Comfortable hiking – North -12 days

From 2 to 12 people. See details below.


© Malagasy Tours | Carte Visiting Diego-Suarez (Antsirananana) is discovering a unique mix of Yemeni, Somali, Chinese, Indian and Bantu origins. Reflecting its population, the region of Diego-Suarez is very diverse: we hike into the cool of the Montagne d’Ambre, populated by lemurs, birds, butterflies but also lichens and rare orchids, before reaching our charming accommodation, Nature Lodge. A ride to the top of the Montagne des Français reveals a beautiful view of the bay of Diego and its emblematic Sugar Loaf. We continue with a visit to the Red Tsingy and exploration of Grey Tsingy of Ankarana and its caves. After discovery of the Malagasy rural life on the banks of the river Sambirano with mountain bike, we will do our last stop in the enchanting setting of Nosy Be, the Island of Perfumes.


  • Our selection of accommodations of charm;
  • The most beautiful sites of walking of the region of Diego-Suarez;
  • The exploration of Tsingy Rouges and Tsingy de l’ Ankarana;
  • Seaside stay and relaxation on the island of Perfumes, Nosy Be.

Travel identity card

  • Duration : 12 days (from Tana to Tana)
  • Days of walking: 5 days of hike
  • Participants: in group – minimum 2 persons
  • Accompaniment: English speaking Malagasy Guide
  • Accommodation : everything in hotel (12 nights)
  • Travel: 4×4 vehicle or either bus or minibus
  • Service: in (almost) half board
  • Period: all year
  • Effort = 2

    “Easy to moderate”Physical activity and / or punctual hiking occasional, 3 to 5 hours per day on good trails.
    Little or no gradients. You only carry your bag for the day.
    Madagascar is vast, the stages in the vehicle can sometimes be a little long.

  • Confort = 4

    “Standard”All nights are in hotels. The accommodations and/or the hotel are good categories and equivalent to 2 or 3 stars international standards.
    Dinner in restaurant, lunch at the restaurant and / or picnic.
    Travel take place in comfortable vehicle on roads and/or on relatively good tracks.

D 1 : City trek in Tana

Antananarivo or Tana is one those capitals in the tropics, with a soul and great atmosphere. The history of the town started with Kings and Queens in seventieth century with an original and attractive architecture. The main purpose of strolling around Tana is to meet locals and to explore the much undiscovered face of Madagascar.
We walk to the center and the upper town from our hotel. The walk leads us though rice fields and popular areas, we discover the everyday life of people in the capital . We start going uphill to the old town towards the Queen’s Palace, by narrow streets and hundreds of steps. We lunch in a restaurant on the hills. We go on to Tsimbazaza zoo in the afternoon, where we relax in a quiet green setting with lemurs . We go back to the hotel by taxi or keep on walking for the bravest.

  • Meals : Lunch not included / Dinner not included
  • Your hotel : Antananarivo. Rova Hôtel .

    Rova Hôtel Rova Hôtel Le Rova Hotel is situated in a lively district where several famous restaurants are gathered. It was built on a traditional architectural way. The hotel has 17 rooms with private bathroom. Breakfast is totally served  in a Malagasy mood to start a perfect day.

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D 2 : Antananarivo > Diego Suarez

Transfer to Antananrivo Ivato airport.

We assist you to check in the domestic flight to the north of Madagascar.

Your guide welcome you in the airport of Diego Suarez and take you for a stroll to the lively market and the port inside the huge Diego bay. Diégo, a slow going town, often dozing by overpowering heat.
It is slow here, relaxed mood, it is easy to get the feel of the atmosphere of the north of Madagascar.
NB : The program might change following the flight schedule.

  • Duration : 1h15 de vol
  • Meals : Lunch not included / Dinner not included
  • Your hotel : Diego Suarez. Nature Lodge.

