Blue Itinerary, total immersion in the land of cocoa

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Avaratra (the north) is build out of the Tsaratanana volcanic massif close to the peak of the island. The Sambirano and Mahavavy rivers take their source there. Nosy by is located north-west of the island. It’s a garden island, an historic place and a must-see in international tourism.

Far north of Madagascar is a succession of craters and lakes. You’ll be able to see the Amber Mountain and the Tanjaona Bobaomby cap.

From Antananarivo to Nosy Be

12 days / 10 nights, 1181 € per person*

 

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(*) based on 2 passengers / flights not included, contact us for more information.

Northern Madagascar

Located over 400 miles south-east of the African continent and surrounded by the Indian Ocean and the Mozambique canal, Madagascar is the world’s fourth-largest island after Greenland, New Guinea and Borneo.

Around the main island are two smaller islands: Nosy Be in the northwest and Nosy Boraha to the east: two « tropical paradises » covered by abundant vegetation and whose long sandy beaches are lined with palm trees.

The main island is bordered by numerous smaller dreamy islands lined with translucent lagoons, reminding us of Oceania: the Mitsio archipelagos, Radama, Nosy Ve, Nosy Iranja, Nosy Tanykely, etc.

 

Your journey day by day…

DAY 1

PARIS – DIEGO SUAREZ

Madagascar products one of the best cocoa in the world.

Recommendations: arriving at least 3 hours before the time of the check-in at the CDG or Orly airport according to the airline. Meal and breakfast will be served on board.

In Antananarivo – once the formalities are completed (visa, authorities, health) – a Jacaranda representative will welcome you… and say hello to Madagascar!

DAY 2

DIEGO SUAREZ

This trip will not be direct and will take some time. You will reach the destination during the early afternoon and you will have the rest of the day for leisure by the see to be fully rested the following day.

In Madagascar, people rise and go to bed with the sun. Your guide and driver will be waiting with the 4X4 car at the hotel for your departure around 7.30 a.m.

DAY 3

DIEGO SUAREZ – MONTAGNE D’AMBRE

Amber Mountain Nationale Park

About 25 miles from Diego-Suarez, the Amber is Mountain is a humid forest covering a volcanic massif. The vegetation is lush and the forest is very dense. You may be able to see 7 species of lemurs, 1000 species of plants, 5 crater lakes and waterfalls.

DAY 4

MONTAGNE D’AMBRE – ANKARANA

Ankarana, the Red Tsginy

Across the mountains to the south east of Diego, the Red Tsingy Rouges are keeping more of nature’s secrets. Made out of sandstones, marl and limestone, right at the base of the eroded canyons and within the unique sedimentary basin of Madagascar and a heterogenous vegetation, their balance is delicate.

DAY 5

ANKARANA

Ankarana

The Ankarana mountain is the second most famous place in Madagascar, after the BEMARAHA reservation where the Tsingy of karstic form offer the astonishing vision of hundreds of needles and limestone peaks rising towards the sky. The visit is to be organized on site according to timing, curiosity and physical abilities of the participants.

Then on the road to AMBANJA.

DAY 6

AMBANJA / AMBOLOBOZY / ANDRANOMANDEVY

Along the Sambirano river is a succession of rice fields, plantations and villages. In the Ambolobozy village, several centuries-old baobab trees stands amid the cocoa trees. Crossing of the river in dugout then walk on the opposite bank along a less-travelled path to the Andranomandevy village.

In the late afternoon, it will be time to scout the area towards the hot spring the village was named after. Located next to this strange atmosphere sacred place, a swamp represents nature’s own reserve for several species of birds that can find both shelter and cover. Dusk is the best time to witness it all.

The village lodging will welcome you for the night.

DAY 7

ANDRANOMANDEVY / ANTANAMBAO

Hiking along the valley through the cocoa trees and beautiful rice plains on the mountainside. Through the crossings of villages, you will discover the work in the fields according to the season and also small crafts such as that of blacksmith.

The women’s association of Antanambao will prepare you lunch. In the afternoon everyone will choose their activity: water sports, bathing and leisure on the banks of the river Ambahatra or climbing sport around Mount Masomamangy which offers an exceptional panorama of the valley.

