> The Northern of Madagascar: a world apart
THE NORTHERN OF MADAGASCAR: A WORLD APART 1st day: ANTANANARIVO On your getting off the plane at the air terminal, you are met by Holidays Madagascar’s representatives then you’ll be presented your stay programme and given your travel documents. Transfer to your hotel where you’ll deposit your luggage, then you’ll go for a drive round the town. Independent lunch around midday and in the afternoon you’ll go on visiting Antananarivo “the city with one thousand warriors” Settling down at your hotel. 2nd day: ANTANANARIVO/ ANTSIRANANA « DIEGO-SUAREZ» Transfer to Ivato airport to fly to Diego Suarez. On your arrival, you'll be met by our representative and accompanied to your hotel. The afternoon will be reserved for discovering the splendor of Diego Suarez with its beautiful architecture marking the passing of numerous cosmopolitan populations, emerging from the intermixing of ethnic groups that succeeded as time went by (Arabs, Africans, Europeans...) Overnight stay at the hotel. 3rd day : ANTSIRANANA/MONTAGNE DES FRANCAIS/RAMENA Departure for La Montagne des Français, by the road leading to Ramena, a little fishermen's village. On your going out the town, you can see the islet called Pain de Sucre in the middle of the Bay. La Montagne des Français is a limestone ridge from 60 to 150 m - the path leading to the top is surrounded with baobabs « Andanosia Suarezensis », aloe and thorny plants. On the summit, you'll be rewarded, in your effort by the panoramic view of Diego harbour and its Pain de Sucre. Continuation to Ramena : beautiful white-sanded beaches, fishermen's traditional huts, small boats and pirogues. Picnic lunch at midday and swimming in the afternoon. In the late afternoon, visit of the fishermen's village of Ramena and return to Diego. Overnight stay at hotel. 4th day : ANTSIRANANA « DIEGO-SUAREZ»/MONTAGNE D’AMBRE (32 km) Departure for a visit to La Montagne d'Ambre National Park passing by Joffreville, the colonists' old holiday resort. Anchored in a volcanic complex of 1,475 m with its 18,200 ha of humid tropical rain forest, the park shelters a very rich fauna and flora. The smallest chameleon in the world « brookesia minima », the Malagasy Carnivorous « fosa » Cryptoprocta ferox, or the Aye Aye Daubentonia madagascariensis, among the 168 identified fauna species without counting the 1020 listed flora species. Picnic lunch on the spot. You can't miss to marvel at some waterfalls and several crater lakes (5) in the middle of this verdant tropical nature. Return to Diego in the late afternoon. Overnight stay at the hotel. 5th day : DIEGO / TSINGY ROUGE Direction to the Tsingy Rouges. Constituted by marl soil due to erosion, the Tsingy Rouges are a very attractive geological site unique in Madagascar. The lake is infested with crocodiles and according to the Antakarana's beliefs, crocodiles are dead people reincarnation, only women and children can fish there. Return to Diego in the late afternoon. Overnight stay at the hotel. 6th day : DIEGO SUAREZ – TSINGY DE L’ANKARANA Go to discover the Tsingy de l'Ankarana: a mineral (limestone peaks) and vegetal world. On the road, several « falafa » villages, a symbol of the Nothern part of the island. Before the park, you'll pass by the town where people rushed to sapphire in the mineties: Ambondromifehy. Arrival in the early evening, full board BIVOUAC in « falafa » huts. 7th day : TSINGY OF ANKARANA Beginning of the visit pacing up these mysterious and bewitching paths of 20Km that are the Tsingy or « Sharp rock », several fauna to discover: bats, lemurs especially te aye aye and the crowned lemur, endemic bird like the « Mesite varié »; we can also encounter the « fosa ». Visit of the bats' grotto. Full board BIVOUAC in falafa huts. 8th day : TSINGY ANKARANA - NOSY KOMBA or “NOSY AMBARIOVATO” Transfer to Ankify, from where the transfer to Nosy Komba or « the black lemurs » island will be performed On the road, plantations of cacaotrees, coffee trees, ylang ylang. Arrival at Nosy Komba by midday. Settling down, at the hotel. Afternoon in your charge, possibility of swimming or strolling all over the island. Overnight stay at the hotel. 9th day : NOSY KOMBA Visit of the island (4 of 5 hours' walk). Nosy Komba is a fishermen's village where a very friendly population lives. Discovering of the local handicrafts. The island is specialised in embroidery (tablecloths, laces) and in hand-made necklaces. Visit of a reserve of black lemurs, one of the fauna existing there and to which the name of the island is given. Tasting of a typical Malagasy meal in the village at lunch-time. Return to Nosy Komba in a sailing pirogue in the afternoon. Overnight stay at the hotel 10th day : Nosy Komba – Nosy Tanikely – Nosy Be « The perfumed island » Direction to Nosy Tanikely, the natural reserve. Picnic excursion by boat to Nosy Tanikely. Discovering of this volcanic island, with its sea reserve and its natural aquarium richly filled with multicoloured fish, dolphins, and tortoise. Continuation toward Nosy-Be in the afternoon. Overnight stay at the hotel 11th day : NOSY BE Day in your charge at Nosy Be, a heavenly island where ylang ylang plantations predominate. You can also see other plants like spices (vanilla, coffee...) Overnight stay at hotel 12th day : NOSY BE Day in your charge with possibility of taking up numerous activities on the spot. Overnight stay at the hotel 13th day : NOSY BE Day in your charge with possibility of taking up several activities on the spot. Overnight stay at the hotel 14th day : NOSY BE – ANTANANARIVO Transfer to Nosy Be airport to fly to Antananarivo. On your arrival at the airport, you are met by Holidays Madagascar's representatives. Transfer to your hotel. Day in your charge. A car is at your disposal. Possibility of going shopping to buy souvenirs at the crafts market. Settling down and overnight stay at the hotel. 15th day : Flight back to your country Transfer to airport to return to your country.
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