    Nature LodgeNature LodgeIn Amber Mountain National Park gate, Nature Lodge offers a few bungalows made of wood and local materials. At 700m above sea level, the coolness of Joffreville, the hotel has a dominant view of huge Diego Suarez bay. Comfortable bungalows with private bathroom. Warm and convivial mood in the restaurant and the bar.

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D 3 : Les Trois Baies sur l’océan Indien

We drive along  the Montagne des Français to join the Three Bays.
It is a nice walk which combines the bay of Dunes, Pigeons and Sakalava.
The channel that separates the huge Diego bay from the Indian Ocean is close, we are now in Cap Miné.
This place is full of history and the remnants of the French presence are still visible. We then stroll on Orangea and Ramena beaches.
There is a possibility to climb to the top of the Montagne des Français summit and enjoy a beautiful panorama during sunset. We are back to the hotel in the evening.

  • Duration : 2 à 4 h de marche
  • Meals : Picnic lunch included / Dinner not included
  • Your hotel : The same as the day before

D 4 : Montagne d’Ambre National park

Breakfast at the hotel.
Drive to the park and start the visit of Amber Mountain National Park with a local guide to this luxuriant forest.This is the first National Park created in Madagascar.
It has special vegetation with tree ferns, palms, orchids and several rare species of trees.
Waterfalls and crater lakes decorate our walk. There are seven kinds of lemurs in the forest, we can meet crowned lemur, Sanford lemur …We might see chameleons, gecko, leaf tailed gecko and many colourful birds.
There is a possibility of walking down heading back to the hotel in the afternoon.
NB : Walk pace and duration depend on the group (minimum 2 hours).The guide will advise you.

  • Duration : 2 à 4 h de marche
  • Meals : Picnic lunch included / Dinner not included
  • Your hotel : The same as the day before

D 5 : Diego Suarez > Tsingy Rouges > Ankarana

We leave Joffreville village behind us to reach Ankarana National Park.
We turn off on the way to visit the Red Tsingy. The geological history of this formation is the same as for Tsingy of Ankarana,  but with some thousands years of difference. Red Tsingy is due to the erosion of sandstone, instead of limestone as for the other one.
We drive back to the main road until we reach Mahamasina village where Ankarana national park gate is.

  • Duration : +/- 4 heures
  • Distance : 150 km de route
  • Meals : Picnic lunch included / Dinner not included
  • Your hotel : Ankarana. Le Relais Ankarana.

    Le Relais AnkaranaLe Relais AnkaranaLocated in Mahamasina village, 2 mn from the eastern gate of Ankarana National Park , the hotel gives you a warm Malagasy welcome. In an estate of 5 hectares , woody of banana, mango, coconut, lemon and bougainvillea trees, are set up 6 spacious bungalows ; each has a private lounge and standard bathroom.

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D 6 : The Tsingy of Ankarana – Mahamasina

It is ancient coral reef eroded by water, wind and time, and here is the result : a limestone formation looking like a sharp stone forest.
We go and explore the park with a local guide. In the morning, we walk, sometimes with difficulty, through sharp crest of the Tsingy and the caves including that of the bats.
We have a picnic lunch by “la perte d’eau”, a huge excavation of a dried river, where water disappears during rain season.
We walk towards Tsingy Rary in the afternoon where we have a hanging footbridge above the canyon.
Go back to Mahamasina village at the end of the afternoon.

  • Duration : Toute la journée
  • Meals : Picnic lunch included / Dinner not included
  • Your hotel : The same as the day before

D 7 : Ankarana Reserve – Ankify

Breakfast in the hotel.

We stop in Ambilobe town where the market is always very busy in the morning, walk aroud the market and continue to Mahavavy river where there are other important activities as well. This region is also famous for sugar cane plantation and its rum. We also pass through coffee, cocoa andylang-ylang plantations on the way to Ankify, we will have a few stops to learn about those.

We get into our hotel by the sea in the afternoon.

