Madagascar | Circuit accompagnéNouveau
Green Adventures on the Red Island!
When you think of Madagascar, lemurs are the first image that springs to mind, but they are only one of the Red Island’s myriad natural wonders. Most amazing, perhaps, is the exceptional range of endemic plant life: 80% of the country’s 13,000 plant species are not believed to exist anywhere else... on earth. The explanation is simple: this veritable little continent has been isolated from the rest of the world for tens of millions of years! Emblematic examples include traveller’s trees, baobabs, over 1000 varieties of orchids, not to mention euphorbia… the specialty of your expert-guide for this trip! That’s right, you will be discovering these natural treasures in the company of Thomas Haevermans – Lecturer at the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturel (MNHN) in Paris where he is head of the botany team – and his wife Agathe Haevermans – scientific illustrator and naturalist at the MNHN and president of the French Society of Botanical Illustration. You will visit the highlights of the north, from Diego Suarez to Majunga, enjoying a combination of hikes, botanical observations enhanced by Thomas’ insightful commentary, stops to sketch the landscape / travel logs / drawing / watercolours with Agathe, and encounters with the warm, engaging local inhabitants. From the unique architecture of the Ankarana Tsingy, to the Diego Suarez bay and the Ankaranfantsika National Park, your sketchbook will gradually fill with unique and spectacular scenes! You will also visit Nosy Be and the tiny Nosy Tanikely island and lagoon, ideal spots for rest and relaxation. Multicoloured fish, turtles, lemurs, protected and luxuriant vegetation and more make each of these sites a little corner of paradise! Get ready for an exceptional journey in excellent company!
Arrival in the Malagasy capital early in the morning, transfer to the hotel and time to rest. Lunch. In the middle of the afternoon we leave the hotel for a visit of the Tsimbazaza botanical and zoological park. There, we will meet Malagasy botanical artists. This park preserves the fauna and flora endemic to Madagascar as well as serving as an educational centre promoting the country’s environmental conservation.Dinner, night and breakfast at the 3 Métis Hotel (or equivalent)
Early in the morning, transfer to the airport then flight to Diego Suarez. We are welcomed at the airport by our guide who will take us to the hotel to drop off our luggage. The time spent in transit is used to begin our naturalist sketch book. Then, in the morning, after a short transfer to the base of the Montagne des Français, we begin our hike to the top. This mountain is named after a battle between French colonial forces and the English in 1942. On the mountain, we can admire an arid type of vegetation, as well as a high rate of endemic fauna. At the summit, we step into a page of Diego Suarez’ history in the ruins of old fortifications, and enjoy a breathtaking panorama of the bay and the Mozambique canal to the Indian Ocean. Picnic lunch.In the afternoon, we leave for Orangea where we take a walk along the beach and the cliff. Then, we explore the botanical diversity of the Orangea forest, taking breaks to sketch the Baobabs, pachypodiums and other succulent plants found in the rock formations. We return to the hotel at the end of the day. Transfer: about. 45 minNight and dinner at the Grand Hotel (or equivalent)Walking time: 2½ hours. Night at the hotel. Climb up: 450 m. Climb down: 450 m.
We leave Diego Suarez early in the morning to reach the Montagne d’Ambre. This national park is a dense rainforest with a very high endemic rate including thousands of species of precious wood (i.e. Dalbergia chlorocarpa, Canarium madagascariensis, etc.) making the Montagne d’Ambre a fascinating melting pot of biological diversity in a small area with relatively easy access.We set off on an easy hike in the middle of the tropical rainforest. With a little luck, we will spot our first lemurs here. Seven species of lemur live in this park, and five of them are active during the day! Several species of reptiles and birds also live in the park. Lunch on site. Return to Diego Suarez in the afternoon. Dinner and night at the Grand Hotel (or equivalent)Transfer: about 90 min - 27 kmWalking time: 4 hrsNight at the hotel.
