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THE LAST AYE AYE | 09 DAYS/ 08 NIGHTS


Tana; Andasibe, Mantadia, Tamatave, Fullpointe, Antanambe, Mananara North


Level:
Difficult
Rating: Doable:
From September to October

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  • Road to Mananara National Park
  • Ferry to Mananara National Park
  • Mananara
  • Black and white Rufted lemur
  • The nocturnal Aye Aye
The last Aye Aye of Madagascar map


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THE SPECIALIST


anja ANDRIANJATO

anja ANDRIANJATO

The specialist himself is on your services for more informations about this trip; available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.




 

PLAN YOUR TRIP


 

OVERVIEW

This trip is done to save the endangered nocturnal lemur THE AYE AYE in Madagascar. You will start from Antananarivo and reach Andasibe N.P through a green landscape; visit the Peyrieras reserve to spot chameleons, gecko, Boa, frogs, butterfly. Continuation to Andasibe N.P; visit Vakona reserve to spot lemurs, crocodiles, turtles, endemic birds and the foussa. Visit of Andasibe National Park where you going to meet the biggest lemur of the world and other species, endemic orchids and medicinal plants.Reach Tamatave, Soanierana Ivongo and then the real adventure begins from here to reach Mananara North, crossing the 6 rivers and its mudy road….

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Discover the Eastern green landscape
The Peyreiras and Vakona reserves assure your spot of butterflies, insects, reptiles and batrachia
Discover the biggest lemur alive (the indri indri)
Andasibe/Mantadia National Parks and its numerous lemurs, orchids, endemic plants
Mananara North National Park and its fauna and flora
The Aye Aye and the red Island
The wild Safari to the rainforest

PRICE PER PERSON SHARING

From € 1,885/pax (BASED ON THE MID-RANGE HOTEL)


The price indicated is per person sharing room (DBL or TWIN),it is based on 2 Persons; if less or more, please contact us and we will send you the final price.

INCLUDES & EXCLUDES

Includes:

Private Meet & greet
Return private transfers from/in airport/hotel
The ferry fees during the tour
Private vehicle with a driver/assistant/guide speaking English (Gasoline included)
Accommodations in standard DOUBLE/TWIN room with private sanitary
The meals as specified
Entrance Parks/reserve and local guide fees
The internal flight ticket (Tamatave/Antananarivo)
Taxes, VAT and handling fees

Excludes:

All international flight costs and visa fees or assistance unless otherwise specified .
Tips and personal expense and none specified items .
Travel insurance, it is a condition that all clients travelling with GMT+3 must have appropriate Travel insurance, including emergency medical evacuation cover .

JOINING TOUR ABROAD

09 days/08 nights: From Antananarivo to Antananarivo. This is a tailor-made wildlife safari and can be edited to suit your needs, wants and budget. Talk to our destination specialists to find out more about this trip and to get advice on whether it is the best one you’re your specific requirements and interests.

Day 1: Antananarivo

Meet and greet at Antananarivo airport by GMT+3 staff and then transfer to your hotel in Antananarivo city. Briefing about the program and introducing the timing.

ACCOMMODATION: Sakamanga Hotel | LUNCH: Excluded | DINER: Excluded | BREAKFAST: Included
TRANSPORATION: Minibus

Day 2: Antananarivo – Andasibe (170km +/- 3h)

After breakfast, depart for Andasibe National Park, passing through highland scenery and rice paddies. The drive takes approximately 4 hours and gives you your first glimpse to this culturally and scenically diverse country as you pass rice fields, villages and roadside stalls. We leave the mountainous region and make a small stop at Marozevo to visit the Peyreiras Reserve with its butterflies, reptiles and chameleons, tomatoes frogs, snakes. After the visit, continuation towards Andasibe and check into your hotel. Time for lunch, in the afternoon you are going to visit Vakona private reserve and begins with the lemurs Island, you are going to discover the brown, bamboo and the black and white lemurs, the time to have a great time with them and you will be able to take a close pictures with, continuation to discover some crocodiles, endemic birds, foussa foussana which is the famous Malagasy animal carnivore, some turtles and others

ACCOMMODATION: Feon'ny Ala | LUNCH: Excluded | DINER: Excluded | BREAKFAST: Included
TRANSPORATION: Private Vehicle

