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Boat tour through the mountain cloud forest

Enjoy and discover breathtaking landscapes

Madagascar is a country that has repeatedly come into focus in recent years because of the devastating nature conservation situation on the island. Large parts of the country's original forestation have already been cleared and the conservation measures taken so far have proven to be far too restrained and inconsistent. But despite the massive destruction brought about by human encroachment, Madagascar still has some breathtaking spots of pristine nature. To discover them is for tourists a real experience and at the same time an adventure. On the other hand, tourists can enjoy through your Trip to Madagascar and a Tour to the national parks there help promote nature conservation on the island.

For all those who are not only looking for adventures close to nature, but also want a sporty character in their Madagascar vacation want to integrate, a Canoe ride through the mountain cloud forest be just the thing. The famous Madagascar mountain cloud forest is one of the most important and biggest attractions of the island and offers exciting adventures as well as incomparable insights into the local flora and fauna. Below we would like to introduce you to one of our classic canoe tours that is very popular with our travelers. From a moderate sporting challenge to a very close-to-nature experience, this tour offers from the mountain cloud forest to the Pangalan channel everything you need for a unforgettable vacation in Madagascar can only wish. If you are interested in this tour, feel free to contact us. The same applies, of course, if you still have questions about the process or need additional information.

General information about the canoe tour through the mountain cloud forest

The starting point of your trip is usually in Antananarivo, from where it starts directly. In total you should plan six days for this tourthree of which you spend more or less completely on the water. In addition to the actual canoe tour, various additional attractions beckon along the way. Thus, if possible, you will spend a piece of the route on the road with the railroad be, which is also a great and unforgettable experience. To participate in this trip you should be able to swim and have some physical condition. The logistics, the food, the camp and also the transportation are of course included in the price. Our team prepares Fresh meals every day to and during the complete tour you will supplied with sufficient fresh drinking water. The tour is dependent on the Mada-Rail's travel times in terms of timing, which is why a comprehensive organization becomes necessary. The tour guide, who is on site and will take care of your needs, speaks fluent in Malagasy, French and English. Now and then it becomes necessary to slightly modify the specific conditions of the tour depending on the meteorological conditions, but normally the tour lasts exactly six days and is organized in Brickaville ended. The travel time for this tour is from April to November. Individual connecting tours as well as the return trip to Antananarivo are not included in the prices calculated by us, but they can be arranged. but organized for you on request be. Simply contact us for this purpose and we will take care of all your wishes around your vacation in Madagascar.

The exact tour plan for the boat tour through the mountain cloud forest

In the following we would like to show you the individual stations on this Journey through Madagascar and at the same time provide you with an exact schedule. However, we may ask you to be a little flexible, since, as already indicated, the weather may now and then force some changes in the schedule on the tour participants. For this very reason, it is important that you plan such a tour over a trustworthy and reliable partner who is directly on site and can take care of everything important. We work only with the most experienced guides, who are skilled in correctly assessing the weather as well as various other situations and who are also always A well-developed Plan B have in hand.

Day 1: Start in Antananarivo and drive to Andasibe

The first day of the six-day trip starts early in the morning in Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar. There you will board your vehicle and then drive on the well maintained RN 2 in Direction Andasibe start. If you wish, on the way you can visit the reserve Madagascar Exotique which is under the power of the French explorer A. Peyrieras. In the reserve are found numerous Reptiles, mammals and birdswhich can be observed very well by tourists. However, since most of the animals are kept in cages or caged enclosures, a truly natural observation of the animals in their natural habitat is not possible. Nevertheless, the reserve is extremely popular with tourists and we can arrange a stopover. You will then make your way through several other reserves on the drive to Andasibe. These include Andasibe, Mantadia or even the high moor of Torotorofotsy. After a drive via Moramanga you will finally reach Andasibe. There we have arranged for you an overnight stay in the really fantastically situated Vakona Lodge organized.

Day 2: Visit to Andasibe National Park

Also on the second day of the tour you will initially still be on solid ground and first take a Excursion to Andasibe National Park undertake. There you will be led on a guided tour through the jungle and you will be able to numerous unusual animals in their natural habitat. The specific tour through the park depends on your physical condition and interest. If you wish, you can be back at the hotel by noon for lunch. Alternatively, lunch can be as a picnic directly in the park be taken, which is truly an extraordinary experience.

The afternoon is basically for a Visit to the Mitsonjo Association reserved. These are residents of the region who have joined together to address the issues of Nature conservation and preservation more support. The staff there offer tours and provide plenty of Information on native flora and fauna. In the evening, you will have the unique opportunity to participate in a guided night excursion to participate. Afterwards the overnight stay takes place again in the Vakona Lodge.

