Orchids of Madagascar – 13 days

From 4 to 10 people. See details below.

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© Malagasy Tours | Carte A malagasy botanist leader, particularly more about orchids, is guiding you along the travel in Madagascar. There is no need to go deep or up high in mountains (perhaps …), the most important is to be at the right place at the right time ! You will be satisfied by the richness and the beauty of Madagascar orchids.

This trip is organised in february and march only.

Highlights

  • Angavokely, a remarkable spot close to Antananarivo ;
  • Andasibe Park forest and the surroundings ;
  • Mont Ibity rock foothill ;
  • Ambatofinandrahana quartzite massif ;
  • Orchids and lemurs in Ranomafana ;
  • Mandaratsy, the hidden forest, almost excluded !

Travel identity card

  • Duration : 13 days
  • Participant : from 4 to 10 persons
  • Support crew : malagasy botanist guide
  • Accommodation : hotel (12 nights)
  • Transport : 4WD, bus or van
  • Meals : full board
  • Period : february or march
  • Trip grading : easy
  • Effort = 1

    “Easy”This trip is accessible to all. However, we ask you to be healthy.
    It is a journey of discovery and short hikes are scheduled for site visits.
    Madagascar is large, the steps in a vehicle can sometimes be a little long.

  • Confort = 4

    “Standard”All nights are in hotels. The accommodations and/or the hotel are good categories and equivalent to 2 or 3 stars international standards.
    Dinner in restaurant, lunch at the restaurant and / or picnic.
    Travel take place in comfortable vehicle on roads and/or on relatively good tracks.

 

D 1 : Antananarivo > Angavokely > Andasibe

Meet your guide.
Take the road 2 to get to Angavokely spot, located at about 30km east of the capital. It is the highest point of Antananarivo area reaching up to 1787m high, we are here in the kingdom of orchids, 117 species can be found there.
First day of visit and exploration.

Continue to the east to Andasibe in the afternoon.
Angavokely botanical lists ; Aerangis monantha, Angrecum tenellum, Angrecum sororium, Beclardia macrostachya, Cynorkis angustipetala, Cynorkis aurantiaca, Cynorkis baroni, Cynorkis fastigiata, Cynorkis gibbosa, Cynorkis uniflora, Habenaria alta, Jumellea maxillarioides, Liparis imerinensis, Oberonia distycha, Polystachya cultriformis, Polystachya fusiformi.

  • Duration : +/- 4h
  • Distance : 180 km
  • Meals : Picnic lunch included / Dinner included
  • Your hotel : Andasibe. Feon’Ny Ala.

    Feon'Ny AlaFeon'Ny AlaLocated on the edge of the forest near the park gate. The hotel’s name means literally “sound of the forest”, it reflects perfectly the surroundings where it is every morning, Indri-Indri’s call rocks you harmoniously. The hotel Feony Ala has a restaurant, 30 bungalows built with local materials and has private or common bathrooms with hot water.

D 2 : Mantadia National Park

Visit of Mantadia National Park the whole day. We need to drive a few kilometres to get there.
The flora is characterised by a lush vegetation of tropical rainforest, many species of epiphyte orchids, tree ferns, sacred liana and other dwarf palms, medicinal plants, also fauna as lemurs, amphibians, birds …
Botanical information :
Aeranthes ramosa,Angraecum calceolus, Angraecum mauritianum, Bulbophyllum conchidioides,Bulbophyllum analamazaotrae,Jumellea sp,Phajus pulchellus var. sandrangatensis,Grammangis ellisii,Microcoelia macrantha, Gastrorchis.

  • Duration : Toute la journée
  • Meals : Picnic lunch included / Dinner included
  • Your hotel : The same as the day before

D 3 : Analamazaotra Reserve and Mitsinjo forest

It is a day dedicated for other orchid species in Analamazaotra Reserve and Mitsinjo village Reserve which is a social development project based on ecotourism : Orchids, medicinal plants, lemurs and several special fauna species of the area. We end up the visit in the orchids’ park.

