Madagascar Northern Highlights • 8 Days

Madagascar Northern Adventure Map

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Our group tours are also offered on a private basis, and can be customized: Our experienced travel consultants will design bespoke, private itineraries according to your needs and budget. 

Explore the wonders of northern Madagascar on a guided group tour that takes you on a journey from the stunning waterfalls and lakes of Montagne d’Ambre National Park to the enchanting underground caves of Ankarana Reserve. Discover the captivating waterfalls and lakes of Montagne d’Ambre to the fascinating underground caves and limestone formations known as ‘tsingy’ in Ankarana. End your tour on the beautiful tropical beaches of Nosy Be. 

Along the way, you will stay in comfort in facilities like the luxurious Ankarana Lodge and Ravintsara Wellness Hotel. The tour starts and ends in Antananarivo. You also have the option to experience it on your own. 

Highlights of the Tour

Antananarivo

Antananarivo, affectionately called “Tana,” is Madagascar’s lively capital. It is the primary arrival and departure hub for most visitors to the island. The city offers excellent opportunities to delve into Madagascar’s history, with attractions like the Queen’s Palace and the Royal Hills of Ambohimanga, which can be explored on a cycling tour. 

Montagne d’Ambre National Park

Montagne D’ambre National Park, also known as Amber Mountain National Park, is a lush and pristine nature reserve nestled in the north of Madagascar. Boasting a diverse range of flora and fauna, the park is renowned for its unique ecosystems, including dense rainforests, cascading waterfalls and volcanic lakes. Visitors can explore its network of well-maintained trails, leading to panoramic viewpoints and the chance to encounter rare species such as lemurs, chameleons and a variety of colourful birds. 

Ankarana National Park

Situated in the north of Madagascar, Ankarana National Park is a captivating natural wonder renowned for its unique limestone formations known as tsingy. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a surreal landscape of towering limestone pinnacles, deep canyons and lush forests, where lemurs, chameleons and endemic plant species thrive. Adventure enthusiasts can also explore the park’s network of trails. 

Nosy Be

Nosy Be is an enchanting island off the northwest coast of Madagascar. Its pristine beaches, turquoise waters and vibrant coral reefs are an open invitation for exploration and activities like snorkelling and diving. Nosy Be is also often billed as the ‘Ile aux Parfums’ and is a centre for the production of perfume essence from the ylang-ylang tree. Other goodies to discover on the markets include sugar cane, coffee, vanilla, pepper, saffron and other spices. 

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Accommodation

Day 1

Relais de Plateaux (or similar)
Antananarivo, Madagascar

Days 2 & 3

Nature Lodge or Litchi Tree (or similar)
Montagne d’Ambre National Park, Madagascar

Days 4 & 5

Hotel Relais de I’Ankarana (or similar)
Ankarana Park, Madagascar

Days 6 & 7

Ravintsara Wellness Hotel (or similar)
Nosy Be, Madagascar

Included

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast daily
  • Lunches or picnic lunches on days 2 & 3
  • Dinner on day 4 & 5
  • All transport and transfers
  • Motorboat transfer from Ankify to Nosy Be
  • English-speaking guide from Diego Suarez airport to Ankify (Day 2-6)
  • Specialist local guides in national parks as per
  • Activities and excursions as mentioned
  • Park and reserve entrance fees

Excluded

  • Flights: International & domestic
  • Pre and post-tour accommodation
  • Optional activities
  • All drinks & meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses such as visas, travel insurance, curios, laundry etc.
  • Gratuities

Pre-Tour Information

Departure

When arriving in Antananarivo in the morning of Day 1 of the tour you will be picked up from the airport and transferred to your hotel for your overnight stay. The next morning, we start the tour. Should you arrive prior to day 1, pre tour accommodation can be arranged and you will be picked up from your hotel on the morning of day 1. (Pick up time will be confirmed on arrival).

