KIJANA TOURS will visit its partners at: ITB Berlin 2019 in Germany
from 05th to 10th March 2019. See you there in the PAVILLON N° 4.1
On the occasion of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, the manager of KIJANA TOURS participated in a conference on the impact of energy on the environment in the tourism sector
...Kijana Tours organizes trips in Madagascar and the Comoros and shares his taste for quality travel, close to nature and people, and to better appreciate the sites of outstanding beauty on both islands.
Motivated by the positive spirit Kijana ...
... this team likes to share, knows how to listen and continues to innovate.
... in the rigor of quality required by a trip.
It is vested by this force provided by the smiles of the Malagasy people and is radiant with happiness to work with Kijana and not for Kijana ...
RAZAFIMAHATRATRA Lanto is an avid traveler and photographer. Graduated in Tourism and holder of a “Licence” degree in Entrepreneurship, he has traveled many parts of the Big Island on foot, by bike and 4x4 since 1994 to share his passion for nature and Malagasy culture to tourists of different nationalities. Founding KIJANA TOURS in 2006, he loves innovative ideas and a taste for danger: the first Malagasy person to have organized a raid by 2CV car in 2012. He is the manager and is responsible for the relationship with tour operators.
Graduated in Tourism, Mika learnt first History at the University of Antananarivo. Having a passion for culture and civilization, he helped the facilitators of group camps during his internship at Kijana Tours. Now he is the Section Head of Bookings for Groups, of proposed circuits in Madagascar and of the sustainable tourism branch at Kijana Tours.
Holder of a Management degree, she is responsible for the administration and finance. When she started, she was in charge of the logistics for three years within Kijana before becoming Administrative and Financial Officer. Now, she is also responsible for car rental in Madagascar at Kijana Tours.
Our guides are trained to assist and take care of you in a professional way and to seize the opportunities of these moments of friendship, the unsual and authentic events shared with the travelers and with the Malagasy people. They are there to interpret for you the nature which could seem to you at the same time foreign and strange. That is normal, Malagasy nature is unique in the world!
Antananarivo / Antsirabe / Descente de Tsiribihina / Morondava / Tsingy de Bemaraha / Belo sur mer / Andavadoaka / Salary / Tuléar / Parc National de l’Isalo / Fianarantsoa
A circuit also called the West Loop, starting at the center of the Capital, passing by the Tsiribihina River by barge, then a walk visit of the Tsingy of Bemaraha classified as UNESCO Patrimony. Then the 4x4 follow a coastal route to Tulear through fishermen’s villages without forgetting the largest baobab forest in the world. Finally, the cars drive back along the Betsileo beautiful highlands before reaching Tana. Circuit without domestic flight.
Antananarivo / Andasibe / Pangalanes / Tamatave / Sainte Marie / Mananara / Maroatsetra / Masoala / Antananarivo
The lush eastern part reveals in 15 days the beauty of its nature: reserve of lemurs in Andasibe, the Palmarium by the lake Ampitabe, the Islet Aye aye in Mananara, the migration of the whales between July and September. But it has also an attractive cultural aspect: the fruit market, the Pangalanes channel and the river transport, the spice market of Tamatave, Sainte Marie which was formerly a pirate hideout.
Antananarivo / Majunga / Lac Kinkony / Boeny Aranta / Ankarafantsika / Analalava / Radama / Ankarana
/ Diego / Antananarivo
The splendor of the Boeny region through its river and lake network leads us to the market of the Kinkony lake, unique of its kind. Then the boat rides let us discover archaeological sites in beautiful bays formerly places of trade with western great navigators and Arab traders of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and small islands with white sand. Not to mention the lemur reserves as well as the sites with curious geological interest: limestone gray Tsingy and red Tsingy. The trip ends in the Bay of Diego, the second most beautiful bay in the world.
Antananarivo / Fort Dauphin / Lavanono / Itampolo / Anankao / Tulear
The Deep South, in the land of thorny bush, is the territories of herdsmen and fishermen. A place where time seems to stand still to maintain a culture marked by ancient thought: colorful tombs or tombs with totem, the outrigger canoes and sailboats, the adaptation to the lack of water, the customs and traditions that make these ethnic groups a fascinating encounter. Nature when expressed in superlative: 95% of endemic plants in Madagascar, tortoises, lemurs, or coral reef.
