Day 1: Tana
Arriving at Ivato international airport, clear customs and meet our representative for transfer to the Hotel Chalet des Roses (mid range) or Tana Hotel (top) for overnight.
Day 2: Tana - Fort-Dauphin - Berenty
Transfer to the Airport and fly to Fort-Dauphin, then continue to Berenty by 4WD, Berenty is a privately-owned reserve that lies about 80 km from Fort Dauphin (Taolagnaro). It is among the most tourist-oriented destinations in Madagascar. There are species of plants which serve as habitat for a variety of wildlife. More than 100 ring-tailed lemurs are in the reserve; the dancing sifakas are the most interesting animals to spot in Berenty. It is among the most tourist-oriented destinations in Madagascar. The trails are flat and broad, the wildlife (most people come for the lemurs) is friendly and abundant, and the facilities are up to Western standards (though if you leave your door or windows open you may have lemurs come into your room for a visit). Giant Coua is one of the endemic birds in Berenty. There are other species of birds and lemurs, especially those active at night, including the white-footed sportive lemur, the tiny mouse lemur. Overnight at Berenty Lodge.
Day 3: Visit at the Reserve
A full day visit at the reserve with walks along the wide, well swept paths. The lemur Catta Maki; known as the ring-tailed lemurs, are very friendly and seem very happy for photographs. Sifakas are also the main attraction due to their beautiful dancing performances, as well as some red fronted brown lemurs, which were introduced to Berenty. At night, look for white-footed sportive lemur, Grey mouse lemur, the newly recognized red-and-grey mouse lemur. Walking through the reserve will also grant you the opportunity of seeing some of the 103 bird species, 56 of which breed here, and observe many prolific reptiles (various chameleons species, lizards, the endangered radiated and spider tortoises and the Madagascar ground boa). Overnight at Berenty Lodge.
Day 4: Berenty - Fort-Dauphin - Tana
Transfer to Fort-Dauphin Airport and take the flight to Tana . upon arrival at Ivato international airport, direct transfer to the Le Chalet des Roses (mid range) or Tana Hotel (top).
Day 5: Tana - Andasibe
Morning drive to Andasibe National park. The national park of Mantadia is in the Alaotra Mangoro. It is known for its rare orchids that bloom in the forest, Indri indri that can be observed all year round, its magnificent waterfalls and the famous cultural rituals of the inhabitants of its surrounding. Mantadia and the Special Reserve of Indri of Analamazaotra form the complex Andasibe Mantadia. Overnight at hotel Feon’ny Ala(midrange) or Vakona Forest Lodge (top).
Day 6: Visit the Park Analamazaotra and Mantadia - Tana
Visit the two reserves. The forest of the Mantadia Park accommodates a lot of animals which assure their perpetuity at the same time. 108 species of birds are known in the park, some of which play a role in the survival of plants like Terpsiphone mutata. We can also find 14 species of lemurs in there, 51 species of reptiles Boa, the famous Boa manditra and 84 species of amphibian. The ecosystem of Mantadia depends on its lower-case letters animals: They are the pollinisateurs of the plants of flowers, the recyclers of the nourishing elements of soil and the organic garbage. In the food chain, the bugs are the food of many birds and mammals. The forests of Mantadia are the domains of the lianas and épiphytes as the orchids, the mosses and the ferns. The orchids are very varied with more than a hundred species inventoried. After the visit drive back to Tana . Overnight at the hotel Chalet des Roses (Mid range) or Tana Hotel (top).
Day 7: Tana - Maroantsetra - Masoala
Transfer to the Airport and fly to Maroantsetra, leave Maroantsetra by boat to Masoala National park. Masoala is actually a complex of protected areas of 240,520 ha. It has four terrestrial parcels and three marine parcels. It is part of the forests of the East of Madagascar classified among the world natural heritage sites of the forests of the Atsinanana. The Masoala complex, the Masoala Park and the special reserve of Nosy Mangabe is the biggest protected area of Madagascar. We can find islets of the forests or rocks, coral reefs, zones of herbaria and narrow strips of mangrove swamp forest there. Masoala is among the richest regions on biodiversity. We can find 50% of species of the plants of Madagascar and more than 50% of the species of mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles in there. Overnight at Arol Lodge(midrange) or Tampolo Lodge (mid range).
