Tailor-Made Holiday

Tropical North: Antananarivo, Ankarana & Nosy Be

Amber mountains and emerald seas

12 days

from £2,750pp (excluding flights)

The north east of Madagascar is tropical and wild and perhaps more than any other region, sums up Madagascar. Beautiful rainforests full of lemurs and orchids, charming people and one fo the best places in the country to experience the dramatic Tsingy pinnacles at Ankarana.  Even better, once finished trekking and having had your fill of lemurs, you can easily make your way across to the beautiful Nosy Komba island - away from the crowds in Nosy Be -  to sit and do nothing.

  • Wander the streets of Diego Suarez and try the local THB beer
  • Wander through cool forests, full of waterfalls,  lakes and lemurs in Amber Mt
  • Explore Ankarana, the most accessible – and dramatic – Tsingy in the country
  • Spend time relaxing on the tropical beach at Nosy Komba 

Starting in Diego Suarez (Antsiranana), Madagascar’s most important northerly port still retains an air of faded, colonial grandeur and the locals definitely take things easy. What it lacks in conventional beaches, it makes up for in beautiful bays, including the famous Emerald Sea. Driving through this remote and colourful part of the country brings us to the first of two stunning parks – Amber Mountain. Taking its’ name from the resin found in the trees here (which is used by local for a whole range of medicinal purposes) the park offers welcome respite from the heat of the plains and at an elevation of around 1000m, the shady waterfalls and lakes provide plenty of photo opportunities on the treks.

The second part of this journey travels to the striking Ankarana Special Reserve, where you find the unique Tsingy forests, a series of striking stone pinnacles, best explored by clambering over the paths and rope-bridges strung between the peaks. Whilst not for the faint-hearted, the views are never ending and watching the lemurs leap from pinnacle to pinnacle is heart-stopping stuff. Whilst it does get warm here, head down into the shadows where collapsed cliffs have created river-fed caves and canyons, where you can find bats and even crocodiles.  Finally, a cross country drive taking you through rural Madagascar, arrives at the port of Ankify, where a boat awaits to take you to the remote tropical island of Nosy Komba and the chance to unwind on the shores Indian Ocean.

Costs of £3,295 GBP per person includes all activities, internal flights, private guide and international flights.

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

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  • Sightseeing with private guide as per the itinerary
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Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Nairobi overnight

Day 2

Fly Nairobi to Antananarivo

Antananarivo is literally translated as "City of a Thousand", in reference to the 1,000 Merina Tribe warriors, used by the king as protection of his city, but is also familiarly known as 'Tana'. Split into two regions (upper and lower towns), the city itself is a maze of bustling streets and alleyways, full of colourful markets, interspersed with ancient stone steps and historical sites.

Antananarivo City Tour
This tour is not about the sites but more a chance to get a feel for this captivating capital city. Start with Rova, the Queen's palace, rebuilt after being destroyed by fire in 1995, and continue on to the Prime Minister's Palace, containing gifts from past monarchs including Queen Victoria. Both palaces offer commanding views across the city, with some traditional Malagasy houses in the foreground.

Continue to the Mahamasina market, colourful and full of life this is a market that sells almost everything. There is also the chance to explore one of Madagascar's most colourful places, the daily flower market, near Lake Anosy, where a dazzling array of bouquets are on display.

You will be staying at La Varangue, Bed & Breakfast

Day 3

Day at leisure in Antananarivo

You will be staying at The Litchi Tree, Bed & Breakfast

Day 4

Day at leisure in Ankarana Special Reserve

You will be staying at Iharana Bush Camp, Bed & Breakfast

Day 5

Day at leisure in Ankarana Special Reserve

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, Bed & Breakfast

Day 11

Fly Nairobi to London overnight


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

La Varangue

La Varangue

This lovely old creole style house, oozes colonial charm with the brightly painted shutters and national flags on the outside a colourful contrast to the white washed walls and corridors....

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Tsara Komba

Tsara Komba

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....

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The Litchi Tree

The Litchi Tree

This colonial, boutique guesthouse is stylish and colourful....

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Iharana Bush Camp

Iharana Bush Camp

Iharana Bush Camp is one of the nicest places to stay in the reserve....

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