Madagascar Reef and Rainforests

Starting From

$1,559/person

Number of days

8

Start Location

Madagascar

Group Size

2-12

Operated by

World Expeditions

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Wildlife and beach walks exploring the northern limits of Madagascar

Operated by:

World Expeditions

World Expeditions is an adventure travel and ecotourism company that offers guided small group trekking and adventure holidays.

Itinerary

Arrive Antsiranana (Diego Suarez)

On arrival in Diego Suarez on Day 1 you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Please check at hotel reception for details of when to meet your driver guide if he/she does not do your arrival transfer. We will visit the city and surrounding area, including Ramena Nofy Beach. Return to the hotel later in the day/ evening. (Hotel Le Colbert or similar; 3 star upgrade at additional cost - Allamanda Hotel or similar). Please note that arrival transfer is not included if arriving prior to Day 1, unless requested in advance (additional cost applies).

Explore the bays and fortifications of Diego Suarez

In the morning, we embark on an excursion to traverse three of Madagascar's most colourful bays including the Bay of Sand Dunes and Pigeons Bay, whilst bearing witness to the stretch of magnificent white sand beaches of this tropical coast. In the afternoon, ascend through the tranquil setting of French Mountain (400m) and witness the exotic aloes and baobabs in a two hour walk leading to the summit, which offers a panoramic view of the entire region. At the end of the day, we will return to the hotel. (Hotel Le Colbert or similar; 3 star upgrade at additional cost - Allamanda Hotel or similar)

Walking and looking for Lemurs in Amber Mountain National Park

This morning we will make our way to the compelling Amber Mountain National Park. Here, a walking tour will allow you to bear witness to the varied flora, magnificent waterfalls and crater lakes which honeycomb the region. Take the opportunity to discover the Crowned Lemur and the Sanford Lemur which are only found in Northern Madagascar. Overnight hotel in Diego Suarez. (Hotel Le Colbert or similar; 3 star upgrade at additional cost - Allamanda Hotel or similar)

Exploring the limestone karst of the 'Little Tsingy'

Today we will drive to the amazing Ankarana Park, south of Diego Suarez. We walk through the limestone massif viewing the awe-inspiring karst of the 'Little Tsingy'. We will explore the "bat" cave which is home to a diverse array of bats and birds we also search for lemurs. Relax and put your feet up at your evening camp in a lovely natural setting. (Relais de l'Ankarana or similar; 3 star upgrade at additional cost - Iharana Bush Camp) Note: tents, sleeping mattress and bedding are provided.

Boat crossing to Nosy Be, 'the scented island'

This morning we will drive to the tropical port at Ankify, passing through coffee and cocoa plantations and the rustic village of Ambilobe. You will cross the crystal blue waters on a short motorboat ride (approx 1 hr) leading to Nosy Be, also known as Nosy Manitra - "The Scented Island". A soothing blend of frangipani, Ylang Ylang, vanilla and cinnamon scents are carried on the gentle breeze which brings a unique peace to the island. Being one of Madagascar's most popular destinations, Nosy Be offers visitors the chance to relax on the beautiful beaches, be adventurous and be blessed with some panoramic views from the peak of Mont Passot, experience the vibrant underwater world by snorkelling or scuba diving or just go with the flow of island life. All activities are optional and at own expense. (Nosy Lodge or similar; 3 star upgrade at additional cost - Vanila Hotel)

At leisure on Nosy Be Island

Enjoy taking in the tropical paradise at leisure for the next two days. Excursions are offered to the smaller surrounding islands off Nosy Be, such as Nosy Komba with a chance to view the endemic black lemurs, and Nosy Tanikely which has exceptional snorkeling and scuba diving. A spice tour can be arranged or perhaps a ride into Hell-ville to visit the bustling daily market - a great place to pick up spices. (Be sure to check your home country's quarantine laws if you intend to take any spices away with you.) Sip a sundowner at the tiny rustic bar at the top of Mont Passot, taking in the breathtaking view of the seven sacred crater lakes. Or enjoy a sail upon a catamaran under the radiant Madagascan sun. Fishing and diving trips can also be arranged, or just simply enjoy a cocktail on the beach admiring the hues of the sunset. All activities are at own expense. (Nosy Lodge or similar; 3 star upgrade at additional cost - Vanila Hotel)

In Nosy Be, trip concludes

Trip arrangements end this morning after breakfast at your hotel on Nosy Be. Airport departure transfers can be arranged at additional cost if required.

Additional Information

The northern coast and islands of Madagascar evoke a classic tropical island paradise, with white coral beaches, clear blue waters and the scent of exotic spices on the breeze. The rainforests are teeming with endemic wildlife and the coral reefs offshore are equally full of life and colour. The north coast and islands of Madagascar are perfect for an active yet relaxing experience. With walks traversing the beaches, headlands and historic fortifications of the craggy coast plus lemurs, lakes and waterfalls of the forested hinterland to discover, the itinerary provides a comprehensive insight into this little-visited section of the island. A boat journey takes us to the 'scented island' of Nosy Be, where we enjoy a couple of nights at leisure. The fragrances of ylang ylang, frangipani, vanilla and cinnamon drift on the breeze as travellers can enjoy snorkelling, experience the vibrant island life or simply relax and leave the rest of the world behind.

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