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The “MADA triangle”: Sava, Antsiranana, Boeny

Key attractions


The Sava Region will delight lovers of nature and peaceful countryside, because it gathers almost the whole primary forest of the island, as well as numerous plantations. Moreover, the SAVA and Antsiranana regions are still preserved from mass tourism. They are authentic and offer real immersion in rural areas. This tour includes trekking and hiking. For lovers of speed, you can go on a mountain bike or a quad excursion. The lush vegetation awaits you such as jackfruits, mango trees, orchids, and banana trees, colouring the regions setting. You will also appreciate the beauty of the beaches where many...

Key infomration

Price on request
Duration 26 days
Transport A car, aircraft
Distance About 1600 km on the land
Camp 7
Difficulity Medium
Regions North-East, North, Tananarive

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 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, as 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.

Sava region - S for Sambava

This morning, depending on the flight schedule, we take a flight to Sambava - SAVA region. Sambava means “where the rivers flow into the sea after meeting.” A veritable garden of exoticism, Sambava will delight nature lovers. The landscapes around Sambava are dominated by vanilla fields and coconut plantations. You’ll see a parade of colors and scents such as vanilla, cloves, coffee, mangoes, pineapples, avocados.

Let’s enjoy it. To satisfy your escape desires, lose yourself in the plantations, and then learn about the region’s biodiversity! During your visit, you will always be welcomed by the local people with a smile which you will find nowhere else. These people with their exemplary kindness are always ready to serve you. Discover this amazing place! Start gathering highlights from today on: enjoy exploring the beaches, swimming in the sea before going for a walk along the coast. Relax. Enjoy a refreshing treatment at the beach! Ampadrozonana beach is the most beautiful beach of Sambava. Delight and don’t worry, we took great care of everything. You will enjoy your lunch and dinner at your hotel, where you’ll stay overnight.

Sambava is also famous for hosting one of the largest coconut groves in the world. Located 5 kilometers south of the town, this coconut grove called Soavoanio or Sambava Voanio Company. 35,000 hectares of land are covered of coconut. It is divided into four distinct zones and is spread over an area of 60 km on both sides of the city of Sambava. It cultivates a hybrid, the result of crossing a dwarf coconut from Malaysia and coconut from Africa. Coconuts harvest is done throughout the year, especially from the end of June to the beginning of September. While some farm works, others do different step like crushing fruit and drying the kernel.  It produces more than 30 million coconuts that it converts into oil called copra.

Flight to Sambava - SAVA region;

Distance: about 550 km;

Flight time: about 1 hour;

Choose an excursion that fits your interests:

*Picnic at the estuary of the Bemarivo river. A thrilling expedition for a destination that is well worth it: a parade of dunes in an unusual setting formed by the junction of the legendary Bemarivo River and the Indian Ocean, offering an extraordinary view and a gigantic natural pool near the ocean;

*Visit of “Antohomaro lake” (9 km south of Sambava). We can enjoy fishing and doing a picnic there;

*We can visit a workshop where you will get a demonstration of how to prepare vanilla from the field to the vanilla pod.

Accommodation at the hotel, Bed & Breakfast:

Hotel Carrefour from 30 euros; Orchidea Beach 2 from 40 euros; Hôtel Las Palmas; Hôtel Hazovola Sambava; Hotel Melrose.

Marojejy NP D1 Camp Mantella

Today we start about 07-30. The road follows along of the Lokoho river and crosses the vanilla plantations. We travel by 4WD to Manantenina arriving about 9-00, where we start our 3nights/4days trekking in the Marojejy National Park. From here we go on along a dirt track to Mandena. We then continue on foot for 1 hour to pass the village to the entrance point of Marojejy NP. This is a leisurely 3km walk and an elevation change of 80 metres and then we enter to the forest.

We discover the lower rain primary forests. We will have the opportunity to observe several species of reptiles and amphibians, and birds including Blue Coua and Helmet Vanga. From the park’s entrance it is a further 3 hours walk to reach Camp Mantella. The march winds, it is 4,5 km of continuous uphill track. The difference in elevation on this section is around 270 metres, but the trails are quite good (can be slippery under foot after rain) and we shall stop frequently to look at the flora and fauna in the beautiful forest.  We can observe lemurs such as the Gray Hapalemur (Hapalemur occidentalis), the thieving mongooses of Marojejy and many species of amphibians and reptiles such as uroplates, chameleons of the genus Brookesia and many species of frogs.

