The Pangalanes Channel
PANAGALANES CHANNEL :
Experience a cruise from Mahanoro to Mananajry. Train Manakara – Fianarantsoa. Ranomafana National Park. An original trip on the East Coast of Madagascar
Navigate the Pangalanes Channel
Stay on the east coast of Madagascar: Tananarive – Brickaville – Mahanoro – Pangalanes Channel – Mananjary – Manakara – Ranomafana – Antsirabe – Tananarive. A river cruise from Mahanoro to Mananjary; the train ride from Manakara to Fianarantsoa; Ranomafana Primary Forest Park.
The East Coast of Madagascar, a trip full of colonial history
The channel creation under Gallieni
During the colonial era, General Joseph Gallieni initiated a project for a channel along the east coast of Madagascar and exert military and administrative control over the region Work began in 1896 to create a 665 km waterway. Local people were involved, 300 people dug the canal in terrible conditions. The work was completed in 1904. Through winding swamps, the canal became a fast-moving route for goods, and led to the settlement of many villages on the shores.
Jean Laborde an explorer arrived on the East Coast of Madagascar
Jean Laborde is one of the great figures of the discovery of Madagascar; How did he get to the Big Island? It was November 8, 1831, his ship lacking water and food, had come to ground on the southeastern coast of Madagascar in front of Vohipeno. During the cruise you can discover Jean Laborde’s famous anchor.
The Fianarantsoa – Manakara
The French settlers began the construction of the line in 1926. This track was operational in 1936. 163 km of railway tracks, 17 stations (designed by the architect of Cantelou) are served; it has 48 tunnels and 65 bridges. Story of the journey by train
With Espace Mada another way to discover the East Coast
Alternatively we offer a second circuit in eastern Madagascar incorporating another part of the Pangalanes from ManambatoEst : Perinet Reserve Pangalanes Sainte Marie
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Accessible à tous
Group Size Large Group
Description : A trip through eastern Madagascar: discovery of the greenest region of the Big Island. , passing through Mahanoro, the famous channel with a motorized barge , Mananjary, Manakara Ranomafana and Antsirabe.
Period : All year long subject to weather conditions. Recommended months: September to December. Avoid February.
Access : Accessible to everyone, the steps in the parks are adaptable. 65 bridges. Pangalanes Destination
Accommodation : Simple accommodation in Mahanoro; Recent camp and lodge on the Pangalanes. Subsequently level 2 stars; clean hotels with private sanitary facilities. (3 in Mananjary).
Cars / Transport : Airport assistance is provided. Vehicle with Engglish-speaking driver. Motorized barge for cruising.
Flights : No grouping, tailor-made tour according to your arrival date and your stay time.
Antananarivo - Brickaville - Mahanoro
Morning departure for the East direction 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 )
Mahanoro - Pangalanes forest-lodge
After breakfast, the crew and the kitchen are ”on board” the Ravintsy (a motor barge with a dining room, a panoramic terrace (sun loungers) to observe, kitchen and toilet on board. The cruise leaves Mahanoro and crosses the marsh very interesting for its birds, then the crossing of the Mangoro River and the ascent of the narrow canal up to the lake before reaching Ambohitsara and the wild site of the ”forest-lodge” nestled in the coastal forest between ocean and canal. At sunset, you will enjoy the terrace-lounge-bar under the pandanus and in front of the ocean. The setting is exceptional, 100% wild and our conservation program is monitored by the ministry. Dinner and night at the ecolodge.
Overnight: Pangalanes forest-lodge (category ”comfort bush” in TWN chbe) with shower ”in the bucket” and toilet (dry toilets) outdoors. Meal: lunch on board / dinner. Boat transfer / distance: 60 kms – duration: 3 hours and 30
Amdranotsara - Nosy-Varika - Ambahy
Breakfast. Departure south of the canal up wide, then narrow, villages and forest areas before approaching the great lake of Analampotsy which leads to reach the Sakaleona River leading to the small town of Nosy-Varika that we visit to stretch our legs. We then set sail to reach the village of Ambahy and walk to pangalanes Jungle Camp.” Each ”tent shelter” bungalow consists of a ”raty” plant roof that allows for a good flow of rainwater and a comfortable ”safari” tent equipped with two twin beds.
Night: Pangalanes Jungle Camp (category ”bush comfort in tents- TWN safaris) with shower ”in the bucket” and outdoor toilet. Meals: lunch on board / dinner. Distance / boat transfers: 160 kms – duration 6h30 Walk 1h00
Ambahy - Mahela - Ambohitsra - Mananjary
After breakfast at the lodge, we visit the school and the CSB2 health centre (bush clinic). This is where you can make useful donations (drugs, clothing, supplies). Visit the village and meet local people, then we finish the stage to board the boat to carry 3 hours of sailing (breakfast pic-nic on board) to the south and reach the village of Ambohitsara. Visit the typical village of the coast is perched on its clear sand dune, and meets local people. There is a curious elephant sculpture (unknown to Mada) whose origin is controversial. Some attribute it to Arab travellers in the 12th century, others to Indians. Mystery. In the late afternoon, we gathered Mananjary, a small, peaceful port at the end of the world, planted with coconut trees and bougainvillea. Installation at the hotel Vahiny Lodge. Meal: lunch. Boat transfer distance: 140 kms – duration: 5h30 Walk: 0:30
Mananjary - Manakara
You drive direction Manakara. The afternoon we can visit the town and the seaside. You can also go to the local plantations ( Clove and hot peppers… ) ( step of 180 kms / 4 hours ). Check in “Délices de l’Orient”
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.
Fianarantsoa - Ranomafana
Visit of Sahamabvy Tea Plantations. Short way to Ranomafana ( aorund 2 hours ). Set in hotel. In the afternoon you can relax to Thermes wtih hot source water ( Step : 61 Km – 2 hours ) Accomodation Chez Gaspard
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 you 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)
Ambositra - Antsirabe
Guided picnic walk from Antoetra to the village of Ifasina; immersion in Zafimaniry country. Count 4 to 5 hours round trip. Then we reach Ambositra the artisanal capital. There’s an hour and a think to reach Antsirabe. Visit Tririva Lake located 15 kms west of the city. It is one of the large crater lakes quite mysterious whose shape evokes the map of Madagascar. This lake also has its legend: two lovers whose parents refused marriage ended their day by drowning hand in hand. Installation at the hotel Chambre du Voyageur. (Stage: 132 kms from Antoetra).
Antsirabe - Tana
City tour after the breakfast: you 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.
Transfer to Ivato Airport for the international flight. End of our services.
Public rates 2020 of Pangalanes Tour
|Nb Persons||Euros / person|
|2||1 721 €|
|3||1 363 €|
|4||1 153 €|
|Single Room Supplement : 167 Euros|
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After Espace Mada confirmation for hotels and transport : Deposit 30% of the total by bank transfer or Online Payment.
Balance before departure in Tananarive :
- Master Card or CB Visa
- Euros Cash »
- 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 and 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, Tritriva Lake, Sahambavy Tea Plantations, Ifasina Village
- Drinks, extra and Tips, dinners in Tananarive, lunchs, excpet during Pangalanes Cruise and on day 9 included
- International flights