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Madagascar Holiday: Amber Mountain (Montagne Ambre) + Ankarana Tsingy + Nosy Be

Eastern Rainforests + Amber Mountain + Nosy Be
MPG12A
12 NIGHTS
FROM £3,095
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Madagascar Holiday Amber Mountain Montagne Ambre Ankarana Tsingy Nosy Be

This Madagascar holiday searches for lemurs in the eastern rainforests & Amber Mountain (Montagne d'Ambre) in the north, travelling in a 4x4 vehicle. See crowned lemurs, frogs, chameleons, geckos & many insects, birds & reptiles. Also great for botany. Visit Ankarana Tsingy with its limestone pinnacles & caves, before relaxing on Nosy Be island. English speaking guides, transfers, local flights & park fees included.

Madagascar Holiday Amber Mountain Montagne Ambre Ankarana Tsingy Nosy Be
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Madagascar Holiday
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Andasabe-Mantadia Rainforests
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Analamazaotra Indri Reserve
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Lemur Island
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Diego Suarez
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Amber Mountain (Montagne Ambre)
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Chameleons, Frogs & Reptiles
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Ankarana Tsingy
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Nosy Be Island
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Snorkelling & Diving
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Madagascar Holiday
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Andasabe-Mantadia Rainforests
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Analamazaotra Indri Reserve
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Lemur Island
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Diego Suarez
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Amber Mountain (Montagne Ambre)
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Chameleons, Frogs & Reptiles
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Ankarana Tsingy
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Nosy Be Island
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Snorkelling & Diving
Day 1
You will be met at Antananarivo Airport and transferred to your hotel in the capital city of the tropical island of Madagascar.
 
Check into your hotel and relax in your warm friendly surroundings.
Day 2
Today depart from Antananarivo and travel 4-hours with your guide to the small village of Andasibe. On this scenic drive you will see local villages with their long red clay houses, rice paddies and roadside markets, which will give you a good feel for traditional Malagasy life.
 
On arrival at your lodge, enjoy a 2 to 3-hour walk in the montagne rainforest of Analamazaotra Reserve (previously called the Perinet Reserve), which covers 810 hectares. This is where you come to see the magnificent black and white Indri - the largest lemur species in Madagascar, with their eerie wailing calls as they sing from the treetops and mark out their territory.
 
The path into the rainforest starts with a steep ascent up some well-made steps, followed by some relatively good paths, although a longer more gentle ascent is also available. There may be some scrambling off the path to get closer to the Indri, but there are plenty of trees to hang onto for balance.
 
You can also hope to see the beautiful orange, grey and white Diademed Sifaka as well as the Black-and-White Ruffed Lemur - although be warned that tracking lemurs in the dense canopy of this rainforest is hard work and you can realistically hope for only two or three sightings on each walk. However the excitement of finding them hiding high in the treetop canopy, and jumping from tree to tree, is a thrilling memory that will last a lifetime - so once you find a group do linger and enjoy watching their behaviour for a while. Altogether there are 12 lemur species in this park - 6 diurnal and 6 nocturnal.
 
In the early evening enjoy a 1-hour noctural guided walk along a road close to the Analamazaotra Reserve, so remember your headlamp. Here you can hope to see the glowing eyes of the tiny Goodman's mouse lemur, little tree frogs and sleeping chameleons.
Day 3
Today we drive 1-hour along a rough gravel road to the massive 16,000-hectare primary montane rainforests of Mantadia National Park.
 
The trees in these rainforests are tall and some trails are steep and muddy. There are also streams to cross using log bridges, but you should be rewarded by a view of the gorgeous Diademed Sifaka, perhaps the most beautiful of all the lemurs with its fluffy golden-orange, grey and white coat.
 
You should also see the Black-and-White Ruffed Lemurs that scream at each other across the forest and, if you are fortunate, maybe also the large Indri that is easily heard because of its impressive shrieks. This park is also a great place to see the giraffe-necked weevil, tenrec (similar to hedgehog), frogs and chameleons.
 
The indigenous flora is outstanding, with hundreds of species of orchids that blossom in October & November, many species of ferns, sacred creepers, lichens and dwarf palm trees. In total there are 12 different species of lemurs, 28 species of reptiles and over 100 bird species.
 
Afterwards enjoy a 30-minute visit to Lemur Island, where you can interact with and take close-up photos of habituated lemurs rescued from captivity and now living in the semi-wild near Vakona Lodge.
 
Note: Tracking lemurs is done on foot. Some trails are demanding, but your guide will be mindful of your level of fitness and adapt your route accordingly. Wear walking boots with good tread and carry proper rain gear, including lightweight waterproof trousers. Gardening gloves are useful to protect your hands when scrambling through the rainforest and a head torch for night walks is essential. As the climate in the mountains is much cooler than at the coast, especially at night, also pack a fleece.
Day 4
This morning enjoy another 2 to 3-hour walk in the montagne rainforest of the Analamazaotra Reserve, searching for Indri, Diademed sifaka and Black-and-White ruffed lemurs.
 
In the afternoon transfer 4-hours to Antananarivo, where you will be dropped off at your airport hotel.
Day 5
Today transfer to Antananarivo Airport for your flight to Diego Suarez (now called Antsiranana).
 
You will be met at Diego Suarez Airport by your driver/guide and transferred to the small town of Joffreville - the gateway to the cool, upland rainforests of Amber Mountain National Park.
 
