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Diego Suarez & Nosy Be
Madagascar Travel Guide

The Island of Madagascar is the new Tourist Frontier waiting to be explored. A Madagascar Adventure vacation offers everything you have ever wanted. A vacation with a difference and offering more than you ever expected. Home to a diverse variety of unique wildlife, exotic plants, unusual Tsingy rock formations, and a strange & mystical culture, most of which can be found nowhere else in the world.

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Travel to the Island of Madagascar and be one of the few to explore this new & exciting mystical island.
Map covering northern part of Madagascar
A Madagascar vacation lends itself to more than just a beach holiday. As the world's fourth biggest island there is much to explore and be seen on this Mystical Island of Madagascar. To appreciate the full diversity of the Madagascar wildlife, culture, amazing plant life and unusual Tsingy rock formations you need to travel through the forests, through villages and across the countryside, finally enjoying 5 days of relaxation on the beaches of Nosy Be Island.

This adventure holiday tour takes us 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.

The following itinerary is an example of an exciting Madagascar Holiday
and will vary according to airline flights and accommodation availability.
Day 1

From South Africa you arrive at Antananarivo airport at 13.55 and are 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.

The Capital of Madagascar Antananarivo

Day 2

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 Grand Hotel, Diego Suarez.

Suger Loaf Mountain, Diego Suarez Bay Madagascar

Day 3

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.

Crowned Lemurs are endemic to these northern forests of Madagascar

The Ankarana Forest

Day 4

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 Ankarana Lodge.

Madagascar Grey Tsingy

The rare Madagascar Red Tsingy

Day 5

Today our guide takes 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 the Ankarana Lodge.

The many caves in the Ankarana Forest Reserve

Day 6

After Breakfast we continue on from Ankarana past plantations of vanilla, coffee & cacao to the village of Anikify, opposite Nosy Be Island. We are transferred to our 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.

We are met at the Port of Nosy Be and transferred to Nosy Be Hotel
Dinner, Bed & Breakfast and overnight at Nosy Be Hotel

A stalagmite in one of the caves of Ankarana

Day 7
You have 5 glorious days to relax & explore Nosy Be island. Dinner, Bed & Breakfast at Nosy Be Hotel is all included.
Nosy Be Hotel is of a high standard

Day 8
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.
Nosy Be Hotel Pool & Beach area

Day 9
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.
Nosy Komba - Beautifully hand crochet table linen

Day 10
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.
Antananarivo Lemur Park - Sifaka Lemur & baby

Day 11
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!
The crystal sea around Nosy Tanikely with enormous natural coral beds

Day 12
Your flight departs Nosy Be at 09.10 - ETA Tana 10.15. This should give you time to connect with your International flight home. If you have time to spare a visit to the local Lemur park just south of Tana can be arranged. The flight to South Africa departs at 11.40 - ETA Johannesburg 14.00 Flights are subject to change without notice.
Malagasy fishermen return to their village on Nosy Komba

Below are a few tips to make your holiday that much more enjoyable

Suggested items to bring:
Please bring light walking shoes, a Back-Pack is ideal to carry all your personal bits - a bottle of water, sunglasses, suntan lotion, mosquito repellent, Malaria Pills, hat, T-shirt for snorkelling, camera, local money for drinks and souvenirs. It is forbidden to purchase any coral and shells from the vendors! Please spray yourselves with insect repellent before entering any of the forests, for your own comfort.

Ladies please carry some tissues in you pocket while travelling - you will find them very useful. No refreshments are served in the 4x4s nor on the boats - please carry water bottles - and if you have to buy something to eat on the road, buy sealed items such as biscuits, fruit, and sealed cool drinks such as coke - remember your stomach is not adapted to some of the indigenous food items sold out in the country side.


What is Included:
- International & Domestic flights
- ex Johannesburg where required.
- All Transfers (Both by road & boat)
- All Accommodation
- H/B (Dinner, Bed & Breakfast)
- 4 x Picnic luncheons while touring
- Lunch on Nosy Tanikely
- Drivers & guides where required.
- Park Entrance fees.
- Tour to Nosy Komba & Tanikely.


What is NOT included:
- Visas - available on arrival
- Airport Taxes
- Snacks & Alcohol beverages.
- Luncheons at Nosy Be Hotel
- Items of a personal nature.
- Tips & gratuities
- Porterage


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