D1 – DIEGO SUAREZ
Welcome, Tongasoa to Diègo Suarez. Once you have arrived in Diégo Suarez, you will feel the air of holidays and discovery blowing over you. The moment our team welcomes you and takes care of you, its motto is to make your journey on the coast of vanilla, a real dream of discoveries whose images, emotions, sensations and colors will enrich your experience.
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After your transfer and your installation at the hotel, according to the available time, you will begin your journey by a small tour in the city of Diègo Suarez. You will have the opportunity to discover the port, the Radoub basin, the old French military quarters, the market … as many curiosities, so many colors, scents that will familiarize you a little better with the ground and the men. Suarez, nowadays Antseranana, is named after two admirals: Diègo Diaz, the first European to discover Madagascar in 1500 and Fernan Soarez who led a wave of Portuguese invasion in 1506. The population of Diégo Suarez with Arabs Creoles, Indians and where miscegenation is common, is very cosmopolitan. The street presents a kaleidoscope of different faces with somewhere, a certain air of family.
D2 – DIEGO SUAREZ – 3BAYS – DIEGO SUAREZ
Direction: The Three Bays. The transfer is by 4X4 vehicle to the Sakalava Bay through the famous « Sugar Loaf », or Nosy Lonjo.
Your tour guide will tell you the story of this famous « Sugar Loaf » or « Nosy Lonjo », symbol of the city of Diégo Suarez, as soon as you see it. This island surely has many stories to tell, if only those sailors who would fail … It remains the scene of many traditional ceremonies although access is simply difficult.
The walk continues along the Three Bays: the Sakalava Bay, the Bay of Pigeons and the Bay of Dunes. Bordered by paradisiacal beaches, the Three Bays constitute a real case of beauty in this part of the Indian Ocean. Everything here is so beautiful that it is difficult to look away from the clarity of the waters from blue to mirror sparkle.
Visit the lighthouse and the old French military installations Orangea will allow you to make a brief incursion in the history of this northern region of Madagascar, question of improving your knowledge or to have more concrete images on what you will have learned .
A picnic will enliven the lunch break before the next stage: the beautiful bay where is the picturesque fishing village of Ramena 20km from Diégo Suarez. The afternoon is an afternoon of freedom under the sign of relaxation. Swimming and idleness will be at the rendezvous. In the late afternoon, it will be time to join Diégo Suarez where you will spend the night at the hotel.
D3 – DIEGO SUAREZ – RAMENA – DIEGO SUAREZ (EMERALD SEA)
Early in the morning, drive to the village of Ramena where is the pier for the Emerald Sea. The day is under the sign of relaxation and idleness. It begins with the presentation of the crew for a trip by canoe on the Emerald Sea, huge lagoon colors sometimes turquoise or emerald green to heavenly beaches.
The flavors of the sea are surely on the menu of the picnic lunch concocted by the boatmen. Other activities of relaxation are on the program: it is indeed possible on the emerald sea to do Kite surfing.
When the day falls on the beach, it will be time to find Diégo Suarez. You will spend the night in the same hotel.
D4 – DIEGO SUAREZ – AMBER MOUNTAIN – JOFFRE CITY
On the agenda for this day, the Amber Mountain National Park. To access it, the trip is done in 4X4 vehicle. The park is about forty kilometers away from Diégo Suarez.
By following the Thousand Trees path, you will enter a unique tropical garden, a humid primary forest, which several torrents and sacred cascades water in various places. The fauna is also tropical. Seven species of lemurs out of 70 species in Madagascar, rub shoulders there. Five species like the day and are therefore diurnal and two species prefer the night. At random, you will meet birds – there are more than 75 species – and reptiles including the smallest chameleon in the world, the Brookesia tuberculé. The flora is typical of the rainforests of Madagascar. Botanical enthusiasts or not, you will be pleasantly surprised by this green universe of orchids, palms, ficus …
Direction Joffreville. After your installation at the hotel, the visit of the city is essential. Joffreville takes its name from Joseph Joffre, French military in charge of this northern region of Madagascar under colonization. Created in 1903, Joffreville has houses whose architecture has kept the vestiges of its colonial past. Resort at the time, it also provides access to the Amber Mountain.
