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10 days Northern Madagascar

10 days Northern Madagascar

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The undiscovered Northern Madagascar has a lot to offer. Spotting Lemurs in Ambre Mountain N.P. walk in the Stone forest of Ankarana N.P. and end your tour on the tropical island of Nosy Be!

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Spot Lemurs in Amber mountains N.P.
  • Visit the Tsingy of Ankarana N.P.
  • Tropical island of Nosy Be
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Day 1: Welcome to Madagascar!

On arrival at the airport of Antananarivo your driver/guide will pick you up from the airport and take you to a cozy guesthouse on the outskirts of town. Susie’s Place recently opened and in a quiet neighborhood nearby the airport. 

Journey Time 15 minutes from airport
Accommodation        Susie's place
Meal Plan No meals inclusive today
 
 

Day 2: Domestic flight to Diego Suarez

A morning flight will take you to the far northern part of the Island to the town Diego Suarez, or locally known as Antsiranana. This colorful and lively little town is often referred to as the Havana of Madagascar. You will spend the night in a beautifully located hotel just outside town with a large swimming pool and a good restaurant. A perfect place to start your tour in the North!

Journey Time 3 hours
Accommodation        Suarez Hotel
Meal Plan Breakfast                         

Day 3: To Amber mountains N.P.

A few hours drive will take you to Amber Mountain National park. Amber mountain is an isolated stretch of rainforest covering an area of 18.000 hectares. In the forest there is a great biodiversity with many waterfalls and volcanic lakes. 

In the evening you can go for a nocturnal walk with a professional guide. There are 5 different species of Nocturnal Lemurs that you can spot during this walk.

 

 

The coming two nights you will spend in the Nature lodge located 7 kilometers from the main entrance of the park. This small and exclusive eco-loge is located in a lush forest of mangoes and litchi trees guarantees an ultimate peace and tranquility. The spacious and charming thatched chalets offer an endless panoramic view on either the lush green rain forest home of many lemurs or on one of the most beautiful bays in the world: Diego Suarez’s Bay.

Journey Time 3 hours                       
Accommodation        Nature Lodge
Meal Plan Breakfast
 
 

Day 4: Amber mountain N.P.

You will explore Amber mountain National Park with a local guide today.

A big number of animal species inhabit the National Park. 8 different species of Lemurs: Sanford's brown lemur, crowned lemur, lesser bamboo lemur and there are five species of nocturnal lemurs. Also 75 different bird species and 60 reptiles’ species are found in this national park, such as tiny stump-tailed chameleons, leaf-tailed geckos and snakes besides that there are 35 frogs species and over 40 butterflies species!

In the evening you return to your accommodation for a nice hot meal and a good night sleep. 

Day 5: To Ankarana N.P.

In the morning after a good breakfast you will continue your journey to Ankarana National park. Millions of years ago the northwest side of the island Madagascar was pushed up from the sea. Wind and rain creatively formed this limestone mass into a karst formation. These razorsharp rocks are locally called: Tsingy.

In the afternoon you will walk to the small Tsingy with stunning landscapes on the way.

 

The coming two nights you will spend in Ankarana lodge. This lodge is the ideal starting point for a visit for Ankarana national park. It is located in the midst of beautiful nature with limestone formations and dry savanna. Different species of birds and lemurs often visit the lodges as well as chameleons, frogs and lizards. 

Journey Time 5 hours
Accommodation        Ankarana lodge
Meal Plan Breakfast                          
 
 

Day 6: The Big Tsingy

Today you will explore the Big Tsingy. Tsingy is the Malagasy word for “walking on tiptoes” and the nearly impenetrable labyrinth of limestone needles justifies this name. This is probably the most rewarding half-day trip within the park as it goes deep into the limestone forest passing through several hanging bridges with the impressive karstic formations below your feet.

In the afternoon you will have a nice dinner at the Ankarana lodge. 

Day 7 - 9: Nosy Be island

After a short drive of 3 hours through the tropical landscape of Northern Madagascar you will arrive at the coast in the little town Ankify. A speedboat is waiting to transfer you to the Perfume Island: Nosy Be. Nosy Be means “Big Island”, because it is the biggest island of the northwest coast of Madagascar. At the harbour a transfer will be waiting for you to take you to your beach hotel.

On this island you will spend three nights at Nosy Lodge, enjoying the tropical white Sandy beaches, good food and the relaxed local island atmosphere.

 

Journey time 5 hours
Accommodation         Nosy Lodge    
Meal plan Breakfast
 

Optional activities Nosy Be

There are many optional activities possible from Nosy Be:

  • Visit Nosy Tanikely and swim with seaturtles and enjoy a great lunch on the beach.
  • Visit the Paradise Island, Nosy Iranja, seriously the most beautiful place on earth.
  • Visit Lokobe NP and spot the endangered black lemur.
  • Go on a Catamaran cruise around the islands
  • Book a diving trip to one of great diving locations in Nosy Be (in October and November diving with whale sharks is possible)  

You can organize these activities with your hotel.

 
 

Day 10: Departure

Today is unfortunately the last day with Matoke tours in Madagascar. A transfer to the airport of Nosy Be and a domestic flight will take you back to the capital Antananarivo.

Depending on your international departure it is possible to book a day room at a nice mid-range guesthouse nearby the airport. Please contact: contact@matoketours.com for more information.

This is the end of hopefully a wonderful tour in Madagascar. 

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