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Northern Madagascar Exploration

Duration
10 Days
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US$ 3,906

Head southeast to Madagascar to explore rainforests and experience one of Africa’s great frontiers. Travelling across the island, you’ll experience the crowded culture of the capital Tana, explore fascinating cave formations in Ankarana, and search for black lemurs in the jungles of Nosy Komba.


This 10-day vacation takes you to remote Madagascar, exploring this tropical island off the east coast of Africa.

Your Madagascar vacation begins in the capital of Antananarivo, commonly known as Tana. Tana is smoggy, traffic-clogged, and hectic, and might be a daunting welcome to the island of Madagascar. But don’t let the culture clash scare you off; Tana is a culturally-rich city with the best Malagasy food you’ll find anywhere in the world. As well, Haute-Ville, with its colonial buildings, narrow streets, and high elevation, is well-worth exploring.

From Tana, head to Diego Suarez on the far north of the island. Diego Suarez thrived as a port city for most of its history, exporting tinned fish and bottled drinks. Now, it acts as a port for cruise ships during the summer, but don’t expect a beach city. In fact, there are no beaches to speak of in Diego Suarez. Instead, this isolated centre is a great place to adjust to the slow rhythms of the island and jump off to other island locations.

From Diego Suarez, head down to Montage d’Ambre National Park, a volcanic park created in 1958 that has since become an ecotourism hub. Take advantage of the park’s incredible climate and thousands of hectares of rainforest to search for incredible birds like the ibis and paradise flycatcher. Perhaps most appealing is that Montage d’Ambre is home to lemurs, the small, bright-eyed primates that are endemic to the island. After Montage d’Ambre National Park, you’ll head to the volcanic landscapes of Ankarana Reserve, where you can explore turret-shaped rock formations, collapsed caves, and canyons caused by years of geological activity. Ankarana is also a birdwatcher’s paradise, so pack some binoculars to make sure you can spot all the colourful birds that live in the reserve.

Close out your Madagascar vacation with a stay at an eco-lodge on Nosy Komba Island, a small island between Nosy Be and the Mozambique Chanel. Home to white-sand beaches, small craft markets, and virtually no modern infrastructure, Nosy Komba is an opportunity to engage with nature and enjoy the island’s tropical climate. Snorkel off the beaches or traverse the mainland in search of black lemurs. At night, retire to your solar-powered eco-lodge, enjoying a well-deserved rest after a full day of adventure.


 

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Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,906

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Day 1

Arrive in Tana

You will be greeted on arrival at Ivato airport by an English speaking guide who will accompany you to your hotel in town. 'Tana' - as the locals call Antananarivo has fascinating traditional architecture and a more Indonesian influence than the rest of Madagascar.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Pavillion de l'Emyrne

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    Pavillion de l'Emyrne



    Boasting a beautiful view of the royal hill and plains, the hotel is located in the heart of the old city. The Pavilion Emyrne fully reflects the soul of its owner, who has put all his heart and energy in the restoration and management of ...

    Boasting a beautiful view of the royal hill and plains, the hotel is located in the heart of the old city. The Pavilion Emyrne fully reflects the soul of its owner, who has put all his heart and energy in the restoration and management of this property. This traditional building dates back to the 1930's. Make your stay memorable - Enjoy a haven of peace in the city center.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Library
    • Massage Treatments
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Sauna

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Day 2

Tana - Diego Suarez - Montagne d'Ambre with Air Madagascar

After breakfast, meet with your English speaking guide, then transfer to the airport for an Air Madagascar flight to Diego Suarez.

Upon arrival in Diego Suarez, you will be met by our local staff and transferred to Joffreville. Diego Suarez is well known for its spectacular setting, overlooking a deep harbour. For centuries, it has been considered of great strategic importance. Today, Diego Suarez is an excellent gateway to the varied natural attractions of northern Madagascar. The city has long been relatively isolated from the rest of Madagascar, yet influenced by the many travellers and traders who have passed through: Arab, Chinese, Indian and Creole culture have all made their mark on this cosmopolitan city.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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The Litchi Tree

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    The Litchi Tree



    The Litchi Tree, guesthouse of charm, is located on the heights of Joffreville at the foot of the Amber mountain national park. Come and enjoy a fine moment of calm and serenity in this old colonial house from 1902 that was once the residence of ...

