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Sea View, Tsara Komba, Nosy Be, Madagascar

Madagascan Islands and South African Safari

  • TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAY IDEA

Duration

12 Days

Prices Start from

£3,750 ex. flights

Explore the wildlife-packed landscape that surrounds Marataba Safari Lodge – a beautiful, intimate tented camp in South Africa’s dramatic Waterberg region. Then fly directly from Johannesburg to Nosy Be for a week on the idyllic Madagascan island of Nosy Komba, staying at the relaxed Tsara Komba.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Leopard at night, Marataba Game Lodge, The Waterberg 1

Waterberg Safari

Explore Marataba’s private game reserve in search of lions, leopards, elephants and more

Giraffes in front of ridge, Marataba Game Lodge, The Waterberg 2

Beautiful Landscapes

Discover this beautiful wilderness, with its spectacular red-rock cliffs.

Lodge, Tsara Komba, Nosy Be, Madagascar 3

Island Escape

Escape to the desert-island retreat of Tsara Komba.

Green Sea Turtle, Oman 4

Sea Turtles

Swim and snorkel above sea grass, looking for the sea turtles that feed here

Why we like it

This journey delivers both desert-island vistas and phenomenal big game viewing. Thanks to direct flights between Nosy Be and Johannesburg, these two destinations can be combined with relatively little hassle. Idyllic Tsara Komba is the perfect island escape, whilst Marataba brings a safari experience that is personal and unrushed, yet superbly accessible.

Don't forget, we will customise this journey to suit you.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1
    Johannesburg - Marataba
  • Day 2 - 4
    Marataba
  • Day 5
    Marataba - Johannesburg - Nosy Be - Tsara Komba
  • Day 6 -11
    Tsara Komba
  • Day 12
    Tsara Komba - Nosy Be
Elephant and landscape, Marataba Game Lodge, The Waterberg
South Africa

South African Safari

Marataba Safari Lodge sits at the heart of a private reserve. The lodge’s spacious tented suites blend into the magnificent surroundings, offering views of red-rock bluffs that rise above the wooded valley floor.

Explore this fantastic reserve by 4×4 and on foot, venturing deep into the unspoilt African bush that is dotted with yellowwood and cedar trees. Although quiet and secluded, this reserve teems with big game.

Spot elephants, rhinos, leopards, lions and buffaloes, as well as a spectacular array of bird species. Between 600 and 800 pairs of Cape vultures are said to breed here – the largest colony in the world.

Tsara Komba, Nosy Be
Tsara Komba, Nosy Be, Madagascar

Madagascan Island Retreat

Spend a peaceful week on the idyllic island retreat of Tsara Komba. This intimate beachside escape blends into a jungle-strewn hillside that overflows with bougainvillaea. Just a 20-minute boat ride away from Nosy Be harbour, the lodge sits on the tiny island from which it takes its name, Nosy Komba.

Relax and explore amidst these beautiful tropical surroundings, taking advantage of the unspoilt, tranquil location. Spend time wandering the beach and gardens, making use of the provided pirogues and sailing canoes to take to the sea. Or just lie back in the shade and read a book to the sound of the waves brushing Nozy Komba’s white sands.

Traditional sailboat near Nosy Be island in northern Madagascar
Noxy Be, Madagascar

Explore Further Afield

An array of optional activities can also be booked at Tsara Komba, allowing for exploration further afield. Take hikes on Nosy Be and Nosy Komba, set out by boat to visit neighbouring islands, explore local villages, climb the impressive Mont Passot or dive the rich waters of the Indian Ocean.

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Marataba Safari Lodge £££££

  • South Africa
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge
  • Tented Camps

Marataba Safari Lodge is situated on a private concession, in the malaria-free Marakele National Park. Set at the foot of the Waterberg Mountains, this impressive lodge begins with a dramatic, stone-stacked reception. Here, a wooden walkway opens out onto panoramic views of the mountains. Beautifully designed, this unobtrusive lodge incorporates burnt-red stones and pale woods, decorated with African pieces of art and antiques. The open-plan design means that communal areas are relaxed and spacious.

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Tsara Komba £££££

  • Madagascar
  • Beach and Island Escapes

The thrilling 20-minute speedboat ride from the harbour to the island sets the scene for this stylish property, where eight, individually styled wooden cottages are hidden from view on a hillside overflowing with bougainvillea. Hard as it may be to leave the haven of peace the rooms and private veranda’s offer, the expansive beach below is dotted with plenty of discreet wooden jetty’s and hammocks in which to hide away and soak up the views of dazzling turquoise sea and mountains beyond if the island walks, snorkelling or diving all seem a bit too energetic.

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A note on price

Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling. Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchased through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

This Itinerary
Price
From £3,750 Per person

When to travel

Madagascar in January

January, February and March are cyclone season. Many places are closed and roads can become impassable. Travel is not advised at this time

Madagascar in February

January, February and March are cyclone season. Many places are closed and roads can become impassable. Travel is not advised at this time

Madagascar in March

January, February and March are cyclone season. Many places are closed and roads can become impassable. Travel is not advised at this time

Madagascar in April

The rains start to abate, but there is still a chance of heavy downpours. The countryside is lush and green, and it is a quiet time of year to visit.

Madagascar in May

Rainfall drops significantly, as the winter brings mainly dry weather to many areas. A great time to visit as you will have the choice of your preferred accommodation and the landscapes are beautiful with flora and fauna flourishing.

Madagascar in June

A fantastic time to get out into the highlands and go trekking, with less rainfall and still relatively warm temperatures. It is still outside of the peak season so you can still have your pick of the accommodation, and it is an excellent time to spot lemurs.

Madagascar in July

Humpback whales start arriving in Ile St Marie, having migrated from the Antarctic. The weather is at its coolest and driest, making it an ideal time to explore the naturally humid rainforests. This is peak season so expect to book well in advance.

Madagascar in August

The best time to see a humpback whale, and it is highly likely you will if you visit Ile St Marie. The busiest time of year, with European school holidays, so you will need to reserve well in advance to secure your preferred accommodation.

Madagascar in September

Temperatures increase, without much more rainfall. It is a fantastic time to visit, with the chance to still see humpback whales before they return to the Antarctic, lower visitor number, and ideal conditions for relaxing on the beach. The birds and lemurs are also breeding, so there is lots to see.

Madagascar in October

The country continues to warm as summer approaches. The jacarandas bloom, making it a colourful time of year to visit. As little birds and baby lemurs appear, it is also ideal conditions for snorkelling or just enjoying the beautiful beaches.

Madagascar in November

A quieter time of year, with plenty of lemurs, birds and other wildlife able to be seen. Still a great time to travel, with no species hibernating and warmer weather.

Madagascar in December

The start of the wet season, and the hottest time of year. If you are travelling at this time, it is best to head to go at the start of the month, to the south and west of the country where it is cooler and drier.

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