Manafiafy & Kayak Experience
From: $ 2,325.00 per person
Experience Madagascar’s pristine beauty and be rewarded with barefoot luxury in a private, picturesque bay. At Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge you are surrounded by the very best of Mother Nature. During your stay embark on an overnight, fully serviced kayak experience. Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge our spacious, well-appointed, thatch-roofed rooms lead directly onto pristine white sand beaches and the azure waters of the Indian Ocean.
Private barefoot luxury tour to the South East of Madagascar, you will be staying at the following accommodation Pavillon de l’Emyrne, Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge, Bush camping, starting and ending in Antananarivo, Madagascar – 7 Days
Antananarivo – Experience Madagascar’s busy capital city, filled with traditional street art and cultural markets that offer a full Madagascar experience.
St Luce Reserve – The St Luce Reserve was established to contribute to the conservation of some of the very last true coastal forests left in the South East of Madagascar.
Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge – Provides endless opportunities for exploring deserted beaches, scouting for whales, or snorkeling in the crystal clear waters, viewing corals and tropical ‘aquarium’ fish.
Camping in absolute style – All camp sites provide luxurious camping opportunities with French-trained chefs that will make traditional Madagascar style cuisine.
Whale watching – Witness the magnificent and popular humpback whale in the waters of Madagascar during your trip, whale season is from June until December.
Snorkeling – Madagascar offers some of the most beautiful snorkeling opportunities with diverse marine life underwater. Snorkeling activities can easily be arranged during your stay at your own cost.
Kayaking – Enjoy an adventurous kayaking experience along the pristine river through the St Luce Reserve and discover Madagascar’s diverse wildlife and plant species.
The 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 and at Manafiafy, where the accommodation style has been selected for its barefoot luxury offering, quite unique to Madagascar.
Group size: Minimum 2, Maximum 12
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 are 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 aluminium shaft and hard, durable plastic blades, complete the outfit.
Vehicle: In Antananarivo we use an air-conditioned vehicle, and for the rest of the tour, we use 4×4 vehicles.
Meals: Where included breakfast will be enjoyed in the restaurants of the various accommodation establishments. Please advise us of any special dietary requirements in advance.
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.
- Track suit
- Walking shoes
- Light trousers/jeans
- Swimming costume
- Sun hat
- Warm clothes
- Long-sleeved shirts
- Torch & spare batteries
- Water bottle
- UV protection
- Mosquito protection
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.
- Accommodation in Antananarivo based on a bed & breakfast basis (meals as per itinerary)
- Camping at St Luce Reserve
- 4 nights at Manafiafy Lodge inclusive of activities, meals, local soft drinks and beers
- All required kayaking equipment
- All transfers and transport mentioned in the program
- Entrance fees in the park and reserve
- Specialist guides in the park as per program
- All excursions mentioned in the program
- English-speaking guide.
- English-speaking guide
- All excursions not mentioned in the program
- All drinks
- International and domestic flights (Antananarivo –
- Airport taxes
- Visas and travel insurance
- All wine and spirits
- Personal expenses and souvernirs