Madagascar-Escape to the Lost Continent!

Date: 22.09-06.10.2017

Start time: 7:00pm

After the split from Gondwana 160 million years ago, Madagascar has taken its own way of evolution. Existence in isolation has transformed the life on the 4th biggest island on the Earth into something unique and endemic. The itinerary route traces picturesque landscapes, enters remarkable national parks, stops at lovely towns and villages and gradually uncovers the face of Madagascar’s soul – its nature. The island is not seized by the “greedy” hands of the massive tourism and offers to any traveller tranquillity, authentic experience and unspoiled beauty.

This is our PARTNER EVENT.

Full price: £1395

Club Members’ price: £1325.25

Single room supplement: £250

What`s included:

-Accommodation on HB basis (breakfast and dinner) along the tour – Standard room
-All airport-hotel-airport transfers
-Land transport including driver & fuel
-Park entrance tickets and guidance fees as per the visits provided here with
-Tour Leader’s package : accommodation on HB basis, road transport, visits as
mentioned in the programme
-English speaking local guide (for 10 pax & above)

Start

2017-09-22 7:00pm

End

2017-10-06 7:00pm

Description

After the split from Gondwana 160 million years ago, Madagascar has taken its own way of evolution. Existence in isolation has transformed the life on the 4th biggest island on the Earth into something unique and endemic. The itinerary route traces picturesque landscapes, enters remarkable national parks, stops at lovely towns and villages and gradually uncovers the face of Madagascar’s soul – its nature. The island is not seized by the “greedy” hands of the massive tourism and offers to any traveller tranquillity, authentic experience and unspoiled beauty.

This is our PARTNER EVENT.

What`s included:

-Accommodation on HB basis (breakfast and dinner) along the tour – Standard room
-All airport-hotel-airport transfers
-Land transport including driver & fuel
-Park entrance tickets and guidance fees as per the visits provided here with
-Tour Leader’s package : accommodation on HB basis, road transport, visits as
mentioned in the programme
-English speaking local guide (for 10 pax & above)

What`s not included:

-Travel insurance : delayed/cancelled flight; lost/stolen/delayed luggage, medical
evacuation insurance, medical expenses on site

-Regular domestic flight ticket Tuléar-Antananarivo on non-resident economy fare
-International, regional, domestic flight tickets
-Visa fees and custom/touristic taxes collected at arrival
-Optional tours ordered and paid on spot
-No shows, cancellation and/or modification penalties after confirmation, penalties
related to the delays in payment of services after confirmation
-Additional transfers
-Extra luggage
-Drinking water, personal expenses, tips

Price structure: Here at CKAC, we know how hard it can be to save money for that dream adventure, so that’s why we offer a deposit scheme on most of our trips. The idea is that you can pay an initial deposit for your chosen event or trip, in order to reserve your spot, but you are still left with the remainder of the payment, to pay at your own convenience, allowing you more time to save.

This is our PARTNER EVENT.

What is a Partner Event?

At Curious Kat’s Adventure Club we want to offer you the best variety of events and trips. We have teamed up with other companies who share our enthusiasm for travel, excitement and new experiences.

So while we aren’t the organisers of these events, you should know that we’ve worked closely with our partners to make sure we offer you the best adventures. This means that after paying the deposit via our website, you might be asked to pay the balance directly to the organiser. Once you pay the deposit, all the further details will be sent straight to you.

Good to know about hotels in Madagascar
Madagascar is one of the lost paradises on earth resisting to the invasion of modernity and still offers opportunities for extra-ordinary traveling conditions. To guarantee your security and comfort, and allow you to enjoy Madagascar at its real value, we work with a network o good value hotels which meet our quality requirements depending on availability on you itinerary.
Please kindly be advised that most accommodation options in the bush of Madagascar are often cut off from electricity & water networks and work on own power supply generators (solar or conventional). Often, bush hotels run on generator supply rationed in the day and into the night. In general, the generator is off from 22h on, after the guests return to their rooms after dinner. Similarly, the hot water may not be available throughout the hote network.

Make sure you are well insured
Health facilities in Madagascar do not meet the European standards, thus, in case of medical emergency medical evacuation to Reunion or South Africa may be necessary. We therefore strongly recommend that you subscribe to comprehensive travel insurance before departure. Our service does not include the cancellation or delay of journey, repatriation, theft / loss / delay of baggage and medical insurance. Travel insurance protects you in case of emergency. Being properly insured, you can travel with peace of mind to enjoy your stay in Madagascar.

