The pint-sized ‘continent’ of Madagascar split from Godwanaland some 165 million years ago. A Noah’s ark of sorts sailing away to the east. This isolation led to a separate evolution of flora and fauna. Creating a paradise for nature-lovers with over 20,000 species of flora and fauna. 80% of which are not found anywhere else on this planet! This strangest of islands is an incredibly exciting destination. Known for its lemurs, orchids (1000 species), chameleons (over 70% of the world’s population) and frogs (a mere 150 species).
This 9 night tour is an attractive option! It allows you to see both the Eastern Rainforests, the canal de Pangalanes and also the lovely Ile Sainte Marie. It also has only one domestic flight so you don’t have to keep returning to Antananarivo.
You begin with the lush Eastern rainforest area of the Andasibe-Mantadia Natural Park. Famed for its rainforest animals, including the indri indri as well as birds, insect life and frogs. You enjoy morning walks in the forest and night walks in season.
Next you head to the Eastern coast of Madagascar to the unique canal and lake system called the Canal de Pangalanes. This scenic wetlands area is also home to the Palmarium Reserve. This private reserve makes for a good adjunct to the Andasibe-Mantadia National Park. Because they have introduced lemurs from various parts of Madagascar so that you see a broader range in close quarters.
This is perfect for keen photographers as you see first lemurs in the natural primary forest and then in this secondary forest area. There is also an opportunity to see the extremely rare Aye Aye nocturnal lemur on a night walk in a specially created island reserve.
Next you take a scenic drive up the coastal road staying overnight in the old colonial, town of Tomasina (Tamatave) . The following morning you enjoy a scenic drive up the coast to the ferry for the boat cruise to Ile Sainte Marie for 2 nights.
It is very easy to add extra nights in Ile Sainte Marie and we recommend 3-4 nights as the ideal, if you have the time.
Blessed with an astounding year-round concentration of animals and site of the Great Wildebeest Migration, Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve provides an unsurpassed wildlife experience. Covering an area of 1 510 km² (583 square miles), the Masai Mara is a land of breath-taking vistas, abundant wildlife and endless landscapes. With abundant elephant, buffalo, giraffe, lion and cheetah alongside the migratory wildebeest and zebra, the reserve is a photographer’s and naturalist’s paradise. Leopard are frequently encountered, endangered black rhino find shelter in dense thickets and rafts of hippo and enormous crocodiles are found in the Mara River. The reserve is also home to over 450 bird species.
&Beyond Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp and Bateleur Camp are situated in the Kichwa Tembo private concession, which neighbours the Masai Mara. Meaning ‘head of the elephant’ in KiSwahili, Kichwa Tembo consists of private land leased from Maasai landlords and situated in the remote western Mara, almost exclusively explored by fly-in guests. In addition to the excellent year-round concentration of wildlife, Kichwa Tembo lies directly in the path of Africa’s spectacular Great Migration.
Steeped in the aura of classical safari, the recently refurbished &Beyond Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp boasts 12 classic tents and 20 superior tents, all of which give out onto magnificent views over the open grasslands or the shady forest surrounding the Sabaringo River. The generously sized swimming pool is set among the trees and surrounded by lush lawns and spectacular views.
Opening up onto incredible Masai Mara views, the guest areas feature cosy split-level spaces decorates in a palette of stone and taupe. Celebrating the romance and nostalgia of the Mara, a double-storey bar and lounge area feature oversized windows with spectacular panoramas. The split-level dining area has been designed around an interactive kitchen and vegetable garden, making food an integral part of the safari experience
In the Inhambane Province of Mozambique, Massinga Beach Lodge lies above a stretch of endless, remarkably private beach overlooking the azure Indian Ocean.
Far from the madding crowd and offering barefoot luxury, Massinga Lodge is ideal for honeymooners, divers and families. And those wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. But road transfers are available from Imhabane which has direct flight connections from Johannesburg.
There’s a restaurant and a beach bar and pool nestled right at the edge of the warm sea. The nearby boulders that have been chiseled by the elements provide a unique feature and much-needed shade for secluded picnics.
Enjoy various beach games, kayaking, table tennis and a game of pool at the beach bar. Or enjoy snorkeling, rock-fishing and disc golf in the palm groves . In season (generally August to November), you can even view whales frolicking from your own deck. Later, the night sky lights up and you feel like reaching out to catch the falling stars.
Accommodation at Massinga Beach Lodge:
Comfort is a priority! The Ocean Front Deluxe rooms open onto an intimate deck and splash pool from which you can absorb the 180° incredible view of the coastline. The bathroom has direct access to the deck and has a freestanding bath, rain shower and separate toilet. The Ocean View Junior Suites are designed with families in mind.
The Spacious Ocean View Chalets all have air conditioning, extra length king-bed and luxury linen. The bathroom has a freestanding bath, rain shower and separate toilet. There’s also a lounge with a furnished deck and a 180° ocean view where you can relax after a fun day in the sun and ocean.
The lodge provides airport transfers whilst self-drive is also possible on a good paved road from Maputo to Massinga town where secure parking is provided. But please note that the last 10 kms is sandy and suitable for proper 4 x 4 vehicles only…