SAKALAVA DOW TRIP – 4 JOURS

From 2 to 6 persons.

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Villages lost along isolated beaches or in the mangroves on the Grande Terre, opposite Nosy Be. You will share the life of the Sakalava fishermen on the side of the Russian Bay of Nosy Iranja and towards the Radama archipelago for several days.

On board of a traditional pirogue with sail or a beautiful dhow, you don’t need anything.

We offer you an incredible journey to discover a people, a culture, a rhythm of life. An invitation to forget everything, to leave everything behind.

Highlights

  • A completely new and original trip
  • An exceptional marine environment
  • An impeccable organisation
  • A professional and friendly crew

Travel identity card

  • Duration: 4: 6 or 8 days 
  • Participant: From 2 persons
  • Guiding: English-speaking Malagasy guide
  • Accommodation: Camping 
  • Transport: Sakalava dugout canoe
  • Period: April to November

Day 1: Nosy Be / Anjiabé

We embark on a Sakalava dhow or a large traditional sailing pirogue to discover a region where the sea is the only access route. We leave Nosy Bé for the small island of Ankazoberavina (2 hours of quiet crossing). Swimming, snorkelling and discovery of an incredibly rich and varied underwater world. Short crossing to Anjiabé, a long beach of 3km bordered by a coconut grove. Seafood meal, siesta, swimming, walking. Camping. 

Day 2: Anjiabe – Ambatofotsy

Early departure for a 3 hour crossing along a beautiful coastline. Snorkelling and swimming. We continue our journey to the village of Ambatofotsy. It is an important site concerning the Sakalava royal traditions. Day lemurs often come to the vicinity of this village in the late afternoon. This evening, we start to take our place in this timeless universe. We eat the fruits of our catch. Big black eyes light up in the night, the fruit bats flap their wings like fantastic capes, and the surf, the surf…good night and good dreams!  Camping. 

Day 3: Ambatofotsy – Ambariomena

Departure for a 2 hour crossing to Ambariomena, the place of our new bivouac. Change of scenery; we are in a kind of Malagasy fjord, quiet like a lake, bordered by small orange sand beaches and small villages. This arm of the sea then sinks deeply into a maze of mangroves to end up in a river at the foot of mountains covered with primary forest. We camp on the edge of a village and, depending on the tide level, in the afternoon we walk up the arm of the sea in this enchanting place. Camping. 

Day 4: Ambariomena – Nosy Be

A day full of surprises. The bay which shelters the beautiful village of Marotony will hold us for an hour or two depending on our desires and the tide… We will eat at the edge of an island with magnificent undersides, just to engrave a little more deeply in our memories these marvellous underwater colours. Around 2pm we set sail to cover the thirty kilometres that separate us from Nosy Bé. Some tasty hours in the middle of a grandiose landscape…the rustle of the water against the float, the song of the bow. 

End of the service at 5pm in Nosy Be.

Include:

  • The crew and their sailing pirogue or dhow,
  • Camping equipment (bring a sleeping bag),
  • Full board

Not include:

  • International flights,
  • Activities in Nosy Be,
  • Tips and drinks,
  • Your personal insurance.
  • The visa: +/- 35 €.

RESERVATION – CONFIRMATION

Reservation: Please use the form below to book your trip or change this itinerary. We will respond within 24 hours.

Confirmation: It will be effective upon receipt of the completed registration form that we will send you, as well as a deposit of 30% of the total amount of the price of the travel.

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  You with us !  For each person, for each trip, we take 2€ from our margin for the sponsorship of one hectare of primary forest for one year near the Andasibe / Périnet park. More info here
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