At the end of this sporty day, you will be happy to find the comfort of your hotel room.
D5 – JOFFRE CITY – RED TSINGY – ANKARANA
Direction: the village of Mahamasina, nestled at the entrance to the Ankarana National Park. The transfer is done in a 4 × 4 vehicle because of the poor condition of the road. The trip lasts 5 hours. The advantage: we have plenty of time to contemplate the landscape.
Head now on the Red Tsingy of Irondro. The red tsingy are distinguished by their more rounded form. Born from the encounter of rainwater and a compact rock, the red tsingy is the result of the erosion of this sandstone-marly massif. The red sand on the surface mixed with sandstone marl to imbue the tsingy with the various shades of red that earned it its name. These tsingy are fragile but you will have the opportunity to contemplate including the big and the small tsingy red, as well as the Canyon. Their ocher silhouettes standing before you majestic and austere, give red tsingy the vision of an exceptional landscape, an unreal world.
Then head to the sacred lake of Antanavo populated with crocodiles. Legend has it that a traveler who passed by asked for water from the villagers who refused to give him water. He then cursed the village that turned into a lake while the inhabitants were reincarnated as crocodiles. Zebu are often sacrificed as an offering to crocodiles but also to feed them.
Your tour guide will install you at the cottage where you will spend the night.
D6 – NATIONAL PARK OF ANKARANA
The 6th day of this trip in the North of Madagascar, you will pass to contemplate this grandiose panorama of Ankarana. The hike is quite sporty because it requires 4 to 8 hours of walking. Its exceptional flora and fauna make Ankarana one of Madagascar’s protected areas.
Several circuits can be made there. From the discovery of tsingy, vast expanses of calcareous rock carved by erosion to bat caves with huge walls littered with bat nests and the wonderful green lake that reflects the light on the algae it contains. of the position of the sun.
The circuit Tsingy Rary gives, from the top of the suspended and secure wooden footbridges that you will take, an impressive panorama of the tsingy plain pigmented with succulents such as pachypodiums. This circuit also allows to pass by the « loss of the rivers », enormous karst cavity in semicircle and to reach later the « tsingy of the turrets ». On the whole circuit, the show is simply fabulous and grandiose, the emotions are strong! Madagascar, island of dreams, finds here all its meaning.
The discovery of the Ankarana National Park requires physical endurance. In the evening, the return to the cottage will be more appreciated.
D7 and D8 – ANKARANA – SAMBAVA – ANTALAHA
7th day of travel on the coast of vanilla. Departure very early in the morning for the city of Antalaha, step city for hiking in the Masoala National Park to Maroantsetra. This time, the descent on the east coast of Madagascar is well and truly in progress. A stop is planned for the night in a small local cottage of Vohémar. But before this stage, it is necessary to take 168 km of very bad track and to make 10h of car. Located in the middle of magnificent and magnificent landscapes, this track undoubtedly has attractions. The journey on this track dug by frequent passages of trucks, with potholes or rather ostrich, has not only disadvantages. It can even be funny if one is of those who see that a glass half empty, is rather half full … It allows in any case to be in direct contact with the Malagasy realities and gives you the impression of to really be at the end of the world.
After a night at the lodge, on Antalaha on the second day of this hike through Sambava, famous for its vanilla plantations. The rainy climate of Sambava, its green vegetation will inform you immediately about the climatic conditions necessary for the cultivation of this orchid that is vanilla.
Your check-in at the hotel will be done upon your arrival in Antalaha before you embark on the short city tour. Antalaha is best known for its port through which passes more than half of the world’s vanilla production. Its houses reflect the economic power of the city generated by vanilla because Antalaha, do not forget, is the world capital of vanilla. Dugouts and dhows are also produced using traditional methods.
