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10 DAYS NORTHERN MADAGASCAR

Introduction

The North of Madagascar is a completely different scenery, culture and vibe. This tour will take you to Ambre Mountain NP, the Stone forest of Ankarana and the tropical island of Nosy Be. The domestic flights are included in the tour. This private tour offers you Lemurs, adventurous walks, beautiful scenery, the best beaches and the best marine life of Madagascar.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Spot Lemurs in Amber mountains N.P.
  • Tsingy Spiny forest
  • Tropical island of Nosy Be

Day 1: Welcome to Madagascar!

On arrival at the airport of Antananarivo your driver/guide will pick you up from the airport and take you to a cozy guesthouse on the outskirts of town. Susie’s Place recently opened and in a quiet neighborhood nearby the airport.

Journey Time: 15 minutes from airport

Accommodation: Susie's place

Meal Plan: No meals inclusive today

Day 2: Domestic flight to Diego Suarez

A morning flight will take you to the far northern part of the Island to the town Diego Suarez, or locally known as Antsiranana. This colorful and lively little town is often referred to as the Havana of Madagascar. You will spend the night in a beautifully located hotel just outside town with a large swimming pool and a good restaurant. A perfect place to start your tour in the North!

Journey Time: 3 hours

Accommodation: Suarez Hotel

Meal Plan: Breakfast

Day 3: To Amber mountains N.P.

A few hours drive will take you to Amber Mountain National park. Amber mountain is an isolated stretch of rainforest covering an area of 18.000 hectares. In the forest there is a great biodiversity with many waterfalls and volcanic lakes.

In the evening you can go for a nocturnal walk with a professional guide. There are 5 different species of Nocturnal Lemurs that you can spot during this walk.

The coming two nights you will spend in the Nature lodge located 7 kilometers from the main entrance of the park. This small and exclusive eco-loge is located in a lush forest of mangoes and litchi trees guarantees an ultimate peace and tranquility. The spacious and charming thatched chalets offer an endless panoramic view on either the lush green rain forest home of many lemurs or on one of the most beautiful bays in the world: Diego Suarez’s Bay.

Journey Time: 3 hours

Accommodation: Suarez Hotel

Meal Plan: Breakfast

Day 4: Amber mountain N.P.

You will explore Amber mountain National Park with a local guide today.

A big number of animal species inhabit the National Park. 8 different species of Lemurs: Sanford's brown lemur, crowned lemur, lesser bamboo lemur and there are five species of nocturnal lemurs. Also 75 different bird species and 60 reptiles’ species are found in this national park, such as tiny stump-tailed chameleons, leaf-tailed geckos and snakes besides that there are 35 frogs species and over 40 butterflies species!

In the evening you return to your accommodation for a nice hot meal and a good night sleep.

Day 5: To Ankarana N.P.

In the morning after a good breakfast you will continue your journey to Ankarana National park. Millions of years ago the northwest side of the island Madagascar was pushed up from the sea. Wind and rain creatively formed this limestone mass into a karst formation. These razorsharp rocks are locally called: Tsingy.

In the afternoon you will walk to the small Tsingy with stunning landscapes on the way.

The coming two nights you will spend in Ankarana lodge. This lodge is the ideal starting point for a visit for Ankarana national park. It is located in the midst of beautiful nature with limestone formations and dry savanna. Different species of birds and lemurs often visit the lodges as well as chameleons, frogs and lizards.

Journey Time: 5 hours

Accommodation: Ankarana lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast

Day 6: The Big Tsingy

Today you will explore the Big Tsingy. Tsingy is the Malagasy word for “walking on tiptoes” and the nearly impenetrable labyrinth of limestone needles justifies this name. This is probably the most rewarding half-day trip within the park as it goes deep into the limestone forest passing through several hanging bridges with the impressive karstic formations below your feet.

In the afternoon you will have a nice dinner at the Ankarana lodge.

Day 7 - 9: Nosy Be island

After a short drive of 3 hours through the tropical landscape of Northern Madagascar you will arrive at the coast in the little town Ankify. A speedboat is waiting to transfer you to the Perfume Island: Nosy Be. Nosy Be means “Big Island”, because it is the biggest island of the northwest coast of Madagascar. At the harbour a transfer will be waiting for you to take you to Madirokely Bay where you hotel is located.

On this island you will spend three nights at Villa Valiha, enjoying the tropical white Sandy beaches, good food and the relaxed local island atmosphere.

Optional activities Nosy Be

There are many optional activities possible from Nosy Be:

Visit Nosy Tanikely and swim with seaturtles and enjoy a great lunch on the beach.

Visit the Paradise Island, Nosy Iranja, seriously the most beautiful place on earth.

Visit Lokobe NP and spot the endangered black lemur.

Go on a Catamaran cruise around the islands

Book a diving trip to one of great diving locations in Nosy Be (in October and November diving with whale sharks is possible) You can organize these activities with your hotel.

Day 10: Departure

Today is unfortunately the last day with Matoke tours in Madagascar. A transfer to the airport of Nosy Be and a domestic flight will take you back to the capital Antananarivo.

Depending on your international departure it is possible to book a day room at a nice mid-range guesthouse nearby the airport. Please contact: info@matoketours.com for more information.

This is the end of hopefully a wonderful tour in Madagascar

Rates for 2017/2018 Persons Price per person

2 US$ 2550

3 US$ 2450

4 US$ 2090

INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PACKAGE

  • All accommodation mentioned in the itinerary; -
  • Domestic flight from Antananarivo to Diego Suarez; -
  • Domestic flight from Nosy Be to Antananarivo; -
  • All entryfees to National Parks; -
  • Visit and walk in Amber Mountain N.P. (Day 4); -
  • Nocturnal Walk in Amber Mountain N.P. (Day 3 or 4); -
  • Activity to the Small Tsingy (Day 5); -
  • Activity to the Big Tsingy (Day 6); -
  • Transport in professional 4WD vehicles; -
  • Fuel for all kilometers; -
  • Private driver/guide from day 3 up to the boattransfer to Nosy Be on day 7; -
  • All transfers between air- and seaports.

EXCLUDED IN THE TOUR PACKAGE

  • International flight; -
  • Personal expenses like souvenirs; -
  • Visa for Madagascar; -
  • Meals and drinks that are not included in the itinerary; -
  • Tipping and gratitude’s; -
  • Optional excursions that are not part of the itinerary.
  • The accommodation mentioned in the program depend on availability.
  • Reservations will only be made after your booking.

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