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Madagascar

North Adventure

MADAGASCAR NORTH ADVENTURE

 

MADAGASCAR ESCAPE

 

Experience Madagascar’s varied habitats during this journey which takes you from the waterfalls and lakes of Montagne d'Ambre National Park to the underground caves and limestone ‘tsingy’ of Ankarana Reserve, before enjoying the tropical beaches of Nosy Be. Throughout your stay you will have the opportunity to encounter a multitude of animals, most of which are endemic to Madagascar.

HIGHLIGHTS

Antananarivo:

The picturesque capital of Madagascar

Nosy Be:

Commonly known as “the island of perfumes” and the largest of Madagascar’s offshore islands

 

 

 

 

Montagne d'Ambre National Park:

Because of its striking scenery, rainforest and waterfalls, it is one of Madagascar’s most visited natural attractions

Lokobe Reserve:

Here you might see lemurs, birds and chameleons

 

 

 

 

Ankarana:

A nature reserve with karst pinnacles, sacred caves, underground rivers and beautiful scenery

Nosy Komba:

Known as the island of lemurs

 

 

 

 

Ankify:

Small village situated along a white sand beach

Nosy Tanikely:

An underwater reserve offering a rich diversity of marine life

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

QUICK FACTS

 

Tour type:

Private Lodge Tour

Meals:

7 x Breakfast

4 x Lunch

 

 

 

 

Duration:

 

 

Start & End:

 

Country visited:

8 days

 

 

Antananarivo

 

Madagascar

Vehicle:

 

 

 

 

Group Size:

Car 2 – 3 people

Minivan 4 – 8 people

Bus 10 + people

 

 

Min. 1 / Max. 10 

 

DEPARTURE DATES 2018

Every day of the week – subject to availability & flights. For advice, please contact the

Jenman Safaris office or your travel agency.

 

 

ITINERARY

B – Breakfast       L – Lunch              D – Dinner

DAY 1: ARRIVAL TO ANTANANARIVO                                                                                            

You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Antananarivo, the picturesque capital of Madagascar. With its bustling markets, friendly people and ancient town on a hill with freestone churches and ancient royal places, it is unique among the world’s other capitals.

 

Classic Accommodation:                                               Residence Lapasoa or similar

Superior Accommodation:                                            Hotel Carlton or similar

DAYS 2 - 3: ANTANANARIVO – DIEGO SUAREZ – MONTAGNE D’AMBRE                    BL

You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Diego Suarez, where you will be collected at the airport. We then drive directly to Montagne d'Ambre National Park, which covers 18,200 ha of a prominent volcanic massif and with its striking scenery, rainforest and waterfalls, it is one of Madagascar’s most visited natural attractions. It was created in 1958 to protect the massif and its ecosystems, including the region’s unique flora and fauna. We arrive in the late afternoon. The next day is spent exploring the park on foot.In the Park you will have the chance to see seven species of lemurs, the ring-tailed mongoose and a variety of reptiles including frogs, geckos and chameleons, as well as more than 70 species of birds.

 

Classic & Superior Accommodation:                          Nature Lodge or Litchi Tree or similar

DAY 4: MONTAGNE D’AMBRE - ANKARANA                                                                BL        

Today we head to Ankarana - a nature reserve with karst pinnacles, sacred caves, underground rivers and beautiful scenery. The rich and diverse flora and fauna includes many lemurs and interesting bird species. Its limestone pinnacles are called tsingy formations.  Running through and under the tsingy are hidden forest-filled canyons and numerous subterranean rivers. We will explore the extensive cave system, which includes several fascinating bat-filled grottoes.

 

Classic Accommodation:                                               Hotel Relais de l’Ankarana or similar

Superior Accommodation:                                            Ankarana Lodge or similar

 

DAY 5: ANKARANA                                                                                                      BL        

Today we will have a full day to visit the Ankarana nature reserve, where once again you will have the chance to admire the remarkably rich and varied vegetation and the abundant wildlife of the reserve.

