The Pangalanes Channel- 06 Days

Explore the Pangalanes Channel a quiet and peaceful safe haven on a boat. Your idyll will take you through Akanin’ny nofy, which literally means “dream nest”. You will also get to observe the water elephant ear, niaoulis, mahogany, orchids, forests of palm trees, carnivorous plants, eucalyptus, rosewood and Ebony the symbolic of the East coast of Madagascar. The trip also allows you to visit the private reserve Palmarium where you will have the opportunity to see the lemurs such as lemur macaco,  Coronatus, Sifaka, Varecias and the famous Indri Indri; the biggest lemur of Madagascar. 

Throughout your trip, you will be surprised and delighted by the warm welcome of the local population that you will come cross

 

The main sites for this tour:

 

  • The Peyreiras private reserve: discovery of varieties of butterflies and reptiles
  • Analamazaotra National Park : home the biggest lemur in Madagascar indri indri (Babakoto)
  • Akanin’ny nofy : visit of the small village, fauna and tropical flora…
  • Palmarium reserve:  lemur Macaco, Coronatus, Sifaka, Indri Indri , Varecias, orchids, carnivorous plants…
  • The city of Tamatave : Madagascar’s main port city and capital of the Betsimisaraka ethnic group

 

DAY 1 : ANTANANARIVO – ANDASIBE 

Departure to Andasibe, the closest park to the capital Antananarivo. Stopover and visit of the Peyreiras private reserve to observe the great varieties of butterflies and reptiles such as the endemic chameleons of Madagascar. Possibility of a night visit of the Analamazaotra National Park to search night lemur, butterflies….

DAY 2 : ANDASIBE

Visit of the Analamazaotra National Park to search the biggest lemur of Madagascar indri indri (Babakoto), the other species of lemur (the bamboo-lemur, fulvus ) , some birds and a variety of reptiles living in the rainy forest, rich vegetation, tree ferns…

In the afternoon, visit of the lemur island at Vakôna Forest Lodge.

DAY 3 : ANDASIBE – MANAMBATO – AKANIN’NY NOFY

After breakfast, direction Manambato; boarding point towards Akanin’ny Nofy. Observation of a beautiful landscape of Eastern forest all along the way. Lunch in Manambato. In the afternoon, everyone aboard the boat to join Akanin’ny nofy. You will discover the water plant elephant ear, niaoulis, mahogany, orchids, forests of palm trees, carnivorous plants, eucalyptus, rosewood and Ebony the symbolic of the East coast of Madagascar during the trip. 

Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 4 : AKANIN’NY NOFY

Relax day in Ankanin’ny nofy. 

Overnight at the hotel.

 

DAY 5 : AKANIN’NY NOFY – TAMATAVE

Breakfast and boat ride on the Pangalanes Chanel towards the city of Tamatave. Visit the private reserve Palmarium, home of many species of lemurs, magnificient flora, the most beautiful of the rare palm tree such as Dypsis, Ravenea…   stopover and visit the small village, artisanal workshop that each village has its own differentiation.  You will have the opportunity to buy several spices from reasonable price…

Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 6 : TAMATAVE – ANTANANARIVO

Trasnfer at Tamatave airport and flight to Antananarivo.

City tour of Antananarivo and visit the royal palace of Ambohimanga classified World Heritage by UNESCO in 2001. Towards the end of the afternoon, purchase souvenir at Digue craft market and transfer at Ivato airport for Europe/ Asia …

 

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Entry requirements

The passport must be valid at least six (06) months after the return date. 

 An entry visa is required

 

  • 01 day à 30 days: 115.000 MGA– 35 EURO – 37 USD
  • 31 à 60 days : 135.000 MGA – 40 EURO – 45 USD
  • 61 à 90 days : 175.000 MGA- 50 EURO – 55 USD

Health formalities

Anti-malaria, cholera, hepatitis A and B vaccines are strongly recommended for people wanting to visit Madagascar.  It is also recommended to have basic and personal medications in sufficient quantity for the entire duration of the stay

Hospital and private clinic

Hospitals and private clinics can be found in the country’s major cities.

 

Currency

The local currency is the Ariary (MGA). Nowadays 1 Euro = about 3,800 Mga. It varies from time to time. Banks, car rentals, the main hotels and some shops in the major cities accept credit card.

 

Custom requirements 

It is absolutely prohibited to export protected animals, funeral statues or rare fossils. Certain items require an export authorization that can be obtained upon the purchase of said item (e.g. wood sculptures, gems, carved stones, etc.)

 

Luggage allowance

Each passenger has a 20 kg luggage allowance on domestic flights.

 

Tourist vignette

Tourist vignette price varies depending on the category. The vignette is to be paid at each hotel, or can be directly included in our services, and its price usually is between MGA 1,000 to MGA 5,000. 

Area and climate

Madagascar’s total area is 592,000 km² with other 5,000 km of littoral.  

From December to March: Summer (rainy season).

From April to August: Winter.

From September to November: dry period.

Time difference

The time difference between Madagascar and Europe is:

 

  •  + 2:00 winter time in Europe
  •  + 1:00 summer time in Europe

National holidays

The main national holidays in Madagascar are:

 

  • January 1st  (New Year’s Day)
  • Easter Monday 
  • March 29th (Commemoration of the insurrectionof March 29,  1947)
  • May 1st (Labour Day)
  • Whit Mondy
  • June 26th  (Independance Day)
  • Assumption
  • December (Christmas)

Usually, Saturday afternoons and Sundays are days off.

 

Food

Rice is the staple food of the Malagasy population. It usually comes with a side dish of zebu meat, pork or poultry and is sprinkled with “romazava”, a traditional broth made with zebu meat and leaves.

Only well-off families can afford foie gras.

Products that are usually associated with tropical countries can be found in Madagascar, such as seasonal fruits, seafood, etc.

One can also find all the usual drinks in Madagascar. It is recommended to drink local mineral water and to avoid drinking tap water.

 

Religion

Christianity and traditional beliefs (the cult of ancestors) predominantly cohabit in Madagascar; however, the country also has a substantial proportion of Muslims.

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