Madagascar Barefoot Luxury Culture & Kayak Adventure

From: $ 5,095.01 per person

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During this 14-day cultural and adventure tour, experience amazing wildlife sightings, untouched flora of the rainforest and the breath-taking blue waters and white beaches of Madagascar.

Overview

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


Tour Highlights

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.

 

 

Included

  • Accomodation and meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All required transport
  • Experienced professional Malagasy guide
  • All excursions, park fees and community/environmental levies
  • All kayaks, personal buoyancy aids and paddles

Excluded

  • International and domestic flights and their taxes
  • Pre and post tour accomodation
  • Optional activities
  • All wine and spirits
  • Visas and travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and souvenirs

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


Transport: 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 is 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 an aluminium shaft and hard, durable plastic blades, complete the outfit.


Travel Insurance: Please note that travel and cancellation insurance is mandatory for every guest travelling with Jenman Madagascar Safaris. All insurance is solely the responsibility of our guests. Please ensure you arrange your own insurance with protection for the full duration of your journey to cover personal injury, damage and loss of personal items including but not limited to camera equipment and other electronic items, medical expenses, repatriation expenses and loss of luggage, etc. Please speak to your travel agent if you require assistance.


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 115’000 Ariary (around 35 €). 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.


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 are 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.


Making Your Travels Meaningful: The Grow Africa Foundation (163-738 NPO) is the responsible tourism initiative started by Jenman African Safaris and Hideaways. The focus of Grow Africa is to make a positive impact on the environment, society and economy in the places we travel to. We do this by instigating and supporting local social and environmental projects.

Your booking makes a difference: With every booking to the value of R 10,000 / US$ 1,000 / EUR 1,000 or more, a donation of R 50 / US$ 5 / EUR 5 will go to the Grow Africa Foundation. Click here to see the projects your booking is supporting.

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