We hit the road early in the morning for the tsingy in Ankarana, stopping at the Tsingy Rouges. This formation has the same geological history as the Ankarana tsingy, with a few thousand years’ difference, but these are formed by a friable, clay-like rock while the tsingy in Ankarana are limestone. This hike is an opportunity to continue filling our sketch book and to observe the stunning flora and fauna surroundings . Picnic lunch en route. We drive to Mahamasina, and the East Entrance of the Ankarana National Park. Settle into our rooms, dinner and night at the hotel. Transfer: about 4½ hours - 145 kmNight and dinner at the Relais de l’Ankarana (or equivalent)Walking time: 1½ hrs. Night in a bungalow.
A day of exploration at the foot of the tsingy in the Ankarana National Park. We visit the park’s most beautiful circuit, the Big Tsingy of Benavony, a route which crosses nearly the entire length of the tsingy. On forest trails, before reaching the Tsingy, we can catch a glimpse of several lemur species. Day 6 offers plenty of opportunities to fill our sketch book with drawings of the botanical curiosities found in this nature reserve. Plus, Thomas will explain how plants adapt to extreme environments, and share his expertise on a variety of related topics. This trail is safe and fully maintained. We cross a suspension bridge between two parts of the tsingy in the middle of our hike. Lunch in a local restaurant after leaving the park. Transfer to our hotel in the afternoon.There is not too much climbing, but a few slightly challenging spots: suspension bridge - ladder – canyon. A shorter version of the circuit can be arranged depending on participants’ capabilities. Night and dinner at the Relais de l’Ankarana (or equivalent)Walking time: 4 hrs. Night at the hotel.
We get an early start to drive to the Ankify peninsula where we board a speedboat to visit the Nosy Tanikely marine reserve, a sort of gigantesque natural aquarium. Nosy Tanikely is true to its name– “island of little land” –and isn’t much more than an islet. The fact it is uninhabited makes it even more interesting to visit and observe. The island and its lagoon are true paradises, both for the flora and fauna on the island and for the fauna in the lagoon. We take advantage of this little haven of peace to walk and swim in complete safety with multi-coloured fish and, if we are lucky, some of Madagascar’s famous turtles. We then board the boat again and set off for the Nosy Be port and our hotel. Night and dinner at the Vanila Hotel (or equivalent).Transfers: about 30 min by boat and about 4 hrs in a vehicle (about 292 km).Night at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer by vehicle to Ambatozavavy where we climb aboard traditional dug-out canoes. The visit begins in Lokobe, a forest reserve located south-west of Nosy Be. It is one of the last primary forests where you can find almost all the endemic fauna and flora of Nosy Be and the north of Madagascar. Upon arriving in the village of Ampasipohy, we take a walk through dense vegetation to discover endemic species such as black lemurs, snakes, birds, etc. A sketching break during the visit.Buffet lunch on the beach. At the end of the walk, we once more board traditional dug-out canoes, arriving in the village of Ambatozavavy, drive to hotel. Arrive in the afternoon, settle into the hotel. Workshop (Comparing two types of vegetation: tropical and xerophyte observed in the Ankarana special reserve). 2 hrs transfer by car, 1 hr by dug-out canoeNight and dinner at the Vanila Hotel (or equivalent)Walking time: 2 hrs. Night at the hotel. 2h de transfert en voiture, 1h de pirogueNuit et dîner au Vanila hôtel ( ou équivalent)
Morning: drawing workshop with Agathe.Lunch at the hotel restaurant.Afternoon: free time at the seaside. The island has many more wonderful sites both inland or in the sea. A variety of excursions can be organised leaving from the hotel. Night and dinner at the Vanila Hotel (or equivalent)Night at the hotel.