We should arrive in good time at the camp to be able to enjoy the forest surroundings. Installation of the camp and the lunch. In the afternoon, we will do some more exploring on foot the surroundings of Camp Mantella, we will walk to picturesque Humbert waterfall which is approximately 1 hour each way.

A night walk (about 19-00) in search of brown lemurs, greater dwarf lemur, fork-marked lemur and if we are lucky the Aye-Aye.

Please note that Marojejy National Park is a true wilderness area in Madagascar. Even in the dry season rain is common and trails can be slippery. Walks from the camps vary depending on the wishes and the state of the trails which will be determined by the local park guide. Should you wish then you can stay at camp in the day 4 if you do not wish to walk any further from Marojejia Camp.

You will be able to leave your main luggage at the Marojejy park headquarters so please pack lightly for the Marojejy experience. Ensure you bring adequate numbers of batteries for your equipment as you cannot charge equipment whilst in the park. You will need a head torch or torch for the camps at night.

Start at the 07-30;

Drive time: around 1h 30m (the route is composed of 66 km of asphalt road);

Walking time: around 4 hours (gentle uphill for most);

Elevation difference + 450m;

Waterfalls; Night walk - Please note that night walks on the trails in Marojejy are no longer permitted. We will however be able to look for wildlife around camp on the nights spent in the park;

Overnight camping or staying in basic huts, full board. Fresh food is will cooked for you at the camps, it is plentiful, hearty and delicious, with wine and aperitif during bivouacs. 3-meals are served on a daily basis.

Facilities are basic at the camps and consist either of shared huts or camping. Outside bathroom facilities are shared. There are no shower/washing facilities at the Marojejy camps but there is an outdoor hut at each camp with western style toilet.

Marojejy NP D2 the Camp Simpona

This morning, after breakfast, we will continue our trek towards the Camp Simpona. First we will walk for the Simpona circuit which has 2 km of long, but with a harder climb, to reach Camp Marojejia, a trek of approximately 2 hours mostly uphill with an elevation gain of around 350 meters. The walk is quite tough in parts but we have plenty of time and will be able to make lots of stops to enjoy the forest and to look for wildlife. Today we will have an excellent opportunity to observe the rare Silky sifaka, the critically endangered, a strikingly beautiful lemur in the indri family that has long, white, silky fur and is found only in the Marojejy–Anjanaharibe-Sud area, and none at all exists in captivity.

Marojejia camp is located at the transition between lowland and montane rainforest, on a mountainside thus it offers breath-taking views, overlooking large areas of the park. It is located at an altitude of 775 m, offering a magnificent view of the peak of Ambatotsondrona or "rock leaning". As main attractions there are the Silky Sifaka and an endemic palm species called Marojejia insignis which gives its name to the camp.

We will dine at the camp Marojejy, and after a short pause for digestion, we follow our walk to Camp Simpona. The camp is located at 1250m altitude in the middle of a cloud forest. The climb continues for another 2 km. Walking time depends on trail conditions (variable terrain). Near the Camp Simpona is a platform that offers a panoramic view of the forest and with a little luck it is always possible to observe the silky Sifaka from the bungalows. Along a nearby creek swarms a wide variety of frog species. Crossley Brachyptérolles (Atelornis crossleyi) and Salomonsen's Philépittes (Neodrepanis hypoxantha) are also found here.

Starting at 8-00;

Walking time - about 6 hours (some steep uphill);

Elevation difference + 800m;

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

Lunch and dinner in the camp;

At sunset possibility to go for a night walk around the camp;

Overnight camping or staying in basic huts, full board.

Should you wish then you can stay at camp if you do not wish to walk any further from Marojejia Camp and enjoy the amazing views and tranquility of Marojejia camp. We will explore the National Park on trails starting from the Marojejia camp searching for flora and fauna.

Marojejy NP D3 Back to Marojejia Camp

After breakfast we will be exploring of the park around of the Camp Simpona.  We will have a good opportunity to see some of its amazing residents from among eleven species of lemurs, including 149 species of amphibians and reptiles, and 118 species of birds. Also, you will see some of the at least 275 species of ferns and 35 species of palms. Walking time depends on conditions of trails (variable terrain).

