Madagascar tour with North or South Extensions
Description of Madagascar tour with North or South Extensions
Get a real sense of what Madagascar is like from the hustle and bustle of Antananarivo to the dense forests and wildlife of the protected national parks. Antananarivo has stunning architecture and is a unique blend of african and Indonesian cultures. From Antananarivo, a short flight takes you to the incredible National Park of the Montagne d'Ambre. Look for Madagascar's most famous inhabitants, the lemur, as you explore this wildlife paradise punctuated with waterfalls and lush greenery.
Next stop is Ankarana with its fascinating limestone rock formations, the Tsingy. Your knowledgeable guide will show you the sunken deciduous forests, towering turret-like Tsingy, Baobab trees, bat caves, a crater lake and numerous canyons.
At the end of your visit enjoy a relaxing stay on a beach paradise. The island of Nosy Komba offers a different pace of life and your stay at a 4-star eco-resort ensures not only a wonderful end to your trip but the confidence that you are helping preserve this beautiful island. Boutique chattel bungalows nestled into the hillside provide beautiful sea views, and each has been constructed sympathetically using local materials and local builders. Enjoy the freshest ingredients from the island's farmers and make the most of the sea with snorkelling, scuba diving and boat trips.
At the end of your island stay you will be returned to the mainland and transferred back to Antananarivo by plane for your return flight.
Meals are included as per the itinerary and prices are based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Each of our itineraries is a guide and can be tailored to your exact requirements and interests. We can also assist with booking flights.
|Day 1||On arrival in Antananarivo you will be welcomed by an English-speaking guide who will accompany you to your hotel. Your boutique hotel is nestled in the old town with views over the Royal Hill and beyond. After you have checked in, the rest of the day is free to explore the city. Antananarivo is a city full of life and colour.|
|Day 2||After an early breakfast, you will make the short flight to Diego Suarez, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Diego Suarez is a spectacular harbour setting, and had great strategic importance for centuries. As a result the city is a wonderful amalgamation of Arab, Chinese, Indian and Creole influences. Your hotel is nestled in the foothills of the Amber Mountain National Park and once belonged to the French admiralty. (B, L, D)|
|Day 3||Enjoy a full day visit to the national park today. Home to extraordinary plant and animal life, thousands of acres allow huge ferns, strangler figs, lemurs (including Sanfords Lemur) mongoose and fosa to flourish here. One of the spectacular waterfalls in the park makes a wonderful destination as you explore. (B, L, D)|
|Day 4||Set out with your guide to make the 4-hour drive to Ankarana. The road may be poor but the landscape is spectacular as you pass through lush, volcanic vistas. As you approach Ankarana you will be greeted with amazing views of Madagascar's rock formations, the Tsingy. These eroded limestone pinnacles need to be seen to be believed, and these combined with sunken deciduous forests and one of the highest densities of primates in the world make Ankarana one of Madagascar's most exciting reserves. Arrive and check into your lodge and the afternoon is at your leisure to relax and explore.|
|Day 5||After breakfast set out to explore the Tsingy. Caves, canyons and lemurs are on the must-see list today and you won't be disappointed. It is also a bird-watchers paradise with over 100 different species to spot. Your guide will recommend the best places based on your personal preference and fitness however highlights might include: the Baobab Forest, Ampondrabe River, the Abyss - where three rivers disappear, Bats Cave, turret shaped rock formations and a stunning crater lake. (B, L, D)|
|Day 6||Hop back in the car today to drive to Ankify, (approx. 4 hours) before boarding a boat to Nosy Komba. This small Island is nestled in the Mozambique channel and is known for its population of lemurs, stunning beaches, local craft markets and relaxed pace of life. Its white sand beaches and turquoise water make for the perfect finish to your trip. Your boutique lodge is an eco-paradise that offers comfortable accomodation with unbeatable sea views. Dedicated to the preservation of the island, you'll find sensitively constructed chalet-style bungalows and plenty of community minded activities. You'll also have the chance to enjoy snorkelling and boating excursions to spot turtles, dolphins and hump-back whales (July - November) (B, L, D)|
|Day 7-8||Spend two days soaking up the sun and exploring the beautiful island paradise. (B, L, D)|
|Day 9||Transfer back to the mainland by boat and catch a short flight back to Antananarivo. Return to your boutique guesthouse for your last night in Madagascar. (B, D)|
|Day 10||Your guide will transfer you to the airport for your return flight home. (B)|
In a fragile environment, with traditional cultures and values, eco-tourism is an essential tool to sustainably manage our impact we choose only to work with those that are equally as committed. The properties are small and deliberately isolated from the local community to reduce the social and environmental impact from tourism.
River Camp is fully solar-powered, drawing all its electric and hot water needs from the sun. This helps to contribute to the protection of the environment by reducing the carbon footprint and not adding to the pressure of deforestation in Madagascar.
Beach Lodge – meets all its electricity needs through 100% solar sources. There are ongoing tree planning projects and the staff at the facility work very hard to ensure the environmental impact is kept to a minimum.
Both properties are kept small to limit the carbon footprint, while modern amenities are available such as electric points to charge phones to meet the expectations of western travellers.
River Camp: As the camp is based in the heart of the Antandroy area it has a very close relationship with the local community. All the guided walks are in community forests and the camp has helped the local community build a school for the youngsters and help with supplies of satchels, pens, books etc. With an area like this which is so steeped in tradition the staff are very careful about what they do to help retain the traditions but help the community in every way possible benefit from tourism.
Beach Lodge: It has been involved with the village building class rooms for the school and maintaining the buildings to keep them leak free and usable all year long. The lodge has also supplied satchels, pens and books to the students. Through a kind donation from one of the guests the lodge supplied the local fishermen with life jackets and have seen a dramatic drop in lives lost at sea (0 in the last 3 years since the jackets were supplied). An ongoing project - working on building some toilet facilities in the local village.