Today, you leave Ankarana East and drive through rural Madagascar to the port of Ankify, a journey of around three hours. On the way you can stop and visit the excellent Millot Plantation at Ambanja. This 100% organic plantation, offers the chance to see learn about the country's most famous crops, including vanilla, coca, pepper and ylang-ylang. Lunch is also taken here. As you continue to the port, you are met and transferred to your lodge by speed boat, a boat journey of around 90 minutes. There are a number of excellent lodges to choose from here and Eden Lodge is only a suggestion, depending on your preferred style and budget.
Time at Eden Lodge
Time spent at Eden Lodge is almost as varied as Madagascar itself. The beautiful, private beach is the perfect spot to waste hours with a good book taking an occasional cooling dip in the sea, which at certain times of the year is home to migrating dolphins and whales.
If you can drag yourself away from this, then there are hobiecats and sea kayaks available, or for the more adventurous, windsurfing, sustainable deep sea fishing, or the chance to head beneath the waves and enjoy some superb snorkelling or diving. The lodge also has its very own traditional pirogue, which offers shorter tours, visiting a number of nearby natural pools and waterfalls.
The gardens around the lodge however are alive with colourful wildlife, from the lemurs and chameleons living in the baobabs to the occasional Aye-Aye, one of the few places in the country they are found. A birding walk might yield black parrots, vanga and drongo's, either with a guide or on one of the self-guided trails, but for many, the highlight is looking for the green turtles who often come ashore to lay their eggs - with some guests lucky enough to watch them hatch. That said, each of the rooms also have their very own massage area, just in case you need some pampering or a traditional Malagasy spa treatment.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 Eden Lodge, full board