After lunch and a short siesta, we descend to the Marojejia camp. On arrival at the camp we can get some rest and we can do some further exploring of the park. The walk should be around 4 hours but depends on our success observing the flora and fauna, much of which is unique to this magnificent park. Hopefully we will be lucky and spot the critically endangered “Silky Sifaka” a beautiful pure white lemur only found in this area and one of the top 25 rarest primates on the planet.

At sunset, you will have a chance to go for a night walk around the camp.

If you want to continue, the camp Simpona can also serve as a base for the difficult climb of the summit of Marojejy, the fourth highest peak in Madagascar located 2 km of way, winding trek through thick vegetation. Hike can take up from 4 to 5 hours walking.

Starting at 8-00;

Walking time - depends on trail conditions;

Elevation difference -538m;

Night walk;

Overnight camping or staying in basic huts, full board.

back to Sambava

We depart camp today around 07-00 am and descend to Camp Mantella and then back to Mandena where our vehicles await. The descent should take around 4 hours.

We will make stop offs at the picnic in Antsahalalina to keep you happy. Antsahalalina is located 20 km from the town of Sambava. The village is supplied with water by the Ankatoko River which has a beautiful natural pool watered by a fall called "Andriambé" (the big fall). With its waterfalls, its natural swimming pool, its fauna and the way of life of the rural population going about their daily activities: you will see work at the plantations of vanilla, crops and traditional treatments of the various products including rice, coffee and other commodities of traditional foods.

Once we arrive in Sambava, rooms will be ready for you to settle and rest. We will be rewarded with the azure blue sea and golden sand.

Starting at 7-00;

Walking time - about 4 hours;

Drive time: about 2 hours;

Picnic in the Antsahalalina;

Accommodation at your hotel, Bed & Breakfast.

Sambava - the Bemarivo river

Navigation on the Bemarivo river. Nothing is compared with a relaxation during 6-8 hours on the barges of the river Bemarivo to admire the landscapes of an infinite variety of banks of the river and the epic barges of "The River of Good Hope".

From Nosiarina, (20 kilometers north of Sambava), we will use a local boat as a transportation to visit “Bemarivo river” and go up to Amboangibe village, where there are many plants of coffee. It is an opportunity to make a trip in the heart of vegetation rich in birds and chameleons.

The typical landscapes of the region, the current activities including the work of vanilla, the traditional dwellings of primitive and ephemeral construction, and the barges of Bemarivo will form the image of the legendary river.

For those who wish to explore this blessed region of North-East in depth and to extend this tour, we can also organize visits to little explored sites. We take you to a little-known area to share our findings of authentic encounters and a true taste of adventure in wildlife (Andapa and Anjanaharibe-Sud Special Reserve, Antalaha and Cap Est - Madagascar’s easternmost point, the hiking "Cote de la Vanille").

One-day river trip;

Click here to watch photos about this trip;


Overnight at your hotel, Bed & Breakfast.

Daraina - Protected area Loky Manambato

This morning we head on northwards to Vohemar through the green and peaceful landscape of the east. As you travel don’t be surprised to inhale the unmistakable scent of vanilla. The journey should take around 2 hours from Sambava to Vohemar. On arrival we will briefly explore Vohemar before continuing to Daraina Reserve. The journey from Vohemar to Daraina can take anywhere between 3-5 hours depending on the road conditions which can be very poor so please be prepared for slow going!

Daraina - Protected area Loky Manambato is a wildlife location, it is ideal for Wildlife photography. Ideal for viewing: aye-aye, daraina sportive lemur, golden-crowned sifaka, Sanford’s brown lemur, greater hedgehog tenrec. Shortly: Everyone who wants to experience the last marvels of nature, should hurry up to come to Daraina! In some years, the forest including its lemurs could be gone completely, without anyone taking notice of it.

Depending on the conditions, we will have lunch on the way or arrive at Daraina. In the afternoon, visit the reserve to Andranotsimaty, guaranteed observation of the Tatersalli propithecus, many other plants and animals of this amazing dry forest marking the boundaries of the SAVA region, and miners. After dinner, a night visit is also possible.

Starting at the 8-00;

Distance: about 200 km (60 km of road between Vohemar - Daraina can be very poor);

Lunch en-route or at the Camp;

Discover the Andranotsimaty Reserve;

Night walk;

Walks are very easy;

Accommodation at the Tattersali Camp, full board. The camp is located on the edge of the forest Daraina, and can discover the Tattersali Propithecia directly on the camp site. The accommodation is furnished in a private style on platforms made of local materials, 10 huts each equipped with shower and private toilet. All are equipped with twin mattresses convertible into doubles. Huts are basic but quite comfortable where you will have sheets and blankets. There is no facility for charging camera/phone equipment so please ensure you have spare batteries.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the chalet restaurant with 20 seats. The cuisine is mainly composed of local products: rice, meat, chicken, (prepared not/with coconut milk) vegetable, seasonal fruit. Packed lunches are also available for day trips.

