East Madagascar tour is a great 8 day Madagascar Tour Safari. This African safari in Madagascar takes you to the lesser traveled Eastern Section. The 8 days East Madagascar tour lets you discover the forests and wildlife of this region.
You’ll also have time in the deserted white sandy beaches. Your Eastern Madagascar tour starts with a visit to Andasibe National Park. This park has unique wildlife including its night active lemurs.
This Madagascar safari then continues east to Le Palmarium Private Park. The park has more unique fauna and flora. By boat you’ll cross the Pangalanes Channel to the island of St Marie.
It is here that you’ll relax for a few days. It is okay to take part in water-sports or walks on the island.
About 8 Days East Madagascar Tour
On this East Madagascar Tour safari holiday you will see the striking East Madagascar. The Madagascar tour allows you to get in touch with the Indri. This is the largest of the lemur species, there are also the brown lemurs and bamboo lemurs.
East Madagascar Tour safari allows you to explore the wonderful island of Sainte Marie. This is a 57-km long island on the east shore of Madagascar.
This East Madagascar tour is among the best of safari holiday tours in Madagascar. It combines lemur sightings with beach relaxations. The two being the main highlights of any Madagascar vacation.
8 Days East Madagascar Tour Highlights
On this 8 day East Madagascar tour you’ll discover the rainforest of eastern Madagascar. Visit the famous National Park of Andasibe. You will travel through perfumed fields of cloves, cocoa and vanilla. This is to the wetland of the Pangalanes channel. Your final destination Sainte Marie Island with its idyllic and unforgettable beaches.
- Great and beautiful landscape, topography and natural features
- Attractive cultures with wonderful people
- Pristine sandy Indian Ocean beaches
8 Day East Madagascar Tour Safari Itinerary
Day 1: Antananarivo – Andasibe
You will be met on arrival at the airport. Our Madagascar safari rep will brief you on this East Madagascar tour safari. This will be followed by departure directly to Andasibe. You’ll drive through a landscape of rice paddies, waterfalls and scarce forest stations. You’ll stop along your way at Marozevo. This will be to have a tour of a reptile farm.
This East Madagascar tour safari will then head to Andasibe. This is a small and pleasant village that was a former logging centre. It is home to one of the most visited National Parks of the island. Before dinner, you’ll go on a night walk in the park. You’ll have the chance to see some nocturnal species of lemurs.
Andasibe Mantadia Nationa Park
The Andasibe-Mantadia National Park is located in Alaotra Mangoro. This is in the eastern part of the country and it is only four hours away from the capital city of Madagascar. It is a combination of two reserves that is the Mantadia forest and the Analamazoatra reserve.
The Park was formerly known as the Analamazoatra. It has just been changed of recent so do not be alarmed when some people still refer to it using the old name. The word Andasibe is in Malagasy and it can loosely be translated as the ‘Big camp’ due to its vast nature.
Mantadia covers the larger Part of the park with over 120 kilometers squared. It will take you almost an hour to get to Mantadia. The Andasibe side also offers nature walks throughout the Park and these can take two to three hours.
The park has many wildlife animals that can be seen. Most of the time it is always the first time for someone to see these animals, birds and insects. The park is also having a waterfall where you can relax after a long day trekking. You can also view the Ranomafana hot springs which are nearby.
Day 2: Andasibe – Akan in’ Ny Nofy
Start the day on East Madagascar tour safari with breakfast. You’ll then embark on a morning visit of the reserve. Today you’ll see the Indri lemurs, the largest of the lemur species. There is also the brown lemurs and bamboo lemurs.
There are various birds, colorful chameleons, other fauna and flora here. Your Eastern Madagascar tour will later we drive to Manambato. From here you’ll get a boat transfer to Akanin’ ny Nofy. This simply means “Nest of Dreams”.
Day 3: Akan in’ Ny Nofy – Tamatave
Your East Madagascar tour safari wakes up to an early breakfast. This is before you visit the private Palmarium Park. This park is also known as Akanin’ ny Nofy. It is is situated on 50 ha on the east coast of Madagascar. This is along the Ampitabe lake and the Indian Ocean, in the Pangalanes Channel.
You will be able to discover the endemic flora and fauna of Madagascar. They include the rare palm trees and plants like orchids and mahoganies. There are reptiles and 10 different species of lemurs living in its trees. In the afternoon you will go on a boat transfer to Tamatave in the Pangalanes Channel.
You will be collected at the port and transferred to your hotel in Tamatave. This is the major city on the east coast and the country’s largest port. It is a pleasant place with long, wide avenues. These are lined with flamboyant and palm trees. There is a seaside promenade and a good selection of restaurants.
