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North-West: Romance of the sea. Eco-resort

Key attractions


We particularly love these rare places where beauty, kindness, respect and peace are intertwined. All the ingredients are there to make your unique stay a new revelation. The interior of the region is filled with Tsingy, tropical and Baobab forests, mushroom islands and caves, and of course the romance of the sea! You will completely enjoy the beautiful and unusual flora and fauna. After leaving from cosmopolitan Mahajanga you will be fascinated by a rare experience where we combine comfort, nature, discovery, gastronomy, navigation, friendliness, tradition and wildlife. Enjoy!

Key infomration

Price on request
Duration 17 days
Transport A car, catamaran, jet
Distance about 900 km
Camp No
Difficulity Easy peasy
Regions North-West; Antananarivo and around

Day by day

Arrival at Antananarivo

Tongasoa! Welcome! How was your international flight? You are now in Antananarivo, the Capital city! Our bureau's team will be at the airport to welcome you from your international flight. Already now is the time for selfie lovers to take beautiful shots! Our Family Adventure Holiday tour will begin in Antananarivo, where we will depart by car, but before catching a hotel we will visit in the Ivato crocodile farm, also called “Croc Farm”. Spanning three hectares, this lush green oasis is ideal for you to relax, we know that having an international flight is tiring.

From the “Croc Farm” we will transfer you to your hotel, where you will stay overnight. Time to settle a bit. Get refreshed. In the evening after dinner, over cocktails we discuss our program. From the first day to the last day our experienced and professional guide and the driver will be next to you, so don’t worry about it, they are near to make sure you have everything you need. We are leaving tomorrow.

Arriving in Tana;

Visit in the Ivato crocodile farm, also called “Croc Farm”, lunch and cocktails;

Accommodation at the hotel, Bed & Breakfast;

Dinner and discussion our program.

Tana - Maevatanana - Ankarafantsika NP

After breakfast, during the course of the morning we travel to Tsarasaotra which means bird‘s island, a small green oasis in the north of the city. The park is a refuge for many birds that can be easily watched and photographed here – among them 14 endangered species that only occur in Madagascar.

After visiting Tsarasaotra Park, we will drive along a scenic road to Ankarafantsika NP. We will cross the beautiful hilly landscapes. The rice fields are still numerous and the traditional pise houses well established. There are plenty of lakes, many waterfalls, fed by the rains of the moment. We are arriving in the country Sakalava.

Along the journey, we will make stop in Maevatanana for lunch and some visits. "The beautiful village, the village where life is easy". Ancient buildings of the beginning of the 20th century are very pleasant. Here we will visit the Antanimbaryo market. Gold seekers tend to come together at this market on the south of the city, where purchasers coming from Tana, but also from the United States and from Thailand negotiate on the sale of this precious metal. Do not forget to bargain if you want to buy souvenirs for your loved ones. After a gold fever we will commit the less lucrative but surely not less thrilling activity to watching the crocodiles from the river. The area of Maevatanana was once a favorite place for hunting crocodiles (up to 5000 skins per year), today this hunting is forbidden...

In addition we will stop in the village Kandreho. This small village is renowned for the manufacture of raffia fabrics using special printing techniques ("lay masaka" that recall those of the Sunda Islands). To get some stunning photos, we will stop at the bridge over the Betsiboka Rapids. The red waters masses of the Betsiboka River at a place where some tumultuous rapids form. During the wet season foam usually reaches the bridge.

In the evening we will arrive in the Ankarafantsika NP. Here you are able to take night walks to see some of the nocturnal species which are particularly prevalent in this park (including mouse lemur – the smallest primate in the world).

Alternatively, you can use our service "Charter a private plane" and charter a private plane directly to the sea eco-resort.