Early morning transfer by boat to Ankify, a small, picturesque seaside village. From there, we drive through a variety of landscapes–ranging from arid to lush–in this region where the Sofia River floods the fertile valleys. The roadsides are lined with colourful markets and many lively, authentic scenes of everyday life. We take the time to meet some locals and visit village markets with our guide, a native of northern Madagascar who facilitates these encounters, putting everyone at their ease. Lunch in a small local restaurant. Arrival in Antsohihy at the end of the afternoon. Night and dinner at the Belle Vue Hotel (or equivalent).Our transfer (about 215 km – 5 hrs of driving and a 30-min boat ride) includes several stops for sketching and botanical discovery.Night at the hotel.
After breakfast, we drive to the Ankarafantsika National Park. This national park offers a unique flora formation on its sandy massif where we can also observe micro-endemic animal species not found in any other protected area.The Ankarafantsika National Park also offers the amazing biodiversity present in Madagascar’s network of parks and reserves.En route, we will drive through the towns of Mampikony and Port Bergé located in areas known for the production of industrial crops (tobacco and cotton). Picnic lunch en route. We arrive in the middle of the afternoon. Dinner and night at the Blue Vanga and/or lodge (or equivalent)Please note: This park offers only two lodging possibilities, both with limited capacity. Depending on the size of the group, the participants may be divided between the two lodgings which are not the same category.Transfer: about 330 km – 6 hrs
We will spend all morning exploring the Ankaranfantsika National Park. The varied and contrasted landscapes include different types of forests (i.e. one dense arid semi-deciduous), savannah, lakes and the “lavaka” of Ankarokaroka, resulting from gigantic erosion. This national park boasts a wide variety of flora and fauna : 823 species in all have been inventoried. Three species of lemurs live in the forest which is also home to no fewer than 129 species of birds, of which 75 are endemic to this area. We will walk through the forest to observe various species of lemurs and birds. After the visit, we will drive to Majunga. Picnic lunch en route. We arrive at the end of the afternoon. Dinner and night at Roches Rouges (or equivalent)Transfer about 115 km – 2 hrs Walking time: 3½ hrsNight at the hotel.
We spend our morning on a walking tour of the city of Majunga, also known as Mahajanga. Nicknamed the City of Flowers, this port city and capital of the north-west region of Madagascar is located at the mouth of the Betsiboka River and offers grandiose natural scenery and colourful cultural aspects.We leave the waterfront to visit the city’s main market, then walk back to the seaside to stroll along the palm-lined Corniche. Lunch in a small restaurant in town. Short transfer to Antsanitia beach. We enjoy free time in the afternoon. There is a beautiful beach in front of the hotel where you can meet fishermen and watch the dug-out canoes as they come and go. The hotel also has a swimming pool for participants who want to relax. Dinner and night at Antsanitia Resort.Transfer: about 25 km – 1 hrWalking time: 90 min. Night at the hotel.
We spend the morning on a botanical circuit with Agathe and Thomas Haevermans as our guides and/or a botanical drawing workshop.The eco-lodge offers the following activities on site (booked and paid at the hotel)• Dolphin and whale safari: August to October• Visits to local villages on foot• Excursion to the Morira River and Lac Sacré (Sacred Lake)Lunch, dinner and night at the Antsanitia Resort (or equivalent)Night at the hotel.
A day dedicated to air travel. Depending on flight times, transfer to the airport in Majunga for our flight to Antananarivo. Depending on how much time we have, an overview tour of the capital, souvenir stop, then transfer to the airport. End of prestations.Transfert 25 km – 1 hr
Bon appetit!All meals during the circuit are included, except for dinner on day 15 if you have a late flight.Breakfast and dinner at the hotels.Picnic lunch, or midday meal in local restaurants or at the hotel.Local food featuring rice, fish, chicken, etc.A trip in Madagascar guarantees a wide variety of quality food! Drinks are not included except for tea, coffee and water from a water tank (except at restaurants). You can buy reasonably-priced drinks at small roadside shops. It is important to drink regularly (an average of 3 to 4 litres per day) to avoid dehydration.
