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Madagascar - Across Mikea Land

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Barbara Plebankiewicz

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Madagascar - Across Mikea Land

Itinerary: Antananarivo - Miandrivazo - Kirindy - Bekopaka - National Park od Tsingy De Bemaraha - Morondava - Belo Sur Mer - Manja - Andavadaoka - Ifaty - Isalo - Ranomafana - Antsirabe - Antananarivo

DAY 1

ANTANANARIVO

Arrival in Antananarivo, meet and great, then transfer to hotel where we spend our night on B&B

Antananarivo, 1 night
DAY 2

TANA – MIANDRIVAZO

Breakfast at hotel then drive southward to Antsirabe across the highland landscape with its beautiful rice-fields on stage and its spectacular eroded hills called “lavaka”. Arrival in Antsirabe in the afternoon. Founded by Norvegian in 1856, it is an elegant city, which really feels and looks like an European city. Doted with cool climate and thermal spring, it is one of the most attractive place in Madagascar for its clement climate. We continue to Miandrivazo, the landscape is changing, we will be on the highland during our drive we will see, Highland villages, erosion called « lavaka ». Arrival in Miandrivazo, overnight in hotel on BB. Read more

Miandrivazo, 1 night
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DAY 3

IFATY

Day at leisure

Ifaty, 3 nights
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DAY 4

KIRINDY – BEKOPAKA

Early morning, with a 4X4 car, 4 hours drive to Tsimafana through the Baobabs forest and the red soil of the west. Ferry boat transfer to reach Belo. Then head on to Bekopaka for another 4 hours adventure in a dirt track. This drive brings us to Madagascar profound, the bush African side of the country with its dry and red soil. One can experience the real life of Malagasy people in the driest part of the country. Arrival in Bekopaka, settlement at hotel then visit of small tsingy. Overnight in hotel on BB. Read more

Bekopaka, 2 nights
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DAY 5

BEKOPAKA: NATIONAL PARK of TSINGY DE BEM

Morning, after breakfast, 6 hours hike to the “Big Tsingy”, a limestone mountain classified as an international heritage. This massif is spectacularly eroded into a chaos of karsts pinnacle which gives it a very strange form. Here nature seems to be in perfect harmony with this wild and sharp limestone mountain. The flora consists of a dry western deciduous forest, plants typical of these dry limestone areas, such as species of Aloe and baobab Andasonia, the red-flowered flamboyant tree Delonix regia which is so widely planted in the tropics. Madagascar’s sole native banana Musa perrieri also occurs. Regarding flora, we can see typical plants growing in the rocky area such pachypodium, orchids. Concerning the fauna we can see the stump-tailed chameleon Brookesia perarmata known from only a handful specimens, the bird list contains 53 species, seven species of lemurs including Decken’s sifaka Propithecus verreauxi deckeni. Overnight in hotel on BB. Read more

Bekopaka, 2 nights
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DAY 6

BEKOPAKA – MORONDAVA

Breakfast at hotel then drive back to Morondava, we stop in « ALLEE DES BAOBABS » for photo; this is the region of splendid Grandidier’s baobab, Andasonia grandidieri. Overnight in hotel on BB.

Morondava, 1 night
DAY 7

MORONDAVA – MANJA

After breakfast, we drive to Manja. We’ll drive across the dunes and villages. We cross the big river of Kabatomena where the car has to drive through the river. Overnight in hotel on BB.

Manja, 1 night
DAY 8

MANJA – IFATY

After breakfast, we’ll continue our drive across the coastal line through large dunes, sand with nice view of the sea, baobabs, spiny forest, and thorny bushes. As we drive along the coast line and along the spiny forest, the baobabs and the dunes. Ifaty is another seaside resort north of Tuléar. Arrival in Ifaty late in afternoon, settlement and night at hotel on BB Read more

Ifaty, 3 nights
DAY 9

IFATY

Day at leisure in Ifaty, Ifaty lies on the beach, so ideal for diving and snorkeling. Many excursions can be arranged also on the spot ON OPTION, like visiting a Vezo village to experience the Vezo Fishermen’ s life, visit the reserve of Domergue with 2 species of baobabs, the spiny bush and many reptiles. Ifaty is situated in the largest lagoon of the country and is protected by a large coral reef, which makes it an ideal place for diving and snorkeling. Overnight at the same hotel. Read more

