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Madagascar North Adventure - 8 Days

Private Lodge Tour North Madagascar - 7 Nights / 8 Days

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Beach, Madagascar Sainte Marie, Magadagascar Mdagascar Beaches Beaches, Madagascar
Tour code: MN

Experience Madagascar’s varied habitats during this journey which takes you from the waterfalls and lakes of Montagne d'Ambre National Park to the underground caves and limestone ‘tsingy’ of Ankarana Reserve, before enjoying the tropical beaches of Nosy Be. Throughout your stay you will have the opportunity to encounter a multitude of animals, most of which are endemic to Madagascar..

Departs: Antananarivo, Madagascar.
Ends: Antananarivo, Madagascar.
Group size: Minimum 1 guest and Maximum 10 guests.
Departures: Every Day of the week - subject to availability. Please contact us for more details.

Summary
8-Day Private Lodge tour through the north of Madagascar.

Highlights
Antananarivo, Montagne d’Ambre National Park, Ankarana nature reserve with its tsingy and caves, Nosy Be (A further extension in Nosy Be is possible).

Meals
7x Breakfast, 4x Lunch.

Note: Flights from/to Johannesburg can be arranged by us. Internal flights should be booked in conjunction with international flights and the rates are subject to class, availability and change.

CLASSIC ACCOMMODATION (2/3-Star Hotels) 2017 Season
valid thru 31-October
1 Pax
2-3 Pax
4-5 Pax
6-7 Pax
8 Pax
10 Pax
Single Supplement
Per Person
$ 2,600
$ 1,525
$ 1,405
$ 1,175
$ 1,255
$ 1,255
$ 390
Child under 12 years $ 685
 
SUPERIOR ACCOMMODATION
(3/4-Star Hotels)
Per Person
$ 3,640
$ 2,065
$ 1,950
$ 1,820
$ 1,800
$ 1,800
$ 890
Child under 12 years $ 800
• Prices shown exclude flights.
• Please note that internal flights should be booked in conjunction with international flights and the rates are subject to class, availability and change.
• All rates are subject to change according to rate of exchange fluctuations.


Madagascar North map


DAY 1; (1 Night)
ARRIVAL TO ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar  [Hotel]

Antananarivo market, MadagascarYou will be met at the airport 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.


Classic Accommodation: Residence Lapasoa or similar.
Superior Accommodation:
Hotel Carlton or similar.
Meals: N/A


DAYS 2-3; (1 Night)
ANTANANARIVO - DIEGO SUAREZ - MONTAGNE D'AMBRE, Madagascar
  [Lodge]

Beaches: Diego Suarez, MadagascarYou 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 with its striking scenery, rainforest and waterfalls, it is one of Madagascar’s most visited natural attractions. It was created in 1958 to protect the massif and its ecosystems, including the region’s unique flora and fauna. This afternoon, as well as the next day, are 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.


Classic & Superior Accommodation:
Nature Lodge or Litchi Tree or similar.
Meals:
Breakfast and Lunch supplied.

DAY 4; (1 Night)
MONTAGNE D'AMBRE - ANKARANA, Madagascar   [Lodge]

Tsingy formations, MadagascarToday 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. Its limestone pinnacles are called tsingy formations. Running through and under the tsingy are hidden forest-filled canyons and numerous subterranean rivers. We will explore the extensive cave system, which includes several fascinating bat-filled grottoes.


Classic Accommodation: Hotel Relais de l’Ankarana or similar.
Superior Accommodation:
Ankarana Lodge or similar.
Meals:
Breakfast and Lunch supplied.


DAY 5; (1 Night)
ANKARANA , Madagascar   [Lodge]

Lemur, MadagascarToday 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.


Classic Accommodation: Hotel Relais de l’Ankarana or similar.
Superior Accommodation:
Ankarana Lodge or similar.
Meals:
Breakfast and Lunch supplied.


DAY 6; (1 Night)
ANKIFY - NOSY BE, Madagascar   [Lodge]

Nosy Be beach, MadagascarToday 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.


Classic Accommodation: Arc En Ciel or similar.
Superior Accommodation:
Wellness Hotel (Ocean View Rooms) or similar.
Meals:
Breakfast supplied.


DAY 7; (1 Night)
NOSY BE, Madagascar   [Lodge]

Nosy Tanikely, MadagascarThis day in Nosy Be is at leisure. 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 big variety of fish, with excellent diving and snorkelling opportunities. Fish you might see include surgeonfish, clown fish, 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.


Classic Accommodation: Arc En Ciel or similar.
Superior Accommodation:
Ravintsara Wellness Hotel or similar.
Meals:
Breakfast supplied.


