As said before, the “Northern Madagascar Experience” starts from Diégo-Suarez Suarez (Antsiranana) – to Nosy Be island. This is a 10 days tour for you to encounter the North of our country.
DAY 1: TONGASOA!
We hope you enjoyed your international flight. We will be at the airport to welcome you and transfer you to your hotel, where you will stay overnight. Let’s start by learning a new word: “Tongasoa”, read it Toongasoo, which means Welcome.
DAY 2: ANTANANARIVO – DIÉGO-SUAREZ SUAREZ (ANTSIRANANA)
We hope you’re ready, because, this morning, we will transfer to your flight to Diégo-Suarez-Suarez.
Let’s kick it and get started at the famous bay of Diégo-Suarez. Enjoy the view of the picturesque Sugar Loaf Mountain. Delight in the baobab trees and the traditional fishing village of Ramena. Then, go up to the military base of Orangéa. Then, Cape Miné, where we will stay until late afternoon: discover the fortifications built by the French people to protect the access to the bay. Later on, dinner will be served at your hotel, and you will stay there overnight. Did you get nice pictures from the Bay?
DAY 3: DIÉGO-SUAREZ– MONTAGNE D’AMBRE NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, we will bring you on a 40mn drive, head onto Joffre Ville which is located 30 km on the outskirts of the National Park of Montagne d’Ambre. For 3 to 5hr, we will encounter the National Park of Montagne d’Ambre, covered by lush vegetation and thick green mantle of rainforest.
Positioned at 1000 kilometers in the North of the capital, Montagne d’Ambre reaches 1,475 m at its peak. And as a wonderful oasis, it towers up in the middle of a dry savannah. This mountain is enriched by endemic species like 77 species of birds, 7 species of lemurs and 24 species of amphibians.
Note for day 2: bring your hat and your camera! Today we will make amazing discoveries. Don’t worry about tonight, dinner will be prepared and served at the hotel where you will stay overnight.
DAY 4: JOFFRE VILLE – ANKARANA
So thrilled about what happened yesterday, Montagne d’Ambre is such a great experience! What next? Today, after breakfast, we are on for a 5 hour drive towards Ankarana, located 185km from Joffre Ville.
We promised you mountains, that’s why we want you to discover the Red Tsingy in the Southern East mountains of Diégo-Suarez, on your way to Ankarana. Located right at the bedrocks of eroded canyons, within the single sedimentary basin of Madagascar and heterogeneous vegetation, the Tsingy are made of sandstone, marl and limestone. This place is breathtaking landscape. It looks like time abandoned giant coral in the middle of nowhere, which turns grey of sadness. And the set is just gorgeous!
Let’s continue the tour to Ankarana to reach your hotel for dinner. You will get there towards the middle of the afternoon. Rooms will be ready for you to settle and rest tonight.
DAY 5: ANKARANA NATIONAL PARK
Commonly called the “caves” or the “Tsingy”, this reserve is a harmonious set of eroded limestone rocks and hides within its subterranean network. It is an important part of the cultural treasure of Ankarana.
Are you keen to explore the Ankarana National Park? Our discovery plan can vary from 3 to 5hrs depending on your physical conditions. Still, if you suffer dizziness, please stay safe by refraining yourself. Trust our tour guide. We will be back tonight for dinner, and you will have an overnight stay at your hotel.
More about the Tsingy? Located in the Northern part of the island, in the region of Ambilobe, and it presents caves, gorges and sinkholes (canyons) of volcanic landscapes. The Tsingy also contains an exceptional fauna diversity. We now have listed 60 species of reptiles and amphibians, 96 species of birds, 50 species of mollusks and great number of snails. We were also told that 14 species of bats live in the caves of Ankarana: oh man, that is half of the bats of Madagascar! (Batman isn’t included.)
DAY 6: ANKARANA – ANKIFY – NOSY BE
Enjoy your 150 km journey back to Ankify through huge plantations of coffee and cocoa trees. Look closely to the window. You will have a 4h30 drive to keep as many great memories as you can, and we can assure you that you’ll get plenty.
At the Ankify port, we will board a speedboat. To reach your hotel, we will cruise for a 45mn boat transfer to Nosy Komba Island. Once there, we will give you time to settle and rest. Dinner and overnight stay at your hotel.
Don’t worry about boat crossing. We will keep you safe. Take advantages of it: admire the beauty of the infinite ocean!
DAY 7: LOKOBE RESERVE
Today, we are going to enjoy our one-day excursion towards the natural Lokobe reserve! We will have a transfer by boat to Hellville, center of Nosy Be. And actually: Hellville looks amazing, isn’t that great?!
Lokobe Integral Natural Reserve is located in the Southern-east part of Nosy Be. It is one of the rare localities where the original forest of Sambirano still exists.
For list’s lover, please note that these different species of fauna live there: 30 species of reptiles and batracians, 4 species of mammals, among which two common species of primates, the “macaco Lemur” and the “dorsalis Lepilemur”. You can also find 17 species of birds including the Malagasy Kingfishers (Ispidina madagascariensis) and the owl of Madagascar (Asio madagascariensis).
