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Diego Suarez & Nosy Be
Madagascar
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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DIEGO SUAREZ & NOSY BE TOUR
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 3 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.


10 DAY ITINERARY
The following itinerary is an example of an exciting Madagascar Holiday
and will vary according to airline flights and accommodation availability.
Day 1
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Flight from Johannesburg to Antananarivo, meet and greet on arrival and transfer to Relais des Plateaux. Afternoon at leisure.

Afternoon optional excursions could include:
- a city tour
- the Artisans Flea Market
- or the Lemur Park just south of Tana.

The Capital of Madagascar Antananarivo


Day 2
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DIEGO SUAREZ

After an early morning breakfast transfer to the airport to board your flight to Diego Suarez.  On arrival in Diego Suarez you enjoy a guided tour of Montagna des Francais and the incredible Three Bays – vast, mostly deserted, palmed-lined bays, lapped by the Indian Ocean.  We pass Sugarloaf island in the bay before checking in at the Allamanda Hotel in the afternoon.

Suger Loaf Mountain, Diego Suarez Bay Madagascar

Day 3
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Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before joining your driver/guide.  Today you head to the Amber Mountain National Park, a long-extinct volcano covered by primary tropical rainforest, including craters and waterfalls. The park is home to a huge 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 rainforest trees, are among some of the natural wonders you will encounter.  After a fascinating day exploring this park you’ll head to Joffreville to overnight at Nature Lodge.  Dinner & overnight.  Named after General Joffre of the First World War who spent some time in Diego Suarez

Crowned Lemurs are endemic to these northern forests of Madagascar

The Ankarana Forest


Day 4
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Today you travel south to the Ankarana Nature Reserve stopping en route to view the unusual and distinctive limestone pinnacle formations known as the Red Tsingy.  The Red Tsingy is a geologic oddity sculpted by time and erosion into a completely unique work of nature and unlike other better-known limestone Tsingy.  Afterwards you head to Ankarana Lodge for check in.

Madagascar Grey Tsingy

The rare Madagascar Red Tsingy


Day 5
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Today the 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.  You also get the opportunity to see the Grey Tsingy in Ankarana as you further explore this mystical land.

The many caves in the Ankarana Forest Reserve

Day 6
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After Breakfast continue on from Ankarana past plantations of vanilla, coffee & cacao to the village of Anikify, opposite Nosy Be Island.  You are transferred to the speed boat for the 30 minute crossing to the port of Nosy Be, passing the islands of Nosy Komba on the right and the marine reserve of Nosy Tanikely on the left.  On arrival at Nosy Be harbour you will be met and transferred to the Vanila Hotel.

Dinner, Bed & Breakfast and overnight at
VanilaHotel

A stalagmite in one of the caves of Ankarana

Day 7, 8, 9
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NOSY BE ISLAND

Day at leisure to enjoy the island or maybe do some scuba diving. There is a scuba diving centre at the hotel to arrange your diving. Day trips to surrounding islands and activities can also be booked through hotel reception.

There is much that can be enjoyed. From the beach to activities such as a quad bike tour,  fishing, snorkeling and scuba diving, or just lazing along in a canoe. The choices are yours to enjoy. The hotel has an activity centre where various excursions can be arranged.

Vanila hotel room


Day 10

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Transfer to Nosy Be Airport to meet your flight back to Johannesburg

Antananarivo Lemur Park - Sifaka Lemur & baby


TOUR INFORMATION
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:
- 1 X Night at Relais des Plateuax, Antananarivo
- 1 X Night at the Allamanda Hotel, Diego Suarez |
- 1 X Night at Nature Lodge, Jofferville
- 2 X Nights at Ankarana Lodge, Ankarana
- 4 X Nights at Vanila Hotel, Nosy Be
- 9 X Breakfasts
- 9 X Dinners
- Above mentioned flights on Airlink and Air Madagascar
- All airport transfers
- Private transport by 4X4 with air conditioning from Diego
..Suarez to Ankify
- Ferry trip from Ankify to Nosy Be
- Guided tour of Amber Mountain Reserve
- Guided tour Montange des Francais & Three Bays
- Guided tours of Tsingy
- Guided tour of Ankarana National Park

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


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