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Madagascar Honeymoon

This wonderful itinerary allows you to explore Madagascar’s rich forests in search of lemur’s and other fascinating wildlife from chameleons to tenrec’s. Stay in incredibly picturesque locations and come to learn the meaning of the word paradise. From isolated coves with crystal clear waters and immaculate beaches to breathtaking panoramic views out over archipelago’s in the ocean. For something a little different and truly inspiring, come visit Madagascar.

When to Travel

Broadly speaking the north is hot and tropical, the west temperate, the east wet and the south has a dry, Austral climate.

The most rainfall is from January to March and cyclones can occur in February: these are the only months we advise against travel.

In April, May and June there are some heavy downpours, however these are interspersed with sunshine and travel is still possible. The country is green and fresh after the rain and lemurs and reptiles are active and readily seen.

July and August are cool and dry and ideal for exploring. The whales arrive on Ile Ste Marie in July and remain until the end of August.

September, October and November are particularly good as the weather is fine and warm, the flowers are in bloom and many lemurs have young. December is hot but lemurs, reptiles and tenrecs are still active so wildlife viewing is good.

Depart for Madagascar


Day 1:   Antananarivo

Arrival in Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar. Welcome and assistance at the airport. After a short briefing, transfer to the hotel.

Accommodation: Aux Bois Vert (Bed & Breakfast)


Day 2: Antananarivo – Anjajavy

After early breakfast transfer to the airport and Assistance for boarding the flight to Anjajavy hotel; take off at 07:00, arrival around 08:30. Transfer from the private landing strip of Anjajavy hotel to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.

Accommodation: Anjajavy Hotel (Half board)


Day 3 – 4 – 5 – 6: Anjajavy


Day at leisure,


Accommodation: Anjajavy Hotel (Half board)



Day 7: Anjajavy – Tana

Flight to Tana with small 10 seater aircraft. Greet at the airport and then visit of the croc’ farm, just 15 minutes from the airport by car, lunch there (at your charge), Leave after the visit and drive in the city, on the way, stop at the handcrafts market with beautiful handmade items made from stone, wood, natural fibres etc.. Overnight at the hotel.

Accommodation: Palissandre Hotel & Spa (Bed & Breakfast)


Day 8: Tana - Nosy Be – Tsarabanjina

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Nosy Be. Greet at the airport and then transfer to the port for your boat transfer to Tsarabanjina. Overnight at the hotel


Accommodation: Constance Lodge (Full board)


Day 9 – 10: Tsarabanjina


Day at leisure,


Accommodation: Constance Lodge (Full board)


Day 11: Tsarabanjina – Nosy Be – Antananarivo

Transfer by motorboat to the port of Nosy Be and then transfer to the airport for your flight back to the capital.

Accommodation: Palissandre Hotel & Spa (Bed & Breakfast)


Day 12: Antananarivo – Andasibe

After early breakfast drive to the lemur’s park where you can see various species of lemurs living freely in a forested area, Leave after visit for Andasibe through a landscape composed by a succession of rice paddies, waterfalls, and scarce forest stations. Stop for the visit of the reptile park of Marozevo. Before dinner, off for a night walk to see some nocturnal species of lemurs.

Accommodation: Vakona Forest Lodge (Bed & Breakfast)


Day 13: Andasibe – Antananarivo – Europe

A morning visits to the Special Reserve of Andasibe, to see the Indri Indri, the largest lemurs on the island. This 810 ha reserve is unique with its endemic fauna and flora. It contains a wide variety of orchids, canopy, and endemic animals like chameleons, tenrecs, and many birds. Then visit of the lemurs island, where some nearly tame lemurs will jump on your shoulder. In the afternoon, drive back to the capital, day use at the hotel near of the airport then transfer to the international airport for your flight back home. Where your unforgettable tour ends.


Day Use: Aux Bois Vert


Fly home


 

Anjajavy****


The luxury four star hotel Anjajavy hotels has been built on a peninsula, facing a large bay and the Mozambique channel, behind it a large reserve of 450 hectares with some 1800 plant species from which many endemic. Situated 120 km north of Mahajanga, accessible by sea by a long boat ride or with the hotels own Airplane Company Air hotel which flies regularly from Antananarivo and Nosy be island.

All the luxury bungalows (or villas) are air-conditioned, have an ensuite bathroom with large bath tube and separated toilet, are equipped with minibar, safe and kettle to make your own tea or coffee whenever you like. The bungalows are made from precious Palissander wood, and the roofs are made with leaves from the Satrana palm tree. Each villa has a large terrace facing the sea, a lounge, a breakfast area and a bedroom. On a small stairway you’ll get to the first floor where you will find two single beds for the kids or friends.

There is a large 200 sqm swimming pool close to the beach and sea. Between the pool and the restaurant are some palm trees on a large green lawn, where colourful birds come in the morning while you have breakfast.

In the afternoon, you can have your five o’clock tea at a beautiful oasis made by a French landscape artist, in the shade of some Palissander tree or the Ravinala, You’ll see lemurs and birds when they come to drink at the pool and you can see aquatic plants such as the Papyrus.

Five minutes behind the hotel is another beach with a marina, surrounded by Tsingys, where the hotel offers the following water sports: Sailing boats, Hobby cat, windsurfing, canoes, snorkelling, water ski, fishing boat excursions (to see the Moramba Bay, la Garconniere des Dieux…).  You can also play table tennis, there’s a pool table, or you can play badminton, Volleyball or rent a mountain bike.

