Madagascar for Family
- Arrival in Antananarivo: « the city of a thousand soldiers »
Tonga soa, welcome to Madagascar. Once arriving at the airport of Antananarivo, the team of bandro reisen will welcome you. After the formalities of entrance in the Malagasy land, you will be driven directly to your hotel. It will be your first night in Madagascar.
- Antananarivo – Ampefy: Itasy Region
After a short city tour in the capital, drive to Ampefy. Ampefy is located in the west of Antananarivo. The region is characterized by volcanic landscape.
- Ampefy: Itasy region
The Geyser of Andranomandrotra and the Lily Waterfall are the most visited sites in the area.
- Ampefy – Antsirabe: The high plateau
We take the way on direction to the old colonial city of Antsirabe through hills and rice fields’ landscapes. Antsirabe is about 150 km from Ampefy.
- Antsirabe: the city of water
Antsirabe means “the place where there is much salt”, it comes from the fact that the city houses sources. It is also called “the city of water”. It is a destination for vacations for Malagasy people. The area is well- known thanks to its pink quartz, in this fact; we will visit a workshop of semi-precious stone polishing of the town.
Historically, this city was founded in 1872 by Norwegian. Until now, their descendants still live in Antsirabe.
- Antsirabe – Andasibe: on the trail of lemurs
After breakfast, we will go to Andasibe passing by Antananarivo. Our current destination is the East coast of Madagascar. The journey passes by the high plateaus until the tropical forest. We will stop at the artisanal workshops on the way. In Ambatolampy, we will visit a family workshop, where the aluminium pans are manufactured in a traditional way. Besides the crafts, the local people live much on agriculture.
Before the dinner, we will have nocturnal hike along the main road.
- Andasibe: Analamazaotra national park
The observation of the Indri- Indri is the high point of the visit of Analamazaotra.
The INDRIS are the greatest species of lemur in the world. Our park local guide will do the best to find these lemurs and show them to us. The INDRIS differ from the other species of lemurs thanks to their three various strong cries, which can be heard within a radius of 3km. Two hours excursion in the park will be rather tiring for each one of us. Other species of lemurs live here such as Diadem Sifaka, lemurs with brown and red belly. The place is also a real paradise for birding.
After the midday rest, we will visit the private reserve of Vakôna. We have here the opportunity of mixing with the lemurs.
- Andasibe – Akanin’ ny Nofy: Canal des Pangalanes – boat trip
After breakfast, we carry our way on to the east. The landscape is marked by the green vegetation. In Manambato, we take the boat to travel along the “channel of Pangalanes” to reach Akanin’ ny Nofy, literally translated “the Nest of dream”. “The Channel of Pangalanes” is an artificial channel, which has approximately 700 km long. It was created during the colonial period. It is particularly important for the local inhabitants for goods transportation. We get in a universe worthy of a fairy tale.
- Akanin’ ny Nofy: palmarium reserve
After breakfast, we will hike at the hotel park. Some species of lemurs also live here. Food’s ready! Take care to have bananas in the bag; otherwise the lemurs will not leave you quiet. A very good prospect is waiting for us on the mountain. Those who look for a haven of peace, they will be very happy finding it here.
- Akanin’ ny Nofy: aye – aye island
The whole day is free on your disposal. Before the dinner, we will have an evening excursion in the “Aye-aye Island”. The Aye-ayes are rare species of nocturnal lemurs. We can observe them very closely on the island.
- Akanin’ny Nofy – Toamasina – Mahavelona: to the east coast
After breakfast, we will drive back to Manambato with the boat. Then we will continue with the car to Toamasina; the first port of Madagascar. It is also the Imperial palace of the Betsimisaraka ethnic group. We will be able to live an exotic environment thanks to a little walk around the city. Late in the afternoon, we will arrive in Mahavelona or “Foulpointe”.
Mahavelona or Foulpointe is a favorit place for Malagasy people to go on holiday on the seaside.
- Mahavelona: relax
You can also visit the Mahavelona village to observe the daily life of the local people.
- Mahavelona – Andasibe: drive back
Another possibility to enjoy the beautiful landscape and green vegetation of the east coast.
- Antananarivo and Flight back: Welcome back home.
– Reception at the airport
– all the transfers: airports – hotels – airports
– cars with driver and fuel during the travel
– 20 Nights with breakfast
– Transfers by ferry
– Transfers by boat
– Entry in the parks and local guides in the natural reserves mentioned in the programs
– Excursions mentioned in the programs
– International flights (Europe Antananarivo- Europe)
– travel Insurances
– visa fee about 35,- Euros
– lunch and dinner
– personal Expenses
– Optional excursions
Highlights: For Family
- Ampefy: Lily Waterfall and the Geyser of Analavory
- Antsirabe: Thermal city
- Analamazaotra NP
- Vakona reserve
- Palmarium reserve
- Channel of Pangalanes
- lemurs and more: Aye- aye Island
- Mahavelona: beach stay
- Ankanin'ny Nofy