Your toilette (and toilets)Accommodations provide a good level of comfort (en-suite bathrooms and toilet)
Follow the guide!You will travel with a local French-speaking team: a driver, a Malagasy guide from Nomade Adventure with in-depth knowledge of his/her country, as well as local park guides on certain excursions (i.e. Ankarana National Park, Montagne d'Ambre, etc.)You will also be travelling with two experts in their fields: Agathe and Thomas Haevermans, members of the Société des Explorateurs Français.
An expert guideIn fact, not one, but two experts will accompany you throughout your trip! Agathe Haevermans:After starting at the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris as animal caretaker, specialising in reptiles, Agathe became a scientific illustrator in 1999. She draws mainly botanical illustrations that demand descriptive iconography for the Museum’s Institute of Systemics, Evolution and Biodiversity. Her work also leads her to run international training sessions (Australia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Bogor and Bali in Indonesia) during which she covers both line drawing and watercolour techniques. An enthusiastic naturalist artist, she sculpts and engraves on her own time, or for specific collaborative scientific projects. Her works are regularly exhibited at national and international events. Passionate about botanical drawing, she is the author of several educational books on the subject, and also seeks to enhance the status of scientific drawing on a nationwide level as part of her work with the Société Française d’Illustration Botanique (French Botanical Illustration Society) which she created at the end of 2011. See , the Société Française d'Illustration Botanique website.Thomas Haevermans:After completing his doctoral thesis on "The Euphorbia genus in Madagascar: contributions of morphological and molecular data to our body of knowledge of the genus", he has managed, since 2011, the botanical team at the Institute of Systemics, Evolution and Biodiversity at the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris.Since 2004, he has also been appointed lecturer at the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle and botanist in charge of Monocotyledonous conservation. His botanical research has led him across Asia and Madagascar looking for bamboo, banana trees and other succulent euphorbia to study their systemics as well as their climate adaptation abilities.Both members of the Société des Explorateurs Français, Agathe and Thomas Haevermans have travelled to the four corners of the globe on research projects for the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, and have published a unique work describing singular plants: L’Herbier Globetrotteur (publisher: Hachette Pratique)
How do we travel in Madagascar?Depending on the number of participants: • 5 to 8 people: Minibus• 9 to 18 people: BusIn 4X4 vehicles on day 3 (4 people per vehicle) and day 5 (6 people per vehicle)In dug-out canoes and by boat
Your luggage travels too...Your luggage follows you wherever you go, travelling by vehicle and boat
Fly with us!We privilege the national airline Air Madagascar, but should you register late, there may be no more availability on the required dates or at least no seats left at “affordable” prices. In that case you may choose to book a flight with another company such as Air France, Corsair, Air Austral or Turkish Airlines. Any additional costs will be at your charge: additional hotel night(s), airport transfer separate from the group, and/or more expensive domestic flight(s).
Domestic flightsThis trip includes two domestic flights:- From Antananarivo to Diego Suarez on day 3- From Majunga to Antananarivo on day 15
Where do we meet?If you book your international flights with Nomade, your guide or transfer assistant will meet you in the airport after you go through customs. He or she will be holding a sign with your names, or a Nomade Aventure sign.Upon arrival, a customs officer will ask you for the address of your hotel or your local address. You should give the address of our local correspondent:Hôtel Les 3 MétisLot IVA 1 Antaninandro, 101, MadagascarPlease note: If you do not comply with police, customs or health regulations of the concerned country on the day of departure, you forfeit the full price of the trip. Cancellation due to noncompliance is not covered by insurance. Information provided in our brochure and on our Internet site are not legally binding.