    The Litchi Tree, guesthouse of charm, is located on the heights of Joffreville at the foot of the Amber mountain national park. Come and enjoy a fine moment of calm and serenity in this old colonial house from 1902 that was once the residence of Marshal Joffre and the French admiralty. Let yourself be surprised by the gentle melody of nature and contemplate the view over the Diego Suarez bay and Mozambique Channel.

    Everything, including the furniture, has been tailor and hand-made by local craftsmen or talented members of the crew. The Madagascar noble woods we used all come from the area of Mahajanga, raised in respect of very strict regulating rules. Completing our sustainable development approach, water is warmed by solar energy and comes from the Amber Mountain waterfall.

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    • Bar
    • Air Conditioning
    • Free Parking
    • Room Service

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Day 3

Montagne d'Ambre

Meet with the local English speaking guide, then drive to Montagne d'Ambre national park for a full day visit.

Established by the French in 1958, this volcanic massif and its surrounding forests are now one of the country's best examples of ecotourism, which invites local community participation in planning and management. Thousands of acres of montane rainforest are home to extraordinary plant and animal life. Huge ferns and strangler figs flourish in the forest, while several indigenous species of lemurs, including Sanford's lemur and the crowned lemur, are also found here. You may even see ring-tailed mongoose and fossa. Magnificent birdlife includes crested ibis, paradise flycatcher, forest rock thrush and ground-rollers. You may wish to make one of the waterfalls the destination of your trip - as you make your way to one of the dramatic falls, you can learn more about the area's inhabitants.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Montagne d'Ambre - Ankarana

Meet with your English speaking local guide, then head to Ankarana Lodge by road (4hrs). The drive is on a fairly poor road but the lush, volcanic landscapes are gorgeous. This is the breadbasket of the Diana region. As you approach Ankarana you will get a spectacular view of the Tsingy.

Check into the Lodge for lunch.

Evening at leisure.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Ankarana Lodge

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    Ankarana Lodge



    The Ankarana Lodge is located less than one mile from the entrance of the Ankarana National Park. The property has been integrated into a natural environment, offering an idyllic setting for each guest. This eco-lodge is surrounded by a large private park covered by tsingy, ...

    The Ankarana Lodge is located less than one mile from the entrance of the Ankarana National Park. The property has been integrated into a natural environment, offering an idyllic setting for each guest. This eco-lodge is surrounded by a large private park covered by tsingy, or strange rock formations, as well as a primary dry forest. The lodge receives frequent visits from the local wildlife including lemurs, birds, chameleons, geckos, frogs, and more. Ankarana Lodge is a great starting point to visit the national nature reserve surrounding the Lodge. It is located in beautiful nature and allows you to live in an exceptional atmosphere surrounded by limestone formation and a dry savanne. For lovers of animals different species of lemurs and birds come to the Lodge to enchant you. You have also the chance to find camelons, frogs, lezars and snakes that live close to our lodge.

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    • Bar
    • Air Conditioning
    • Free Parking
    • Lounge
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 5

Grand Tsingy Ankarana

After breakfast, set out with our local English speaking guide for a full day visit to the Park.

Ankarana is an island of Tsingy and forest, the massif is penetrated by numerous caves and canyons. Some of the largest caves have collapsed, forming isolated pockets of river-fed forest with their own perfectly protected flora and fauna. The reserve is known for its many lemur species, including crowned and Sanford's brown lemurs. It is also a birdwatcher's paradise with nearly 100 species. If you are lucky you may even spot fossa and tenrec.