Daraina - Protected area Loky Manambato

A full day exploring the Daraina Reserve, a place rich in flora and fauna. We will have time to take a long walk during the day, despite that the fatigue of the previous day may have weighed in our good will...

During the walk it may be possible to spot the critically endangered Tattersall's Sifaka or Golden Crowned Sifaka which is only found in this area. There are also other species of lemur to look out for as well as many birds. The walk today should take around 6 hours, however those wishing to do shorter walks can be accommodated.

Likewise for the nocturnal visit, we will do all the activities to the maximum because, in Daraina life does not stop. The circuits of the north-east should not miss the night!

Discover the Daraina Reserve;

Lunch picnic or at the Camp;

Night walk;

Walks are very easy;

Dinner and overnight at the Camp.

Daraina – Ambilobe – Andrafiamena (Analamerana SR)

After an early breakfast we take a dirt track to the predominantly Muslim town of Ambilobe. The road is a real adventure but in some parts in very poor condition. Please be prepared for a bumpy ride. In Ambilobe if time allows we will take a look around the lively and picturesque market. From Ambilobe we continue to Andrafiamena, at the foot of the Analamerana (Analamera) Special Reserve. To get to this wonderful camp we have to take a poorly maintained track for around 1 hour but once we are there the location itself makes today’s tough journey well worthwhile.

Analamerana (Analamera) is a hardly known and partly unexplored Special Reserve. Surrounded by beautiful landscape of mountains and forests, Black Lemur Camp based in the village of Anjahankely, nested at the heart of Andrafiamena. It presents main attractions: sandstone covered rainforests, some limestone blocks with dryforest, and transition forests… where many endemic animals and plants live.

Already today we will have time to stroll a little in the Analamerana (Analamera) Special Reserve. We will get a chance to explore the park and its wildlife.

Travel time: a journey of around 5 hours to Ambilobe then 1 hour to Andrafiamena;

Distance: around 160 km;

Lunch in the Ambilobe;

Discovery the Analamerana and Andrafiamena;

Circuit of Propithecus perrieri – 2h30;

Nocturnal Stroll Microcèbe&Cheirogale, 01h;

Overnight at the Black Lemur Camp, full board – the bungalows are very comfortable with tremendous views but do not have charging facilities. Charging can be done at the bar/restaurant area.

Analamerana (Analamera) Special Reserve

After breakfast, with a local guide we will hike inside Analamerana (Analamera) Special Reserve (Andranomanera Protected Reserve) home to unique and endemic species, in particular the black lemur (Perrier Sifaka) which is only found in this area. The reserve is 30 000 Ha in size and on one side the reserve is quite wet and on the other it is relatively dry and in the middle is a transition zone where the last refuge of the black lemur is found.

We can choose routes: *Natural swimming-pool circuit – 5h; *Viewing point circuit – 6h; *Antserasera Circuit, 4h (on foot and by bicycle); *Community immersion tour in Anjahankely; *Great hiking circuit – 7h walk; *Circuit cave of Andavampanihy, 4h (motorcycle, A.T.V, walk).

Discovery the Analamerana and Andrafiamena;

Overnight at the Black Lemur Camp, full board. Black Lemur Camp has 10 spacious bungalows with private bathroom, built with local materials. 8 rooms are tented lodge style and 2 as a family bungalow with semi-hard building.

The restaurant and its bar&lounge are on large elevated terrace with breathtaking views up to 50 km and open up to the forest.

Red Tsingy - Diego Suarez - Montagne des Francais reserve

We leave the magnificent Black Lemur camp location and travel to the Red Tsingy which are strange natural sculptures resulting from the erosion of the local river. Then we continue to Diego Suarez.

Let’s enjoy it and discover this amazing place. We get started at the famous bay of Diego Suarez. Start gathering highlights from today on: enjoy exploring the beaches, swimming in the sea before going for a walk along the coast. Relax. Enjoy the view of the picturesque Sugar Loaf Mountain. Delight in the baobab trees and the traditional fishing village of Ramena.

