Canal des Pangalanes
Le train Manakara Fianarantsoa

Pangalanes Channel

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PANAGALANES CHANNEL : Experience a cruise from Mahanoro to Mananajry. Train Manakara – Fianarantsoa. Ranomafana National Park.  An original trip on the East Coast of Madagascar

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All about the Pangalanes Channel.

Description : The East road : You will discover the east road through Brickaville village, Manambato, the Pangalanes channel ( on motor boat ), Mananjary, Manakara and Ranomafana rain forest.

Period : All year. Period recommended from September to December.

Access : For everyone, walks in the parks are flexible and don’t need a special physical condition.

Accommodation : Basic in Mahanoro and Nosy Varika, after 2** standard , clean hotels with private washroom along the trail way, their friendly atmosphere and the high quality of their restaurant is very important. Simple and basic bush hotel on the Pangalana.

Cars / Transport : All transfers and airports / hotels assistance are included. 2 WD for the trip with English speaking driver, motor boat on the Pangalana.
It’s an individual trip that can be modify depending on your dates. The trip could last less or more days than scheduled depending on your wishes.

Flights : We could propose you domestic flights booking. We advise you to book your international flight in the country of the departure.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

  1. Day 1 Antananarivo - Brickaville - Mahanoro

    Morning departure for the East direction to Moramanga and Brickaville. Bifurcation to Mahanoro ( starting point of the cruise ) Arrival in the afternoon. Check in Hotel Tropicana ( Basic ). ( Step of 370 kms / 6 hours )

  2. Day 2 Mahanoro - Nosy Varika

    Boarding the boat at Mahanoro starting around 7:00. The passage from the opening of the Mangoro River with its strong currents that contrast with the calm canal is one of the highlights of the first day of sailing. A short stop at Ampangalana, a small village nestled on the banks of the canal. picnic lunch on board. You meet the fishermen pirogues pass in this green lakes and lagoons that form the famous Canal .. The lush vegetation: bamboo forests, palm trees, ferns, pandanus, raffia, elephant ears, allamanda, aquatic plants and comet and rare orchid species from Madagascar border the Pangalanes Canal. Passage on the Bay of Lagnampotsy, strolling along the Canal, we reach Nosy Varika in the end of the afternoon. Camp closed to the barge.

  3. Day 3 Nosy Varika - Mananjary

    Continuation of navigation after breakfast. The Canal offers landscapes of everyday life in harmony with the natural environment populated by legends and beliefs. Stop at Ambohitsara around noon. Discovery of ”white elephant”, enigmatic statue that represents an elephant rather than a boar. The trunk is clearly marked, and the broken defenses. Legend told that Raminia has brought it from La Mecca. Picnic lunch. The walk continues, visit of the village of Ampandomana. Then a littile break to Mahela to see the ”anchor of Jean Laborde” confidant and architect man of Queen Ranavalona first (reigned 1828-1861), passing through the bay, Continuation to Andragnazavaka and up Mananjary. Arrival in Mananjary. Landing at the river port around 17:30. Vahiny Lodge.

  4. Day 4 Mananjary - Manakara

    Direction to Manakara. The afternoon we can visit the town and the seaside. We can also go to the local plantations ( Clove and hot peppers… ) ( step of 180 kms / 4 hours ). Check in “Délices de l’Orient

  5. Day 5 Manakara - Fianarantsoa

    A state company called FCE (Fianarantsoa – Coast – East) insures the routes of the villages between Manakara and Fianarantsoa. This old train still sometimes random for these departures. If it’s not possible to take the train, an alternative route will be offered. Otherwise the train ride allow us to admire one of the most beautiful landscapes of Madagascar. There will be many stops in small villages for which the train is the only way of communication. Arrival late afternoon / evening at Sahamabavy or Fianarantsoa. Overnight at the hotel…”Lac hotel”,
    Train frequencies : in the direction Manakara – Fianarantsoa : Wednesday and Sunday. In the direction Fianarantsoa – Manakara on Tuesday and Saturday. The ride takes on average 12 hours.

  6. Day 6 Fianarantsoa - Ranomafana

    Tour of the high city of Fianarantsoa, named also ”the old town”. Fianarantsoa is the capital of Wine. Vines comming form France and Switzland, give a fruity taste. Shot Way to Ranomafana ( aorund 2 hours ). Set in hotel. In the afternoon you can relax to Thermes wtih hot source water ( Step : 61 Kms – 2 hours ). Check in ”Gaspard” hotel.

  7. Day 7 Ranomafana - Antoetra ( before Ambositra )

    In the mroning visit Ranomafana National Park, ( from 2 to 4 hours ). It is is a park covering 41,601 ha of forest. In 2007, it was ranked Heritage as World Natural of the Atsinanana (”The East”) . It shelters a rich endemic biodiversity, which includes rare species of lemur. The park is also the genetic reservoir of rare and some endemic plant species. It is traversed by many rivers that are tributaries of the river Namorona; visit from 2 to 4 hours. ( we can adapt the visit timing according to your fitness ). Then we take the highland road until Amboistra; before the entrance of the town, bifurcation to Antoetra. Set in a nice Ecolodge. Sous le Soleil de Mada… (Step: 241 Kms – 4h45)

  8. Day 8 Ambositra - Antsirabe

    Guided walk from the village of Antoetra to Ifasina; Immersion of Zafimaniry country. Estmate four hours round trip with more elevation changes. (According on the physical condition can be limited to visiting the village of Antoetra). Then we reach Ambositra artisanal capital. It will remain 1h30 of road before Antsirabe. Installation at the hotel ” la Chambre du Voyageur ”. (Step 132 km – 2 h)

  9. Day 9 Antsirabe - Tana

    City tour after the breakfast: we will visit a particular miniatures shops (rickshaws, bicycle, and trucks). The gem (amethyst, tourmaline, garnet …) are one of the main attractions of Antsirabe. The craftsman ”Chez Joseph” may make cutting demonstrations gems. Continuation of the road through the highlands to Ambatolampy known for its handicraft factories objects whose aluminum pots to the capital. Installation at the hotel. (Step 170 kms, 3h30) : Residence Lapasoa.

  10. Day 10 Antananarivo

    Transfer to  the Airport for the international flight. End of our services.

Public rates 2019 in Euros TTC per person

Public rates 2019 in Euros TTC per person

Nb Persons Euros / person
2 1 519 €
3 1 187 €
4 1 023 €
Single Room Supplement : 141 Euros

Booking modalities

Confirmation by email of the present trip.
After Espace Mada confirmation of hotels, transport and flights availability’s : Deposit of 30% of the total amount plus domestic flights by bank transfer
Balance before departure inTana :

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
  • Double room(s) accommodation, Necessary tourist taxes
  • Half-board in the hotels, BandB in Tananarive. Full-board on the Pangalanes Channel from Day 2 twelve to day 4 midday included, pic nic lunch day 8.
  • Boat and guide on the Pangalanes
  • Vehicle with English speaking driver Day 1 abd from Day 4 to Day 91, Driver allowances, gasoline
  • Excursions mentioned in the program, The transfer hotel – airport on Day 11
  • The train ticket Manakara – Fianarantsoa, Entrance and guide fees in Ranomafana park
  • Drinks, extra and Tips, diners in Tananarive, lunchs, excpet on Pangalanes Cruise and day 8 included
  • International flights