Distance: about 525 km;

Drive time: about 9 hours;

Visit in the Tsarasaotra Park;

Visit to the Antanimbaryo gold market;

Watch the crocodiles from the river;

Visit to the manufacture of raffia fabrics;

Stop at the bridge over the Betsiboka Rapids;

Night tour to see some of the nocturnal species which are particularly prevalent in this park (including mouse lemur – the smallest primate in the world);

Accommodation at the hotel, Bed & Breakfast:

Blue Vanga Lodge - Exclusive place and haven of peace.

Gite de Ampijoroa has seven basic lakeside bungalows - these are set discreetly in the forest and face Lake Ravelobe. They are clean, comfortable and simple, and are ideal for us to get an early start in the forest tomorrow (being a 2 min walk from the park entrance). Across the road at the campsite and research station is the simple, open-air restaurant La Pigargue. (The food is very good).

Ankarafantsika National Park

We will set off after breakfast to explore this forest on foot, a superb fauna we will have a rich day excursion. We will take a picnic lunch to have on the trails in the national park. There are 11 very good maintained trails, which will enable a deep glimpse into the park’s ecosystems.

Ankarafantsika National Park, set on Lac Ravelobe, is a mixture of deciduous forests and wetlands. This is major ecotourism site. It is known for its lakes and for being a haven for lemurs and endemic birds.  It is covered by varied flora, mainly herbaceous and endemic woody plants. It is the home to the beautiful Coquerel’s sifaka as well as 7 other species of lemurs (including western woolly, fat tailed dwarf lemur, mongoose lemurs) and exceptional birds (including roufous vanga and fish eagle).

There is also an option of a flat bottomed boat trip on the lake, which is perfect for birdwatching.

After dinner, we will have the option of setting out on a night hike again to see some of the nocturnal inhabitants of the forest.

Walks in the Ankarafantsika National Park;

Click here to learn about Trigger species of birds for this area.

Picnic lunch;

Night tour;

Accommodation at the hotel, Bed & Breakfast.

Ankarafantsika National Park. The Ampijoroa area

Another day to explore this forest on foot, a superb and fauna rich day in the Ampijoroa area.

Ankarafantsika National Park, and especially the Ampijoroa area, is one of the best sites for first-time visitors to Madagascar. Accommodations are good and lemur-watching is easy. With a little bit of luck one can see all eight lemur species in an afternoon, an evening, and a morning. The word itself means something like “thorny mountains”, which aims at the famous canyon of the park. Besides this, Ankarafantsika is called “the kingdom of birds“, because it offers various great possibilities to spot endemic birds.

The Ampijoroa area within Ankarafantsika is also the site of the world’s most important captive breeding project for endangered Madagascar turtles and tortoises, including the ploughshare tortoise or angonoka (Asterochelys yniphora), the flat-tailed tortoise or kapidolo (Pyxis planicauda), and the Madagascar big-headed sideneck turtle or rere (Erymnochelys madagascariensis). The ploughshare tortoise is one of the most critically endangered tortoises in the world, and this is presently the only breeding site for it outside its natural range.

Walks in the Ampijoroa area;

Picnic lunch;

Accommodation at the hotel, Bed & Breakfast.

Mahajanga – Sea eco-resort «Les Terres Blanches»

Breakfast at the hotel at 08-00 and departure at 09-00 to Mahajanga. After about a two-hour journey on the RN4 road, running through Savannah and cashew plantations, we will arrive at the town. Let’s enjoy it and discover this amazing place.

Around 13-00 we will head to small beach and Grand Pavois Hotel. Plage, bathing, sunbathing and lunch in the Grand Pavois Barracuda. Siesta in the shade on the beach and stroll to the Red Circus (30 minute walk). Cirques Rouges is an eroded hill with its amphitheater shape showing all the shades of colours between red and white.