Day 4: Tamatave – Sainte Marie
Day four of the East Madagascar tour safari will starts with breakfast. This is before a transfer to the airport for your flight to Sainte Marie. Here you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure.
You are free to explore this wonderful island paradise, Sainte Marie. This is a charming 57 km-long island that lies 8 km off the coast of eastern Madagascar. The island offers long beaches, shallow seas, cascades and tropical flowers.
There is an almost Caribbean atmosphere in this island. It is also famous for its several old buildings and its long history as a pirate haunt.
Day 5 – 6: Sainte Marie
You have these East Madagascar tour safari days spent on leisure. There is the opportunity to enjoy some of the many optional excursions. This will be available at your own expense.
You may go on a boat excursion to the small island “Ile aux Nattes”. This is Sainte Marie’s jewel with its beautiful beaches, bays and emerald lagoon. You may also visit the pirates’ cemetery. For outdoor-lovers, the island is crossed with tracks. This offers many opportunities to explore it on foot.
Enjoy the crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean. This is while snorkeling or scuba diving with one of the many operators on the island. From July to October, you will have the chance to see the majestic humpback whales near the island.
Day 7: Sainte Marie – Antananarivo
You’ll starts the day on East Madagascar tour safari with breakfast. This is before being transferred to the airport for your flight to Antananarivo. You will be picked up at the airport and transferred to your Antananarivo hotel.
Antananarivo is the picturesque capital of Madagascar. You can wander through the capital’s steep and narrow streets. Just get soaked in Antananarivo’s architecture, atmosphere and pace. You can climb up to the old rova (palace). Here you are able to enjoy the views over Antananarivo.
The views will include the surrounding countryside. The town is at its best in the evening. It is when the setting sun spectacularly illuminates its hillsides.
Day 8: Departure
This is the last day of your Eastern Madagascar tour. Today you will be transferred to the airport for onward flight.
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8 day East Madagascar Tour Safari Costs:
What is included in the cost of 8 day East Madagascar Tour Safari?
- Transfers to and from the Airport
- Car and Fuel during the whole trip
- Accommodation as per the itinerary
- Driver and guide with their food and hotel
- Entrance fees to the National park and the private parks
- The ferry from Manambato Lake to Ankankin’ny Nofy and to Tamatave.
- The ferry from Soanierana Ivongo to Sainte Marie Island (one way)
8 day East Madagascar Tour Safari Price excludes:
- International and domestic flights (Tamatave to Sainte Marie, and Sainte Marie to Antananarivo)
- Airport taxes,
- All drinks
- All lunches and dinners
- All excursions not mentioned in the programme.
- Visas and travel insurance
- Personal expenses and souvenirs
- *Please note: domestic flights can be arranged by ASTHO VACATIONS.
What to Carry on the 8 day East Madagascar Tour Safari
- Light and a few heavy clothings for evenings
- Closed, comfortable shoes
- Sun protection like sun cream, hat
- Insect repellent
East Madagascar Tour Destinations
Andasibe Mantadia National Park
Your East Madagascar tour starts by heading to Andasibe-Mantadia National Park. This Madagascar National Park is a 155 square kilometre protected area. Andasibe-Mantadia National Park located about 150 km east of Antananarivo.
It consists principally of primary growth forest in Alaotra-Mangoro Region in eastern Madagascar. Andasibe-Mantadia National Park’s elevation ranges from 800–1260 meters.
This park has a humid climate. Average annual precipitation is 1700 mm, with rainfall on 210 days of each year.
The Andasibe-Mantadia National Park is divided into two distinct protected areas. There is the Analamazoatra Special Reserve (pronounced “Analamazotch”) and the Mantadia National Park.
Located at a 3 hour drive east of Tana are Andasibe (Perinet) & Mantadia National Park
Slightly south (about 2 km) of the village of Andasibe. It is one of the oldest reserves of Madagascar:
Perinet. Just north (about 15 km) lies the greater park of Andasibe: Mantadia. Both parks belong to the same dense tropical rainforest with many special flora and fauna.
Lianas, bamboo, palm and palisandertrees and over 100 species of flowering orchids (between September and January).
Perinet is known for its great biodiversity, beautiful colored chameleons, reptiles and frogs, 14 species of lemurs and over 100 species of birds.
What to See in Andasibe on your East Madagascar Tour
This rainforest is habitat to a vast species biodiversity. These include many endemic rare species and endangered species, including 11 lemur species.
The park’s two component parts are Mantadia National Park and Analamazoatra Reserve. They are best known for its population of Madagascar’s largest lemur, the indri.
The Indri is the world’s largest species of lemur. Indris are about 80 centimetres in height and look like real-life teddy bears. They spend most of their lives in the trees and eat the leaves.
