Madagascar,

Best of Northern Madagascar and Andasibe

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Tailor-Made Tour
13 Days
From 3232
Primate Watching
Beach
Snorkelling and Diving

Tour Introduction

13 Days from 3232 per adult. All trip details below can be tailored just for you

With an impressive variety of wildlife and stunning landscapes, this is a perfect introduction to the Big Red Island’s eastern rainforests and diverse northern region. Wildlife highlights include the largest lemur, the indri, the beauifully coloured diademed sifaka, numerous chameleons, fascinating leaf-tailed geckos, endemic frogs and an assortment of other bizarre fauna and flora.

A highlight will be the visit to the tsingy karst of Ankarana with its other wordly limestone pinnacles and at the end of the holiday there will be time for seaside relaxation and snorkelling at a lovely, small beachfront lodge facing the Mozambique Channel. An ideal trip for those wishing to travel in a good degree of comfort at a gentle pace without too much flying or driving.

Full Itinerary

Price from 3232 per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms
Day 1
Antananarivo

Arrive Antananarivo, met and transfer (10 minutes) to your hotel.

Staying at Au Bois Vert. Includes No Meals.

Day 2
VOIMMA Reserve

Today depart after breakfast for the 5 hour transfer to Andasibe and the Analamazaotra Reserves.

In the late afternoon take a guided excursion in the community run VOIMMA rainforest reserve which can later become an evening night walk.

The reserve is fantastic for close sightings of the largest lemur species, the indri, along with common brown and Eastern grey bamboo lemurs. It is also home to the bizarre giraffe-necked weevil gint millipedes and a whole assortment of fascinating endemic inverbtrates and plants.

Once dark, look for the cute Goodman’s mouse lemur, greater dwarf lemur and Eastern woolly lemur, all nocturnal species. If lucky you might also encounter a leaf-tailed gecko, sleeping chameleons and some endemic frogs.

Staying at Vakona Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 3
Mantadia National Park

Today rise early to drive 1 hour 30 minutes north on a bumpy track to Mantadia National Park. Here you can enjoy spending the morning exploring the wonderful primary rainforest of this vast protected area with its special wildlife.

The old growth rainforest of Mantadia is a good location to spot the elusive acrobatic black-and-white ruffed lemur. Colourful frogs such as the Baron’s mantella may be encountered in addition to plenty of birds, insects and reptiles.

In the evening take another night walk in the nearby Orchidee Park, a good spot for nocturnal wildlife.

Staying at Vakona Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 4
Perinet Reserve

Morning visit to the Perinet Reserve where you can enjoy more close sightings of the magnificent indri. The forest here is also a great location to spot the beauiful diademed sifaka as well as the common brown and eastern grey bamboo lemurs.

Chameleons, green day geckosand various endemic birds can also be encountered. Later in the morning, transfer back to Antananarivo and to hotel in the afternoon.

Staying at Au Bois Vert. Includes Breakfast.

Day 5
Montagne d’Ambre National Park

Today transfer to the Antananarivo airport to take a domestic flight north to Antsiranana (Diego Suarez).

You will be met on arrival and transferred (50 minutes) to your accommodation in Joffreville.

After lunch, transfer (10 minutes) up the road to the fantastic Montagne d’Ambre National Park to enjoy an afternoon guided walk.

The park, the oldest in Madagascar is an isolated mount of rainforest in an otherwise semi-arid landscape and supports many exciting species including some tiny leaf chameleons (Brookesia tuberculate and Brookesia ambreensis), panther chameleons, tree boas and giant leaf-tailed geckos.

Lemurs are quite shy here but include Sanford’s brown and crowned and the picnic site is a good spot to see the inquistive ring-tailed vontsira.

In the evening take a night walk on the entrance track to the park to look for nocturnal wildlife.

Staying at Litchi Tree. Includes All Meals.

Day 6
Montagne d’Ambre National Park

Another day to explore this special rainforest enjoying its scenic beauty, waterfalls and forest trails. Several highly localised species have evolved in isolation in this park and reptile diversity is particulary high here.

Staying at Litchi Tree. Includes All Meals.

Day 7
Ankarana National Park

Today set off for the longest drive of the journey (6-7 hours() through ever changing scenery to Ankarana National Park via the Tsingy Rouge. Arrive at the lodge in time for lunch or enjoy lunch at the Tsingy Rouge.

In the late afternoon take your first walk in the wonderful Ankarana Special Reserve, a unique landscape of dramatic and jagged limestone pinnacles and hidden forests.

Staying at Ankarana Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 8
Ankarana National Park

Today enjoy morning and afternoon or a full day's exploration of Ankarana Special Reserve, visiting its tsingy escarpments, lakes and caves. The reserve protects a spectacular area of limestone pinnacles and sunken tropical dry deciduous forest, containing one of the highest densities of lemurs. As well as many lemurs, the area is good for seeing the ring-tailed vontsira and many chameleons, giant hog-nosed snakes, boas and birdlife such as the Madagascar harrier hawk and nightjar.

