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Madagascar North Adventure

Madagascar North Adventure
Private Lodge tour through the North of Madagascar
Minimum Group Size: 1 person
Maximum Group Size: 10 people

Highlights

Antananarivo, Montagne d’Ambre National Park, Ankarana nature reserve with its tsingy and caves, Nosy Be (A further extension in Nosy Be is possible)

Departure Dates 2011

Every Day of the week – subject to availability
For advice, please contact the Jenman Safaris office or your travel agency.

Included in the price

Accommodation is based on a BED & BREAKFAST basis at mid range hotels, (except in Ankarana which is a basic lodge on a half board basis, and at Sakatia Towers where you will stay on half board basis), all transfers and transport mentioned in the program, all park and reserve entrance fees, specialist guides in the parks and reserves as per program, all excursions mentioned in the program, an English-speaking guide.

Not included in the price

International and domestic flights, airport taxes, all excursions not mentioned in the program, bottled water, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages, laundry, visas and travel insurance, all lunches (except in Ankarana), all dinners except at Sakatia Towers), personal items, excursions in Nosy Be. (Flights from/to Johannesburg can be arranged by Jenman African Safaris

Meal Key

B – Breakfast    L – Lunch D – Dinner

Itinerary

DAY 1: Johannesburg  - Antananarivo                                                                     B

You will be met at the airport and  transferred to your hotel in Antananarivo, the picturesque capital of Madagascar. With its bustling markets, friendly people and ancient town on a hill with freestone churches and ancient royal places, it is unique among the world’s other capitals.

Accommodation: Residence Lapasoa or similar.

DAY 2: Antananarivo – Diego Suarez – Montagne d’Ambre                      B

You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Diego Suarez, where you  will be collected at the airport. We then drive directly to Montagne d'Ambre National Park, which covers 18,200 ha of a prominent volcanic massif and with its striking scenery, rainforest and waterfalls, it is one of Madagascar’s most visited natural attractions. It was created in 1958 to protect the massif and its ecosystems, including the region’s unique flora and fauna. In the Park you will have the chance to see seven species of lemurs, the aye-aye, the ring-tailed mongoose and a variety of reptiles including frogs, geckos and chameleons, as well as more than 70 species of birds.
Accommodation: Nature Lodge.

DAY 3: Montagne d’Ambre - Ankarana                                                                      BL

Today we head to Ankarana - a nature reserve with karst pinnacles, sacred caves, underground rivers and beautiful scenery. The rich and diverse flora and fauna includes many lemurs and interesting bird species. Its limestone pinnacles are called tsingy formations.  Running through and under the tsingy are hidden forest-filled canyons and numerous subteranean rivers. We will explore the extensive cave system, which includes several fascinating bat-filled grottoes.
Accommodation: Hotel Relais de l’Ankarana.

DAY 4: Ankarana - Ankify                                                                                           B

In the morning we will go for a visit of the Ankarana nature reserve, where once again you will have the chance to admire the remarkably rich and varied vegetation and the abundant wildlife of the reserve. Later we drive to Ankify - a small village situated along the white sand beach.
Accommodation: Hotel le Baobab or similar.

DAY 5: Ankify – Nosy Be                                                                                              BD

Today you will go on a boat transfer to Nosy Be where you will be transferred by car and boat to your hotel. Nosy Be, commonly known as “the island of perfumes” and the largest of Madagascar’s offshore islands, is a beautiful tropical island covered with palm trees and bougainvillea. Nosy Be is a beautiful place where you could easily spend the entire day simply watching the changing hues of blue in the sea and the sky. In addition to its attractive beaches, the island’s assets include luxuriant foliage, friendly people and a relaxed Indian Ocean ambience.
Accommodation: Sakatia Towers.

DAY 6: Nosy Be                                                                                                            BD

This day in Nosy Be is at leisure. Visit the Lokobe Reserve, a rainforest reserve that protects most of Nosy Be’s endemic vegetation. You might see lemurs, birds and chameleons. Or go on a day-cruise to the islands "Nosy Komba"- the island of lemurs or "Nosy Tanikely"- an underwater reserve offering a rich diversity of marine life, such as beautiful corals and a big variety of fish, with excellent diving and snorkelling opportunities. Fish you might see include surgeonfish, clown fish, barracuda, manta rays, sea urchins, starfish, eels, anemones and many more. At the end of the afternoon we will go back to the hotel where you will have the chance to enjoy the amenities on offer.
Accommodation: Sakatia Towers.

DAY 7: Nosy Be - Antananarivo                                                                                   B

You will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Antananarivo, where a transfer will take you to your hotel in Antananarivo, the picturesque capital of Madagascar. You can wander through the capital’s steep and narrow streets, taking in its architecture, atmosphere and pace. Or you can climb up to the old rova (palace) and enjoy the views over Antananarivo and the surrounding countryside. The town is at its best in the evening when the setting sun spectacularly illuminates its hillsides.
Accommodation: Residence Lapasoa or similar.

DAY 8: Antananarivo - Johannesburg                                                                         B

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Johannesburg, where your unforgettable tour ends. We hope to welcoming you in Madagascar again very soon!

Pre-departure information Contents:

Pre and Post Tour Arrangements                Spending money                         Clothing & other items
Departure                                               First Aid                                     Visas
Transport                                               Luggage                                                 Gratuities
Accommodation                                     Insurance

Pre and Post Tour Arrangements

Pre and post tour accommodation and transfers can be arranged on request.

