North Madagascar Diego Suarez and Nosy Be Beach Tour

9

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Safari: Madagascar

North Madagascar Diego Suarez and Nosy Be Beach Tour

Two of Madagascar's most popular destinations are yours to explore in this relaxed beach-based itinerary

A Madagascar vacation lends itself to more than just a beach holiday. As the world's fourth biggest island there is much to explore and be seen on this mystical island of Madagascar. To appreciate the full diversity of the Madagascar wildlife, culture, amazing plant life and unusual Tsingy rock formations you need to travel through the forests, through villages and across the countryside, finally enjoying three days of relaxation on the exquisite beaches of Nosy Be (one of the most popular beach destinations in Madagascar)

This adventure holiday tour will take you to the northernmost tip of Madagascar, Diego Suarez and then south-west to Nosy Be. Diego Suarez is situated on the shores of the second largest natural bay in the world and a strategic safe deep-water harbour to shipping with dry docks and other shipping services. 

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International flights not included.
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What to Expect on This Safari

This popular itinerary can be customised to match your budget and travel dates by adding/removing a few days or selecting different lodges

day

1

Landing in Antananarivo

On arrival, you'll be met at the airport and transferred to the Maison Gallieni.

On your way to your overnight Hotel, you will see rice paddies, houses that are all very different and the daily life in this city of about 2 million inhabitants. Antananarivo is full of life and colour! Once you get to your hotel, the rest of the day will be free. Dinner will be served!

Meals: Half board

Drinks: Not included

Transport and transfers: Included

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2

Encounter the beautiful three bays of Diego Suarez

Today you'll fly from Antananarivo to Diego Suarez, at the northern tip of Madagascar. Depending on your arrival time where you will be able to explore the beautiful three bays of Diego.

From the city of Antsiranana, we drive on a paved road for about 20 km and after a short 5km sand track, we do arrive at the beginning of this relaxing walk. This excursion will lead you in the succession of three bays known for their impressive rugged beauty. Each bay has a unique landscape but all have in common the turquoise waters: The Bay of Sakalava, the bay of Pigeons and the bay of Dunes.  To end this excursion, we will get to Cape Mine and the Orangéa camp with its guns and fortifications that authenticate the role of the former colonial army in the region. On our way to Diego Suarez, you will send enjoy the landscape with the French Mountain ( Montagne des Francais ) and the red baobabs.

 

You will end your day at Allamanda Hotel where you will spend the night

Meals: Half board

Drinks: Not included

Transport and transfers: Included

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3

Diego Suarez To Joffreville

Accompanied by experienced sailors and fishermen, you will take a boat off the Bay of Diego to reach the Emerald Sea which is located in one of the 3 enclosed bays in Diego Suarez. The bay comprises several pristine and empty beaches with almost no tourist development. You will spend the day relaxing and snorkeling in clear water while your fishermen prepare food with their daily catch. We leave  Antsiranana and drive 45km North in the mountains to reach Joffreville.  It is the gateway to the Amber Mountain National park.
 

Dinner and overnight at the Litchi Tree

Meals: Half board

Drinks: Not included

Transport and transfers: Included

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4

Ankarana via Red Tsingy Special Reserve

This morning we visit Amber National Park. It is home to a magnificent rain forest, protected from any human impact. This visit will allow you to enjoy various forms of vegetation, the park is also home to several species of lemurs such as crowned lemur, lemur fulvus, several species of birds and chameleons. You will discover beautiful waterfalls and lakes and magnificent views of the far north of the island.

We leave the region of the bays and the forests of the Amber Mountain, we drive about 100km through very heterogeneous landscapes of the Antakarana country towards The Red Tsingy. Once on-site, we will have a short and easy walk to see this unique geological phenomenon. Erosion of red sandstone resulted in the formation of these ephemeral structures carved at the whim of the wind and rain. We will also stop at a viewpoint which will allow us to take pictures over the canyons.

Dinner and overnight at the Iharana Bush Camp near the National Park.

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5

Ankarana National Park

Full day to explore 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.

Dinner and overnight in the Iharana Bush Camp.

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6

Nosy Be via Ankify

We drive through plantations of coffee, cocoa and ylang ylang. This trip will take us through a volcanic zone and the most fertile region of Madagascar. We then arrive in Ankify, a small harbour. A member of our Nosy Be team will welcome you upon arrival, we then embark on a private boat for a 30 min crossing before reaching Nosy Be Hell-ville harbour where a vehicle is waiting for your private transfer towards your hotel. You will then be driven to Fascene to catch your speed boat to one of the islets of the exquisite Mitsio Archipelago in the north western part of Madagascar, Tsarabanjina is 40 miles from the island of Nosy Be.

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7 to 8

Beach time

A few days to relax and enjoy all that this island has to offer - guided nature walks through the unspoilt wild landscape, dive and snorkel through the breathtaking underwater wonderland, or savour the freshly caught Malagasy seafood cuisine while sipping on a cocktail and watching a beautiful sunset. Other highlights include: kayaking, sailing, guided bird watching excursions, volleyball, table tennis and beach tennis. This island retreat is perfect for those wanting to get away from everything and immerse themselves in a tranquil island paradise.

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9

Farewell to paradise

You will take a speed boat to Nosy Be.
A member of our team will pick you up.  We transfer you to the international terminal, on time for your departure flight.

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