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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.

Highlights & Activities

What's on offer whilst on this itinerary?
  • Stay at historic homes in Antananarivo and Joffreville
  • See the three bays of Diego Suarez and enjoy sunset on Sugarloaf Mountain
  • Find the endemic species of Amber Mountain National Park, including seven types of lemur
  • Walk along the Tsingy massif at a World Heritage Site
  • Great diving and snorkelling around Nosy Be
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Tour Duration: 3 Days
Start: Madagascar
End: Madagascar

Destinations visited

Accommodations visited



Lokanga Boutique Hotel
1 Nights


Lokanga Boutique Hotel
1 Nights


Day to day

Antananarivo is the capital of Madagascar, known affectionately to locals simply as, ‘Tana’. After touching down at Ivato International Airport, your English-speaking guide will drive you through this vibrant city where at least two million people live. Your destination is the neighbourhood of Ambohimitsimbina or ‘the hill of sighs’, the oldest part of Tana that’s on a sacred royal hill where the queen’s musicians and English missionaries once resided.

Here you check into Lokanga Boutique Hotel; a lokanga is a Malagasy violin, a nod to the area’s musical past. The original house was built in the 1930s and has a varangue or terrace especially placed for the best views of the sunset. It also has vistas of Lake Anosy as well as the Mahamasina stadium.

Inside the owners have spent a great deal of time restoring the en-suite bedrooms with antiques original to the house, like old maps and an Italian baroque bed. Every suite is individually decorated while fireplaces, turrets and shutters all give the Lokanga a timeless feel. There are plenty of modern conveniences too, like Wi-Fi and an on-site restaurant where you can sample Malagasy favourites like zebu chimichurri, cassava leaves and pork belly, and a majunga-style seafood salad.

What's Included?

  • 1 bottle of water per person per day (day 3 and day 6)
  • 4WD Car Rental with A/C and English speaking driver, indemnities and gasoil included (day 3 to day 6)
  • All transfers airport/hotel/airport and port/hotel
  • Parks and Reserves entrance fees + guiding fees

What's Excluded?

  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

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