DAY 8

ANTANAMBAO / AMBOBAKA / AMBANJA

Early in the morning you will reach the other side of the river and the village of Ambobaka, a place famous for traditional medicine. A line of healers who treat fractures and other traumas use body manipulation and plants. Traditional healers will introduce you to ancestral care techniques and you discover a garden gathering the most common plants of the Malagasy pharmacopoeia. Further away, from the bridge that crosses over the Ramena River, you will reach the waterfall of « Les Bons Pères » in canoes.

Planned for during this trip : picnic and swimming in a succession of waterfalls forming natural bathtubs and jacuzzi in the middle of a beautiful forest where the tree of the traveler towers over. In the afternoon, journey down the Ramena and the Sambirano rivers in canoes.

DAY 9

AMBANJA / ANTSAHAMPANO / ANKIFY

Drive to the Antsahampano village in all-terrain vehicle. Visit on foot and in canoe to discover this strange forest caught between land and sea, to help with reforestation. This ecosystem is of paramount importance for the aquatic fauna that breeds there and also because it protects the coastline from coastal erosion. The women of the Tsy Kivy association will serve lunch in their hut restaurant on the edge of mangrove.

DAY 10

ANKIFY – NOSY BE

It is time to leave the Sambirano valley to reach Nosy Be after a shuttle by boat.

Nosy Be Is a blessed island: nature has given it a biodiversity as rich and diverse that an only be found here. Furthermore the island is part of the protected areas, parks and natural or private reserves where the rare and endemic species are preserved. This is how Nosy Be became the most famous and most visited destination of visitors.

DAY 11

NOSY KOMBA and NOSY TANIKELY

Nosy Komba, Nature’s jewelry

You’ll reach the lemurs island after an hour on boat. Climbing to the top of the Nosy Komba is possible to even the beginners. It will also be the occasion to see the lemurs up close and to visit the popular village.

Nosy Tanikely, the must-see aquarium

Full day of navigation through the archipelago of NOSY BE. Nosy Tanikely is an ideal place to watch sea turtles and multicolored fish.

As a National Park, the area is protected. Some fady (interdictions) are applied to ensure the survival of natural reserves and some activities like fishing and collecting shellfish. The old lighthouse that dominates the island has already been inhabited since colonization.

DAY 12

NOSY BE – LA REUNION – PARIS

Flight to PARIS. It is time to go home because all good things must come to an end!

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Map of your trip

 

Recap of this itinerary

Stages: Antananarivo, Diego-Suarez, Ankarana, Ambanja, Ambolobozy, Andranomandevy, Antanambao, Ambobaka, Antsahampano, Ankify, Nosy Be.

panoramicview Reserves and national parks: Tsingy de l’Ankarana, Montagne d’Ambre, Nosy Komba, Nosy Tanikely.

lodging_0star Accommodation: charming little hotels and guest rooms.

 

Price for this 12 days/10 nights trip

Number of participants 2 pers. min 4 pers. Extra singleroom
Price per person
(flight notincluded)
1181 € 925 € 184 €

 

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The services include:

  • Accommodation in local standard hotel
  • Touristic thumbnails
  • Half board with breakfast, except on DAY 1
  • Transportation airport / hotel / airport
  • Every visit and trip mentioned in the program
  • Entrance to National Parks and nature reserve, with local guides

 

Are not included:

  • International flights and taxes Paris / Antananarivo / Paris beginning at 895 €
  • Domestic flights and taxes if applicable
  • Visa fees (in 2016 ~ 30 euros for a stay shorter than 30 days)
  • Meals not mentioned in the program
  • Soft drinks
  • Recommended repatriation insurance (30 €)
  • Complementary insurance (cancellation, luggage, interruption of stay …)
  • Excursions not mentioned in the program
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses

 

Police formalities and health recommendations:

  • Valid passport 6 months after the end of the trip
  • No vaccination required
  • Vaccines recommended by the WHO for tropical countries (tetanus, polio, hepatitis A and B, typhoid, diphtheria)
  • Treatment against malaria (savarine or other) highly recommended