DAY 1: TANA - DIEGO
Arrival in Diego. Transfer to Hotel Panorama. Diego is situated in the north of Madagascar, it is the place where the first Europeans landed on the island. Surrounded by the "Mozambique channel" and the "Indian Ocean" it offers a spectacular sight with its numerous bays and beautifull beaches. This is the domain of Antakarana (Those-of-the-rocks) people; they are fishers or cattle raisers whose rulers came from the Sakalava dynasty. Their houses are usually raised on stilts. Overnight in hotel GRAND HOTEL / PANORAMA.
DAY 2: AMBER MOUNTAIN: 37 KM
Day excursion to Montagne d'Ambre National Park. Situated in the high mountain of Ambre, this park is very rich with an endemic fauna and flora, luxuriant vegetation and many waterfalls. Exploration of the park with a special guide. A huge tropical forest about 18,200 ha it covers a volcanic massif composed mainly of basaltic rocks. Numerous rivers arise here and flow out in different directions, so the park is a vital water catchment area for the nearby town in Diego Suarez. There are several attractive crater lakes and some spectacular waterfalls. Much of the park is covered with upland tropical moist forest, with numerous giant trees, smaller ferns and several species orchids. The reptile fauna is impressive, stump-tailed chameleons, snakes, insect life is particularly rich. Night in the same hotel
DAY 3: AMBER MOUNTAIN - ANKARANA: 140 km
After breakfast, continuation to Ankarana. On the way, we can visit “Tsingy Rouge”, a strange formation resulting from erosion (dry season only) . And then we start our day exploration of the "Tsingy Ankarana", where the limestone highland has been worked by the erosion and which gives us the impression of walking on a spiny land. It offers us an extraordinary spectacle. The vegetation itself is as unusual as the Tsingy itself. The area consists of 18,225 ha covering a massif of Jurassic limestone rising abruptly from a surrounding savannas-like plain. Dominant canopy trees include Dalbergia and casia various figs, and superb specimens of the baobab Adansonia madagascariensis, numerous palms. The Tsingy harbours a fascinating assemblage of drought-adapted succulent plants. These include Pachypodium decaryi , Adenia neohumbertii and so on...Abundant wildlife in forested canyon. In the afternoon, drive to Ambilobe that we reach within 30 minutes. Night in RELAIS D’ANKARANA
DAY 4: ANKARANA - ANKIFY - NOSY BE: 180 km
We start our drive to Ankify around 08.00 across the coffee, cacao and ylang ylang plantation. This 5 hours trip will drive us through a volcanic area and the most fertile region of Madagascar. We pass the mountain chain of Tsaratanana, the highest peak in the island. Stop in Ambilobe to visit the picturesque market of this Muslim city, drive to Ankify where we take the boat to Nosy be. Situated on the mainland, Ankify is the picturesque harbour to Nosy Be.
Arrival in Ankify around noon. The car will bring us to the harbour where a speed boat is waiting for us to transfer us to NOSY BE. This boat transfer lasts about 1 hour, so we'll arrive in Nosy Be around 13.30.
Day 5: NOSY BE
Day free. Various excursions are possible to the many isles around Nosy Be. One of them is the combination of Nosy Komba-Tanikely which are tiny islands on the south east of Nosy be, with beautifull beaches with white sand and sea of emerald colours. Named as «the kingdom of black lemurs", it is a place where we can see the lemurs maccacco maccacco which are endemic in the north. In the small village we will see embroidery made by local women to sell to the tourists coming to the isle, then continuation to Nosy Tanikely, the best spot for snorkelling and diving. Night in the same hotel
Day 6: NOSY BE - TANA
Morning free. Transfer to the airport Fascène to fly back to Tana. Arrival in Ivato airport then connection for international flight to Paris.