Rejser til Madagaskar

Østaten Madagaskar er et kapitel helt for sig selv, der ligger helt for sig selv i Det Indiske Ocean ca. 400 km ud fra Mozambique på Afrikas østkyst. Både plante- og dyrelivet på Madagaskar er noget ganske særligt.

To gode repræsentanter er Baobabtræet og den ringhalede lemur. Baobabtræet tager sig rigtig god tid til at vokse. Det tager ca. 1000 år, inden det har nået sin fulde størrelse og fået sit karakteristiske udseende med de knudrede, krogede grene og den hule stamme med god plads til at gemme sig i.

Baobabtræet bliver dog overhalet indenom af den ringhalede lemur med flere halelængder, når det kommer til god tid. Arten har levet på øen uden truslen fra andre abearter i årtusinder, og på den måde har de behændigt undgået evolutionen.

Så mens dinosaurerne uddøde og mennesket opfandt ilden og hjulet, ja, så sad lemuren som en anden turist og slikkede solskin på Madagaskar.

Der er altid masser af gode muligheder for aktiviteter på programmet, når Madagaskar byder dig velkommen og folder sit brede og varierede repertoire ud for dig.

Uanset om du kommer for at snorkle i de smukke koralrev med mulighed for at se en hval, sejle rundt om øen, trekke i regnskoven eller slå et smut forbi ørkenen, så er det garanteret, at du her får oplevelser, som du ikke finder lignende andre steder i verden.

Grupperejse 1 ► Madagaskars hemmeligheder
Grupperejse 2 ► Rundt i det nordlige Madagaskar

Grupperejse 1 ► Madagaskars hemmeligheder

Generel information om grupperejser i Madagaskar

Happy Lama Travels eksklusive grupperejser i Madagaskar foregår i små internationale grupper med lokal engelsktalende rejseleder. Derfor er rejsebeskrivelserne på engelsk.

En lokal rejseleder kender sit land bedre end en dansk rejseleder. Det er desuden vores erfaring at en lokal rejseleder giver dig et bedre indblik i, hvordan livet leves i Madagaskar.

Passer rejsedatoerne dig ikke eller vil du selv have maksimal indflydelse på dit rejseprogram – Kontakt os hvis du ønsker et tilbud på en individuel rejse i Madagaskar.

afrika@happylamatravel.com

Trip Summary

The island of Madagascar occupies a unique place, both culturally and geographically, within Africa. Separated from the mainland millions of years ago, its fauna has developed very differently from the rest of the continent’s wildlife, and it is home to countless species found nowhere else on earth. Its people are an intriguing mix of Malay and African ancestry, with complex patterns of beliefs and an unusual history. On this trip we take in the very best of this enigmatic and alluring land. Our journey takes us to the little visited Tsingy de Bemaraha Reserve, recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site on account of its amazing rock formations, yet virtually unknown to the outside world until twenty years ago – few other operators take the trouble to reach this area, but it is without a doubt one of the highlights of Madagascar. We also visit superb national parks, including the bizarre moonscape of Isalo and the lush rainforests of Ranomafana, home to countless species of lemurs including the rare golden bamboo lemur, only discovered by scientists in 1986. We also visit Andasibe, one of the best places in Madagascar to see the curious indri, the largest species of lemur, and spend time taking walks through the forest in search of endemic wildlife. Finally we spend time at Ifaty on the coast – a relaxing end to the trip. Madagascar is unlike anywhere else on earth – join us to experience its diverse charms on a trip that will challenge what you thought you knew about Africa.

Fitness**** | Adventure**** | Culture*** | History*** | Wildlife*****

Day 1 – Antananarivo

Arrive in Antananarivo and transfer to the hotel. Depending on your time of arrival, you may have time to explore the city. Overnight at IC Hotel or similar.

