A perfect mix of national parks and beaches! You’ll see amazing wildlife, including the largest lemur alive, color-changing chameleons, and some elusive birds! The beach is one of the most beautiful in the country- stunning, yet not overcrowded with tourists.
Arrive in Antananarivo anytime. Review of program at night.
Drive east through some forests and stop to visit the private reserve Peyrieras. It was created to safeguard certain endangered species endemic to Madagascar such as butterflies, chameleons, amphibians. Arrive at Andasibe in the afternoon and stay the night.
Early morning walk with a local specialized guide in Andasibe National Park to see the largest lemur species alive, the Indri. 11 species of lemur live in this tropical forest along with several species of birds, reptiles and amphibians- most of which are endemic to Madagascar! After the walk, drive east (4 hours) to reach the village of Ankanin’ny Nofy. Cross the Pangalanes Canal by boat and spend the night in a hotel.
Visit the Palmarium private reserve to see lemurs in the wild, as well as other fauna and flora. Spend the afternoon relaxing by the lake.
Sail on the Pangalanes Canal to Tamatave by local sailboat, known as ‘pirogue’. See local life, with fishermen and their traditional canoes, rafts carrying banana bunches, and relaxed locals living in the ‘mora mora’ way.
Take a bus early the next morning to to reach the port of Soanieran’Ivongo, and then boat to Sainte Marie- arrive around noon. Sainte Marie is a small tropical island with beautiful sandy beaches lined with coconut trees. The island is surrounded by a coral reef which allows for exceptional diving and snorkeling. During whale season you can see the whales come in as they give birth to their young.
Relax on the beach, enjoy free time. Optional excursions and water activities to do with the hotel.
Fly back to Antananarivo.
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