To get to Les Terres Blanches from Majunga, we offer a transfer-cruise aboard a catamaran with a length of 11.50 m. It is furnished with 4 cabins and a superb interior square. The boat weighs anchor around 17:30. After your embarkation, the crew offers you a welcome cocktail and a refreshing towel. An aperitif is served at sunset and you dine a little later in a calm and relaxed atmosphere. Then you can go to sleep in your comfortable cabin or spend some time in the outdoor saloon. Your comfortable cabin awaits you for a good night's rest. After a night of cruising you will land in the early morning on the beautiful beach of the Lodge. In the morning a delicious breakfast awaits you at the Lodge Les Terres Blanches at the restaurant overlooking the sea.

Distance: about 125 km;

Drive time: about 2 hours;

City tour;

Beach, bathing, sunbathing;

Lunch at the Grand Pavois Barracuda;

Walk in the Cirques Rouges;

Night transfer-cruise to the eco-resort;

Aperitif, dinner, rest and sleep on board the catamaran.

If you wish, you can also get the Lodge by:

*Speedboat with 2 motors of 150 HP;

*Chartered plane departing from Tana; Mahajanga or Nosy Be;

*Catamaran from Nosy Be on our cruise «Radama Archipelago».

Sea eco-resort «Les Terres Blanches»

Welcome to the heart of a little corner of paradise: Les Terres Blanches! This pearl of the Indian Ocean will be your haven for a few totally unforgettable days. Between the breathtaking landscapes, the smile and the availability of the staff, you will discover an exceptional sweetness of life, in this real paradise.

To get acquainted with the environment we offer a short walk along the beautiful white sand beach. You can also enjoy the daybed under the paillotte by the sea or do some sport. An outdoor gym is also available. You will have all day in front of you to discover the places. You can enjoy your first relaxing massage at the convenient time. Let yourself be won by the relaxed atmosphere of the place, lazy place in this enchanting setting. As a couple, with family or friends, the gardens, the white sand beach and the turquoise ocean will fill you up!

If you want to be pampered, go to a wellness area... to relax and treat yourself in this meditative setting. Several treatments and massages will be proposed based on organic and natural products. Manicure, pedicure and shampoo + blow-dry are also available.

Accommodation: Les Terres Blanches, Full board.

Dotted along the coast, perfectly integrated with nature, surrounded by vegetation containing lemurs, bungalows and suites overlook the beach. They are totally independent in electricity thanks to a solar installation. In harmony with nature, they are open to the outside, facing the sea and have a private access to the beach. We are keen to make you enjoy the most of this exceptional environment, which is totally preserved.

Boat trip and activities

In the morning, we will take you by speedboat to the creeks near the eco-resort, to discover deserted coves full of secrets and wonders: ancient Sakalava tombs, caves, skylights, sources, Tsingy. You will discover among others: the Amphitheater cove, Bay of lovers, Bay of bats.

In the afternoon you’ll be able to enjoy the activities we will offer you. A multitude of activities and leisure are available to you! Put on flippers, mask and snorkel to discover corals and beautiful tropical fish. Introduce yourself to water sports. With snorkling, windsurfing, kayaking and paddling, the most athletic of you will be satisfied. Why not walk your feet in the water, along the 6-kilometer beach. For those who are a bit more ... down to earth, Les Terres Blanches offers badminton, table tennis and even petanque, not to mention our open-air gym room.

In the evening, you will be invited to an aperitif offered by the resort management.

To spend an unforgettable holiday and discover the treasures of the region, you will have a wide range of activities:

Big fishing*, Water skiing/Wakeboarding*, Massages*, Kitesurfing* (* - is for an extra charge), Snorkeling, Water hiking, Spearfishing, Hiking, Canoeing, Table tennis, Billiards, Badminton, Petanque, Darts, Various board games.

Mahajamba Bay and Allee des Baobabs

After your breakfast you will go by boat to sink into the estuary of the Mahajamba and see the heart of a small fishing village. You will watch the arrival of the dugout canoes that unload the catch of the day and wild shrimps.

Then you will sail to a small beach and after about ten minutes of walk, you will discover the alley of Baobabs. You will certainly be surprised at the number of trees that you will see on this totally unknown site, which eco-resort is trying to protect.

