Day 1: Arrival and visit of Antsiranana
The guide will pick you up from the airport or from your hotel; you will spend the day discovering the city of Diego Suarez – Antsiranana; the colonial name stems from two Portuguese admirals, who arrived there in 1506; Diego has its share of aesthetically pleasing but faded and dilapidated old colonial buildings, shops and vibrant markets.
Just outside of Antsiranana (8km) we will see the Montagne des Francais, a popular mountain with rock-climbers; and visit three bays: Bay des Sakalava, Bay des Pigeons, Bay des Dûnes, while the guide will tell you all about the history Antsirananas’ “Pirate”; the white sand beach is lovely for swimming and snorkeling; you will also see the beautiful “Pain du Sucre” (sugarloaf), a sacred 122 meters high, uninhabited, island that is situated in the bay of Antsiranana.
Day 2: Drive and visit Amber Mountain
After breakfast you will leave Diego and start driving south; the dry savanna quickly gives way to evergreen forest; after one hour we will arrive at Amber Mountain National Park and start our visit; it is an isolated rainforest and as such, the rate of endemic in its flora and fauna is high; distinctive features of the massif include four crater lakes and three much-photographed waterfalls; there are several trails fanning out from the picnic spot to choose from; you can also opt for an extra evening walk to see the nocturnal species.
Hotel: Nature Lodge
Day 3+4: Drive and visit Tsingy d’Ankarana
Today we will visit the famous Tsingy (limestone pinnacle) plateaus; they are probably the most unusual feature among Madagascar’s many extraordinary natural phenomena; it will take a 3 hour drive to get there; besides the spectacular Tsingy there are caves and subterranean rivers with underground-dwelling Nile crocodiles, blind cave fish, eels and shrimps; the caves are frequented by an abundance of bats; by day, crowned lemurs and northern ring-tailed mongooses are easily seen; after dusk, common tenrecs, striped civets, Fosa, noisy Ankarana sportive lemurs, mouse lemur and at least 13 species of bat become active; as is the case with many of Madagascar’s protected areas, the reptile and bird list is too long to prescribe.
Hotel: Relais de l`Ankarana
Day 5: Drive to Ankify and boat to Nosy Be
After two days of visiting impressive national parks, you might be a little tired of all the hiking; today we take our time to drive to Ankify; on our way you will enjoy the scenery and visit plantations; you will have the opportunity to see and smell where all those lovely food flavours come from, cacao, vanilla, peppers, and cloves; the drive will be around 4 hours and the rest of the time can be spent in the laid back town of Ankify; this is also the place where the boat leaves to bring you to Nosy Be for onward travelling.
Hotel not included in the price (we can book your preference from economic to luxury).
Price (based on 2 pax) : please contact us
- Accommodation in hotels based on a double room, in bed & breakfast (4 nights)
- A 4WD with a driver including fuel
- English speaking tour guide
- Entrance fees to mentioned parks including a local guide
- Boat transfer to the port of Hell-Ville (Nosy Be)
- Tax (vat 20%) and tourist hotel taxes
- Lunch, diner and drink
- Car transfer from the port to your hotel in Nosy Be
- Personal expenses and tips
- International and domestic flights
HOTELS IN NOSY BE :
- Belle Plage
- Belvedere www.hotel-nord-madagascar.com
- Heure Bleue
- Grand Bleu
- Nosy Be Hotel www.nosybehotel.com
- Amporaha Resort www.amporaharesort.com
- Nosy Lodge
- Andilana Beach www.nosybe.com
- Tsara Komba lodge www.tsarakomba.com
- Anjiamarango beach resort www.anjiamarango-beach-resort.com
- Iranja Lodge