For nature lovers and for hiking lovers
Madagascar is a wonderland of opportunity

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- Trip to MADAGASCAR -

I'm pleased to help you and to give you useful advice for a tour in Madagascar. With a lot of experiences in tourism through all Madagascar's National Parks and Reserves since ... 1993 I'm especially capable of providing all kind of travel arrangements. Please feel free to contact me for a customized itinerary ( individual tours, groups, essentials road trip, treks and adventurous trip, in luxury hotels, in tents and bivouac, etc. ).

 

Madagascar for nature lovers and for hiking lovers - by Ravo.Madagascar
Madagascar for nature lovers and for hiking lovers - by Ravo.Madagascar

Madagascar : the Tsingy, Nosy Be area, Baobab

 

- MADAGASCAR, the island -

Largest of the Indian Ocean Islands ( the world's fourth-biggest island which stretches 1590 Km from North to South and reaches 590 Km at its widest point : 587 000 sq Km ), Madagascar is a land rich in diversity, both with regards to its natural wonders and endemic wild plant life species, as well as the rich cultural background of its people. It has been relatively isolated from the outside world. Consequently it has not been exploited by the effects of mass tourism, thus remaining one of the world's great undeveloped and undiscovered eco-tourism adventure destinations. About 200 million years ago this land began to break up into the present day continents of Asia, Australasia, South America, Antarctica & Africa. Madagascar broke away from Africa about 165 million years ago. As the island drifted eastwards into the Indian Ocean, it took with it a large variety of plant and animal stowaways. Free from predators, these flourished & evolved into many different species, most of which are endemic to the island. So, Madagascar is a wonderland for the botanist & the island invites further exploration of animal, plant and birdlife, the species found nowhere else in the world.

       

 

Madagascar, exhausting Adventure-and-Hiking-through-Nature
in Makay, Isalo and Ranomafana

 

8-nights-7-days-trip in Biwak under tent with 9 days and half long hiking in 4 Parks
Only available from May till October because of rainy season

 

Makay, a hiking through a nearly unexplored area
Makay to discover a treasure of biodiversity
Makay to discover the beauties of the nature
Makay can be next time a « Natural Monument »
Makay : « to discover ... the last Eden »

 

An adventure tour with exhausting hikes in 4 Parks ( 3 wonderful National Parks -NP- whose one has been discovered by just very few people : the amazing massif of Makay and of Isalo, Ranomafana tropical rainforest, and Anjà granit rocks lemurs forest ).

In this tour you must love nature, adventure and hiking with basic conditions : simple food, toilets and shower in nature in the sand when you are in biwak. We have porters for our heavy luggages ( bags, kitchen utensil, rice, vegetables, oil, sugar, etc. ).

Hotels are in extra cost. Carry with you your own tent, your own thin mattresses and your own sleeping bags for Makay-biwak. No need of tent pegs. I guarantee you an unforgetable wonderful trip if you are hiking-lovers.

The tour can be customized for your number of people.

PS: I will book your hotels ; just you have to pay them directly in EXTRA COST when you will be in Madagascar

D1: Antananarivo (Tana)
D2: Tana-Ranomafana

D3: Ranomafana NP
Full day trekking

D4: Ranomafana-Isalo
D5: Isalo-Makay

D6 till D12
One week and six nights in biwak in Makay massif

D13: Makay-Isalo

D14: Isalo NP
Full day trekking with swimming at natural pools

D15: Isalo-Fianarantsoa
p.m. trekking-visit of Anjà lemurs forest

D16: Fianarantsoa-Antsirabe
D17: Antsirabe-Tana

 

Price : 4100 Euros for 2 Persons, hotels & meals ( except in Makay ) & your flights not included

Not included too your tent, your thin mattresses, your sleeping bags for Makay-biwak ( for 8 nights )

 

TAKE WITH YOU :

Anti-mosquito spray and cream, pocket torch and spare batteries, head torch if possible, light clothes as well as clothes to keep you warm ( for the nights ), cameras, small good padlocks for your luggage, your personal medicines ( current antibiotics, antidiarrhoea, antiseptics, Betadine, compresses and cotton, purifying tablets, ointment for sprains, lip salve and other personal medicines, protect yourself against malaria, e.g. follow a treatment ) sun cream, sun glasses, walking shoes or closed sports shoes, sandals to walk through rivers, binoculars, swiss knife, k-way or windcheater, hat or cap, big plastic bags to protect your rucksack against the rain, toilet papers, towel, dry fruits good for walking, walking sticks, sleeping bags, thin mattresses, your own tent with solid pegs AND cash money = euros.

 

 

I have worked in tourism in my country since ... 1993 till now as tour guide. So ... a lot of experiences ;-)

I love my country, Madagascar. I love public relations.
I love nature. I love people. I love trips.

