This Northern Madagascar Safari begins with an overnight stay in Madagascar's colourful capital, Antananarivo, before flying to Diego Suarez where you are met by your guide.
Continue to one of Madagascar's most diverse rainforests - Montagne d'Ambre, where you will find sacred caves, underground rivers and remarkable fauna and flora home to the world's smallest chameleons and lemurs! Your next destination is the Ankarana Reserve, where the landscape resembles a spiky stone forest and the underground riverbeds and caves help to protect the region from human intrusion!
For the last leg of the Northern Madagascar Tour, you travel to the sandy, tropical beaches of Nosy Be without your guide, enjoying the perfect beach getaway, before you return back to the capital city.
Arriving at the Ivato International Airport you are transferred to your hotel in Antananarivo, the beautiful capital of Madagascar.
Spend the rest of day one relaxing at the hotel or set off to explore the city on your own. With its bustling markets, friendly people and ancient town on a hill with freestone churches and ancient royal places, Antananarivo is a unique capital city.
On the morning of day two, you are transferred to the airport for your flight to Diego Suarez. Your guide for the next few days is there to meet you when you land at the airport in Diego Suarez.
From the airport, your guide drives you straight to Montagne d'Ambre National Park, which covers 18,200 ha of a prominent volcanic massif. Day three are spent exploring the diverse national park on nature walks.
Montagne d'Ambre boasts striking scenery with rainforests and waterfalls and is one of the most popular natural attractions in Madagascar. It was created in 1958 to protect the massif and the ecosystems it supports especially the region's unique flora and fauna species. In the Montagne d'Ambre Park, you will have the chance to see seven species of lemurs, the aye-aye, the ring-tailed mongoose and a variety of reptiles including frogs, geckos and chameleons, as well as more than 70 species of birds.
On day four your guide takes you to Ankarana - a stunning nature reserve with karst pinnacles, sacred caves, underground rivers and beautiful scenery.
The rich and diverse flora and fauna includes many lemurs and interesting bird species. Its limestone pinnacles are called tsingy formations, running through and under the tsingy are hidden forest-filled canyons and numerous subterranean rivers. We explore the extensive cave system, which includes several fascinating bat-filled grottoes.
The whole of today is spent in the Ankarana nature reserve, admiring the incredibly rich and varied vegetation and the abundance of wildlife found in the nature reserve.
This morning we drive to Ankify - a small village situated along the white sand beaches of Madagascar. In Ankify you say goodbye to your guide and board a boat to Nosy Be. Arriving on Nosy Be island you are transferred to your next hotel by car.
Nosy Be, commonly known as "the island of perfumes" and the largest of Madagascar's offshore islands, is a beautiful tropical island covered with palm trees and bougainvillaea. Nosy Be is a postcard-pretty place where you could easily spend the entire day simply watching the changing hues of blue in the sea and the sky. In addition to its pretty beaches, the island boasts luxuriant foliage, friendly people and a relaxed Indian Ocean vibe.
Day seven of the Northern Madagascar Tour is free for you to enjoy Nosy Be at your leisure.
SImply unwind on the picturesque beaches or enjoy some of the various optional excursions (extra cost) available. You can visit the Lokobe Reserve, a rainforest reserve that protects most of Nosy Be's endemic vegetation. Here, you might see lemurs, birds and chameleons.
Or you can go on a day-cruise (own account) to the surrounding islands "Nosy Komba"- the island of lemurs, or "Nosy Tanikely"- an underwater reserve offering a rich diversity of marine life, such as beautiful corals and a big variety of fish, with excellent diving and snorkelling opportunities. Fish you might see include surgeonfish, clown fish, barracuda, manta rays, sea urchins, starfish, eels, anemones and many more sea creatures.
After a blissful day spent doing what you choose on Nosy Be, return to your hotel and enjoy the amenities on offer.
Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Antananarivo where you can catch your onward flight, bringing this unforgettable Northern Madagascar Safari to an end.
We hope to welcome you back to Madagascar and Africa again soon!
Internal flights should be booked in conjunction with international flights and the rates are subject to class, availability and change.
Accommodation on this Madagascar Tour is in basic, yet clean and comfortable mid-range hotels. The Madagascar tourism industry is relatively young, therefore accommodation is sometimes limited. Similar accommodation establishments of the same standards are used depending on availability.
Upgraded accommodation will be in 4 Star hotels in Nosy Be, Ankarana and Antananarivo (no upgrades available at Montagne d'Ambre).
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