Antananarivo
Antananarivo, commonly known as Tana, is the capital and largest city in Madagascar. The name Antananarivo means ‘the City of the Thousands’, a reference to the thousand warriors of King Andrianjaka, who established Tana as the capital city of the Merina tribe and accorded it a sacred status. The city was largely chosen for its privileged location – being on high ground (1,370m) and surrounded by marsh made it easy to defend and thus a natural choice for the capital. Tana, as the city is often called, has unusual French and Asian inspired architecture with winding cobblestone streets and staircases that create a medieval impression. The large open-air Zoma market has been disbanded, which means there is now plenty of room to walk around Araben ny Fahaleovantena (Avenue de l’Independence), the capital’s main street. Other attractions include the colourful daily flower market on the edge of Lake Anosy and the botanical and zoological gardens, where you can see the egg and 3m-tall skeleton of the extinct aepyornis, or elephant bird. Sadly, the Rova (Queen’s Palace) burned to the ground in 1996. Though virtually nothing remains at the site, there are nice views of the city from the hill where the palace once stood. Antananarivo does not have too much in the way of conventional sightseeing, but if you enjoy walking around, watching local scenes and experiencing the laid back atmosphere that is prevalent here, the city is a very pleasant place – interesting markets, colonial buildings and many craft shops make it a great place to explore.

Day 2 – Andasibe

This morning enjoy a short city tour of the capital before we drive to Andasibe through lush vegetation, stopping en route at a private reptile reserve to get up close to some of Madagascar’s many species of chameleon. On arrival at Andasibe you will visit a private sanctuary where you can get up close to Lemurs. This evening there will be an opportunity to take a walk in the forest looking for nocturnal creatures. Overnight Vakona Lodge or similar. (B)

Andasibe National Park
Andasibe National Park is home to some of the best of Madagascar’s wildlife, including the endangered aye-aye, bamboo lemurs, chameleons, and the indri, which was named by mistake. When Pierre Sonnerat, a French naturalist, was exploring the island, a local guide spotted the animal and pointed at it, shouting “Indri”, which means “look at that” in Malagasy. Sonnerat assumed the guide was giving him the local name, and ever since then the largest species of lemur has been known as the indri, even to Malagasy speakers. These beautiful animals have black and white markings and pale green eyes, and live in the tree canopy. The park itself contains montane forest and a wealth of plant and birdlife.

Day 3 – Andasibe National Park - Antananarivo

Andasibe is probably the best national park in Madagascar and a good place to watch the indri, the largest species of lemur on the island. We take a morning walk through the forest in search of this enigmatic creature as well as other wildlife, accompanied by an expert guide. In the afternoon we visit a lemur sanctuary to get up close to these fascinating creatures before returning to Antananarivo. Overnight Tana Plaza Hotel or similar. (B)

Lemurs
Lemurs are a special group of primates found only on Madagascar and the Comoros Islands. There are fifty species of lemurs, seventeen of which are on the endangered species list. Lemurs are prosimians, or primitive primates. They are social animals with long limbs, flexible toes and fingers, and long noses. Habitat loss is the main threat to lemurs today, as people clear their native forests for farmland. How and when lemurs became separated from the monkey family is unclear. Although it was once thought that lemurs were on Madagascar when the island separated from Africa, recent advances have shown that Madagascar was separated from Africa by hundreds of kilometres before lemurs evolved. Accordingly, the ancestors of Madagascar’s lemurs must have crossed over from Africa on floating vegetation early in primate evolution and become isolated from Africa. Once on Madagascar, the lemurs evolved into about 50 different species. Then, about 2,000 years ago, the first human settlers arrived on Madagascar from the Malaysian-Indonesian area. By the time the Europeans who wrote about the natural history of the island reached Madagascar in the mid-1600s, 15 species of lemurs had become extinct.

