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Northern Madagascar Tour

Tour Length8 days
Priced from pps $2030 R28857 £1548 1785 A$2854 C$2714 NZ$2951 Full pricing info
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Summary of this Lodge Safari

  • Max. Group Size 10 Travellers
  • Starts & ends in Antananarivo, Madagascar
  • Accommodation Hotel / Lodge
  • Transport Microbus / Fly-in Safari
  • Wildlife Lemurs & More
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Quick Itinerary Overview

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.

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Itinerary for this Tour

Day 1: Antananarivo – Madagascar

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.

Day 2 & 3: Antananarivo to Diego Suarez & Montagne d'Ambre – Madagascar

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.

  • Meal Plan: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 4: Montagne d'Ambre to Ankarana – Madagascar

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.

  • Meal Plan: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 5: Ankarana – Madagascar

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.

  • Meal Plan: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 6: Ankify to Nosy Be – Madagascar

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.

  • Meal Plan: Breakfast

Day 7: Nosy Be Island – Madagascar

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.

  • Meal Plan: Breakfast

Day 8: Nosy Be to Antananarivo – Madagascar

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!

  • Meal Plan: Breakfast

Please Note:

Internal flights should be booked in conjunction with international flights and the rates are subject to class, availability and change.

Madagascar Tour Accommodation:

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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  • accommodation on bed & breakfast basis (plus lunch on days 2 to 5)
  • all transfers and transport as per the itinerary
  • all park and reserve entrance fees
  • specialist guides in the parks and reserves as per program
  • all excursions mentioned in the program
  • an English-speaking guide (day 2 to 6)
+Not Included in the Tour Price
  • international and domestic flights and airport taxes
  • all excursions not mentioned in the program
  • bottled water, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • visas and travel insurance
  • lunches (except on days 2 to 5, which include lunch)
  • all dinners
  • personal items and laundry
  • optional activities in Nosy Be
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A minimum of 4 confirmed clients will be required to guarantee a departure for the scheduled tour.

For 2-3 clients booked, the tour can be offered on a private basis with daily departures, but is subject to availability and flights. 

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