The last primary forests




The last primary forests

Day 1:Arrival in Antananarivo

After your arrival at the airport in the capital of Madagascar you will be met and accompanied to your hotel by your English speaking guide. You are free to spend the rest of the day as you please. (A)

Day 2:Flight to Sambava

In the morning you fly from Antananarivo to Sambava. After your arrival you get your first impression of the city of vanilla while taking a walk. The city survives primarily on the exportation of this product. After the guided city tour, you visit another vanilla plantation depending on the season. There you can experience the harvesting and processing first-hand. (F, A)

Day 3:Hiking through the primary forest

Today, your final stop is in the small village of Mandena, after beginning the hike in the primary forest  of marojejy. The ridges of the national park are popular due to their diversity of plant and animal species. Mountain lovers, as well as ambitious naturalists, can live out their dreams. At the end of the hike, anyone who still has not had enough of this unique nature can hike to the Humbert Falls. (F, M, A)

Day 4: Marojejy National Park

Today is dedicated to the search for the silky sifaka and the nature of the Marojejy National Park. Silky sifakas are day-active and are listed as “threatened with extinction”, as their habitat has been destroyed as well as being hunted. The national park consists of a variety of every type of forest to be found in Madagascar. The highest point of this park is located at an altitude of 2000 m. Here you can find an exceptional variety of plants and animals. (F, M, A)

Day 5: Marojejy

Today you undertake another hike through the primary forest. At midday you can look forward to a nice picnic in this untouched nature. (F, M, A)

Day 6:Marojejy –Sambava

After the breakfast we leave Marojejy and continue our trip to Sambava. You are free to spend the rest of the day as you please. (F, A)

Day 7:Flight to Tana

Today you fly back from Sambava to your starting point in Antananarivo. You are accompanied by your guide to the hotel where you are free to spend the rest of the day as you please. (F, A)

Day 8:Flight to Maroantsetra

In the morning you fly to Maroantsetra where you take a walk in the Marogisa quarter. It is known for its woven baskets and reed mats. (F, A)

Day 9:Maroantsetra – Farinkaraina

Today you experience a typical local journey on a pirogue that is carved from a wooden trunk. On this pirogue you explore small streams and the surrounding landscape as well as a lot of rice fields. After your arrival in Farinkaraina you will experience a night walk before dinner. You may catch sight of the aye-aye. (F, M, A)

Day 10:Farinkaraina

Your day starts with a hike through the forest of Farankaraina to Velongoza. On the way you can see Mdagascar’s copal. Copal is a collective term for tree resin of different botanic origin that are used as incense and also for high quality paints and lacquers. While hiking you also meet different bird species, such as the helmet bird and the white-winged ibis. Bring your binoculars! (F, M, A)

Day 11:Trekking to Lanovahana

Today you will undertake some trekking to Lanovahana. But first, you can relax and enjoy Madagascar’s atmosphere during a journey by pirogue. After the boat trip, the moderately challenging hiking starts along the beaches, with a stretch of forest and over rocks. In the end you cross the nice small fishing villages before reaching Lanovahana. Anyone who is still fit is welcome to the night walk where you can look forward to your dinner as a compensation. (F, M, A)

Day 12:Trekking to Ambanizana

Today another trekking tour from Lanovahana to Ambanizana lies ahead. During the seven hour hike, you hike along sugar cane fields and through small villages where vanilla and cloves are processed. The forest suffers from the cultivation of the spices because for this process the forest is cut down. The last step in Ambanizana is done by piroge. (F, M, A)

Day 13 and Day 14:Masoala National Park

The next 2 days are dedicated to the hike through Masoala National Park. The rain forest region of Masoala is Madagascar’s largest protected area with original primary rain forest. The hike leads along about 10 beaches where you can see humpback whales during the season from July to September. Further attractions of the fauna in the national park are 10 lemur species, for example the rare aye-aye, and other animal species such as butterflies, birds of prey, reptiles and amphibians. You also visit the research station that is dedicated to the conservation of the rain forest. (F, M, A)

Day 15:Return flight to Tana

Today you fly back to Antananarivo. You are accompanied from the airport to your hotel. You are free to spend the rest of the day as you please. (F, A)

Day 16:Flight home

You have to say Goodbye to the wonderful Madagascar and its untouched forests. (F)

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