Staying at Ankarana Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 9
Anjanojano (Eden Lodge)

Today, transfer (4.5 hours) to Ankify port on the coast, perhaps stopping at a vanilla plantation on the way. Continue from Ankify by boat to remote Anjanojano, a little way down the coast. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the stunning beaches and tranquillity of Eden Lodge.

Staying at Eden Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 10
Anjanojano (Eden Lodge)

Day at leisure. OPTIONAL excursions available such as snorkelling at Nosy Tanikely Marine Reserve, or excursions to other islands.

The warm waters in front of the lodge are clear and offer good opportunities for snorkelling with green and hawksbill turtles.

The forest to the rear of the lodge is home to a number of lemur species including a habituated family of black lemurs and nocturnal pariente's fork-marked lemur and northern giant mouse lemurs which can often be seen in the trees behind the restaurant. Tenrecs, chameleons, geckos and a range of birdlife can also be found.

Guided walks can be taken into the forest and also to the small Malagasy village nearby and the lodge also has a water sports centre on site.

Staying at Eden Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 11
Anjanojano (Eden Lodge)

Day at leisure. OPTIONAL excursions available.

Staying at Eden Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 12
Anjanojano (Eden Lodge)

Day at leisure. OPTIONAL excursions available.

Staying at Eden Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 13
Depart Nosy Be

Time to relax during the morning. In the afternoon transfer to the airport on Nosy Be and take your flight home.

Includes Breakfast.

Tour Accommodation

Madagascar Eastern Madagascar

Au Bois Vert

Overview

Located a short drive from the airport and set in three hectares of peaceful and attractive gardens, accommodation is in rooms constructed using natural materials dominated by chunky wood and granite. All rooms have private bathrooms, satellite TV and safe. Facilities at the hotel include a swimming pool and a restaurant serving local and international cuisine.

The hotel is only 20 minutes from the airport so is an ideal location for a stopover.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
No
Rooms
26
Facilities

Private bathrooms, TV, room safe, restaurant, swimming pool, Wi-Fi available in the lobby

Optional Activities

City tours can be arranged. Activities including mountain and quad biking, village tours and walking trips can be arranged offsite.

Madagascar Northern Madagascar

Eden Lodge

Overview

Located on the mainland opposite the island of NOSY BE on a stretch referred to as Baobab Beach and accessed only by boat, the lodge offers a secluded and exclusive location.

The lodge offers wonderful accommodation in luxury safari style tented rooms, each positioned under a traditional thatched roof. Each spacious tent opens up into a large solid built bathroom section, which includes a hot water shower area, flushing toilet and washstand with basin. The bathrooms open to a private terrace with a massage table. To the front, each has its own balcony with seating area, where one can relax and enjoy the view. Each tent is fully equipped with a king bed, mosquito nets, mini-bar and safe.

There is a large open sided thatched restaurant and bar, which also has a relaxing lounge area overlooking the beach. The menu is set with 3 choices for starter, main, desert and accompaniments. The food is freshly cooked with produce from the organic garden.

There is a small water-sports centre, which can provide snorkelling equipment as well as sea kayaks, hobbiecats, pedalos and windsurfing boards free of charge.

The waters in front of the lodge are clear and offer good opportunities for snorkelling. Green and hawksbill turtles are regularly seen in the mornings often just a few steps from the beach. The forest to the rear of the lodge is home to a number of lemur species including black lemurs and these can often be seen in the trees behind the rooms and restaurant in the late afternoons and early evenings. Guided walks can be taken into the forest behind the lodge and also to the small Malagasy village nearby.

Swimming Pool
No
Air Conditioning
Yes
Rooms
8
Facilities

Restaurant, air conditioning, Wi-Fi, mini bar, safety deposit box, private massage room, mosquito nets and a water sports activity centre onsite.

Local Wildlife

Black lemurs are particularly common in the lodge grounds during the day. At night Pariente's fork-marked lemur, northern giant mouse lemurs and occasionally even aye ayes enter the lodge grounds along with hedgehog tenrecs. A wide range of reptiles including colourful day geckos, panther chameleons and snakes also inhabit the forest around the lodge and green and hawksbill turtles feed on the seagrass just off the beach in the mornings. Birdlife includes Madagascar starlings, white-headed and hook-billed vangas and Madagascar hoopoes and excursions to the nearby Nosy Tanikely Marine Reserve offer a wealth of tropical reef fish, more turtles and Madagascar flying foxes.

Optional Activities

Excursions to Nosy Tankely Marine Reserve and Nosy Be, snorkelling and scuba diving, village visits, kayaking, windsurfing.

Madagascar Northern Madagascar

Ankarana Lodge

Overview

The recently renovated Ankarana Lodge is located approximately 1 km from Ankarana National Park with superb views over the local savannah.

