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Panorama of the Great North

Highlights

One of the most beautiful regions of Madagascar, an exceptional concentration of ecosystems: mountains, rich seabed, seas with emerald or turquoise colors, white sand beaches, beautiful bays, lush forests, tsingy, canyons, caves …
Prodigious geological formations: the canyon of the red Tsingy, the Tsingy of Ankarana
An extraordinary biodiversity: lemurs, turtles, micro-chameleon, baobabs
Authentic and natural experience at Iharana Bush Camp: original cabanas, exceptional walks, breathtaking natural scenery, unusual activities …
Out of the ordinary activities: walking on the roofs of the Tsingy, swimming with green turtles at Nosy Sakatia, approaching lemurs at Nosy Komba, exploring the multicolored and life-size aquarium of Nosy Tanikely, meeting marine mammals such as humpback whales in August-September or whale sharks between October and mid-December

Overview

An original circuit in one of the most beautiful regions of Madagascar. After the visit of the city of Diégo-Suarez, leave to discover the pearls of the Malagasy North: a walk through mountains and tsingy, to end in the marine treasures of Nosy Be and its charming small islands. You will appreciate the immersion in the daily life of the people of the North, the Antakarana, via the bicycle ride through Tsingy and villages. In short, a magnificent mix of shared emotions, unusual experiences and beautiful hikes. An unforgettable trip!

General
TRAVEL MADAGASCAR
Diego suarez
Antananarivo
Diego-Suarez
DAY 1: ANTANANARIVO - DIEGO SUAREZ

Transfer to the airport depending to the flight schedule, then flight to Diégo-Suarez. Get setteled at your hotel. Then, we board a 4L, emblematic vehicle of Diego-Suarez, for a guided tour of the city to the most famous places of the city until the market.
Provide lunch at your expense.

Dinner and overnight at your hotel

Panorama of the Great North
DAY 2: DIEGO SUAREZ : HIKING ON THE FRENCH MOUNTAIN

We start the day with a hike to the French Mountain. About 03 hours of walking, to discover a dry forest, ruins of old barracks and magnificent panoramas overlooking the bay of Diego Suarez, the Cape of Amber, and the Indian Ocean. Formed 150 million years ago, the French Mountain is a limestone massif whose altitude varies between 350 and 450 meters. It extends over 16 km long and 4 to 5 km wide. This small massif receives the climatic conditions of the East and the West. Its vegetation is essentially made up of xerophytic plants, adapted to a marked dry season. One finds there the Adansonia Madagascariensis (baobab), the Euphorbia, the Pachypodium....

02h30 to 03h walk, 400m to 500m+ height difference, average difficulty, hiking trail. Necessary equipment: walking shoes or good sneakers, sun protection items, mosquito repellent, bottle of water.

After the hike, we go to Ampondrafeta, a little known but very beautiful and wild beach. Possibility of swimming.
Picnic lunch prepared by us

Dinner and overnight at your hotel

Panorama of the Great North
24 km - 1h
DAY 3: SAILING, SNORKELING AND FARNIENTE AT 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

Panorama of the Great North
Diego Suarez
165 km - 5h to 6h
Iharana
DAY 4: 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

Panorama of the Great North
DAY 5: HIKING ON THE ROOFS OF THE TSINGY AND EXPLORATION OF CAVES

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

Panorama of the Great North
DAY 6: GOING FOR A RIDE : RAVO RAVO

From Iharana, go for a guided tour to see a variety of Malagasy scenes of everyday life. A bicycle ride is the best way to meet the villagers and see their daily routine; in other words, you can observe the everyday life of the surrounding villages. What a real adventure! You can ride between sugar cane plantations, corn plantations or cassava plantations or along the rice fields.

3-hour to 3-and-a-half-hour ride, little ascending elevation, easy ride, hiking trail.

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

Free afternoon to enjoy the beauty of the natural site and the bush camp. Some optional activities will still be proposed to you, such as a dugout canoe trip to discover the water birds of the region or a traditional massage.

Dinner and overnight at Iharana Bush Camp

Panorama of the Great North
Iharana
153 km - 4h to 5h
Nosy Be
DAY 7: IHARANA – ANKIFY – NOSY BE

We are leaving Iharana to go to Ankify. We will cross large cocoa, pepper, Ylang-Ylang and vanilla plantations until Ankify. With a specialist, discover the plantations as well as the treatments and conditionning of cocoa beans. After the visit, a few minutes connection to the port of Ankify. Then, boat transfer to join Nosy Be. 45 minutes of speedboat transfer. Transfer to your hotel on arrival.

Overnight and breakfast at your hotel

 

Lemurs lokobe nature reserve northern tour Madagascar
DAY 8: NOSY BE : LOKOBE RESERVE

A primary tropical forest in the middle of the ocean. Walks in the park will allow you to discover one of the facets of Nosy Be, that of the luxuriance. Departure by car from your hotel to Ambatozavavy. Short navigation by pirogue to Ampasipohy (25 min). Visit of the park.

2-and-a-half-hour to 3-hour walk, little ascending elevation, easy walk, hiking trail.

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

Back to Ampasipohy and visit of the village by pirogue to Ambatozavavy and transfer by car to your hotel.

Overnight and breakfast at your hotel

Panorama of the Great North
DAY 9: NOSY BE: TURTLES SAFARI

Transfer to port, then departure to Nosy Tanikely Marine Reserve. This natural aquarium is the best spot for colorful encounters. With fins, mask and snorkel, follow the guide and discover Nosy Tanikely’s beautiful coral reefs. Enjoy two water rides in the wonderful world of leopard sharks, groupers, stingrays, barracudas, tropical fish, corals, lobsters … Rest on the beach of Nosy Tanikely, then stroll to the lighthouse offering a breathtaking view of the bay. See the lemurs before leaving for Nosy Sakatia island. Tasty lunch on the beach of this authentic island. In the afternoon, meet the greens and their marine world.

Overnight and breakfast at your hotel

Panorama of the Great North
DAY 10 to DAY 12: NOSY KOMBA

Nosy Komba, this volcanic island located in the South East of Nosy Be, is the ideal place to live the mora mora, the Malagasy expression for taking your time. Take advantage of the beaches and the virgin creeks for sweet baths...

Several activities can be organized from the hotel:

Land activities: tour of the island, discovery of the fauna and flor, walk on the beaches, visit of villages...

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 13: NOSY BE - ANTANANARIVO

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, sometimes a little windy return (especially from June to August)
The route is sometimes technical in the Tsingy, it is not recommended for people prone to vertigo or claustrophobia
Good walking shoes, a large supply of mineral water (especially from October). Take mosquito repellent with you.
Season: early April – mid December. Iharana Bush Camp is closed from December to March, the red Tsingy are not recommended during the rainy season

 

Panorama of the Great North

An original tour in one of the most beautiful regions of Madagascar. You will discover the pearls of the Malagasy North …
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