Mananjary – a veritable garden of exoticism
Mananjary, a town in the southeast of Madagascar, is located 160 km north from Manakara and 130 km from Ranomafana National Park. Located away from the hustle and bustle of large cities, Mananjary is the perfect place to go for an innovative trip. On the edge of the Canal of Pangalanes, this small town in the southeast of Madagascar will answer all your desires. A veritable garden of exoticism, Mananjary will delight nature lovers. Mananjary is home to Lake Mahela directly overlooking the sea.
To satisfy your escape desires, lose yourself in the plantations of coffee trees and clove trees, and then learn about the region’s biodiversity! Enjoy a refreshing treatment at the beach of Sidi Eden! During your visit, you will always be welcomed by the local people with a smile which you will find nowhere else. These people with their exemplary kindness are always ready to serve you. A stop by the river port and the marketplace will help you to better imbibe the lifestyle of the Antambahoaka people.
The rest of your journey will be an excursion by dugout canoe in the Canal of Pangalanes, leading you to some fishermen villages.
We offer you a beautiful excursion to the small village of Ambohitsara directly by boat through the astonishing and luxuriant vegetation of the Pangalanes canal to find a stunning sculpture called "Vatolambo". At Ambohitsara you will find a stunning sculpture called "Vatolambo" (the stone boar), cut in a white stone by Indians from Mangalore in the early twelfth century. You will be surprised of the statue of the “white elephant”, its origin isn't clear, the archeologists have different opinions about it. Others defend that statue dates back to the time of Arab and Persian immigrations around the year 900. Some say that the ancestors brought it from Mekka. A German researcher says that the statue is not an elephant but a special kind of pig, and that it has been made locally from a stone found nearby, by Chinese adventurers who came there before Jesus Christ was born. The statue is enclosed in a wooden gate which is locked. The village head requires an entrance fee for the open and tell his story. Ambohitsara is located between Pangalanes canal and the sea. Walk through the typical village and see a part of the genuine Madagascar, far away from big cities and "modern life". The round journey takes about “just” 8 hours by motor canoe or 15 hours by pirogue.
Mananjary can be the beginning of your adventure in the southeast or east coasts of Madagascar. You can indeed get onboard of a boat and sail down the Canal des Pangalanes. Our tour "Cruise on the Pangalanes Canal "Ranomafana NP - Andasibe-Mantadia NP via Mahanoro" can lead you to the discovery of all the places that the East of Madagascar offers, or to return to the capital, Antananarivo.
But the most interesting thing is that our calm and beautiful journey "Cruise on the Pangalanes Canal "Ranomafana NP - Manakara and railway Côte Est - Fianar", will open the way to Manombo Special Reserve and give you the opportunity to experience the super railroad Côte Est - Fianar, with the arrival in the cozy southern city of Fianarantsoa, for the next destination of your Madagascar holidays with us. You will travel among the rich and unique vegetation.
For your accommodation in Mananjary, we suggest your rooms at Hotel Jardin de Mer or Hotel Vahiny Lodge. These hotels offer services which will meet your expectations. Mananjary offers a tropical climate. During the month of February, the precipitation rate is very high and the temperature can vary from 27°C to 30°C in daytime and comes down to 23°C at night. It is preferable to plan your trip during the dry season, in other words between June and November. Mananjary has good restaurants where you can order typical dishes.
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