DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN ANTANANARIVO(TANA),
We will meetyou at the airport and then transfer you to your hotel which should be not far from the airport. HOTEL
DAY 2: TANA- ANKARAFANTSIKA.
Long drive to Ankarafantsika national park. Around 8 hours’ drive but scenery is beautiful and you can stop for photos and meet the local if necessary. And this evening, you will do a night walk to find the smallest lemurs of Madagascar known as mouse lemurs and many other night active animals; OVERNIGHT AT THE BUNGALOW OF THE PARK
DAY 3: VISIT ANKARAFANTSIKA RESERVE.
Ankarafantsika (formerly known as Ampijoroa Forest Station) is one of the largest and last remaining sections of dense dry deciduous forest in Madagascar, filled with critically endangered and endemic species.The vegetation consists mainly of relatively low and scrubby deciduous forest with savannah areas and gallery forest around the Ravelobe Lake. The main ethnic group is the Sakavala, which are mainly zebu holders and farmers. Ankarafantsika is the last refuge of several lemur and bird species, which makes the conservation of the Park so important. The area is home to eight lemur species: a night walk is usually exciting and rewarding and one may find Milne-Edwards sportive lemur, mongoose lemur, western wolly lemur, grey mouse lemur, fat-tailed dwarf lemur, and it is the only place where the golden-brown mouse lemur occurs. During the day Coquerel's sifaka are commonly seen. The Park is also one of Madagascar's finest bird watching venues with 129 species (75 are endemic) such as the banded krestel, Rufous vanga, Van Dam´s vanga, Madagascar fish eagle. 10 frogs and 45 reptiles are found here, like Oustalett's, dwarf, horned and Rhinoceros chameleons, several vulnerable snakes, the extremely rare Madagascar big-headed turtle and even crocodiles around the lake. NIGHT AT THE SAME PLACE
DAY 4 : AKARAFANTSIKA-ANTSOHIHY.
Another morning visit of Ankarafantsika national park before heading to Antsohihy where you will overnight at Bellevue hotel
Day 5: ANTSOHIHY-ANKARANA.
Early morning departure to Ankarana national park. En route stop for a visit at Ambodimanga forest trying to find the very rare blue eyed black lemurs. Stop in Ambanja for lunch . Night in Ankarana at Relais de l’Ankarana hotel or similar
Day 6: VISIT OF ANKARANA NATIONAL PARK.
Full day visit of Ankarana national park. It is a spectacularly eroded limestone fortress of sharp ridges, patches of dense tropical jungle, deciduous forest, deep caves and canyons (actually the biggest underground network of Africa) and rushing rivers. With an annual rainfall of almost 2000 mm, the underlying rocks undergo a heavy erosion producing an amazing karst topography, being its most known result the fantastically eroded limestone spires, known as “tsingy”. The Park is in fact one of the most visited specially among hikers: it offers incredible trails, unique and terrific landscapes and a lot of animals!
This reserve contains one of the highest density of primates of any forest in the world. Its dense forests support one of the largest and least disturbed populations of crowned lemurs. Sanford's brown lemur, perrier's black lemur, northern sportive lemur and dwarf lemurs, ringtailed mongoose, fossa, tenrecs and Madagascar striped civet are also a common sight. Almost 100 bird species, 50 reptiles (including some endemic and threatened snakes and geckos) and 10 frogs cohabit in the Park. Inside the spectacular and huge labyrinth of caves 14 bat species, local endemic blind shrimps and the world's only known cave-living crocodiles are waiting for your visit. At night swarms of bats and flying foxes swoop in the darkness.
Day 7: ANKARANA-JOFFREVILLE.
(Montagne d’Ambre national park)
Drive to Joffreville village. But after 2 hours drive from Ankarana, you will leave the main road and follow a track of 17km to get to Tsingy rouge, visit this place then go back to the main road to continue to Joffreville .
These tsingy are made of red laterite (similar to clay) and not of limestone rock like the tsingy at l'Ankarana. They are caused by land / mud slides during heavy rain, which is regular in these parts. The effect of burning land that pro voc deforestation and erosion result because of rain season, and becoming imaginary and impressive view of that site are forming the scilicet (sand), late rite (land) and argil and after the visits in red tsingy , an enormous ravine of sharp, ancient rock formations unique to Madagascar. These turned out to be sand formations overlaid by red clay long ago. Erosion has worn the clay away, exposing the tall white (with tinges of red) columns of sand formations underneath. For those who've been to Bryce Canyon National Park, it's similar (though much smaller).
Day 8: VISIT OF MONTAGNE D’AMBRE then Continue to JUNGLE PARK AMBOHITRANTSINGY.
Visit of the Montagne d'Ambre national park. A big number of animal species inhabit the National Park. To begin with, 25 species of mammals, among them 6 carnivores such as the ring-tailed mongoose and the fossa, and 8 lemurs: Sanford's brown lemur, crowned lemur, lesser bamboo lemur and are five species of nocturnal lemurs. Besides these forests are the home of 75 different bird species (35 of which are endemic and even locally endemic, like the Amber Mountainrock-thrush ), 60 reptiles, such as tiny stump-tailed chameleons, leaf-tailed geckos and snakes, 35 frogs and more than 40 butterflies.
After the visit, you will drive down to Montagne des Francais and overnight at a Tree bungalow at jungle park.
Day 9: VISIT OF AMBOHITR’ANTSINGY RESERVE(Montagne des Francais)
for lemurs, baobabs,birds,canyons, caves...Then afternoon drive to Ramena beach. Overnight at a beach front hotel.
Day 10: Day excursion to MER D’EMERAUDE
Take a boat to a small island surrounded by emerald colored sea for snorkeling and beach relax. Back to Ramena and overnight at the same hotel.