Недалеко от побережья Восточной Африки находится удивительный остров – Мадагаскар, наполненный экзотическими животными и редкими растениями. Это мечта любого путешественника!
Наша команда отправится исследовать самые интересные места острова: природные заповедники, заселенные эндемическими формами жизни, среди которых самые фотогеничные в мире ящерицы, любопытные лемуры, удивительные хамелеоны, раскидистые пальмы и причудливые деревья. Мы посетим маленькие малагасийские деревеньки, где познакомимся с нетуристической жизнью Мадагаскара. Встретим рассвет и проводим закат на аллее гигантских баобабов, покормим с рук обаятельных лемуров и искупаемся в теплых водах Мозамбикского залива.
Нас ждет погружение в мир экзотики и уникального животного мира! Такое путешествие невозможно пропустить.
Так что пора в путь!
Meet in the capital – Antananarivo. Meeting at the airport, hotel accommodation. Rest after a long flight, getting to know each other and briefing about the upcoming tour.
Early in the morning, after breakfast, we will go on a sightseeing tour to Antananarivo. The name of this city in Malagasy means “City of a Thousand Warriors”. Here appeared the capital of the first single and united state within Madagascar. Today, Tana (as it is called in abbreviation) is a very busy city looking like stuck in the middle of the last century. Here you won’t find modern shopping centers or familiar chain eateries of famous brands. On busy city streets you can often find a cart pulled by cow zebu, or a rickshaw. Here, linen is washed manually in the streams, and rice fields and livestock pastures begin immediately on the outskirts of the city.
After exploring the city, we will go to the park, where for the first time we will get acquainted with the famous animals of Madagascar – lemurs. This small reserve is located on the banks of a river, 22 kilometers away from the capital. Here lemurs freely walk around the territory and visitors can feed them with bananas, after that you can stroke them and take photos.
In addition, more than 70 plant species grow in the park, some of which are endemic. Most of the park is made up of pine forest and bamboo.
In the morning we leave Antananarivo and set off for the west of the country. We have to overcome about 400 kilometers to the city of Miandrivazo. On the way, we can see the changing landscape of Madagascar: mountain villages, high mountains, gorges. We will stay in the villages where we can get to know the locals, chat with them, learn their customs and traditions.
After breakfast we continue the journey to the west coast. In the afternoon we will get to the city of Murundava, where we will have lunch and a short rest. Then we change our bus to four-wheel drive jeeps to continue our journey off-road. On jeeps we will get to the famous giant baobabs, among which is located our comfortable hotel. Here you can take a little break and relax by the pool. After dinner, we will go on a night safari in the Kirindi National Reserve, which is a private reserve on the territory of about 10,000 square kilometers in the zone of the river with the same name. Kirindi is famous for its unique dry forest (which is very unusual for the humid climate of Madagascar) and the animals living in it. Here you can find several species of lemurs, including the smallest primate in the world (Lemur Bertha), fossa (Kirindi is considered the best place to observe these predators), a giant jumping rat and many other mammals, birds and reptiles…
In the morning we will again go for a walk through the Kirindi forest to see its inhabitants living in the daytime. Including a fossa. Remember the cartoon “Madagascar”, where frightened lemurs almost fainted from the word “fossa”? But this animal really exists and most of all it’s most likely to see it in the reserve of Kirindi. It is believed that this is the largest beast related to predators living in Madagascar. Fossa are classified as a family of wyverns.
After a walk in the park, we will return to the hotel, have breakfast, pack our things and continue the journey. We have to overcome several hours of travel along a broken road to the first ferry. Here our jeeps will be loaded onto wooden pallets equipped with powerful motors and transported to the other side. Lunch break for one hour and we continue our journey. A few more hours in the middle of the African landscape (noticeably different from the central part of the country) and we will get to the second ferry, right behind which is the village of Bekopaka, where on the top of the hill is located our comfortable hotel. After check in we have dinner and relaxation.
We have a very busy day. Right after breakfast, we take jeeps and set off for the Great Tsingi National Park, which is an hour by car from our hotel.
Tsingi – mineral formations similar to giant stone teeth. Tsingi translated from Malagasy means “to tiptoe” and this is understandable, because it is extremely difficult to travel through these complex mazes. Before we get there, we will be equipped with real climbing equipment – safety belts with carbines, which are necessary for a safe trip along steep mountain trails. But before we get into the stone forest, we have to overcome the woodlands where different animals live, including a very rare species of lemur – the white sifaka.
Millions of years ago, this area was a seabed with limestone sedimentary rocks. As a result of tectonic processes, the water have gone. Further, water, wind and time influenced the organization and formation of the stone forest. As a result, today we can see these strange needle rocks with numerous caves and karst dips. The track is not easy, we have to climb along the walls along narrow stone paths and climb small artificial steps carefully carved for tourists. Then go down, carefully stepping over the stones.
But this amazing place is worth the effort. Unforgettable impressions are guaranteed for your whole life!
