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This is a super nature lovers tour from the Island of Nosy Be to the Sava region, to visit the most complex ecosystem of Madagascar, Marojejy. You will also see critically endangered species of lemurs endemic to the region in the least visited zones of Madagascar. Not to forget, the majestic landscapes of the Tsingy of Ankarana and the Red Tsingy of the Irodo Valley. An exceptional 4x4 adventure across the north of Madagascar not to miss!
The first service is the transfer to the hotel to spend the rest of the day at the beach and to rest from the long trip. Hotel planned Villa Perle Noir in Madirokely.
After breakfast, you move to the great island of Madagascar through Ankify. The next stop is about 130 kilometers away, Ankarana National Park, the eastern entrance. The park is characterized by a complex of rocky calcareous pinnacles called Tsingy, formed by erosion caused by rich watercourses, patches of dense tropical jungle, strips of deciduous forest, deep caves, and canyons.
You will arrive in Mahamasina, the east entrance of the park, by noon. After a break for lunch (not included in the price), you will begin visiting the park, a natural amphitheater (Perte des Rivieres) and if you have time, the cave of the bats. Hotel planned Relais Ankarana.
Day of trekking in the park, you will look for lemurs and amazing rock formations. Possibility of finding natural pools, so bring swimming-suit along.
In the morning, you take the national road 5A heading east, one of the worst national roads in Madagascar. 140 kilometers in approximately 10 hours, get ready for a hard trip. The town of Daraina offers you a vision of the beauty of the northern region of Madagascar and the coast of vanilla. You will spend the night in the forest of Bekaraoka, in a typical field made of wooden and straw cabins with private bath and running water.
This is the area of the forests of Bekaraoka and Binara that offer lush flora, an exceptional variety of fauna and are mainly the unique sanctuaries of the gold-crowned Sifaka, also called Tattersalli Sifaka. You can also find the crowned lemur, the Sanford brown lemur, the Sambirano bamboo lemur, and the fossa carnivore. You will also local miners looking for gold, one of the main sources of income in this area. You will choose the trek with a local guide. You will spend the night at Tattersalli Camp.
This morning, you go on an excursion to the Binara forest just 45 minutes from Daraina. The Binara forest marks the transition zone between eastern and western northern Madagascar. This other observation site offers lush flora and numerous views. After a walk of approximately 2 hours, by car, you take the direct road to Vohemar in the Sava region. You will arrive in Vohemar in the middle of the afternoon. Hotel planned La Baie d'Iharana.
By car, you reach the small town of Manantenina (6 hours), the entrance gate to Marojejy park. The Marojejy massif is home to exceptional biodiversity: 12 different species of lemurs, including silky sifaka, which is endemic to the region. In addition, there are approximately 125 species of birds, 150 species of reptiles and amphibians, 30 species of palm trees and 300 species of ferns. You will arrive at the Mantella camp in the afternoon. At sunset, night visit around the campsite in the middle of the natural park. Night in a very simple wooden cabin.
Breakfast and departure to the Simpona Camp. You have approximately seven hours of walking with an altitude increase of about 800 m. With luck, you can see the very rare silky sifaka, one of the most threatened lemur species on the entire island of Madagascar. You will arrive at the Camp Marojejia area at noon, just for a quick lunch and then you will continue your walk to the Simpona camp, where you will arrive early in the afternoon. If there are energies, you can go in search of night lemurs near the camp. Night in a very simple wooden cabin.
Breakfast and departure at dawn to reach the highest point of Marojejy whose summit is beyond 2,100 meters. It will take about 5 hours to cover 900 meters of unevenness to the summit. If you are lucky and time permits, you can admire an exceptional view of the Indian Ocean and part of northern Madagascar. At the top, you can rest for one hour before returning to the Marojejia camp. Enjoy three hours of walking down for lunch and overnight. Possibilities for evening and night walks. Night in a very simple wooden cabin.
In five hours of descent, you will arrive at Manantenina, the entrance to the park, from where by car you return to civilization, Sambava the capital of Vanilla. Afternoon free in Sambava. Hotel planned Mimi.
Today is a calmer day, in the morning we visit the world capital of Vanilla Sambava. In the afternoon, by car, you travel to Vohemar. Hotel planned La Baie d'Iharana.
Day dedicated to travel to Ankarana. It will take about 12 hours to cover 140 kilometers.
You leave early, at 7 a.m. to reach the Irodo River Valley before noon. In front of you are approximately three hours of bad road and 45 minutes of the track. Upon arriving at the place, you can admire the famous Tsingy Reds closely. After the visit, you continue directly to Diego Suárez where you will arrive in the middle of the afternoon. Afternoon free at Ramena beach.
From Ramena, you board a small boat to reach the Island of Suárez, in the Emerald Sea. The crossing will last approximately 45 minutes, depending on the winds. Paradise area, white sand and clear seaworthy of postcard. The return to Ramena is scheduled at 3 p.m. in the afternoon to take advantage of favorable winds.
Morning dedicated to the visit of the Montagne d'Ambre National Park. Today's trip is 45 minutes to Joffreville, a small and picturesque colonial town, where time stopped in the 1960s. The park, a rainforest that includes six volcanic lakes and three waterfalls, is a paradise for many animals and endemic plants. Located at more than 1,400 meters above sea level, Montagne d'Ambre National Park offers spectacular views on clear days over the far Antsiranana Bay. You will also notice a difference in temperatures of up to 10 degrees from DS. In the afternoon, you will visit the Orangea Reserve that includes the Three Bays.
Departure early in the morning for the trip of approximately 8 hours to reach Ankify where you will take the fast boat direct to Nosy Be. In Nosy Be, you will spend the last night of the trip.
The last service is the transfer to Nosy Be's Fascene Airport (NOS).
Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world, and can boast a huge variety of fauna and flora, with hundreds of animal species that are not found anywhere else in the world such as the zebu or lemurs, and which you can also visit thanks to the countless national parks of Madagascar.
Madagascar is also a multi-ethnic journey between peoples and tribes, which have been influenced over the centuries by the migratory flows of near and far lands, giving life to a unique mixture of sacred traditions, rites, popular beliefs, music, and dances with Asian and African nuances.
Visiting Madagascar catapult you in an alternation of breathtaking landscapes: from the rain forests in the Ranomafana national park to the large highlands typical of central-western areas of Madagascar, to the paradisiacal beaches of Nosy Be and the deserts in southern Madagascar.
Spending your holidays in Madagascar is like immersing yourself in a beautiful adventure in a distant, mysterious land, waiting to be discovered; suitable for both organized group trips, honeymoons or those who love to travel with their family in complete safety.
All meals are included in the price, except for one dinner in Nosy Be and lunch in Mahamasina. Please note most hotels/lodge/resorts are located in very remote areas and food selection is very limited. Please state any allergy or important information Travelers of Madagascar team needs to know. Most lunches are on the go, ei. sandwiches or local food in small local restaurants (hotely), rice with meat and with some leafy green vegetable (Chinese cabbage, spinach, sweet potato leaves, manioca leaves, etc.). Vegetarian meals are available on request.
Please book your flight to arrive at Fascene Airport (NOS). Transfer from and to this airport is included. Travelers of Madagascar representative will pick you up at the airport.
The tour can begin and end in Nosy Be or in Diego Suarez. For Antananarivo, please see Tsaradia Airlines for their schedule and latest fare. Price may change.
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