The price includes :• Antananarivo - Diego and Majunga - Antananarivo domestic flights, in economy class• Transfers to and from the arrival airport• The accompaniment by Agathe and Thomas Haevermans, member of the Society of French Explorers• Chauffeur services and a local French-speaking guide• Transport (of you and luggage) land and sea included in the program• Accommodation in a double room (or more rarely triple room)• Breakfasts, lunches and dinners (except the one indicated as free in the program)• The visits, the entrances of sites or parks and the activities indicated in the program (and not optional or carried out during free time)• Assistance from our local partner during the trip• The two days of empty return of the vehicle from Majunga to Diégo• Tourist vignettes
The price does NOT include:• International flight• Visa fees• Single room supplement (on request)• Visits and activities indicated as optional or carried out during free time• Dinner of day 15 in case of late flight (if not on board)• The private transfer until the departure of the route or the first accommodation, in case of a separate flight of the group.• Drinks and any tips (see "tips" section)• Optional cancellation and / or repatriation insurance (see "Insurance" section)
Passeport valide 6 mois après la date de retour pour les citoyens français. Pour les autres nationalités, nous sommes à votre disposition pour vous accompagner dans vos démarches. Passeport d’urgence. Ce document n’étant pas accepté partout, il faudra s’assurer, avant d’en faire la demande éventuelle, qu’il est reconnu par le pays concerné par le voyage ; on vérifiera également s’il implique une demande de visa (ce qui peut être le cas même pour des pays où on en est dispensé avec un passeport ordinaire). Si vous voyagez avec vos enfants, sachez que, dorénavant, les mineurs, quel que soit leur âge, doivent eux aussi avoir un passeport individuel. La législation française stipule que les mineurs voyageant avec leurs deux parents, ou un seul des deux, n'ont pas besoin d'être en possession d'une autorisation de sortie du territoire. En revanche, ce document est obligatoire (depuis le 15 janvier 2017) si cette condition d'accompagnement n'est pas remplie. Dans ce dernier cas, l'enfant devra présenter : passeport (ou carte d'identité, selon les exigences du pays de destination) ; le formulaire d’autorisation de sortie du territoire, signé par l'un des parents titulaires de l'autorité parentale (le formulaire d’autorisation de sortie du territoire est accessible sur le site www.service-public.fr) ; une photocopie du titre d'identité du parent signataire. Mesures de sécurité dans les aéroports : les appareils électroniques (smartphones, tablettes, portables…) doivent être chargés et en état de fonctionnement pour tous les vols allant ou passant par les Etats-Unis et Londres. Les agents de contrôle doivent pouvoir les allumer. Par précaution, ayez votre chargeur à portée de main. Si votre appareil est déchargé ou défectueux, il sera confisqué. Cette mesure étant susceptible d’être étendue à d’autres aéroports, nous vous conseillons de charger vos appareils électroniques avant le vol quelle que soit votre destination. Permis de conduire : pour éviter tout désagrément, il peut-être utile, même pour les pays extra-européens reconnaissant officiellement sur leur territoire la validité du permis français, de se procurer également un permis de conduire international ou, à défaut, une traduction assermentée du permis français.
Visa obligatoire depuis le 1er janvier 2016. Il coûte 31 euros par personne (séjour de 30 jours maximum). Il peut être délivré à l'arrivée à l’aéroport d’Antananarivo (et à Nosy Be). Les formulaires sont alors à remplir sur place. Par ailleurs, tous les voyageurs devront s'acquitter d'une vignette touristique de 10 euros (payable à l'aéroport d'arrivée). Cette vignette doit servir à financer les actions de promotion et de développement du secteur touristique.
