Madagascar,

Beaches, Tsingy and Wildlife of Northern Madagascar for Families

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Tailor-Made Tour
13 Days
From £3625
GEOIP Not Available
Primate Watching
Snorkelling and Diving
Luxury

Tour Introduction

13 Days from £3625
GEOIP Not Available
per adult. All trip details below can be tailored just for you

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.

Full Itinerary

Price from £3625
GEOIP Not Available
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.

Tour Accommodation

Madagascar

Ravintsara Wellness Hotel

Overview

The Ravintsara Wellness Hotel is a tranquil resort on the island of Nosy Be. With a relaxing atmosphere, the hotel is perfect for leisure enthusiasts who want to discover the Madagascan island life.

Ravintsara has 20 bungalows (sea and garden view) and all are equipped with air-conditioning, fan, safe, minibar, flat screen TV with satellite channels, Internet, telephone, king size bed and a desk. The comfortable bathrooms are equipped with double sinks, a jacuzzi and a shower as well as a separate toilet.

The resort is facing Sakatia island on the west coast overlooking spectacular sunsets.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
Yes
Rooms
20
Facilities

Enjoy Malagasy and international dishes at their gourmet restaurant which also offers a cooking show once a week and Sunday brunch on the beach. The lounge bar offers a selection of light meals all day long. Other facilities at Ravintsara include the beach bar, complimentary wifi, swimming pool overlooking the sea, a children’s play area, water aerobic classes, fitness classes, table tennis and board games. The spa within the gardens has a range of treatment rooms as well as steam room, Jacuzzi, beauty salon and hairdresser.

Optional Activities

Diving, snorkelling, day trips to the islands, catamaran day trips and sightseeing excursions.

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Iharana Bush Camp

Overview

The Iharana Bush camp has simple but lovely cabanas inspired by the traditional Malagasy lodge with ochre walls, satrana-roofed with dividing walls made with plants, woods, roots, creeper and laterite.
The cabanas are small individual lodges under the shade of mango trees. Four of them are by the lake and have a luxury private balcony at the foot of the Tsingy. Each cabana is equipped with private bathroom with hot /cold water and all usual items needed.
The cabanas use ecological energy. You can have hot water and light through solar panels. Be informed that there are no plugs in the cabanas. You can recharge your appliances in an office especially intended for that purpose.

Their restaurant combines western specialties and a slight oriental touch. They even make their own homemade jam for breakfast.
The restaurant continues out to a wide balcony, a perfect spot for relaxing and enjoying the sunset.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
Yes
Rooms
18
Facilities

A Bar, Restaurant, Massages are available, an emerald natural swimming pool, and a shop with local arts and crafts,

Optional Activities

Explore Mandresy Cave.

A walk through the Tsingys until the panoramic viewpoint of Ambatomiloloha.

Discover the quiet and peaceful Laka Laka lake by canoe while admiring the majestic Tsingy.

Take a bike ride around the surrounding villages.

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Eden Lodge

Overview

Located on the mainland opposite the island of NOSY BE on a stretch referred to as Baobab Beach and accessed only by boat, the lodge offers a secluded and exclusive location.

The lodge offers wonderful accommodation in luxury safari style tented rooms, each positioned under a traditional thatched roof. Each spacious tent opens up into a large solid built bathroom section, which includes a hot water shower area, flushing toilet and washstand with basin. The bathrooms open to a private terrace with a massage table. To the front, each has its own balcony with seating area, where one can relax and enjoy the view. Each tent is fully equipped with a king bed, mosquito nets, mini-bar and safe.

There is a large open sided thatched restaurant and bar, which also has a relaxing lounge area overlooking the beach. The menu is set with 3 choices for starter, main, desert and accompaniments. The food is freshly cooked with produce from the organic garden.

There is a small water-sports centre, which can provide snorkelling equipment as well as sea kayaks, hobbiecats, pedalos and windsurfing boards free of charge.

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 often just a few steps from the beach. The forest to the rear of the lodge is home to a number of lemur species including black lemurs and these can often be seen in the trees behind the rooms and restaurant in the late afternoons and early evenings. Guided walks can be taken into the forest behind the lodge and also to the small Malagasy village nearby.

