Classic Northern Madagascar

Overview

This tour explores the diverse landscapes and fascinating wildlife of Madagascar. Discover the breathtaking waterfalls and lakes of Montagne d’Ambre National Park, the underground limestone caves of Ankarana Reserve and the exquisite beaches of Nosy Be.

Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVE ANTANANARIVO
On arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar. The city boasts bustling market places, incredible royal palaces and churches. Overnight at RELAIS DE PLATEAUX or similar.

DAYS 2 – 3: ANTANANARIVO – DIEGO SUAREZ – MONTAGNE D’AMBRE
This morning you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Diego Suarez. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to Montagne d’Ambre National Park where you will check in to NATURE LODGE or LITCHI TREE or similar. Spend the following day exploring the park and its unique ecosystem, flora and fauna. You will have the chance to see seven species of lemur, mongoose and a variety of reptiles. (B, L)

DAY 4: MONTAGNE D’AMBRE – ANKARANA RESERVE
Today you will be transferred to Ankarana, a nature reserve that features beautiful scenery, caves, underground rivers and a diverse range of wildlife. See the limestone ‘tsingy’ formations and explore the cave system, which is home to bat-filled grottoes. Two nights at ANKARANA LODGE. (B, D)

DAY 5: ANKARANA
Spend a full day in the Ankarana Reserve, exploring the rich vegetation, flora and fauna. (B, D)

DAY 6: ANKIFY – NOSY BE
After breakfast you will be driven to Ankify, a small beachside village. From here you will be transferred by boat to Nosy Be. Upon arrival, check in to RAVINTSARA WELLNESS HOTEL for your two-night stay. Known as the “island of perfumes”, Nosy Be is covered in palm trees and bougainvillea. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and sparkling blue waters of its beaches. (B)

DAY 7: NOSY BE
Enjoy a day at leisure. You can visit the Lokobe Reserve, where you will have the chance to see endemic wildlife such as lemurs, birds and chameleons. Alternatively, explore the surrounding islands on a day cruise. Offering both snorkelling and diving opportunities, the area is home to fantastic corals, clown fish, manta rays and starfish. (B)

DAY 8: NOSY BE – DEPART ANTANANARIVO
Today you will be transferred to the airport for you flight to Antananarivo. From here, you will board your onward flight. This marks the end of the tour. (B)

Includes

• 7 nights accommodation on a
twin share basis
• Meals as indicated (B, L, D)
• All transfers as per itinerary
• Flights: Antananarivo – Diego Suarez, Nosy Be – Antananarivo
• Motorboat transfer from Ankify to Nosy Be (return)
• English-speaking guide from Diego Suarez airport to Ankify
(Days 2-6)
• Specialist local guides in national parks as per programme
• Activities and excursions as
mentioned
• Park and reserve entrance fees
NOTE:
Based on a minimum of 2 passengers travelling together.

Subject to change without notice.

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Ravintsara Wellness Hotel

This luxury beachfront hotel has it all; spacious modern rooms with a touch of Madagascan influence, indulgent meals served in the open-air restaurant and a sweeping turquoise pool that almost extends over the horizon. An intimate locale with just 38 rooms, the hotel offers a series of activities including windsurfing, snorkelling, and diving, as well as a childcare service (for during) and wellness centre (for after).

Ankarana Lodge

The ideal place to discover the incredible wildlife of Madagascar from, Ankarana Lodge operates as a wonderful base as it is just 300m away from the national park. Surrounded by Madagascan flora and fauna, the lodge offers 8 bungalows, 3 rooms and a family apartment. The lodge can arrange a guide to the reserve, however it also owns its own private park, “Gondwana”, where you can see crabs, chameleons, and two previously undiscovered plants. Relax at the end of the day by the pool, at the bar or in the restaurant.

Hotel Relais De L’Ankarana

Situated 100km outside of Diego-Suarez and just outside the eastern entrance of Ankarana Nature Reserve, the family-run Relais De L’Ankarana makes for a charming stay. Lounge in quaint rooms with four poster beds and views of the garden, before venturing out to discover the beauty of the reserve. Take in spectacular vistas of canyons, tropical forests, caves, and underground rivers. This reserve is also home to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Tsingy.

Litchi Tree

This boutique hotel is housed in a former 1902 colonial house- take a step back in time as you indulge in not only comfort but luxury. This 6-room property is situated on a sprawling 5-hectare property lush with litchi and mango trees, perfect to get lost amongst as you seek out chameleons and leaf tailed geckos. Nearby attractions are multiple and breathtaking, visit the Amber Mountain National Park, the Red Tsingy and the Emerald Sea– amongst many others.

Nature Lodge

Comprised of 12 wooden bungalows positioned at the gates of the Parc de la Montagne d’Ambre, this accommodation is just as charming as it is comfortable. An intimate setup, bungalows fan out from the main area, constructed from local materials and housing a restaurant and terrace that boasts views of Diego Bay, the Mozambique Channel and the Indian Ocean. Here is the perfect place to enjoy a refreshment of a meal prepared with ingredients from the garden.

Relais des Plateaux

Relais des Plateaux is situated within 5 km from Ivato International Airport, 10 km from Parc de Tsarasaotra and 13 km from Piratenmuseum. Each room offers a view of the garden and has a balcony or terrace. Upgraded rooms add living areas and 4-poster beds. At Relais des Plateaux, the buffet-style restaurant features exposed beams, a lounge area and bar. In your free time, relax on a sun lounger by the pool. Other amenities include a spa, free airport shuttle as well as free parking.

Lahia Tented Lodge

Discover Lahia Tented Lodge, where luxury meets wilderness. Immerse yourself in the rugged beauty of the Central Serengeti, all from the comfort of spacious, canvas tents with modern comforts. Accommodating 25 tents, Lahia Tented Lodge is situated 90km from the Serengeti National Park and is the ideal place from which to experience the thrill of safari.

Lion's Paw Camp

Positioned right at the very edge of Ngorongoro Crater, Lion’s Paw Camp offers a unique view across the caldera.  Guests indulge in tranquil luxury, and are spoilt every sunrise and sunset with views across the vast savannah. Enjoy thrilling game drives to explore the diverse landscape, immerse yourself in the local Maasai culture, and make unforgettable memories at this intimate camp.