Day 4 – Morondava

Fly west across the island to Morondava, a coastal town with a laid back atmosphere and home to many of Madagascar’s different ethnic groups. If the flight is on time there should be time to relax by the pool at the hotel. Overnight Kimony Resort or similar (B)

Day 5 – Bekopaka

An early start and a full day of travelling by car and boat to cross the Tsiribihina River, driving through the baobab forests, with great opportunities to see a side of rural Madagascar that few other visitors experience. En route we will visit Kirindy Reserve which has the best opportunity for viewing the elusive Fossa as well as lemurs. After Kirindy we will continue the journey to Bekopaka and again take to the water to cross the Manambolo. We arrive at Bekopaka in the early evening. Overnight at Hotel Olympe de Bemaraha or similar. (B)

Day 6 – Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park

We spend today exploring the remarkable World Heritage Site of Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park, a bizarre landscape of eroded limestone pinnacles and one of the most scenic areas in all of Madagascar. Boardwalks between the pinnacles allow us to explore the area, replete with deep canyons and gorges and home to several species of lemurs and birds. Overnight at Hotel Olympe de Bemaraha or similar. (B)

Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park
Only gazetted as a national park in 1998, Tsingy de Bemaraha contains some of the most unusual landscape in the country, comprised of limestone karst pillars and pinnacles that seem to form stone forests. Its lakes, forests and swamps are home to many endangered species including the stump tailed chameleon and Decken’s sifaka. The flora consists of a dry western deciduous forest, and plants typical to dry limestone areas, such as species of Aloe and the baobab Andasonia, as well as the red-flowered and rather flamboyant tree Delonix regia, widely planted in the tropics. Madagascar’s sole native banana Musa perrieri also occurs here.

Please note that although this is a highlight for most people, some people may find it challenging. There are two paths within the path that can be taken – the Grands Tsingy and the Petits Tsingy. The Grands Tsingy path involves going through caves and narrow canyons, and on some occasions harnesses may be used for safety reasons. Your guide will explain the difference between the paths so that you can choose the more suitable option.

Day 7 – Tsingy de Bemaraha

A further day to explore this wonderful national park. You may wish to do the Petit Tsingy circuit or for those that did the Petit Tsingy yesterday instead of the Grand Tsingy, other walks are possible or you can relax by the pool at the hotel. Overnight at Hotel Olympe de Bemaraha or similar (B)

Day 8 – Bekopaka - Morondava

Approximately 8 hours back to Morondava stopping en route at the ‘Avenue of the Baobabs’ where these imposing trees up to 800 years old line the road and provide an iconic snapshot of Madagascar, giving hints of the extensive forest that once covered this part of the island. Overnight Kimony Resort or similar (B)

Day 9 – Antsirabe

After breakfast, drive towards Miandrivazo. En route experience varied landscapes and the transition from the very dry west to the red soil and rice fields around Miandrivazo. Situated on the Tsiribihina River, Miandrivazo is a very fertile region for cotton, corn, manioc, beans, tobacco and rice. After lunch we continue to Antsirabe. You will also notice changes on the features of the local people as Asian heritage becomes more prominent. We finish the day in Antsirabe, founded by Norwegians in 1856 and home to Madagascar’s brewing industry. Overnight Royal Palace or similar (B)

Antsirabe
The city of Antsirabe has about 100,000 inhabitants, and was founded by Norwegian missionaries in the late 18th century, who were attracted by the pleasant climate. It lies on the slopes of the nation’s second highest peak, Tsiafajavona, in the Ankaratra Mountains, and has nearby thermal springs, locally renowned for their healing properties. The city is also known as the centre of Madagascar’s brewing industry, and indeed you will smell the brewery on the way into town.

Day 10 – Ambositra - Ranomafana National Parks

Continuing south, we stop in Ambositra, the centre of Madagascar’s wood carving industry and home to the Zafimaniry tribe. We then continue to Ranomafana National Park for the night. Overnight Setam Lodge or similar (B)

Ambositra
Ambositra, meaning ‘the place of the eunuchs’ (supposedly because the Merina tribe castrated all defeated warriors of the local tribe), is an excellent place to see examples of Malagasy wood carvings, and is the capital of the Zafimaniry tribe. The local houses boast intricately carved balconies, panels and shutters.