Swimming Pool
No
Air Conditioning
Yes
Rooms
8
Facilities

Restaurant, air conditioning, Wi-Fi, mini bar, safety deposit box, private massage room, mosquito nets and a water sports activity centre onsite.

Local Wildlife

Black lemurs are particularly common in the lodge grounds during the day. At night Pariente's fork-marked lemur, northern giant mouse lemurs and occasionally even aye ayes enter the lodge grounds along with hedgehog tenrecs. A wide range of reptiles including colourful day geckos, panther chameleons and snakes also inhabit the forest around the lodge and green and hawksbill turtles feed on the seagrass just off the beach in the mornings. Birdlife includes Madagascar starlings, white-headed and hook-billed vangas and Madagascar hoopoes and excursions to the nearby Nosy Tanikely Marine Reserve offer a wealth of tropical reef fish, more turtles and Madagascar flying foxes.

Optional Activities

Excursions to Nosy Tankely Marine Reserve and Nosy Be, snorkelling and scuba diving, village visits, kayaking, windsurfing.

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Ankarana Lodge

Overview

The recently renovated Ankarana Lodge is located approximately 1 km from Ankarana National Park with superb views over the local savannah.

The lodge has simple yet comfortable air-conditioned bungalows and more simple rooms, the more basic terraced rooms have air- conditioning and all have private bathrooms. There is 24-hour power for lighting and charging of equipment.

There is a large swimming pool with deck chairs and a drinks service, and there are plans to build a bar. The spacious bungalows overlook the pool and have private verandas. Although without air- conditioning the rooms have fans and two doors to improve the airflow.

There is a restaurant towards the back of the pool serving traditional Malagasy cuisine.

The main reason for a stay here is to visit Ankarana National Park, a spectacular tsingy area of eroded limestone pinnacles and sunken dry deciduous forest containing one of the highest densities of primates in the world – it has to be one of Madagascar’s most exciting reserves. Highlights include the various chameleons, leaf-tailed geckos and the northern ring-tailed mongoose.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
Yes
Rooms
12
Facilities

Private bathrooms, air-conditioning, ceiling fans, restaurant, drinks service, swimming pool, terrace, 24-hour electricity.

Local Wildlife

There are 11 species of lemur in the park, including crowned, Sandford’s brown, northern sportive and greater dwarf lemur. Other wildlife includes ring-tailed mongoose, various chameleons and leaf-tailed geckos and the colourful Madagascar giant day geckos. The Madagascar crested ibis is also frequently seen here.

Optional Activities

Excursions in the Ankarana National Park could include visits to the impressive limestone karst pinnacles called tsingy, sunken caves, underground rivers and more.

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

Departure Dates

This tour has no set departure date and can be tailored to suit your travel requirements. Contact us for more details.

Travel Information

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

Are you ATOL Registered?

Yes. This means we are legally able to book your international flights in conjunction with your ground arrangements so you can book with us with complete confidence. Read more about our ATOL license here.

Ian Loyd

Area Specialist

If you have any questions regarding this Tour, please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965

Having recently returned from a truly memorable 3 weeks in Madagascar we wanted to express our sincerest thanks to you Helen, and all at Reef and Rainforest for arranging such a superb wildlife viewing experience.

As you are aware, we were particularly keen to see and photograph the fosa. At Kirindy forest we actually encountered 3. Despite the rather challenging accommodation we would highly recommend the Kirindy experience to all those wanting an exceptional primate viewing experience.
Overall our lemur species/subspecies count was 22 and other notable sightings included 2 species of mongoose, giant jumping rats, a huge Madagascar ground boa, humpback whales and the Madagascar fish eagle.

Every detail of the trip from start to finish was superbly well arranged and managed, which cannot be easy in a country with such complex problems. Well done Helen.

All aspects of the trip were outstanding. Wildlife, people, culture and geography. We will certainly return again to visit the north of the island and return to paradise, Anjajavy.

This was our second trip with Reef and Rainforest and I cannot speak highly enough of your company. I would recommend your services to any natural world/wildlife enthusiast. Thank you again.

Mrs A & Mr J W, Selkirk