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southeast by Pangalanes channel

Period: April - November
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It’s an unlimited discovery toward the East of Madagascar passing through the center Highlands with many kinds of transport. After Fianarantsoa, a famous country for tea and wine plantation, we take the railway to join Manakara. During the tours, we can observe varieties of panorama like high mountains, primary evergreen forest and secondary forest; kinds of fauna as well as flora decorate by traditional villages along our itinerary. We explore the eastern part of Madagascar by the south to the north-east passing through Ranomafana Park and pangalanes channel to return back to Antananarivo throughout Andasibe Park.
Level: Open to all.

DAY 1: Antananarivo
Welcome to the airport and transfer to hotel. According to your arrival time, we can organize a short tour of Antananarivo city.
Antananarivo, the capital under tropical temperature
Antananarivo is located to the center of the Central Highlands. At the heart of the “red Island” and culminates up 1300m; the original site of the city was on the Analamanga hill or the "blue forest" and descended gradually to the lower address for finally settling in the lower belt. The capital is a great political, administrative and industrial center. The "Rova" or the queen palace is the core imposing where roll up the urban residential areas with recognizable tile roofs around, the administrative district constitute of large modern building near Anosy Lake. Occidental missionary construct uptown temple such us Andohalo church, witnessed trend of the Anglo-Saxons architecture of the 18th century. Anosy Lake is taken as an orientation point to explore the city and enjoying a small meeting with "Merina" ethnic. Antananarivo is nowadays inhabited of nearly 2.000.000 peoples.
-  Overnight stay to Shangai hotel.

DAY 2: Antananarivo - Ranomafana park.
We drive immediately to the south-east of Madagascar via the national road 7. Various landscapes of the Highlands along the way: lowland rice-fields, some sacred hills of Imerina, reforestation areas, villages aboard the national road 7 which have its all specialties: Ambatofotsy, Behenjy, Ambatolampy… decorates the panorama.
- Break lunch to Ambositra, capital of art and handcraft to Madagascar.
Visit of craftsman workshops to Ambositra. This small city is considered as the “capital of arts and handcrafts to Madagascar”.
Then, we continue our tours toward Ranomafana village. From here, we pursues a sinuous trail which drive us to the center of the deep forest and the Betsileo land.
- Overnight stay to hotel.

DAY 3: Visit of Ranomafana Park.
The wide valley and hill of Namorona river is occupied by primary evergreen forest. Ranomafana park is the most famous park for the observation of lemur’s varieties (Crowned belly lemur, lemur fulvus, rubriventer lemur and bamboo lemur), birds, geckos and chameleon.
Ranomafana national park (Ifanadiana) is visited during almost the year. Climate is there very specific: clean air with abundant oxygen, produces of the deep forest and sunlight.
At the end of the afternoon, we leave Ranomafana village to connect Fianarantsoa town.
- Overnight stay to hotel.

DAY 4: Fianarantsoa - Manakara by railway.
Transfer to the railway station. Departure by train from Fianarantsoa until Manakara to enjoy the last operational line FCE (Fianarantsoa-Coast- East) to Madagascar passing through Betsileo land to Tanala forests for finally attend the Antemoro coast.
About 12 years toil by the sweat of Malagasy people for an ingenious building; it move down and climb 42 tunnels/68 bridges framed by Betsileo vineyards, Ravinala, Sahambavy tea plantation, banana, gigantic palm trees and the tropical rainforest.
- Overnight stay to hotel

DAY 5: Manakara – Mananjary by bush car.
In the morning, we organize a short tour to Manakara city. Today, we will make a bush taxi transfer between Manakara and Mananjary (170km) were we can learn more about public transport and have an authentic encounter. Our bush taxi traverse these beautiful panoramas made up by coffee, pepper and clove plantation. In the evening, we organize a short tour to Manakara city to discover these colonial building and look for animated quarter.
- Overnight stay to hotel.

DAYS 6-8: Pangalanes channel - Mahanoro.
Two original day’s along the pangalanes channel and the East coast of Madagascar. The pangalanes channel extends over 600km between Tamatave until Farafangana and was build during the last century by colonial administration to connect the East area of Madagascar. Nowadays, this channel was nearly forgotten. We work with local people who have more contact with villagers to organize this barge trip along the river: visit of villages aboard the channel, tasting local produce... This magnificent boat trip reveals us exuberant nature around the channel; varieties of water bird … We do a bivouac during pangalanes trip with our crews. When we will arrive to the landing stage of Mahanoro, it’s mean that we had finished the river trip. We make a transfer to the hotel and installation.
- Camping and bivouac during pangalanes trip.

DAY 9: Mahanoro – Perinet reserve.
A trip to Madagascar will be imperfect if we didn’t see lemurs! We take the road to Vatomandry to reach Perinet reserve. We traverse by car the deep tropical forest to attend this reserve.
Break lunch to Antsampanana where stops almost the bush taxi form Tamatave.
Then, we remount these high mountains and cliffs dissect by erosion, covered by green landscape and overhang by thick cloud. We arrived at the afternoon to the reserve.
- Overnight stay to hotel.

DAY 10: Reserve Perinet.
We dedicate the morning for the observation of the biggest lemur of Madagascar which is the “Indri-Indri” Lemurs.
Perinet Reserve (Analamazaotra):
This reserve of 810 ha is located far from 150 km to the east of Antananarivo. This steep massif is covered by evergreen forest and container valuable species of ferns and orchids. Besides the Indri Indri lemur which is the biggest Malagasy lemurs, other lemurs such as species of Propithecus, Hapalemur griseus, Microcebus murinus, birds, reptiles and invertebrates live in the reserve. After the visit, we drive to Antananarivo by a snake’s tarred road. We need 03 hours to connect the capital city and to finalize our wonder tours.
- Overnight stay to hotel.

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