Day 11 – Ranomafana National Park

We spend the morning exploring the rainforests of Ranomafana in search of its many species of lemurs, reptiles and birds. This afternoon is free to either relax or visit the nearby village, with its interesting market. Overnight Setam Lodge or similar (B)

Ranomafana National Park
Ranomafana is considered to be one of Madagascar’s most beautiful National Parks, and was established in the early 1990s to protect the newly discovered golden bamboo lemur, as well as the very rare greater bamboo lemur. The park is covered with forest, and in higher areas moss and lichens cover the trees, giving it a prehistoric feel. Exotic plants such as orchids, as well as mountains, waterfalls and natural hot springs, make this endangered forest a charming and unusual place to discover.

Day 12 – Anja - Isalo National Park

Leaving Ranomafana behind we head to Isalo. We stop first at Anja Park, a community run reserve situated in stunning scenery with great opportunities to see ring-tailed lemurs. Arrive in Isalo in the late afternoon. Overnight at Satrana Lodge or similar. (B)

Day 13 – Isalo National Park

We spend today walking through the moonscape of Isalo National Park, stopping at the perfectly formed ‘natural swimming pool’, fringed with lush vegetation and a great place for a dip. Later we head to a stunning rock arch to watch the sun set over this dramatic landscape. Overnight at Satrana Lodge or similar. (B)

Isalo National Park
Isalo National Park, in the south of the country, is largely made up of interestingly-shaped sandstone rocks, and is a world away from the lushness of some of Madagascar’s other parks. The park is renowned for the colours of the surrounding terrain and impressive panoramic views, as well as a sense of utter tranquillity. It is also a sacred area to the local Bara tribe, who use caves in the cliffs as burial chambers. We will be walking for much of the day at Isalo, and so you should be prepared for this.

Day 14 – Isalo - Ifaty

Leaving Isalo behind we head to Tulear. Travelling through the land of the Mahafaly people, we can stop to see the traditional tombs used for burying their dead. From Tulear we transfer to Ifaty on the coast. The region around Ifaty is extremely dry and dominated by ‘spiny forest’ of cacti and other plants that thrive in arid environments. Our accommodation is situated idyllically on a gorgeous beach overlooking the Indian Ocean, where we can watch the local fishermen take boats out as the sun sets. This is a truly beautiful part of Madagascar and a great place to relax or explore. Overnight Hotel La Mira or similar. (B)

Ifaty
On the south-west coast of Madagascar, looking out over the Mozambique Channel, lies Ifaty, an idyllic sun-soaked part of Madagascar. Home to the local Vezo people, Ifaty is an excellent place for snorkelling, diving, or just relaxing and watching the waves lap the shore. Pirogues manned by local fishermen move up and down the coastline, bringing their catches back to land to sell in the local markets, and you’ll soon find yourself slipping into an easy pace of life. There are also plenty of other options for the more energetic, including trips to local nature reserves, boat trips to spot whales and other marine life, and walks to local villages.

Day 15 – Ifaty

A free day to relax or explore. Ifaty is also home to coral reef and offers good diving and snorkelling opportunities. It’s also possible to take a walk to the nearby village of Mangily where we can get a good insight into the life of the local Vezo fishing community. Overnight Hotel La Mira or similar. (B)

Day 16 – Antananarivo

Transfer to Tulear where you will catch a flight back to Antananarivo. Depending on the arrival time in Tana there may be time for you to take a taxi and visit the old and very grand train station which has a lovely café adjacent where you can spend time reliving memories from your trip. Overnight Les Trois Metis or similar (B)

Day 17 – Depart Madagascar

Free time at leisure until your transfer to the airport and your onward flight. Please note optional excursions are possible for those with late flights. Day use available at the IC Hotel until 6pm for clients travelling on late night Air France flight. (B)

Grupperejse 1 ► Madagaskars hemmeligheder
Grupperejse 2 ► Rundt i det nordlige Madagaskar

Grupperejse 2 ► Rundt i det nordlige Madagaskar

Generel information om grupperejser i Madagaskar

Happy Lama Travels eksklusive grupperejser i Madagaskar foregår i små internationale grupper med lokal engelsktalende rejseleder. Derfor er rejsebeskrivelserne på engelsk.