Departure:

When arriving in Antananarivo in the morning of Day 1 of the tour  you will be picked up from the airport and embark on your tour. Should you arrive prior to day 1, pre tour accommodation can be arranged and you will be picked up from your hotel on the morning of day 1. (Pick up time will be confirmed on arrival).

Transport:

Transport will be in an appropriate 4 wheel drive vehicle.

Accommodation:

Accommodation will be in basic – mid range Hotels. Please note that Madagascar is a country which is in its infancy when it comes to tourism. Accommodation is limited so all the above mentioned accommodation are subject to availability, and we reserve the right to change these using similar accommodation of the same standards. The Hotels used are simple & clean, and of a basic – mid range standard.

Spending money:

Clients are advised to bring enough money to cover their  lunches and
dinners, the purchase of curios and additional entertainment. Madagascar’s currency is the Ariary. Euros are the most practical and convenient currency to exchange into the local currency at Antananarivo Airport. There are automatic teller machines (ATM’s) available in the bigger towns like Tana, Fianarantsoa and Tulear.
International credit cards and travelers cheques are very seldomly accepted, and Visa is the only option accepted, where available.

First Aid:

Our guides are trained in basic first aid and the vehicle is equipped with a medical aid kit. Preventative Malaria medication should be taken before the trip and throughout its duration, although it is advisable to consult a doctor prior to departure.

Luggage:

Maximum baggage allowance on the plane will be 20 kg. Please bring a backpack or soft barrel bag, not a suitcase. Don't bring too much clothing, as there are washing opportunities along the way. Please adhere to the allowance specified as space for luggage is limited.

Insurance:

It is compulsory for all travelers to have insurance covering their personal requirements, medical expenses and personal possessions. This is to be arranged before leaving home country. Jenman Safaris has comprehensive public liability insurance.

Clothing and other items:

Shorts                                          Track suit                                     Walking shoes
Light trousers/jeans                     Swimming costume                    Sandals     
T-shirts                                          Sun hat / sunglasses                   Windbreaker
Warm clothes                              Long-sleeved shirts                      Camera
Torch & spare batteries               UV protection                             Mosquito protection

Visas:

A visa is required to enter the territory of Madagascar: you can get a visa at the Consulate of Madagascar in your country, or easier, upon arrival at the international airport of Madagascar. Please check if your passport is still valid (at least 6 months before expiry date). You can easily obtain a visa at the airport of Antananarivo: it costs approximately 70 € per person (subject to change) with a valid passport and return flight ticket. Please note that, to get a visa at the airport, you do not need to bring photographs.

Gratuities

If you feel you have been looked after well by your crew or guides, and you wish to show your appreciation for their services, a monetary tip is very welcomed by those in Madagascar.  Here follows some suggested guidelines:

  1. Around EUR 4 per person, per day (10,000 Ariary) for a guide or a guide/driver.
  2. Around EUR 2 (5,000 Ariary) for a park guide, depending on your satisfaction.
  3. Around 5% of the bill at a restaurant
  4. 200 Ariary per bag for a porter.

As Euro coins cannot be changed into local money in Madagascar, it is advisable to tip in Ariary.
We would ask that you please reserve your generosity for tipping for services only, and not providing free handouts to children or adults, as this encourages begging.

Information on areas visited

Contents:
Madagascar       Montangne d’Ambre National Park   Ankarana Nature Reserve       Nosy Be

Madagascar

Madagascar is an island nation in the Indian Ocean, off the eastern coast of Africa. Madagascar is the 4th largest island in the world. It is the home of five percent of the world's plant and animal species, 80 per cent of them unique to Madagascar. Most famous among those are the lemurs. Madagascar and Mauritania are the only countries not to use a decimal currency. Its teeming fertile forests and geographical isolation have served to preserve and propagate 'nature's design laboratory' in a mix found nowhere else on earth. Madagascar's forests are a shimmering, seething mass of a trillion stems and dripping leaves.

Montagne d'Ambre National Park

Montagne d'Ambre National Park is a splendid example of montane rainforest.  The massif ranges in altitude from 850m to 1,475m and has its own micro-climate with rainfall similar to the eastern region.  It is one of the most visitor friendly of Madagscars protected areas, with broad trails, fascinating flora and fauna, a comfortable climate and readily available information.   The name comes from the amber coloured resin which oozes from some of its trees and is used medicinally by the local people.

Ankarana Nature Reserve

Ankarana is a small limestone massif which lies about 108 km south of Antsirana.  It is an area of tsingy (limestone karst pinnacles) and forest, and the massif is penetrated by numerous caves & canyons.  Some of these caves bave collapsed, forming isolated pockets of river-fed forest with their own perfectly protected flora and fauna.  The caves and their rivers are also home to crocodiles, some reportedly siz metres long!  The reserve is known for its many lemur species, including crowned and Sanford’s brown lemurs, and also the inquisitive ring-tailed mongoose.

Nosy Be

15 km away from the northwestern coast of Madagascar lies the 321 km² large island Nosy Be. Here you can still discover a little paradise, which has been spared of mass-tourism. Climb on Mount Lokone (450m) or Mount Passot (350m) and you will be able to see Nosy Be in all its beauty: its jagged coasts, the numerous bays and lovely coves, the deserted beaches and the crystal clear water.
Furthermore you should experience the amazing underwater world of Nosy Be which offers excellent snorkeling and diving opportunities or do a day trip to the nearby islands, for example Nosy Komba where you can watch the 5,000 black lemurs that roam this island and eat delicious fruits from wild growing lemon, orange, bananas, papayas and mango trees.


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