From 2 to 8 people. See details below.
Lemuria, a lost continent in the Indian Ocean, of which Madagascar would be one of the last original gardens…
Indeed, this island with an extraordinary biodiversity shelters the majority of the present lemurs in the world. There are five families, 15 genera and 103 species and under species which represent an inestimable biological, cultural and economic richness.
These sociable and peaceful primates are essentially threatened by the destruction of their housing environment, the rainforest. They are part of animals the most threatened to the world today, although numerous actions are jointly led between Madagascar National Parks, the local communities, the non-governmental organizations and the researchers to contribute to protect them more effectively. THE UICN (International Union for the Preservation of the Nature) established a classification of the status of preservation of the species that is regularly updated in which appear 25 species of lemurs in danger.
We invite you to an unforgettable journey to meet these surprising companions, the perfect ambassadors of the peculiarity of the fauna of Madagascar.
Position the cursor on the initials for UICN categories: (CR) : Critically Endangered – (EN) : Endangered – (VU) : Vulnerable – (NT) : Near Threatened – (LC) : Least Concern.
- An experienced and passionate guide ;
- The meeting with a precious and fragile fauna ;
- Sanctuaries of biodiversity at the heart of unique sites ;
- The Coast of Vanilla, luxuriant and secret ;
- A rhythm of travel voluntarily slow.
Travel identity card
- Duration : 13 days
- Participant : minimum 2 people
- Support crew : English Speaking Malagasy naturalist guide
- Accommodation : Hotels and gites (12 nights)
- Transport : 4×4 vehicle
- Meals : Bed & Breakfast + some picnics
- Period : from april to november
“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.
“Bush”A few nights in tents (camping), and in simple and comfortable hotels or hostels.
In bivouac, meals are prepared by the Malagasy Tours team with fresh products, even in trek.
Attentive service in bivouac. Frequent showers, but not daily.
Travel by minibus or all-terrain vehicle on tarmac roads and / or tracks.
D 1 : Antananarivo > Ankarafantsika
Meeting with your guide in the hotel.
We leave Tana to go to the Northwest by the RN4.
We leave the scenery of the Highlands to enter a landscape of shrubby savannah strewed with Satrana, the local palm tree. We shall cross the big river Betsiboka, it makes at the moment more warmly, and we are surrounded with tropical vegetation.
Arrived at midday in the park of Ankarafantsika.
In the evening we go on exploration in the park to meet the 5 species of nocturnal lemurs hiding there: Mongoose lemur (CR), Milne-Edwards’ sportive lemur (EN), the famous Golden-brown mouse lemur (EN), one of the smallest primates in the world, Western woolly lemur (VU) and Fat-tailed dwarf lemur (LC).
D 2 : Visit of the Park of Ankarafantsika
The National Park of Ankarafantsika which extends over 75 000 ha is mainly constituted by a diversity of dense and dry forests and of grassy savannahs where we discover among others, palm trees raffia, huge baobabs and Pandanus. It also counts some lakes sheltering endemic fishes, water birds and crocodiles. Renowned for its rich fauna, it is one of the last refuges for numerous endangered species in Madagascar among which lemurs.
We leave exploring the park on foot with our guide to see Verreaux’s Sifaka (EN), endemic to Ankarafantsika, Coquerel’s Sifaka (EN) and the common brown lemur (NT).
The park is also a sanctuary for birds, 129 species were listed there of which the Madagascan fish eagle (CR), endemic in the island and among the rarest birds of prey of the world. It also shelters the Greater Big-footed Mouse (EN) as well as a breeding of endangered rare tortoises.
D 3 : Ankarafantsika > Antsohihy
In the early morning, we are on the way on the RN 6 in the direction of Antsohihy.