They watch you with their big, round eyes as they cling to the tree trunks 3 metres above you. With their beautiful black and white coats, indris are probably one of the most amazing species of lemur. If you’re travelling with children, they will be particularly delighted.
In the morning you can hear the indris’ cries echo throughout the forest. Their long cries are used to show their presence and mark their territory and can be heard several kilometres away. You can even hear different groups responding to each other.
The Andasibe National Park has 5 different trails and the Analamazoatra Special Reserve has 4. All of them come with different levels of difficulty.
The trails allow visitors to explore the forest and see the species that live there, plus the added attraction of gorgeous natural pools and waterfalls.
En route, you may see groups of lemurs walking along the ground. There are chameleons hiding in the branches of the trees and more than 100 species of birds.
If you want to see the indris, it’s best time to Madagascar and visit this park is early in the morning, which is the time of day when you’re most likely to spot them.
Akanin’ ny Nofy Reserve
During the East Madagascar tour on the east coast of Madagascar, an incursion to Akanin’ny Nofy is essential. This little corner of paradise perfectly expresses the beauty and the richness of the Malagasy nature. You will be able to meet quite genuine, including the endemic fauna of the island.
Akanin’ny Nofy literally means “Nest dream” … The evocative name of this place of delights is enough to feed the imagination on your East Madagascar tour. Nature lovers will certainly find wonders that live up to their expectations.
This natural setting reveals all the beauty of Malagasy fauna and flora on fifty hectares. The East Madagascar tour takes you to the home to various species of endemic lemurs. They include the famous Maki, a symbol of the island, Aye-Aye, Sifaka and Indri Indri, the largest lemur in the world.
How to Get to Akanin’ny Nofy
East Madagascar tour to Ankanin’ny Nofy goes to the eastern coast of Madagascar. Ankanin’ny Nofy is a beautiful site bordering Lake Ampitabe. The latter, separated from the Indian Ocean by a few dunes. It is one of the many lakes of the Pangalanes Canal.
On your East Madagascar tour, you will enjoy the crossing of the canal to visit Ankanin’ny Nofy. This is because the most pleasant way to get there is the boat, whether it is an outboard, a barge or pleasure boat.
From Tamatave, the site is reachable after an hour and a half of navigation. By cons, if you plan to go from Antananarivo, you will have to make a stopover in Manambato. Once in Akanin’ny Nofy on your East Madagascar tour, it’s hard not to fall in love with this paradise.
You can even stay there for a night or two by staying in one of the local hotels or bungalows. The latter, built with traditional materials, offer real comfort to visitors.
Akanin’ny Nofy can also be reached by train thanks to the rehabilitation of the TCE railway line by Madarail. Apart from ordinary trains, a micheline makes the TCE route on demand for groups of passengers.
To reach Akanin’ny Nofy, you have to get off at Andranokoditra station, which has the advantage of being close to the majority of accommodation facilities.
What to See in Akanin’ny Nofy
On your East Madagascar tour, oo get close to the lemurs of the reserve, the visit of the “Palmarium” is a must. Moreover, it is the most tourist attraction of the site.
It extends over thirty hectares, it owes its name to the 100 000 palm trees it houses. There are endemic and rare species such as Dypsis, Orania and Lemurophoenix.
Many guides will be happy to accompany you on the East Madagascar tour to discovery and to bring you more information on each species. You will find lemurs, palm trees, orchids, carnivorous plants or others.
The lemurs to be seen here on your East Madagascar tour include including the largest lemurs, the Indri, as well as the famous dancing sifaka. It is now possible to see aye aye during your stay at the Palmarium Lodge
The area is also home to the emblem of Madagasacar, the Ravinala, as well as frogs, reptiles, orchids, palm trees and the carnivorous pitcher plant.
Ile Sainte Marie
Finally, your East Madagascar tour will take a deserved Madagascar beach vacation break in East Madagascar tour. This is an island gem located just 8 kilometres off the eastern coast of Madagascar.
The narrow Sainte Marie or ‘Nosy Boraha’ as it is known locally, has a considerable amount of island charm. Numerous deserted beaches show off a fringe of coconut palms and luscious vegetation, and intriguing inland villages make the perfect place to explore…
Ikalalao is a great area of primary forest for exploring when on your East Madagascar tour. You may see up to three species of lemur – the Microcebus, mouse lemur and the fat-tailed dwarf lemur.
On the east coast, the Ampanihy is characterised by sand dunes and rich mangroves, where more Madagascar tours can be arranged on a pirogue.
In Ambodena forest you may come across chameleons, geckos, frogs and a wider variety of lemurs, including white-fronted brown, the rather rare black-and-white ruffed lemur, the grey gentle lemur and mouse lemurs.