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The essentials from Diego to Nosy Be

Highlights

One of Madagascar’s most beautiful regions, an outstanding mix of ecosystem, high mountains, rich seabed, emerald or turquoise sea, sandy white beaches, gorgeous bays, canyons, caves …
Stunning geological formations : red Tsingy canyon, Ankarana Tsingy …
An extraordinary biodiversity : lemurs, turtles, micro chameleons, baobabs …
An authentic experience of nature at Iharana Bush Camp : original cabanas, exceptional walks, a stunning setting, unusual activities …

Overview

A beautiful itinerary on the main sites of the northern part of Madagascar. Travel through the bays of Diego, sail the Emerald Sea, explore the extraordinary biodiversity of the Ankarana National Park, walk through the rooftops of the Tsingy and stay in an exceptional camp set in a unique and authentic setting. End of the journey in Nosy Be, an island where the sweetness of life and the generosity of nature intertwine to offer an extraordinary experience. The north is undoubtedly the most beautiful region of Madagascar.

Diego suarez
Antananarivo
Diego-Suarez
DAY 1 : ANTANANARIVO - DIEGO SUAREZ: STROLL THROUGH THE 03 BAYS

Depending on flight schedules, transfer to the airport and flight to Diego Suarez. Then, we go directly to Sakalava Bay by a waterfront road which will be the starting point of our walk. Walk along a path for an easy coastal hike in a beautiful landscape of rock and lagoon. We will first go to the bay of the Pigeons, then the walk will continue towards the bay of the dunes.

2h30 to 3h walk, low elevation, easy walk, coastal path. Necessary equipment: good sneakers, light clothing, items to protect from the sun and a bottle of water.

Lunch in a restaurant by the sea.

Return to Diego Suarez in the late afternoon

Overnight at your hotel

The essentials from Diego to Nosy Be
24 km - 1h
DAY 2 : DIEGO SUAREZ: THE EMERALD SEA

About 1h boat trip for the outward journey and 1h for the return, depending on the wind and the weather.

Transfer to the village of Ramena. Take a wooden dhow, typical of that region, to sail over "the Emerald Sea. The Emerald Sea is a huge lagoon with very little depth (about 2m), it is located just after the small pass going up north. The shallow water allows you to dive into a dream natural aquarium where fish of all sizes, shapes and colors seem to have come together. We will dock on the islet of "Nosy-Suarez" to enjoy the beach. Small shelters are built there to protect you from the sun, and let you take a nap. Barbecue Lunch on the beach: yummy fresh fish with coconut rice and salads. In the afternoon, return to the hotel.

Overnight and breakfast at your hotel

The essentials from Diego to Nosy Be
Diego-Suarez
165 km - 5h to 6h
Iharana
DAY 3 : DIEGO-SUAREZ – IHARANA

After breakfast, you will leave for the Red Tsingy (only from April to November). After an hour drive, you will leave the national road and take a secondary road for about 45mn towards the Red Tsingy. You will go down to the Grand Canyon to discover these impressive ephemeral formations of clays and limestones. The runoff of the rainy waters and the whims of the wind shaped these colorful and phantasmagoric peaks that are unique in Madagascar: the Red Tsingy. Approximately 1h30 walk, 60 m of ascending elevation, easy walk, hiking trail

Necessary equipment: good walking shoes or good sneakers, items to protect from the sun, bottle of water

We take the same track to the national road, then direction Mahamasina.

Lunch reserved in a local restaurant.

In the afternoon, we go for a first approach of the Tsingy. The Tsingy Rary trail takes us through canyons and viewpoints. With a bit of luck, we could see some crowned lemurs!

Approximately 2 hours of walking, little difference in level, easy walk, hiking trail

After the visit, we continue to Iharana Bush Camp (about 1h of track).

Dinner and overnight at Iharana Bush Camp

The essentials from Diego to Nosy Be
DAY 4 : IHARANA “MASSIF of ANKARANA”

In the morning, you will explore the Ankarana Tsingy through a magnificent "aerial" walk on the Tsingy roof. The panorama is just stunning. On the way, a few belvederes have been set up to allow you to appreciate the best viewpoints. If you are lucky, you will come across some groups of crowned lemurs, an endemic species from northern Madagascar.

3-hour to 3-and-a-half-hour walk depending on the number/duration of stops, 150m of ascending elevation, average difficulty, hiking trail, arranged and secured trails. Renovated and secured routes. People suffering from dizziness should not do this.

 Necessary equipment : good walking shoes or good sneakers, items to protect from the sun, insect repellent, headlamps and water bottle

Lunch at the Bush Camp.

In the afternoon, we will leave for the Mandresy cave: We will reach the entrance of the Mandresy cave after a short stroll through some typical Sakalava houses (15 to 20 min walk from the Bush Camp). With our headlamps, we will walk slowly in the galleries of the Tsingy. The Mandresy cave has magnificent cavities with large rooms and impressive concretions. It is also home to abundant and very special fauna: bat species and some reptiles (harmless). Underground rivers hide crayfish and some endemic freshwater fish in the area. Containing places of worship and burials, the caves have a sacred character for the Antankarana. By the middle of the 17th century, they served as a refuge for the local population during the invasion wars. Many of them lost their lives.

Dinner and overnight at Iharana Bush Camp

The essentials from Diego to Nosy Be
Iharana
153 km - 4h to 5h
Nosy Be
DAY 5 : IHARANA – ANKIFY – NOSY BE or NOSY KOMBA

We are leaving Iharana to go to Ankify. We will cross large cocoa, pepper, Ylang-Ylang and vanilla plantations until Ankify. Then, boat transfer to join Nosy Be Nosy Komba. Transfer to your hotel in the afternoon. 45 minutes of speedboat transfer. Transfer to your on arrival.

Overnight and breakfast at your hotel

The essentials from Diego to Nosy Be
DAY 6 - DAY 7 : NOSY BE or NOSY KOMBA

Free stay at your hotel by the sea.

Several activities can be organized from the hotel:

Land activities: tour of the island, discovery of the fauna and flora...

Water sports: discovery of the string of islands and paradise islets, fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, water sports, ...

Overnight and breakfast at your hotel

Nosy Be
Antananarivo
DAY 8 : NOSY BE - ANTANANARIVO - PARIS

Depending on flight schedules, transfer to the airport of Nosy Be and flight to Antananarivo. Assistance at the airport and check-in on the flight to Paris.

Note :

Departure for the Emerald Sea excursion depending on the tide. Return is sometimes a little windy (especially on the months of June to September).

Circuit is sometimes technical in the Tsingy, and is not advised for people prone to vertigo or claustrophobia.

Season: Early April – Mid December. Iharana Bush Camp is closed from December to March; the red Tsingy are not recommended during the rainy season.

The essentials from Diego to Nosy Be

A beautiful itinerary on the main sites of the northern part of Madagascar. Travel through the bays of Diego, sail the Emerald Sea …
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