Madagascar Barefoot Luxury Culture & Kayak Adventure
From: $ 4,525.00 per person
Madagascar – 14 days: Experience amazing wildlife sightings, witness untouched flora of the rain-forest and discover the breath-taking blue waters and white beaches of Madagascar during this cultural and adventurous tour. This tour begins at the Mandrare River Camp where you can enjoy the most beautiful views of Madagascar’s interior. Here you will also find the culturally rich Antandroy forest where you will have the opportunity to see the tombs of the Antandroy ancestors, as well as lemurs and numerous bird species. Your kayak adventure will then begin in Sainte Luce Reserve where you will experience Madagascar’s unique fauna and flora up close. The kayak adventure will finish in Manafiafy Beach. Here you will be rewarded with barefoot luxury in a private, picturesque bay, surrounded by the very best of Mother Nature. This tour also offers unlimited activities to unwind, entertain and pamper yourself with, such as snorkeling, boat cruises, spa treatments and many more.
Small-group barefoot luxury Culture & Kayak Safari through Madagascar. Enjoy a cultural & kayak adventure to the South East while camping and relaxing in style, starting and ending in Antananarivo, Madagascar – 14 Days
St Luce Reserve – This reserve was established to contribute to the conservation of some of the very last true coastal forests left in the south east.
Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge – Provides endless opportunities, such as exploring deserted beaches, scouting for whales, or snorkeling in the crystal clear water, viewing corals and tropical ‘aquarium’ fish.
Camp sites – Experience camping in absolute style with French-trained chefs who offer fantastic traditional cuisine.
Antandroy forest – Here you will see the tombs of the Antandroy ancestors as well as lemurs and many bird species.
Fort Dauphin – Popular for its crayfish, Green hills, blue seas, fine beaches and a myriad of surrounding attractions.
Antananarivo – Experience the busy streets of Madagascar’s capital city.
he 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
Group size: Minimum (2)/4 persons, Maximum 12 people sharing
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
- Track suit
- Solid Walking shoes
- Lightweight trousers/jeans
- Swimming costume
- Sun hat
- Warm clothes
- Long-sleeved shirts
- Torch & spare batteries
- Water bottle
- 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.
• Meals as mentioned in itinerary
• Accommodation as mentioned in 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
• Visas and travel insurance
• Personal expenses and souvenirs