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Uncover Madagascar

  • Nosy Be Island
  • Nosy Komba - the lemur island
  • Nosy Tanikely - a marine reserve
  • Red Tsingy of the Ankarana Reserve

Overview

Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world and is known as the "Galapagos of the African Continent" – it holds a rich mixture of cultures, an astounding variety of landscapes and amazing natural heritage.

Even though it lies off the coast of Africa, the fauna on the island differs from that of the continent: the world's biggest butterfly is found on the island, frogs with striking colours, two-thirds of all known chameleon species, tortoises and an astonishing variety of endemic bird species. You are bound to bump into a lemur with various species scattered across the island in numerous nature parks. They are remarkable and differ in colour and size. Madagascar also boasts untouched beaches, sparkling water, colourful coral reefs and small, personalized resorts.

 On this 08-day private tour you will discover the rich natural heritage of this fascinating island. This will truly be a journey to remember.

Itinerary

DAY 01: JOHANNESBURG - NOSY BE

Fly from O.R. Tambo Airport to Nosy Be.
Arrival in Nosy Be, meet and greet at the airport and transfer to the hotel for check-in.
Nosy Be is famous for its perfumed plant, Ylang Ylang, but also for its beautiful sandy beaches... a true paradise. The island is situated on the north-west coast of Madagascar and is characterized by hills, valleys, plantations of sugar cane, fragrant flower bushes and some primary forests.

O/N VANILA HOTEL or similar (dinner)

DAY 02: NOSY BE

After breakfast, depart on an island tour.
~ visit a traditional ylang-ylang distillery and Lemuria Land to discover the endemic fauna of
Madagascar … lemurs, reptiles, chameleons, crocodiles and lizards, etc.
~ visit the sacred tree, a big banyan tree, which is more than 200 years old.
~ visit the markets that offer fresh vegetables, spices, fruit and Malagasy handicraft
~ visit Andilana Beach to the extreme north, passing Djamandjar city with its colonial buildings
and old rum factory

O/N VANILA HOTEL or similar (breakfast, picnic lunch and dinner)

DAY 03: NOSY BE

Today you depart by boat to the islands of Nosy Komba known as the lemur island, and Nosy Tanikely which is a marine reserve. On Nosy Komba you will visit the fisherman’s village and the lemur reserve for a chance to view these curious creatures. From here you proceed to Nosy Tanikely, a small island situated about 40 minutes by boat from Nosy Komba. This is an underwater reserve with multi-coloured coral reefs just a few meters below the surface. It is one of the best snorkelling sites in the area, though there is no need to be an experienced diver to observe the colourful spectacle.
Return to the hotel late afternoon.

O/N VANILA HOTEL or similar (breakfast, picnic lunch and dinner)

DAY 04: NOSY BE - ANKIFY - ANKARANA

Breakfast at the hotel and check-out.
Transfer to the port and depart by motorboat to Ankify.
You will be met upon arrival in Ankify. Drive through the Sambirano Valley, which is known for the production of high quality cocoa. On average, 4500 tons of chocolate is produced every year in Madagascar of which 95% of the cocoa comes from this part of the island.
Arrive late afternoon at the Iharana Bush camp, situated on the edge of a lake with a view over the Tsingy massif.

O/N IHARANA BUSH CAMP or similar (breakfast, picnic lunch and dinner)

DAY 05: ANKARANA RESERVE

Full day visit of the Ankarana reserve.
The Ankarana Reserve is a 35km long karstic massif consisting of limestone karst pinnacles called Tsingy, deep caves and canyons and underground rivers criss-crossing the national park. The reserve contains one of the highest density of primates of any forest in the world. It is home to almost 100 bird species, 50 reptiles, 10 frogs and a variety of lemurs including brown lemurs, Perrier’s black lemurs and dwarf lemurs.

O/N IHARANA BUSH CAMP or similar (breakfast, picnic lunch and dinner)

DAY 06: ANKARANA RESERVE

Day 6: 11 Aug 2017 ANKARANA
Morning departure for a visit to The Red Tsingy (Tsingy Rouge) which is a spectacular sight of rock formations caused by erosion from rain and wind on laterite soil. The result is a surprising maze of red rocks.
After the visit drive back to Ankarana.
Lunch at a restaurant.
In the afternoon, continue visiting the Ankarana reserve.

O/N IHARANA BUSH CAMP or similar (breakfast, lunch and dinner)

DAY 07: ANKARANA - ANKIFY - NOSY BE

After breakfast, drive to Ankify for a motorboat transfer to Nosy Be.
Upon arrival in Nosy Be you will be met and transferred to the hotel for check-in.

O/N VANILA HOTEL or similar (breakfast, lunch and dinner)

DAY 08: NOSY BE - JOHANNESBURG

Morning at Leisure until transfer to the airport.
Check-in for return flight to Johannesburg (breakfast)

END OF SERVICES

Dates

On Request

Rates

Land Package
On Request, subject to your preferred dates.

Included

  • All transfers airport/ hotel and hotel/ airport
  • Lodging and meals as per itinerary
  • Vehicle and guide for the portion of the tour on the mainland
  • Entrance fees and local guides in parks on the two islands, Lemuria Land, Tsingy Rouge, Ankarana East/ West
  • Excursions mentioned in the program

Excluded

  • International flights 
  • Beverages
  • Lunch on day 1
  • Personal items
  • Gratuities and tips
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Visa costs