Madagascar Reef and Rainforests
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Wildlife and beach walks exploring northern limits of Madagascar
The northern coast and islands of Madagascar evoke a classical tropical island paradise with white coral beaches, clear blue waters and scent of exotic spices on the breeze. The rainforests are teeming with endemic wildlife and the coral reefs offshore are equally full of life and colour. The north coast and islands of Madagascar are perfect for an active yet relaxing experience. With walks traversing the beaches, headlands and historic fortifications of the craggy coast and then the Lemurs Lakes and waterfalls of the forested hinterland, a deeper connection can be found with the unique Madagascan landscape. A boat journey takes us to 'the Scented Island' of Nosy Be, where we enjoy a couple of nights at leisure. The fragrances of ylang ylang, frangipani, vanilla and cinnamon drift on the breeze as travellers can enjoy snorkelling and relaxing or experiencing the vibrant island life.
- Venture through the panoramic Amber Mountain National Park witnessing the exclusive array of plants and animals
- Explore Ankarana Park and discover the lemurs and birds that inhabit the tropical region
- Visit the spectacular region of Nosy Be which is home to some of the world's most beautiful beaches. Enjoy the panoramic scenery from the peak of Mont Passot and find a deeper connection with the natural world as you snorkel and scuba dive in the depths of the crystal blue waters.
Day 1 Arrive Antsiranana (Diego Suarez)
Arrive in Diego Suarez in the morning and become immersed in the vibrant city life. Feel at peace as you relax at the soothing Ramena Nofy Beach. Return back to the hotel later in the day.
Day 2 Explore the bays and fortifications of Diego Suarez
In the morning, you embark on an excursion to traverse three of Madagascar's most colourful bays including the Bay of Sand Dunes and Pigeons Bay, whilst bearing witness to the stretch of magnificent white sand beaches of this tropical coast. In the afternoon, ascend through the tranquil setting of French Mountain and witness the exotic aloes and baobabs in a two hour walk leading to the summit, which offers a panoramic view of the entire region. At the end of the day, you will return back to the hotel.
Day 3 Walking and looking for Lemurs in Amber Mountain National Park
This morning you will make your way to the compelling Amber Mountain National Park. Here, a walking tour will allow you to bear witness to the varied flora, magnificent waterfalls and crater lakes which honeycomb the region. Take the opportunity to discover the Crowned Lemur and the Sanford Lemur which are only found in Northern Madagascar.
Day 4 Exploring the limestone karst of the 'Little Tsingy' - camping in Ankarana National Park
Today you arrive at the amazing Ankarana Park and walk through the limestone wonders viewing the awe-inspiring karst of the 'Little Tsingy'. Here you will journey through the massif until reaching the famous "bat" cave which is home to a diverse array of bats, birds and lemurs. Relax and put your feet up at your evening camp in a lovely natural setting.
Day 5 Boat crossing to Nosy Be, 'the scented island'
This morning you will drive to the tropical port at Ankify, passing through coffee and cocoa plantations and the rustic village of Ambilobe. You will cross the crystal blue waters on a short motorboat ride leading to Nosy Be, also known as Nosy Manitra - "The Scented Island". A soothing blend of frangipani, Ylang Ylang, vanilla and cinnamon scents are carried on the gentle breeze which brings a unique peace to the island. Being one of Madagascar's most popular destinations, Nosy Be offers visitors the chance to relax on the beautiful beaches, adventure and be blessed with some panoramic views from the peak of Mont Passot. There is also the option to experience the depths of the vibrant seaworld by snorkelling or scuba diving (own expense).
Days 6-7 At leisure on Nosy Be Island
Enjoy the luxury of relaxing and taking in the tropical paradise at your own leisure for the next two days. Excursions are offered to the smaller surrounding islands off Nosy Be, such as Nosy Komba with a chance to view the endemic black lemurs, and Nosy Tanikely which has exceptional snorkeling and scuba diving. An organized spice tour can be arranged or perhaps a ride into hell-ville to visit the bustling daily market - a great place to pick up spices! Enjoy a sundowner at the tiny rustic bar at the top of Mont Passot, taking in the breathtaking view of the seven sacred crater lakes. Or why not enjoy a sail upon a catamaran under the radiant Madagascan sun. Fishing and diving trips can also be arranged, or just simply enjoy a cocktail or two on the beach admiring the hues of the sunset.
Day 8 Trip concludes today on Nosy Be
Trip arrangements end this morning and your Madagascar reef and rain forest adventure concludes today on Nosy Be.
- 6 breakfasts
- 5 nights in 2 star local hotels (upgrade to 3 star available at additional cost)
- 1 night camping
- Permits and entry fees and local guide in Amber Mountain and Ankarana National Parks
- English-speaking driver/guide
- Local taxes
- 7 day trip
- 5 nights hotel
- 1 night camping
Group Size Min
Group Size Max
No specialist equipment is required for this trip.
What You Carry
A daypack with your personal belongings for the day (i.e. rainjacket, water bottle, camera gear, valuables and personal items such as sunscreen, lip-eze etc).