Wealth of Northern Madagascar
The principle of this 13 Wealth of Northern Madagascar tour program is simple, it comes to travel by taking the time to do things, to see the locals, to understand their way of life. This approach of Madagascar aims to be intimate and soft. Diego Suarez, the Amber Mountain, the Tsingy of Ankarana, Nosy Be … all names that evoke northern Madagascar’s atmosphere and diversity. We walk in this small charming city and visit the area and sites around the huge bay. We will see in the lands of extraordinary wildlife park of Amber Mountain. The Red Tsingy and those of Ankarana are unavoidable in the area. Our rides are quiet with exciting discoveries. It is on the island of Nosy Be that we finish our stay with a relaxing time on the seaside.
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Day 1: Arrive Antananarivo
Arrival in Antananarivo your guide will welcome you at the airport before transferring to your hotel. Depending on the arrival time, we let you relax a few hours before we then walk towards the town to discover the old town around the Queen’s Palace with our guide.
Hotel: Relais Des Plateaux
Day 2: Antananarivo – Diego Suarez
Transfer to Antananarivo Ivato Airport where we assist you to check-in for the 1h.15m domestic flight to the north of Madagascar. Your guide welcomes you at the airport of Diego Suarez and takes you for a stroll to the lively market and the port inside the huge Diego Bay. Diego Suarez is a slow going town, often dozing in the heat of the day. It is a slow moving town, relaxed mood; it is easy to get the feel of the atmosphere of northern of Madagascar.
Hotel: Le Suarez Hotel
Day 3: The 3 Bays
Today we drive along the Montagne des Français to join the Three Bays. It is a nice 2 to 4 hours walk which combines the bay of Dunes, Pigeons and Sakalava. The channel that separates the huge Diego bay from the Indian Ocean is close; we are now in Cap Miné. This place is full of history and the remnants of the French presence are still visible. We then stroll on Orangea and Ramena beaches. There is a possibility to climb to the top of the Montagne des Français summit and enjoy a beautiful panorama during sunset. We then return to our hotel in the evening.
Hotel: Hotel Nature Lodge, 2 nights
Day 4: Montagne d’Ambre National park
Start the visit of Amber Mountain National Park with a local guide to this lush forest. This is the first Park in Madagascar. It has special vegetation with tree ferns, palms, orchids and several rare species of trees. Waterfalls and crater lakes decorate our walk. There are seven kinds of lemurs in the forest, we can meet crowned lemur, Sanford lemur. We might see chameleons, gecko, leaf tailed gecko and many colourful birds. There is a possibility of walking back to the hotel depending on time.
Day 5: Diego Suarez – Tsingy Rouges – Iharana Bush Camp
We leave Joffreville village behind us to reach Ankarana National Park. We turn off on the way to visit the Red Tsingy. The geological history of this formation is the same as Tsingy of Ankarana but with some thousands years of difference. Red Tsingy is due to the erosion of sandstone, instead of limestone for Ankarana Tsingy. We drive back to the main road and continue until we reach our hotel.
Hotel: Iharana Bush Camp, 2 nights
Day 6: Tsingy, Laka-Laka lake & the panoramic view of Ambatomiloloha
You will have half day to discover the tsingy and its world. We will visit the lake and the panoramic view of Ambatomiloloha. There is a private path with ladders, bridges, guardrails for Iharana’s guests. The starting point is the camp itself with two choices: depart on foot or on a boat. Let us guide you until the chameleon cave… The greatest specialist of Tsingys, Jean Claude Dobrilla, designed this tour. He also initiated the designing of Bemaraha National Park. It is open to everyone and is completely unique. The biodiversity, the endemic ecosystem will be revealed to you during this thrilling experience. Don’t forget your camera – for those who are keen on photos: you will see lemurs, butterflies, birds, various colorful flora, invertebrates… We will also see the famous lake.
Enjoy its luxurious fauna and flora: various bird species such as heron, cattle egret, kingfishers, drongos which are considered as the king of the birds or various colorful and shimmering butterflies. This is an excellent spot for amateur photographers. The canoe rambling is an opportunity for a peaceful and calm moments. At the end of the day, under the soft sunset, you will finish your stroll at Ambatomiloloha’s panoramic viewpoint while following the paths in the massif. A delightful drink is ready to welcome you at this panoramic viewpoint. Enjoy the drinks while admiring the beautiful sunset.
Day 7: Ankarana Reserve – Ankify
We stop in Ambilobe town where we walk around the busy morning market then continue to the Mahavavy River where there are other important activities going on. This region is also famous for sugar cane plantation and its rum. Pass through coffee, cocoa and ylang-ylang plantations on the way to Ankify. Arrive at our hotel by the sea in the afternoon.
Hotel: Ankify Lodge, 2 nights
Day 8: Valley of Sambirano
This tour allows you to discover Sambirano which is at the centre of the economy of the region with wide plantations of cocoa, rice fields, villages and its real water tower. Visiting inside Sambirano valley is an opportunity to learn about locals’ life organization and enjoy green landscape between forested mountains and the river banks. Ambobaka village is famous for traditional medicine. A lineage of healers practice ancestral knowledge to heal with plants and different ways of massage. We visit a healing herbs garden, try a dugout tour trip on the Ramena River then enjoy a picnic lunch and a swim under the waterfall. We return to our hotel at Ankify in the afternoon to enjoy the sea, facing Nosy Be.
Day 9: Ankify – Nosy Be
We embark by speed boat in the morning to join Hell-Ville (Andoany) which is the capital of Nosy Be, on the way passing close by to Nosy Komba and Nosy Tanikely. We reach our beachfront hotel by taxi then enjoy lunch on arrival. You will be with your guide up to the reception of your hotel. Afternoon is at leisure. We invite you to go and meet local people who are quiet and friendly. Evening at leisure at the hotel.
Hotel: Ravintsara Wellness, 3 nights
Day 10, 11 & 12: Nosy Be
Many activities are possible from the hotel: water sport, fishing, excursion in some islands, boat trips, motorbike or bicycle renting. Nosy Komba Island with its fishing village, and island Nosy Tanikely which is a protected marine reserve and one of the best snorkeling sites in the area. One full day of real pleasure! The hotel reception will advise you and help you with all these activities. We also recommend a walk to Mont Passot in late afternoon for a beautiful panorama of the island at sunset, or you can just laze around on the beach. Enjoy your evenings at your hotel in front of the sea.
Day 13: Nosy Be – Antananarivo
Morning at leisure after breakfast at the hotel and then transfer to the airport to fly to Antananarivo. Lunch on spot or in Tana depending to flight schedules. If the time allows we make a quick stop in the crafts market to look for basketery, marquetery, wood carvings, metal toys, miniature cars and some semi-precious stones, all in very relaxed mood. Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
|2020 Dates & Prices||Twin Share||Solo Traveller|
|Departs Daily from Antananarivo||Price on Application||Price on Application|
|Meals:||12 breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches, 2 dinners|
|Transport:||Airport Transfers, 4WD in the north, Coach / minibus in Tana, Speedboat transfer|
|Flights:||Flight Ticket: Antananarivo / Diego Suarez & Nosy Be / Antananarivo|
|Guide:||Local English Speaking Guide|
|Entrance Fees & Touring:||Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary|
* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.