Ifaty, 3 nights
DAY 10

IFATY

Day at leisure

Ifaty, 3 nights
DAY 11

RANOMAFANA – ANTSIRABE

Departure to Ambositra after breakfast, today we come across the highland which is characterised by rice fields on stage, its chilly climate and the population which has the features of Asian people. Arrival in Ambositra, Ambositra and its surrounding are the land of Zafimaniry. They are sub tribe of Betsileo who are the Third largest tribes in the country and the second tribes after Merina in the highland. Zafimaniry lives mainly in the forest and live on forest exploitation.They are the master of wood carving in the country. Continuation to Antsirabe, arrival in the afternoon Antsirabe or “the place of salt “, an elegant city best known as the centre of beer, we can smell the Bewery as we enter the town. Founded by Norwegian in 1856, it is the only place which really feels and looks like an European city. It has a temperate climate and all fruits and vegetable which grow in cold climate are found in Antsirabe. Night in hotel on BB Read more

Antsirabe, 1 night
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DAY 12

NATIONAL PARK OF ISALO

Day excursion in the National Park of Isalo and the famous «Natural swimming pool». This park is very famous for its strange geological formation. Composed with sandstone and eroded by the rain and the wind, this mountain offers the most spectacular scenery of the country. This is also a place where the BARA tribes used to bury their dead until they have enough money to buy a silver coffin. If we are lucky, we will see the lemur catta during this walk. . Around 16.30, we’ll drive to the “The Natural window” where we see the beautiful sunset between rocks which looks like window. Night in the same lodge Read more

Isalo, 2 nights
DAY 13

ISALO – RANOMAFANA

After breakfast, we head on to Ihosy the capital of Bara tribes which are shepherds of Zebu. We pass through the huge “plateaux de Horombe” with its very spacious red soil which reminds us of “the no man’s land”. This is a huge and empty grassy plain. From one place to another we can see some droves of zebus, accompanied by a Bara man with his rifle. We arrive in Ihosy, the land of Bara who are darker –skinned with African features if compared to Merina. They are cattle-raisers and many activities during their life are associated with Zebu. For instance, to get a wife, a man has to steal few zebus to show his strength and virility. When they die, they have to kill many zebus as well. The landscape is becoming more and more grandoise. Huge Granite Mountains are imposing themselves in the spacious and empty plains. We feel like being swallowed by this emptiness, by this tranquility. From a long distance, we can already spot a huge imposing rocky hill called “Bishop’s hat”. This is a sacred place for the local people, noon ever venture to walk down there though it is nice area for trekking as it is a burial site and was a place where the local people’s ancestors preferred to make a collective suicide rather than to render to Merina’s domination. Then we will see the “3 hillocks” which area also among the imposing rocky hill. Another spectacular is the huge granite dome with twin rock towers called: “the gate of the south” which marks the beginning of the highland and the end of the south.Then continuation to Ranomafana, we pass through Fianarantsoa the capital of Betsileo tribes. Called “the gate of the South”, Fianarantsoa is the capital of Betsileo tribes. A very catholic city, this is the seat of Jesuits and the best university is found there. Besides, stop in Anja, a park run by the village where part of the income serves to pay the teachers of the local school. The walk will bring you to the forest of Anja where we can admire a large family of lemurs. We continue our drive to Ranomafana. Night in hotel on BB. Read more

Ranomafana, 2 nights
DAY 14

RANOMAFANA NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast, we’ll explore the National Park of Today we explore the rain forest of Madagascar. Ranomafana is situated in the east. Apart from its huge tropical forest, it is also a thermal city where visitors can relax in the hot spring water. Ranomafana National Park was created in 1991… This expedition in the forest with special guide enables us to see 12 species lemurs, the most important one the “golden lemurs” which has been discovered very recently, more than 100 birds, reptiles, butterflies and other insects are seen in the park. The area is covered with forest, in the higher areas the trees are festooned with mosses, lichens, orchid. Afternoon free, we can have a visit of Ranomafana village or go to the swimming pool. Night at the same hotel. Read more

Ranomafana, 2 nights
DAY 15

RANOMAFANA – ANTSIRABE

Departure to Ambositra after breakfast, today we come across the highland which is characterised by rice fields on stage, its chilly climate and the population which has the features of Asian people. Arrival in Ambositra, Ambositra and its surrounding are the land of Zafimaniry. They are sub tribe of Betsileo who are the Third largest tribes in the country and the second tribes after Merina in the highland. Zafimaniry lives mainly in the forest and live on forest exploitation.They are the master of wood carving in the country. Continuation to Antsirabe, arrival in the afternoon Antsirabe or “the place of salt “, an elegant city best known as the centre of beer, we can smell the Bewery as we enter the town. Founded by Norwegian in 1856, it is the only place which really feels and looks like an European city. It has a temperate climate and all fruits and vegetable which grow in cold climate are found in Antsirabe. Night in hotel on BB Read more

