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Madagascan Islands and South African Safari

Nosy Be Beach Escape and Marataba Big Five

15 days

from £3,750pp (excluding flights)

Begin with a week on the idyllic Madagascan island of Nosy Komba, before flying directly to South Africa – taking advantage of direct flights – for some time on safari. Explore the marvellous, wildlife-packed landscape that surrounds Marataba Safari Lodge – a beautiful, intimate tented camp.

  • Escape to the desert-island retreat of Tsara Komba
  • Explore the islands and seas that surround Nosy Komba, in northern Madagascar
  • Take advantage of direct flights between Nosy Be and Johannesburg to link these two destinations
  • Finish with a big-five safari, staying at the beautiful Marataba Game Lodge


Spend seven peaceful nights on the idyllic island retreat of Tsara Komba. This intimate beachside escape blends into a jungle-strewn hillside that overflows with bougainvillea. 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.

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.


At the end of the week, fly back to Johannesburg and drive north, to the Waterberg. Here, stay at the beautiful Marataba Safari Lodge, which sits at the heart of a private concession. 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 4x4 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.


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 perfect for relaxing amidst the wonderful landscapes of the Madagascan islands, whilst Marataba brings a safari experience that is personal and unrushed, yet superbly accessible.

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights £Flight cost from 
£ 3750 £ 1300

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Johannesburg overnight

Day 2

Fly Johannesburg to Nosy Be

Nosy Be is one of the most popular regions in Madagascar, famous for its beautiful beaches, stunning coastline and fantastic sea life. Whilst Nosy Be might mean "Big Island" there are plenty of smaller islands and properties hidden away where you can enjoy your very own castaway holiday. Nosy Be is also known as the perfumed isle for its heady scent of ylang-ylang and vanilla from the plantations dotted around the area and it is this tropical ambience and relaxed feel, combined with the lush forests leading down to squeaky white sand that draws people from all over the world.

You will be staying at Tsara Komba, Full board

Day 3

Activities at Tsara Komba
Whilst Tsara Komba is all about the beach and gardens, there is plenty to keep you busy around the lodge, either out to sea or on the island of Nosy Komba itself.

Snorkel by the beach, make use of the hotel's pirogues or take a sailing canoe out, accompanied by a guide. This beautiful coastline is perfect for relaxation, as are the communal areas of Tsara Komba. Sunbathe beside the sea, play badminton on the beach or read a book in the shade.

In addition to these included activities, there are a multitude of other excursions on offer at the lodge. They can be booked in advance or at the lodge.

You will be staying at Tsara Komba, Full board

Day 4

Both beginners and experienced divers can take advantage of the diving on offer in these rich waters. Explore a variety of colourful and fascinating underwater sites. Dive amongst shoals of tropical fish, explore the Ankify wreck and admire the unspoilt corals, dotted with multi-coloured anemones. Bookable at an additional cost.

You will be staying at Tsara Komba, Full board

Day 5

Climb Mont Passot
Visit Nosy Be and head to the highest point on the island, Mont Passot. Climb to the peak of this impressive hill for stunning views over the surrounding landscape. This is the perfect place to watch the sun set over the crater lakes below. Bookable at an additional cost.

You will be staying at Tsara Komba, Full board

Day 6

Forest Walk around Nosy Komba
Take a fascinating guided walk of around two hours, exploring the island. Hike from south to north in a forest teeming with wild black lemurs, chameleons, butterflies and birds. Have the chance to learn more about the medicinal nature of some of the plants. Bookable at an additional cost.

Visit Ambanja Market
Head to the mainland and explore the colourful market in the small town of Ambanja. Here, the stalls overflow with pineapples, papayas and vanilla. Bookable at an additional cost.

You will be staying at Tsara Komba, Full board

Day 7

Island Visits
Leave the tiny island of Nosy Komba behind and explore the numerous idyllic landmasses that dot the surrounding waters. Visit the beautiful natural rock organs of the Mitsio Archipelago, spot nesting turtles on the white-sand beaches of Nosy Iranja, smell the rich scents that litter the spice island of Sakatia and admire the giant tortoises of Nosy Mamoko. Bookable at an additional cost.

You will be staying at Tsara Komba, Full board

Day 8

Visit Local Villages
Take a trip to the village of Tam Tam, famous for producing the traditional pirogues found throughout the region. Also visit Ampangorina, a craftsmen's village that is well known for its locally produced curios. These include tablecloths, lace, masks, necklaces and sculptures. Bookable at an additional cost.

Visit Lokebe Nature Reserve
Return to Nosy Be and visit the Lokebe Nature Reserve, which is located on the south-eastern side of the island. Home to much of Nosy Be's flora and fauna, this beautiful reserve is particularly renowned for its black lemurs and panther chameleons. Bookable at an additional cost.

You will be staying at Tsara Komba, Full board

Day 9

Fly Nosy Be to Johannesburg

This former gold rush town makes for a truly interesting stopover. Its affluent and upmarket northern suburbs offer calm in what's now a bustling fast paced city. Take a tour of Soweto, visit the Apartheid Museum, Constitution Hill and Cradle of Humankind, or go shopping in its many malls and art galleries.

You will be staying at Southern Sun Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 10

Drive from Johannesburg to The Waterberg (Road Journey)

The Waterberg, identified as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, is home to plenty of wildlife and boasts impressive birdlife. This vast area is dominated by the Waterberg Mountain Range and has a rare and rugged beauty, with a fascinating history. This was home to the San Bushmen for thousands of years, and evidence can be seen at rock art sites throughout the area.

You will be staying at Marataba Safari Lodge, Full board

Day 11

Activities at Marataba
Activities at Marataba include morning and evening game drives in open safari vehicles, bush walks, bird watching, astronomy (night sky safaris), bush breakfasts and dinners. The lodge welcomes children of all ages and will tailor a family booking to suit. Rest assured the children's activities will not impact on those travelling without children.

The beautiful Marataba Reserve features impressive red-rock bluffs above lush savannah grasslands, whilst clear rivers cut their way through deep valleys. Yellowwood and cedar trees dot the landscape, which is rich with big game. Elephants, rhinos, leopards, lions and buffaloes can all be found here. The birdlife is also spectacular. Home to the largest colony of endangered Cape vultures, the reserve is said to hold between 600 and 800 breeding pairs.

You will be staying at Marataba Safari Lodge, Full board

Day 12

Today, perhaps take a bush walk and go bird watching in the surrounding reserve.

You will be staying at Marataba Safari Lodge, Full board

Day 13

Take a morning game drive with a bush breakfast; maybe spend the afternoon relaxing in camp.

You will be staying at Marataba Safari Lodge, Full board

Day 14

Drive from The Waterberg to Johannesburg (Road Journey)

Fly Johannesburg to London overnight

Day 15

Arrive into London Heathrow


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