Madagascar’s second city, also an important port, is an ethnically diverse urban center with the appearance of a big resort town, surrounded by beautiful beaches, and with a wide, seafront boulevard, lined by coconut trees, running along its western side. Much of the population is Indian. Colorful shops, lively bars, good restaurants, and nice accommodations make the city a great place to stay in its own right, or as a good base for exploring nearby attractions.
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Discover the natural wonders of Mahajanga's Ampijoroa National Park and its flora and fauna.
Depart the pier with a slow scenic drive for approximately 120 kms (75 miles) across town and stop at the famous giant baobab which measures an astonishing circumference of 46 feet (14 metres) and is the town pride and joy. Continue the drive inland to the Sakalava country side and bask at the views at the Berivotra view point. You will also stop at the towns of Amboromalandy and Marovoay where you will enjoy the opportunity for bird viewing and magnificent scenery.
Your next stop of the Ampijoroa National Park which is one of the largest and last remaining sections of dense dry deciduous forest in Madagascar filled with critically endangered and endemic species. It covers a surface of almost 1,350km (839 miles). The vegetation consists mainly of relatively low and scrubby deciduous forest with savannah areas and gallery forest around the Ravelobe Lake. The area is home to eight lemur species; four of which you will see including the Coquerel Sifaka, Brown and Mongoose lemurs.
Next, enjoy lunch at the National Park restaurant before the scenic drive back to the pier. A photo stop will be made along the way at Ravelobe Lake. Also enjoy some free time to shop for souvenirs from your visit.
Please Note: This tour requires an extensive amount of walking for approximately .93 miles (1500 metres) on unpaved surfaces. The approximate distance to the nature reserve is 120 kms (75 miles). The vehicles are the best available in this port and do not have air conditioning. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. We recommend light comfortable clothing, comfortable walking shoes, sunglasses, sun protection and repellent and a hat. Souvenir shop accepts USD and EURO cash only. No credit cards accepted. The cost of providing a tour program is proportionately more expensive than in neighbouring nations. Unfortunately this is reflected in the prices of the tours, and we request your understanding.
Explore the local lifestyle, culture and landmarks of the Sakalava people during this delightful, half-day sightseeing excursion.
Baobab Mahajanga Tree and Covered Market
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 30-minute drive to the bustling covered market. Along the way, pass by the local boat port and stop at the giant Baobab Mahajanga tree, the revered town symbol of Majunga.
Sakalava Villages and Lake
Following a photo stop at the covered market, your drive continues past the Mangatsa Airport and typical Sakalava villages en route to the Sacred Lake. A stop is made here to view the fish and eel in the lake, a site of great religious importance to the Sakalava tribe.
Crocodile Farm and Folkloric Show
Next, re-board your coach, drive past tall baobab trees, look for lemurs and visit a crocodile farm. Upon returning to the town centre, proceed to the Roches Rouges Hotel for a folkloric show performed by a local Sakalava group, and take an optional swim. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the short drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 109 yards (100 metres), at times over uneven ground, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. Walking at the venues is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is not suitable for guests with guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection, insect repellent, a swimsuit, sandals, and a towel from the ship. The cost of providing a tour program is proportionately more expensive than in neighbouring nations. Unfortunately this is reflected in the prices of the tours, and we request your understanding.