  • Duration : 3h de route
  • Distance : 120 km
  • Meals : Lunch not included / Dinner not included
  • Your hotel : Ankify. Ankify Lodge.

    Ankify LodgeAnkify LodgeDauphin Bleu  is a charming hotel situated in front of Nosy Be, on the municipality of Ankify, in the village of Doany.
    In the middle of trees, in a protected forest, the bungalow of  Dauphin Bleu overhang a crystal clear sea and a colored coral reef.
    Each of eight bungalow possesses its own terrace in front of the sea. They are all equipped with shower and with privative toilet.

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D 8 : Ankify > Ambanja > Ankify

Between Nosy Be and Diego-Suarez in the north west of Madagascar, Ambanja town and surroundings offer many surprises, a total change of scenery…  We get into the valley of perfumes in the heart of this huge cocoa, coffee, pepper, vanila, ylang-ylang and vetiver plantations, riding mountain bike outside beaten tracks to be close to exuberant nature and people with uneven smile. This region nestled in lush greenery along the river Sambirano between sea and mountains, will enchant you with its peaceful atmosphere and alleys lined with tall trees.

  • Duration : +/- 1 h – 4 heures de VTT
  • Distance : 25 km de bonne route
  • Meals : Picnic lunch included / Dinner not included
  • Your hotel : The same as the day before

D 9 : Ankify > Nosy Be

We embark on a speed boat in the morning during 45 mn to join Hellville (Andoany) which is the capital of Nosy Be.
We pass close to Nosy Komba and Nosy Tanikely.
We reach our beachfront hotel by taxi, lunch on arrival. You will be with your guide up to the reception of your hotel. Afternoon at leisure. We invite you to go and meet local people who are quiet and friendly. Evening at the hotel.NB : Your guide is not with you during the stay in Nosy Be.

  • Duration : 45 mn de traversée en vedette
  • Meals : Lunch not included / Dinner not included
  • Your hotel : Nosy Be. Explora Village.

    Explora VillageExplora VillageExplora village is a hotel of charm on the seaside. 5 standard bungalows and 1 studio combine comfort and peacefulness, the hotel can take a dozen of persons. Bungalows are in total harmony with the environment. Facing the sea, the restaurant serves local and European food.

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D 10 and 11 : Day at leisure at Nosy Be

We offer a day relax for this last day of your holidays.
Many activities are possible from the hotel : water sport, fishing, excursion in some islands, boat trips, motorbike or bicycle renting.
Nosy Komba island with its fishing village, and slao Nosy Tanikely which is one of the marine Parks in Madagascar are close. One full day of real pleasure ! The hotel reception will advise you and help you with all these activities.
We recommend a walk to Mont Passot in late afternoon for a beautiful panorama of the island at sunset, or just lazying around on the beach.
Evening at your hotel in front of the sea.

  • Meals : Lunch not included / Dinner not included
  • Your hotel : The same as the day before

D 12 : Nosy Be > Antananarivo

Relaxed morning before transfer organised by the hotel to the airport.

End of Malagasy Tours services.

Fly to the capital of Madagascar.


  • Duration : 1h15 de vol
  • Meals : Lunch not included / Dinner not included
Number of person 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Supp single
Price per person 1 241 € 1 085 € 999 € 987 € 929 € 916 € 912 € 898 € 883 € 861 € 841 € 356 €

Price includes:

  • The French guide from Diego to Ankify,
  • The driver and its 4×4 vehicle from Diego to Ankify,
  • Accommodation in the hotels listed in the program,
  • Meals as indicated in program,
  • Entrance fees in National Parks and sites listed,
  • Local guides in parks,
  • The mountain bike trip the D9,
  • All transfers.

Price does not include:

  • International and domestic flights,
  • Meals not indicated in the program,
  • Optional activities in Nosy Be,
  • Tips and beverages,
  • Cancellation and / or repatriation Insurance.





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