SUMMARY

Crossing the northern part of the Mozambique Channel, you will find the Comoros Islands. In this archipelago nestled in the heart of the Indian Ocean, land and sea are as one. Here, you will find that nature is both exuberant and peaceful. Discover its wonders : the Dos du Dragon (dragon’s back), Lac Salé (salt lake) and the Trou du Prophète (prophet’s hole)… Visit the remains of Moheli, from the Medina to the Sultanate Palace, passing by the Miraculous Mosque. Then flying over the village of Tsamia, in Moheli, discover sea turtles, lemurs, giant bats and other species of endemic birds.

In Madagascar, encounter the Tsingy of Bemaraha, mythical karst formations of the island, wonders of nature and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Before exploring this rocky landscape, enjoy a rural hike in the Central Highlands and a night in a community dwelling. Also meet the mouse lemur of Madagascar, smallest of the family, and the fossa, the largest mammal on the island, in the forest of Kirindy. During your stay, enjoy a sunset in the Baobab Valley. You will mark your passage through by participating in a restoration of mangroves in Morondava and a traditional Malagasy cooking workshop in the Upper Town of the capital.

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18
DAYS

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17
NIGHTS

From
€2500
inc. VAT*
per person
(Based on 2 people sharing)

Getting in touch with nature 3/5
Meeting the locals 4/5
Eco-responsibility 3/5
Comfort 2/5
Accessibility 1/5

A ECOTOURISTIC CIRCUIT CHARACTERIZED BY

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Visits to natural and cultural sites

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Accommodation in ecolodge and / or community houses

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Interactions with local people and associations

COMBINED ITINERARY

The visits, meetings and transfers mentioned may vary depending on the availability of participants and local constraints.
Day 1 : Addis – Abeba – Moroni

After arrival at the airport, you will head for the Jardin de la Paix hotel. The visits to the old town, the Medina, the National Museum follow one another, with the ever-present scent of Comorian essential oils on the stalls, before reaching the Sultana Palace. Dinner at the restaurant Les Hirondelles completes the day.


Day 2 : Moroni – Mohéli 

After breakfast we head for Moheli. A little market visit is included before going to Itsamia where a high-end guesthouse awaits. But before that, enjoy a picnic with the women of the village and visit the turtle nesting area.


Day 3 : Mohéli

Breakfast at the hotel before visiting the “Marine Park” of Noumachiwa. An afternoon on the beach and relaxing in the bungalows is part of the programme. Dinner will be a serving of local flavours before a well-deserved rest in a guest house.


Day 4 : Mohéli

Breakfast at the hotel. Trip to admire the Livingston fruit bats and endemic birds of Mohéli. In the evening, dinner and accommodation at the Les Abou hotel.


Day 5 : Mohéli – Moroni

Flight to Moroni. Programme : ecotourism tour to the North of Grande Comore, including the Dragon’s Back, the miraculous Mosque, the Salt Lake and picnic at the Prophet’s Hole. In the evening, return to the Jardin de la Paix hotel.


Day 6 : Moroni – Antananarivo

Breakfast at the hotel before flying to Antananarivo. Hotel Lapasoa will await you with a cocktail. Full-board accommodation


Day 7 : Antananarivo – Ambohimanga

The programme includes breakfast and a visit to the Royal Hill of Ambohimanga, a royal citadel listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stop at an on-site restaurant. A visit to the Upper Town, the historic heart of Antananarivo, completes the day.

Day 8 : Antananarivo – Antsirabe

After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll travel to Antsirabe. A small stop en route is planned to visit an aluminium cookware factory, then the rural market of the city of water before ending up in a community dwelling for lunch, dinner and overnight stay.


Day 9 : Antsirabe – Kirindy

After breakfast, you’ll leave for Kirindy. The night will be spent in the Kirindy Forest ecolodge.


Day 10 : Kirindy

A hearty breakfast will be served before visiting the Kirindy Forest. A forest that shelters endemic species such as lemurs and fossas. Return to the lodge for lunch and to prepare for the nocturnal visit where you will have the opportunity to see iconic species such as mouse lemurs. Dinner at the ecolodge.


Day 11 : Kirindy – Bekopaka

Breakfast at the lodge before leaving for Bekopaka. Camp Croco will welcome you for dinner. An unforgettable night under canvas out in nature.


