This 9 day tour will take you the North: Diego Suarez & Nosy Be . You will see bays, protected beaches and safe lagons. You will visit Amber Mountain National Park and Ankarana National Park and Nosy Be (the fragrant islands & the archipelago).

  • Diego Suarez: bays, protected beaches and safe lagoons
  • Amber Mountain National Park
  • Red Tsingy: geological curiosity
  • Grey Tsingy: Ankarana National Park
  • Nosy Be: the fragrant island & the archipelago

Day 1 – Arrival in Antananarivo
Day 2 – Transfer from Antananarivo to Diego Suarez
Day 3 - Transfer to  Amber National Park
Day 4 - Transfer to Ankarana Special Reserve

Day 5 - Transfer to Ankarana National Park

Day 6 – Boat ride to Nosy Be
Day 7 – Excursion
Day 8 - Transfer to Nosy Be Airport and flight back to Tana

Day 9 – Departure

 

Day 1: Arrival in Antananarivo

We will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your chosen hotel. From the Airport to Antananarivo city center (12km), it can take sometimes over an hour! Antananarivo is a crowded city full of life! On your way you will see rice paddies, houses that are all different from each other, and the daily life in this city of about 2 million inhabitants. Tananarivians mostly live from day to day jobs, we call it “Ady Gasy”: repairing tyres, selling Chinese-made products in the streets, selling scrap. Antananarivo is full of life and color! Once you get to your hotel, the rest of the day you will be free.

Accommodation: Residence Laposa

Meal Plan: Half Board

Day 2: Transfer from Antananarivo to Diego Suarez

You will fly from Antananarivo to Diego Suarez, at the northern tip of Madagascar. Depending on your arrival time, you will be able to explore the beautiful 3 bays of Diego. A dozen kilometers away from Diego, you will drive on a sandy track for 5km to reach the 3 bays. Sakalava Bay, the Bay of Pigeons and the Dune Bay will blow your mind. Their long white-sand beaches are wild and almost empty. The calm sea varies in color from green to turquoise. You will have a picnic lunch on site before ending your loop in Ramena fishing village. On your way back to Diego Suarez, you will enjoy the colors of the sunset on the Sugarloaf Mountain. Diego’s bay is listed among the 10 most beautiful bays in the world.

Accommodation: Suarez Hotel

Meal Plan: Half Board

Day 3: Transfer to Amber Mountain National Park

You will take a short drive heading south, passing through Joffreville (historical town with former colonial architecture) to visit Amber Mountain National Park (25 Km). The NP is a hot spot of endemic wildlife with 77 species of birds, 7 species of lemurs and 24 species of amphibians. More than a 1 000 plant species are seen here. It is also here that, if you are lucky, you can see the cutest & smallest chameleon in the world! You will have a picnic lunch on site.

Accommodation: Nature Lodge

Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 4: Transfer to Ankarana Special Reserve

You will take a 4h drive to reach Ankarana Special Reserve, located about 100 km from Diego Suarez. On your way, you will visit the famous Red Tsingy (“Tsingy” means sharp, the word remains singular in Malagasy). These sandstone pinnacles are built from red laterite by wind and rain erosion. It looks like a spectacular Mars-like landscape! After the visit, you will keep on national road 6 to reach Ankarana. The Ankarana National park is the home of the other Tsingy: the grey ones. These are limestone pinnacles and are smaller than the ones in Western Madagascar, but no less impressive!

Accommodation: Iharana Bush Camp

Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 5: Transfer to Ankarana National Park

Walk through the limestone pinnacles populated by dry deciduous trees such as Baobabs and the Elephant foot plant, visit caves, spot crowned lemurs, ring-tailed mongoose and the northern sportive lemurs. Inside the National park you will also see the sacred lake, canyons, bats and crocodiles. Indeed, under the Tsingy lies the largest cave network in Africa!

Accommodation: Iharana Bush Camp

Meal Plan: Half Board

Day 6: Boat ride to Nosy Be

Ankify is a small village where you board on the boat to Nosy Be. The road to Ankify is magnificent, lush and green. On your way, you will pass coffee, cocoa, ylang-ylang, sugar cane and cloves plantations. Malagasy chocolate is one of the best in the world. From Ankify, you will travel 45mn boat to reach Hell Ville, main city of Nosy Be Island. Nosy Be is a mecca for snorkeling & diving, with for example the Nosy Tanikely marine protected area. This paradise tropical island also has inland activities such as Mount Passot viewpoint. There is a 360° view from the highest peak on this former volcanic Island.

Accommodation: Sarimanok Hotel

Meal Plan: Half Board

Day 7: Excursion

Nosy be has white sandy beaches but they are not the best place if you want to swim, dive or snorkel. Better to take a boat to discover the islands around Nosy Be archipelago. You can schedule a boat trip to Nosy Komba (the island of lemurs), Nosy Tanikely (the protected marine reserve), or Nosy Sakatia (the Orchid island). One of the highlights in Nosy Be: Nosy Iranja, two small islands linked by a narrow stretch of sand bank at low tide… amazing! If you stay longer, you can book a boat trip further to Mitsio or Radama archipelagos. Both are wild and beautiful.

Accommodation: Sarimanok Hotel

Meal Plan: Half Board

Day 8: Transfer from Nosy Be to Tana

Time to leave the paradise island: transfer to Nosy Be airport and flight back to Tana. Your car in Antananarivo remains at your disposal the whole day for a city tour. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Day 9: Departure

Depending on your flight schedule, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back. If time allows, you can do some last minute shopping for Malagasy handicrafts.

No of Persons Rate per  Person
2 USD 1,680
4 Quote to be provided on request
6 Quote to be provided on request
8 Quote to be provided on request

Tour Includes

  • Accommodation in the hotel range of your choice·
  • Meals as mentioned·
  •  4WD car rental with A/C and English speaking driver, indemnities and gas oil included (D3 to day 6)·
  • Parks and reserves entrance fees + guiding fees as mentioned in the program·
  • Transfers between hotels/airports/ports·
  •  1 Bottle of water per person per day (D3 to D6)·

Tour excludes

  • Domestic and international flights·
  • VISA·
  • Meals not mentioned·
  • Guidance fees in parks and reserves·
  • Day excursions offered by the hotels, visits mentioned at your charge·
  • Beverages·
  • Communications, tips and personal expenses to be paid locally·
  • All services not provided and/or not mentioned in the program·

Courtesy Reminder

  • The above rates are based on contract rates of the current period. A final quote will be
  • provided upon confirmation
  • The rates quoted are non commissionable
  • The above is a tentative quote, confirmation of rooms are subject to availability at the time of booking.
  • Reservation request on hold will be considered as confirmed booking
  • Quotes may change without prior notice, whether there is any fluctuation in prices.
  • Transfers and tours will be according to the itinerary provided at the time of booking.