Day 3: Andasibe – Tamatave – Foulpointe (211km +/- 5h)

Today, you are going Analamazotra National Park that you will discover the biggest lemur alive which is the Indri Indri and other 13 lemur species, such as woody lemur, grey bamboo lemur, diademed Sifaka, brown lemur, red mouse-lemur, red-bellied lemur, and black and white ruffed lemur. You will discover as well orchids, medicinal plants, endemics... After the visit, depart to reach Foulpointe via Tamatave. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel

ACCOMMODATION: Manda Beach Hotel | LUNCH: Excluded | DINER: Excluded | BREAKFAST: Included
TRANSPORATION: Private Vehicle

Day 4: Foulpointe – Soanierana Ivongo – Antanambe (130km +/- 8h)

After breakfast, depart for Soanierana Ivongo to Antanambe. Have lunch at Manompana. Please note that there are 5 ferries to pass by to get to Antanambe

ACCOMMODATION: Chez Grondin | LUNCH: Excluded | DINER: Excluded | BREAKFAST: Included
TRANSPORATION: 4WD & ferry

Day 5: Antanambe – Mananara North (50km +/- 5h30)

After breakfast, depart for Mananara, the real adventure begins here because the road is too bad. Picnic lunch at Ambitsika and continuation to join Mananara. Upon arrival by 4pm, check in at your hotel and then depart to discover the “AYE AYE” for the nocturnal visit

ACCOMMODATION: Chez Roger | LUNCH: Excluded | DINER: Excluded | BREAKFAST: Included
TRANSPORATION: 4WD & ferry

Day 6: Mananara North – Antanambe

Today, you are going to visit Mananara Norht National park to discover its fauna and flora. It has 764 primary forest species and 436 species of modified forests that's more than 1 200 species of plants. Mananara abounds of palms: we can find some in the sea until the peak of Verezanantsoro. 47 species of which at least two species are locally endemic palms seen on this day in this park. The flora of the marine park consists of 114 species on three different habitats. The mangrove swamp shelters seven species of mangroves on the nine seen in Madagascar. After the visit, depart to reach Antanambe and check in at your hotel

ACCOMMODATION: Chez Grondin | LUNCH: Excluded | DINER: Excluded | BREAKFAST: Included
TRANSPORATION: 4WD & ferry

Day 7: Antanambe – Foulpointe

After breakfast, depart to reach Soanierana Ivongo and then Foulpointe. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel

ACCOMMODATION: Manda Beach Hotel | LUNCH: Excluded | DINER: Excluded | BREAKFAST: Included
TRANSPORATION: 4WD & ferry

Day 8: Foulpointe – Tamatave – Antananarivo (1h15 flight)

Transfer to Tamatave for your fight to Antananarivo. Upon arrival, you will be met and then transfer to your hotel

ACCOMMODATION: Sun Beach Hotel | LUNCH: Excluded | DINER: Excluded | BREAKFAST: Included
TRANSPORATION: Private Vehicle & flight

Day 9: Antananarivo

Today, you are doing to visit Ambohimanga Kings Palace which is 25km in the North of the city also name the "blue hill" is classified World Cultural heritage by the UNESCO. One of twelve sacred hills which keeps directly a big part of Merina and Madagascar history. Houses dated 1871 and its surroundings which keeps the real cultural and historic stories. Visit of Madagascar rural during the trip. After the visit, we visit handcrafts market for souvenirs and then transfer to your hotel. After dinner, transfer to the airport for your international flight

ACCOMMODATION: On request | LUNCH: Excluded | DINER: Excluded | BREAKFAST: Included
TRANSPORATION: Private Vehicle

WALKING GRADES & FITNESS

Grading is a somewhat difficult topic as much depends on the individual's own perception of his or her abilities. The following is intended as a general guide to our walking grades. This tour is rated medium so everyone can join it. We will usually involve easy walks (2 to 6 hours/day) at low altitudes (below 2000m). Some previous hill walking experience would be beneficial but these walks should be within the capabilities of those who lead a normal active life.