Day 12 : Visit to the small Tsingy

After breakfast, visit the small Tsingy. The descent of the river Manambolo will be made in traditional canoe. You will have the opportunity to admire the flora and fauna, rock formations and, of course, the daily lives of the inhabitants. Lunch, dinner and overnight at the Camp.


Day 13 : Visit to the Great Tsingy

With stomachs well-filled, we head for the great Tsingy. Admire the diversity of the species on offer in the picturesque landscapes of the Tsingy. Lunch, dinner and overnight at the Camp.


Day 14 : Bekopaka – Morondava

Morning departure for Morondava. On the way, you will be able to etch into your memory the iconic Alley of the Baobabs while savouring local specialties for lunch. Dinner and overnight at the hotel Trecicogne.

Day 15 : Morondava

Breakfast at the hotel, then participate in the restoration of the Morondava mangroves with a youth association. Enjoy the traditional pirogue crossing and lunch where you can chat with the local population. Dinner and night at the hotel.


Day 16 : Morondava

After breakfast, enjoy a free day in this beautiful coastal city of Madagascar. Lunch, dinner and night at the hotel.


Day 17 : Morondava – Antananarivo

After breakfaast, return to the capital and Lapasoa hotel for lunch and overnight. A workshop of traditional Malagasy cuisine awaits you in historic uptown where you will dine with the locals.


Day 18 : Antananarivo – Europe

Breakfast and lunch at the hotel before travelling to the airport.

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EXPERIENCES THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Watching sea turtles, admiring their eggs and the baby turtles descending to the sea
Observation of the species endemic to the Comoros: mammals and birds
Mangrove restoration with a local association in Morondava
Hiking in the bush and overnight stay in a rural farmhouse in Madagascar
Visit to the Tsingy and the Alley of Baobabs

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

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Flights

Inter-island flight included

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Meals and drinks

Full board throughout the trip. Drinks extra

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Don’t forget to pack

Mosquito repellent, sunscreen (in compliance with environmental standards) and walking shoes

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Tips

Decision of the customer. Amount at their discretion

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Accommodation

Accommodation in hotel, ecolodge and / or rural accommodation

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Health

Vaccines against hepatitis A and B and typhoid fever are recommended

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Insurance

All bank cards (Visa, Mastercard, etc.) are accepted by ATMs located in big cities and medium-sized towns.

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Bank cards

All bank cards (Visa, Mastercard, etc.) are accepted by ATMs located in big cities and medium-sized towns.

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Trip management

Comoros : Accompaniment of a guide

Madagascar : Accompaniment of a driver-guide throughout the trip

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Time difference (from France)

Madagascar and Comoros
H+1 (in summer)
H+2 (in winter)

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Transports

Comoros : A private vehicle will transport you from place to place, accompanied by a guide

Madagascar : A private vehicle with a driver-guide will take you to your destination
Antananarivo – Ambohimanga : 40km round trip
Antananarivo – Antsirabe : 3-hour drive
Antsirabe – Kirindy : 7 to 8-hour drive
Kirindy – Bekopaka : 7-hour drive
Bekopaka – Morondava : 8-hour drive

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Practical information
Documentation

For French nationals visiting Madagascar, it is imperative to have a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of return. An entry visa is required, issued on arrival at the airport. For a stay of less than 30 days the cost is €35, payable in person and in cash, upon presentation of your passport.

TARIF

Price per person from Moroni
€2,500*par personne
Full board and accommodation with varying levels of comfort

This price includes

Transfers and transportation throughout the trip (driver and fuel included)
Entrances to national parks and sites to visit
Rural excursion to Antsirabe and restoration of mangroves in Morondava

This price does not include

Visa for Madagascar
Fee for mandatory guide for the sites visited (Ambohimanga, Kirindy Forest and Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park)
Activities during the free day in Morondava
Tips, drinks and personal expenses
Travel and health insurance

* Single room supplement: € 220 (Madagascar part)

CONTACT

COMORES

Name : MOHAMED CHAMSIDDINE
Tell : (+269) 336 74 74 // 771 07 40
Email : chams.tour67@gmail.com

MADAGASCAR

Name : MORA TRAVEL
Tel : +261 20 22 020 12
Email : info@moratravel.com

THE VANILLA ISLANDS

info@vanilla-islands.org
www.vanilla-islands.org