Transport

Transport will be in an appropriate 2x 4 vehicle

Visas

A visa is required to enter the territory of Madagascar and can easily be obtained upon arrival at the airport of Antananarivo with a validity of up to 60 days. Tourists staying for less than one month, can purchase a visa for 115’000 Ariary (around 35 €). Paying with the exact amounts or small currency is advised. No photographs are required, however please ensure that passports are valid for at least 6 months after return date.

Accommodation

Accommodation will be in 4* hotels and applies only to Nosy Be, Ankarana and Antananarivo. No opportunities exist for upgrade at Montagne d’Ambre and accommodation will therefore be in a midrange hotel. Please note that Madagascar is a country which is in its infancy when it comes to tourism. Accommodation is limited so all the above mentioned accommodation are subject to availability, and
we reserve the right to change these using similar accommodation of the same standards.

Meals

Please advise us of any special dietary requirements in advance.

Travel Insurance

Please note that travel and cancellation insurance is mandatory for every guest travelling with Jenman Madagascar Safaris. All insurance is solely the responsibility of our guests. Please ensure you arrange your own insurance with protection for the full duration of your journey to cover personal injury, damage and loss of personal items including but not limited to camera equipment and other electronic items, medical expenses, repatriation expenses and loss of luggage, etc. Please speak to your travel agent if you require assistance.

You will be met at the airport on the first day of your Madagascar safari and transferred to your hotel in Antananarivo, the picturesque capital of Madagascar. With its bustling markets, friendly people and ancient town on a hill with freestone churches and ancient royal places, it is unique among the world’s other capitals.
You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Diego Suarez, where you will be collected at the airport. We then drive directly to Montagne d’Ambre National Park, which covers 18,200 ha of a prominent volcanic massif and offers striking scenery, rainforest and waterfalls. It is one of Madagascar’s most visited natural attractions. We arrive in the late afternoon. The next day is spent exploring the park on foot. In the park, you will have the chance to see seven species of lemurs, the ring-tailed mongoose and a variety of reptiles including frogs, geckos and chameleons, as well as more than 70 species of birds.
Today we head to Ankarana – a nature reserve with karst pinnacles, sacred caves, underground rivers and beautiful scenery. The rich and diverse flora and fauna includes many lemurs and interesting bird species. Running through and under the limestone pinnacles are hidden forest-filled canyons and numerous subterranean rivers. We will explore the extensive cave system, which includes several fascinating bat-filled grottoes.
Today we will have a full day to visit the Ankarana nature reserve, where once again you will have the chance to admire the remarkably rich and varied vegetation and the abundant wildlife of the reserve.
Today we drive to Ankify – a small village situated along a white sand beach. From here we will go on a boat transfer to Nosy Be where you will be transferred by car to your hotel. Nosy Be, commonly known as “the island of perfumes” and the largest of Madagascar’s offshore islands, is a beautiful tropical island covered with palm trees and bougainvillea. Nosy Be is a beautiful place where you could easily spend the entire day simply watching the changing hues of blue in the sea and the sky. In addition to its attractive beaches, the island’s assets include luxuriant foliage, friendly people and a relaxed Indian Ocean ambience.
This day in Nosy Be is at leisure. The following optional activities are available. Visit the Lokobe Reserve, a rainforest reserve that protects most of Nosy Be’s endemic vegetation. You might see lemurs, birds and chameleons. Or go on a day cruise to the islands “Nosy Komba”- the island of lemurs or “Nosy Tanikely”- an underwater reserve offering a rich diversity of marine life, such as beautiful corals and a large variety of fish, with excellent diving and snorkelling opportunities. Fish you might see include surgeonfish, clownfish, barracuda, manta rays, sea urchins, starfish, eels, anemones and many more. At the end of the afternoon, we will go back to the hotel where you will have the chance to enjoy the amenities on offer.
Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Antananarivo. We hope to welcome you to Madagascar again very soon!
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