 

Classic Accommodation:                                               Hotel Relais de l’Ankarana or similar

Superior Accommodation:                                            Ankarana Lodge or similar

DAY 6: ANKIFY – NOSY BE                                                                                            B

Today we drive to Ankify - a small village situated along a white sand beach. From here we will go on a boat transfer to Nosy Be where you will be transferred by car to your hotel.

Nosy Be, commonly known as “the island of perfumes” and the largest of Madagascar’s offshore islands, is a beautiful tropical island covered with palm trees and bougainvillea. Nosy Be is a beautiful place where you could easily spend the entire day simply watching the changing hues of blue in the sea and the sky. In addition to its attractive beaches, the island’s assets include luxuriant foliage, friendly people and a relaxed Indian Ocean ambience.

 

Classic Accommodation:                                               Arc En Ciel or similar

Superior Accommodation:                                             Ravintsara Wellness Hotel (Ocean View Rooms) or similar

DAY 7: NOSY BE                                                                                                           B         

This day in Nosy Be is at leisure. Visit the Lokobe Reserve, a rainforest reserve that protects most of Nosy Be’s endemic vegetation. You might see lemurs, birds and chameleons. Or go on a day-cruise to the islands "Nosy Komba"- the island of lemurs or "Nosy Tanikely"- an underwater reserve offering a rich diversity of marine life, such as beautiful corals and a big variety of fish, with excellent diving and snorkelling opportunities. Fish you might see include surgeonfish, clown fish, barracuda, manta rays, sea urchins, starfish, eels, anemones and many more. At the end of the afternoon we will go back to the hotel where you will have the chance to enjoy the amenities on offer.

 

Classic Accommodation:                                               Arc En Ciel or similar

Superior Accommodation:                                             Ravintsara Wellness Hotel (Ocean View Rooms) or similar

 

DAY 8: NOSY BE – ANTANANARIVO – HOME DESTINATION                                          B         

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Antananarivo to connect with your flight home. We hope to welcome you in Madagascar again very soon!

 

PRE-DEPARTURE INFORMATION

DEPARTURE:

When arriving in Antananarivo in the morning of Day 1 of the tour you will be picked up from the airport and embark on your tour. Should you arrive prior to day 1, pre tour accommodation can be arranged and you will be picked up from your hotel on the morning of day 1. (Pick up time will be confirmed on arrival).

TRANSPORT:

Transport will be in an appropriate 4 wheel drive vehicle.

ACCOMMODATION:

Classic accommodation will be in basic – mid range Hotels.

Superior accommodation will be in 4* hotels and applies only to Nosy Be, Ankarana and Antananarivo (no opportunities exist for upgrade at Montagne d'Ambre).

 

Please note that Madagascar is a country which is in its infancy when it comes to tourism. Accommodation is limited so all the above mentioned accommodation are subject to availability, and we reserve the right to change these using similar accommodation of the same standards.

MEALS:

Please advise us of any special dietary requirements in advance.

VISAS:

A visa is required to enter the territory of Madagascar and can easily be obtained upon arrival at the airport of Antananarivo with a validity of up to 90 days. Tourists staying for less than one month, can purchase a visa for 115’000 Ariary (around 35 €). Paying with the exact amounts or small currency is advised. No photographs are required, however please ensure that passports are valid for at least 6 months after return date.

 

TRAVEL INSURANCE:

 

Please note that travel and cancellation insurance is mandatory for every guest travelling with Jenman Madagascar Safaris. All insurance is solely the responsibility of our guests. Please ensure you arrange your own insurance with protection for the full duration of your journey to cover personal injury, damage and loss of personal items including but not limited to camera equipment and other electronic items, medical expenses, repatriation expenses and loss of luggage, etc. Please speak to your travel agent if you require assistance.

MAKING YOUR TRAVELS MEANINGFUL:

The Grow Africa Foundation (163-738 NPO) is the responsible tourism initiative started by Jenman African Safaris and Hideaways. The focus of Grow Africa is to make a positive impact on the environment, society and economy in the places we travel to. We do this by instigating and supporting local social and environmental projects.

 

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