Northern Madagascar's Rainforest & Islands

A journey from Diego Suarez via Amber Mountain and Ankarana to the island of Nosy Khomba

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Where
Madagascar
When
April to October
How long
12 days
How much
POA
why
Rainforests, Lemurs, chameleons, whales and turtles. Connect national parks by road in rural northern Madagascar finishing at an idyllic island. An ideal safari for those who love a road trip.
staying in
Basic, but comfortable small Lodges

There’s an engaging eccentricity to Madagascar; charismatic endemic wildlife combines with world-class beaches to make it a great choice for a family holiday served with a dash of adventure

This journey is an ideal way to combine visits to Madagascar's rainforests with some exceptional landscapes and rural northern Madagascar

Above all Madagascar has the capacity to surprise, whether it’s the outlandish colours of its chameleons and geckos, the yellow Renault 4 taxis in Diego Suarez or the magnetic charm of its many lemurs. Or for that matter the excellent food that’s widely available and reflects a blend of the indigenous Malagassy (Indonesian) culture, overlaid with the French. Stop in a road-side restaurant and you’ll be as a likely to find pork served with eel (a Malagasy delicacy), as to find excellent home made foie gras.

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Day 1

Begin in Antananarivo

Days 2,3 & 4

Andasibe and surrounds

Head to the east of Tana for your lemur fix - a chance to see Indri in the forests of Analamazoatra Reserve and Mantadia and to see these creatures up close. 

Day 5

Up to Diego Suarez

An early flight to the north gets you to the northern town of Diego Suarez. Spend the day exploring this colourful small town as well as heading out to the pristine bays to the east of here.

Diego Suarez

Crumbling Ruins

Diego Suarez

Sea views

Day 6

Amber Mountain

A short journey to the south east of Diego Suarez is the reserve of Amber Mountain. Spend a night here staying in a civilised small lodge with views over the forest reserve. While here take night walks on the fringes of the park to see nocturnal lemurs as well as sleeping chameleons

Amber Mountain

Simple, but comfortable

Enjoy the natural Madagascan hospitality in a small lodge on the edge of Amber Mountain. Simple structures belie excellent food and friendly service.

Days 7 and 8

Ankarana National Park

Wildlife in this reserve is plentiful from numerous species of lemur to chameleons, bats and (small boys in particular pay attention here) some fairly impressive spider action.

The defining characteristic of Ankarana, however is the limestone rock on which the park sits and the erosion of this limestone to produce extraordinary pointed and fluted shapes (known locally as Tsingis) is the reason many people visit the area.

These sharp and brittle structures are also to a degree responsible for the preservation of the ecosystem as the rocks, riven with deep fissures make access in many places all but impossible.

Ankarana

Caves and Tsingis

The limestone is also responsible for one of the other astonishing features of Ankarana and one which remains hidden in large part from all but the most intrepid explorers. The erosion visible on the surface extends far beneath the park and Ankarana sits on an extensive network of underground channels and rivers, connected to massive caves. On the eastern side of the park there is relatively easy access to an impressive sinkhole (dry in the dry season, raging torrent in the rains) as well as a number of large bat-filled caves that look as though they were designed in hollywood.

The Ankarana Reserve is an important refuge for significant populations of the crowned lemur, and Sanford's brown lemur, but plenty of other species live here including the northern sportive lemur, brown mouse lemur, fat-tailed dwarf, fork-marked lemur, eastern woolly, Perrier's sifaka aye-aye and the western lesser bamboo. 

Days 9,10 & 11

To the islands

Continue the journey east to the coast where you'll meet your boat for the transfer to Nosy Khomba.

Nosy Khomba

Civilised Island Living

Enjoy a wonderful small lodge on Nosy Khomba with far reaching views over the Indian Ocean. Expect wonderful sea-food including shrimp and lobster as well as classic French dishes like Foie Gras. Take excursions from the island to look for marine wildlife - whale sharks and manta rays frequent these waters in December, while turtles feed in large numbers on the seaweed of some of the islands which makes for excellent opportunities to swim with them.  

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