Fly from Antananarivo to Diego Suarez and meet our guide and driver at the airport in Diego Suarez, then we will make city tour around Diego Suarez including colonial buildings then take you to the hotel. Overnight at Grand hotel. (B, D)
Your driver and guide will pick you up from the hotel and take you with your bags to the place where you will start the boat excursion to Emerald Sea to see gorgeous turquoise waters. This beach is perfect for swimming and snorkeling with its shallow water. We provide to you tasty sea food during the excursion. After your diving, back to the vehicle and heading to Ambre Mountain National Park. This trip takes about 1 hour which is located around 30 km South of Diego Suarez. Overnight stay at hotel Nature Lodge in Joffreville. (B, L, D)
Today, you'll have half day for exploring the Amber Mountain National Park. This is one of the most popular hiking parks. Splendid scenery, including lush mountain rainforest, crater lakes and the best view of waterfalls. Amber Mountain is an isolated patch of mountain forest that rises from the surrounding dry region. You will see some lemurs (Crowned and Sanford's); birds (look for Madagascar Crested Ibis and White-throated Oxylabes) and various reptiles. After lunch time, head to Ankarana National Park. Visit Red Tsingy on the way. Ankarana is one of Madagascar's most rewarding hiking destinations. The trails lead to awesome viewpoints on ridges above hundreds of limestone needles. Overnight at hotel Relais d'Ankarana or at hotel Ankarana Lodge. (B, L, D)
The Ankarana National Park is the second place in Madagascar where you can see the famous Tsingy. Here, you walk through the forest, where many endemic specimens live and appreciate the scenery offered by these impressive limestone formations. Today, you and your personal guide will start your bit trail to discover different species of lemurs and other wildlife including Perrier's Black Lemur, Northern Sportive Lemur and Dwarf Lemurs, Ring-tailed Mongoose, fossa, tenrecs. This park is home to 100 bird species, 50 reptiles (including some endemic and threatened snakes and geckos), and 10 frogs species. Inside the spectacular and huge labyrinth of caves: 14 bat species. After lunch, drive to Ankify, where you will take your boat transfer to Nosy Be the next day. Overnight at Ankify Lodge. (B, L, D)
After your breakfast, we transfer you to the place where you will take motor boat to across to Nosy Be Island. The boat ride takes about 40 minutes.
Nowadays, Madagascar is home to more than 300 species of amphibians and 400 species of reptiles in which over 90% are endemic. This rate increases continually due to discover of new species in different places that have not been explored before.
Madagascar is the fourth biggest island of the world from its size and the origin of this unclassifiable land is in itself a travel. From Africa, from which it separated 165 million years ago, it kept the red earth. From Asia, where a large part of the population came from, it inherited the rice fields. However, Madagascar is neither truly Asian nor totally African; its original culture makes it the only "Afro-Asian" land on the planet. Eighteen populations share this territory of tropical forests, spiny deserts, and beaches with white sand, lateritic soil, lagoons and rock formations. This ethnic mosaic has forged over the centuries a system of authentically Malagasy values. Rites associated with the cult of ancestors such as famadihana, or the presence in the same country of African agrarian tools, and words of Asian origin, are found only in Madagascar.
Welcome to the country of endemism! Madagascar is home to a unique flora and fauna found nowhere else: 85% of the 12,000 island plant varieties live on its soil. The Malagasy territory has distinct natural environments that correspond to as many types of vegetation. The east coast, resolutely tropical, is characterized by vast rain forests and a wide range of palms, bamboos, ferns and orchids. The drier west is the country of baobabs. Seven of the eight different species of baobabs in the world are found in Madagascar. One specie (Adansonia digitata) exists in Africa, another species (Adansonia gregorii or gibbosa) is found in Australia and the other 6 endemic species (Adansonia grandidieri, Adansonia madagascariensis, Adansonia perrieri, Adansonia rubrostipa, Adansonia suarezensis, Adansonia za) in Madagascar with one who is present in Africa (Adansonia digitata).
Madagascar was separated from the rest of the African continent 160 million years ago. This results in the country's unparalleled biodiversity and endemism. Ninety-six percent of the fauna and flora is endemic in Madagascar and is found nowhere else. Covering an area of 587,000 km2, the country is the 4th largest island in the world (after Greenland, New Guinea and Borneo), so its environmental diversity rivals that of an entire continent (rainforests in the east, deciduous forests in the north and west, dense xerophytes' forests in the south, and forests of the high mountains inside the island). Madagascar is home to one of the most unusual collections of mammals in the world and has a remarkable diversity in terms of habitat and associated flora.
South-East exploration by train (12 days/11 nights)
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