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Antananarivo, Amber Mountain, Ankarana Reserve, Nosy Be
Best for: Highlights, Spectacular scenery, Beach
Take in the highlights of Northern Madagascar on this trip taking in the impressive landscapes of Amber Mountain and Ankarana. Wonderful wildlife viewing is on offer before the chance to relax by the turquoise ocean at Nosy Komba.
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Explore the north of Madagascar with this trip that takes in the highlights including Amber Mountain National Park, home to a volcanic massif covered in rainforest which is home to lemurs and impressive bird life as well as offering wonderful hiking. You will continue to Ankarana which is best known for its tsingy - a unique landscape of limestone pinnacles and yet more lemurs. Next you will head to Ambilobe where you will explore Iharana tsingy and the impressive caves home to blind fish and the famous Malagasy fruit bats. Finally you have the chance to relax on the beautiful beach of Nosy Komba, which lies just off the mainland and in season offers excellent sightings of whale sharks and humpback whales!
Day 1 : Fly into Antananarivo
Days 1 - 3 : Antananarivo, Central Madagascar
Stay at Le Pavillon de l’Emyrne for 2 nights
Upon arrival into Antananarivo you will be met and driven to Pavillon de L'Emyrne where you will stay for two nights with breakfast included. Spend the rest of your first today relaxing after your flight or alternatively explore this vibrant city - you are perfectly positioned here to visit the royal palace.
The following day you will have the morning at leisure before being transferred to the old city of Tana where you will enjoy a walking exploration followed by an exclusive cacao experience.
Days 3 - 5 : Joffreville, Madagascar
Stay at The Litchi Tree for 2 nights
This morning you will be collected by your guide and transferred to the airport in time for your flight to Diego Suarez. Upon arrival you will be met by your driver/guide and private vehicle who will take you to explore Amber Mountain National Park – which extends from 850 to 1,475 metres high and combines a volcanic massif with rainforest to create a unique environment. You will stay just outside the park at Joffreville at The Litchi Tree for two nights with breakfast, dinner, park fees and guided excursions included. Amber Mountain supports a wide variety of flora and fauna with Sanford's brown and crowned lemurs. The park also has some spectacular waterfalls in the form of Cascade d'Antomboka and Cascade Sacrée as well as crater lakes.
Day 5 - 6 : Ankarana Reserve, Madagascar
Stay at Ankarana Lodge for 1 night
Today you will continue to Ankarana Reserve which is famed for its tsingy - a landscape of limestone pinnacles which is rather unique to Madagascar. You will stay one night at Ankarana Lodge with breakfast, dinner, park fees and guided excursions included. Whilst here you can explore the unique environment of Ankarana with its tsingy, canyons and lemurs including Sanford's brown lemur and sportive lemur.
Days 6 - 8 : Ankarana Reserve, Madagascar
Stay at Iharana Bush Camp for 2 nights
The following morning you will spend a morning exploring the most iconic areas of Ankarana National Park before transferring on to Iharana Bush Camp where you will spend two nights with breakfast, lunch and dinner included. On the following morning, take a morning walk to the Iharana tsingy and caves nearby the lodge and in the late afternoon, enjoy a unique sundowner at one of the scenic view points around the property.
Days 8 - 12 : Nosy Komba, Madagascar
Today you will be driven south to Ankify Port and transferred by boat to Jardin Vanille on the small island of Nosy Komba off the popular Nosy Be, here you will enjoy beautiful white sandy beaches and crystal blue waters.
You will stay at Jardin Vanille for four nights with breakfast and dinner included. Whilst here you can enjoy diving and fishing and between mid-August and late October migrating humpback whales offer impressive sightings.
Day 12 : Fly Home
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Things to do
Ambohimanga is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located 21kms from the capital. Still revered by many Malagasy, this sacred hill and traditional fort settlement and palace gives a fantastic insight in to Malagasy culture and history.
Tsingy in Ankarana
Ankarana's landscape never fails to impress with spectacular limestone pinnacles rising up from the plateau and a series of canyon and caves. Keep your camera handy to capture some of the most impressive scenery in Madagascar.
Guided walks in Amber Mountain National Park
Your guide will take you for a guided walk in Amber Mountain National Park. This is one of the country's most bio-diverse regions and is reputedly the best place in the country for spotting chameleons. Keep your eyes peeled for lemurs & mongoose too.
From $2893 per person
International economy class flights and airport taxes from the UK
Private vehicle and local guide
Ask our specialists for prices excluding flights from the UK. This price is as a guide only. The actual price is influenced by fluctuations in exchange rate, time of year, travel class of flights and the use of private versus shared excursions. Single supplements are likely to apply.