Madagascar’s Whale Sharks, Lemurs and Tsingy

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Madagascar’s Whale Sharks, Lemurs and Tsingy

10 Days from £2493 per adult & £1767 per child. All trip details below can be tailored just for you
10 Days
Tailor-Made Tour
Family Holiday
Primate Watching
Snorkelling and Diving

A fantastic easy-going wildlife itinerary taking in Northern Madagascar’s top natural attractions both above and below the water. This relaxing itinerary is suitable for both families and those who wish to experience the marine and terrestrial wildlife highlights with minimal time spent travelling. Other regions of Madagascar can easily be added on to this route, but it also works perfectly with flights in and out the tropical island of Nosy Be.

After staying at a high comfort Hotel on Nosy Be with some time to explore the rainforest of Lokobe Reserve; home to a population of inquisitive black lemurs, rare Hawk’s sportive lemurs and colourful panther chameleons. Next you move on to a charming lodge on the edge of the cool Montagne d’Ambre National Park.

Here you can explore Madagascar’s oldest National Park, full of endemic fauna and flora including some very special creatures such as crowned lemurs, giant leaf-tailed geckos and miniature Brookesia chameleons; the second smallest reptile on earth is easily found here.

From here an interesting drive takes you to the spectacular tsingy of Ankarana. Tsingy is a dramatic karst limestone geological feature peculiar to Madagascar, and a visit to this moon-like landscape is a very memorable experience. Wildlife is also common in the sunken forests and caves within the impressive rock formations.

The final destination is a return to the sun kissed island of Nosy Be, where you can relax by the warm sea for coral reef snorkelling or diving. The highlight though is a very special opportunity to snorkel alongside some of the Ocean’s gentle giants: whale sharks, mobula rays and green turtles.


Price from £2493 per adult & £1767 per child. Based on sharing double / twin rooms

Day 1 - Nosy Be

Met on arrival into Nosy Be airport. Transfer 35 minutes through various plantations to your hotel.

Staying at Ravintsara Wellness Hotel. Includes Dinner.

Day 2 - Lokobe Reserve, Nosy Be

This morning pick up and transfer to the village of Ambatozavavy. From here continue by pirogue (a local dugout canoe) for the scenic journey through mangroves to the nature reserve of Lokobe. This 740-hectare rainforest reserve is located in remote the southeast corner of Nosy Be and supports a wide range of wildlife.
The reserve is most noteworthy for its population of inquisitive black lemurs and the rare Nosy Be (Hawk’s) sportive lemur. The reserve is also important for its reptile (50 species) and frog (35 species) diversity and the beautifully marked panther chameleon is a common here.

Staying at Ravintsara Wellness Hotel. Includes All Meals.

Day 3 - Montagne d'Ambre National Park

Transfer to the airport and take domestic flight to Antsiranana (Diego Suarez), in the northern tip of Madagascar. Meet your new guide and driver on arrival and transfer 45 minutes south of the airport to your lodge on the edge of Montagne d'Ambre National Park.

In the afternoon take your first walk in this old growth rainforest, home to a wealth of endemic flora and fauna. Take a night walk in the evening for exciting nocturnal wildlife such as leaf-tailed geckos, frogs and the Montagne d'Ambre mouse lemur, fork- marked lemur and dwarf lemur

Staying at Nature Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 4 - Montagne d'Ambre National Park

Explore Montagne d'Ambre National Park on morning and afternoon guided walks.

This wonderful park is an isolated mount of rainforest in an otherwise semi-arid landscape and was the first National Park to be established in Madagascar. Walk the trails in search of crowned and Sanford's brown lemurs as well as birds such as Madagascar crested ibis, Madagascar pygmy kingfisher and the local Amber Mountain rock thrush.

This forest is home to at least 11 species of chameleon (many of them only found here), including one of the tiniest reptiles on the planet: the Montagne d'Ambre leaf chameleon (Brookesia tuberculata). In the evening take another night walk.

Staying at Nature Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 5 - Ankarana Reserve

Today make a long but interesting drive through the landscapes of Northern Madagascar to Ankarana Reserve. If of interest break the journey with a stop at the Red Tsingy.

Arrive at your lodge in the afternoon with time at leisure and to settle in.

Staying at Ankarana Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 6 - Ankarana Reserve

Today explore one of the country’s most exciting and unusual reserves. Ankarana protects a spectacular area of limestone pinnacles known as tsingy as well as sunken tropical dry deciduous forest with many trails to walk; some are easy going while others are more adventurous.

The reserve contains one of Madagascar’s highest densities of lemurs with the crowned lemur and nocturnal Ankarana sportive lemur abundant. Other wildlife includes the ring-tailed vonsitra, colourful day geckos, huge colonies of bats, ground boas and Madagascar harrier hawks.

Staying at Ankarana Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 7 - Nosy Tanikely

Today drive to Ankify past plantations and villages specialising in different produce and perhaps stop at a local vanilla plantation if of interest. continue by boat (45 mins) from Ankify dock to the Nosy Tanikely Marine Reserve.

The stunning white sand beaches of Nosy Tanikely are also the gateway to some of the best coral reef snorkelling in the Indian Ocean. Enjoy the warm sea temperatures clear water and dazzling diversity of marine life here including hawksbill turtles, rays, octopus and colourful reef fish. Transfer back to Nosy Be and your hotel by the beach.

Staying at L'Heure Bleue. Includes All Meals.

Day 8 - The Bay of Nosy Be

Today enjoy a shared excursion into the Bay of Nosy Be in search of whale sharks, mobula and manta rays and giant green turtles.

The whale shark is the largest fish in the ocean today and juvenile sharks pass through the warm, clear and plankton rich waters of Nosy Be between October and December. This protein-rich habitat is equally ideal for manta and mobula rays and also attracts dolphins and rare Omura’s whales. Due to the conditions at this time of year there are excellent opportunities to sensitively swim alongside whale sharks, rays, dolphins and turtles.

Staying at L'Heure Bleue. Includes All Meals.

Day 9 - Nosy Be

Today enjoy a day at leisure by the beach with various optional activities available.

Staying at L'Heure Bleue. Includes All Meals.

Day 10 - Nosy Be

Enjoy the morning at leisure before your transfer to the Nosy Be airport and onward flight.

Includes All Meals.

Travel Info

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

Flight Info:
Ethiopian Airlines fly directly in and out of Nosy Be three times per week via Addis Ababa on Saturdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Best Visited:
September to December

Area Specialist

Ian Loyd

For those looking to get further off the beaten track with more strenuous walking switch Ankarana Lodge for the Iharana Bush Camp in Ankarana West.

Perhaps also consider adding day trips to the Emerald Sea and Nosy Iranja for more stunning beaches and marine life or the Black Lemur Camp for more wildlife.

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

Quality of wildlife: Excellent. We saw everything we wished for and more. All guides were excellent. English excellent, very comprehensive knowledge. [Our escort guide] in particular was superb with an encyclopaedic knowledge.

Mr D M - South Petherton

Route Map

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Ankarana Lodge: -12.968070, 49.138530
Nature Lodge: -12.468742, 49.202940
Ravintsara Wellness Hotel: -13.324174, 48.184166
L\'Heure Bleue: -13.389596, 48.196837