«Three bays» of Diego Suarez. Their name evokes the change of scenery... French Bay, Sugar Loaf, Bay of Sakalavas, Bay of Pigeons, Bay of Dunes, Cape Miné, Orangea, Ramena... This "tricolor" trip offers a course with infinite color palettes, in all its nuances with its succession of bays and beaches, the white of the sand, sometimes pink, sometimes golden, sometimes blond. A lunch taken from lunch baskets in the heart of the Dunes’ Bay and we continue towards the numerous military vestiges from the Colonial past - the Miné cape, the lighthouse, cannons, and Orangea beach, where we will stay until late afternoon.

Later on, dinner will be served at your hotel, and you will stay there overnight. We will have a unique experience here as we will stay overnight in the tree bungalows – literally huts built in trees!

Travel time: around 3 hours;

Distance: around 100 km;

The Red Tsingy;

Lunch – picnic on the beach;

Accommodation at the hotel, Full board. The accommodation is located in an exceptional ecosetting, there are three options for accommodation:

Jungle Lodge - a real eco village;

Jungle House. Sleep in the trees!...;

The Jungle Camp (parrot camp) is the Jungle Park campground.

Montagne des Francais reserve and Jungle Park

Montagne des Francais reserve, a unique and exceptional area of adventure and discovery – a tropical dry forest with Baobab trees, caves, fish eagles and lemurs.

The camp is a tourism center located at the very opening of a world of adventure in the natural park of “Ambohitra Antsingy”, at the heart of “La vallée des perroquets” (Parrot Valley). The Jungle Park is the door to the world of adventure. This is a place that brings pleasure to all those who travel with us.

This place is an incredible starting point to a huge variety of activities as well as a world-famous spot for climbing, but also trekking, caving, moutainboarding, bird-watching, mountain biking, bush golf, archery etc. Enjoy the exceptional massif with an endemicity rate of more than 90%.

We have many activities for everyone. Click here to learn more and choose just for yourself.

In addition, take a look what else we offer for you:

*Cap Diego Quad-trip, one-day;

*Trip to the Cape Ambre, the extreme northern tip of Madagascar;

*Trip Windsor Castle and Baie du Courrier. A beautiful walk on the horizon;

*Quad ride "Between Earth and Sea", one day of a thrill;

*Ampondrafeta, Pirate Bay and the baobabs forest quad-trip, one-day;

*Dhow Excursions in the bays of Diego Suarez.

Hiking to Sakalava bay and Emerald Sea

This morning we will hike to Sakalava bay and Emerald Sea.  With beautiful white sand and a shallow lagoon with pristine waters this is a perfect family destination to end your time in Madagascar. It is protected by a coral reef from swirls of the Indian Ocean. The islands Nosy Diego and Nosy Suarez are closed by the Babaomby peninsula where proudly stands a native forest, dominated by the baobabs with their huge size. Other islands framing the Emerald Sea are: Nosy Antaly Be, Nosy Antaly Kely, Nosy Lava and Nosy Toreky.

You have a time to enjoy the activities in this wild beauty place. Snorkeling, swimming, or simply relaxing are among the interesting leisure activities. Beside sunbathing and swimming, Emerald Sea is ideal for snorkeling, kitesurfing and windsurfing. We can organize day excursions kitesurfing to Emerald Bay and to the islets. Animations and laughing are on the program! At the same time, a picnic lunch of seafood in the menu will be prepared by a team of professionals.

You can choose to extend your stay with some extra days on the beach if you prefer.

Hike time – about 3 hours;

ENJOY THESE... experiences:

Snorkeling; swimming; relaxing; Sunbathing; Kitesurfing; Windsurfing;

Kiteboarding School;

Accommodation at the hotel, Full board:

Le Babaomby Island Lodge;

Sakalava Lodge.

You will be staying in a "bush" lodge, for guests who want to stay off the beaten path, in a quiet and magical environment. In the forests around these places are inhabited by wild lemurs and thousands of birds. Sakalava bay, with a 5 km stretch of beach enclosed by barrier reef is a perfect place for wind or kite surfing (it’s a safe place to learn as the wind blows you back into shore).

Montagne d’Ambre National Park

After breakfast, we will take trip for coming to Montagne d’Ambre National Park, just a short 1 hours by road, but a very different environment.

