Diego - Joffreville - Ankarana - Ankify - Nosy Komba - Nosy Be – Antananarivo
This program allows you to live to the rhythm of the North, to live real adventures of discovery. Other activities and visits are planned.
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13 days – 12 nights
Flight to Diego Suarez, the city in the north of the island of Madagascar. An hour and a half flight and we will land at Arachard airport. City tour by car in the afternoon and we will end the day with an incredible sunset on Joffre Square.
After breakfast, you will explore the three bays: Sakalava bay, Pigeon's bay and Dune's bay. While the guide will tell you all about the "pirate" story" by Diego. The white sand beach is ideal for swimming. You will also see the magnificent "Sugar Loaf", an uninhabited sacred island 122 meters high, located outside the bay of Diego Suarez. Under the palm trees, lunch will be served and prepared by our team, seasonal seafood. In the afternoon, if you dare to walk a little, you can climb the Montagne of French, a large mountain with an impressive view from the top of all the bays and the two oceans on both sides. Return to the hotel at the end of the day.
After breakfast, transfer to the place of embarkation to take the motor boat that will take you to the Emerald Sea. From the boat you discover the wonderful and amazing emerald sea. This discovery is amazing, you wonder if it is real or a dream, a moment of emotion. You land on the islet Suarez, you can relax, or practice snorkeling, swim for hours. Picnic lunch with seafood in abundance under shelter on the islet accompanied by a good cocktail of drinks.
Depending on the wind of the tide, you will leave this magical place for your hotel.
After breakfast, you will be driven by car to Joffre Ville, in the southern part of Diego Suarez to visit the Amber Mountain National Park: one of the points of interest in the North. The dry savannah quickly gives way to an evergreen forest. We will climb to about 400 m above sea level to reach this wet and refreshing area. It is an isolated tropical forest and, as such, the rate of endemicity of its flora and fauna is high. The distinctive features of the massif include four crater lakes and three widely photographed waterfalls. You will have lunch in one of these well-kept chalets with stunning views of the famous Diego Bay. In the afternoon, you continue your visit and leave the park around 16:00.
Early departure to reach the Ankarana region and its exceptional and unique geological formation. The "Tsingy"" are eroded karst limestone rocks. This national park is one of the most famous places in Madagascar, it is a must.
Before reaching this area, we will make a detour to the red Tsingy which are a unique panoramic landscape with an amazing color sample. Then we descend to Anivorano and its sacred lake with sacred crocodiles, we will make a stop to understand the traditional belief of this region of Madagascar.
We will arrive at the camp of the black lemurs at the end of the day and installation.
The Ankarana Special Reserve is located about 108 km south of Antsiranana (Diego Suarez) and covers 18,220 ha. Ankarana is known for its limestone karst pinnacles called Tsingy, as well as its extensive cave system and network of underground rivers – some of which are home to crocodiles. Dry deciduous forest is found in much of the reserve.
Ankarana may have the highest density of primates of any forest in the world, according to Bradt's Madagascar Wildlife. Visitors can encounter the crowned lemur, Sanford's brown lemur, Perrier's black lemur, northern sports lemur, and dwarf lemurs. A variety of chameleons and leaf-tailed Uroplatus geckos can also be found in the reserve.
About three hours to do the Circuit Sifaka noir du Perrier. In this part of the Ankarana region, you will make an amazing encounter with Perrier's black lemur, another variety of the dancing lemur. As their habitat shrinks by the day, this species is endangered due to many threats. The afternoon is devoted to visiting the social aspect of this lodge. They work closely with the local community to achieve a certain value of solidarity and sustainability. In the night, visit the Nocturne Microcèbe
Departure after breakfast to reach the coastal area. We will make several stops, especially in Ambanja to visit the species plantations. The region of Sambirano is a very important region for the cultivation of spices. We will visit a notorious one. Cocoa trees, ylang-ylang, vanilla and dozens of other species of tropical trees.
Continue to Ankify on the coastal region after a typical lunch. Arrival in the middle of the afternoon and accommodation.
After breakfast, the car will drop you off at the pear and then transfer by motorboat to Nosy Komba and visit this small island where there are families of lemurs and a unique area to find local crafts. Discover this small island and its hidden treasures.
FREE day to enjoy the place.
(In season, possibility of discovering whales)
From the hotel, transfer by boat to "Nosy Sakatia", a small island that can offer you a unique experience of a beach and all water activities, canoeing, snorkelling, massage, hairdresser,... Picnic lunch of seafood. Return to the hotel in the middle of the afternoon depending on the weather and wind.
Departure from the hotel and transfer by car to the village of Marodoka. Then by traditional canoe to reach the entrance of Lokobe National Park.
This nature reserve is one of the protected areas of the region. It is known to be home to many species of lemurs and other specific mammals. A peculiarity of this area is the number of rare reptiles as one of the smallest chameleons on the island and in the world.
According to flight schedule, transfer to Nosy Be airport for the flight to the capital.