We drive into the heart of the beautiful landscapes of the North, strewed with numerous villages and we cross the river Sofia by the biggest and the longest bridge of Madagascar. This region is famous for the plantations of vanilla and cocoa. We shall make some stops on the road before our arrival in Antsohihy late in the afternoon. Antsohihy is a road and river communications center. Numerous lakes are in this region among which the lake Matsaborimena, the refuge of Madagascan pochard (CR), an extremely rare duck for which it was created a breeding center on site to preserve the population of this duck in critical danger of extinction.
D 4 : Antsohihy > Ambanja
We leave early morning in the direction of Ambanja. We are going to stop in around thirty kilometers of Maromandia to visit with a local guide, a small almost confidential villager’s forest reserve. It is there that we are going to meet one of the most beautiful and of the rarest lemurs endemic of the places: the Eulemur Macaco Flavifron (CR) or more simply the Blue-eyed black lemur. The hunting and the destruction of its housing environment make that he is registered since 2008 in the list of 25 primate species the most threatened to the world.
We can also see the brown Maki (NT), the Coquerel’s sifaka (EN) or the Aye-aye (EN).
We take back the RN6 early in the afternoon to join Ambanja. We cross the village of Maromandia which faces the magnificent archipelago of Radama before arriving at Ambanja.
D 5 : Ambanja > Ankarana
We leave Ambanja to continue our road northward.
We are in Sambirano region, it is the very fertile basin which enjoys an exceptional climate, and it is rich in cultures and possesses big plantations of coffee, cocoa and ylang-ylang, which make the wealth of the region.
Our road makes us cross numerous villages where we discover an abundant and lively local life.
We pursue our road towards Ambilobe, nested at the heart of the valley of Mahavavy where it is cultivated the sugar cane, before joining Mahamasina in the entrance of the National Park of Ankarana. We will make a first discovery of the park in the afternoon and in the early evening.
D 6 : Visit of the National Park of Ankarana
We spend the day hiking in the park with our local guide through the Tsingy and the dry forest.
The massif of Ankarana is a geological set of coral origin that emerged from the water at the Jurassic era to form this unusual relief of sharp peaks produced by erosion and called Tsingy. In this stone fortress bloom unique flora and fauna with a high rate of endemism. The vegetation composed of a dry forest and a semi-humid forest offers a great botanical richness with 554 species including 400 endemic to Madagascar. Its fauna is equally impressive; there are 104 species of birds including the white-breasted Mesite (VU) that exists only in this reserve, 19 bat species, and the rivers hide crocodiles as well as troglodyte fauna.
18 lemur species most of which are highly threatened live in the park including:
Diurnal: Greater Bamboo Lemur (CR), crowned lemur (VU), ankaranensis Sportive lemur (EN), Sambirano lesser bamboo lemur (VU), Sanford’s brown lemur (EN).
Nocturnal: Northern rufous mouse lemur (EN), Western woolly lemur (EN), The Aye-Aye (EN).
The Perrier Sifaka (CR) may also reside there, as it has been observed in the forests near the park.
D 7 : Ankarana > Daraina
We take the road to Daraina, crossing small traditional villages.
Surrounded by green forests, the village of Daraina gives us a glimpse of the beauty of the northern region of Madagascar and the Coast of the Vanilla.
The forests of Bekaraoka and Binara offer lush flora, an exceptional variety of fauna and it is mostly the unique sanctuaries of the golden-crowned Sifaka also called Tattersall’s Sifaka (EN). They also house the crowned lemur (EN), Sanford’s brown lemur (EN), Sambirano lesser bamboo lemur (VU), but also the fossa (VU), a small carnivore endemic of the island. We go watching them in the forest of Bekaraoka, about thirty minutes from the village. During our excursion, we will have the opportunity to discover the lifestyle of the miners, as search of gold is one of the main sources of income for local people.
D 8 : Daraina > Vohemar
Daraina is one of the sites on which intervenes the NGO FANAMBY, which has for mission to work in the protection of regions rich in biodiversity but up to now unprotected, in a process of sustainable management and local development with the local communities.