Health Advice

In general, we recommend you to consult a specialist before your departure on health issues related to your stay in Madagascar and in particular malaria.
Before confirming your trip to Madagascar, we strongly encourage you to read the travel advisory, published and updated regularly by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the link http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/conseils-aux-voyageurs_909/conseils-par-pays_12191/madagascar_12283/index.html. You will also find updated information on the security status in different parts of Madagascar. Check on this occasion that you update your vaccines, including diphtheria, tetanus, polio, typhoid, viral hepatitis A and B. We also recommend you to bring your own medication to relieve minor inconveniences associated with travel as well as a first aid kit. Similarly, if you follow a specific treatment, it is
important to plan your treatment during your stay. It is strongly recommended that you drink only bottled water during your stay, and eat in the restaurants recommended by your guide. Remember to bring insect repellent and wear light and protective clothing against mosquito bites. Sunscreen with a high sun protection is also essential as well as hats and sunglasses for your sun protection.

Equipment for the visiting national parks

We strongly recommend that you bring a good pair of comfortable & robust walking/trekking shoes (solid sole to protect against falls, slippery collars and sharp stones), a headlamp/torch, a raincoat, a fleece jacket (depending on season and location), light and covering clothes (to protect you from cold, sun, scratches, insect bites, etc.), as well as hats and sunglasses. Nights can be fresh/cold in the bush and/or by the seaside, please include some warm clothes. A backpack is necessary to bring along with you your water bottle, camera, some cash money, sunscreen, raincoat/pullover and a small first aid kit to disinfect and treat minor
injuries during the visit. In some national parks, it is possible to swim in natural pools and / or waterfalls.

Climate

The climate in Madagascar is characterized by a dry season that runs from April to October and a rainy season from November to March. However, significant variations across regions are: more moisture to the east, with a dry season very narrowed, and instead significantly and prolonged heat wave in southern dry
period. Cyclones may occur between November and March. There are significant differences in temperature between day and night in the highlands and in
the bush. It is strongly recommended to provide a sweater fleece by a traveler and a pair of jeans and closed walk to visit the parks and the nights can be cool shoes. Also provide a waterproof / raincoat because it can rain at any time, especially in the areas of primary forest and national parks. Sun exposure and the presence of mosquitoes is another factor to be taken into account in predicting light and protective clothing.

Power Supply

Madagascar is subject to regular power cuts (both in cities and in the bush). It should be noted that the power supply is 220V with French type sockets. Some hotels do not have sockets in the rooms to avoid the use of hair dryers that can damage the generators. Please contact the hotel reception before you use/charge electric equipment in your room. In the absence of sockets in the rooms, you can always recharge your electronics at the reception or the hotel bar.

Safety Tips

Madagascar is a peaceful country with nice people, smiling and hospitable. However, we must not forget that Madagascar is among the poorest countries in the world. For a pleasant stay in Madagascar, simple safety precautions and rules and common sense apply to all travelers. Please do not leave your personal belongings and valuable items (camera, mobile phones, watch, VISA card, cash money, etc.) without vigilance and always keep an eye on them. Please leave your jewels & expensive watches at home or they might be stolen/lost.

Currency and exchange rates

The monetary unit is the Ariary (MGA or AR), which in 2005 replaced the Malagasy franc (FMG). It’s often possible that the prices are given in Malagasy francs, ask precisely to avoid misunderstandings as 1 AR = 5 FMG. Indicative exchange rate 1 EUR = 3 300 MGA. Official rate available on the website of the Central Bank of Madagascar http://www.banque-centrale.mg/ While traveling in the country, make sure you bring enough cash money in small cuts between. In most cases, you will only be able to pay your extras in cash. Only some developed hotels accept payments by card.

Payment cards VISA and MASTER

Important: In Madagascar, MASTER Card has limited use. However, most retailers take VISA. The fees vary from one institution to another. The eventual settlement of hotel bills or airline tickets with a credit card may incur fees ranging from 5 to 8%. Please do not forget to carry some cash money in small coupons for tips.

