10 days - 9 Nights
Arrival at the airport. Meet and transfer, check-in and stay at the Hotel. The rest of the day is at your disposal to explore the city. (D)
Transfer to the airport of Ivato to take the domestic flight to Antsiranana. Upon arrival to the north, meet with your local guide and transfer to you hotel. Check-in, in the afternoon city tour of Diego passing by the colorful market, the harbor, having a sight of the bay of Diego. (B, D)
Full day excursion at the 3 bays: Dunes Bay, Pigeon Bay and the Bay of Sakalava, which is good known for kite-surfing opportunity.
At about 20 km drive from Diego Suarez, we make a hike to pass by 5 km sandy path and a breathtaking view; turquoise seas of the Three Bays and huge natural beaches will wait for you. Picnic lunch on the Baie des Dunes.
Drive back to Diego and overnight at the same Hotel. (B, L, D)
After breakfast drive to the green Amber Mountain located at 35 Km from Diego. A green forest, a paradise for birdwatchers, but also home of Sanford's Brown Lemur (Eulemur fulvus sanfordi), crowned lemur (Eulemur coronatus). The massif has 5 crater lakes, some waterfalls and streams, viewpoints, and especially it provides water to the whole region. Full day visit with picnic lunch. Overnight at Nature Lodge in Joffreville. (B, L, D)
From Joffreville to Ankarana and Red Tsingy visit: On your way to Ankarana, you will discover, southeast of Diego, the Red Tsingy: it is an oxidation of the poor soil, due to the erosion. You follow the National road N°6 to reach the Ankarana national Park. The Tsingy is located right at the feet of eroded canyons, within the single sedimentary basin of Madagascar and heterogeneous vegetation; they are made of marl and limestone. You will arrive in Ankarana towards the middle of the afternoon. Stay at Ankarana Lodge. (B, D)
After breakfast, departure to the Tsingy of Ankarana, a version of these amazing coral formations found only in Madagascar, certainly less impressive than the Tsingy of Bemaraha, but easier access. Tsingy's genuine stone sculptures, are interspersed with unexpected canyons, covered forest and contain a network of caves and underground rivers. Some Crowned lemurs and Sanford's Brown Lemurs could be seen. Late afternoon arrival at your hotel. (B, D)
After breakfast you head to Nosy Be, the relaxing destination of this trip. You pass through cocoa, vanilla, pepper, and ylang ylang plantation to reach the harbor of Ankify. A boat is waiting for you to cross the see in 45mn to reach Nosy Be. (B, D)
Nosy Komba & Nosy Tanikely
One day is devoted to an excursion to the islands of Nosy Komba and Tanikely. We will visit the Nosy Komba reserve to have some close up experience with the Black Lemur (Eulemur macaco macaco). During that visit, several species of endemic reptiles including the colorful chameleons and turtles will be seen. For the more adventurous ones, you may have a chance to meet the Madagascar Tree Boa (Senzinia madagascariensis), a species of the Boidae family that is endemic to the island of Madagascar. The small walk will also take you through a small village and a great handicrafts market.
We will continue to Nosy Tanikely, another small island which is part of the Nosy Be archipelago. This inhabited island is part of a marine reserve and offers one of the most impressive snorkeling experiences. Surrounded by some coral reefs, the undersea biodiversity is very wealthy and you may even have the chance to spot some sea turtles, while you will be snorkeling. A seafood lunch cooked onsite will be served during this full day excursion.
The other day is then for a very relaxing day to discover the island of Nosy Be.
Nosy Be Island Tour
You will do a tour of the Market of the colonial town of Hell-Ville to see various spice and vegetables merchants, the fishermen selling what they caught in the waters surrounding the islands. Your car or bus will wait for you to begin a tour of the island. You will be led through different Ylang Ylang plantations, sugar cane fields. You will also follow the track to the Mont Passot, the highest peak of Nosy Be for an incredible view, drive around the surrounding volcanic lakes and the rum distillery while passing by small villages; you will really enjoy pleasant and unforgettable meet with the villagers of the island. The sunset on the Mont Passot is an experience!
Day for your departure to Tana
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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