This hotel is a little paradise and the perfect spot for a honeymoon. Nearby, there are a few lonely bays where you can spend the day with a pique nique and lazing in the sun. The hotel offers every day several guided walks to explore the reserve, the surroundings and some caves nearby, where they’ve found a skull from giant lemurs which have been extinct thousands of years ago.



Flight from Antananarivo (Tue, Thu, Sat) or Nosy Be (Thu) with private hotel flight:   

Please note that the luggage allowance on this flight is strictly 20 kg per passenger only, including hand luggage, so clients will have to leave their excess luggage in the storage room of the airline at the airport in Antananarivo.



Activities (free of charge).

  1. -Hobby Cat Catamaran (accompagnied)

  2. -Snorkeling

  3. -Walk with or without guide.

  4. -Pool, Billiards, petanque, beach volleyball, badminton

  5. -Pirogue and Canoe on the sea and in the mangroves

  6. -Visit of the garden and the reserve of Anjajavy (possibility of night walk), visit of the grotto.

  7. -Visit of the fishermen villages nearby.


Activities which will be charged:

  1. -Boat excursions

  2. -Water ski or wakeboard

  3. -Deep-sea fishing.

  4. -Massage

  5. -Mountain bikes

  6. -Picnic on private bay



Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina***(*)

An Island, small in size, conducive to seclusion, calm and exclusivity. An Island privileged in its relationship with nature. Proximity, perfumes and delicacies.
An Island where one is refreshed and regenerated in a timeless setting, in order to discover ones own tempo, no pressures, no constraints.
An Island with no news, no television and no telephone (except for your personal mobile phone). An Island with no dress code other than the pareo, and bare feet, in order to experience the regenerating contact with the sand, even at the bar...
An Island without any sound in the background other than that of the waves and the birds; an Island with colourful sunsets "spread against the sky".
An Island where one pampers oneself by resting, by relaxing, with sports, massages and a healthy diet made up mainly of sea food.
An Island with a small house, on your own, with simple amenities but cosy.
...... An Island, all your own, just for you.


Location
Located northwest of Madagascar Main Island forty nautical miles from Nosy-Be, Tsarabanjina is a paradise in the Mitsio archipelago.


Climate
Sheltered from natural cataclysms, the region is sunny all year round.

Visa Requirements
A visa is mandatory and the passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months, visas can be obtained at the airport upon arrival in Madagascar. Passport valid for at least 6 month with a visa delivered by a Malagasy embassy or a consulate.

Vaccination
No vaccination is required but it is recommended to undergo preventive anti malaria treatment.

Accommodation

Every bungalow is unique, each one bearing the name of a flower, a tree or a fish. It consists of the main bedroom equipped with fans, a bathroom with shower and a separate W.-C, a private terrace with deck chairs and coffee table.


DISCOVERY

Tsarabanjina
It is an island to discover at nature's pace. You can walk safely, climb up the hills and loose yourself in the meanders of the luxuriant vegetation. On the trail you will certainly see numerous birds among them the famous fly catchers and a couple of fishing eagles. A biologist even encountered the smallest chameleon in the world (barely one centimeter long). On the peninsula to the east, you will also visit the tomb of sakalava kings from the Mitsio archipelago.

Neighboring Islands
In an outboard boat you will admire the sunset over the Quatre Freres (Four Brothers) accompanied by the ballet of white terns and frigate birds. Visiting the Ankarea will take you to the highest point of the Mitsio archipelago where you will enjoy the breathtaking panorama. Visit the Grande Mitsio with its organ pipe shaped basaltic rocks and its small fishermen's village.

Nosy Be
Before you go back, treat yourself to a climb in Nosy Be, the perfumes island and smell the fragrance of Ylang-Ylang, vanilla and frangipani. Wander around Hellville and the tablecloth market...



Activities (free of charge).


• Snorkeling
• Kayak
• Hobby cat
• Water-skiing
• Sailing
• Volley ball
• Boccia games
• Walks round the island
• Tennis court
• Table Tennis
• Board Games


Activities which will be charged:

• Fishing
• Excursions to discover the Mitsio Archipelago
• Massage and reflexologies





Tariffs are subject to changes, especially if heavy fluctuation in exchange rate and/or fuel prices. All tours and tariffs are subject to changes in case of cancellations or overbooking of flights, changes in timetable, bad weather and road conditions, strike, political troubles, problems with fuel supply, tribal and other war, closing of sites, natural disasters such as earthquakes, cyclones, floods and other acts of God.


Including:
- Transfers from and to the airport in Madagascar

- Best Accommodation based on bed & breakfast on day 1 - day 7 - day11 & day 12, on half board on the days 2 to 6, and on full board on the days 8 to 10.

- Driver’s indemnities & Fuel

- Sedan Car with a driver from Antananarivo to Andasibe and back to Tana

- Entrance ticket in Andasibe reserve

- Service of local guide in Andasibe, also for night walk


- Boat transfer from Nosy Be port to Tsarabanjina

- Tourist levy

  1. -VAT.

  2. -- Flight with small 10 seater aircraft from Tana to Anjajavy & Anjajavy to Tana - & Domestic flight Tana - Nosy Be – Tana: we can arrange this - however a local payment to our ground agent will be necessary on arrival - all costs will be broken down prior to booking

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Excluding:
- International flights with their airport taxes

  1. -Visa fee (will probably be free again if getting upon arrival)

- All other meals and drinks

- Personal expenditures

  1. -Personal insurance for eventualities like accidents, theft or damage to luggage, cancellation etc

Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident of illness)