This itinerary explores two very contrasting parks and finishes with time on a sleepy island. Starting in Andasibe National Park you have the chance to experience a true rain forest. Walking along paths you step over the buttress roots of huge strangler figs, quinine and pallisander trees. Lemurs include the crowned and Sandford's brown lemur and your guide will find chameleons ranging from the colourful panther chameleon to the tiny leaf-mimic chameleon which is only 2cm long. From Amber Mountain you drive west to the dry Ankarana Special Reserve, famous not only for its lemurs but the limestone tsingy and eerie bat caves. Continuing west again you pass through large cocoa and ylang ylang plantations. At the tiny fishing port of Ankify you'll board a boat to take you to the idyllic Nosy Komba Island. Swap your hiking boots for flip flops and swim, snorkel and relax in idyllic surroundings.
Walk to the waterfalls in Amber Mountain National Park, finding chameleons as small as your thumbnail on the way.
Lie on Nosy Komba's white sandy beaches watching the local fisherman paddle past in their pirogues.
Explore the Ankarana Special Reserve at night, looking for sportive lemurs, chameleons and more.
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- Diego Suarez (Antsiranana)
- Joffreville Ambohitra
- Amber Mountain National Park and Joffreville
- Joffreville Ambohitra
- Ankarana Special Reserve
- Nosy Komba
- Nosy Be
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Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Day 1 International outbound flight
International outbound flight
Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Antananarivo.
Day 2 Antananarivo
Day 3 Joffreville Ambohitra
This morning you will head back to the airport for your flight to Diego in the north of the country. Your guide will meet you at the airport and drive you the short distance to your lodge in Joffreville. This pretty village is a charming place to explore, you can potter about the streets or simply relax on the veranda of your hotel.
Day 4 Joffreville Ambohitra
Today, with your guide you will be transferred up to the entrance to Amber Mountain. Here you will meet your local guide and enjoy a day's hike in the park, complete with a delicious lunch prepared by your guides. Do be sure to let the guides know if there are any animals in particular you are keen to see so they can take you to the best areas to search for them.
Day 5 Ankarana Special Reserve
Today you will travel from Joffreville to Ankarana - if it is possible to stop en route at the Red Tsingy then your driver will do so. This will very much depend on the recent weather as the road to the Red Tsingy is sand. In the late afternoon you will arrive at the Iharana Bush Camp set in a beautiful location overlooking the Tsingy.
Day 6 Ankarana Special Reserve
Day 7 Ankarana Special Reserve
Day 8 Nosy Komba
Day 9 Nosy Komba
Day 10 Nosy Komba
A further suggestion for your free time is to go on a trip to the island's largest village, Ampangorinana, where you will be able to enjoy a wander around the village looking at the beautiful locally made handicrafts. You can enjoy a walk up into the forest where there are some habituated black lemurs and plenty of chameleons. Returning to the village you can enjoy a simple lunch of fish and rice before heading home.
Day 11 Nosy Komba
Day 12 Nosy Komba
If you would like a walk you will find plenty of plantations to explore on foot including vanilla, coffee and pepper. Take a local guide after breakfast and enjoy a morning learning about the fragrant flora. Your guide will also take you to the villages where you can learn about the local lifestyle, you will then return to the hotel on foot or by pirogue.
Day 13 Antananarivo
Day 14 International return flight
Antananarivo , International return flight
Day 15 International return flight
International return flight
Arrive home today to complete your journey.
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