The north of Madagascar is the most popular area of the island and features some of its best diving and conservation areas. Starting in Antananarivo, the capital, you will venture to the beautiful bays and beaches of Diego Suarez, and onto the lemurs, chameleons and other endemic species of Montagne d’Amber National Park.
Your guide then takes you onto Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve, where the sandstone pinnacles date back to the Jurassic era, and Ankarana Special Reserve to see everything from massive baobabs to dwarf lemurs.
A highlight is the marine paradise of the island of Nosy Be: other islands in this archipelago are famous for - once again - their acrobatic lemurs, delicate orchids and tidal sandbanks. At every point you still stay in the area’s best accommodation, from historical houses in Antananarivo and Joffreville, to low-key but welcoming eco lodges and beach hotels in Ankarana and Nosy Be.
Most of this itinerary is based on road transfers allowing you to really immerse yourself in Malagasy life as you pass quaint villages and verdant plantations of ylang ylang, cloves and cacao.