The North and Nosy Be
€975 per person
A 12 days very complete Private Tour from Nosy Be to the Northern tip of Madagascar, from the unique limestone forest of Ankarana to the tropical forest of Amber Mountain National Park, from the Reserve of Andriafamena to the Marine Reserve of Nosy Hara, from the Paradisiacal Islands of Nosy Be to the Three Bays. In Nosy Be, the best Group’s excursions to the most beautiful islands.
Ankarana National Park, Andriafamena Reserve, Amber Mountain National Park, Nosy Hara Marine Reserve, Three Bays, Diego Suarez, Nosy Be
When to Go
March - December
Transfers airport - hotel - airport | Private Speedboat Nosy Be - Ankify - Nosy Be | Private Car Throughout The Tour | Accompanying Guide for the Tour of the North | Entry Fee of Mentioned Excursions | Groups' Excursions in Nosy Be with lunches included | Hotels on Dinner and Bed and Breakfast basis
Entry Visa (€35 pp) | Accompanying guide in Nosy Be | Lunches | Drinks | Personal Expenses | Anything not Mentioned in Included
What to Bring
Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking shoes , hat and warm light jacket and light trench coat.
If the tour depart from Diego Suarez and End in Nosy Be, save up to €50 pp.
Prices per person
- 1 Traveler €2200, 1 single
- 2 Travelers €1400, 1 tw/dbl
- 3 Travelers €1275, 1 tpl
- 4 Travelers €1150, 2 tw/dbl
- 5 Travelers €1050, 1 tw/dbl + 1 tpl
- 6 Travelers €975, 3 tw/dbl
For more options, please contact us
Day 1 Nosy Be - Ankarana East 150 km, 4 hours' drive and 1 hour speedboat
After your breakfast ideally before 7.30 AM we begin our journey to the far north of Madagascar. Transfer to the port of Nosy Be to board a private speedboat directo to Ankify. In Ankify meet & greet with the driver and the guide for the tour of the North. The trip to Ankarana East, from Ankify, takes about 3 hours' and the landscapes change from tropical lush to savannah near Ambilobe. After a brief break we visit the park. Ankarana National Park is a complex of rocky limestone pinnacles, called Tsingy, formed by the erosion caused by rich waterways, patches of dense tropical jungle, strips of deciduous forest, canyons and deep caves. Today we will plan a 2 hours' hike with a local guide. Hotel Relais Ankarana or similar.
Day 2 Ankarana East
We will dedicate the whole day to visit the Park. Ankarana is a hiker's Heaven, there are several circuit to choose from. We will choose with the local guide on the day. Hotel Relais Ankarana.
Day 3 Ankarana East - Andriafamena 65 km, 3 hours' drive
We leave Ankarana early, by 7 AM. We continue driving north for about 40 km on the RN6 before heading east into a secondary road. There is no much difference in road condition from the secondary road and the National 6, however it will take another hour to get to the village of Anjahankely in the Andriafamena Reserve. This is a spectacular reserve, in a few km on foot you can go from tropical forest to dry forest or transition forest. We will find many endemic plants and with luck the rare black lemur Sifaka Perrier, endemic to the area. After sunset, we will explore the area surrounding the camp in search for nocturnal lemurs. Hotel Black Lemur Camp.
Day 4 Andriafamena - Red Tsingy - Ramena 160 km, 5 hours' drive
We quit Andriafamena in the morning, our next stop is the Red Tsingy of the Irodo River Valley, 3 hours' drive away. Unlike the gray Tsingy, which are of limestone, the red Tsingy are of marl and sandstone with a strong presence of laterite which gives the red color to these natural "cathedrals" formed by erosion. After the visit, we will continue to Ramena where we will overnight. Hotel Lakana Plage or similar.
Day 5 Ramena - Sakalava Bay 10 km, 4 hours' walk
Today we will visit on foot the Three Bays from Ramena, a fantastic 10 km hike across Orangea Reserve to get to the Three Bays. Just passed Ramena Beach we are on the beach of Orangea where we can discover the remains of an old French military camp, today still used by the local military troops. At the end of this interminable beach, we have Cap Miné with its lighthouse where a breathtaking panorama awaits you: the Indian Ocean entering Antsiranana Bay! Again we will find some old buildings from the colonial times. We will then hike all the way to the Sakalava Bay, the last bay coming from north. We will be able to choose our favorite bay to spend the afternoon. The return to Ramena by car. Hotel Lakana or similar.
Day 6 Ramena - Joffreville - Ramena
The whole morning will be dedicated to the "Montagne d'Ambre" National Park. Today's journey is approx. 1 hour each way. Joffreville, a small characteristic colonial village, where time stopped in the 1950s and it is the entrance to the park. The park, a rainforest that includes six volcanic lakes, is a paradise for many endemic animals and plants. The top of the park reaches more than 1400 m above sea level and when the days are clear, the views to the bay of Antsiranana are just breathtaking. Bring a jacket, temperatures in the morning rarely go above degrees 10 celsius. In the afternoon we visit the French Mountain, from where we can admire an incredible sunset over the entire bay. Hotel Lakana or similar.
Day 7 Ramena - Ampasindava - Nosy Hara 60 km, 2 hours' drive
Departure planned for 6AM in the morning, by car we reach the village of Ampasindava located in the Courrier Bay. From Ampasindava, with a small motor boat we reach the sacred archipelago of Nosy Hara, aka the coral island. The archipelago of Nosy Hara consists of about 12 small islands surrounded by the almost intact coral reef. It was one of Madagascar's first marine protected areas, and became a National Park in 2012. The islands combine limestone karst formations (similar to Tsingy), white sand beaches and endemic vegetation. With 5 species of sea turtles, dolphins and dugongs, snorkelling is the main activity in these parts. Camping on a full board basis in Nosy Hara.
Day 8 Nosy Hara - Ampasindava - Diego Suarez 60 km, 2 hours' drive
By midday we have to leave Nosy Hara, the winds get very strong in the afternoon. In the afternoon, we will have a pleasant walk in the charming ville of Diego suarez. Hotel Jardin Exotic or similar.
Day 9 Diego Suarez - Ankify - Nosy Be 220 km, 8 hours' drive and 1 hour speedboat
We will spend the whole day reaching Nosy Be, we have to leave by 6AM to be in Ankify before 2PM. In Ankify transfer to Nosy Be by boat. Hotel Nosy Lodge or similar.
Day 10 Nosy Be
Lokobe National Park, the last primary forest of Nosy Be, with its numerous varieties of medicinal and endemic plants of Madagascar and its millenary trees. By car we reach the fishing village of Ambatozavavy south of the island, from where we will embark aboard a traditional dugout canoe to reach the entrance of the Park. Lemurs, chameleons and endemic birds are our focus. It will be hot be prepared! Hotel Nosy Lodge or similar.
Day 11 Nosy Be - Nosy Iranja - Nosy Be 1.5 hours speedboat ride each way
An hour and a half south-west of Nosy Be (50 km), it is located an island of incredible beauty, white sand and breathtaking turquoise sea. Nosy Iranja is made up of two islands, the largest island Iranja Be and Iranja Kely, the small island. The tourist attraction is the beauty of the place, the two islands are connected by a strip of white sand over a 1 km long and over 300 meters wide at low tide. With the return of the tide, the islands are separated for less than two hours. An incomparable sight. We also recommend a short walk on top of the little one mountain (about 100 meters high) of the island to admire an incredible view over the island. Return to Nosy Be by 3 PM. Please note this is a group excursion. Hotel Nosy Lodge or similar.
Day 12 Nosy Be
Our last service the the transfert to the airport.