THE NORTH & ITS WHIMS

DAY 1 : ANTANANARIVO-NOSY BE

Flight Nosy Be. Welcome & Tranfer to your hotel.
Night at your hotel. (Free lunch & Diner)

DAY 2: NOSY BE – ANKIFY –ANKARANA (2h30 on road with the stops)

Breakfast,from Nosy Be to Ankify village transfer by boat about 30mn away. Meeting with your guide and little briefing about the trip and set off to the Ankarana national park. We go through the cacao, vanilla and clove platation, … arriving at the east entrance of the park, we start the first raid within the simpliest walk according to your feeling. Free lunch & diner at the place.
Night at your hotel

DAY 3: ANKARANA NATIONAL PARK

Hiking trails and pathways will take you through scenes of rocks and ridges to spectacular viewpoints, which look out to a mighty sea of limestone tsingy tips. The best time for the trails is between April and November, when they are relatively dry. Crossing the long, famous rope bridge is sure to increase the adrenaline flow, or for a little more culture, meet the Antankarana ethnic group, who maintain a traditional life of farming and cattle rearing.

Ankarana National Park was created in 1956 and lies about 90 km south of Antsiranana covering an area of 182,5 km². It is a spectacularly eroded limestone fortress of sharp ridges, patches of dense tropical jungle, deciduous forest, deep caves and canyons (actually the biggest underground network of Africa) and rushing rivers. With an annual rainfall of almost 2000 mm, the underlying rocks undergo a heavy erosion producing an amazing karst topography, being its most known result the fantastically eroded limestone spires, known as “tsingy”. The Park is in fact one of the most visited specially among hikers: it offers incredible trails, unique and terrific landscapes and a lot of animals!

Ankarana is said to enjoy the highest density of lemurs in any of the reserves in Madagascar, thanks to the thick deciduous forests at the more isolated lower section of the park. Crown lemurs specifically are large in population, but dwarf lemurs, Sanford’s brown lemur, perrier’s black lemur and northern sportive lemur can also be found here. You may also come across fossa – Madagascar’s largest carnivore, tenrecs, ring-tailed mongoose and Madagascar stiped civet. 

Several walks will be proposed according to your physical conditions and at your rythm.

  • The circuit of theGrotto of the Bats,
  • The circuit of the loss of rivers, The circuit of Tsingy Meva
  • The tour of Tsingy, The circuit of Tsingy Rary,
  • The Big circuit of Tsingy of Benavony,
  • The circuit of the point of view of Ambohimalaza,
  • The Green lake circuit, The circuit of the Andrafiabe Cave and Cathedral
  • The circuit of Skeleton  Cave
  • The circuit of the Cave of Milaintety and Potamochères
  • The green river circuit and the first canyon,
  • The circuit of the Grotto of Antsironandoha
  • The circuit of the Cave of the crocodiles and the Lake of Ampandriamborona
  • The circuit of the Cave of Piegons and Lake Mangily

Free night at the hotel of your choice (Lunch and Dinner Free)

 

DAY4: ANKARANA – AMBER MOUNTAIN  (+/- 4h30 on road with the stops)

The Amber Mountain National Park was founded in 1958 and its name comes from the ambered colored resin dripping from its’ trees, which is used is by Malagasy people for medical purposes. The park is located 30 km away from Diego Suarez and 3 km away from Joffreville, it provides various excursions for you to do with your family or friends. We reach the Park which culminates at 1475 meters. The massif provides a tropical-like climate and shelters an abundant fauna and flora typical of Madagascar’s rainforests.

Free night at the hotel of your choice (Lunch and Dinner Free)

DAY 5: AMBER MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK

Day full or half day for a visit according to your feelings. Some species will surely surprise you, such as the crowned lemur. During your hikes, you could have the chance to discover the smallest chameleon species on earth, the Brookesia tuberculata concealed in foliages or the Microcebus rufus, the world’s smallest primate or also the Fosa, a rare carnivorous mammal. You will be able to uncover a lot of other species as well, such as butterflies, snakes…
The Amber Mountain National Park is also well-known as a major botanical site of interest where various species are found, such as : orchids, palm trees, lichens, ficuses, or epiphytes. You will feel a delightful sensation of well-being after visiting the Park.
You will find there plenty of birds, amphibians and lemurs species. Along your tour, you will also encounter waterfalls and lakes that give the tour a peaceful and refreshing atmosphere.
This rainforest displays a lot of endemic bontanical species. You will uncover amongst others the Canarium Madagascariensi, cycas, huge ficuses, types of ferns and many orchids species.
You will also find plenty of animal species, obviously the lemurs for example (including the world’s smallest), but also smaller species such as the Fossa or the Galidie Ellegante (endemic to this region and rarely seen). A lot of birds also took shelter in this forest, such as the crested ibis of Madagascar, the forest thrush, sparrowhaks, herons, parrots, etc.
Free night at the hotel of your choice (Lunch and Dinner Free)

DAY 6: AMBER MOUNTAIN – NOSY KOMBA

Earlier in the morning, at 6h30 am, breakfast and go to Ankify for a tranfer by boat to Nosy Komba.
Nosy Komba, is the hyphen between Nosy Be, the famous island perfumes, and mainland Madagascar. This peak of the island is at an altitude of 622 meters, covered by dense tropical forest.
The mapof the island strangely looks like a giant turtle, it is surrounded by volcanic rocks, protecting shores from rough waters. Nosy Komba is known for its many small and inhabited beaches as well as for its emerald like water. Nosy komba is a small jewel of nature, increasingly visited and becoming a mirror of its larger neighbor, Nosy Be.

DAY 7/8: NOSY KOMBA

Several activities are posible : deep sea fishing, scuba diving , quad, snorkeling, biking, walking…

DAY 9: NOSY KOMBA-NOSY BE-ANTANANARIVO