Botanical information of Mantadia :Aeranthes ramosa,Angraecum calceolus, Angraecum mauritianum, Bulbophyllum conchidioides,Bulbophyllum analamazaotrae,Jumellea sp,Phajus pulchellus var. sandrangatensis,Grammangis ellisii,Microcoelia macrantha

  • Duration : Toute la journée
  • Meals : Picnic lunch included / Dinner included
  • Your hotel : The same as the day before

D 4 : Andasibe > Antananarivo > Antsirabe

Head back to the capital where we stop for having lunch, and then we continue to Antsirabe.
Rice fields and typical villages of the highlands represent the landscape right after leaving Antananarivo.
Make several stops on the way to see terrestrial orchids such as Cynorkis ,Habenaria, Satyrium, Eulophia …

Arrive in Antsirabe in late afternoon.
Set up in hotel close to the center.

  • Duration : +/- 7h
  • Distance : 350 km
  • Meals : Lunch include at the restaurant / Dinner included
  • Your hotel : Antsirabe. Le Voyageur.

    Le VoyageurLe VoyageurBuilt in a special setting in the middle of a large garden, “Le Voyageur” guestrooms and bungalows are based on a typical architecture style, which express Malagasy soul, highlanders’ mind and the local known-how resources. Bungalows and guestrooms have bathroom with hot water each. The restaurant offers Malagasy and European specialties .

    View site on : http://chambres-voyageur.mg

D 5 : Antsirabe > Ihasy valley

We stroll around in Antsirabe, ride a pousse-pousse (rickshaw) for those who wish it.
Drive to the south and then fork to the west to join Ihasy valley by Mont Ibity. We make some visit in the hillside just after the cement industry, there are several orchid species.
Botanical information : Cynorkis, Bulbophylum, Jumellea, Angraecum,

 

  • Duration : +/- 1h
  • Distance : 30 km
  • Meals : Picnic lunch included / Dinner included
  • Your hotel : Ihasy. Gite d’Ihasy.

    Gite d'IhasyGite d'IhasyMany villages are spread at Mount Ibity foothill. A traditional house welcomes you slightly away from a village. We are in the gite of Ihasy. The welcome is warm and friendly.
    The accommodation consists of rooms / dormitories with bunk beds inside, bucket showers and toilets in the garden.
    For dinner, we have a romazava!

D 6 : Orchids of Mount Ibity

Start the visit after breakfast, exploration of the Mount which is 2250 m at its highest point, this massif has more than 67 % of endemism. The hillsides have many rupicolous plants, the most special is undoubtly pachypodium and kalanchoe, a real place of interest !
Botanical information : Jumellea Ibityana, Eulophia Ibityensis, Habenaria, bulbophyllum baronii, Streptocarpus Ibityensis, Tephrosia Ibityensis, Restiomadagascariensis. Pachypodium eburneum et Pachypodium brevicaule.

  • Duration : Toute la journée
  • Meals : Picnic lunch included / Dinner included
  • Your hotel : The same as the day before

D 7 : Ibity > Ambatofinandrahana

We leave our nice gîte and join back the main road.
Continuation towards Ambositra in south direction. We stop in the Tapia forest looking for terrestrial orchids.
We stroll around in Ambositra if you like to see carvings in artisans’ shops.
We turn west from Ivato village and go on to Ambatofinandrahana.
Arrive in the afternoon.

  • Duration : +/- 4h
  • Distance : 185 km
  • Meals : Picnic lunch included / Dinner included
  • Your hotel : Ambatofinandrahana . Hôtel du marbre.

    Hôtel du marbreHôtel du marbreHotel du Marbre is little structure in the heart of the village. The equipment is simple and plain, with shared bathroom the water in bucket. Guestrooms are clean. There are a few tables for a Malagasy special dinner. You are in the heart of the village atmosphere mainly during days of market. It is then the only place to stay in Ambatofinandrahana.

