EASY ADVENTURE IN NORTH OF MADAGASCAR
Trip Duration: 13 days, 12 nights
Price per person
INCLUDE: A car with a driver/Guide and fuel,All accommodation with Bed &Breakfast, All parks and reserves entrance fee, local guides fee,Airport transfers
EXCLUDE: Lunches and dinners, drinks and tips, domestic flight tickets and activities not mentioned in the itinerary…
Tailormade / Private Departures: between March and December
Day 1: Arrival in Antananarivo,our team will meet and welcome you at the airport ,then you will be transferred to your hotel.
Please be aware that your driver/guide will be waiting for you at the International Arrival gate. An airport sign with your name should be seen and you may have to look for a logo if the airport gets overcrowded. If you cannot locate your driver please remain calm and approach the Airport Welcome Service. An announcement intended for your driver can be broadcasted there, and this will then become the rally point. In the case of an emergency or you cannot locate your driver/guide, the emergency contact details are on your documents and you should call the mentioned numbers before attempting to leave the airport.
Day 2: Long drive to Ankarafantsika(7-8 hours) but scenery is beautiful and you would be able to stop for photos. We would recommend taking picnic lunch with you.This evening, you will be taken for a visit to find nocturnal animals ;including the smallest lemurs of Madagascar known as mouse lemurs. Overnight at the Bungalow of the park or at Blue Vanga hotel
Day 3: Full day visit of Ankarafantsika national park.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.
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'ssifaka are commonly seen.
The Park is also one of Madagascar's finest birdwatching venues with 129 species (75 are endemic) such as the banded krestel, Rufousvanga, 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: Another morning visit of Ankarafantsika national park before heading north –to Antsohihy where you will overnight at Bellevue hotel.InAntsohihy, you could do a city tour to learn more about this capital of Tsimihety tribes and their culture.
Day 5: Early morning drive to Ambanja but will stop at Ambodimanga forest and do a short visit to find the very rare blue eyed black lemurs. Arriving in Ambanja, you will have a lunch at a restaurant ,then get ready for a walk through cocoa and vanilla plantation,to learn more about local farmers life and to find the very colorful panther chameleons as this is the best place to spot this specie of Chamelons.After the visit, you will drive to Ankify village where you will overnight in a beach front hotel.
Day 6: Drive to Ankarana, following by a visit.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.OvernightHotel(Relais de l’Ankarana or Chez Laurent)
Day 7: Drive to Tsingy rouge before heading to Andavakoera(Montagne des Francais). 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). OVERNIGHT AT A TREE BUNGALOW
Day 8: Trek the montagne des Francais.This reserve protects deciduous dry forest characteristic of the north of Madagascar. Much of the forest is on a calcareous massif that has been eroded into Tsingy. The forested area ranges from 100-450 metres above sea level. This is one of the best places to see one of the most beautiful baobabs, Adansoniasuarezensis. A tropical dry forest with Baobab trees, caves, leser vasa parrots and lemurs.
After the visit,you will drive back to Ramena village where you will overnight at a beach front hotel.
Day 9: Early drive back to Ankify and take a boat to Nosy Be island.City tour before going to your beach front hotel.
Day 10 &11: Full day in Nosy Be island; you can go for snorkeling at Nosy Sakatia or Nosy Tanikely.(this is not included in the price but something that you can arrange directly with the hotel)
Day 12: Another morning in Nosy Be before flying back to Tana.HOTEL( we would suggest an hotel not far from the Airport)
Day 13: Morning visit of the craft market at route digue before catching the flight out.END OF THE TOUR. VELOMA !(good bye)