Bateau Pangalanes
Le train de Fianarantsoa à Manakara

The Pangalanes Channel

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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 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 : Mainly all the year. Period recommended from September to December.

Access : For everyone, Balades 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. 3* in Mananjary ( Vahiny Lodge )

Cars / Transport : Airport transfers are included. Vehicle 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 provide service for domestic flights booking. For the international flight, we advise book it in your country.

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 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

  3. Day 3 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

  4. Day 4 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

  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

    Visit of Sahamabvy Tes 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

  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 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).

  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 2020 in Euros TTC per person

Public rates 2020 in Euros TTC per person

Nb Persons Euros / person
2 1 721 €
3 1 363 €
4 1 153 €
Single Room Supplement : 167 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 or Online Payment.
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, Tritriva Lake, Sahambavy Tea Plantations, Ifasina Village
  • Drinks, extra and Tips, diners in Tananarive, lunchs, excpet on Pangalanes Cruise and day 9 included
  • International flights