Cash withdrawal and cash expenses in the bush

For obvious security reasons, we do not recommend carrying along important sums of money in cash. You can change some USD or EUR currency at the airport upon arrival and make withdrawals thereafter. By following the advice of your guide, you can make regular withdrawals during your passage through major cities and avoid carrying large amounts of cash on you. While traveling in the country, remember to bring enough cash and small cuts between two cities. In the bush, you can settle your extras in cash whereas in big cities/hotels payment by VISA / MASTER is available. We will be happy to send you information and an estimation of the amount you will need to perform the visits indicated in your programme.

Day 1 Antananarivo (Tana)

Arriving at Ivato Airport. Welcome and transfer to the hotel with a short city tour depending on arrival time. Check in to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 2 Tana – Andasibe (145km  3h)

After breakfast we head east of Tana to Andasibe. Along the way, visit of Peyrerias reserve. Park housing various species of butterfly, chameleons, reptiles, and others. After the tour, continuation to Andasibe. Check in and lunch at your charge in the hotel. Nocturnal visit at the private reserve of Vakona to see the chameleons, frogs and noctural lemurs. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 3 Andasibe

After an early breakfast at the hotel, visit of Andasibe National Park to explore the endemic fauna and flora. The Andasibe Forest is shelter to many species of the endangered wildlife of Madagascar. 108 species of birds are known in the park. There are also 14 species of lemurs, of which the famous Indri Indri, 51 species of reptiles including the famous Boa “Manditra”and 84 amphibian species. Lunch is at your charge. Diurnal visit of the private reserve of Vakona. You can admire the many species of animals like lemurs, crocodiles, birds,… and plants.Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 4 Andasibe – Antsirabe (315 km  7h)

Breakfast and departure to the town of Antsirabe. Antsirabe, which means a place of much salt, is famous for its thermal pools with good healing properties. The town attracts many locals and tourists due to its cool climate and location. Antsirabe is also the capital of rickshaws, and THB, the local beer. Be sure to enjoy the taste of a true Malagasy beer whilst here. In the way, stop at Ambatolampy to visit the traditional workshop of aluminium pot. Continuation to Antsirabe. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 5 Antsirabe – Ranomafana (270 km – 6h 30)

Breakfast, then departure to the town of Ranomafana. It is an area with hot mineral springs and notable natural reserve – sheltering numerous endemic species. In the way, planned stops at Ambositra – the capital of traditional woodcarving, where we will visit a local market. Arrival in Ranomafana in the afternoon, dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 6 Ranomafana

Breakfast. Guided exploration of Ranomafana National park. Colourful birds and lemurs are teeming among the trees of the primary rain forest. These include the most notable two species: the golden bamboo lemur and the greater bamboo lemur. Afternoon, visit of the village. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 7 Ranomafana – Tsaranoro Andringitra (160 km – 5h30)

Breakfast. We continue the trip along the National 7; we pass through the capital of the Betsileo Tribe, Fianarantsoa, which means place of good learning. The Betsileo Tribe is well known for being invincible! We then continue to Ambalavao, where we visit a silk production. We will stop at Anja Park, which is a sanctuary of ring- tailed lemurs and this reserve was created by the local village to protect the fauna in Madagascar. It’s a perfect opportunity to come close to the lemurs, take some great photos and witness how local people can make a positive impact on protecting the environment. Transfer with truck for Tsaranoro Valley, where our next stop Tsara Camp is settled. Dinner and overnight in the tent at Tsara camp.

Day 8 Tsaranoro Andringitra

After breakfast, 4 hours walk through the Sacred Forest & the Traditional Villages. This circuit begins with the trail, which is used by the local population, which crosses fields of cassava and rice fields. You will pass through the village of Andonaka and will be able to visit the green school of Tsaranoro. Then you join the sacred forest by a small path. You are now in the territory of lemurs with ringed tail (Lemur Catta). You could see the lemurs eat fruit from the ficus tree or play on the rocks. The sacred forest is also a place where you will find many tombs Bara and Betsileo. Continue through terraced rice fields. The village of Soavahiny (“where foreigners are welcome”) is further away. Finally, before returning to the Tsara Camp, you can stop at a basic health centre, the visit is very informative and the need for important drugs. Lunch at your charge. Dinner and overnight at the camp.