WE ONLY USE THE MID-RANGE HOTELS FOR THIS TRIP

DAYS CITY LUXURY MID-RANGE BUDGET
1  Antananarivo -  Sakamanga Hotel -
2  Andasibe -  Feon'ny Ala -
3  Foulpointe -  Manda Beach Hotel -
4  Antanambe -  Chez Grondin -
5  Mananara -  Chez Roger -
6  Antanambe -  Chez Grondin -
7  Foulpointe -  Manda Beach Hotel -
8  Antananarivo -  Sakamanga Hotel -
9  Antananarivo - - -

Most of the hotels in Madagascar do not have the standard internationnal level, except some hotels in Antananarivo, Sainte Marie and Nosy Be but GMT+3 guarantees to find you the best hotels and accommodation for your budget. We will supply all of the necessary details for you to prepare your holidays and have a memorable stay in each hotel. Please note that in Madagascar, there is only one 5 star hotel, which is the Carlton Hotel in Antananarivo,. Once you leave the capital, the ranges of hotels are varied.

GMT+3 LUXURY (hotels/Lodges/guest house/Camping)

Wherever you stay in Madagascar, we will guarantee to find comfortable hotels, lodges or guesthouses with twin or single rooms and en suite facilities. Our hotels have air-conditioning/heating where appropriate and reliable hot and cold water. They generally have a very good level of service and mosthaveadded amenities such as a restaurant, bar, gardens or swimming pool.

GMT+3 MID-RANGE (hotels/Lodges/guest house/Camping)

These hotels usually have twin or single rooms with en suite facilities. They are generally standard, no-frills hotels with adequate amenities and service standards. Whilst comfort levels are perfectly acceptable to most, please don’t expect too much! These are often small, family-run establishments

GMT+3 BUDGET (hotels/Lodges/guest house/Camping)

These accommodations may be communal or dorm-style, and WC / washing facilities are usually shared. Running hot and cold water may be unreliable or even unavailable. However, these can be the most rewarding and memorable places to stay, despite the comfort levels being low.

SAINTE MARIE

Sainte Marie Island (Nosy Boraha) is situated on the East Coast of Madagascar. The most Beach tourist place after Nosy Be and known by its kilometrical sandy beaches shaded by coconut palms, bays and coves protected by coral reefs. Please note that the best beaches are located in the northern; western and in Islet aux Nattes. In the same time, you will like its lush vegetation and animals. In winter (from June to the end of September) the humpback whales (Megaptera) are present around Madagascar but the best place to spot is in Sainte Marie Island …

HOW TO GET THERE ?

Location: You need to return in Antananarivo first and then take the flight from Antananarivo to Sainte Marie or continuation to Tamatave and then to Soanierana Ivongo + speed boat to Sainte Marie.
Transportation: by plane; vehicle & Speed boat

NOSY BE

Nosy Be island lying about 5 miles (8 km) off the northwestern shore of Madagascar. The name means “Big Island.” It is 19 miles (30 km) long, 12 miles (19 km) wide, and has an area of about 120 square miles (310 square km). Formed by volcanoes, the island is forested and has numerous craters and crater lakes. Its highest point is Mount Passot (1,079 feet [329 metres]). It has an annual rainfall of 78–118 inches (1,975–3,000 mm). The island’s products, chiefly sugar and oils for perfumery, also include rum, vanilla, black pepper, and bitter oranges. Nosy Be is the top beach destination in Madagascar with its surrounding islands remain paradise in the buff. A lot of activiies are available to make your holidays more Unforgettable .

HOW TO GET THERE ?

Take a flight from Antananarivo to Nosy Be

YOU CAN MIX WITH THE FOLLOWING TOURS

GENERAL INFO

Area: 594,180 sq km.
Population: 23,129,189.
Language: French, Malagasy.
Religion: Christian, Muslim.
Local Time: GMT +3
Electric Supply & Plugs: 220V, 50Hz, two pin round plug.
Recommended Maps: Freytag & Berndt 1:2,000,00 Madagascar.
Recommended Books: Bradt Guide: Madagascar, Dervla Murphy: Muddling through Madagascar, G. Durrell: The Aye-aye and I, D. Attenborough: Zoo Quest to Madagascar, I. Sinclair: Birds of the IndianOcean Islands, I. Tattersall: The Primates of Madagascar.

