12 days Madagascar Tsingy rock formations Adventure Tour
This adventure holiday tour takes you to the northernmost tip of Madagascar, Diego Suarez & then south west to Nosy Be Island. Diego is situated on the shores of the second largest natural bay in the world and a strategic safe deep water harbour to shipping with dry docks and other shipping services.
Due to its logistical value it saw conflict in both the World Wars as can be witnessed from the artillery gun emplacements at the entrance to the bay, still visible today.
Day 01: Arrive Antananarivo
Arrive Antananarivo Airport where you will be met by our representative then transferred to your hotel. Afternoon optional excursions could include - a city tour - the Artisans Flea Market - or the Lemur Park just south of Tana.
Dinner, Bed & Breakfast and overnight.
Day 02: Diego Suarez
07.00 hours depart Antananarivo with Air Madagascar for a 1.55 hr flight to the most northern town of Madagascar, Diego Suarez, via Nosy Be. On arrival at Diego Suarez airport, we are collected and set off for a guided tour of the area. We cover Sugarloaf, 3 Bays, WW2 Guns at entrance to the Bay, returning via Ramena beach, depending on time available.
A picnic lunch on the beach is included. Dinner, and overnight at Hotel Le Panorama,Diego Suarez.
Day 03: Diego Suarez
We set off early to the Amber Mountain, a long-extinct volcano covered by primary tropical rainforest, including craters and waterfalls. A bewildering array of animals and plants that have specially adapted to thrive in this moist 'island' of biological diversity. Lemurs, birds, chameleons, geckos, and truly immense rain forest trees, are among some of the natural wonders you will encounter.
Picnic Lunch, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast and overnight at Diego Suarez.
Day 04: Ankarana Nature Reserve
Today we travel south to the Ankarana Nature Reserve stopping to view the unusual limestone pinnacle formations called Red Tsingy on the way. The Red Tsingy rock formation is a geologic oddity sculpted by erosion into a completely unique work of nature. It is completely unlike other better-known limestone Tsingy.
Picnic Lunch, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast and overnight at Ankarana East in Tsingy Lodge.
Day 05: Ankarana East Reserve
Today your guide takes you out into the forest exploring the Ankarana East Reserve rich in endemic fauna and flora, lemurs and birds. Visiting some of the caves you will see stalagmites, stalactites, immense rooms, underground rivers, and fantastic fauna and flora.
We also get the opportunity to see the Grey Tsingy in Ankarana as we further explore this mystical land.
Picnic Lunch, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast and overnight at Ankarana East in a hotel or Lodge.
Day 06: Nosy Be
After Breakfast you continue on from Ankarana past plantations of vanilla, coffee & cacao to the village of Anikify, opposite Nosy Be Island; where you transfer by
speed boat for the half hour crossing to the Port of Nosy Be. Passing the islands of Nosy Komba on our right and the Marine Reserve of Nosy Tanikely on our left.
You will be met at the Port of Nosy Be and transferred to your hotel
where you will spend 5 glorious days to relax & explore Nosy Be island.
Dinner, Bed & Breakfast at Nosy Be Hotel is all included.
Day 07 – 11: Nosy Be
There is much that can be enjoyed. From the beach to activities such as a quad bike tour, sea plane flip along the island, fishing, snorkelling and scuba diving, or just lazing along in a canoe. The choices are yours to enjoy.
The hotel has an activity centre next to the Pool bar where various excursions can be arranged. Included in your package is a complimentary full day tour visiting the island of Nosy Komba by boat in the morning and the afternoon on Nosy Tanikely.
Transfers are by speed boat from the harbour. On Nosy Komba you have the opportunity to mix with the village people see their culture and get involved with some village shopping and see their collection of Lemurs, Chameleons & Boa Constrictor snakes.
A short boat trip transfers you to the Marine Reserve around Nosy Tanikely. Here you can snorkel right off the beach and admire the rich coral and tropical fish life. Mask, fins and snorkel can be hired on the beach. Lunch is served on the beach and consists of various delicacies including crab etc while the local friendly Lemur colony looks on. The Lemurs are very tame and can be hand-fed with bananas. Don't forget the camera!
Day 12: Departure
After your morning breakfast, depart Nosy Be then you will be transferred to the international flight home. If you have time to spare a visit to the local Lemur park just south of Tana can be arranged.
You will then take a Departure flight back home.