Day 3: Train ride from Perinet to Lohariandava

On the third day you start from the Perinet train station directly into the adventure boat tour. No dangerous or insurmountable situations await you, but this tour will be adventurous and extraordinary in any case. First you start with a small train in Perinet. This train is operated by the company Mada-Rail and reaches the station of Perinet only three days a week: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. This is exactly why it is so important that you take this tour be sure to have professional planningso that the time coordinations fit.

The train brings you and the equipment to LohariandavaBut before that, you will enjoy a really impressive train ride. The somewhat ancient-looking vehicle takes you through numerous tiny stations, where you are already expected by the locals living there. After all, in their seclusion they rarely get to see strangers and the arrival of the train is a welcome highlight. Arrived at the station of Lohariandava, it is a matter of unload all equipment and prepare for the upcoming boat trip. After a Crossing the river, the camp will be set up on a sandbank on the shore, where you will also spend the night. While the team is busy preparing the camp, you can, at your own request. explore the surrounding rainforest a little closer and perhaps already get to know its one or other inhabitant.

Day 4: The rapids of the Sahatandra await you

On the fourth day of the trip, we finally get into the boats for real. You will quickly realize that the additional investment in an experienced team was worth it. Although the river as such holds No insurmountable dangersbut it takes a bit of skill to get the boats safely and easily through the Granite rocks and rapids through it. To the right and left of the banks, on the other hand, the mighty and impressive virgin forest that will quickly cast a spell over you. Exploration trips in the rainforest are not neglected, as the team has to take breaks again and again to explore the most favorable course through the rapids. Also on this day the Camping directly on the bank of the river and you will have an amazing View of the starry sky can enjoy.

Day 5: It goes through the bamboo forests

On the fifth day of the trip, the water calms down again a little and now flows more leisurely. All the ingredients for an unforgettable boat trip now come together: The Sahatandra River now joins the Vohitra and flows along imposing cliffs towards the east. Countless Granite labyrinths and again and again the dense rainforest grow upwards to the left and right of the river. The tropical sun, crystal clear water and green impenetrability of the jungle create the perfect atmosphereto enjoy this part of the journey in particular. Also on this day awaits you after a wonderful romantic camping feeling on the bank of the river.

Day 6: The Canal des Pangalanes awaits you

On the sixth and last day of your trip, the signs are set for change. The landscape around you is in flux, the dense rainforest gives way to a changing far stretching coastal plain and more and more villages now appear on the banks of the river. You will now encounter more and more rafts and also pirogues, on or in which the locals transport various goods. With the current you let yourself be carried in the Canal des Pangalanes drift. All the rapids are now behind you and bamboo and sugar cane grow along the banks.

Your destination point that day in Anivorano, a village about 12 kilometers from Brickaville. There you will go ashore and say goodbye to the boats. From here you can numerous connecting tours but they are not included in the price listed below. Conceivable tours you would perhaps to the east coast to Sainte Marie or to Nosy Be lead. The return trip to Antananarivo is also open to you from here. If you need information on possible onward journeys and tour connections, we will be happy to advise you on all the options in our program.

Facts and figures about the offer

In the previous sections we have presented you our tour offer in detail, so that you can well imagine what you can expect on the Canoe tour through the mountain cloud forest will expect. To give you the offer additionally present transparently, we would like to present to you below a Price overview show. After that, we will list all the services that are included in this six-day tour and also point out which personal contributions you still have to expect.

Boat tour 6 days Price per person
2 to 3 guests 1290 €
4 to 5 guests 1230 €
6 - 7 guests 1150 €
8 - 9 guests 1120 €
10 guests and more 1070 €

Surcharge for single travelers: 170 €

Included in the basic price:

  • Full board during the whole 6 days, including Vakona Lodge
  • Car, fuel and driver for the trip to Andasibe
  • Boat equipment, camping utensils, park entrance fees, team (guides, boat people) and logistics.
  • Accommodation in a double room in the Vakona Lodge
  • All meals
  • Drinking water during the boat tour (day 3 to 6)

Not included in the base price:

  • Drinks on the first and second day
  • Tips and individual expenses
  • individual tours including local guides
  • Entrance fee to Andasibe National Park (approx. 15 € per person)
  • international flights and domestic flights
  • Return journey, onward journey or overnight stay after day six

Feel free to contact us, we are waiting for you.

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