These passions are what makes me good at my job. Thomas Peters said: « Success at work depends on passion ». I have passionate interest in tourism. And it's a pleasure for me to invite you to visit my wonderful country : Madagascar thank you.

For more details thank you to contact me at :


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  • Madagascar, the Flora
  • Madagascar, the Fauna

Below you can admire some pictures © of Madagascar's Fauna and Flora
To show you what kind of animals you can observe in a trip in Madagascar
Looking forward to see you and to guide you soon, all best to you

 

a Common brown lemur, Madagascar, a wonderland for nature lovers and for trekking lovers, Photo Ravo.Madagascar, travel and trip in Madagascar
Brown lemur in the Tsingy of Bemaraha - Indri Indri ©

a Panther chameleon, Madagascar, a wonderland for nature lovers and for trekking lovers, Photo Ravo.Madagascar, travel and trip in Madagascar
Panther chameleon - Parson s chameleon ©

a Sanford s brown lemur, Madagascar, a wonderland for nature lovers and for trekking lovers, Photo Ravo.Madagascar, travel and trip in Madagascar
Sanford's brown lemur - Madagascar fish eagle ©

a Fosa Cryptoprocta ferox, Madagascar, a wonderland for nature lovers and for trekking lovers, Photo Ravo.Madagascar, travel and trip in Madagascar
Fosa, Kirindy forest - Ravo in the Manambolo-Tsingy ©

a Sifaka lemur, Madagascar, a wonderland for nature lovers and for trekking lovers, Photo Ravo.Madagascar, travel and trip in Madagascar
Decken's sifaka lemur - The famous Avenue of Baobabs ©

 

 

             

Trip to Madagascar, Tour in Madagascar, Ravo.Madagascar and the Baobabs of Andavadoaka

Andavadoaka - on the picture : Ravo
West coast of Madagascar :
Pierrette, Jenny, Ravo

         

About the different habitats, there are 7 types :


1- Eastern Madagascar evergreen humid rainforest :

With 3 categories :
a- Lowland rainforest : below 600 m, where trees are often very tall ( up to 50 m ) and epiphytes ( especially ferns & orchids ) are very abundant. You can find : Scaly Ground-roller, Bernier's & Helmet Vangas, Red-tailed Newtonia, Red-breasted Coua, etc. This area includes Masoala Peninsula National Park.
b- Mid-altitude forest : between 600 to 1600 m, where trees become smaller ( 20 - 30 m ), epiphytes & Pandanus trees always abundant. You can find : Cryptic Warbler, Rand's Warbler, Grey-crowned Greenbul, Rufous-headed Ground-roller, Crossley's Babbler, Madagascar Magpie-Robin, Common Jeries, Hook-billed & White-headed Vangas, etc. This area includes Mantadia National Park & Andasibe Special Reserve, Ranomafana National Park and Amber Mountain National Park.
a- Montane forest : above 1600 m, where canopy is rarely more than 7 m and with very heavy moss growth, where bamboo, palms & tree-ferns are locally common.

       
       

2- Western Madagascar deciduous forest :

Occurs on sandy, calcareous or lateritic soils over the entire west of Madagascar. Canopy at between 8 to 20 m, always many epiphytes ( orchids & lianas ). You will find there a lot of bottle-trunked trees, the best known being the baobabs. Kind of birds : Red-capped , Coquerel's & Giant Coua, Van Dam's Vanga, White-breasted Mesite, Sakalava Weaver, Appert's Greenbul, etc. This area includes Kirindy Forest, Zombitse-Vohibiasa National Park.

3- Southern Madagascar dry spiny forest :

Is particular with its cactus-like trees : the endemic Didieraceae family ( Didiera sp. & Alluaudia sp. ). A 5 - 15 m high forest where you can find Running & Verreaux's Coua, Subdesert Brush-Warbler, Subdesert Mesite, Littoral Rock Thrush, Red-shouldered Vanga, Long-tailed Ground-roller, etc. Example : Berenty Private Reserve.

4- Madagascar coastal habitats :

The west coast is much richer and more diverse than the east one ; with vast mangroves, saltpans, sandy beaches, sandbars, estuaries & offshore islands, both rocky & sandy. Sometimes with coral reef islands with breeding seabirds, example a colony of Red-tailed Tropicbirds on Nosy Ve near Anakao-Toliara. You can find in interesting estuaries ( such as Mahavavy, Betsiboka, Belo sur Tsiribihina ) migrant Crab Plovers, wintering Palearctic waders, Curlew Sandpiper, Greater Sand Plover, Madagascar white Ibis, Sacred Ibis, Madagascar Teal, etc. You can find too in some islands ( such as Nosy Be, Nosy Mitsio ) Common & Lesser Noddies, Roseate Terns, Greater & Lesser Frigatebirds, Crested & Sooty Terns ; and large populations of Flamingos & migrant waders in some lakes & estuaries.