En lokal rejseleder kender sit land bedre end en dansk rejseleder. Det er desuden vores erfaring at en lokal rejseleder giver dig et bedre indblik i, hvordan livet leves i Madagaskar.

Passer rejsedatoerne dig ikke eller vil du selv have maksimal indflydelse på dit rejseprogram – Kontakt os hvis du ønsker et tilbud på en individuel rejse i Madagaskar.

afrika@happylamatravel.com

Trip Summary

Experience a different side to Madagascar with an off the beaten track journey to the North of this enigmatic island continent. On our travels we encounter Madagascar’s unique wildlife at national parks like Ankarafantsika, Amber Mountain, the remarkable Tsingy d’Ankarana and the little visited and utterly spectacular rainforests of Marojejy National Park which cannot even be reached by road. We will spend 3 nights camping in this wonderful wilderness. During this adventure we will hope to see some of incredible endemic flora and fauna. You will also get to meet the friendly Malagasy people – one of the true highlights of a visit to this intriguing part of Africa.

Fitness**** | Adventure***** | Culture*** | History*** | Wildlife*****

Day 1 – Antananarivo

Arrive in Antananarivo and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at IC hotel or similar

Day 2 – Antananarivo - Sambava

This morning we visit some lively markets before transferring to the airport for a flight to Sambava around lunchtime (subject to change), the only flight we shall take on this overland adventure. The landscapes around Sambava are dominated by vanilla fields and coconut plantations. On arrival, if time allows us, we can visit a workshop where you will get a demonstration of how to prepare vanilla from the field to the vanilla pod. Overnight at Las Palmas Hotel or similar (B)

Sambava
Sambava is nestled in a small bay and is sheltered by luxuriant vegetation such as bamboo, banana and palm trees. It is one of the most prosperous cities in the north and known as the capital of the vanilla triangle.

Day 3 – Sambava - Marojejy National Park

Today we travel by 4WD to Manantenina which is as far as the car can go. We then continue on foot for 2 hours to the entrance point of Marojejy National Park. From the park’s entrance it is a further 2 ½ hour walk to reach Camp Mantella. We will spend the next 3 nights in this incredible sanctuary of nature. We will also enjoy a night walk in the forest whilst we are in Marojejy but which night will depend on local conditions. Overnight camping (BLD)

Marojejy National Park
Marojejy National Park is one of the most strikingly beautiful and wild areas of Madagascar. It is unique in the world, a place of dense jungle rainforest, sheer cliffs, and plants and animals found nowhere else on earth. Marojejy National Park comprises 60,050 hectares (148,387 acres) of land, and protects the entire Marojejy Massif. The forests, ranging from low altitude rain forest through to high altitude montane scrub, harbour an impressive list of plants and animals: at least 275 species of ferns, 35 species of palms, 149 species of amphibians and reptiles including 60 frogs such as the green climbing mantilla, leaf-tailed geckos, brookesia chameleons and lots of leeches. The park is also home to eleven species of lemurs, including the critically endangered Silky Sifaka (Propithecus candidus) which only occurs here. Other lemurs found here include Indri, red-bellied lemur, Eastern woolly lemur, aye-aye, bamboo lemur or Weasel sportive lemur. Birds are also very well represented with 118 species having been observed so far including the helmet vanga, Madagascar serpent-eagle, velvet asity, and the cryptic warbler.

