General

Day 1. Paris – Antananarivo

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Arrival late in the evening from Paris by air. Welcoming and transfer to the hotel.

Night and breakfast at Maison Galliéni.

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Day 2. Antananarivo – Fort Dauphin – Mandrare River Camp

95 km / paved road + secondary road / 4-hour journey

Transfer to the airport and flight to Fort Dauphin. A local guide will welcome you upon your arrival and will take you to the Mandrare River Camp. You will reach your destination after 4 hours of secondary road. Your entire stay will be all-inclusive. Installed in your tent, you will enjoy the majestic view of the Mandrare River. On the menu for lunch: yummy grilled meat and salads. In the afternoon, exploration of the sacred forests of the village of Ifotaka on foot. These forests are home to the ancestral tombs of the Antandroy tribe and are bursting with a disconcerting collection of fauna and flora specific to the thorny forest. Return to the camp to cool off before the aperitif and the sumptuous dinner served on the terrace.

Mandrare River Camp – All inclusive.

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Day 3. Mandrare River Camp

After breakfast, you will head south to reach the sacred gallery forests. These are hardwood forests, mainly composed of tamarind trees. It is an abundant fauna that shelters large groups of ring-tailed and sifaka lemurs.

At the end of the afternoon, enjoy the spectacular show of a stunning sunset, with impressive baobabs and the moon rising from the mountains in the background.

Possibility to attend a performance of Antandroy traditional dances and music.

Mandrare River Camp – All inclusive.

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Day 4. Mandrare River Camp

Departure to the market after an exquisite breakfast. As you stroll in the market, you will get to meet these valley people who travel hours and sometimes even days to buy and sell their local products. Our expert guide will explain each of the scenes that happen in front of you.

Back to the camp for lunch. In the afternoon, departure for the forest of Zenavo, the property of an old man where you can enjoy particularly pleasant night walks. At sunset, you will see the Sifaka or dancing lemur and the white-legged Lepilemur. Then, after sunset, you will see several species of Microcebus, birds, chameleons and owls.

Mandrare River Camp – All inclusive.

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Day 5. Mandrare River Camp – Manafiafy Beach

150 Km / secondary road + paved road / 6 hours

From the camp through Fort Dauphin, you will reach Manafiafy by 4*4. It is a beautiful place where forest runs along a turquoise sea, with long sandy beaches. In the back, the camp is bordered, on one side by mangrove swamp, and on the other, by wetlands with incredible carnivorous plants resembling candlesticks.

Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge – Full board.

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Day 6. Manafiafy Beach

Several activities are possible on site, such as whale watching from July to October, canoeing between swampy mangroves, sport fishing, sightseeing tours, visiting markets, exploring forests…

Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge – Full board.

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Day 7. Manafiafy Beach – Fort Dauphin – Antananarivo

55 Km / secondary road + paved road / 3 hours

After these extraordinary adventures in the south-east of the island, get to Fort Dauphin. Flight to Antananarivo. Through your plane window, admire the view overlooking the southern region of the country.

Reception at the airport and transfer to the hotel Relais des Plateaux  for a day-use.

Night Flight to Paris.

 

Prices include:

  • Receptions and transfers as mentioned
  • Transfers by 4×4: Fort Dauphin / Mandrare / Manafiafy / Fort Dauphin
  • Accommodation based on a double or single room
  • Pensions mentioned above
  • Tourist sticker in hotels and tourist taxes

Prices do not include:

  • International flights and airport taxes
  • Domestic flights and airport taxes
  • Activities marked “free”
  • Benefits not mentioned in the program
  • Drinks, gratuities and extra
  • Property and Casualty Insurance

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Highlights

  • A stay in the two most beautiful lodgings of the South-East of Madagascar.
  • A luxurious experience that is wild and authentic, in sync with nature: luxurious tents and bungalows, original strolls and activities, sumptuous scenery.
  • A mix of unique ecosystem and scenery: river, thorny forest, gallery forest, tropical forest, sea, traditional villages …
  • Discovery of an abundant biodiversity: baobabs, lemurs, birds, reptiles …
  • Introduction to a rich local culture: sacred forests, traditional danse, market, encounter with the local population ...

 

Overview

An exclusive combination of the most beautiful lodges of the Deep South of Madagascar, discovery of extraordinary natural sites. The dry and thorny forest of Ifotaka along the Mandrare River is one of the most beautiful places to observe the Sifaka as well as the endemic bird species of the region in their natural environment. It is also home to amazing baobabs. A little further east, on the edge of the Indian Ocean, the scenery is more verdant. The sea air gives a particular beauty to nature, a show of life and colors.