Covering a prominent volcanic massif with lots of small lakes and waterfalls, this park is the source of many rivers and is home to over 77 different bird species, 25 amphibians and 59 reptiles - including frogs, geckos & chameleons. This is the most visited national park in northern Madagascar, due to its great biologiocal diversity. Check into your hotel and relax in your mountain surroundings.
Day 6
Today is devoted to the flora and fauna of Amber Mountain National Park (Montagne d'Ambre), the first national park ever established in Madagascar, with many lovely waterfalls and streams.
 
Extending over 18,000 hectares, this rainforest is most famous for its insects and reptiles - including many species of chameleons, frogs, lizards and other amphibians, which are most active in the wet season. This is the place to see the large colourful Panther Chameleon and the amazingly camouflaged Leaf Tailed Gecko. Also the tiny Pygmy Stump-Tailed Chameleon, one of the smallest in the world, that so enthused TV naturalist David Attenborough when it perched on the tip of his thumb.
 
The flora in this park are also spectacular, with over 1,000 different plant species. You can see strangler figs, birds’ nest ferns, many beautiful orchids and rare cycads. And for the true enthusiast, because it’s a long walk, the rarest of all baobabs is found here - the massive Rainforest Baobab.
 
Here you can also hope to see two species of lemurs found only in this region - the pretty Crowned Lemur and Sanford’s Brown Lemur - although seven different species live here (5 diurnal and 2 nocturnal).
 
If you are up in the early morning, you will see many birds such as the gorgeous ground-roller, the spectacled greenbul, Madagascar crested ibis, white-throated oxylabes and much more. On one of the longer walks, you can enjoy a refreshing swim in the natural pool at the base of the Grande Cascade waterfall.
 
In the dry season you can drive right up to the picnic area, giving those who cannot walk far the opportunity of seeing some wildlife without venturing onto the longer trails. A short, level walk from here brings you to the Sacred Waterfall, a fern-fringed grotto where bats roost.
 
March to April (i.e the end of the wet season) are the best moths to see reptiles.
 
Note: Tracking lemurs is done on foot. Some trails are demanding, but your guide will be mindful of your level of fitness and adapt your route accordingly. Wear walking boots with good tread and carry proper rain gear, including lightweight waterproof trousers. Gardening gloves are useful to protect your hands when scrambling through the rainforest and a head torch for night walks is essential. As the climate in the mountains is much cooler than at the coast, especially at night, also pack a fleece.
Day 7
Today we leave Amber Mountain and travel slowly for 4-hours through fascinating rural landscapes, travelling along a bumpy and severely degraded road to Ankarana.
 
This park is situated on a small, partially vegetated limestone plateau that has been eroded over the years to form many gorges, caves, spires and tsingys. The plateau slopes gently to the east, but on the west it ends abrubtly in the "Wall of Ankarana" - a sheer cliff that extends 16 miles (25 km) north to south and rises to 920 ft (280 m).
Day 8
Today explore Ankarana National Park with your guide. With its many huge limestone pinnacles, sacred caves, hidden forest-filled canyons and underground rivers, Ankarana is home to several species of lemurs, geckoes and crocodiles.
 
Depending upon your level of fitness, many different walking trails are available to explore the dripstone caves and underground rivers of this park, which is home to a third of all the bird species of Madagscar and over 10 lemur species.
 
One of the most fascinating walks is to view the Great Tsingy of Ankarana - where the erosion of sandstone by rain and wind has led to the formation of sharp limestone needles which dominate the landscape. Here you can explore the extensive cave system, which includes several bat-filled grottos - but be warned - there are over 160 steps down to the caves, as well as much scrambling over rocks.
 
Note: It will be hot in this dry park and some of the trails are very demanding, although your guide will be mindful of your level of fitness and adapt your route accordingly. A sunhat is essential.
Day 9
This morning we travel 4-hours along a bumpy road to the small port at Ankify.
 
We pass through the town of Ambilobe with its colourful market and past Tsaratanana Mountain, the highest peak on the island. This is a very fertile region, with many ylang ylang (perfume) plants, vanilla and coffee plantations.
 
From Ankify you will transfer by speedboat across the waters of the beautiful Nosy Be archipelago, with its spectacular warm turquoise waters. Check in and relax in your tropical surroundings where coffee, cocoa, vanilla and cinnamon are grown.
 
Note: Some lodges are situated on Nosy Be (45-minute speedboat transfer) or its surrounding islands, and others are located on the mainland facing towards Nosy Be (1.5-hour speedboat transfer).
Days 10 To 11
At leisure to relax and enjoy the splendid white beaches and turquoise waters of the tropical Nosy Be archipelago, situated off the northwest coast of Madagascar and offering superb swimming in emerald seas, snorkelling, scuba diving and deep sea fishing.
 
Nosy Be (meaning 'Big Island') has a volcanic landscape characterised by many hills overlooked by Mount Lokobe and Mount Passot. From one of these high vantage points you can enjoy exceptional views over nearby Radama and Mitsio Islands. Based at a hotel on one of the islands, or on the mainland facing towards Nosy Be, you can relax on a pristine beach and explore this rugged coastline by boat, with its many coves and deserted beaches lined by palm trees.
 
You can see lemurs in the wild at Lokobe Nature Reserve on Nosy Be island. You can also take optional excursions to smaller islands such as Nosy Tanikely, which offers outstanding snorkelling, and  Nosy Iranja with its idyllic beaches.
 
Madagascar is a significant grower of the fragrant Ylang-ylang tree, whose flower is an important component in many essential oils and perfumes, including famous Chanel No 5. The island produces over 97% of the world’s real vanilla, as well as growing peppercorns, turmeric, cinnamon, cloves and many other spices.
Day 12
Transfer to Nosy Be Airport for your flight to Antananarivo, where you will be met and transferred to your airport hotel.
Day 13
Transfer to Antananarivo Airport for your flight home.