Are you keen to explore the Amber Mountain National Park? Today we will make amazing discoveries. Trust our tour guide. We will spend the day exploring the forest trails and waterfalls in the Montagne d’Ambre which is rich in both animal and plant life (including orchids). Just enjoy strolling around, don’t think about dinner. We’re taking care of it at the hotel where you will stay overnight.

The amazing Montagne d’Ambre, covered by lush vegetation and thick green mantle of rainforest, reaches 1475 m at its peak. And as a wonderful oasis, it towers up in the middle of a dry savannah. This mountain is enriched by endemic species like 77 species of birds, 7 species of lemurs and 24 species of amphibians. The park is home to two species of nocturnal lemurs and five diurnal species, especially the crowned lemurs or Eulemur Coronatus. These primates live in harmony with reptiles, amphibians and endemic birds. If you are lucky, you will see the smallest chameleon in the world, the brookesia.

Distance: about 70 km;

Drive time: about 1 hours;

Walks in the Montagne d’Ambre National Park. Hiking trails include very nice trips to the big waterfall (grande cascade) with a steepy way back and a very comfortable, easy to walk promeande to the green lake (Lac verte). In theory, the park has 30 km of tracks.

Lunch – picnic;

Accommodation at the hotel, Bed & Breakfast:

Nature Lodge;

The Litchi Tree;

Le Domaine de Fontenay 4*.

Montagne d’Ambre - Ankarana NP

So thrilled about what happened yesterday, Montagne d’Ambre is such a great experience! What next? Today we head to the Ankarana National Park.

Already today we will have time to stroll a little in the Ankarana National Park. We will then get a chance to explore the park and its wildlife. This afternoon we will visit Perte de Riviere – which is the gateway to a series of caves leading to the ocean. During your stay in Ankarana, you will discover the vast subterranean network of the massif which will reveal you a big part of the values of the Antakarana culture. In addition, we will make a walk for several hours towards the "Small Tsingy" and the "big bat cave". You’ll enjoy marveling at stunning Tsingy massif.

In evening, you can explore the lodge and its surrounding.

Distance: about 130 km;

Drive time: about 3 hours on a slightly bumpy road;

Stroll in the Ankarana National Park;

Accommodation at the hotel, Bed & Breakfast:

Ankarana Lodge;

Iharana Bush Camp;

or similar – (or camp).

Ankarana National Park (Tsingy Ankarana)

How is your yesterday’s little stroll in the surroundings? Today you will have a great day to explore this amazing Ankarana National Park with the Tsingy and the canyons. Accessible at any period of the year by the Eastern side, the beauty of this unique landscape will make your passage a real disorientation. In dry seasons, its western part will surprise you even more: the big sinkhole and the caves, the canyons as well as the suspension bridges are real treasures, and always sparkling.

The trails are not easy but are feasible for anyone with a moderate level of fitness. Our discovery plan can vary depending on your physical conditions. Still, if you suffer dizziness, please stay safe by refraining yourself. Depending on your interest and physical conditions, several types of tours are suggested through the reliefs, dripstone caves, and natural trails.

We will be back tonight for dinner, and you will have an overnight stay at your hotel.

Full day exploring  Ankarana National Park;

Lunch – picnic;

Night walk;

Overnight at the lodge.

Ankarana NP - Ambanja (Ankify)

Today we will set off to Ambanja. The road crosses never ending plantations of sugarcane, ylang-ylang, cocoa, coffee, pepper, crove, cinnamon and vanilla. We will add lots of shortstop offs to keep young travellers (and their parents) happy. Once we arrive in Ankify, rooms will be ready for you to settle and rest.

We will be rewarded with the azure blue sea and golden sand at Ankify.  Ankify is a small fishing and farming village with thatched huts and tropical vegetation and is surrounded by a number of sandy beaches overlooking the crystal clear sea.

After refreshing on the beach, for your curiosity, we will show you a cocoa of the world-class quality and its secrets. We will visit to the village of healers, with a little adventure. You will see and feel lush green landscape of humid tropical climate.

Unforgettable moments for a long time will remain in your heart, as well as social networks and personal photo albums.

For those who wish to explore this blessed region in depth and to extend this tour, we can also organize visits to little explored sites. We take you to a little-known area to share our findings of authentic encounters and a true taste of adventure in wildlife. Take a view, what we have for you:

*Sambirano Cocoa Cycling tour;

*The Exclusive Sambirano River Trekking Tour;

*Expedition to Tsaratanana Integral Reserve, to the peak of Maromokotra.

