ITINERARY

Madagascar North Tour (9 Days)

Madagascar has evolved into one of the world's most phenomenal destinations for natural history travel. This itinerary includes visits of famous national parks where guests will be amazed by a diverse and exotic variety of plant and animal species found nowhere else in the world, such as lemur. While traveling, guests will also explore and Madagascar’s largest island, Nosy Be Island, where they will delight in the pristine and private beaches that have been delightfully forgotten by time.

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Tamboho Hotel

Set in an exceptional location, this boutique hotel combines authenticity and modernity. Since it located in a peaceful area close to the downtown and business districts, guests can easily stroll around Antananarivo, and explore lovely delights in the town such as the Zoma market, Queen’s Palace, and various handicrafts markets. The Tamboho hotel comprises 30 air-conditioned rooms with all the comforts our seasoned travelers deserve. The hotel’s restaurant will tickle the senses – offering guests refined European dishes as well as delicious Malagasy specialties that burst with the flavors of local spices. Guests will enjoy the hotel’s unique design, excellent service and Malagasy charm.

Vakona Forest Lodge

Vakona Forest Lodge is designed in line with local Malagasy architecture: the ten bungalows and 14 double rooms include comfortable en-suite bathrooms and verandas that overlook the Andasibe National Park forest. One can opt to enjoy the views from either the dining room where a central fireplace keeps the room toasty, or sit outside on the veranda that overlooks the lake. 

Combava Hotel

Nestled between the International Airport and the city center, guests find this hotel charming. It boasts a welcoming and immaculately landscaped garden as well as lovely rooms, each decorated in a unique style that marries traditional Antananarivo with modern comforts. All rooms are equipped with air conditioner/heater, TV-sat, mini-bar, dining room, lounge, safe deposit box, and wireless Internet.

Nature Lodge

An attractive lodge situated 30kms from Diego Suarez in the charming village of Joffreville, Nature Lodge is an ideal base from which guests can explore the surrounding Amber Mountain Reserve. Guests will luxuriate in spacious bungalows that boast a private terrace, from which they can relax with a cocktail enjoying a spectacular view of the bay and mountains!.

Relais de l’Ankarana 

This quaint property is a basic lodge located just outside the Ankarana reserve. The six wooden rooms here are simple but charming - three rooms have hot water and private bathroom facilities – and the sitting area delights with amazing views. The hotel overlooks vast savannas and the open aired restaurant offers lovely panoramic views. The staff goes out of their way to ensure that guests enjoy their stay.

Nosy Be hotel

Nosy Be Hotel is located on the west coast of Nosy Be, nestled in a 2-hectared lush tropical garden that borders the beach. Charming and elegantly designed, the 43 air-conditioned rooms are tastefully decorated, have modern and spacious bathrooms and air-conditioning. The restaurant, situated on the beachfront, creates wonderful fresh seafood platters in addition to local gastronomic delights. Guests delight in the house specialty – a Caipirinha cocktail prepared with delicious rum from Zdama. 

 

Antananarivo
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Our representative will greet you at Ivato’s International airport and escort you to your hotel, located near the city center. Our guide and driver will be at your disposal for sightseeing during the day.

Dinner and accommodation in Tamboho

Antananarivo – Andasibe (160km – approximately 3hrs)
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Have a relaxed breakfast at the hotel before departing for an excursion to Andasibe and its National Park. You will cross an amazing tropical rain forest, and will visit butterfly farm “Madagascar Exotic” founded by Mr. Peyrieras. After spending a delightful day exploring, you will check into the Vakona Forest Lodge and visit a private reserve. Lemur Island is located here and guests approach Lemurs in a natural setting; quite a unique experience. The lodge consists of twenty-four Malagasy styled comfortable bungalows, ten twin and double rooms and fourteen family bungalows. Each of the bungalows is beautifully furnished and offers private en suite bathrooms, heaters, safe and a private terrace from which to enjoy the magnificent views of the surrounding forest. The main building has been thoughtfully designed as an octagonal reception area, bar and lounge-dining room with a huge log-fire in the middle. Vakona Forest Lodge also boasts a curio shop, swimming pool and squash courts.

Dinner and accommodation in Vakona Forest Lodge 

Andasibe - Tana
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Enjoy a morning hike in the Andasibe-Mantadia National Park that encompasses two distinct areas: the small Réserve Spéciale d'Analamazaotra (popularly known by the old French name of the nearby town and railway station, Périnet) in the south next to Andasibe village; and the much larger Parc National de Mantadia to the north.

