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 - Pangalanes forest-lodge

    After breakfast, the crew and the kitchen await you ”on board” the Ravintsy (motor barge equipped with a dining room, a panoramic terrace (deck chairs) to observe, kitchen and WC on board. Cruise leaves Mahanoro and crosses the marsh very interesting for its birds, then the crossing of the Mangoro River and the rise of the narrow channel up to the lake before joining Ambohitsara and the wild site of the ”forest-lodge” nestled in the littoral forest between ocean At sunset, you’ll enjoy the terrace-lounge-bar under the pandanus and the ocean, the setting is exceptional, 100% wild and our conservation program is followed by the ministry. ecolodge.
    night : Pangalanes forest-lodge (category ”comfort bush” in CHN TWN) with shower ”bucket” and toilet (dry toilets) outside. Meals : lunch aboard / dînner Distance in boat : 60 km – duration : +/- 3h30

  3. Day 3 Amdranotsara - Nosy-Varika - Ambahy

    Breakfast. Departure towards the south of the canal, going up wide, then narrow zones, villages and forest areas before approaching the large Analampotsy lake which allows to reach the Sakaleona river leading to the small village of Nosy-Varika that we Let’s visit to stretch our legs. We board then to join the village of Ambahy and walk to Pangalanes Jungle Camp. Each ”tent-shelter” bungalow consists of a ”raty” vegetable roof that allows a good flow of rainwater and a comfortable ”safari” tent equipped with two twin beds.
    night : Pangalanes Jungle Camp (category ”comfort bush” in CHN TWN) with shower ”bucket” and toilet (dry toilets) outside. Meals : breakfast / lunch aboard / dînner Distance in boat : 160 km – duration : +/- 6h30 walk : +/- 1h00

  4. Day 4 Ambahy - Mahela - Ambohitsra - Mananjary

    After breakfast at the lodge, we visit the school and health center CSB2 (bush clinic). This is where you can make useful donations (drugs, clothes, supplies). Visit the village and meet local people, then we finish the stage to embark on the boat to perform 3 hours of navigation (picnic lunch on board) to the south and join the village of Ambohitsara. Visit the typical village of the coast is perched on its clear sand dune, and meet local people. We discover a curious elephant sculture (unknown to Mada) whose origin is controversial.
    Some attribute it to the Arab travelers of the twelfth, others to the Indians. Mystery. In the late afternoon, we reach Mananjary, a small peaceful port at the end of the world, planted with coconut trees and bougainvillea. Installation Hotel Vahiny Lôdge
    Meals : breakfast / lunch aboard Distance in boat : 140 km – durée : +/- 5h30 walk : +/- 0h30

  5. Day 5 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

  6. Day 6 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.

  7. Day 7 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.

  8. Day 8 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)

  9. Day 9 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)

  10. Day 10 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.

  11. Day11 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 1 712 €
3 1 352 €
4 1 143 €
Single Room Supplement : 138 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 9.
  • Boat and guide on the Pangalanes
  • Vehicle with English speaking driver Day 1 abd from Day 5 to Day 10, 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 9 included
  • International flights