Embark on a boat to sail the 400km of watercourses. The Pangalanes offer a total change of scenery – lush vegetation containing a rich biodiversity. Local people and in particular, the epiroguiers will accompany you on your journey to discover all the nooks and crannies of the Panganal Canal.
The two-faceted adventure
Along the East Coast of Madagascar south of Tamatave, the Pangalanes Canal is a long succession of rivers and lakes. Separated in places by only a few hundred meters of forest or sandbanks of the Indian Ocean, you will enjoy two worlds that are as charming as each other. On one side you can find lush vegetation, mangroves where fish, lemurs, and other reptilians live, and on the other side you can find the white sandy beach bordering the Indian Ocean.
Take the Pangalanes Canal for 2 or 3 days on shipboard handled by a local master. Stop to discover the local tourist sights, picnic by the beach, fishing villages, or artisanal distilleries. You will be pampered by the natives who will warmly welcome you.
All along your journey, you will discover a rich flora and fauna bearing symbolic species of the islands such as lemurs, ravinala “the tree of travelers” or elephant ears, similar to palm trees. At the end of your journey, you can also find the Palmarium nature reserve on the site of ankanin’ny nofy, literally meaning “the nest for dreams.” That should be interesting!
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