Day 9 Tsaranoro Andringitra – Ranohira (208 km – 5h30)

We will leave Tsara Camp after breakfast to continue to Ranohira. Our trip will take us to the beautiful south region of Madagascar, passing through the non-man land plateaux of Horombe. You will explore the stone-heart of Madagascar, while you will admire the splendid rock mountains, massive stone walls along the road. Arrival at Ranohira. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Day 10 Isalo National Park

Breakfast. We will explore the natural wonders of Isalo NP which includes canyons, trekking, natural swimming pools and waterfalls. You will see 3 kinds of lemurs, such as the Ring-tailed lemur, Brown lemur and the Sifaka. Birds include the Madagascar Wagtail and Benson’s rock thrush which is endemic in Isalo NP. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Day 11 Isalo Ranohira – Ifaty (275 km  5h)

After breakfast, we will head directly to Tulear – the capital of the South of Madagascar. In the way, visit of Ilakaka Sapphire Mines & Showrooms, where you can admire beautiful gemstones which make the attraction of the Ilakaka town. Then road to Tuléar, dinner and overnight at the hotel in Ifaty, by the sea side.

Day 12 Ifaty

Breakfast, then, visit of the private Reniala Reserve to admire the magic baobab trees. Th rest of the journey is free. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 13 Ifaty: Relaxation day at the hotel

After breakfast, you will have a free day to relax and enjoy the warmest of Ifaty. The village is a very animated place and you will see some scenery of daily life on the beach, right in front of the hotel. Possibility to go for a scuba diving in Ifaty or make excursions suggested as extras by your hotel. Lunch in your charge, dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 14 Ifaty – Tuléar – Tana (30 km- 1h + domestic flight)

After breakfast departure to Tuléar according to your flight schedule. Picnic or Lunch in your charge. Then transfer to the airport, recording 2 hours before takeoff. Arrival in Tana, transfer to your hotel. Dinner and overnight.

Day 15 Tana -Istanbul

Breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to the airport according to your international flight schedule. On your way, you can visit the local handcraft market. Early lunch at your charge in a good restaurant near the airport. You should be at the airport 3 hours before the scheduled take off time.

Flights*

Outbound

Fri, 22 Sep 2017

Ethiopian Airlines ET701 – 7h 35

21:00 LHR London Heathrow – 06:35 (+1) ADD Addis Ababa

2h 15 Connect in airport

Ethiopian Airlines ET853 4h 50

08:50 ADD Addis Ababa – 13:40 TNR Antananarivo

Arrives: Sat, 23 Sep 2017

Journey duration: 14h 40

Return

Sat, 7 Oct 2017

Ethiopian Airlines ET852

4h 50

14:30TNR Antananarivo – 19:20 ADD Addis Ababa

5h 55Connect in airport Long wait

Ethiopian Airlines ET700

7h 45

01:15 (+1)ADD Addis Ababa – 07:00LHR London Heathrow

Arrives: Sun, 8 Oct 2017Journey duration: 18h 30

*As we have minimum and maximum numbers for each trip and we are taking bookings through various platforms, please email us on once you pay your deposit, to find out if your place has been confirmed and whether you can book the flights before purchasing them. 

INSURANCE:

You also confirm that you will be responsible for your own insurance, so please make sure that it is at an appropriate level for this trip and the activities that you will be participating in. In addition to your own Personal Civil liability insurance, you will need an individual insurance for multi-risk and multi-activity holidays (expenses of cancellation, research – help, repatriation, medical expenses, theft of luggage, etc.) appropriate for the activities to be undertaken as part of the holiday. The general travel insurance is often minimal and rarely adapted to the active holidays. Please check the details with your insurance provider.

DISCLAIMER and T&Cs:

By signing up to this event you confirm that you have read and consented to our terms and conditions (click to download) and waiver (click to download).

Cancellations:

Please note that unless the trip is cancelled the payments are non-refundable as the costs need to be paid in advance. However you may be able to sell your place to your friends or other group members if you follow this procedure: http://katsadventures.com/#plx_progress_faq_section

Important Information:

Please note that we may need to contact you from time to time with important information via email. If you have booked a trip or an event with us, please ensure that you provide us with an up-to-date email address* and check your inbox regularly for any important updates, as you may miss out on critical information ( such as change of venue, time changes, etc.) or might end up missing out on the event altogether! Please note that we will not be able to process any refunds, should this happen.

We also ask that you add our email address, admin@curiouskatsadventures.com, to your contact list, in order to ensure that any vital information we send to you, doesn’t get sent to your spam or junk inbox. For further information please refer to section 2.3 of our Term & Conditions.

*Please provide us with these details at least 2 working days before the event and during our office hours.

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