Discover the rich history of the village and surroundings of Diego Suarez, the uninhabited “Pain du Sucre” island, and the impressive Bays around Diego Suarez.You will visit the natural parks of Mountain d’Ambre and Ankarana. A very rewarding trip for nature lovers: Lush forest of Mountain d’Ambre with waterfalls and lakes. Tsingy (limestone plateaus, decorated with fields of sharp pinnacles) and grottos in Ankarana and all the way, lemurs, chameleons, snakes, birds… On the road you visit the plantations, because the north is famous for producing cacao, vanilla, and many different spices.
Day 1: Arrival and visit Diego Suarez
The guide will pick you up from the airport or your hotel. You will spend the day discovering the city of Diego Suarez. The colonial name stems from two Portuguese admirals, who arrived there in 1506. Diego has its share of aesthetically pleasing but faded and dilapidated old colonial buildings, shops and vibrant markets. Just outside of Diego (8km) we will explore Montaigne des Francais, a popular mountain with rock-climbers. And visit three bays: Bay de Sakalava, Bay de Pigeons, Bay de Bay, while the guide will tell you all about Diego’s “Pirate” history. The white sand beach is lovely for swimming and snorkelling. You will also see the beautiful “Pain du Sucre” (sugarloaf), a sacred 122 meter high, uninhabited, island that is situated in the bay of Diego Suarez.
Day 2: Drive and visit Montagne d’Ambre
After breakfast you will leave Diego and start driving south. The dry savanna quickly gives way to evergreen forest. After one hour we will arrive at Montaigne d’Ambre National Park and start our visit. It’s an isolated rainforest and as such, the amount of endemic in its flora and fauna is high. Distinctive features of the massif include four crater lakes and three much-photographed waterfalls. There are several trails fanning out from the picnic spot to choose from. You can also opt for an extra evening walk to see the nocturnal species.
Hotel: Nature Lodge
Day 3+4: Drive and visit Tsingy d’Ankarana
Today we will visit the famous Tsingy (limestone pinnacle) plateaus. They are probably the most unusual feature among Madagascar’s many extraordinary natural phenomena. It will take a 3 hour drive to get there. Besides the spectacular Tsingy there are caves and subterranean rivers with underground-dwelling Nile crocodiles, blind cave fish, eels and shrimps. The caves are frequented by an abundance of bats. By day, crowned lemurs and northern ring-tailed mongooses are easily seen. After dusk, common tenrecs, striped civets, Fosa, noisy Ankarana sportive lemurs, mouse lemur and at least 13 species of bat become active. As is the case with many of Madagascar’s protected areas, the reptile and bird list is too long to describe.
Hotel: Relais d`Ankarana
Day 5: Drive to Ankify and boat to Nosy Be
After two days of visiting impressive national parks, you might be a little tired of all the hiking. Today we take our time to drive to Ankify. On our way you will enjoy the scenery and visit plantations. You will have the chance to see and smell where all those lovely food flavours come from, cacao, vanilla, peppers, and cloves. The drive will be around 4 hours and the rest of the time can be spent in the laid back town of Ankify. This is also the place where the boat leaves to bring you to Nosy Be for onward travelling.
Hotel: not included, we can book your preference
Price: Contact us
- Beach stay at Nosy Be
- A 4WD with a driver including fuel
- Guide that accompanies you during the whole trip.
- Entry fees to mentioned parks and reserves including a local guide
- Accommodation in hotels based on a double room, including breakfast ( 4 nights)
- boat and car transfer to your hotel on Nosy Be
- Tax ( vat 20%) and tourist hotel taxes
- Lunch, dinner and drinks
- Personal expenses and tips
- International and domestic flights