Hiking in Andringitra
Andringitra offers lovers of walking various options on marked trails pacing from stage to stage this old granite massif to the second highest point in Madagascar at an altitude of 2 658 m. The views open up to a variety of incredible landscape: sacred waterfall ("male" fall and "female" fall), the rainforest on its eastern side and the Savannah in the West, palm trees, birds, lemurs, all the ingredients that make a trekking a real discovery and scenery. The camp sites are built to accommodate for water supply and shelter for cooking. The carriers as part of the Betsileo and Bara Bory population constitute a united and experienced team which makes your hiking one of your best memories.
Hiking in Vakinankaratra
A volcanic region highly cultivated that have left vestiges of its turbulent geological past: hills of lava flows, hot springs and crater lakes some of them are home to some legends. Farmers will be pleased to share moments of memorable encounters in a landscape of terrace rice fields, cascade and village red earth with thatched roofs. We recommend stays with local inhabitants and local cooking.
The founder of Kijana has shared his time between the management and guiding of tourist groups and the organization of travels in his office during 12 years. This experience on the field has enabled him to transmit to the agency’s team his knowledge of the richness of Malagasy nature, the stake of ecotourism in Madagascar, but also the global appraisal of evolution, the pressure and the threat that weigh on these ecosystems. The future of ecotourism largely depends on the sensitization of all the parties involved in Tourism in general. But while waiting for them all to be mobilized, it is necessary that we should on our side act internally. That begins with giving a sense of responsibility to our team and then to the village communities. Kijana tries to integrate them to the maximum in its circuit: we obligatorily take local guides or trackers from the village near the parks; and for trekkings, local carriers. We also give priority to the structures which integrate the basic communities in a broader process like Community management of an ecolodge, handicraft shops with equitable management, refreshment bars or guest-houses in the same spirit. As soon as we can support the construction of a school or a well or any other actions aiming at the local development of a village, we try to understand, to check the durability of the project and then help as much as we can. It is an easy, accessible form of ecotourism that involves simple gestures which generate durable results, which highly motivate us. Then, we share our ideas and suggestions with wider structures. The sites which correspond to this vision are quoted in the appendix.
Eastern forest Vohimana and Vohibola
Vohimana is located on the eastern part of Madagascar, only about 160 km from the Capital. Characterized by tropical rainforest, this reserve illustrates one of the successes of the local population integration in the management of its natural and cultural heritage. The bungalows built in plant material of Eastern Betsimasaraka ethnic group style are managed by the Village Association MERCI VOHIMANA and a craft workshop showcases the talents of women in the village, which help their efforts in conserving the forest.
Vohibola, for its part, is located on a strip of sand between the Indian Ocean and the lagoon lake Ampitabe. Its forest is one of the few remnants of the primary lowland forest in the East. The local community participates in the development of ecotourism by organizing typical meals in a cottage that looks onto the sea, by proposing basketry-based necklaces and handicrafts. Nurserymen, boatmen and local guides are all from the community involved in forest protection.
Bird watchers find in Madagascar an exceptional quality of observations: although
the 284 birds might seem a small number, one counts 36 endemic kinds, 4 whole endemic families, and taking into account the surface of Madagascar, appearing in fourth position in the world, only 3 species of introduced birds could establish a perennial population.
Certain birds in Madagascar are specific in their primitive behavior, others still make their nests on the ground or even under the ground. Others clearly illustrate Charles Darwin’s theory of radiative or explosive speciation. The Malagasy
species from the largest to the smallest, within each family, filled in the ecological niches held by other species on the other continents. About the 81 migrating species, 9 of them nest in Madagascar. On the 209 nesting species, 109 are endemic of Madagascar (52%), only 9 % of the forest species can live in open space. That explains the fragility of birdlife in Madagascar as it is closely related to the preservation of forests and 97 % of these forest species are endemic of Madagascar. As for raptor birds, there are twice more forest species than savanna species. All of that gives an incomparable importance to bird watching in Madagascar and in the Comoros.
To come to a country which shelters one third of the families of the primates of the whole world is a privilege that we offer you. Assisted by guides whose passion is to observe the lemurs in their natural environment, from the largest, 7 kg to the smallest, 40 g, you will see so many varieties, each of which has different sizes, colors and social behaviors. We will not be able to discover all the 86 species, that would take several months, but we will do our best to show the
most representative of each family in different regions: at least 20 species in 15 days. It will be a travel which enables us to visit Madagascar from North to South, a land whose natural beauty is acknowledged by travelers. A serious logistics
will facilitate the approach of these fabulous animals which are sometimes considered as sacred and sometimes cursed by a curious ethnic tradition. Because this voyage does not move us away from men, these formerly dangerous higher primates will become the travelers’ best friends thanks to ecotourism.
