FROM MAROJEJY TO THE TSINGY

Trip’s Length: 14 days

Travel Route: Tana – Marojejy – Sambava – Daraina – Ankarana – Nosy Komba  – Nosy Be – Tana

Overview

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DAY 1- ARRIVAL IN ANTANANARIVO

DAY 2- TANA-MAROJEJY

DAYS 3-4-  EXPLORE MAROJEJY NATIONAL PARK

DAY 5–MAROJEJY-SAMBAVA

DAY 6- SAMBAVA-DARAINA

DAY 7- EXPLORING DARAINA RESERVE

DAY 8-DARAINA-ANKARANA

DAY 9- ANKARANA

DAY 10-ANKARANA-NOSY KOMBA

DAYS 11-12- NOSY KOMBA

DAY 13- NOSY KOMBA-NOSY BE

DAY 14- NOSY BE- TANA-Fly out

Detailed Itinerary

DAY 1- ARRIVAL IN ANTANANARIVO

On arrival in Antananarivo (often abbreviated to Tana), you will be met by your driver and transferred to your hotel.

DAY 2- TANA-MAROJEJY

Take a flight to Sambava . Arriving in Sambava, our driver /guide will meet you at the aiport of Sambava and take you for an hour drive to get to Manantenina where Marojejy national park entrance is and where you start the trek to the park.

Marojejy is one of the most strikingly beautiful and wild areas of Madagascar. It is unique in the world, a place of dense, jungly rainforests, sheer, high cliffs, and plants and animals found nowhere else on earth.
The Mantella Trek takes you to Camp Mantella, about a four-hour hike from Manantenina. Camp Mantella (elevation 450 m [1475 ft]) has six cabins furnished with beds, mattresses, and bedding. It also has a large sheltered eating area with an assortment of cooking utensils. A campground is located nearby for those who prefer to pitch a tent. This area of lowland rainforest is a good place to see several species of lemurs, many birds (including the helmet vanga) and many species of amphibians and reptiles. The beautiful Cascade de Humbert waterfall is a short walk (800 m) from the camp. For best wildlife viewing, we recommend at least two days for this trek.

DAYS 3-4- EXPLORE MAROJEJY NATIONAL PARK

Marojejy is one of the most strikingly beautiful and wild areas of Madagascar. It is unique in the world, a place of dense, jungly rainforests, sheer, high cliffs, and plants and animals found nowhere else on earth. To increase your chances of spotting this elusive animal, we recommend hiring a « Simpona Specialist » in addition to your guide. Overnight camping

DAY 5–MAROJEJY-SAMBAVA

Come out of Marojejy national park and drive to Sambava where you will stay at Mimi hotel.

DAY 6- SAMBAVA-DARAINA

After breakfast, drive in direction of Daraina reserve. Will do a night walk to find nocturnal lemurs and other night active animals.Overnight camping.

DAY 7- EXPLORING DARAINA RESERVE

The forest of Daraina is the best and only place on the world to see the extremely rare golden-crowned sifaka (Propithecustatersalli). These white lemurs with their golden marks have been listed as “critically endangered” by IUCN for years, but protection efforts are unluckily still kept within small limits.
There is only this one, tiny population of golden-crowned Sifakas left worldwide (estimated not 10.000 animals in complete). In the same forest, you can perhaps also see an yet undescribed species of fork marked lemurs, which was discovered only in 2010.

And there’s another third, very rare lemur inside this protection area: The Aye-Aye, a bizarre creature which already casted its fascinating spell over lots of photographers and nature lovers.And I could say that Everyone who wants to experience the last marvels of nature, should hurry up to come to Daraina! In some years, the forest including its lemurs could be gone completely, without anyone taking notice of it.
Another night camping

DAY 8-DARAINA-ANKARANA

Early breakfasts and drive the 120Km bumpy road to Ambilobe and from fromAmbilobe to Ankarana , the road is good. This is an adventure trip and is indeed quite has tough ride at the beginning but will fish with good road and you will overnight at RELAIS DE L’ANKARANA.

DAYS 9- ANKARANA

All day in the national park, including a walk through bizarre landscapes of limestone mixed with patches of dense tropical jungle, deciduous forest, deep caves and canyons (actually the largest underground network in Africa) and rushing rivers. With an annual rainfall of almost 2000 mm, the underlying rocks undergo heavy erosion producing an amazing karst topography, including the famous limestone spires. The Park is one of the most visited in Madagascar for its spectacular landscapes, including waterfalls and crater lakes, and large and diverse animal populations. Accommodation as for last night.

DAY 10-ANKARANA-NOSY KOMBA

Drive to Ankify where you will take a speed boat to Nosy Komba. Stay at a beachfront hotel. FLORALY KOMBA HOTEL or similar.

DAY 11-12- NOSY KOMBA

Full day in Nosy Komba and you can go for snorkeling or diving.

DAY 13- NOSY KOMBA-NOSY BE

Today, you move to Nosy Be island and stay at another beachfront hotel. HOTEL BELEVEDERE

DAY 14- NOSY BE- TANA-Fly out

Transfer to the airport and take the flight back to Tana and fly out. END OF THE TOUR.(Actually , it is possible to take a drirect flight from Nosy Be to Milan- Italy or to Johanesbourg-SA)

What’s included

INCLUDES

  • 4WD with a driver
  • Fuel
  • Daily Breakfasts when at hotels
  • All meals when camping at Marojejy and at Daraina
  • Accommodation in standard(mid-range) DOUBLE room with private sanitary
  • 1 Internal flight tickets  valued at € 205 per flight per person(TANA-SAMBAVA)
  • Driver’s meals and his accommodation
  • Tour guide or driver who speaks English
  • Taxes, VAT and handling fees
  • Car Insurance
  • Airport Transfers
  • Entrance Parks/reserve and local guide fees
  • Boat from Ankify to Nosy Be

EXCLUDES

  • lunches and dinners, drinks when not camping.
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