Formalities and HealthPassportFrench citizens must have a passport that is valid at least six months after their intended return date (other nationalities should check with their consulate or embassy). VisaA visa is required since January 1, 2016. It costs 31 euros per person (maximum stay: 30 days). It can be delivered upon arrival at the airport of Antananarivo (and at Nosy Be). You will be asked to complete the visa form at that time.Plus, a tourist vignette (tax) of €10 is charged to all travellers upon arrival at the airport. This tax serves to finance initiatives to promote and develop the country’s tourism sector.Required vaccinationsNo vaccinations are required, except for travellers arriving from yellow-fever- infested countries. In this case, you must have a yellow fever vaccination at least 10 days before departure. Recommended vaccinationsFor any overseas travel it is a good idea to be immunised against: diphtheria, tetanus and polio as well as hepatites A and B, pertussis (a resurgence in the adult population, even in France, justifies this vaccination for any travel). Typhoid and rabies vaccinations are also recommended for long trips, and especially for children. [b]Malaria preventionMalaria is very present in Madagascar and has become a serious public health issue. In fact, a very severe form of the disease has spread throughout the island. Prevention consists first and foremost of individual anti-mosquito measures which also protect against the risk of other diseases (dengue, chikungunya, Zika virus): mosquito repellent and the use of insecticide-treated mosquito nets. While taking chloroquine-proguanil (Savarine) offers enough antimalarial protection on the island’s south and west coasts and on the high plateaus, it can be insufficient on the coast around Tamatave (Toamasina) and the Pangalanes Canal. In these areas, travellers should take antimalarials such as atovaquone-proguanil (Malarone or one of its generics), mefloquine (Lariam) or Doxycycline.Other health risks: parasites, infection and injury By taking the precautions outlined in our general recommendations concerning food, environment and behaviour, you minimize the risk of any health-related problems on your trip. While cholera is no longer considered to be epidemic in Madagascar, it is still present and preventive measures should be taken to avoid it (and other food-related diseases such as hepatites A and E, salmonellae, etc.): frequent hand washing, drinking only bottled or treated water and beverages, eating only cooked food and while it is still hot, etc. Localised epidemics of the plague (transmitted by fleas on rats) can occur in remote areas. Associated with unsanitary conditions, an outbreak of this disease can be very serious for local populations, but poses virtually no risk for tourists. Insecurity exists almost exclusively in large cities, especially Tananarive and Tamatave, where you should be careful to take the usual precautions. We should mention the growing risk of sexually transmitted diseases, heightened by the recent emergence of sex tourism which the Malagasy authorities are starting to crack down on, especially when minors are involved. Naturally, you should never swim in any rivers; they are filled with parasites that can cause skin, intestinal or urinary tract infections. Swimming is also dangerous in the ocean in the Tamatave region due to the large shark population. Venomous marine animals (fish, shellfish, jellyfish) can cause serious accidents but you can count on the local populations to warn you of specific risks. As a precaution, always wear thick-soled shoes on beaches and in the ocean. Never touch spiky fish, even if they are dead. Scuba diving risks are minimized by using good equipment provided by centres in Nosy Be, Sainte-Marie, Ifaty and Belo-sur-Mer. This activity, however, is not risk-free: for more information (and to avoid unnecessary risks), refer to the information provided in our recommendations.
Il n'y en a pas, sauf contre la fièvre jaune pour les voyageurs en provenance de pays infestés. Dans ce cas, le vaccin doit être fait au moins 10 jours avant le départ.
Il est comme pour tous les voyages recommandés d'être immunisé contre la diphtérie, le tétanos, la coqueluche et la poliomyélite, les hépatites A et B, la rougeole pour les enfants, la typhoïde et rage pour les voyages plus longs et surtout pour les enfants.
Le paludisme, très présent à Madagascar, est responsable, d'un très préoccupant problème de santé publique. Il sévit dans toute l'île, sous une forme sévère. La prévention doit passer d'abord par des mesures individuelles de protection contre les moustiques qui protègeront contre les risques d'autres maladies (dengue, chikungunya, virus Zika) : répulsifs et utilisation de moustiquaires imprégnées. Si la prévention par chloroquine-proguanil (Savarine) reste suffisante sur les côtes sud et ouest et sur les hauts-plateaux, elle peut ne pas l'être sur la côte est autour de Tamatave (Toamasina) et du canal des Pangalanes ; là, les voyageurs devront se protéger, par Atovaquone-Proguanil (Malarone ou un de ses génériques) ou Doxycycline. Compte tenu du risque d'effets indésirables, la prescription de méfloquine (Lariam) ne sera proposée aux voyageurs qu'en cas de bonne tolérance lors de voyages antérieurs ou de contre-indication aux autres médicaments actifs.
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