Booking now open!We are happy to announce we can now start taking bookings for our 3rd International Conference in Madagascar, May/June 2014.
28 May – Arrival to Tana for evening opening party.
29 May – Morning drive to Antsirabe, check in in the hotel, visit in Lac Tritiva, Mineral show, evening party.This day we will visit the beautiful lake in the volcanic crater of Lac Tritiva, later we will go to a mineral show with all the important mineral dealers from the area and after that there will be a party with mineral dealers at the shore of the lake.
30 May – Early morning drive to Mahaiza, visit to market, later visit in Tsaramanga, big evening party.This day we will go to the traditional market in a small village where miners from the nearby mountains come to sell their gems and specimens (mostly quartz), after that we will drive to the pegmatite Tsaramanga famous for blue beryls and columbite. At the evening we will have a party in an interesting place!
31 May – Drive to the Ampatsikahitra, visit underground, walk through valley to Manjaka pegmatite, night in Antsirabe.This day we will drive first to the Amapatsikahitra pegmatite in the Sahatanny valley (beryls, tourmalines, garnets, spodumens), and after that we will walk several kilometers through the valley to the Manjaka pegmatite (TL of behierite).
1 June –Early morning drive to Ibity, walk to Tsarafara, Estatoby, Antokambohitra, later drive to Ambositra, visit souvenirs shops with traditional tribal products.Again an early morning start, we will check out from the hotel and go back to Sahatany valley, but this time from the side of Ibity village, we will go the bottom of valley and visit some famous pegmatites producing tourmalines, beryls, spodumens, TL for manandonite such as Tsarafara, Estatoby, Antokambohitra. After that we will move from Antsirabe to Ambositra center of the traditritional wooden carvings.
2 June – Very early morning drive to Itremo, Ihasofotsy and Itremo range (lunch with us), come back to the Ambositra for night.This will be one of the longest days of the trip. We will start very early morning and will drive on very bad roads to Itremo village known as the Malagasy capital of quartz - there will be mineral show for us. Later we will go to another village Ihasofotsy in which area occurs famous hollandite and fuchsite phantoms in quartz and again a mineral show awaits us. After that we will drive in the Itremo massif to have a picnic and to collect some quartz specimens from the numerous veins. We will be back to Ambositra late in the night.
3 June – Drive to Ranomafana National Park (rainforest), daily visit and nocturnal visit, night in Ranomafana.This day we will drive first to the Ranomafana village where we will make two visits in the Ranomafana National Park (rainforest, lemurs, chameleons), first visit will be during the day and another after sunset to see nocturnal life.
4 June – Drive to Anja Park (lemurs etc.), night in Ambalavao.This day we will drive from ranomafana to the picturesque area of the Ambalavao where we will visit Anja Reserve located below beautiful mountains, in the park we will see lemurs, chameleons and maybe snakes and also endemic plans and traditional graves.
5 June – visit in Zazafotsy, Amboarohy corundum locality, night in Ranohira.We will drive to the area of Zazafotsy village where we will climb of the top of the ridge to visit ruby/sapphire locality known as Amboarohy. At the evening we will arrive to Ranohira village.
6 June – visit in Isalo National Park, afternoon presentations in the hotel in Ranohira.Morning we will spend visiting Isalo national park with beautiful weathering forms, canyons, wildlife, waterfalls. In the afternoon in our hotel we will have short presentations about geology and mineralogy of Madagascar by Federico Pezzotta and Tomasz Praszkier.
7 June – visit Ilakaka workings, tombs on the road, visit in the Piscine Naturelle, sail by catamarans to Sarondrano, evening party.We will go first to the Ilakaka famous sapphire alluvial deposit where we will visit the diggings, see how they wash material, polish it etc. Later we will stop on our way to the cost to see traditional tribal tombs. We will drive along the cost to the incredible place known as "piscine naturelle" – a small cave with fresh water on the edge of the sea. From that place we will use traditional catamarans which will take us to the Sarondrano village located on the end of the cap built by dunes. We will stay there in a traditional fishermen’s village in very basic conditions, at the evening we will have a big party with delicious local seafood. Good swimming/snorkeling opportunity.
8 June – Sarondrano – Ambalimalika and party on the beach.We will go along cost to the north to the Ambalimalika village, where we will stay in the hotel close to the big fishermans village, we will watch the spectacle of hundreds of boats going and coming back from fishing. At the evening of course party. Good swimming opportunity.
9 June – Flight and night in MorondavaWe will drive to the airport and take the flight to Morondava town.
10 June – drive through Avenue de Baobab to BekopakaEarly morning we will go first to see the famous Avenue de Baobab majestic and unique place. Later on the way we will stop to see the sacred baobab. The rest of the day we will spend driving on bad roads, crossing 2 rivers by ferry etc.
11 June – morning by boats visit gorge, later visit in Big TsingyBefore the sunrise we will make short visit in pirogues (traditional boats) along Manabola river to see the caves and gorge. After that we will drive to see one of the world's most incredible places – Tsingy de Bemaraha. We will walk in deep canyons and climb to the top of 80 meters high carstic pinnacles.
12 June – visit in Small Tsingy, drive to Belo, flight and night in Antananarivo (hotel close to the airport).That day we will drive to Belo sur Tsirbina from which we will have a flight to Antatanarivo. This will be the end of the official part of the trip.
14 June – fly homeWhy a 'spare' day on the 13th? Because, in Madagascar, anything can go wrong! So we need to allow an extra day to make sure we can ge back in time to the capital for the flights. If everything goes well when we're back on the 13th we'll have other interesting things to do that day.
Please note itinerary is provisional and subject to change due to operational reasons.
PricePrice: (28th May to 14th June), inclusive of transport, food, internal flights, national park entry fees and guides, and all accommodation - estimated $2,200. Final amount (+/- 10-15% maximum) to be confirmed early 2014 after we've done a visit in country to book and confirm details.
Book now!To confirm your place you'll need to pay a $500 deposit immediately, and then we will need the final payment for the trip during the Tucson mineral show in Feb 2014. If you're not going to be at Tucson then contact us to arrange another payment method.
To book a place please contact firstname.lastname@example.org immediately. Places are limited.