After this walk in Antalaha, you will retake your hotel.
D9 – ANTALAHA – CAPE EAST
The morning begins with the presentation of the trek crew, which includes local guides and porters, followed by a brief briefing for the trek. The transfer is by motorcycle taxi to the village of Cap Est. The landscapes are splendid and Cape East is known for the magnificence of its corals. By taking the coastal track of the East, you will cross the clove and vanilla plantations and breathe an escape fragrance that only this region provides to visitors. Once the ferry crossing is over, you will meet a bush hotel where you will be settled for the night.
D10 to D16 – TREK ON THE PENINSULA OF MASOALA
It is here that your hidden qualities of budding adventurer will serve you. The primary forest reaches you for a 7-day hike. Some transfers by dugout can interrupt from time to time the 6 hours of walking you will perform from the first to the fourth day sometimes in the company of a blazing sun. But to experience nature in all its aspects and for all its aspects is the adventure you want to know. And no other place than Madagascar in the world, can offer it to you. Man lives in this area in total symbiosis with nature. Green dominates the landscape as far as the eye can see. You will sometimes be surprised by villages with roofs of ravinala, the tree of the traveler, and which arise from nowhere. You will meet villagers, living at the pace of the country, the moramora, the nonchalance and for which the stress is completely unknown. During the walk, you will appreciate the refreshing shade of some trees, you will admire forests of ravinala, the tree of the traveler. At the bend of a track, you will meet lemurs. Vanilla plantations sometimes take the place of forests … The paradisiac beaches of fine sand lined with coconut trees invite you to relax.
The nights in bivouac will allow you to breathe the pure air of the forest with full lungs.
On the 5th day, you will arrive at the village of Masoala. You will be installed in an ecolodge for the night.
The 6th day is dedicated to the discovery of Cape Masoala and its surroundings. The day is under the sign of relaxation. On the program, the walk of happy people: excursion, walk, bathing … The night will always happens in ecolodge.
On the 7th day, it is by motorboat that your transfer to the city of Maroantsetra will take place. Once in Maroantsetra, go to the hotel where you have to spend the night.
D17 and D18 – MAROANTSETRA – SOANIERANA IVONGO
Departure for Soanierana Ivongo. The departure is done according to the schedule of the taxi-bus 4X4 which will lead you on this track. Another 2-day adventure begins on an unforgettable track, punctuated by passages on several bins. This adventure takes place under grounds of splendid landscapes and luxuriant vegetation. But the trip can also be done by fast boat, if there is a transfer on the day of departure. In this case, the trip is often night and lasts 9 hours.
D19 – SOANIERANA IVONGO – SAINTE MARIE – ILES AUX NATTES
Stop at the gendarmerie for a passport control before boarding for a 1h40 minute crossing to Sainte Marie. The transfer of an average duration of 20 minutes to the southern tip of the island, where the Island aux mats is located, is done either by taxi, or tuctuc new means of locomotion in vogue in many localities from Madagascar. Then, to be in the tone of local colors, by canoe for 25 minutes, to the hotel where you will settle to spend the night.
D20 to D23 – ILES AUX NATTES
Days of freedom so at the “Iles aux nattes”, where you could choose the activity or the leisure which enchants you: outing at sea, safari whale, according to the season however because the ballet of the whales generally happens from July to September , little tour of the island with mats by pirogue or on foot, scuba diving, tour of Ile Sainte Marie by motorbike … The setting of this day – the sea and the paradisiacal beaches – will fill your dreams of escape and your beauty quest. The clarity of the sea sometimes come streaking waves, the beaches lined with coconut trees, the fine sand, the unexpected meeting with some lemurs perched on the trees, the abundant vegetation that refreshes the atmosphere … remind you that here again you are in Madagascar, dream island.
D24 – ILE AUX NATTES – SAINTE MARIE
At the end of the day, you will leave the “Iles aux nattes”, the head full of enchanting but real images to reach Sainte Marie. These pictures may still live up to your dreams, once you are well settled in the hotel for the night.
