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10 DAYS NORTHERN MADAGASCAR EXPLORATION: DIEGO SUAREZ, ANKARANA, NOSY KOMBA & MORE

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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.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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 center 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 colorful birds that live in the reserve.
  • Closeout 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.

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

*Duration : 1 Night

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 harbor. 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 travelers and traders who have passed through: Arab, Chinese, Indian and Creole cultures have all made their mark on this cosmopolitan city.


*Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

*Duration: 2 Night


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 mongooses and fossa. Magnificent birdlife includes crested ibis, paradise flycatchers, 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

*Duration: 2 Night

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 tourelle’s 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 Mozambique Chanel. It is known for its population of black lemurs, a 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. Snorkeling, scuba diving, and boating excursions offer encounters with turtles, dolphins, and humpback whales (July-November). Check-in to Tsara Komba for lunch. Afternoon at leisure. Dinner at the Lodge.


*Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

*Duration: 3 Night

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 the Nosy Be archipelago, Tsara Komba is a real eco-paradise. ''Art de Vivre'' Slow Life, smart and ethnic atmosphere, renowned Slow Food gastronomy, exceptional getaways to discover fabulous Malagasy landscapes and people, Tsara Komba offers a unique and tailor-made experience.


*Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

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

*Duration: 1 Night

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.


*Meal Plan : Breakfast

  • Airport assistance
  • Private arrival and departure airport transfers in Antananarivo
  • Private arrival and departure airstrip transfers at Diego Suarez
  • Shared boat transfer Ankify-Tsara Komba - Nosy Be
  • 2 nights in first-class accommodation in Antananarivo
  • 2 nights in first-class accommodation in Joffreville
  • 2 nights in first-class accommodation in Ankarana
  • 3 nights in first-class accommodation in Nosy Komba
  • Transport in 4x4 vehicles
  • Services of an English-speaking guide
  • Private-guided visit to Montagne d'Ambre National Park
  • Private-guided visit to Grand Tsingy Ankarana National Park
  • All park fees, community & environmental levies
  • Scheduled aircraft flights: Antananarivo – Diego Suarez / Nosy Be – Antananarivo, including air taxes
  • 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 9 dinners
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare & airfare taxes
  • Meals and beverages not explicitly listed as included
  • Gratuities
  • Optional excursions
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Visa fees, if applicable

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Airport transfers are not included in the price of this tour, however, you can book an arrival transfer in advance. In this case, a tour operator representative will be at the airport to greet you. To arrange this please contact our customer service team once you have a confirmed booking.

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