with sea view terraces and cleverly located to give one the utmost privacy (B/L/D)

Days 14, 15 and 16: Tsarabanjina

You have 2 full days on Tsarabanjina to relax after the adventures of the last couple of weeks. This is the best place in Madagascar to scuba dive which can be arranged and paid for locally.

Overnight: Nosy Tsarabanjina (B/L/D)

Day 17: Nosy Be

Return to Nosy Be and fly back to Tana for the night.

Overnight: Orchid Hotel (B)

Day 18: Departure

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight home (B)

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Cost Includes:

Accommodation and meals as stated (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner), park fees as per the itinerary, airport transfers as per the itinerary, road and boat transfers as per the itinerary, visits to Isalo – Ranomafana – Anja – Andasibe – Palmarium, private vehicle and driver for Days 2 – 10, private local English speaking escort guide for Days 2– 10, private English speaking wildlife guides in Isalo – Ranomafana – Andasibe, shared walks in Palmarium, internal flights (Antananarivo – Tulear, Tamatave – Antananarivo, Antananarivo – Nosy Be, Nosy Be – Antananarivo).

Cost Excludes:

International flights, visas, tips, items of a personal nature, items not mentioned in the “Includes” section.

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