Canal des Pangalanes
Canal des Pangalanes
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SOBEHA TOUR
Antananarivo Province, Madagascar170 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
This review is for the north side of the canal from Manambato to Akanin'ny Nofy and Tamatave :
Manambato is accessible via the RN2 that connects Antananarivo to Tamatave, the biggest port of Madagascar. The traffic on this road is very high with trucks on tiny road. It often happen that the traffic is blocked for few hours due to an accident! DO NOT take the RN2 if you have to catch your international flight in the evening.
There are some hotels along the canal and the most famous and the biggest one is Palmarium. There are also Bush House, Jungle Nofy and Ony Hotel. Each hotel arrange the visit of small reserve.
Recently, the Palmarium hotel have introduced aye-aye in a small island for tourism purpose. Animals are not in cage. The guide puts green coco to attract them and you can make a photo very close!
Along the canal, you can stop to visit some typical village like in Andranokoditra or Tapakala. Two nights could be enough if you are heading to Sainte Marie after the canal of Pangalanes!
Attention! Do not swim at night as there are crocodiles in the canal
Written October 3, 2021
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Sasa
Zagreb, Croatia82 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Friends
Very good way to experience part of Madagascar way of life, there is a possibility to rent a pirogue for whole day, half a day or few hours, and price depends of length, in whole day trip food is included. There is also possibility to rent a kayak in la Guingette retaurant near the od bridge, what is also a nice experience, and much cheaper than renting a pirogue with a guide
Written September 26, 2013
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Benjamindrfranklin
Tibberton, UK544 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2013
2 days of obscene relaxation between Manajary and Mahanoro... Stopping off half way along at lakeside hostel in Nosy Varika. THIS IS A MUST DO... avoid 200 euro bill and take the local freight/cargo barge for 3 euros (10,000 AR)

Stay at Le Patio in Mananjary, a french speaking hostel run by a bloke from Belgium! Rooms are adequate and 'cool' catering for back packeres/independant travellers.

Food and service excellant. Hostel is 5 mins from beach near the tall white church!!

Perfect
Written April 2, 2013
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Danielos Tony
Antananarivo, Madagascar21 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018
If you love to see and enjoy the green landscapes, the river trip on Pangalane river may help you to explore many different cultures and the daily life of local people of the East coast. You can do the tour just for one day or it also possible to enjoy it more if you have more days. This area is safe and friendly local, very happy to welcome new people arrive in their area and visit the poor village of fisherman.
Require me for more details if you are interested to join us with this amazing trip with the local motorboat.
rivertripguide.2@gmail.com
Written December 15, 2018
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Richard U
Rockingham, Australia35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
When I first heard about the 645 km long Pangalanes Canal I wanted to go. During our third trip to Madagascar, my wish came true. We had driven from Tana to Bickkaville and then on a very rough road to Manambota, where our boat was waiting. At high speed we crossed Lake Rasoabe, through a canal and into Lake Ampitabe. We stayed at the Palmarium Hotel for 2 days, which was excellent. Then into another boat for the 2 hour trip through lakes and canals to Tamatave. We saw pirogues, fishing, village life, pirogues under sail - it was fabulous. Highly recommended.
Written November 9, 2017
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bobinathens
Nokomis, FL1,388 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016
This is a must-see in Madagascar. Take a guide and float along the waterways, then out to the sea, and feast on fresh seafood. Float past and walk in villages under palms. This is a kind of paradise.
Written September 1, 2017
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LARRY R
Auckland, New Zealand394 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Couples
Our tour company arranged a trip by pirogue along the canal.
Ours was lead by Herman Antemoro with a crew of 4 paddlers.
We initially went to the mouth of the river where Herman purchased fish for the lunch, then along the canal to a fishing village. Unfortunately it was raining but Herman arranged for us to sit in one of the small houses. They rather left us to it (though came back with some rum and orange drink). When the rain cleared we strolled along the beach until lunch was served in the house. We'd have preferred to picnic on the beach but I guess they'd made arrangements due to the rain and stuck with them.
The lunch (freshly cooked fish, lobster, rice and salad) was excellent. More than we needed but delicious and well-cooked!
Afterwards we continued along the river/canal to a "botanical garden" where we were shown a number of medicinal plants, then to a basic distillery where we saw aromatic oils being made.
A good day.
Written June 5, 2015
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Simon G
Rosewell, UK73 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Business
The Canal des Pangalanes was built under the French colonial era. For the full experience, a 2-3 day trip is recommended; unfortunately I only had a couple of hours but even that was long enough to begin to get a feel for traditional life. Just 5 minutes into the journey and you feel as if history has come to life as you see the local fishermen ply their trade and the small fishing huts on the sides of the canal.
Written November 17, 2018
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Antartiko
London, UK96 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Friends
For the visit in the Canal, we contacted a guide in the town, Jean Benoit Solonanahary, recommended by our driver. He took us with his boat across the canal, explaining the history and touring several fishing villages. He is very charming, well know by all villagers. At lunchtime, they cooked us on the beach, lobster and fresh fish that Benoit bought at the market. We visit a botanical garden where they process natural essential oils. The views are really beautiful and it is a totally recommendable visit by boat, especially with a guide like Benoit. We are very happy with this your and totally recommend, you can contact him on: +261 34 68 969 98 nasolonanaharybenoit@yahoo.fr
Written June 23, 2018
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MayaguezanaPR
Antananarivo, Madagascar236 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Business
You tour in a little canoe called a pirugue. There are 2-3 oarsmen in the back and the guide. By definition, this is a slow trip and it helps us A personalities slow down and enjoy nature, the local communities, the beach and life on the canal. Our tour guide, who is recommended in the Lonely Planet, was charming, professional and knowledgeable. We began by paddling to a an island in front of the Delices Hotel and purchasing fresh fish and lobster! from the wives of the local fisherman who had caught them that very morning. These were placed in water and a little foam container. I won't go through the entire 5 hours but the pinnacle was stopping at the beach and being served the morning catch on a lovely table set with a tablecloth, under the shady palm trees facing the crashing waves just steps from the beach. And, they also provided the best aromatised local rum - vanilla, ginger amd lychee!!! Divine. If you are wondering who cooked the fish/libster, it was the lovely oarsmen who also served as chefs. Well worth it!
Written August 21, 2016
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