Day 4 – Marojejy National Park

Today we continue our trek and reach Camp Marojejia (Camp 2), located at the transition between lowland and montane rainforest. It is located on a mountainside thus it offers breath-taking views, overlooking large areas of the park. The trek to the summit has some steep uphill sections but we can take the route nice and slowly to enjoy the surroundings. Hopefully we will be lucky and spot the “Silky Sifaka” a beautiful white lemur only found in this area. Overnight camping (BLD)

Day 5 – Marojejy National Park

Today the trek leads back to Camp Mantella and this morning is again spent searching for more of the wonderful flora and fauna that inhabits the park. After lunch we hike to Humbert waterfall which is a walk of approximately 1 hour in each direction. Overnight camping (BLD)

Day 6 – Marojejy - Vohemar

After breakfast we drive back to Sambava then head on northwards to Vohemar through the green and peaceful landscape of the east making interesting stops en route. The journey should take around 5 hours. On arrival we will explore Vohemar. Overnight Hotel Baie d’ Iharana (B)

Vohemar
Vohemar is situated in an attractive bay and has one of the few natural harbours on the East coast. It is also one of the main vanilla producing areas of the country.

Day 7 – Vohemar - Daraina

Today we take a dirt track between Vohemar and Daraina. The trip is only 55kms but if there has been recent rain then it can take many hours to navigate this track. Landscape becomes very dry with red laterite soil. On our journey today we should see local people panning for gold. Overnight camping (BLD)

Day 8 – Daraina

A full day exploring the Daraina Reserve, a place rich in flora and fauna. During the walk it may be possible to spot the Tattersall’s Sifaka and other species of lemur as well as many birds. In the tropical forest we will also stop at some waterfalls along the way and time permitting there is also an opportunity for swimming in some natural pools. The walk today should take around 6 hours. Overnight camping (BLD)

Daraina National Park
The park is a mosaic of rolling hills covered with patches of deciduous and semi-evergreen forest, which is one of the richest and most ecologically sensitive areas in the north. The principal reason for its importance is the golden-crowned sifaka, one of the world’s rarest primates, that is found here and nowhere else. Other lemurs are also seen with regularity including crowned lemurs, and Sanford’s brown lemurs and even, occasionally, the aye-aye. Recently a new lemur species has been discovered the “Fork-marked lemur”. They belong to the genus, or group of species, called Phaner and if confirmed as a new species, this would be only the fifth member of that group. Natural ecosystems in Daraina have been transformed and fragmented by human activities. Currently, the area presents a complex and rich mosaic of small, medium, and large forest fragments. Despite the fact that the forests found throughout the region are highly fragmented, the floral and faunal communities found in the area are rich and diverse.

Day 9 – Daraina - Ankarana

After an early breakfast we take a dirt track to the predominantly Muslim town of Ambilobe, a journey of around 7 hours and from there a sealed road to Ankarana. In Ambilobe we will take a look around the lively and picturesque market. Overnight Relais de l’Ankarana Lodge or similar (B)

Day 10 – Ankarana - Diego - Joffreville

This morning we head along the National Route 6 which is a much smoother road than we will have been used to in recent days. We will visit the city of Diego Suarez and also the ‘Montagne des Francais’ to see the endemic Baobab Antseraniensis. We continue to Joffre Ville where we stay overlooking Diego and its picturesque bay. Overnight Nature Lodge or similar (B)

Day 11 – Amber Mountain National Park

We spend a full day searching for flora and fauna in Amber Mountain National Park. Overnight Nature Lodge or similar (B)

Amber Mountain National Park
Created in 1958 this national park is located 7km’s from Joffre Ville and 32kms from Diego Suarez. It is a tropical rainforest with an area of 18,200 hectares and the altitude in the park ranges from 850m – 1485m. The park has its own microclimate which makes the flora and fauna unique. Seven species of lemur have been recorded in the park including the crowned lemur and Sanford’s brown lemur which are usually easily spotted. With a high annual rainfall rate, the park is covered with upland moist tropical forest, with numerous giant tree species, smaller ferns and several orchid species.

