Day 1: Arrival in Madagascar
On arrival, you’ll be met at the airport and transferred to the Maison Gallieni.
On your way to your overnight Hotel, you will see rice paddies, different houses and the daily life in this city of about 2 million inhabitants. Antananarivo is full of life and colour! Once you get to your hotel, the rest of the day will be free.
Dinner and Overnight at Maison Gallieni
Day 2: Antananarivo to Diego Suarez
Encounter the beautiful three bays of Diego
Today you’ll fly from Antananarivo to Diego Suarez, at the northern tip of Madagascar where you will be able to explore the beautiful three bays of Diego.
A dozen kilometres away from Diego, you will drive on a sandy track for five kilometres to reach the three bays. Sakalava Bay, the Bay of Pigeons and the Dune Bay will blow your mind. Their long white-sand beaches are wild and almost empty. The calm sea varies in colour from green to turquoise. You will have a picnic lunch on site before ending your loop in Ramena fishing village. On your way back to Diego Suarez, you will enjoy the colours of the sunset on the Sugarloaf Mountain. Diego’s bay is listed among the ten most beautiful bays in the world.
Dinner and overnight at the Allamanda Hotel.
Day 3: Diego Suarez To Joffreville
Bid farewell to Diego Suarez with a short drive to the south, passing through Joffreville (historical town with former colonial architecture) to visit Amber Mountain National Park.
The Amber Mountain National Park is a hotspot of endemic wildlife with 77 species of birds, seven species of lemurs and 24 species of amphibians. During your visit, spot more than 1,000 plant species. It is also here, if you are lucky, you’ll capture the cutest and smallest chameleon in the world. Enjoy a picnic lunch on site.
Dinner and overnight at the Litchi Tree.
Day 4: Ankarana via Red Tsingy Special Reserve
Drive four hours to Ankarana special reserve, located about 100 kilometres from Diego Suarez. On your way, you will visit the famous Red Tsingy (“Tsingy” means sharp, the word remains singular in Malagasy).
These sandstone pinnacles are built from red laterite by wind and rain erosion. It looks like a spectacular Mars-like landscape! After the visit, you will drive on the national road six to reach Ankarana. The Ankarana National park is the home of the other Tsingy: the grey ones. These are limestone pinnacles and are smaller than the ones in Western Madagascar, but no less impressive!
Dinner and overnight at the Iharana Bush Camp.
Day 5: Ankarana National Park
Full day to explore Ankarana National Park, walk through the limestone pinnacles populated by dry deciduous trees such as baobabs and the elephant foot plant. Visit caves, spot crowned lemurs, ring-tailed mongoose and the northern sportive lemurs.
Dinner and overnight in the Iharana Bush Camp.
Day 6: Nosy Be via Ankify
Transfer to Ankify, a small village where you board a boat to Nosy Be. On your way, you will pass coffee, cocoa, ylang-ylang, sugar cane and cloves plantations.
From Ankify, you will travel 45 minutes on a boat to reach Hell-Ville, the main city of Nosy Be Island. This paradise tropical island also has inland activities such as Mount Passot viewpoint. There is a 360° view from the highest peak on this former volcanic Island.
Dinner and overnight at the Manga Soa Lodge.
Day 7: At leisure
Nosy be has white sandy beaches but they are not the best place if you want to swim, dive or snorkel. You’ll take a boat to discover the islands around Nosy Be archipelago.
You can schedule a boat trip to Nosy Komba (the island of lemurs), Nosy Tanikely (the protected marine reserve), or Nosy Sakatia (the Orchid island). Highlights in Nosy Be include: Nosy Iranja, two small islands linked by a narrow stretch of sandbank at low tide!
Dinner and overnight Manga Soa Lodge..
Day 8: Nosy Be to Antananarivo
Time to leave the paradise island! You’ll be transferred to Nosy Be airport and for your flight back to ‘Tana’, which is what the locals call Antananarivo. Whilst in the capital city, a vehicle and guide will remain at your disposal the whole day so you can enjoy a city tour.
Dinner and Overnight at Maison Gallieni
Day 9: Fly Home
Depending on your flight schedule, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home. If time allows, you can do some last minute shopping for Malagasy handicrafts.
End of tour