Humpback whales, or Megaptera coming from the Antarctic carry out regular transhumances between July and September in the hot waters of the Lagoon of Tulear, Sainte Marie, Nosy Be and Moheli in the Comoros to bring forth or to mate. On board motor boats, or even from the beaches, some extraordinary spectacles are offered to our eyes: the songs, the impressive jumps of the large males, the initiation of the whale-calves by their mothers before their return to the ancestral route towards the Southern Pole. Just amazing.
A new approach that we have developed is the observation of reptiles in their natural environment. The dry or wet tropical and thorny forests all shelter endemic species.
Their colors are fantastic, their aspects often seem to come out of a setting worthy of a Jurassic Park film. The features they share with very remote cousins of South America are really surprising.
For those who want to make this special moment memorable and original, KIJANA organizes weddings in a Malagasy spirit.
Marriage in Malagasy culture has that wisdom which is not well known by foreigners: speeches, dowries, culinary dishes reflecting the wealth that should be shared with the guests of honor who will be your guests.
We have a team of wedding planner, photographers, cameramen, speakers/translators, designers, stylists, traditional and modern musicians, DJs to make your marriage a success.
Honeymoon travel is also quite important. It must allow the couple to enjoy the pleasure of discovering the Island while having those precious moments of closeness and intimacy in an atmosphere of dreams, surprise and relaxation.
We pay a detailed attention to the services provided by our partners: the hotels, restaurants or other structures have different charms, various functionalities and offer varied possibilities. They are familiar with our requirements and we adapt ourselves to each case so as to make the voyage unique for each of our travelers. We give a particular care to our travelers’ safety and hygiene and only the service providers who respect these requirements can work with us. The veracity of the information on these establishments helps our correspondents to choose the approach of their voyages and to propose them more efficiently.
You are our travelers and not our tourists
With our passion for travels, we have fallen under the charm of Madagascar. Our circuits have developed, but these two feelings have never left us. They have even nourished our creativity and encouraged our research. With time, our perception of travelling has widened and has surely been reinforced by listening to our guests. We want to keep this essence of travelling which is that of the pleasure of discovery, of new encounters tinted with a little excitement of the unpredictable, or when you can enjoy the moments of relaxation and pleasure between friends or with your family.
Consisting of four islands, including a French one, Mayotte, the Comoros Islands have beautiful surprises for us: colorful, rich in diversity and intensely traditional. This traditional and natural characteristic prompts us to focus on the three islands: Great Comoros, Anjouan and Moheli.
The Great Comoros
The Great Comoros, full of stories and legends, having lived successively through Portuguese, Arabian and French invasions, has become a major hub of trade in the northern Indian Ocean between the ninth and the nineteenth centuries. Kingdoms, Sultanate, Piracy, and Settlement have all left traces of splendor, decay, renewal and change. It is also the latest of the Comoros Islands having experienced a recent and still active volcano; the last blast took place in 1977. This gives the island a particular aspect, dominated by black volcanic rocks, contrasting with the turquoise sea and with the white gleam of waves, giving it the ppearance of a charming volcanic tropical island. The island has few rivers which distinguishes it from the others. Its local people depend on groundwater finely filtered through volcanic rocks. Many buildings are still standing in public places: N’goma or wall protecting the city, and mosques. In all, Great Comoros is extremely dedicated to cultural understanding of the Island especially, when we come across the celebration of a great wedding, a very festive event that may last a week for an entire village.
Mohéli or “Nature Island” has preserved the wild aspect of its unique nature. It has an extraordinary natural beauty: mountains, mangroves, white sand beaches, uninhabited islands, rainforest, wildlife still preserved: the big Livingstone bats, one still encounters green turtles coming to lay on the quiet beaches. It gives an air more distant from modern civilization than the other two islands, which also makes its charm. The population is mostly rural and has a sense of hospitality
Anjouan is an island born from an earliest submarine volcano. The streams are rich; the mountain forms a great barrier to clouds where rain is more frequent. This provides a richer agriculture than on the other islands. Here, the rural aspect of Comoros is worse: bananas, clove, vanilla, cocoa, ylang ylang, orange, and cassava growing... The medina
atmosphere is nice and the markets are very colorful. Anjouan also has lovely and varied waterfalls. The road which crosses the lands, winding and shaded by lush vegetation brings you closer to the Comorian nature which shelters species unique to the island. But it is also full of stories of conquest and Arabian counters and has preserved the imprint of a Bantu expansion preceding the birth of Swahili culture.