Cruises in Antananarivo

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There are very few Antananarivo cruises that use the city as a direct port-of-call. Fortunately, there are some cruises that do travel to some of the more exotic parts of Madagascar. Many of the cruises through Madagascar focus on its unique wildlife and interesting blend of jungle and ocean scenery. The variety of rare and endangered species in Madagascar makes it a haven for nature enthusiasts from all over the globe.

Nosy Be

Princess Cruises offers an interesting tour of Nosy Be, the islands off of the northwest coast of Madagascar. The 3.3-hour tour includes shopping and a visit to Nosy Ambariovato, an island famous for its lemur population. The tour also passes by a nature preserve. The price of this tour is $119 USD. Princess Cruises also offers a tour of the countryside and a visit to the markets for only $99 USD. The African Safari Club also offers cruise tours of the Nosy Be area that include an excursion to the island's beautiful beaches and a viewing of exhibits of local artwork and handicrafts.

Extended African Cruises

MSC Cruises offers a 14-night cruise exploring the oceans and wilderness of Southern Africa. The cruise starts in Durban, South Africa and crosses the ocean to Mauritius, an island nation east of Madagascar. The cruise then heads to Nosy Be, Madagascar and back across the ocean to Mozambique, finally ending in South Africa. The price of this cruise starts at $2,300 USD.

A more unique cruise through the area is run by Cheesemans' Ecology Safaris. This company specializes in wildlife tours in Africa, and promises action-packed photography of wildlife during peak seasons. Their Madagascar cruise is the most extensive tour of Madagascar's wildlife available. Passengers spend two nights at Relais De La Reine on the island of Isalo Massif, three nights at Vakona Lodge situated between two national parks, and then head inland to the Zombitsy Forest. This 20-night trip has a price tag of $8,200 USD, but would be the trip of a lifetime for any nature lover.

Finally, Zegrahm and Eco Expeditions offer an 18-day voyage from Johannesburg, South Africa to Madagascar. This trip calls on almost every major natural attraction in Madagascar, and is lead by an expert naturalist. The trip includes hiking, photography, and wildlife viewing in Madagascar's beautiful nature preserves.

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March 21, 2010 new by benf

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