D 8 : Ambatofinandrahana

A day devoted for the exploration through the quartzite and cipolin massif of Ambatofinandrahana. It is a beautiful montanuos region with Itremo mount in the background. We pass across many villages along the hike.
Exchanges with locals are always welcoming.
Botanical informations : Aerangis ellisii, Angrecum sororium, Angraecum longicalcar (rare), Angraecum protensum, Cynorkis uniflora, Habenaria cirrhata,Habenaria bathiei,Satyrium amoenum, Eulophia rutenbergianum, Bulbophyillum

  • Duration : Toute la journée
  • Meals : Picnic lunch included / Dinner included
  • Your hotel : The same as the day before

D 9 : Ambatofinandrahana > Ranomafana

We join back the road 7 and then head to the south.
Explore around the remains of the old forestry station of Ankazomivady. Several species can be found here, we take easy time to visit the site.
Arrive in Ranomafana in late afternoon.
Botanical information : Benthamia rostrata, Calanthe repens, Cynorkis angustipetala, Liparis microcharis, Oberonia distycha, Polystachya cultriformis, Polystachya fusiformis, Polystachya monophylla, Satyrium amoenum, Satyrium rostratum, Bulbophullum …

  • Duration : +/- 4h
  • Distance : 200 km
  • Meals : Picnic lunch included / Dinner included
  • Your hotel : Ranomafana. Centrest hotel .

    Centrest hotel Centrest hotel Built on a green hill near the National Park and the Thermal station, the hotel gives high standard guestrooms and bungalows with private bathroom and hot water. Different French and local dishes proposal on the restaurant’s menu. The hotel owns a botanical garden (at 12km) and a private protected reserve (at 6km) on the way east.

D 10 : Ranomafana National Park

Visit of the rain forest of Ranomafana.
Several species of lemurs can be found there such as the golden bamboo lemur, red-fronted and red-bellied lemur, also the rare and endangered species such as the greater bamboo lemur.
Botanical onformation  Angraecum sp, sesquipedale, Jumellea, Aerangis, Aeranthes, Bulbophyllum, Cynorkis fastigiata, tripelaloides, Eulophia macra, Oeonia volucris. 

 

  • Duration : Toute la journée
  • Meals : Picnic lunch included / Dinner included
  • Your hotel : The same as the day before

D 11 : Ranomafana – Fianarantsoa

 We continue the visit in the morning. We refine our research and take large time to explore every possible details knowing that even a week or a mounth would not be enough.
We leave the area in the afternoon and join Fianarantsoa town.

 

 

  • Duration : +/- 2h
  • Distance : 80 km
  • Meals : Picnic lunch included / Dinner included
  • Your hotel : Fianarantsoa. Villa Sylvestre.

    Villa SylvestreVilla SylvestreA preserved heritage for three generations, this charming residence built in 1920, with the purest style of Malagasy traditional architecture. It is located in the heart of Betsileo country, in Fianarantsoa town.Villa Sylvestre has 08 comfortable guestrooms equipped with private bathroom,TV ,safe and mini-bar,…all in felted and warm atmosphere, combining modernity with tradition.View site on : http://www.villasylvestre.com

D 12 : Mandaratsy forest

Located at about 15km east of Fianarantsoa, Mandaratsy was formerly a forestry station run by a private organisation, a reason for its good conservation.
It is a day for the discovery of several terrestrial and epiphyte species. Head back to Fianarantsoa in the afternoon.

Botanical information : Satyrium rostratum, Satyrium amoenum, Cynorkis baroni, Cynorkis bimaculata, C. lilacina, Usnea sp, Piper sp, Medinilla sp, Hymenophyllum sp, Aerangis citrata, Aerangis punctata, Jumellea spp, Angraecum acutipetalum, A. sp,..

  • Duration : Toute la journée
  • Meals : Picnic lunch included / Dinner included
  • Your hotel : The same as the day before

D 13 : Fianarantsoa > Antananarivo

A very long drive to return to Antananarivo.
Your travel to Madagascar for local orchids has been as dense than rich. It is a wide country, various and many biotopes, many trips in different regions would be necessary to apprehend the amazing richness of the island.
End of Malagasy Tours services.

 

  • Duration : +/- 8h
  • Distance : 400 km
  • Meals : Lunch include at the restaurant / Dinner not included
Number of person 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Supp single
Prix par personne 1 399 € 1 345 € 1 185 € 1 149 € 1 079 € 1 075 € 1 064 € 144 €

Price includes:

  • A botanist guide during the travel,
  • A driver and a car during the travel,
  • Accommodation as mentioned in the program,
  • Meals as mentioned in the program,
  • National park and specified sites fees,
  • Park guides,
  • All transfers.

Price does not include:

  • International,
  • Meals as mentioned in the program,
  • Tips and drinks,
  • Your personal insurances.

 

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