Beaches, Tsingy and Wildlife of Northern Madagascar for Families

# Tailor-Made Tour

Beaches, Tsingy and Wildlife of Northern Madagascar for Families

13 Days from £3625 per adult. All trip details below can be tailored just for you
13 Days
Tailor-Made Tour
Primate Watching
Snorkelling and Diving

Staying in some of the most comfortable accommodations and with great attractions on your doorstep this easy paced itinerary is perfect for those looking to experience Madagascar without too much flying or driving.

After arriving into Nosy Be, enjoy a stay at a high comfort and very family friendly hotel with many water-based activities on offer. Next comes the tsingy of Ankarana Special Reserve, one of the most exciting in the country. A tsingy is a dramatic karst limestone geological feature peculiar to Madagascar, characterised by thousands of sharp, pointy pinnacles protecting deep ravines filled with foliage and rare wildlife.

Crowned lemurs, Sandford’s brown lemurs and the localised and very cute Ankarana sportive lemur are all easy to see here as are colourful panther chameleons and camouflaged leaf tailed geckos.

The second base in the tsingy, the I’harana Bush Camp is ideal for those looking to experience some more adventure with zip-lines, exciting trails, canoes and bike rides all on offer.

Finally, after all that adventure take some out at the beautiful beach side location of Eden Lodge with doorstep snorkelling with turtles, nearby coral reefs, water sports and forest wildlife available.


Price from £3625 per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms

Day 1 - Nosy Be

Arrive into Nosy Be airport. Met on arrival and transfer 30 minutes by road to the hotel.

Staying at Ravintsara Wellness Hotel. Includes Dinner.

Day 2 - Nosy Be

Enjoy a full day at leisure to relax at the hotel or perhaps take an optional excursion.

Staying at Ravintsara Wellness Hotel. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 3 - Lokobe Reserve Nosy Be

This morning take an excursion to the Lokobe Strict Reserve.

This reserve is in the southeast corner of Nosy Be and is normally reached by pirogue (local dugout canoe). It is an example of lowland rainforest covering 740 ha with numerous forest trails and some very tall trees, palms and fast running streams. The reserve is most noteworthy for its population of black lemurs, the locally endemic Nosy Be (Hawk’s) sportive lemur and Claire’s (Nosy Be) mouse lemurs and for its reptile (50 species) and frog (35 species) diversity.

These include the beautifully marked and multi-coloured Panther chameleon and some small species of Brookesia chameleons plus impressive boa constrictors and brown mantella frogs. Return to the hotel.

Staying at Ravintsara Wellness Hotel. Includes All Meals.

Day 4 - Ankarana Special Reserve

Today transfer by road to the dock and then 45 minutes by boat to Ankify Port. On arrival in Ankify transfer past plantations and villages specialising in different local produce and perhaps stop at a local vanilla plantation if of interest.

Reach Ankarana East Reserve around lunchtime. In the afternoon explore some of this fascinating Special Reserve.

Staying at Ankarana Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 5 - Ankarana Special Reserve

Today explore Ankarana Special Reserve, a spectacular area of limestone pinnacles and sunken tropical dry deciduous forest, containing one of Madagascar’s highest densities of lemurs.

Crowned and Sandford’s brown lemurs particularly abundant and inquisitive. The reserve is also home to the localised Ankarana sportive lemur which can easily be seen in day roosts in holes in trees.

Trails can be chosen depending on your interests/fitness. Perhaps hike and climb to Lac Verte (difficult) or visit the Grotte de Chauve Souris bat cave (each day’s itinerary to be decided on the spot).

Staying at Ankarana Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 6 - Ankarana Special Reserve

Enjoy another day to explore the reserve. Try to also spot the various chameleons, leaf-tailed geckos, huge ground boa constrictor and northern ring-tailed mongoose here.

Staying at Ankarana Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 7 - Ankarana West

Today transfer (approximately 4 hours) on a bumpy road to the West of Ankarana and the I'Harana Bush Camp.

This rustic chic camp is a great base to explore the remote eastern side of the Ankarana reserve and the camp offers many exciting activities such as zip-lining, a cave tour, bike riding, canoe trips and walks to various viewpoints over the Tsingy.

Staying at I'Harana Bush Camp. Includes All Meals.

Day 8 - Ankarana West

Enjoy a full day to explore the impressive tsingy escarpments and dry forests close to the lodge. There are some more adventurous trails available here with rope bridges, steel ladders and steeper trails and more gentle options. Perhaps also choose from one of the many activities offered by the lodge such as zip-ling.

Staying at I'Harana Bush Camp. Includes All Meals.

Day 9 - Ankarana West

Enjoy a second full day of activities from the lodge.

Staying at I'Harana Bush Camp. Includes All Meals.

Day 10 - Anjanojano (Eden Lodge)

Transfer 4 hours back to Ankify and take boat (45 minutes) to Anjanojano, a remote peninsula, only accessible by boat. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the stunning beaches and tranquillity of Eden Lodge.

Staying at Eden Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 11 - Anjanojano (Eden Lodge)

Day at leisure. OPTIONAL excursions available such as snorkelling at Nosy Tanikely Marine Reserve, or excursions to other islands.

The waters in front of the lodge are clear and offer good opportunities for snorkelling. Green and hawksbill turtles are regularly seen in the mornings.

The forest to the rear of the lodge is home to a number of lemur species including black lemur, Sambirano fork-marked lemur, northern giant mouse lemur and Sambirano mouse lemur and these can often be seen in the trees behind the lodges and restaurant in the late early evenings.

Guided walks can be taken into the forest behind and lodge and also to the small Malagasy village nearby and the lodge also has a water sports centre on site.

Staying at Eden Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 12 - Anjanojano (Eden Lodge)

Day at leisure. OPTIONAL excursions available.

Staying at Eden Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 13 - Depart Nosy Be

Day at leisure. Time to relax during the morning. In the afternoon transfer to the airport on Nosy Be and take your flight home. e. OPTIONAL excursions available.

Includes Breakfast.

Travel Info

Are International Flights Included?
No. Please contact us for a quote if required.

Flight Info:
The best flight option is with Ethiopian Airlines (Tue, Thu and Sat) or South African Airways/Airlink (Sunday only) directly into and out of Nosy Be.

Best Visited:
April to November

Area Specialist

Ian Loyd

Travel in October or November for whale shark snorkelling from Nosy Be. Humpback and Omura’s whales and pods of spinner dolphins can be seen from July to November from Nosy Be.

If you want to get more off the beaten track and see some of Madagascar’s rarest lemur species, then perhaps add a trip to the Black Lemur Camp for the Perrier’s sifaka, Camp Tattersalli for the golden-crowned sifaka and aye aye or the Sahamalaza- Iles Radama National Park for the blue-eyed black (Sclater’s lemur) lemur.

If you have any queries about this tour please feel free to call me directly on +44 (0)1803 866965 or...

Thanks to everyone at Reef and Rainforest for making our holiday so memorable. I came home feeling like we had great experiences in Madagascar and that our itinerary had been really well planned to ensure we saw a great variety of what the country is about. Ian and the team were fantastic while we were away in fixing the one small issue we had but then ensuring we had day use of the hotel in Tulear, that we were on time for the plane and in upgrading some of our accommodation. The attentiveness of the company while we were away was really unusual for a tour company and showed how much you care about ensuring people have a truly great holiday.

Ms SS - London

Route Map

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Ankarana Lodge: -12.968070, 49.138530
Eden Lodge: -13.599578, 48.137037
Iharana Bush Camp: -13.058599, 48.979200
Ravintsara Wellness Hotel: -13.324174, 48.184166