Day 8: Visit at the Park
A full day visit at the park, 102 species of birds of which more than 60% are endentic which have been counted in Masoala. Among the ten species of lemurs of the park, four are part of the category of the primates the more threatened in the red list of the International union of the Conservation of the Nature (UICN). Among the carnivores, Masoala is the only locality where the mongoose Salanoia concolor or Brown-tailed mongooses have been observed since the 1970. This species is the least known of the Malagasy carnivores. The Humpback whale, the big dolphin and the belly pink dolphin live in Masoala Sea. The Sirenien specie, the Dugong, exists too in this region. 41 types of corals are made an inventoryat Masoala. Reptiles, batrachians, marine turtles and fichies (Marin and from fresh water) are over there too. Overnight at Arol Lodge (mid range) or Tampolo Lodge (mid range).
Day 9: Masoala - Nosy Mangabe
Leave Masoala to Nosy Mangabe, The Special Reserve of Nosy Mangabe is a small island (520 ha) covered in humid thick forest. Despite this island's remote natural beauty, Four lemur species (black and white lemur, brown lemur, aye aye, microcèbe), two of which are nocturnal, also can be found on Nosy Mangabe. This is one of the places where you can find the Uroplatus, a well camouflaged and other worldly looking lizard. Nosy Mangabe also shelters the world's smallest chameleon, the tiny Brookesia, as well as other rare species like the Aye-Aye. In fact, this forested island is thought by many to be the best place to observe the Aye-Aye, thought by many to be Madagascar's strangest lemur. With its golden sand beaches from whose shores you can see the hump backed whales swimming in the bay. Overnight Camping (full-board).
Day 10: Nosy Mangabe - Maroantsetra
After the breakfast, return to the forest. In fact, this forested island is thought by many to be the best place to observe the Aye-Aye, thought by many to be Madagascar's strangest lemur. With its golden sand beaches from whose shores you can see humpback whales swimming in the bay, and its emerald green forests where lemurs fling themselves through the canopy, Nosy Mangabe is a rare delight. Before noon take a fast motor boat to get back to Maroantsetra. Overnight at Hotel Cocobeach (mid range), Hotel Relais de Masoala (top) or Masoala Resort (top).
Day 11: Maroantsetra - Tana
Take a flight back to Tana; upon arrival, transfer to Tana Hotel (top) or the hotel Chalet des Roses.
Day 12: Tana - Diego - Montagne d’Ambre
Transfer to the Airport and take flight to Diégo. While arriving, departure to the national park of Montagne d’Ambre. The national park of the amber Mountain spreads on 23,010 ha of which 18,200 ha for the National Park and 4,810 ha for the Reserve Special Forest of amber. It is a volcanic massif covered of forest spreading on 850 to 1,475 m. Six lakes and several streams and rivers furrow the park. The Amber Mountain is a high place of endemicity with 77 species of birds, seven species of lemurs and 24 species of amphibian. Overnight at the Monastère (mid range) or Nature Lodge (top).
Day 13: Montagne d’Ambre - Ankarana
Half day visit in Amber Mountain and after the visit drive to Ankarana. The park of Ankarana spreads over 18,225 ha. Ankarana is the western extension of a chalky massif of the medium Jurassic that emerges from a basaltic plain located above 50m over the sea level. The plateau, that is a greatly eroded karst formation in surface, is constituted by a lapiaz of Tsingy. Overnight at Relais d’Ankarana (high - mid range) or National hotel (mid range).
Day 14: Ankarana
A visit accompagnied with your local guide in Ankarana. The biological inventories of Ankarana reported 50 herpetofauna species with 40 reptiles and 10 amphibians. The biological inventories also reported 96 species of birds, 50 species of mollusks and a huge number of snails of The tsingy. 14 species of bats, either the half of the bats of Madagascar lives in the underground cave of Ankarana. 11 species of lemurs live in Ankarana. Besides, it is in this park that the famous Propithecus perrieri, known under the vernacular name of Black Sifaka was seen for the last time by the agents of the park in 1995 and 1996. Overnight at Relais d’Ankarana (high - mid range) or National hotel (mid range).
Days 15 - 17: Ankarana – Ankify - Nosybe
After 15 days visit around the big island you merit three days relax on the lovely beach. Quit Ankarana to Ankify and take the boat to Nosybe. This haven of peace received many qualifications from visitors, to indicate its beauty but it seems that the term “paradise on earth” is best adapted to qualify the extremely rare beauty of this island, which means not easily seen from other part of the planet. The other terms, like the pearl of the Indian Ocean, does not completely manage to qualify it because it does not evoke the width of its splendour. Overnight at the hotel Sarimanok (mid range,top) or Coco-Plage (mid range,top) or Nosybe hotel (top) or Andilana Beach (top).
Day 18: Nosybe - Tana
Transfer and fly back to Antananarivo, overnight at the hotel Chalet des Roses (mid range) or Tana Hotel (top).
Day 19: Fly Home. Transfer to the airport and fly home.
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