Antsirabe, 1 night
DAY 16

ANTSIRABE – TANA – ANDASIBE

In the morning we start our drive to Tana. Then we head on eastwards to Andasibe, through the green landscape and luxuriant vegetation of the east. This first step brings us to the humid part of the country with many primary forests and lakes. Along the way we’ll see Merina village on the hill, Rocky Mountains. you’ll reach Andasibe at the end of the afternoon; Settlement in hotel to spend the night on B&B Read more

Andasibe, 2 nights
DAY 17

ANDASIBE SPECIAL RESERVE

In the morning, 3 to 4 hours hike to Andasibe National Park, a huge tropical rainy forest in the east. 9 species of lemurs can be spotted there. The highlight is the “Indri Indri” which is the largest lemur of the island. This 810 ha reserve is also home to numerous unique species. It contains a wide variety of orchids, canopy, endemic animals like chameleons, tenrecs, and many birds. In the afternoon we will visit the private par of Vakona in the “islands of lemurs” which is the best spot to take pictures of lemurs. Back to your lodge. Night at the same lodge Read more

Andasibe, 2 nights
DAY 18

ANDASIBE – TANA

Breakfast at hotel, then drive back to Tana, Stop and visit “Pyeraras Reptile farm” to see farmed chameleons and other species of reptiles. During a walk inside the forest, we can spot 2 species of lemurs: the sifaka “coquereli” and the brown lemurs “fulvus”. Arrival in Tana, Day use at the hotel then transfer to the airport for the international flight back home. Read more

Antananarivo, day use

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Antananarivo
Hotel Gassy Country Hotel
Day 2
Location Miandrivazo
Hotel Princesse du Tsiribihina
Day 3
Location Kirindy
Hotel Kirindy Lodge
Day 4
Location Bekopaka
Hotel Hotel Olympe du Bemaraha
Day 6
Location Morondava
Hotel Hotel Chez Maggie
Day 7
Location Manja
Hotel Hotel Kanto
Day 8
Location Ifaty
Hotel Belle Vue
Day 11
Location Isalo
Hotel Motel De L'sao
Day 13
Location Ranomafana
Hotel Ihary Hotel
Day 15
Location Antsirabe
Hotel Royal Palace
Day 16
Location Andasibe
Hotel Hotel Feon'ny Ala

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Accommodation in guest houses, lodges and hotels according to a program,
  • B&B basis
  • all airport transfers
  • transport during the tour
  • ferry transfers in Belo and Bekopaka
  • all entry fees and guides in reserves
  • services of and English speaking guide/driver during the tour

Package excludes

  • Airfare
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa, consular fees or any other formalities.
  • Tips
  • Beverages
  • Additional journeys and transfers

REVIEWS

8 Reviews

Tony & Meredith, Australia

What a fabulous trip! The guides were so knowledgeable and easy to work with. All arrangements fitted well together and there were very few hiccups. All communications with the tour operators were professional and very knowledgeable. The hotels were all very good and exceeded our expectations. We have already referred several other friends to Safpol and would not hesitate to use them again. Read more

Piotr, Germany

We knew the people behind Safpol through family relations und past travels and we asked them to help us with our Honeymoon Trip to Africa. They scheduled and organized a trip for us based on our flight. We didn't have to worry about a thing. Everything was arranged and ready. Our guide during the trip was familiar with country and customs and had multiple anecdotes and facts that made everything more interesting.​ The Accommodations we had been great and the food delicious. Besides traveling through J’Burg, Pretoria, Krueger National Park and a private game resort we’ve been at a marvellous beach in Mozambique where we were snorkelling with whale sharks and dolphins. Just amazing. It was a very good Honeymoon and we are glad we did it through Safpol. Read more

Karol Kempa, Poland

Very professional, helpful, friendly and trustworthy - the best value for money​. The tour was excellent. It has exceeded our expectations. The tour Guide and driver were very professional, friendly, and so helpful. It was a trip of a lifetime for me. I have recommended Safpol Safaris to all my friends. I am very happy to have dealt with this company. Their reputation is excellent, 6 stars!!! And above all trustworthy: our accommodation, food, vehicles, service - all was better than anywhere else for the price we paid for our holiday. Read more

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THE TEAM

Barbara&Peter Plebankiewicz

Owners

Basia Combrinck

Travel Manager

Roxana Ferreira

Travel Consultant

Wilna Atkinson

Accounts and Administration

Mariola Pawelczyk

Registered Tour Guide

Marek Baranowski

Registered Tour Guide

Bogdan Pabian

Registered Tour Guide

Riaan Tolmay

Registered Tour Guide

Cathy Oosterwyk

Registered Tour Guide

Witold Kozlowski

Registered Tour Guide

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