Day 1: Country of departure - Antananarivo. Welcome at IVATO international airport then transfer to the hotel. Briefing of the tour. In the afternoon, glimpse of Antananarivo town, to discover its old architectures from the top end of the town, the administrative buildings, the various flower markets and inhabitants. Welcome dinner at "Tranovola" Restaurant. Night in a Guesthouse.
Day 2: Antananarivo – Ankarafantsika (450 km). After breakfast, departure to Ankarafantsika on National road N°4. Crossing the plain of Tampoketsa in the terrible heat of the west. Pause and break in Maevatanàna where it is blazing. Then passing through the village of Ambondromamy with its display of dried fruits and fish. Arrival in Ankarafantsika at the end of the day. Dinner and night in a Lodge.
Day 3: Ankarafantsika. In the morning departure to hike in the national park of Ampijoroa starting in Ravelobe Lake and its legend: "the awesome and sneaky man of Garafantsy". There are lots to discover: Nil crocodiles, water birds, wild ducks and some species of aquatic plants. From the lake starts the secondary forest where we are able to find crocodile trees (Hura crepitans), the seeds are scattered when the fruits blow out before discovering the majestic baobabs which are not found anywhere else. Dinner and night in a Lodge.
Day 4: Ankarafantsika – Mahajanga (112 km). After breakfast, we will leave Ampijoroa Park and its inhabitants to Mahajanga, it is also called the town of flowers. Located in the end of the National road N4; it is Madagascar’s third largest city and second harbor. The town has always a view turned towards Africa and Comoros. There is a strong influence of Muslim in this city. There are lots of mosques, elaborate Indian doors, houses with a patio, balusters and colonnades. A tour of the city then excursion in Cirques Rouges. Dinner and night in a Hotel.
Day 5: Mahajanga - Nosy Be (Plane). In the morning, transfer to Mahajanga airport then fly to Nosy Be. The perfumed island and its paradisiacal small islands is a true paradise. It has beautiful beaches in addition to its lush vegetation. Transfer and dinner and night in a hotel.
Day 6-7-8: Nosy Be. The days in Nosy Be can be spent on excursion to the surrounding islands: Nosy Tanikely with its great diving place, Nosy Komba with its black lemurs, Nosy Iranja with its sea turtles, the archipelago of Mitsio with its basalt columns emerging from the bowels of the earth, the "quatre frères" and its rocky domes with round and smooth walls serving as birds’ nests, Nosy Sakatia which is the closest to the island of Nosy Be. You can also visit different places inland such as the natural reserve of Lokobe which has great varieties of fauna and flora, Mount Passot where you can have a spectacular view of the surrounding volcanic lakes, the town and its daily market. Dinner and night in a Hotel.
Day 9: Nosy Be – Ankify (by boat). After breakfast, we will leave the hotel to Nosy Be harbour where we will take the motorboat to Ankify. The crossing does not last long. The sea is calm. Schooners and dugout canoes will also leave the harbour to another destination. Arrival in Ankify in the morning then check in the hotel. Dinner and night in a hotel.
Day 10: Ankify – Ankarana (110 km). Adventure starts again after the breakfast. Heading to the north of Madagascar passing through the town of Ambanja and Ambilobe cocoa plantations. After about thirty kilometres, arrival in Ankarana Tsingys which are composed of sharpened calcareous peaks. Settlement in a camp and a visit of the surroundings to have an overview of the landscape. Dinner and night in an inn.
Day 11: Ankarana. After a night with the moon and other stars, we will go for a short hike to the park. The Tsingys are like sharpened needles of limestone with a very thick network of faults, grottoes and lake. It offers one of Madagascar’s most spectacular sceneries and now they become a place of worship and ceremony – a tomb – for the surrounding population. A very thick dry forest alternating with savannah develops on this karstic massif. And various animal and vegetal species have made this place their cradle and refuge. Dinner and night in an inn.
Day 12: Ankarana - Amber Mountain - Diego Suarez (150 km). Early departure in the morning to Amber mountain national park. An excursion in the park: we will first visit the large waterfalls, the small waterfalls and the botanical path. In the afternoon, we will continue to Diego Suarez. Dinner and night in a Hotel.
Day 13: Diego Suarez. This day will be spent for marine activities. The three bays of Diego have beautiful attractive… beaches and hot sea: the Dunes bay, Sakalava bay and pigeons bay. Dinner and night in a Hotel.
Day 14: Diego Suarez – Antananarivo (Plane). After breakfast, you will be able to go for a short walk around the town according to the departure time of the flight to Antananarivo. Transfer to the airport and fly to Tana. Dinner and night in a Guesthouse.
Day 15: Antananarivo – Country of destination (Plane). After breakfast, departure to Ambohimanga, the cradle of the Merina monarchy. Then in the afternoon, if we have more time, we will probably go shopping at the craft market. Transfer to the airport.
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