In the park you will find a dense humid forest covered with lians, moss, fern tress and more than hundred orchids species blooming between September and January. You will also have the privilege of observing the Indris (called Babakoto in Malagay) or the largest (reaching up to 1 meter) living lemurs. After a relaxing picnic lunch nestled in the midst of nature, drive back to Tana.

Dinner and accommodation in Combava

Tana – Diego (internal flight) – Joffreville (30km – 1hr)
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After a lovely breakfast in the hotel, you will be transferred to the airport and board a domestic flightto Antsiranana, also known as Diego-Suarez. From Antsiranana, you drive south to the hill station of Joffreville and check into your lodge. Enjoy a visit to the local Benedictine convent – this treasure trove is appreciated for the sweeping views of the Mozambique Channel to the Emerald Sea and Indian Ocean, as well as for the jams and liqueurs produced by the sisters of the convent. 

Dinner and accommodation in Nature Lodge  

Joffreville
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Explore Montagne d’Ambre National Park - a forested volcanic massif in northern Madagascar. It is not part of the eastern rainforest band and, consequently, its floral and faunal communities are somewhat different. The park is also known for its scenic attractions - there are four crater lakes and three waterfalls within its boundaries. Two waterfalls (Cascade d’Antomboka and Cascade Sacrée) form focal points, and there are crater lakes (Lac de la Coupe Verte and La Grande Lac) and viewpoints over the forest and surrounding area. This is an ideal place for birdwatchers and nature lovers.

Dinner and accommodation in Nature Lodge

Joffreville – Ankarana (130km – 3hrs)
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Bid farewell to Amber Mountain and head towards Ankarana special reserve, driving through some stunning scenery along the way. Upon arrival at Ankarana, after some relaxation at your hotel, you may wish to take an afternoon stroll with your guide to start to explore this very unusual but fantastic park where you can visit the dramatic limestone Tsingy, spotting lots of wildlife, and then opt to explore the sacred bat caves. Do not hesitate to sample some ripe “mokotra” fruit that you will find in the trees. 

Accommodation in Relais de l’Ankarana, including three meals

Ankarana – Ankify (180km-3hr) – Nosy Be (1h speed boat)
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Drive on to Ankify on the coast and cross on your private boat to the island Nosy Komba that looms above the turquoise sea. Here you will visit the komba (the black lemur) before continuing to Nosy Be itself, the “perfumed isle” famous for its beaches, essential oil called ylang-ylang, and sugar-cane plantations. You may want to try the famous rum locally distilled in Dzamandzar on the northern side of the island, not far from the exquisite hotel Nosy Be Hotel, where you will be staying and enjoying the hypnotizing sunsets.

Dinner and accommodation in Nosy Be hotel

Nosy Be
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After breakfast you will embark on a boat excursion to Nosy Tanikely Island located near Nosy Be in the Mozambique Channel. As a nature reserve and a marine reserve is it one of the most popular scuba diving sites in the region while hosting a gorgeous white sandy beach aside a delightful turquoise sea.

Dinner and accommodation in Nosy Be hotel

Nosy Be – Tana (domestic flight)
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Enjoy a delightful breakfast before transferring to the airport for your domestic flight back to Antananarivo. Spend a relaxing day in Tana shopping and strolling through the city.

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Rates

2013 private tour rate per person on sharing double/twin room*

Group of 2 people: RMB17, 100

Group of 4 people: RMB16, 200

Supplement on single room: RMB3, 900

*Valid from June 1st to October 31st 2013

2014 private tour rate per person on sharing double/twin room*

Group of 2 people: RMB18,800

Group of 4 people: RMB17,820

Supplement on single room: RMB3,900

*Valid from November 1st to October 31st 2014

Flight ticket extra charge

TANA – DIEGO + NOSY BE – TANA on economic class: RMB3700 per person

Inclusions

· Accommodation on double/twin room on half board or full board basis when lunch mentioned

·4WD car with experienced driver-guide and fuel for the trip

·Mentioned boat transfers

·Mentioned excursions

·All transfers from/to the airport

·Park entrance fees and guide services at the parks

·On-board extra services

·Vignette and tourist taxes

Exclusions

·Personal expenses (tips, beverages)

·522RMB per person to use a room for the day before departure plus 455RMB extra on single room

·Any extra activities not mentioned in the above itinerary

·Long haul and domestic flights

·Lunches (except lunch during the boat trip)

·Insurance