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Cactus Tours Madagascar

The Perfumed North
11 days / 10 nights

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This is a tour combining beach vacations and visits to three large and distinguished Madagascar biodiversity hotspots: Andasibe called Périnet, The Montagne d’Ambre National Park and the Tsingy of Ankarana. Then the tour will be followed by journeys in the vanilla and cocoa areas around Ambanja before reaching Nosy-Be, the perfumed Island. There, you will be visiting the lemur reserve of Nosy Komba and the marine park at Nosy Tanikely.

The Nosy Be archipelago has amongst the most paradisiac of the beaches of Madagascar. You will take advantage of the warm Indian ocean’ pristine water. Due to that, it is also one of the greatest place in Madagascar for scuba diving and sea activities.

  • The biodiversity and wildlife of  Rainforest at Andasibe National Park and at Montagne d’Ambre National Park
  • Landscapes of the East and the North – including savannah, mountains and villages, as well as rice terraces
  • Vanilla and cocoa plantations
  • Life styles several tribes: the Merina, the Betsimisaraka, the Tsimihety and the Antakarana.
  • Beaches and islands in Nosy Be archipelago
  • Marine reserves in Nosy Be.



  • Hiking
  • Wildlife viewing incl. birdwatching
  • Botany
  • Sun-bathing
  • Snorkeling
  • Possibility of diving [optional]
  • Possibility of kite surfing from May to November at Sakalava Bay [optional]
  • Possibility of quad riding

Itinerary outline

  • Antananarivo
  • Andasibe / Mantadia
  • Diego Suarez
  • The three bays
  • Mountain d’Ambre
  • Tsingy Rouge (the Red Tsingy)
  • Tsingy of Ankarana
  • Ambanja
  • Nosy Be Island
  • Nosy Komba Island
  • Marine Reserve of Nosy Tanikely
  • Antananarivo.

Suggested extensions

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 Diego Suarez.
Upon arrival, have some beach farniente at the lagoon of Sakalava Bay.
Visit the surrounding areas and spot baobab trees.

Depart to Montagne d’Ambre.
Hike in the rainforest and spot the wildlife, the green lake and the waterfalls.

Depart down south through the evergreen landscapes of the North to reach Ankarana.
Walking safari inside the unique rock formation – and the biodiversity of Ankarana.

Depart to the port of Ankify.
Visit of cocoa and vanilla plantations on the way.
Boat transfer to Nosy Be.

Full day excursion to the Marine reserves of Nosy Sakatia Island to spot sea turtles – the to Nosy Tanikely Island.

City tour and market visit in Nosy Be, famous for its spices.
Fly back to Antananarivo.
City tour and fly homewards.

DISCOVERY TOURS

Trip notes

Departure: Any day
Ease of access: easy
Period: the whole year round
Transportation:

  • 4WD 
  • Motorboat
  • Domestic flight

City of departure: Tana

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