Day 12 – Joffreville - Ankarana

Halfway to Ankarana we take a detour on a dirt track to visit the ‘Red Tsingy’ which are strange natural sculptures resulting from erosion of the local river. After lunch we continue to Ankarana and en route we can stop at a local sapphire shop. The landscape on our route to Ankarana is dotted with picturesque rice fields, rivers and streams. Overnight Relais de l’Ankarana or similar (B)

Ankarana Reserve
Ankarana Special Reserve is located about 108km south of Antsiranana (Diego Suarez) and covers 18,220ha. Ankarana is known for its limestone karst pinnacles called tsingy along with its extensive cave system and network of underground rivers, some of which contain crocodiles. Dry deciduous forest is found in much of the reserve. Visitors may encounter the crowned lemur, Sanford’s brown lemur, Perrier’s black lemur, the northern sportive lemur and dwarf lemurs. A variety of chameleons and leaf-tailed Uroplatus geckos can also be found in the reserve.

Day 13 – Tsingy D´ankarana

This morning we visit the Tsingy D ‘Ankarana, where the limestone highlands have been sculpted by natural erosion. It gives the impression of walking on a spiny landscape and is an extraordinary spectacle. Abundant wildlife lives in the forested canyons and during your walk we should have chances to see brown lemurs, geckos and non-poisonous snakes. This afternoon there will be an opportunity for further walks or just to relax at the hotel. Overnight Relais de l’Ankarana (B)

Day 14 – Ankarana - Antsohihy

This morning we drive to Ambilobe before driving past the coffee, cacao and ylang ylang plantations of this volcanic and fertile region of Madagascar. We will drive alongside the Tsaratanana mountain chain which has the highest peak in the country. On arrival in Ambanja we visit one of the 3 main cacao plantations and learn about the whole transformation process. From Ambanja to Antsohihy we will travel through a pleasant landscape dotted with rice fields, streams and rivers. Overnight Hotel Paradisier or similar (B)

Day 15 – Antsohihy - Ankarafantsika

This morning we journey to Ambodromamy, a crossroad between North RN6 and West RN4. It is a little village brought to life by local vendors and their products, especially local fruits that are exhibited on the roadside. Then from there we take the national road number 4 towards Majunga to reach Ampijoroa. This is a Sakalava region, home to the largest tribes of the eighteen ethnicities of Madagascar. The tombs of this tribe tend to be different from other tribes. We arrive by late afternoon and this evening we will take a walk looking for nocturnal creatures. Overnight Gite d’Ampijoroa or similar (B)

Ankarafantsika National Park
A paradise for birds, Ankarafantsika is one of the largest remaining dry deciduous forests, and forms a mosaic with extensive wetlands and provides the final refuge for numerous critically endangered and endemic species including lemurs, reptiles and birds. The forestry station campsite has numerous sought-after “campsite residents. At night a pair of Tortoroka Scops Owls normally start calling in the campsite and Madagascar Nightjars can be seen foraging on the edge of the camp or along the trails on a night walk!

Day 16 – Ankarafantsika

For early risers there will be an opportunity to take a dawn walk for bird watching and exploring the trails around magical Lake Ravelobe. After breakfast we spend the day exploring the natural treasures of Ankarafantsika. Overnight Gite of Ampijoroa or similar (B)

Lake Ravelobe
One of the key features of the Lake Ravelobe is one pair of the critically endangered Madagascar Fish Eagle. With an estimated 50-100 breeding pairs remaining in the wild, this bird is on the edge of extinction. While it is exhilarating to see such a rare bird, it is equally sad to know it is disappearing so fast. The crocodiles in Lake Ravelobe are protected by fady (superstitions and taboos taken from ancient folklore) and have been known to attack unsuspecting villagers.

Day 17 – Ankarafantsika - Antananarivo

Today we journey back to the capital which should take 6-7 hours through grasslands and savannah and we may come across farmers with their zebu herds. On arrival in Tana check in to the hotel before enjoying an early farewell dinner where we can reflect on an amazing journey through the North of this incredible country. Overnight Les Trois Metis or similar (BD)

Day 17 – Departure Antananarivo

This morning for those that wish to we can take an early morning tour around the high parts of town which afford great views and appreciate the soft light against the colourful houses of Tana. Later transfer to the airport for your onward flight (B)

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