SEASON & CLIMATE

The climate is tropical, but very cold in the highlands (dropping as low as 5°C at night in July/August in Antananarivo). The dry season is March to October continuing into November in most areas. The southwest area is hot, dry and semi-arid. November (spring) is generally the best time for wildlife and birds, but lemurs can be viewed all year round. Additional information and climate charts can be accessed here.

The western coast of Madagascar is much drier than the eastern coast. In general, we can say the climate here is dry tropical. During the dry months between May and November it does not rain at all and the temperatures are pleasant (20 to 25°C on average). Between December and April it can rain torrentially or just a couple of showers, depending on the area and the year. The northern area is greener and indeed considerably wetter than the south. The hottest months are March, April, November and December, when the average temperature is 30° C or even more.

FORMALITIES

VISA REQUIRMENTS:

The visa is always free for an holidays less than month and subject to change. We will confirm you before your arrival. Your passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond the date of return.

All visitors must obtain a tourist visa (maximum duration 3 months).
This costs approximately 60.00 Euro per person and can be obtained in any Madagascar Embassy or upon arrival at the international airports of Antananarivo, Diego Suarez, and Nosy Be or in Tamatave (Toamasina). Return International flight tickets.

VACCINATIONS & PROTECTIONS:

Please consult your doctor when planning your journey: Malaria is present in most parts of Madagascar. Some form of anti malarial is recommended. Always use mosquito repellent and avoid being bitten. Vaccinations against tetanus, cholera and yellow fever are recommended. Bring your usual medicines because they may not be available in Madagascar.
In top Urgency, GMT+3 works with specialist doctors to assure and assist you before your evacuation.

INSURANCE:

We recommend you to see a Travel insurance to secure your holidays in Madagascar. You must take your policy document with you on tour and it should state in writing that you are the named policyholder and that the cover is valid for your period of travel. Your policy document must also indicate that you have medical expenses and emergency repatriation cover and a 24-hour contact telephone number for your Insurance Company must be shown on your documentation in case of emergency.

MONEY

CREDIT CARDS & TRAVELERS CHEQUES:

Credit cards are still not used widely in Madagascar. However, they are accepted in big cities, international hotels and in the banks of all cities. You will find ATMs in most main cities, where you can withdraw Ariary. VISA and MASTERCARD are most commonly accepted cards. It is also useful to bring some Travelers Cheques or cash in Euros or US dollars. AMERICAN EXPRESS is seldom accepted outside of Antananarivo. Please note that $100 date 1996 bills are not accepted (better from 2006 dated)

TIPPING:

Tips are expected for most services. The size of the tip depends on your satisfaction but 5 to 10 % is an acceptable level. We suggest that you plan on average 10 Euros per person per day for a guide. Remember that wages are very low in Madagascar so be careful not to over tip and create unreasonable expectations for other travelers

PERSONAL EQUIPMENT TO BRING

LUGGAGES:

Unfortunately it does occasionally happen that luggage does not always reach its destination on the same flight as its owner, or possibly it may be damaged in transit. If you are unlucky enough for this to occur, it is important that you file a PIR (Property Irregularity Report) with the airline before leaving the airport. This is essential when you come to make a claim either against the airline or from your travel insurance company. Please note that 20kg per person is allowed for the internal flight.

CLOTHING:

Given the variations of day and night temperature, and the changes of altitude between the highlands and the coast, we recommend that you dress in layers. Bring light clothes but have additional layers (fleece, pullover, jacket, windbreaker or raincoat). Make sure you have long sleeves and long trousers to protect against mosquitoes in early morning and dusk.

PERSONAL FIRST AID KIT:

On each tourt a first aid kit is carried but you should have your own blister kit, supply of plasters, aspirin and other essentials. Please do not give medicines to local people without consulting the tour leader. See the list in the General Information Booklet for more information. A good pair of sunglasses is essential for protection against UV rays and glare at high altitudes. Sun Hat, High Factor Sun Cream/Block & Lip Salve.
Choose a high factor sun cream (Factor 30 or more) to protect your skin against the sun at high altitudes. A combination sun block/ lip salve are ideal for facial protection. A head torch is essential for NOCTURNAL visit. Remember to bring some spare batteries and a bulb. Sun screen and insect repellent. Make sure you have enough camera film and spare batteries, as both are difficult to obtain locally. Bring a beach towel and swimming costume.