5- Eastern Madagascar wetlands :

Occur in the form of lakes, rivers & marshes. Examples Alaotra lake ( the biggest lake in Madagascar ), Pangalanes canal, Vohiparara marshes near Ranomafana National Park, Torotorofotsy & Didy marshes. There are there colonies of African Spoonbills, species of Heron, Yellow-billed Storks. And near rivers : Meller's Ducks, Madagascar Rail, Grey Emutail, etc. The vegetation is often up to 3 m tall.

6- Western Madagascar wetlands :

Occur too as lakes, rivers & marshes, but include the banks and waters of the larger rivers ( Betsiboka, Tsiribihina, Mahavavy ), the salt lake of Tsimanampetsotsa & Ihotry. Several species of waterbird are found nowhere else but in these wetlands, such as the Sakalava Rail, Madagascar Teal, Great-billed & Humblot's Herons.

7- Madagascar savannas :

Are dominated by alien grass, with vast areas of sterile landscape colonised by fire-resistant native trees such as the endemic palm Bismarckia nobilis & the Tapia tree Uapaca bojeri ( near Isalo National Park & Fianarantsoa ). The most frequent birds that you can find are Madagascar Cisticola, Madagascar Bush Lark, Madagascar Partridge, Hoopoe, Sandgrouse, Buttonquail, Namaqua Dove & Helmeted Guineafowl. Stripe-throated Jery too is very common.

       

 

Trip to Madagascar, Tour in Madagascar, Photo of Makay by Ravo.Madagascar Trip to Madagascar, Tour in Madagascar, Photo of Makay by Ravo.Madagascar
Trip to Madagascar, Tour in Madagascar, Photo of Makay by Ravo.Madagascar Trip to Madagascar, Tour in Madagascar, Photo of Makay by Ravo.Madagascar
Makay massif - Ravo.Madagascar's pictures 2012 ©

 

Madagascar, another trip proposition
A shore excursion of 4 days in Nosy Be area : Lokobe forest and Nosy Iranja

 

Wildlife, lemurs, snorkeling and beautiful islands

A wildlife walking tour through 3 wonderful places :

The coastal tropical rainforest of Lokobe NP,

Nosy Iranja,

And snorkeling at Nosy Tanihely marine Park.

With a lot of animals such as lemurs ( both day lemurs and nocturnal lemurs ), chameleons, birds, lizards, frogs, snakes. Through 2 wonderful National Parks : Lokobe forest NP and Nosy Tanihely marine Park. Snorkeling in Nosy Tanihely marine Park to see wonderful coral, coral reefs and a lot of colorful fishes. And with a chance : dolphins and-or turtles. It's better, if you can, to take with you your own masks, flippers and snorkels.

Because of mangroves and mud in Lokobe, take with you sandals, a towel to clean your feet and trousers with a zip so you can take off and put again the bottom part. Take too walking shoes for the walk and trousers and insects-spray for mosquitos. Sun cream, sun glasses and cap or hat. It's warm or hot in Lokobe forest.

The tour can be customized for your number of people

D1: Nosy Be - Lokobe
Welcome at Nosy Be airport, or from your hotel or from a location convenient for you. Transfer to Lokobe by car and by typical dug-out canoe

D2: Lokobe National Park (NP) for wildlife in the morning. Picnic lunch on the beach included. Free swimming on a beautiful beach p.m.

D3: Lokobe - Nosy Iranja
Cruise to Nosy Iranja by a private speed little motorboat. Swimming on an idyllic beach. Visit of a typical village and visit of the lighthouse for viewing point. Wonderful sunset on the beach. Your bungalow is directly on the beach

D4: Nosy Iranja - Nosy Be
Cruise back with snorkeling at Nosy Tanihely amazing marine Park on the way. Picnic lunch on the beach included. Transfer to your hotel in town ( in Hell Ville )

I guarantee you an unforgetable wonderful trip

 

Price : 1600 Euros for 2 Persons, from Nosy Be to Nosy Be ( not from Antananarivo )

Not included all your flights and your meals ( except in Nosy Iranja )

 

TAKE WITH YOU :

Anti-mosquito spray and cream, pocket torch and spare batteries, head torch if possible, light clothes as well as clothes to keep you warm ( for the nights ), cameras, small good padlocks for your luggage, your personal medicines ( current antibiotics, antidiarrhoea, antiseptics, Betadine, compresses and cotton, purifying tablets, ointment for sprains, lip salve and other personal medicines, protect yourself against malaria, e.g. follow a treatment ) sun cream, sun glasses, walking shoes or closed sports shoes, sandals to walk through rivers, binoculars, swiss knife, k-way or windcheater, hat or cap, big plastic bags to protect your rucksack against the rain AND cash money = euros.

