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The North Golden Triagle tours - 15 days

Into the rainforest, the Tsingy and beaches

This route encounters the rarest species of flora and fauna of the Malagasy rainforest and will give you deep understanding of the richness of the living natural history of this 7th continent.

Golden because it is precious both to Madagascar but also to the worldwide conservations.

The introduction to the Malagasy nature will be done through Andasibe National Park, one of the most accessible reserve but also shelters the biggest lemurs of the world called the Indri amongst other animals and plants. Thereafter, you will reach the north-eastern coast of Madagascar by flight – where the rainforest is deep and dense with high level of endemicity – including the Ghost Lemurs.

The second part is quite an active trek, climbing up to the Marojejy National Park, where a certain level of physical conditions is required due to the state of the trails and the air humidity saturation inside the deep rainforest.

Leaving the north-eastern coast – after some local cultural immersion in Andapa, we proceed on for a visit to Daraina, a small reserve managed by the local community to see the very rare Daraina Sportive Lemurs and Microcebus Tavaratra. A long and bumpy road is waiting for us throughout typical villages until Ambilobe. The third major part is the discovery of the Tsingy of Ankarana, also home for endemic species of lemurs and plants – and most known for its cathedral grottos and the exceptional Tsingy rock formation.

The last part contains two options of beach holidays: Nosy Be Archipelagos or Sakalava Bay.

> Option 1 :  getting to Nosy Be – to relax and enjoy the beach and other sea excursions.

> Option 2 : staying at the  Sakalava Bay. One can take to take advantage of some kite surfing lessons or practicing inside this beautiful and peaceful bay.

  • Hiking
  • Canoeing
  • Wildlife safari
  • Botanical exploration
  • Birdwatching
  • Nocturnal walks
  • Cultural immersion
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkelling
  • Possibility of diving
  • Rare and must see-wildlife at Andasibe / Mantadia 
  • The wildlife of Marojejy and its deep rainforest
  • Unique wildlife of Daraina,
  • Wildlife and the unique landscape of the Tsingy of Ankarana and its nature
    and culture
  • Vanilla plantations and workshop at Sambava
  • Gold mines around Daraina and Ambilobe,
  • Beaches at Sakalava bay and in Nosy Be

Itinerary outline

  • Antananarivo
  • Andasibe National Park
  • Sambava
  • Marojejy National Park
  • Andapa
  • Vohemar
  • Daraina Reserve
  • Tsingy of Ankarana National Park
  • Diego Suarez
  • Nosy Be
  • Antananarivo

The North Golden Triangle Tours – 15 days

Detailed itinerary

Arrival in Antananarivo.
You will be met at the airport. Transfer to the airport and briefing.

Drive eastwards to Andasibe throughout the eastern slopes. En route,  visit the reserve of Peyrieras at Mandraka. In Andasibe, visit of VOIMMA nature reserve managed by the local community. Night walk.


Hike at Mantadia Reserve – a primary rainforest.


Hike at Analamazaotra National Park and visit of Lemurs’ Island. Drive back to Antananarivo.


Fly to Sambava.
Acclimatation and relax.


Early morning depart to Marojejy.
Preparation and start trekking.


Trekking and wildlife safari inside the deep rainforest of Marojejy.
Strenuous hike.


Descent of the Marojejy.
Drive to Vohemar.
Day at leisure.

Drive off-road to Daraina.
Night walk.


Full day exploration of the biodiversity of Daraina.


Continue off-road to Ambilobe and then to Ankarana, at the north-western side of the Island.


Full day hike inside the Ankarana National Park.


Depart down south to Ankify port. Boat transfer to Nosy Be Island.
On the way, visit of spices plantations.
Rest of the day at leisure.


Visit of the Reserve of Lokobe.
Snorkeling at Sakatia beach.`


Sea excursions to Nosy Komba and Nosy Tanikely Island marine reserve.

City tour in Nosy Be.
Fly back to Antananarivo.

City tour in Antananarivo. Fly homewards.

Trip notes

Plan trip to Madagascar


Any day
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April to November

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4WD - Motorboat - Domestic flights
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City of departure

Antananarivo, the Capital city.

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