Barefoot Luxury Southern Explorer

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Madagascar – 8 days: Explore beautiful southeastern Madagascar in luxury where you’ll be greeted by the various species of lemur and exotic rain forests. With activities such as canoeing in the mangroves, early morning boat trips for wetland birding, day and night walks in the forest and fishing, you’re guaranteed a great time and a fun, memorable trip.

Overview

Barefoot Luxury tour to the Southeast of Madagascar

Tour Highlights:

  • Sacred Forests and tombs of Ifotaka
  • Learn about the culture of ancestor worship
  • Provides endless opportunities for exploring deserted beaches, scouting for whales, or snorkelling in the crystal clear water viewing corals and tropical ‘aquarium’ fish
  • Group size: Minimum 1 person, Maximum 10 people


    Vehicle: In Antananarivo we use an air-conditioned vehicle, and for the rest of the tour, we use 4×4 vehicles.


    Spending money: Clients are advised to bring enough money for any additional drinks or activities not included in the itinerary. Madagascar’s currency is the Ariary. Euros are the most practical and convenient currency to exchange into Ariary at the Airport. International credit cards and travellers cheques are very seldom accepted.


    First Aid: Our guides are trained in basic first aid and the camps are equipped with a medical aid kit. Preventative Malaria medication should be taken before the trip and throughout its duration, although it is advisable to consult a doctor prior to departure.


    Luggage: Maximum baggage allowance on the plane will be 20 kg. Please bring a backpack or soft barrel bag, not a suitcase. Don’t bring too much clothing, as there are washing opportunities along the way. Please adhere to the allowance specified as space for luggage is limited.


    Insurance: It is compulsory for all travellers to have insurance covering their personal requirements, medical expenses (including emergency medical evacuation cover) and personal possessions. This is to be arranged before leaving your home country. Jenman Safaris has comprehensive public liability insurance. For an instant quote on travel insurance, please click the following link to our website: http://www.jenmansafaris.com/travel-info/travel-insurance.html


    Packing:

    • Shorts
    • Track suit
    • Solid Walking shoes
    • Lightweight trousers/jeans
    • Swimming costume
    • Sandals
    • T-shirts
    • Sun hat
    • Windbreaker
    • Warm clothes
    • Long-sleeved shirts
    • Camera
    • Torch & spare batteries
    • Water bottle
    • Sunglasses
    • UV protection
    • Mosquito protection
    • Snorkelling equipment is provided at Manafiafy, but you may bring your own if you wish.

    Visas: A visa is required to enter the territory of Madagascar and can easily be obtained upon arrival at the airport of Antananarivo with a validity of up to 90 days. Tourists staying for less than one month, can purchase a visa for 80’000 Ariary (around 23-27 €). Paying with the exact amounts or small currency is advised. No photographs are required, however please ensure that passports are valid for at least 6 months after return date. In addition to the entry visa, the Malagasy government is proposing the introduction of a frontier levy of 10 € in the near future, still to be confirmed and variable at short notice.


    Gratuities: If you feel you have been looked after well by your crew or guides, and you wish to show your appreciation for their services, a monetary tip is very welcomed by those in Madagascar. Here follows some suggested guidelines:

    • Around EUR 4 per person, per day (10,000 Ariary) for a guide or a guide/driver.
    • Around EUR 2 (5,000 Ariary) for a park guide, depending on your satisfaction.
    • Around 5% of the bill at a restaurant
    • 200 Ariary per bag for a porter.
    • As Euro coins cannot be changed into local money in Madagascar, it is advisable to tip in Ariary.

    We would ask that you please reserve your generosity for tipping for services only, and not providing free hand-outs to children or adults, as this encourages begging.

  • Included

    • Meals: 7 x Breakfast, 6 x lunch, 6 x dinner
    • Accommodation as per itinerary
    • All transport
    • Experienced professional Malagasy guide
    • All excursions
    • Park fees and community/environmental levies

    Excluded

    • International and domestic flights and their taxes
    • Any excursions not mentioned in the program
    • All wine and spirits at Manafiafy Lodge
    • Laundry
    • Visas and travel insurance
    • Personal expenses and souvenirs
    • (Please note it may be advisable to book your domestic flights along with your
    • international flights for potential cost saving).

    Please note: If you require a specific language speaking guide to accompany you on
    your entire tour, please request this at time of enquiry. This carries an additional cost.

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    Day 1 Antananarivo, Madagascar

    Upon arrival in Antananarivo, Madagascar’s capital, you will be met and welcomed by an English speaking guide, before transferring to your hotel in the city centre.

    Day 2 Mandrare River Camp

    After breakfast, you will be transferred back to Ivato airport for your flight to Fort Dauphin, on the south-eastern coast of Madagascar, where you will be met by your guide and drive west towards Antandroy Spiny Forest offering a contrast of landscapes. You will arrive at your luxury tented camp in the late afternoon, where you can enjoy breath-taking views across the Mandrare River.

    Day 3 Mandrare River Camp

    After breakfast on the banks of the river, we embark on a trip to Antandroy forest where we will see the tombs of the Antandroy ancestors as well as lemurs and many bird species while crossing the river on foot. In the afternoon, you can either just relax at the camp or take part in our activity options such as a trip to the giant sand dunes of Lake Anony or night walks in the forest.

    Day 4 Mandrare River Camp

    Today will be spent enjoying the various activities located at and around our luxury tented accommodation, tailored to your interests. Some unique and fascinating forest areas in close proximity to the camp can be explored with permission from and being accompanied by one of the local village chiefs.

    Day 5 To Manafiafy

    After our last breakfast by the river, we transfer by road to Fort Dauphin, where we then continue onwards through plantations of mango, citrus, pineapples and bananas to the ocean coast and Manafiafy. Situated on a beautiful white sandy bay, fringed with forest covered mountains, your lodge offers barefoot luxury with wildlife and water on your doorstep.
    Please note: Flying between Mandrare River Camp and Fort Dauphin is possible under certain conditions.

    Days 6 & 7 Manafiafy

    Today you will embark on your choice of a wide range of wildlife and sporting activities which are included in your stay. Some of the options included are, amongst others, canoeing in the mangroves, early morning boat trips for wetland birding, snorkelling in the bay and nearby cove and visits to the local village and school.

    Day 8 Return to Antananrivo (End of Tour)

    You will drive back to Fort Dauphin and continue to the airport for your scheduled flight to Antananarivo, where you will connect with your departure flight.

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