General

TRAVEL MADAGASCAR

DAY 1: FLIGHT TO TANA

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Flight to Tana.

Night on board.

DAY 2: ANTANANARIVO

Upon arrival at the airport, meet and greet with your driver guide. Transfer to your hotel. Get settled.

Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

DAY 3:   ANTANANARIVO – DIEGO SUAREZ – JOFFREVILLE

Diego suarez

~ 30Km – 1h drive

Transfer and flight to Diego-Suarez (depending on the flight availability and schedules). Spare lunch. Get started with a city tour of Diego Suarez. Diego Suarez is a combination name of the two explorers who “discovered Madagascar” – Diego Diaz and Fernando Suarez – around 1506. This city tour is a first approach of the Northern region with one of the world’s most beautiful deep-water harbours, and is well-known for its picturesque sugarloaf island.

Then, get driven to Joffreville, 30km from Diego, a little mountain village founded as a retreat for French officers during colonization period, near the Amber mountain National Park. Get settled at your hotel.

Dinner and overnight.

DAY 4:   JOFFREVILLE

Montagne d'Ambre sacred fall

Day devoted to discover the National Park of “la Montagne d’Ambre” which reaches 1,475 m at its peak.

Known as the water tower of the northern, rivers and amazing waterfalls take source there, hence, it is recovered of luxuriant vegetation and of a thick green mantle of rainforest. Montagne d’Ambre national park offers a great biodiversity: a huge tropical forest with endemic fauna and flora (with 77 species of birds, 7 species of lemurs and 24 species of amphibians), luxuriant vegetation and many waterfalls and volcanic lakes. Spare lunch. After the visit, return to the hotel.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

DAY 5: JOFFREVILLE – RED TSINGY – MAHAMASINA

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After breakfast, journey towards Ankarana, more specifically the east side of the Ankarana National Park. On your way to Ankarana, discover the Red Tsingy in the Southeastern Mountains of Diego.  Located right at the feet of eroded canyons, within the single sedimentary basin of Madagascar and heterogeneous vegetation, they are made of sandstone, marl and limestone. Continue the journey to Mahamasina, the eastern entry of the park. Spare lunch. You will get there towards the middle of the afternoon.

Dinner and overnight stay at your hotel

DAY 6:  EAST SIDE OF ANKARANA NATIONAL PARKpont_tsingy_ankarana_east_side_encounter_madagascar

 

First day devoted to discover the Big Tsingy of Benavony in the east side of Ankarana. 7h trek, moderately difficult walking on the the Tsingy. You will enjoy astonishing landscape of the Tsingy, its underground with caves, dripstone. Passing through a suspension bridges, which join 2 small canyons. People suffering from dizziness should refrain.

Amongst fauna, you will not miss Crowned lemur, Sanford’s lemur … Inventories have listed 60 species of reptiles and amphibians, 96 species of birds, 50 species of mollusks and great number of snails. 14 species of bats, that is half of the bats of Madagascar, live in the caves of Ankarana. Spare lunch (provide a picnic lunch).

After the visit, head to the camp. Get settled.

Dinner and overnight stay at the Camp.

DAY 7:  WEST SIDE OF ANKARANA NATIONAL PARK

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This second day of the visit of the Ankarana National Park will be to explore its western part (only accessible during the dry season from June to December). This part of the area is dominated by caves. The caves form either long galleries or are sheltered by large and long, 50 to 60m high tsingy walls. This tsingy wall, interspersed with canyons, is the natural boundary of the western park, known as the “Wall of Ankarana”. Spare lunch (provide a picnic lunch).

After the visit, head back to the camp.

Dinner and overnight stay at the Camp.

DAY 8: ANKARANA IN FRONT OF IHARANA

Iharana Bushcamp, Tsingy hiking at the Ankarana national park

After breakfast, discovery of the Tsingy in front of the Camp. Going for a stroll named “Tsingy Tsingy” that is designed especially by the Speleologist Jean Claude Dobrilla. Laid out private path with ladders, bridges, guardrails and panoramic viewpoint for Iharana’s guests are set for this stroll. The starting point is the camp itself with two choices: depart on foot or on a boat. Passing through the chameleon cave, this stroll will lead you to the roof of the Tsingy with breathtaking panorama of the surroundings.

Please bring:

  • light pants or short
  • walking boots
  • hat/cap + suntan lotion

A good health condition is necessary because there are narrow and steep passages as well as small steep ladders.

Spare lunch (provide a picnic lunch or have a spare lunch at the camp). In the afternoon, go to the Mandresy cave, after a stroll of about 20mn from the camp, along the Ankarana villages. At the entrance of Mandresy Cave, the guide will provide you cap lamp which is necessary to explore this huge cavity full of stalagmite and stalactite. A track has been designed so as to make the cave accessible for everyone. You will have the privilege to see some blind fish and the famous fruit bats of Madagascar called “Roussette” (Rousettus madagascariensis). You will also be amazed to see the different shapes of the stalagmites and particularly the size of the cavities which hide various magic places! On the way, you will find some cooking utensils, cooking pots and glasses because the caves were used as a shelter by the Ankarana people.

Back to the camp, dinner and overnight stay.

DAY 9: IHARANA – AMBANJA – ANKIFY – NOSY KOMBA

Ambanja Plantation

120Km~ 3h30 drive + 1h boat transfer

After breakfast, departure to Ankify in the National road 6. Stop at the Cananga plantation in Ambanja which lies in the valley of Sambirano, and visit. Spare lunch (or provide a picnic lunch from the camp).Then, transfer by boat to Nosy Komba. Get settled at your lodge.

Dinner and overnight stay at the Lodge.

DAY 10, DAY 11 AND DAY 12: NOSY KOMBA

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Spare stay in Nosy Komba.

A well-deserve end of trip in Nosy Komba, just farniente or with fantastic excursions and activities on spot.

Full board basis at the Lodge

DAY 13: NOSY KOMBA – NOSY BE – ANTANANARIVO

Nosy Komba

45 min boat transfer + 1 hour flight

Boat transfer to HellVille harbor then transfer to the airport and flight back to Antananarivo (depending on the flight availability and schedules). At your arrival, you will be met and driven to your hotel.

Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

 DAY 14:  ANTANANARIVO AND FLIGHT BACK

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Transfer to the airport and flight back.

NOTES:

  • The trip will be done with a 4WD vehicle (4pax per vehicle). It is the best means of transportation to travel through Madagascar.
  • Starting from 05 pax, a separate tour guide will be included
  • This trip can be done during dry period (the Western part of the Ankarana park and the Mandresy cave are only accessible from mid-April to early November)

Available departures

Please contact us.
Unfortunately, no places are available on this tour at the moment

Highlights

  • Watching the smallest reptile in the world in the "Montagne d'Ambre" National Park: the pigmy chameleon and exploring this rainforest and its treasure
  • Discovering the Tsingy of Ankarana in its length and width, hiking on its rooftop and enjoying a fantastic panorama
  • End of trip in this enchanting spot of Nosy Komba

Overview

The north of Madagascar could be summarized in these words: Mountain and Rainforest, Tsingy and Sea. The tour starts upon arrival in Diego Suarez, an hour flight from the capital. You will be driven to the "Montagne d'Ambre" rainforest, home to the crowned lemurs and the pygmy chameleon. Then you will explore in depth the Tsingy of Ankarana (east and west side and in front of the Camp). This is the most spectacular geological formation in Madagascar.  Your stay at Iharana Bush Camp will certainly matchless. A well-deserve end of trip in Nosy Komba, just farniente or with fantastic excursions and activities on spot.