Highlights of nature in Western and Eastern Madagascar

14 to 30 October 2021

17 days / 16 nights – from de £ 3.390 per person

Photographic safari with Alain Even

Do you dream of discovering the western and eastern regions of Madagascar, the red island-continent that is still preserved from mass tourism, and immersing yourself in its most striking ecosystems for close encounters with the endemic fauna?

For this original and comprehensive safari, join the professional wildlife photographer, Alain Even, for two weeks to allow you to discover the most beautiful landscapes and explore the main reserves of the west and the east of the island at the most favourable time for observing and photographing varieties of lemurs, multiple chameleons and other species such as multi-coloured frogs.

This safari offers you the opportunity to share time with Alain under conditions very similar to those in which he operates as a professional wildlife photographer.

The highlights of this safari are the following:

– live in immersion in primary rainforests, and rocky, desert and baobab covered landscapes where wilderness is preserved

– travel in a small group and benefit from the personalized photographic advice of Alain Even

– explore the Malagasy biodiversity through hiking accompanied by a local guide, and maximize the time with the animals when the conditions are optimal for their observation and photography

– enjoy comfortable accommodation in the heart of the reserves, allowing you to be close to the action and animals

A unique and exciting safari in Madagascar for nature lovers and photography enthusiasts!

Day 1: Arrival in Antananarivo

Departure in the morning from Europe and arrival at the end of the evening in Antananarivo – Ivato International Airport, meet and greet and transfer to your hotel.

Night at Hotel Le Palissandre. Bed & Breakfast and dinner.

Day 2: From Antananarivo to Miandrivazo

Departure in the morning from the hotel in Antananarivo for a long day of driving across the region on the west of the capital (390 km, 8 hours). Stops on the way to enjoy the landscapes and discover the population of this region.

Lunch en route and arrival late afternoon in Miandrivazo to take advantage of the pool and enjoy the sunset.

Night at the Hotel Princesse Tsiribihina. Full board and activities included.

Day 3: From Miandrivazo to Morondova

Departure in the morning from the hotel and continuation of the drive to Morondova (260 km, 5 hours). In the afternoon, time permitting, settling into your room and relaxing before heading to the Avenue des Baobabs (20 km) for a first sequence of photography at sunset.

Overnight at Hotel Palissandre Côte Ouest. Full board and activities included.

Day 4: From Morondava to Bekopaka

Early morning return to the Avenue of the Baobabs for their observation and the photography of the sunrise on this landscape.

After picnic breakfast, departure for the village of Bekopaka that is the southern gate of the Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park (200 km of dirt road, 8h in 4WD vehicules).

Stop for lunch halfway, in the village of Belo Tsiribihina.

Arrival at the end of the afternoon at your hotel and installation in your room before dinner.

Night at the Hotel Le Soleil des Tsingy. Full board and activities included.

Day 5 and day 6: Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park

These days are devoted to the discovery of the Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park and to observing the characteristic landscapes and some of the endemic wildlife.

Treks in the Grand Tsingy for the participants not subject to fear of heights, or in the Petit Tsingy for a more casual walk.

Nights at the Hotel Le Soleil des Tsingy. Full board and activities included.

Day 7: From Bekopaka to Marofandilla

Last morning devoted to the discovery of the Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park and to observing the characteristic landscapes and some of the endemic wildlife.

Picnic lunch and departure for Marofandilla (160 km of dirt road, 5.5 hours).

Arrival at your hotel in time to settle in your room and refresh for dinner. For the participants who wish to take part, an optional walk in the Kirindy Forest Reserve is organised.

Night at Le Relais du Kirindy. Full board and activities included.

Day 8 and day 9: Kirindy Forest Reserve

These days are devoted to the discovery of the Kirindy Forest Reserve, including its landscapes with baobabs, its lemurs and the chance of observing the surprising fossa.

Nights at Le Relais du Kirindy. Full board and activities included.

Day 10: From Marofandilia to Miandrivazo

After breakfast and a short walk in the Kirindy Forest Reserve, departure by the the road towards Morondava, passing one last time through the Avenue des Baobabs.

Then continuation of the road to Miandrivazo (280 km, 7 hours) where you will arrive at your hotel for a night of stopover.

Overnight at Hotel Princess Tsiribihina. Full board and activities included.

Day 11: From Miandrivazo to Antsirabe

Continuation of the drive (220km, 5 hours) to Antsirabe with multiple stops en route to admire the spectacular landscapes, take panoramic pictures as well as pictures of the local population.

Arrival during the afternoon at the lodge and settling into the rooms before a walk to see part of the 2,000 traditional and colourful tuk-tuks of the third largest city of Madagascar.

Antsirabe, whose name means “where there is salt” in additional to having also been called the “Malagasy Vichy”.

Night at Les Chambres du Voyageur (or Residence d’Antsirabe). Full board and activities included.