For lunch we will return to the hotel. Take a short rest and then continue to explore this unusual region, for which we will go to another amazing place – Small Tsingi. The name exactly matches their size, and the area of this array is much smaller than its elder brother. However, despite the name, the place has its own atmosphere and specialty. The park is located almost on the banks of the Manambolo River and very close to the village of Bekopaka. We spend sunset at the observation deck, after which we will return to the hotel, where after a busy day we can relax in the cool water of the pool located on the territory.
Right after breakfast, we will have a long return to Morondava. On the way, at sunset we will stop at the famous baobab alley for photography. Also, we will see another attraction of this place – the baobabs in love. These two giants are intertwined with each other.
After sunset, we check in to the hotel located on the coast of the Mozambique Gulf.
Today we will have free time. We relax on the sandy beach of the Mozambique Bay: swim, sunbathe, gain strength before the second part of our big trip to Madagascar. Those who want can independently visit the village of fishermen located on the coast of the bay or take a walk around the city of Murundava.
We drive to Antsirabe – an ancient colonial city. The path ahead is quite long. On the way we can observe the typical landscape of the Malagasy Highlands with local flavor: churches with belfries, brick houses and carved balconies, rice terraces, where peasants are working knee-deep in the water. On the streets of small cities you can find artisans laying out their goods for sale. These are mainly wicker baskets and hats made by hand from natural materials, as well as miniature models of vehicles made of wood or aluminum cans.
Passing the night in the city of Antsirabe.
We have early wake up and after breakfast check out and head to the north of the country. We have to overcome more than 300 kilometers to get to the Andasibe National Park. But on the way we will visit the unique Pereyras Nature Farm park. This small private reserve is a great place for close acquaintance with rare representatives of the fauna of Madagascar. Crocodiles, frogs, turtles, endemic insects, snakes and much more. But the main inhabitants of the park are the chameleons. They are very tame here and can be observed very closely. In the evening we get to our eco-lodge, and immediately after sunset, armed with flashlights, we will go to explore the nature of this reservation area in search of nocturnal animals and insects. After the tour, we have dinner and relaxation.
Andasibe National Park is spread over an area of 154 square kilometers. The park consists of two parts – the Analamazaotra Nature Reserve and the Mantadia Nature Reserve. The smaller Anamalazotra Nature Reserve, better known as the Perine, is located in the southern part of the park. Mantadiya Nature Reserve is larger in area and located in the northern part of Andasibe.
The park was created in 1989 and is famous primarily for the fact that the largest lemur species, Indri, lives here. This type of lemur cannot be kept in captivity, so you can’t find them in any zoo. Indri can only be seen by visiting Madagascar. Early in the morning we will go for a walk in search of these rare animals, and we will certainly hear their unusual cries.
The walk will take about 2 hours, after which we continue the journey and go to the private park of Vakona, also known as Lemur Island, which consists of several islands surrounded by an artificial moat wide enough so the lemurs don’t leave it. Here live several varieties of lemurs that are not at all afraid of visitors. They jump from branches for fruit, absolutely not embarrassed by people
Having played enough with the tame lemurs of Vakona Park, we leave Andasibe Park to go to the most remote point of our route – the Palmarium Nature Reserve. We will have a long bus ride to the coast of the lake, then for about an hour we go by motor boat to our hotel located on the coast in the heart of the dense jungle. Upon arrival, we plunge into the animal world of Madagascar. Tame lemurs live on the territory of the hotel and communicate with guests with pleasure, gladly accepting food. After dinner we have rest.
After breakfast, we will go deep into the jungle. Not only dozens of lemur species live here, but also many unique exotic plants, insects and birds. But the main tour awaits us after sunset. We will go to the night jungle in search of a rare species of Aye-Aye lemur. They were discovered in 1780 by researcher Pierre Sonner, who worked on the west coast of Madagascar. There has been much debate about the systematic position of aye-aye because of the peculiar structure of the teeth of these animals. At one time they were attributed to rodents, but then scientists came to the conclusion that they were special lemurs that deviated from the main group. By the way, it was the Madagascar aye-aye that was beaten in the popular cartoon “Madagascar”. There, his name was Maurice, and he is a wise adviser to the eccentric and boastful king of lemurs.
After breakfast, we will have the opportunity to say goodbye to home lemurs living in the hotel. By the way, they are happy to pose in front of cameras. We check out and begin a long way back to the capital of the country – Antananarivo. We will make stops along the way to make beautiful shots. Late arrival to the city and check in at the hotel.
After breakfast, we leave the hotel and with luggage we go to the souvenir market. They offer a wide selection of products from all over the island, at prices 2-3 times lower than in hotels and tourist shops. After replenishment with souvenir products, we go to the airport. Departure home and the end of the tour.
THE PROGRAMM CAN BE ADJUSTED IN ANY PART ON INDIVIDUAL REQUEST
Price and terms
Price — Upon request
Prepayment for participation — По запросу
– accommodation in hotels and lodges (double occupancy)
– individual transfer throughout the route
– all-wheel drive jeeps on the route Murundava-Bekopaka-Murundava
– entrance tickets / guide services in national parks
– fees for visiting the conservation area
– ferry crossings
– boat rental in the park Palmarium
– english speaking guide
– international air tickets to Antananarivo
– medical insurance
– Visa fees
– food / drink / alcohol
– other activities and services not included