Madagascar, called the sanctuary of nature, presents an exceptional sample of protected flora and fauna on the island continent due to its isolation. We are fortunate to have on our site many medicinal plants, naturally grown, such as the Periwinkle of Madagascar which is effective in the treatment of some forms of tumors, moringa, soursop, mandravatsara, turmeric and coconut trees from which organic oil is extracted.

Do not forget that your Sakalava massage is waiting for you;

At dusk you will go for a walk in the forest accompanied by our guide. You may be able to admire the sporting lemur.

Romance of the sea

In the morning you will take the boat to go to the Creek of Lovers. You will pass under an arch giving access to a place that will surprise you with its beauty.

We will serve you a champagne aperitif and a romantic lunch. The lobster prepared by our chef will tantalize your taste buds. We will let you to enjoy this idyllic place. The rising tide will isolate you and you will find yourself cut off from the world ....

When you return to the lodge you will end the day with a duet massage.

Anjohibe caves

After 25 minutes by boat, you will disembark on a beach and walk for an hour in magical landscapes to the Bush. You will arrive at different caves filled with astonishing limestone formations, stalactites and stalagmites of great beauty. These amazing caves are likely to delight all lovers of fairy frames without exception. Once there, prepare to experience the unheard-of experience touring the world that will undoubtedly leave you speechless. Fan-tas-tic. The super stroll!

The tourists come to Anjohibe for the stunning natural swimming pools. Of a deep emerald-green color and framed by lush vegetation and ravinala trees fanning their leaves like parading ostriches, they are the most improbable find in an otherwise arid landscape. You will visit splendors, natural pools, underground river, waterfall, mangroves, also you will spot lemurs and birds.

The site is complemented by a natural pool which can reach 7m deep and flows downstream from falls which offers a vertical drop of 25 meters. This oasis is surrounded by a forest which is home to brown lemurs, as well as Coquerel's sifaka, which come easily to meet with you. It is possible to camp there in order to take full advantage of the aspect extremely recreation places.

Discover the Anjohibe caves;

Lunch-picnic at the bivouac, beverages, drinks;

Swimming in the natural pool;


Moramba Bay

Around 9-00 you will board our catamaran and sail to Moramba Bay. You will try to catch fish during the trip. After a few hours of sailing along a beautiful coast we reach this unique place where the beauty of nature is breathtaking. Moramba Bay resembles Ha Long Bay or the limestone pinnacles of the southern Philippines. It is one of the most beautiful natural sites of Madagascar.

The crew will prepare lunch on a deserted beach. In the afternoon we will discover the bay by canoe. The bay contains a multitude of islands made of Tsingy, limestone mushrooms defying the effects of weightlessness. The majestic baobabs are everywhere. These forests are the realm of lemurs, eagles and parrots.

Dinner is served on board, and we will spend the night in the comfortable cabins of the catamaran or for the more adventurous, in the tents on the beach.

After wake up, the boat will take you to a place where you can snorkel to admire the many tropical fish and sea fans. After lunch, you will raise anchor to return to the lodge in the late afternoon.

Discover the Moramba Bay;


Lunch-picnic on the beach;


As an alternative, this trip can be done in one day:

Around at 9:00 you will board a speed boat and get to Moramba Bay. After an hour of sailing along a beautiful coast you will reach the Ha Long mini bay. You will try to catch fish during the trip. At low tide you will navigate among the huge mushroom rocks to discover this beautiful place. You will also go for a walk to discover some rare baobabs. Around 13-00, you will dock on a deserted beach. Our crew will offer you a cocktail with champagne and will serve you a lunch prepared by our chef. After the meal, you can take a dip before returning to the Lodge around 17-00.

Canoeing, forest and Cirques Rouges

In the morning, we will offer you a canoe trip along the coast or a walk in the forest with our guide.