Day 12: From Antananarivo to Anjozorobe

Breakfast and departure by road, around 9:30 am, for Anjozorobe with some stops en route to admire and photograph the landscape.

Arrival at your camp in time for lunch before your first walk in the tropical humid forest of noth-east of Madagascar in the afternoon. For the participants who wish to take part, an optional night walk in the Anjozorobe Reserve is organised.

Night at Saha Forest Camp. Full board and activities included.

Day 13: Anjozorobe

This day is dedicated to the discovery of the Anjozorobe Reserve and its fauna, far from the beaten track and the traditional tourism of Madagascar. This is an opportunity to discover new varieties of diurnal and nocturnal lemurs as well as fascinating amphibians, lizards and chameleons.

Lunch at camp and night photo walk (optional).

Night at Saha Forest Camp. Full board and activities included.

Day 14: From Anjozorobe to Andasibe

Breakfast and morning of walk in Anjozorobe Reserve to observe further endemic wildlife and flora.

Departure by road for Antsirabe and lunch en-route to arrive at your lodge in time for an afternoon walk in the VOIMMA or Mitsinjo Reserve before your dinner.

Night at the Hotel Feonny Ala. Full board and activities included.

Day 15 and day 16 : Andasibe and the Reserves of Analamazaotra and Mantadia

These days are devoted to the discovery of the National Park of Andasibe-Mantadia and more particularly of the Special Reserve of Analamazaotra on the first day, and the Mantadia Reserve on the second day. Picnic lunch and night photo walk (optional).

Night at the Hotel Feonny Ala. Full board and activities included.

Day 17 : From Andasibe to Antananarivo

After breakfast, departure for the capital Antananarivo by a road of 180 km (approx. 3h30).

Lunch en route and, depending on the time of arrival in the afternoon, visit to the craft market of La Digue, which presents all the wealth of Malagasy handicraft in small wooden barracks at the edge of the rice fields.

Access to a dayroom at the San Cristobal Hotel (or Relais des Plateaux) for refreshment and change of clothes, then dinner and transfer to Ivato International Airport for your return flight to Europe or to your next destination.

 

Indicative price: from £3.390 / person on the basis of eight people sharing twin/double rooms.

Supplement 7 participants : + £ 190 / person

Supplement 6 participants : + £ 400 / person

Supplement 5 participants : + £ 510 / person

Supplement 4 participants : + £ 950 / person

Supplement 3 participants : + £ 1.740 / person

Subject to availability at the time of booking. The estimated budget will be communicated at the time of booking and the final budget at the final payment of the safari to take into account the exchange rates at the time and the final number of participants that will be a minimum of 3 people and a maximum of 8 people.

– The airport transfers

– The road transportation to the accommodations and activities indicated in the itinerary of this brochure, in one, two or three privatised 4×4 vehicles driven by a specialized driver guide (3 passengers and 1 driver per vehicle).

– The services of Alain Even as photographic advisor and the Park Fees and Guide Fees (subject to possible changes)

– 1 night in Antananarivo at the Hotel Le Palissandre. Bed & Breakfast and dinner.

– 2 nights in Miandrivazo at the Hotel Princesse Tsiribihina, in a twin or double room with en-suite bathroom and toilets. Full board.

– 1 night in Morondava at the Hotel Palissandre Côte Ouest, in a twin or double room with en-suite bathroom and toilets. Full board.

– 3 nights at the Hotel Le Soleil des Tsingy (or Hotel Olympe du Bemaraha), in twin or double room with en-suite bathroom and toilets. Full board.

– 3 nights at the Relais du Kirindy, in a twin or double room with en-suite bathroom and toilets. Full board.

– 1 night at the Les Chambres du Voyageur eco-lodge (alternative: Résidence d’Antsirabe), in twin or double room with en-suite bathroom and toilets. Full board.

– 2 nights at the Saha Forest Camp, in a twin or double room with en-suite bathroom and toilets. Full board.

– 3 nights at the Hotel Feonny Ala, twin or double room with en-suite bathroom and toilets. Full board

– 1 dayroom at the Hotel San Cristobal (or Relais des Plateaux), in a twin or double room with en-suite bathroom and toilets.

– International flights to Antananarivo Airport and return

– Travel insurances (cancellation, repatriation, luggage, other risks and any additional insurance)

– Cost of the tourism visa

– Meals not mentioned or mentioned as “free” in the itinerary

– Drinks (beer, wine, spirits) other than the ones mentioned

– Any extras of personal nature, tips, laundry and drinks not mentioned in the program, etc.

– Supplement for individual room and tent: £ 600 per person.

– Replacement of transportation by car on days 2-3 and days 10-11 by regular flights Antananarivo – Morondava and return. This option reduces travel time and requires a second passage by Antananarivo instead of a night in Antsirabe.

The total duration of the trip is reduced by 2 days and the price of the trip increases from £ 360 to £ 630 depending on the number of people. For more details, please contact us.

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