DAY 8;
NOSY BE - ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar   [TOUR ENDS]

Residence Lapasoa, MadagascarToday you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Antananarivo to connect with your flight home. We hope to welcome you in Madagascar again very soon!.


Accommodation: N/A.
Meals: Breakfast supplied.


Note: The accommodation specified in the itinerary is a guide only and is subject to availability. Alternatives will be nearby and of a similar standard.

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Included
Accommodation is based on a bed & breakfast basis at all hotels, (Days 2-5 include lunch), all transfers and transport mentioned in the program, an English-speaking guide from Diego Suarez airport to Ankify (Day 2-6), specialist guides in the parks and reserves as per program, all park and reserve entrance fees, all excursions mentioned in the program.

Excluded
International and domestic flights, airport taxes, all excursions not mentioned in the program, bottled water, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages, laundry, visas and travel insurance, all dinners, personal items, excursions in Nosy Be. Flights from/to Johannesburg can be arranged by Eyes on Africa. Internal flights should be booked in conjunction with international flights and the rates are subject to class, availability and change.

Pre and Post Tour Arrangements
Pre and post tour accommodation and transfers can be arranged on request.

Departure
When arriving in Antananarivo in the morning of Day 1 of the tour you will be picked up from the airport and embark on your 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 4 wheel drive vehicle.

Accommodation
Classic accommodation will be in basic – mid range Hotels.
Superior accommodation will be in 4* hotels and applies only to Nosy Be, Ankarana and Antananarivo (no opportunities exist for upgrade at Montagne d'Ambre).

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.

Visas
A visa is required to enter the territory of Madagascar: Tourists staying in Madagascar for less than 90 days will be able to receive a free visa upon arrival. Please check if your passport is still valid (at least 6 months before expiry date). You can easily obtain a visa at the airport of Antananarivo. Please note that, to get a visa at the airport, you do not need to bring photographs.

Gratuities
If you feel you have been looked after well by your crew or guides, and you wish to show your appreciation for their services, a monetary tip is very welcomed by those in Madagascar. Here follows some suggested guidelines:
• Around EUR 4 per person, per day (10,000 Ariary) for a guide or a guide/driver.
• Around EUR 2 (5,000 Ariary) for a park guide, depending on your satisfaction.
• Around 5% of the bill at a restaurant
• 200 Ariary per bag for a porter.

As Euro coins cannot be changed into local money in Madagascar, it is advisable to tip in Ariary. We would ask that you please reserve your generosity for tipping for services only, and not providing free handouts to children or adults, as this encourages begging.

Information on Areas Visited
MADAGASCAR
Madagascar is an island nation in the Indian Ocean, off the eastern coast of Africa. Madagascar is the 4th largest island in the world. It is the home of five percent of the world's plant and animal species, 80 per cent of them unique to Madagascar. Most famous among those are the lemurs. Madagascar and Mauritania are the only countries not to use a decimal currency. Its teeming fertile forests and geographical isolation have served to preserve and propagate 'nature's design laboratory' in a mix found nowhere else on earth. Madagascar's forests are a shimmering, seething mass of a trillion stems and dripping leaves.

Montagne d'Ambre National Park
Montagne d'Ambre National Park is a splendid example of montane rainforest. The massif ranges in altitude from 850m to 1,475m and has its own micro-climate with rainfall similar to the eastern region. It is one of the most visitor friendly of Madagscars protected areas, with broad trails, fascinating flora and fauna, a comfortable climate and readily available information. The name comes from the amber coloured resin which oozes from some of its trees and is used medicinally by the local people.

Ankarana Nature Reserve
Ankarana is a small limestone massif which lies about 108 km south of Antsirana. It is an area of tsingy (limestone karst pinnacles) and forest, and the massif is penetrated by numerous caves & canyons. Some of these caves bave collapsed, forming isolated pockets of river-fed forest with their own perfectly protected flora and fauna. The caves and their rivers are also home to crocodiles, some reportedly siz metres long! The reserve is known for its many lemur species, including crowned and Sanford's brown lemurs, and also the inquisitive ring-tailed mongoose.

Nosy Be
15 km away from the northwestern coast of Madagascar lies the 321 km² large island Nosy Be. Here you can still discover a little paradise, which has been spared of mass-tourism. Climb on Mount Lokone (450m) or Mount Passot (350m) and you will be able to see Nosy Be in all its beauty: its jagged coasts, the numerous bays and lovely coves, the deserted beaches and the crystal clear water.

Furthermore you should experience the amazing underwater world of Nosy Be which offers excellent snorkeling and diving opportunities or do a day trip to the nearby islands, for example Nosy Komba where you can watch the 5,000 black lemurs that roam this island and eat delicious fruits from wild growing lemon, orange, bananas, papayas and mango trees.

 

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