Madagascar Barefoot Luxury Culture & Kayak


Madagascar – 14 days: Allow the abundance of creature sightings, untouched flora of the rainforest, breath-taking blue waters and white beaches to wash your stress away while putting you back in touch with nature. On arrival at Manafiafy Beach you will be rewarded with barefoot luxury, in a private, picturesque bay, surrounded by the very best of Mother Nature, with unlimited activities to unwind, entertain and pamper yourself with, for a much deserved three days.


Small-group barefoot luxury Culture & Kayak Safari through Madagascar. A culture & kayaking adventure to the South East of Madagascar with camping in style

Tour Highlights

  • St Luce Reserve – reserve established to contribute to the conservation of some of the very last true coastal forest left in the south east of Madagascar
  • Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge – provides endless opportunities for exploring deserted beaches, scouting for whales, or snorkelling in the crystal clear water viewing corals and tropical ‘aquarium’ fish
  • Camping in absolute style with French-trained chefs
  • Group size: Minimum (2)/4 persons, Maximum 12 people sharing

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

    Kayaking equipment:
    We provide Synergy Fluid Double Kayaks, which also have a centre seat and so can be paddled by one person if needed. They are stable and durable, being made from Polyethylene and they weigh only 33 kg. The kayaks are 3.8 m long and 0.86 m wide, with a carrying capacity of 190 kg. Each kayak has 2 hatches and contains one 15 L “Dry Bag”. There is also a tank well with bungee cord if needed. Each kayak comes standard with a backrest on each seat, which are removable if so desired. Your PDF (personal flotation device) or “life jacket” is a handy ‘one size fits all’ and is a quality make and design. Cobra paddles with aluminium shaft and hard, durable plastic blades, complete the outfit.

    Spending money:
    The tour is almost fully inclusive, so not much spending money is required for extras, besides maybe any spirits or wine required or the whale watching and deep-sea fishing excursions. 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.

    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.

    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.

    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.
    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: 13 x Breakfast, 11 x lunch, 13 x dinner
    • Accommodation as per itinerary
    • All transport
    • Experienced professional Malagasy guide
    • All excursions
    • Park fees and community/environmental levies
    • All kayaks, personal buoyancy aids and paddles


    • International and domestic flights and their taxes
    • Any excursions not mentioned in the program
    • All wine and spirits
    • Laundry
    • Visas and travel insurance
    • Personal expenses and souvenirs


    Day 1 Antananarivo, Madagascar

    Upon arrival in Madagascar’s capital city, Antananarivo, 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 Antandroy Forest

    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 exploredwhere with permission from and being accompanied by one of the local village chiefs

    Day 5 Fort Dauphin

    This morning we will return to Fort Dauphin – the small and pretty major town in south-eastern Madagascar. Besides being really popular for its crayfish, Green hills, blue seas, fine beaches and a myriad of surrounding attractions – make it a popular destination, especially for surfers. After having lunch at a beach restaurant, we settle in at the hotel to spend the remaining day at leisure.

    Day 6 St Luce Reserve

    Today we set of to Sainte Luce Reserve which is situated on an island-like peninsula, cut off from the mainland, and offers us an experience of the spectacular beauty of south east Madagascar. Here you will spend your first day of kayaking. Experience beautiful coastal scenery and a gorgeous natural swimming pool nestled in the mountainous coastline.

    Day 7 Belaveno - St Luce Reserve

    After breakfast we head north through the mangroves and forest. The river is adjacent to the protected forest and wetland, which also incorporates many kilometres of stunning white beaches. After a 2 hour paddle, we will walk to a secluded beach where we will enjoy lunch. Relax after lunch, enjoying this idyllic setting, before we set off for the next kayaking to Belaveno.

    Day 8 Ocean Camp - St Luce Reserve

    This morning sees us paddling again. Enjoy another idyllic day on the river, following the littoral forest through the wetlands and soaking up the sights and sounds of nature and letting the stress and cares of modern living dissolve away. In the afternoon, we have a 2 hour paddle to a large lake. Wander in the forest to see the fruit bats, before our night walk.

    Day 9 Manafiafy Beach

    After our last day of paddling on the river, we end at Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge being welcomed by a barbecue on the beach and a 30 minute back massage. Situated on a beautiful, private, white sandy bay, fringed with forest covered mountains, your lodge offers barefoot luxury with wildlife and water on your doorstep.

    Day 10, 11 & 12 Manafiafy
     After breakfast 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 amongst others are kayaking 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. Other optional activities such as massages are available at your own expense.
    Day 13 Return to Antananarivo

    You will drive back to Fort Dauphin and continue to the airport for your scheduled flight to Antananarivo, for your last night in Madagascar. Upon arrival in Antananarivo, you will be met and welcomed by an English speaking guide, before transferring to your hotel in the city centre and a farewell dinner!

    Day 14 End of Tour

    Our tour ends today. You will be transferred to the airport for your return flight.


  • The city accommodation will be in up-market, boutique-style hotels, while the bush camping nights are spent in spacious 3 man tents that will include stretcher beds and mattresses with bedding. Bush style showers and toilets are provided, as well as all soft drinks and beers. Meals are a major highlight and prepared by French-trained chefs, both on the river and at Manafiafy, where the accommodation style has been selected for its barefoot luxury offering, quite unique to Madagascar.

    Day 1: Pavillion de l’Emyrne or similar
    Day 2-4: Mandrare River Camp
    Day 5: Kaleta Hotel or similar
    Day 6: Bush Camping at Lokaro
    Day 7-8: Bush Camping
    Day 9-12: Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge or similar
    Day 13: Pavillion de l’Emyrne or similar

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