8 Days - 7 Nights
Start the trip from Antananarivo after morning breakfast to Ankarafantsika or formerly known as Ampijoroa Forest Station. It lies along the RN4 highway connecting Tana and Mahajanga. The road is in good condition and you will see mangos trees on side of the street. Ankarafantsika Park is one of the largest and last remaining sections of dense dry deciduous forest in Madagascar. The park has a surface of almost 1,350 km2 and it is a den of birds and lemurs. A night walk is usually exciting and rewarding and one may find Milne-Edwards Sportive Lemur, Mongoose Lemur, Western Woolly Lemur, Grey Mouse Lemur, Fat-tailed Dwarf Lemur, and it is the only place where the Golden-brown Mouse Lemur occurs. Accommodation: bungalows at the park or stay at Blue Vanga Hotel. (B, D)
Today, you and your local personal guide from the park will hike and visit this beautiful park as much as possible since it's huge and has different tracks. Ankarafantsika Park is home to eight lemur species. During the day Coquerel's Sifaka are commonly seen. And it is also one of Madagascar's finest bird watching venues with 129 species (75 are endemic) such as the Banded Kestrel, Rufus Vanga, Van Dam's Vanga, Madagascar Fish Eagle, Schlegel's Asity. 10 frogs and 45 reptiles are found here, like Oustalett's, Dwarf, Horned and Rhinoceros Chameleons, several vulnerable snakes, the extremely rare Madagascar Big-headed Turtle and even crocodiles around the lake. The flora is rich as well. More than 800 species grow in Ankarafantsika, with a high rate of endemism. Night walk can be organized through your guide too. Accommodation in bungalows at the park or stay at Blue Vanga Hotel. (B, D)
Start our journey in the morning from the park to Antsohihy. The ride takes about 7 hours on paved road. Antsohihy is the place to break from long journey. Accommodation: Hotel Paradisier or Hotel Anais. (B, D)
After morning breakfast, drive from Antsohihy heading to Ankarana National Park. You might have about 6 hours since there is some bad road between Ambilobe to Ankarana National Park. The road crosses never-ending plantations of sugarcane, ylang ylang, cocoa, coffee, pepper, cloves, cinnamon and vanilla. While you arrive in Ankarana National Park, you just take the room and relax to wait for the visits tomorrow. Accommodation: hotel Relais d'Ankarana or Hotel Ankarana Lodge. (B, D)
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, fosa, tenrecs. This park is home to 100 bird species, 50 reptiles (including some endemic and threatened snakes and geckos) and 10 frog species. Inside the spectacular and huge labyrinth of caves: 14 bat species, then back to the hotel and have lunch before heading to Joffreville. We will take a look at the Red Tsingy on route. Overnight at hotel Nature lodge. (B, 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 the visits, return to the jeep and will drive to Antsiranana and stay in the city to allow you taking a walk by your own. Overnight at hotel Allamanda. (B, D)
After the morning breakfast, the hotel car will take you to the place, where you will take motor boat to Emerald Sea Island which is such nice beach and provides an ideal environment for an amazing underwater fauna. We provide sea food for lunch during your excursion at Emerald Sea. Then back to the main land at the hotel in the afternoon. Overnight at hotel Allamanda. (B, D)
Our hotel in Antsiranana will take you to the airport then you will fly from Antsiranana to Antananarivo. Extension to Nosy Be: if you want to relax on the beach in Nosy Be and want us to drop you to Ankify, where you will take motor boat to Nosy Be? Our staff will be at your disposal to do it. (B)
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.
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