Your guide will recommend the best trails to follow depending on your physical aptitude and interests. Points of interest include:
-Baobab forest
-Ampondrabe river
-the abyss where the three rivers of Ankarana disappear
-Bat's cave
-Les tourelles des Tsingy, turret shaped rock formations
-Lac Vert, a stunning crater lake

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Ankarana - Ankify - Nosy Komba by road and boat

After an early breakfast, drive to Ankify (4hrs) to take the boat to Nosy Komba (25 minutes). Nosy Komba is a small island nestled between Nosy Be and the mainland in the Mozambique Chanel. It is known for its population of black lemurs, lively local crafts market and stunning beaches. This volcanic island is covered with lush rainforest, home to the Macacoa lemur species and an abundance of chameleons, butterflies, tropical flowers and more. The beaches are white sand that flows into emerald waters. Snorkelling, scuba diving and boating excursions offer encounters with turtles, dolphins and hump-back whales (July-November). Check-in to Tsara Komba for lunch. Afternoon at leisure. Dinner at the Lodge.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration3 Nights
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Tsara Komba Lodge

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    Tsara Komba Lodge



    The Tsara Komba Lodge is a luxury hotel with a rare and authentic charm, in perfect keeping with Nature and with the area's outstanding biodiversity. It combines a stylish and exclusive atmosphere, an excellent "Slow Food" cuisine, tailored services and excursions, in an atmosphere dominated ...

    The Tsara Komba Lodge is a luxury hotel with a rare and authentic charm, in perfect keeping with Nature and with the area's outstanding biodiversity. It combines a stylish and exclusive atmosphere, an excellent "Slow Food" cuisine, tailored services and excursions, in an atmosphere dominated by a commitment to comfortable luxury and ecology. Experience the gentle caress of the wind, the birdsongs and the sound of the waves lapping around this former volcano today covered by an abundant forest, bordered by a sapphire blue sea with excellent golden sandy beaches. The preservation of this sublime environment and the community-minded activities being pursued here to encourage harmonious sustainable development for the benefit of the local population are just two of the ethical aspects of this marvellous Eco-paradise.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Balcony
    • Concierge
    • Lounge
    • Private Beach Area
    • Room Service
    • Safety Deposit Box
    • WIFI in Public Areas

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Day 7

Nosy Komba

Day at leisure at Tsara Komba. A luxurious 4 star eco-lodge on Nosy Komba Island. 2 Ocean View Suites and 6 Ocean View Lodges. Located on Nosy Komba, the most beautiful island of Nosy Be archipelago, Tsara Komba is a real eco paradise.''Art de Vivr'' Slow Life, smart and ethnic atmosphere, a renowned Slow Food gastronomy, exceptional getaways to discover fabulous Malagasy landscapes and people, Tsara Komba offers a unique and tailor made experience.

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Day 8

Nosy Komba

2nd day leisure at Tsara Komba.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 9

Nosy Komba - Nosy Be - Tana by boat and Air Madagascar

This morning, transfer to the airport by boat and vehicle (1hr) for your Air Madagascar flight back to Tana. On arrival in Tana, your driver and guide will accompany you to your hotel in town.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Pavillion de l'Emyrne

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    Pavillion de l'Emyrne



    Boasting a beautiful view of the royal hill and plains, the hotel is located in the heart of the old city. The Pavilion Emyrne fully reflects the soul of its owner, who has put all his heart and energy in the restoration and management of ...

    Boasting a beautiful view of the royal hill and plains, the hotel is located in the heart of the old city. The Pavilion Emyrne fully reflects the soul of its owner, who has put all his heart and energy in the restoration and management of this property. This traditional building dates back to the 1930's. Make your stay memorable - Enjoy a haven of peace in the city center.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Library
    • Massage Treatments
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Sauna

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Day 10

Departure

After breakfast, your driver and guide will accompany you to the airport and assist you in checking in to your outbound international flight.

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DEPARTURES:

Daily.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Airport assistance and transfers throughout
  • 9 nights' accommodation
  • All meals as shown in the itinerary
  • English speaking guide in Tana, Montagne d'Ambre and Ankarana
  • All excursions as stated in the itinerary, park fees and community/environmental levies
  • Internal scheduled flights with Air Madagascar as shown in itinerary

PRICE EXCLUDES:

Travel insurance
International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes unless specifically indicated
Visa fees if applicable
Meals and beverages not mentioned
Gratuities
Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

TB MADAGASANT0118CO: NME
1 Jul 2018
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