 

 

       

Madagascar, the People :

Humans have come from Malaysia, Polynesia & Africa and they, themselves, evolved into many different cultures. After the Malay-Polynesians have come new arrivals ( African slaves, Arab, Portuguese traders & French colonials ), they have formed the 18 official tribes which inhabit the island today. The Afro-Asian origin of the Malagasy has produced a people who practice fascinating customs. Each tribe has its own territory, customs & traditions. The most common language is Malagasy, of which there are several dialects. No one who visits the island is left unaffected by the warmth & hospitality of the Malagasy people.

If you are the sort of traveller who craves something different and isn't put off by a bit of discomfort, Madagascar is for you.

       

 

 

Canoeing on the Manambolo river, Ravo.Madagascar pictures Madagascar, Makay Evrard Wendenbaum s map, NaturEvolution Masoala National Park area and the Madagascar Malachite Kingfisher

Canoeing on the Manambolo river

Evrard Wendenbaum's map : NaturEvolution
Tournesol LLB comics ( Rollover image )

Masoala National Park area and the Malachite Kingfisher

 

 

Clients' Testimonies after their trips in Madagascar :

       

• Erik Segers - Belgium has written in « LinkedIn » :
If you want to discover Madagascar, Ravo is your man to organise your trip from A to Z. Thanks to his deep knowledge and boundless enthusiasm we had a truly first class visit of this wonderful island. Without a doubt, I do recommend, wholeheartedly.

 

Another person has said, always in « LinkedIn » :
Ravo is an all-round tour guide and entirely devoted to his clients. Ravo will take care of everything, methodically and professionally. It’s with immense pleasure that I will ask him once more to guide me through his magnificent island, Madagascar Emmanuel Leborgne ( Canada )

 

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Ravo is a real professional guide, in a country where professionalism is sometimes lacking. He is good at planning a trip, and always seizes an opportunity when there is one. An example : once our small group of eight made a short train journey, just to get the feel of train travel in Mada - as the locals call Madagascar -. It was interesting to see how the arrival of the train shook up the quiet lives of the villagers who came to the station to sell their goods and to watch and be part of the conundrum. After the train journey our two drivers with their SUVs were to come and pick us up. As it happened, they were not there when we got out of the train. Flat tyre ? engine trouble ? out of petrol ? Who knows. To make good use of the time we had to wait, Ravo took us to a nearby health centre. We could see with our own eyes how this centre was lacking in even basic medical equipment. Ravo also seized the opportunity to explain us how heath care works ( or doesn't work ) in Mada, and what the different levels of health care consist of. Ravo is a very congenial man who is always friendly and who never loses his temper. I can recommend him to any possible visitor of the splendid Isle of Madagascar.
René Weemaels ( English teacher )
Laarheide 282 - 1650 Beersel - Belgium

 

With 8 friends we toured for 3 weeks Madagascar from west to east. Ravo had organised the trip from A to Z and considering all the imponderables of travelling in Africa, it all turned out just great. What we particularly appreciated : his good humour and his resourcefulness under any circumstance. Just one example, the 8 of us being of unequal fitness, he always managed to find us several guides to walk us on different tracks through the various parks ( Tsingy, Isalo, Andringitra ) such that all of us would equally enjoy the journey, and we did. What to say more : try out Ravo, you won’t regret it, on the contrary, you’ll have not only a lifetime memory of a stunning country but a new ‘friend’. Colette Billiard and Erik Segers ( Belgium )

       

 

 

Madagascar, a wonderland for general naturalist and for nature lovers
Madagascar, a wonderland for general naturalist and for nature lovers
Madagascar, a wonderland for general naturalist and for nature lovers

 

 

 

Your prayer will draw your way and
your faith will help you to run over it
( François Gervais )

 

 
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ABOUT MADAGASCAR
 

01 LOVE
02 HAPPINESS
03 RELATIONSHIP
04 TRUST
05 WORK
06 FREEDOM
07 REFLECTION
08 RAVO (Résumé)
09 FAITH
10 PRAYER
11 GOD
12 JESUS CHRIST
13 FEELING COMMUNION
14 Evangelical MISSION

01 The Deep South 1
02 The Micheline (Bus-Train)
03 The Middle West (Baobabs)
04 The Pangalanes Canal
05 The Extreme North (Diégo S)
06 Sainte Marie Island (Whales)
07 Nosy Be (Beach resort - Dive)
08 Antananarivo (the Capital)
09 From Higlands to South-West
10 Anakao (Fishermen village)
11 The Lemurs of Madagascar
12 Madagascar Ramsar Site
13 The Baobabs (West areas)
14 The Indri Indri (lemur : biggest)
15 The Mouse lemur (smallest)
16 The Sifaka (the dancer lemur)
17 The Aye Aye (archaic lemur)
18 Masoala evergreen rainforest

 

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