> The Eastern of Madagascar Luxuriance and exotic fragrances
THE EASTERN OF MADAGASCAR LUXURIANCE AND EXOTIC FRAGRANCES 1st day: ANTANANARIVO On your getting off the plane at the terminal you'll be met by our representatives then you'll be presented your stay programme and given your travel document.Transfer to the hotel to deposit your luggage, then you go for a drive round town. Independent lunch around midday and in the afternoon continuation of the tour of Antananarivo. « The City with one thousand warriors ». Night at the hotel. 2nd day: ANTANANARIVO-ANTSIRABE 168km/3h Driving on the National 7 across undulating hills, plains and rice-fields which form a coloured mosaïc like a giant's patchwork. At Ambatolampy a stop to visit a workshop salvaging and transforming aluminium into diverse cookery utensils and pots. Arrival at Antsirabe the thermal spa around midday, then independent lunch. In the afternoon you go round town to visit a lapidary's, a workshop transforming horn, a workshop making sweets in the traditional method; you'll see how the unprocessed stone is transformed into jewels or how zebu horn is wrought to give decorative objets d'art. Continuation of the visit toward Andraikiba and Tritriva crater lakes and their « thousand legends » - Return to town in the early evening, dinner and settling down at the hotel. 3rd day: ANTSIRABE-RANOMAFANA 280km/5h30 Continuation Southward. Going across a very mountainous region and from time to time you'll see villages with terraced ricefields below. The architecture of the houses, always with pillars is typical of the Highlands. Here we are in the Zafimaniry's area. The « Zafimaniry » or « descendants of those who wish something » (the masters in wood carving). Ambositra, the craft capital. A stop to visit a carving and marquetry workshop. With restricted means and a lot of art and ingenuity the craftsman can make objets of art for us. Independent lunch. Arrival at Ranomafana National Park and its humid tropical high – lying forest. A place where various ecosystems meet, with 12 varieties of lemurs; among them there are the « golden bamboo lemurs » ( recently discovered ) without neglecting the multiple varieties of orchids, reptiles and birds... A visit to the park. Overnight stay and dinner at the hotel. 4th day: RANOMAFANA-MANANJARY 200km/3h Going down the big cliff. The traveller's tree « ravenala madagascariensis » and its cousin, the banana tree are very present. Coffee trees, clove trees and jack-fruit trees up to the town of Mananjary, bordered by the Indian Ocean. In the afternoon, going round town with the visit of a workshop transforming and packaging vanilla. Overnight stay and dinner at the hotel. 5th day: MANANJARY-NOSY VARIKA Early morning departure for 100 Km of track that is easily changed into mire after the very frequent rains in the region have passed. Bamboo tree forest, « longoza » afromomum angustifolium, palm-trees, ferns, pandanus, raffia are the vegetations on the border of the track. Rice-field in bogs and the little villages with falafa huts where everybody greets you on your passing make you plunge into another world. The traveller's tree constitutes the main element used in building the falafa huts seen in the region, and in all the Easten part of the island. Picnic luncheon on your tour. Passing on the ferry. Arrival at Nosy Varika in the early afternoon. Afternoon free with the possibility of going for a walk round Nosy varika village. Overnight stay and dinner at the hotel. 6th day : NOSY VARIKA-MAHANORO Departure on the coastal track that passes from time to time in littoral forests sheltering a lot of bird species. Sometimes copses of « Mazambody » clidemia hirta, used for their medicinal virtue to cure the liver and the stomach ... The ritual of the passing of the four “ferryboats” ( Nosy Varika, Masomeloka, Ambodiharana, Salé) are the « strong point » of the day. Picnic lunch on your tour. Arrival at Mahanoro in the afternoon, tour of the town. Free time in the late afternoon. Overnight stay and dinner at the hotel. 7th day : MAHANORO-ANDASIBE 230km/ 5h Along the road bordered with forests of eucalyptus and grevilia up to Vatomandry you have the opportunity to see the Pangalanes. Canal from time to time. Independent lunch during the journey. The traveller's tree is omnipresent until you arrive at Andasibe National Park which shelters the Indri, the biggest lemur of Madagascar. Apart from the indri indri and its famous vocal song, you can count ten other varieties of lemurs in the park. Orchids, fern trees, lichens, numerous birds and other species of the vegetal and animalworld make nature kingly here. Visit to the park in the afternoon. Overnight stay and dinner at the hotel. 8th day : ANDASIBE-ANTANANARIVO 145km/3h Back on the road again. After Moramanga, a historic town where the national insurrection for the independence of the country in 1947 began, here we are at the foot of the big cliff of Imerina. Before tackling the ascent, a halt to visit Peyrieras reserve. Chameleon, butterflies, and insects, batrachians, bats, crocodiles, birds will be waiting there and you'll take a great pleasure watching them. Independent lunch. Arrival in Antananarivo in the middle of the afternoon. Free time at the end of the day. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel 9th day : ANTANANARIVO Day in your charge. A car will be at your disposal. Possibility of buying souvenirs at the craft market. Independent lunch. In the early evening, transfer to the airport and return flight.
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