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Welcome and assistance at the airport. After a short briefing, drive to Andasibe through the green and luxuriant vegetation of the east. This first step brings you to the humid part of the country with many primary forests and lakes. Along the way we will see Merina villages in the rocky mountains. Arrive at Andasibe around 6pm and later enjoy a night walk in the area of Andasibe to observe night active lemurs and other nocturnal animals.
A morning visit to the Special Reserve of Andasibe, to see the Indri Indri, the largest lemurs on the island. This reserve is unique with its endemic fauna and flora. It contains a wide variety of orchids, canopy, and animals like chameleons, tenrecs, and many birds. After the visit, walk through the orchid park . In the afternoon, visit Andasibe village, a typical Betsimisaraka (The-Many-inseparable) village, and the second largest tribe on the island. They cultivate rice and live mainly off the forest. This visit allows contact with the local people, to see how they live and what they eat.
Drive back to Tana, and head south to Antsirabe, across the highland landscape with its beautiful rice fields on stage. The spectacular eroded hills called ‘lavaka’ reminiscent of the Far East with its rice fields and green landscape with vegetables and fruit trees. A stop in Ambatolampy for a short visit of this huge agricultural city, which is also known as a source of aluminium. Arrival in Antsirabe around 5pm. Founded by the Norwegians in 1856, it is the only place which really feels and looks like a European city.
After breakfast, drive to Ambositra, the centre of Madagascar's wood carving industry. We are still in the highland, which is characterized by its architecture: The houses are made with ornately carved wooden balconies and shutters with bright colours. Further on you pass the ‘le col de tapia’, a type of tree resistant to the bush fires of the area. The landscape is still dominated by rice fields, pine and eucalyptus trees and rocky mountains. Onward to stunning Ranomafana National Park.
Parc National de Ranomafana with its rain forested hills and abundant wildlife, has long been considered one of Madagascar’s highlights, and is one of the most heavily visited of the country’s national parks. In addition to its densely forested hills, Ranomafana’s terrain is characterised by numerous small streams, which plummet down to the beautiful Namorona River. You will go for walks in the National Park for several hours spotting some of the lemurs, chameleons and other animals.
After early breakfast, drive back to the capital (approximately 10 hours).
Today you will travel to Sainte Marie and see if you can spot whales in channel over to the island.
Today you will have a whale watching excursion. Rest of the day is free.
The next few days are free to relax on the pristine white sandy beaches. Legendary pirates like William Kidd, Robert Culliford, Olivier Levasseur, Henry Every, and Thomas Tew, lived in the île aux Forbans, an island located in the bay of Sainte Marie's main town, Ambodifotatra. Several authentic pirate vessels still lie within a few meters of the surface in the Baie des Forbans.
We will transfer you back to the main land and on to the airport at Antananarivo. (Flight MD 530 11 :20 – 12 :15).