An orange grove, a garden of medicinal plants and a garden of spices are being developed within the Park. We will find in the vicinity of the lodge many species such as Vahona or Aloe Verra, Pachypodium, kapokier, Baobabs, Bengali ficus or Tamarind trees (revered trees by Sakalava people who use them as an altar and make regular offerings), the ficus strangler that pushes on the rock by strangling it or smothers little by little the species on which it grows. Not forgetting, of course, the palms, ravinalas and mangroves, saco and mocotro whose fruit can be tasted.

Discover the most colossal Cirque Rouge on the northwest coast of Madagascar. Carved by the wind and the waters, this lunar landscape with extraordinary colours will make you speechless.

You can plan your day at leisure or choose an activity among all that we offer. In the afternoon, our masseuse will make you discover the massage with hot stones.

Kirambo village

In the morning the boat will take you on an excursion of about three hours to the mangrove bay of Kirambo. You will navigate among the sandbanks, mangroves. You will observe many birds and visit a construction site of traditional boats. Located in the mangrove, the small village of Kirambo will make you discover the secrets of manufacturing pirogues and Malagasy dhow.

In the afternoon, you can relax on the beach or enjoy the activities we offer. At dusk you will go for a walk in the forest accompanied by our guide who will show you the nocturnal animals.

Relaxing and return to Majunga

Enjoy this day to relax and take care of yourself. For your last day at Les Terres Blanches, our team will be at your disposal and will offer activities that you have not tested yet. You can take a relaxing massage at the time that suits you.

Your stay will pass so fast that you will have only one desire: to return to Les Terres Blanches. Of course, you can change the program according to your wishes and the activities that we propose.

You will embark on our catamaran at the end of the day. The crew will serve you an aperitif and offer dinner on board. After a good night, you will arrive in Majunga early in the morning.

Mahajanga - Antananarivo

This morning we will go on a city tour. The photographic motifs are extraordinarily plentiful: trading posts, sculpted wooden doors, all remnants of the Arabic origins of the city, old colonial houses with ochre facades show some relics of a gone glory, narrow streets with small gardens planted with bugambilia plants… At the seaside, wooden boats are up and downloaded goods, rice, cotton, cement on the«dhow».

After lunch, we transfer to the airport and prepare ourselves for a safe flight to Antananarivo. Departure: 14:05 or 17-55, Fri, Sat, Mon. Transfer in your hotel in Tana.

Excursion "Tana-city" and Goodbye-dinner in the cozy atmosphere of Le Restaurant «La Varangue».

Flight to Tana;

Distance: about 400 km;

Flight time: about 1 hours;

Excursion "Tana-city";

Goodbye-dinner in the Le Restaurant «La Varangue».

Accommodation at the hotel, Bed & Breakfast: The Sakamanga Hotel 3* or De France Hotel 3* or Colbert Hotel 4*  or Hotel La Varangue or Maison Gallieni.

Flight Home

Today your tour ends. A transfer back to the airport Ivato. We wish you a comfortable journey home and are sure you will take with you some wonderful memories of Madagascar. Experienced travelers are used to goodbyes, but that doesn't mean they get any easier. When the time comes to depart the wonderful Madagascar, we wouldn't be surprised if you were already planning a return trip!

Transfer to the airport Ivato.

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Included in price

*Pick up and drop off;


*Food full board D6-D15, Breakfast and Dinner D5, Lunch D1;

*Car 4x4 with a driver;


*Services a personal guide-escort (English or French or Russian language);

*Entrance fees to parks and reserves and the services of local guides;

*Picnics and lunches in the stipulated places at the program;

*Goodbye-dinner in the Le Restaurant «La Varangue» in D16;

*All excursions according to the program;

*Domestic airfare;

*All transfers, including water transport;

*Government taxes and fees, including TVA and tourist tax at hotels.

Not included in price

*International air travel;

*Your medical insurance;

*Personal items and expenses;

*Soft and alcoholic drinks in hotels;

*Lunches en-route;

*Additional activities outside the program.

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