Anjajavy le lodge is the only Relais & Châteaux property in Madagascar and ranks as a four stars plus establishment. It is ideal for the most demanding eco-tourist.
Anjajavy is the best place to sample all that Madagascar has to offer: you’ll be able to experience many of the highlights and attractions of this beautiful country in one place.
Cédric de Foucault, Maître de Maison, presents the property:
” Home to lemurs, chameleons, tortoises, humming birds, cocoa, vanilla, ylang-ylang, papyrus and carnivorous plants; Madagascar is one of the last remaining unspoilt oases on the planet. There are virgin forests, savannas and tiny islands to explore. The nature is so rich that the famous Parisian landscape architect Camille Muller was inspired to gather the rarest species in the hotel’s landscaped garden. Located in a nature reserve, Anjajavy l’Hôtel consists of a beautiful ensemble of rosewood villas scattered over a long sandy beach on the Mozambique Channel. Explore deserted creeks, little fishing villages and the Tsingy, coral remains sculpted by erosion and overlapping baobab roots. “
The 550-hectare reserve surrounding Anjajavy Le Lodge offers you 4 different environments:
A dry deciduous forest made of palissandre trees, ebony trees, baobabs and other plants endemic to Madagascar
A mangrove forest which is a protective coat for the reserve.
For the nature and outdoor lovers. Start from Antananarivo and discover the rainforest, embark on a 3 day river trip and camp on the sand banks, climb the Tsingy of Bemaraha and finish your trip with a beautiful sunset at the Alley of Baobabs.
Day 1: Arrival in Madagascar
You will be welcomed by our team at the international airport of Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar. You will then be transferred to your hotel in the city center.
Day 2: City tour of Antananarivo
Discover Antananarivo, its colorful life, its history and architecture. We spend the morning in the Old City where will be introduced to the architecture and urbanism of the capital of Madagascar. We will drive through the busy and vibrant streets of the capital. We will also visit the royal citadel of Ambohimanga, a UNESCO World Heritage site, to learn about the history of the Madagascar kingdom and the rich culture of this island.
Day 3: Drive from the capital to the rainforest of Andasibe
We start our journey towards the Eastern part of the island. We reach the Andasibe National Park by the end of the day and we do our first visit of the park that same evening to discover some nocturnal animals.
Day 4: Explore the rainforest of Andasibe.
The forest of the Andasibe Mantadia Park is home to 108 species of birds ,14 species of lemurs in there , 51 species , and 84 species of amphibians. At 7:00am, we will reach the entrance of the Andasibe National park. We will hike in the rain forest to track lemurs and at the same time see various species of plants, trees, insects and reptiles. We will seek the largest lemur of Madagascar: the famous “Indri Indri” also known as “Babakoto” in Malagasy. This lemur is endemic to the site and is its icon. We will also explore the famous Vakona island for close up experiences and many photo opportunities with the animals.
Day 5: Andasibe – Ambatolampy – Antsirabe
We leave the rainforest and come back to the highlands to drive the famous national road 7, which leads to the South of Madagascar. Our first lunch-stop will be in Ambatolampy where we will meet villagers who make handmade traditional pots from recycled aluminium. In the afternoon, we will reach the town of Antsirabe, known for its thermal waters and rickshaws.
Day 6: Scenic drive to Morondava
You will begin your drive across the highlands before entering the region of Menabe and its magnificent landscapes. From above 1500 meters of altitude, you will slowly descent to sea level while admiring the evolution and change of scenary. We arrive in Morondava, a laid back town on the shores of the Mozambique channel.
Day 7: Off-road drive to Bekopaka
The dust track leading to the Tsingy of Bemaraha is one of the most rewarding and surprising drive you will ever have. Passing through the dry deciduous forest, you will also embark your vehicle on barges to cross bridge-less rivers. We will reach Belo sur Tsiribihina for lunch and then continue to Bekopaka, the gateway to the Tsingy.
Day 8: Small Tsingy visit and Pirogue ride on the Manambolo river
In the afternoon you will have a pirogue ride to see the Manambolo river. You will navigate on a pirogue on one of Madagascar’s largest river between canyons and visit some caves hiding some stalagmites and stalactites. You will learn the role of the canyons in the traditions of the locals. We visit the small tsingy in the afternoon to finish with a sunset over this unique rock formation.
Day 9: Great Tsingy visit
Experience inspiring moments of a lifetime while hiking through caves, mazes, and the peaks of the breath-taking Tsingy of Bemaraha. This is a great hike which will start and end in the forest surrounding the Tsingy. You will then enter labyrinths and the so called cathedrals made of rocks before securely climbing to reach the top of the Tsingy. Before going down, you will cross the famous suspended bridge. A full day of hiking which will reward any traveller.
Day 10: Bekopaka – Morondava
We leave the Tsingy of Bemaraha in the morning in order to reach Belo sur Tsiribihina at lunch time. We cross the Tsiribihina river again and drive through the Kirindy dry forest. During the course of the afternoon we enter the world famous alley of Baobabs at sunset, one of the most beautiful show the nature can offer. We will stop there until the sun disappears before continuing to Morondava.
Day 11: Morondava
Spend the day in Morondava to rest after these long days of driving on dust roads and hiking. Enjoy the beach of the Mozambique channel while watching the traditional sailing boats passing by.
Day 12: Flying back to Antananarivo. Handcraft market and international departure
You will be transferred by air to Antananarivo. We will drive you to the handcraft market. We will transfer you to the airport to catch your international flight. End of our services.