The east coast biodiversity

for the discovery of the lemurians: aye aye, indri indri and other animals

The east coast biodiversity

for the discovery of the lemurians: aye aye, indri indri and other animals

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for the discovery of the lemurians: aye aye, indri indri and other animals

The east coast biodiversity 7 days

All lemur species are strepsirrhine primates endemic to Madagascar. They include the smallest primate in the world, the Microcèbe of Mrs. Berthe (Microcebus berthae) which weighs 30 grams, up to Indri (Indri indri), which can weigh up to 10 kg. However, the recently extinct species were much larger in size. Currently, five families, 15 genera and 112 species and subspecies of lemurs are officially recognized.

This tour of Antananarivo, towards the East Coast, passing over the famous Pangalanes canal allows you to discover and approach more than a dozen species of lemurs, including the Indri Indri and the Aye Aye.

This is a tour accompanied by a specialist and passionate Guide to the fauna and flora of the east coast of Madagascar.

The stages of your eastern biodiversity tour 7 days

Day 1: Antananarivo

Day 2: Antananarivo – Andasibe Park.

Day 3: Andasibe Park – Ankaninofy

Day 4: Ankanin’ny nofy

Day 5: Ankanin’ny nofy – Toamasina

Day 6: Toamasina – Antananarivo

Day 7: Antananarivo – palace of King Ambohimanga

 

 

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Day 1: Antananarivo

Arrival at Ivato International Airport, reception and transfer to the hotel. You are going to spend a night in Antananarivo: the local name of this city that the French francized during the colonial era, “Antananarivo”, which has nothing to do with Antananarivo, in terms of meaning. The city of the Citroën 2 CV car, The Renault 4L, Peugeot 305 which are still in operation.

Day 2: Antananarivo – Andasibe Park.

As soon as the sun rises or at dawn, you hear a lot of noise: voice call from Taxi Be receivers, voice call from merchants to attract customers, noise from carts pulled by Zebus…. Don’t worry about it because it’s the pace in Madagascar. Malagasy get up early and go to bed early.

After breakfast, you head east, crossing the city, until you reach the famous “NATIONAL ROUTE 2: RN2”. From there, you count 75 km for the first stop to visit the Peyrieras reptile reserve. It is a small reserve where you can see very closely different types of chameleon, the largest of which is the Parsonnii chameleon “Calumma Parsonnii”; different types of gecko uroplatis endemic to Madagascar, snakes, frogs, bats and butterflies … The visit lasts approximately 45 minutes.

After the visit, you continue towards the Andasibe park. Lunch on the way, and in the afternoon, visit a lemur island, in the famous vakona reserve which is located about 7km from the village of Andasibe. During this visit, you will discover and even touch the soft fluff of these lemurs. In this small reserve, you will see the species of lemurs such as: Eulemur fulvus (tawny lemur), varecia variegata (Black and white maki), varecia rubra (Red maki), Sifaka (Dancer lemur), Hapalemur griseus (Small bamboo lemur) )…

Late afternoon, dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 3: Andasibe Park – Ankaninofy

After breakfast at the hotel, you will visit the national park managed by Madagascar National Parc for 3 hours. It is the second most visited park after Isalo Park. Andasibe Park has two separate reserves: the Mantadia Reserve and the Analamazaotra Reserve. The tourist attraction of Andasibe Périnet remains in the observation of lemurs, orchids and birds. This is an opportunity to see the largest lemur in Madagascar “Indri indri” or locally called “Babakoto” in its natural habitat.

After visiting this park, you continue the road to the famous Pangalanes canal, picnic lunch during the drive. In the early afternoon, you arrive at the lake “RASOA BE” where you take a boat which transfers you to the hotel, passing 3 lakes and canal including: “Rasoa Be, Rasoa Masay and Lake Ampitabe. The Pangalanes Canal is the second longest canal in the world, after the Suez Canal, which extends north of Foulpointe and south of Mananjary, about 640km. Due to human activities with regard to deforestation, a large proportion of this canal is no longer navigable at present. The most chic place on this canal is Ankanin’ny nofy, or the dream nest, where you will stay.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 4: Ankanin’ny nofy

After breakfast, you will take a day tour of the Palmarium reserve. It is a 3 hour tour, during which your local guide makes you discover the Flora, such as: Euphorbia milis, palm species, orchids, pepper and ferns and especially the carnivorous plant. As for Fauna, it makes you discover more than 8 species of lemurs which follow you, from time to time because the guide brings with him pieces of bananas. The guide continues to imitate the cries of the Lemurs, until he finds the largest lemur in Madagascar, the “Indri indri”.

In the afternoon, after lunch, visit the Andranokoditra fishing village.

At the end of the afternoon, you embark again on a boat towards the island Aye aye. This is a special time to discover the largest nocturnal lemur in Madagascar.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 5: Ankanin’ny nofy – Toamasina

Toamasina or Tamatave is located sixty kilometers from Ankanin’ny nofy. Departure early in the morning to admire the landscape and the beauty of this canal, with the activities of local people. Along the way, you will meet fishermen in the fresh water of the canal, their fishing gear and their fishing techniques that you never imagined.

Around noon, you arrive in Toamasina, the second city of Madagascar, with around 411,993 inhabitants, and the famous port city, thanks to the existence of the largest large port in Madagascar.

In the afternoon, city tour to learn about the history of the city; the door of history: political history, the history of education. It is the terminus city of the TCE (Antananarivo East Coast) rail network. During your tour, you will not fail to admire the largest avenue of independence, bordered by palm trees planted in 1930, and the beloved place where you can admire the large ficus trees, the “strange trees”.

Before going to the hotel, take the opportunity to go to the Grand spice market: good quality vanilla, pepper, pink berry, turmeric, nutmeg, etc.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel

Day 6: Toamasina – Antananarivo

After breakfast, departure for Antananarivo, passing again on the famous RN2 lined with Palm trees “Traveller’s Tree”. Lunch stop in Moramanga. Towards the end of the afternoon, you arrive in Antananarivo.

Day 7: Antananarivo – palace of King Ambohimanga

After breakfast, departure for the visit of King Andrianampoinimerina’s palace in Ambohimanga. This hill is classified as World Heritage by UNESCO. It consists of a royal city, a royal funerary site and a set of sacred places.

In the afternoon, discover the dike market. It is a craft market where you can buy small souvenirs of Madagascar before returning.

Day use at the hotel and after dinner, transfer to the airport.

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PRICE : 936€/Pax    based on 2 persons

INCLUSIONS:

  • Assistance meet and great at Ivato airports
  • Private transfers from/in Airport/hotel
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room in STANDARD category
  • Half board (with dinner and breakfast) during the tour
  • 4WD private vehicle with fuel and driver during the tour
  • Boat transfer in Pangalanes Channel
  • Entrance ticket and local guide fees in the parks and reserves
  • The excursions and visits mentioned in the program
  • National tour Guide english speaking

ESCLUDES :

– Visa fees, drinks and tips

– Lunches during the tour and personal expense

– Services or excursions not mentioned in the program

– International and local flights

– Baggage and illness insurance.

ACCOMODATIONS

DAYS CITY/VILLAGE HOTELS MEALS
Day 1 ANTANANARIVO Chalet des roses Half Board
Day 2 ANDASIBE Hôtel Eulophelia  
Day 3 ANKANIN’NOFY Palmarium  
Day 4 ANKANIN’NOFY Palmarium  
Day 5 TOAMASINA Miray Hôtel  
Day 6 ANTANANARIVO Chat’o parc  
Day 7 ANTANANARIVO Chat’o parc Day Use

 

 

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