D25 – SAINTE MARIE – TAMATAVE
Depending on the tide, in the early morning you will return to Tamatave or Toamasina by boat. Your crossing of the dream island of Sainte Marie to join the Big Island will be with the company El Condor. Once settled at the hotel, you can take a quick walk to Tamatave’s « Bazary Be » market. The « Bazary Be » of Tamatave is a picturesque market that is spread out under a compartmentalized warehouse where fruit and vegetables, handicraft products, gargotes adjoin you. You will dive, by visiting this market, in the atmosphere of the noisy popular markets and cluttered.
D26 – TAMATAVE – AKANIN’NY NOFY
After Tamatave, go to Akanin’ny Nofy by boat. You could admire the Pangalanes canal and impregnate during the 4 hours that will last the journey of the images of this unforgettable circuit that will have led you to the land of lemurs.
Once installed at the lodge, to allow you to find yourself during this tour, adapted to your rhythm, you will be given free time in the afternoon. You will enjoy spending the night in this lodge in the heart of nature.
D27 – AKANIN’NY NOFY
The Palmarium private reserve is a must to better know the lemurs of Madagascar. For 2 hours, you could observe more closely, 7 species of lemurs including indri, the propithecus, macaco … You could not only approach you but also touch them in this nature also inhabited by several varieties of plants such as pachypodium, orchids including vanilla, carnivorous plants … You will then fully appreciate the true meaning of Madagascar, a dream island …
You can enjoy your afternoon quietly as you will spend a second night in the same lodge.
D28 – AKANIN’NY NOFY – ANDASIBE
Until the village of Manambato, small stop on the program of our trip, the transfer is by boat. The crossing lasts 1:30. We will continue by car until Andasibe, note next step, which will give you all leisure to admire the nature during about 3h. Once you are at the hotel, you will be introduced to a key person at this stage: the guide that will guide you through all the night tours including the VOI village park.
A night tour of Andasibe Park is scheduled for this 28th day of your tour.
You will then spend the night at the hotel.
D29- ANDASIBE – ANTANANARIVO
On the 29th day of the trip, visit the VOI village park, a stone’s throw from the Andasibe-Mantadia National Park. In this forest, perched in a tree, lives the Indri-indri, the largest of the lemurs. Monogamous, Indri-Indri has a very strong sense of family. We can also meet the brookesia, the smallest chameleon in Madagascar. This chameleon is not arboreal, that is to say that it does not live in trees, but terrestrial and has a strong mimicry with its environment. Another peculiarity of this forest: it shelters the giraffe beetle, a species that one finds only in Madagascar. Your tour guide will surely explain that his name, unsurprisingly, comes from his long neck.
The tour to the village of Andasibe, which you will then carry out, will give you an idea of the way of life of the local population.
For more than an hour after, you will discover the reserve Vakôna, the islet with lemurs where you will meet other species: the fulvus, the lemur bamboo, the vari. They will treat you with a lot of friendship or even familiarity by jumping for example on your shoulders. This reserve also contains a crocodile park, the « fosa » which is a predator of lemurs, the Madagascar boa and wild ducks.
Then head to the final destination of this trip: Antananarivo.
The circuit continues quietly on the RN2. If the trip lasts 3 hours, you will not see the time pass as the diversity of landscapes and vegetation will captivate you. Here, nature has regained all its rights. Already, the vast expanses of greenery and forests mark a break with the city. The ravinala, trees of the traveler, stand in the heart of the vegetation and gently wave their leaves arranged in a fan, as if to greet you.
D30 – ANTANANARIVO – COUNTRY OF ORIGIN
According to the schedule of the flight planned for your return in your country of destination, our chauffeur escort will assure your transfer towards the airport. Depending on the time you may have, he will be happy to stop at the craft market located on the airport road, if you want to take with you, besides all these images and emotions that you have lived on this island dream, Malagasy craft products as souvenirs of Madagascar … to offer and to offer …
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