The perfect mix with a week of adventure, wildlife and trekking through National parks, followed by a week relaxing on the stunning island of Nosy Sakatia for snorkeling (with turtles!!) and relaxation. Includes a night in a treehouse. Become a part of the adventurous minority as you journey in Madagascar’s far north, experiencing incredible nature and the most remarkable scenery including Tsingy, baobabs and waterfalls. You’ll have the opportunity to spot plenty of lemurs, chameleons and turtles on this fun filled family adventure.
We had an amazing time. Everything worked well with connections and arrangements. We really enjoyed the trekking and the camping, and overall the itinerary was a good mix and timings were perfect too. Thank you again for a great trip and all your help”.
Ryland Day Family.
As part of our commitment to responsible travel and in conjunction with Woodenstock.org we finance a tree nursery and orchard in Italavina – which is a long term reforestation project.
Day 1: Antananarivo
After arriving in Antananarivo (or Tana, as it is known by the locals) late pm, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.
Day 2: Heading to Andasibe National Park (B, L, D)
This morning we will set off to the Andasibe-Mantadia National Park (previously known as Perinet) where you will spend 1 ½ days exploring this wonderful environment. En-route we will stop at a farm specialising in Madagascan reptiles and butterflies, before arriving at our hotel. Depending on time of arrival, this afternoon or tomorrow you will get a chance to stroll around the private island reserve of Vakona Lodge with the opportunity to spot plenty of lemurs. This evening, take a twilight/nocturnal walk, looking out for the nocturnal species of lemur by catching their eyes in the torchlight.
Day 3: Discovering the beauty and wildlife of the unforgettable Andasibe National Park (B, L, D)
Today you will be able to explore this area including visiting Analamazaotra (Andasibe NP).
Andasibe-Mantadia National Park (formerly known as Perinet) is a 155 square kilometer protected area, about 150 km east of Antananarivo (approx. a three hour drive) consisting principally of primary growth forest. These are home to the teddy bear-like Indri, the largest of Madagascar’s lemur species, as well 11 lemur species in total and a wide array of bird life too. Listening to the piercing yet melancholy cry of the Indri in the morning is an evocative experience and for those who are prepared to follow them through the thick rainforest, the reward is often a close-up view of these beautiful creatures. This National Park was inscribed in the World Heritage Site in 2007 as part of the Rainforests of the Atsinanana.
Day 4: Andasibe to Tana to Montagne des Francais (B, D)
Today you will transfer back to Tana where you will catch your flight to Antsiranana (Diego Suarez). Upon arrival in Diego you will be met by your new guide and transfer to Montagne des Français, just a short 1 ½ hour by road, but a very different environment.
Overnight – Tree Bungalow
Day 5: Montagne des Francais – Montagne d’Ambre (B,L,D)
This morning we will explore this reserve. After lunch we will head to Joffreville, the entrance to the Montagne d’Ambre National Park
Overnight – Hotel
Day 6: Amber Mountain & Ankarana (B,L,D)
Today we will enjoy a trek in the Montagne d’Ambre National Park.
We will have some lunch and then head South to Ankarana National Park We will stay at a lodge just outside the park.
Overnight – Lodge
Day 7: Exploring and unearthing the striking landscapes of Ankarana Reserve (B,L,D)
Today will be spent exploring this amazing park. The trails are not easy but are feasible for anyone with a moderate level of fitness and we recommend visiting this park in the dry season (May-Nov). With younger children we can recommend a shorter route in the National park avoiding rope bridges.
Overnight – lodge
Day 8: Hit the Road Towards the Ankify (B,L,D)
This morning we head to Ankify. After lunch in Ambanja, we will take to our mountain bikes as we explore this area and the Cacao plantation on 2 wheels. At the end of the cycle we will head to the coast of Ankify (a short hop – approx. 20 minutes from Ambanja).
Overnight – Beach Bungalows
Day 9: Ankify – Nosy Be – Nosy Sakatia (B,D)
Your driver and guide will leave you this morning as a private boat will take you to Nosy Sakatia. Nosy Sakatia, an island away from an island is a nature’s paradise. Situated on the west coast of Nosy Be, Nosy Sakatia boasts unspoiled tropical flora and fauna. There are no roads, only foot paths on this small island of 6.5 km long and 2 km wide at its widest point. It is perfect for one to wonder and explore its beauty and deserted beaches. The island is fringed by spectacular coral reefs to be enjoyed by snorkelers and scuba divers alike.
(We recommend Sakatia Lodge as a laid back beach destination, on an island just off Nosy Be. There are however many other options if you prefer somewhere with a pool, on Nosy Be or on one of the other nearby islands).
Day 10 – 14: Nosy Sakatia
Days at leisure – Full diving facilities are available at this lodge, you can also snorkel from the shore (where sea turtles feed on the sea grass). There are plenty of excursions you can opt to do, or simply relax on the beach.
Overnight – Hotel
Day 15: End of Trip
Transfer to airport (Nosy Be) in time for flight home.
This itinerary is subject to change – arrangements, routes and facilities are subject to variation depending on local conditions. On this particular trip there is a minimum age of 8 and some previous outdoors experience is useful. We can also tailor itineraries to suit your exact requirements including catering for younger children
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We really were so super amazed with the arrangements and the whole trip. What we saw was incredible and how we were looked after by Blaize was brilliant and all local guides were excellent and knowledgeable. Madagascar is so big and we literally touched the tip of the island. There’s more I’d like to see for sure in the future. Not for the faint hearted but I’ll be sure to recommend your company and Madagascar as an adventure destination.
David maintained throughout the whole trip how helpful and brilliant you were with booking the trip and he was so pleased that everything really was top notch.