Distance: about 170 km;

Drive time: about 4 hours, between Ankarana NP and Ambilobe has a bad road sections;

Choose an excursion that fits your interests:

*A trip The Waterfall Bons Pères and Ambobaka village;

*Visit to the Millot Plantations. Top choice of "Lonely Planet" of farm in Ambanja.

Tonight we will sleep in bungalows on the beach,

Accommodation at the hotel, Bed & Breakfast:

Eco lodge Les Jardins d’Ankify;

Ankify Lodge Dauphin Bleu;

Antoremba Lodge.

Antafiabe - Antsohihy

Very early in the morning we get the 4×4 car and go to Antafiabe to discover Blue-eyed Black lemurs, or “Eulemur macaco flavifrons”. They are local endemics, are found only in these places. Exploring this area and picnic-lunch in the forest.

Then we will set off to the town of Antsohihy for overnight stopover. Immediately upon arrival we will make an excursion around the town and visit the handcraft manufacturer of decorative items. Then we will visit the house of the first President of Madagascar and learn about its hidden stories.

Antsohihy is connected inland with the River Loza. The people of Antsohihy live from forestry, trade and transport activities and the area is renowned for seafood too.

Distance: about 170 km;


Tonight we will sleep in bungalows.

Antsohihy - Anjiamangirana SR - Ankarafantsika NP

This morning we will continue to drive for the discovery of the secrets of Anjiamangirana/Manasamody 50km from Antsohihy, through alleys of Satrana, we can discover a field of “pachipodium”, very interesting in the middle of nowhere. We will rise to the Manasamody viewpoint for a photo of the panoramic view.

Next, we will continue our walk downhill to enter the Anjiamangirana Special Reserve, where we among other animals will see such as Coquerel's sifakas, bats and if we are lucky the Anjiamangirana sportive lemur. This forest is the only confirmed location for the Anjiamangirana sportive lemur (Lepilemur grewcockorum). Later we'll stroll in the Baobab forest. Depending on the season, we can make bivouac in the reserve for nights to watch the Aye-Aye.

After lunch After lunch we will went to Ankarafantsika National Park. Along the way we will pass through villages and animated markets so there is always something to look at en-route. Once we arrive in Ankarafantsika Park, rooms will be ready for you to settle and rest.

The Ankarafantsika National Park, set on Lac Ravelobe, is a mixture of deciduous forests and wetlands. This is a major ecotourism site. It is known for its lakes and for being a haven for lemurs and endemic birds. It is covered in varied flora, mainly herbaceous and endemic woody plants.

In evening, you can explore the lodge and its surrounding. 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).

Distance: about 260 km;

Drive time: about 5 hours;

Anjiamangirana Special Reserve;


Ankarafantsika National Park;

Night tour;

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.

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 NP - Mahajanga

Breakfast at the hotel at 07-00 and departure at 08-00 to Mahajanga. We will wind our way through Marovoay, which has a distinctly East African feel about it. Markets full of fresh tropical fruit and vegetables, and spice, dominate the town. Marovoay means: "where there are many crocodiles”. Indeed: the rivers abound many Nile crocodiles and can be easily seen. Hunting of crocodiles was in the early twentieth century an important activity in the region, but fortunately for these big reptiles this practice is no longer in use. A trip plan: The market zebu (Friday and Thursday); Town tour and visit various markets (crafts, vegetables, fish); Climbing to a lookout site for a great view of the plains and rice fields; Simple lunch in a local inn (hotel Anjara).

The landscape opens up rather starkly after we are leaving the town and we will pass cashew nut sellers and ladies washing and drying their laundry next to the many small streams that we pass along the way to Mahajanga. We plan to stop at Lake Amboromalandy and at rice fields to try to find birds like Madagascar Jacana, Malagasy Pond Heron, Humblot’s Heron, the strange Black Heron, and others.

We plan to arrive at the hotel at 13-00. Let’s enjoy it and discover this amazing place. Welcome cocktail, then we will head to small beach and Grand Pavois. Plage, bathing, sunbathing and lunch at the Grand Pavois Barracuda. Take a siesta in the shade on the beach and stroll to the Red Circus (30 minute walk). It is an eroded hill with its amphitheater shape showing all the shades of colors between red and white. The best time to visit is a sunset.