This morning, we go hiking in the forest of Binara just 45 minutes from Daraina. This other site of observation offers a luxuriant flora and numerous points of view. As for Bekaraoka, we also find there lemurs, butterflies, chameleons and endemic species such as Heteroscorpion Magnus, the biggest scorpion of Madagascar.
We take back the road to Vohemar in the region of Sava, renowned for its cultures of vanilla.
Vohemar was a rich commercial counter between the XVth and the XVIIth century and it is at present the only port in the North of Madagascar. It is from there that leave the exports of vanilla, precious woods, cocoa and other products of the region.
D 9 : Vohemar > Marojejy
We leave Vohemar to go southward and reach Sambava, situated between Vohemar and Antalaha; it is part of the area called “the green Triangle”. The city is at the heart of the region of production of the vanilla, the coffee, the clove and the coconut.
We leave the coast to enter the lands and reach the National Park of Marojejy. This park of 65 000 ha is covered with a thick primary forest, dominated by a vast mountain, whose summit rises to 2 132m altitude. It is recognized worldwide for its spectacular biodiversity and scientific expeditions regularly discover new species, which some of them are highly threatened.
Accompanied with our porters and our local guide, we walk quietly since the entrance of the park up to the camp. A night-visit is planned around the camp to surprise the rufous mouse lemur (NT), the Greater dwarf lemur (NT), or the giraffe weevil, the frogs, chameleons and geckos of which the amazing Uroplatus also called leaf-tail gecko.
NB: Provide a rain coat whatever is the season.
D 10 : Visit of Marojejy National Park
We’ll walk to Camp Marojejia which is very close. We explore the area to meet the one who is the pride of the park and who is also the emblem, the beautiful silky Sifaka (CR). This is one of the three rarest and most threatened lemurs of Madagascar, with the Perrier’s Sifaka and the Greater bamboo lemur. He was nicknamed “the ghost of the forest” because of his long and silky coat entirely white and his jump from tree to tree reaching up to 10 meters.
Our trip to the camp Marojejia offers us beautiful views of the granite cliffs and mountains where hide the Gray bamboo lemur (NT), the Indri (CR), the red-bellied lemur (VU), and the White-headed lemur (NT).
The deeply jagged relief of Marojejy offers very diverse habitats which shelter a wide diversity of life. Besides the 11 species of lemurs, it is the park which shelters most forest birds with 115 species, including the beautiful Helmet Vanga (VU) with its amazing pearly blue beak and the Madagascan serpent eagle (EN).
NB: Provide a rain coat whatever is the season.
D 11 : Visit of Marojejy National Park
It is a new day in this park, a place of an exceptional diversity, a paradise for the amateurs of botany and mountain. Marojejy contains 33 % of the species of reptiles and amphibians known in Madagascar. In this dense and wet plant universe, we find numerous species of Mantellidae, a big family of endemic frogs of Madagascar, tiny chameleons as the Naturelle leaf chameleon or Brookesia karchei (EN), the dwarf chameleon or Brookesia minima(EN), but also the Uroplatus phantasticus (VU) also called fantastic leaf tailed gecko and numerous geckos, without forgetting butterflies of whom the big Madagascan Comet moth.
The hot and wet wind blowing from the Indian Ocean provides a lot of rain to the park, which possesses an extraordinary flora including palm trees, bamboo, ferns, orchids…
NB: Provide a rain coat whatever is the season.
D 12 : Marojejy > Sambava
We go back down slowly towards the Mantella Camp and the park entrance, and then heading back to Sambava.
Our afternoon is free to relax in the beautiful tropical garden of the hotel or enjoy the beach. Otherwise, it is possible to go downtown to meet a cosmopolitan and friendly population. It is also possible to visit a cooperative of vanilla because Sambava is the center of vanilla production and provides the biggest part of the vanilla in the world.
D 13 : Sambava > Tana
Morning at leisure and transfer to the airport.
End of Malagasy Tours services.
Fly to the capital.
Number of person 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Supp single Price per person 1999 € 1713 € 1604 € 1565 € 1486 € 1434 € 1423 € 187 €
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