After a short car transfer, we will use a motor dugout for about 45 minutes. Then, take a 3hrs walk in the forest with lunch on the spot. We will return to Nosy Komba at your hotel after lunch, for you to enjoy a free afternoon before dinner. What about taking pictures of the view from the room of the hotel where you will stay overnight?
DAY 8: SAFARI TURTLE
Nosy-Be is surrounded by splendiferous islands, “Sakatia”, one of them, is still well preserved. Led by a diving instructor and a specialized guide, you will travel by boat to reach “Nosy Sakatia” (about 15 min).The day includes two excursions to local reefs to observe turtles and other species.
On one side of the beach, green and hawksbill turtles come to feed on a specific type of seagrass called “turtle herbs.” Within reach, you will swim with ancient turtles only a few dozen meters from the beach! We will be using submersible factsheets to help identify all the different species like: lobster, fish safe, clown fish, fish hook on and so on. Isn’t that awesome?! And don’t clutter yourself by bringing all your stuff: snorkeling gear will be provided, including fins, masks, snorkels and buoys! Relax.
Between the two excursions, beachside snacks will be served with tea or coffee. Then we will return at your hotel at Nosy Komba before lunch. As we will be at your hotel for the afternoon, we truly want to advise you to take it easy.
Try low fat food to lighten your night during dinner. Have your overnight stay at your hotel. You will have your flight to Antananarivo tomorrow.
DAY 9: NOSY BE – ANTANANARIVO
According to the schedule of your flight you will so fly back to Antananarivo. Therefore, tongasoa! Do you remember what it means? We are so happy you made it! It isn’t time to leave us yet, we really want to be at the airport to welcome again and ease you transfer to the hotel where you will stay tonight.
DAY 10: ANTANANARIVO
Keep it up! Smile, you are returning home. We will try to get not emotional during your transfer to the airport for the international return flight. During your night on board, we want you to close your eyes, and dream of Madagascar. Your second home now. Bring sunshine to those you will greet you at your arrival the following day. Can’t wait to meet you again! Do you want to learn another malagasy word? Try “Mandrapihaona!” which means see you soon!
Yeah! So will be your trip in Madagascar if you plan to come. We love to say that these are just words. But we like it even more when we see satisfaction on our client’s faces once they leave us. For those who already came: How was it? What was your own highlights of the Northern Madagascar experience? Was it the green rainforest of the Montagne d’Ambre? The wonderful grey color of the Tsingy? Was is the blue ocean of Nosy Sakatia? We’d like to know. Whenever you want, you can put your feedbacks inside of a bottle, then insert it inside of an email. We will be delighted to read it !
[Find here all information you need about the “Northern Madagascar” Tour]
|Day||Location||Superior Hotel||Standard Hotel|
|D1||ANTANANARIVO||PALISSANDRE HOTEL||CHALET DES ROSES|
|D2||ANTANANARIVO – DIÉGO-SUAREZ SUAREZ||ALLAMANDA HOTEL||ALLAMANDA HOTEL|
|D3||DIÉGO-SUAREZ SUAREZ – JOFFREVILLE||THE LITCHI TREE||NATURE LODGE|
|D4||JOFFREVILLE – ANKARANA||IHARANA BUSH CAMP||IHARANA BUSH CAMP|
|D5||JANKARANA||IHARANA BUSH CAMP||IHARANA BUSH CAMP|
|D6||ANKARANA – ANKIFY – NOSY BE||MANGA SOA LODGE||ARC EN CIEL|
|D7||NOSY BE||MANGA SOA LODGE||ARC EN CIEL|
|D8||NOSY BE||MANGA SOA LODGE||ARC EN CIEL|
|D9||NOSY KOMBA – NOSY BE – ANTANANARIVO||PALISSANDRE HOTEL||CHALET DES ROSES|
- The 4WD vehicle is obligatory for a tour in the northern part of the island. Moreover, it is the best means of transportation to travel through Madagascar.
- You will be accompanied by a driver and tour guide
- This trip can be done from April to November, please contact us for a request from December to March.
- Supplement for domestic flights : 478 € / pax (subject to change)
- 4WD vehicle rent from Diégo-Suarez to Ankify from Day 2 to Day 6 with fuel and a driver
- A tour guide from Day 2 to Day 10
- 4WD vehicle in Tana on Day 10
- Accommodation in double or single basis
- Breakfasts, lunches and dinners depending on the pension chosen above
- Entrance and guiding fees in the following parks: Montagne d’Ambre, Ankarana, Lokobe
- Welcomes and transfers as programmed
- Visits mentioned: 3 Bays, Red Tsingy and Safari Turtle
- Tourist tax
- Flights and airport taxes
- Free activities
- Lunches not mentioned
- Dinners in Antananarivo
- Drinks, tips and extras
- Multirisk and personal insurances
- « Possibility to » visits and those which are not mentioned in the program