Distance: about 125 km;

Marovoay town;

Lake Amboromalandy;

Beach, bathing, sunbathing;

Lunch at the Grand Pavois Barracuda;

Walk in the Red Circus in the sunsetting and return to the Barracuda to 18-00 to return to the hotel until 18.30-19.00. Later on, presentation of the hotel and the restaurant, dinner will be served at your hotel, and you will stay there overnight;

For your accommodation on the Mahajanga, we suggest you hotels and lodges, which will meet your expectations, Bed & Breakfast:

L’hôtel du Phare from 18 euros; Fishing Residence à Mahajanga from 36 euros; Coco Lodge Majunga 3* from 49 euros; Blue Bay Hotel from 60 euros; Karibu Lodge from 66 euros.

Betsiboka Delta and NEW PROTECTED AREA ANTREMA-Katsepy

After yesterday's relaxing day, in the morning we’ll be birding in the mangroves at the Betsiboka Delta for rare species such as Malagasy Sacred Ibis and Bernier’s Teal, along with a host of tropical shorebirds, terns, and more.

Our leaving in the early morning provides us with enough time to take a motorized boat ride up the Betsiboka Delta. This seldom-visited region is home to two of Madagascar’s rarest and most endangered birds, Bernier’s Teal and Malagasy Sacred Ibis, and we have an excellent chance of finding both of these specialities during our morning’s outing. Other noteworthy birds we may encounter on this journey are Humblot’s Heron, African Openbill, Greater Flamingo, African Spoonbill (a very rare bird in Madagascar), Madagascar Harrier-Hawk, Terek Sandpiper, Greater and Lesser Sand Plovers, Crab-plover and Lesser Crested and Saunders’s Terns.

Then we continue our trip to New Protected area Antrema. After lunch, prepared by the local community, we will discover this area.

We will cross a bridge over the mangrove and stroll to the beach for Katsepy lighthouse and a ride to the fishing village down with the Blue Circus, nestled between sandy beaches that invite guests to a complete idleness. Apart from walking to the lighthouse (where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the Bombetoka Bay) or visiting the nearby Bay Boeny for a different landscape, there is nothing more to do here than laying on a hammock, swimming and enjoying the excellent meals prepared by Ms Chabaud, who is supposed to be one of the best cook in the region.

The Betsiboka Delta;

Click here for more information about IBA trigger species of birds;

Click here to learn more about «Visit in the New protected area Antrema»;

Snack and lunch will prepare by the local community;

Snack, drink at the Ms Chabaud on the beach;

Boarding on the speedboat to return in Mahajanga until 18-30. Back to your hotel.

Mahajanga and Flight to Tana

Today we fly back to Tana for our final night. Our flight at 17-55 (Fri, Sat, Mon) provides us with enough time to do some more activities. In Mahajanga we have 3 options for you:

Option 1: 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…

Option 2: Visit the Sacred lake of Mangatsa with its exceptionally large carp and eels, white lemurs and crocodiles in captivity, charm guaranteed… This sacred lake with transparent waters is the home of some of the biggest goldfish you will ever see. Lake Mangatsa is a sacred place and even politicians come usually here to seek the advice of the ancestors. We will observe and attract the fish at the lake with a piece of bread that you will throw in the lake. As soon as we get hungry, we will enjoy the nice food at the lake’s restaurant.

Option 3: We can head out to a nearby seasonal pan which often harbours a variety of shore birds that usually includes Black-winged Stilt and Kittlitz’s Plover and, if we are very fortunate, the rare, endemic Madagascar Plover may also be in attendance. Depending on water levels, the far end of the pan may be blanketed in water lilies and if this is the case we will almost definitely be rewarded with rafts of beautiful African Pygmy Goose and perhaps the odd Greater Painted-snipe. The adjacent scrub and thickets also usually support good numbers of Madagascar Cisticola, Olive Bee-eater, Madagascar Mannikin and Red Fody.

Then we’ll take a flight back to Tana, where this epic tour around the North-East and North of Madagascar will conclude. Goodbye-dinner in the cozy atmosphere of Le Restaurant «La Varangue».

Click here to learn more about «Discovery the Sacred lake of Mangatsa»;

Flight to Tana;

Distance: about 400 km;

Flight time: about 1 hour;

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 D3-5, D8-15, D6 breakfast, Lunch D1;

*Car 4x4 with a driver;


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

Camping equipment (tents, sleeping bags);


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

*Picnics in the stipulated places at the program;

*Goodbye-dinner in the Le Restaurant «La Varangue» in D25;

*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;

*Additional activities outside the program.

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