Northern Madagascar's hidden gems unveiled
Dramatic landscapes, endangered wildlife and sunny beach make this a standout treat
Our Northern Madagascar Explorer is a wonderful trip for those after some light adventure: have your Madagascar rainforest experience in lovely Montagne d'Ambre National Park ; see some of the world's most endangered primates in Andrafiamena Protected Area ; explore the tsingy pinnacle-fields and caves of Ankarana Special Reserve and take a beach break at lovely Antoremba Lodge on the quiet north-west coast. Using Antoremba as your base, you can arrange sightseeing in the Nosy Be Archipelago just 30 minutes away by speedboat.
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Day 1: Fly to Madagascar
Fly to Antananarivo. On arrival, transfer to Relais Des Plateaux to stay overnight, breakfast included.
Day 2: Fly to Diego Suarez and drive to Amber Mountain NP
Take a morning flight to Diego Suarez on the far north coast. Your dedicated, professional, English-speaking wildlife expert guide and driver will transfer you in your private 4WD to Montagne d'Ambre National Park to stay 2 nights in the comfortable Nature Lodge with all meals included. Visit Montagne d'Ambre with your guides for an introductory rainforest experience.
Day 3: Amber Mountain National Park
You'll have the day to enjoy the rainforest of Montagne d'Ambre, a beautiful park with your guides.
Day 4: Travel to Black Lemur Camp
Drive for about 2hrs,30min southward to Black Lemur Camp where you stay for two nights, all meals included. Take an introductory walk into Andrafiamena Protected area's semi-moist tropical deciduous forests to seek out one of the World's rarest primates, Perrier's black sifaka. Its population is less than 500, with a viable breeding population lower than 200 individuals.
Day 5: Andrafiamena Protected Area
Your guides will take you for day and night walks into the transition forest at Andrafiamena, where among others you'll be seeking Perrier's black sifaka, Northern sportive lemur and Crowned lemur.
Day 6: Drive to Ankarana Ouest
Days 7 - 8: Ankarana Special Reserve
During these two days, your guides will take you on the various activities on offer using Iharana Bush Camp as a base. There are wonderful circuits outside as well as inside the Special Reserve so you'll have plenty to keep you busy. Inbetween excursions, you can relax at the swimming pool.
Day 9: Travel to Antoremba
You will be transferred about 3 hours west to Ankify (let your guide know if en route you would like to make a stop at Plantation Millot), and from there about 15 minutes by speedboat to secluded and lovely Antoremba Lodge to stay 4 nights on a full board basis.
Days 10 - 12: Antoremba and surrounds
With Antoremba as your base, you can arrange through reception (payable locally) a variety of excursions to seldom-seen places in the Sambirano Region, and to the Nosy Be Archipelago just opposite the coast here.
Day 13: Fly from Nosy Be back to Antananarivo
You will be transferred by speedboat and road to Nosy Be airport for the flight back to Antananarivo where you will be taken to Relais des Plateaux. You will have the use of a day/evening room here.
Late evening transfer to Ivato airport for the Air France check in.
Day 14: Flight home
Fly back to the UK via Paris CDG, arriving around lunch time.
Location: Madagascar, Africa
Price based on two adults travelling together and sharing in twin or double room accommodation includes: internal Air Madagascar flights; all private transfers and private, 4WD transportation; services of your dedicated, professional, English-speaking wildlife expert guide throughout except at Antoremba where you do not need a guide; all excursions and activities as outlined; services of park guides; all park permits and entry fees; accommodation and meals as indicated
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