The lodge has simple yet comfortable air-conditioned bungalows and more simple rooms, the more basic terraced rooms have air- conditioning and all have private bathrooms. There is 24-hour power for lighting and charging of equipment.

There is a large swimming pool with deck chairs and a drinks service, and there are plans to build a bar. The spacious bungalows overlook the pool and have private verandas. Although without air- conditioning the rooms have fans and two doors to improve the airflow.

There is a restaurant towards the back of the pool serving traditional Malagasy cuisine.

The main reason for a stay here is to visit Ankarana National Park, a spectacular tsingy area of eroded limestone pinnacles and sunken dry deciduous forest containing one of the highest densities of primates in the world – it has to be one of Madagascar’s most exciting reserves. Highlights include the various chameleons, leaf-tailed geckos and the northern ring-tailed mongoose.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
Yes
Rooms
12
Facilities

Private bathrooms, air-conditioning, ceiling fans, restaurant, drinks service, swimming pool, terrace, 24-hour electricity.

Local Wildlife

There are 11 species of lemur in the park, including crowned, Sandford’s brown, northern sportive and greater dwarf lemur. Other wildlife includes ring-tailed mongoose, various chameleons and leaf-tailed geckos and the colourful Madagascar giant day geckos. The Madagascar crested ibis is also frequently seen here.

Optional Activities

Excursions in the Ankarana National Park could include visits to the impressive limestone karst pinnacles called tsingy, sunken caves, underground rivers and more.

Madagascar Northern Madagascar

Nature Lodge

Overview

A small, friendly and comfortable lodge situated just 15 minutes’ drive from Montagne d’Ambre National Park with lovely views down to the plains of Diego. Accommodation is in one of twelve simple wooden bungalows, each with a private bathroom. The garden with its pathways, tropical plants and sweet-smelling shrubs, are a delight too.

Swimming Pool
No
Air Conditioning
No
Rooms
12
Facilities

Facilities include an attractive restaurant furnished with rosewood and other local Malagasy woods offering authentic and refined cooking, including both French and local Malagasy cuisine, plus a bar and terrace for relaxing. There is also Wi-Fi available in the reception and the friendly staff are sure to make your stay an enjoyable one.

Local Wildlife

Look for the localised Montagne d’ Ambre fork-marked lemur, Montagne d’ Ambre mouse lemur and the only recently described Montagne d’ Ambre dwarf lemur alongside many species of endemic frogs, giant and mossy leaf-tailed geckos, snakes, stick insects and other wildlife

The reserve contains at least 11 species of chameleon, including one of the tiniest of them all the Brookesia tuberculate and the beautiful panther and elephant ears chameleons.

Optional Activities

Explore the Montagne D’ambre National Park. The park, an isolated mount of rainforest in an otherwise semi-arid landscape, contains many lemurs, as well as birds such as Madagascar crested ibis and pygmy kingfishers. Walk the trails in search of lemurs including the beautiful crowned lemur, Sanford’s brown lemur as well as many reptiles and birds such as Madagascar crested ibis and the local subspecies of forest rock thrush.

Route Map

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Litchi Tree: -12.493763, 49.205616
Ankarana Lodge: -12.968070, 49.138530
Eden Lodge: -13.599578, 48.137037

Departure Dates

This tour has no set departure date and can be tailored to suit your travel requirements. Contact us for more details.

Travel Information

Are International Flights Included?

No. Please contact us for a quote if required.

Flight Info:

The best flight option is with Ethiopian Airlines (Tue, Thu and Sat) or South African Airways/Airlink (Sunday only) directly into and out of Nosy Be.

Best Visited:

April to December

Are you ATOL Registered?

Yes. This means we are legally able to book your international flights in conjunction with your ground arrangements so you can book with us with complete confidence. Read more about our ATOL license here.

Ian Loyd

Area Specialist

If you have any questions regarding this Tour, please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965

Tour guide was perfect (Excellent++). Attentive and caring. Outstanding person. Became part of the family. Give her an award!!! Local guides very enthusiastic and knowledgeable and pleasant people to be with. Helen’s enthusiastic and sparkling voice was a pleasure to hear on the ‘phone. All questions answered in detail and printed information sent was helpful. You guys really cared. Very attentive in Madagascar and went well. Very pleasant and good driver. No corners cut and a well planned trip with all details covered. Perfect for us. Due to good guides and spotters we saw 16 species of lemurs and plenty of them. Never in my wildest dreams did I expect to see so many species and so close to us. Marvellous – very emotional. Lemurs are such wonderful gentle creatures. This trip was so well-designed for people like us. I will never forget this trip in my life. What a humbling experience it was. Some time in the future we will be back to see these special animals. In the mean time I look to our video footage of our time with the lemurs of Madagascar. Helen Cox – well done. Your company is at the top of our list.

Mr & Mrs M - Berkshire