Best of Northern Madagascar and Perinet

# Tailor-Made Tour

Best of Northern Madagascar and Perinet

13 Days from £3232 per adult. All trip details below can be tailored just for you
13 Days
Tailor-Made Tour
Beach
Snorkelling and Diving

With superior accommodation, an impressive variety of wildlife and stunning landscapes, this is a perfect introduction to the Big Red Island’s eastern rainforests and northern region. Wildlife highlights are likely to include the largest lemur, the indri, the charismatic diademed sifaka, fascinating chameleons, endemic frogs and an assortment of other bizarre fauna and flora. A highlight will be the visit to the tsingy of Ankarana and at the end there will be time for seaside relaxation and snorkelling at a lovely, small beachfront lodge facing the Mozambique Channel. An ideal trip for those wishing to travel in a good degree of comfort at a gentle pace without too much flying or driving.

Itinerary

Price from £3232 per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms

Day 1 - Antananarivo

Arrive Antananarivo, met and transfer to your hotel.

Staying at Au Bois Vert. Includes No Meals.

Day 2 - Perinet Reserve

Transfer to Analamazaotra Reserve (Perinet). Afternoon excursion in the rainforest reserve and evening night walk. The reserve is the best place to see the largest lemur species, the indri, along with common brown and bamboo lemurs and the bizarre giraffe-necked weevil. At night it is possible to encounter the cute Goodman’s mouse lemur, greater dwarf lemur and woolly lemur as well as leaf-tailed gecko, pygmy chameleon, giant millipede and an assortment of endemic frogs.

Staying at Vakona Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 3 - Mantadia National Park

In the morning transfer a little further north and enjoy guided walks in Mantadia National Park. The reserve is an excellent location to see the diademed sifaka and the black and white ruffed lemur. In the evening there might be another night walk to look for nocturnal species.

Staying at Vakona Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 4 - Perinet Reserve

Morning visit to Perinet Reserve to look for indri, chameleons, endemic birds and more. Transfer back to Tana and to hotel in the afternoon.

Staying at Au Bois Vert. Includes Breakfast.

Day 5 - Montagne d’Ambre National Park

Fly north to Antsiranana (Diego Suarez). Met on arrival and transfer to Montagne d’Ambre National Park. Afternoon walk in the park and an optional nocturnal wildlife walk. The park is an isolated mount of rainforest in an otherwise semi-arid landscape and supports many exciting species including some tiny leaf chameleons (Brookesia tuberculate and Brookesia ambreensis), panther chameleons, tree boas and giant leaf-tailed geckos

Lemurs are quite shy here but Sanford’s brown and the very rare northern sportive lemur can be seen. Perhaps look for the nocturnal Look for the localised Montagne d’ Ambre fork-marked lemur, Montagne d’ Ambre mouse lemur and the only recently described Montagne d’ Ambre dwarf lemur at night in forest areas outside the park.

Staying at Litchi Tree. Includes All Meals.

Day 6 - Montagne d’Ambre National Park

Another day to explore the rainforest and search for the wildlife of Montagne d’Ambre National Park, enjoying its scenic beauty and forest trails. Several highly localised species have evolved in isolation in this island of rainforest and the park is particularly rich in reptile diversity. The northern ring-tailed mongoose is also often spotted here.

Staying at Litchi Tree. Includes All Meals.

Day 7 - Ankarana National Park

Drive to Ankarana National Park via the Tsingy Rouge, an enormous ravine of sharp, ancient eroded karst limestone formations known as tsingy and unique to Madagascar. Afternoon/evening wildlife walk in Ankarana National Park.

Staying at Ankarana Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 8 - Ankarana National Park

Full day’s exploration of Ankarana National Park, visiting tsingy, lake and caves. The park protects a spectacular area of limestone pinnacles and sunken tropical dry deciduous forest, containing one of the highest densities of primates in the world. As well as many lemurs, the area is good for seeing the northern ring-tailed mongoose and various chameleons.

Staying at Ankarana Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 9 - Anjanojano (Eden Lodge)

Transfer to Ankify and take boat to Anjanojano, a little way down the coast. 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 10 - 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, Samirano fork-marked lemur, northern giant mouse lemur and Sambriano 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 11 - Anjanojano (Eden Lodge)

Day at leisure. OPTIONAL excursions available.

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

Time to relax during the morning. In the afternoon transfer to the airport on Nosy Be and take your flight home.

Includes In-flight Meals.

Travel Info

Are Flights Included?
No

Flight Info:
The best flight option is with Ethiopian Airlines or South African Airways/Airlink into Tana and out of Nosy Be.

Best visited:
April to December

Area Specialist

Ian Loyd

For those that want to see more of the Tsingy in Ankarana National Park, add a few nights at the remote I’harana Bush Camp to see the little visited western side of the park.

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

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

Route Map

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Litchi Tree: -12.493763, 49.205616
Ankarana Lodge: -12.968070, 49.138530
Eden Lodge: -13.599578, 48.137037