North Diego Nosy Be
Tour Diego Nosy Be
Stay in northern Madagascar; A first week to discover the sites and reserves around Diego Suarez (including the 3 Bays, amber mountain, the Red Tsingy, the Ankarana massif and the Emerald Sea), the second week at the island of Nosy Be.
Advices for a Northern Trip
. Are you interested in a northern circuit in Madagascar? To avoid the cost of additional domestic flights, you can disembark via Ethiopian Air Lines or Air Austral; or you can land at Tananarive on a south circuit, head north and take your international connecting flight back from Nosy Be without returning to the capital.
. Would you like to make this northern tour by road from Tananarive? Yes, The Agency Espace Mada suggests : Northern Road
. Original Excursions at Nosy Be? An original excursionist, who will take you depending on the season swimming with dolphins or whales : : Les Baleines Rand’eau
. From dhow or canoe cruises, the most expressed specialist: Alefa Madagascar , a catamaran cruise, Espace Mada works on site with Madavoile.
Other interests of Diego and his surroundings
Diego “Antsiranana” in Malagasy a French colony
The city was discovered in 1500 by the Portuguese. In 1884 the French fleet landed there and General Joffre developed an important strategic military base to control the southern Indian Ocean. Diego is considered one of the largest bays in the world with a body of water of 700 square km. It is the 4th port of the Big Island, with a cosmopolitan population. Walking through the main streets, you will see the colonial architecture.
Original: cocoa plantations in Ambanja
Cocoa farmers were introduced in 1900 on the Big Island. Plantations are concentrated in the Sambirano and Ambanja regions. The beans have an excellent reputation and harvests could reach 6,000 tonnes per year. Chocolate makers around the world are passionate about the organic quality of the production. The Millot Plantation near Ambanja is one of the best known; you can visit, taste, or even sleep in the guest rooms in the heart of the plantation.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Accessible à tous
Group Size Large Group
Period : Mainly other the year. From half january to start of March, it is unadvised. ( some parts of road could be inaccessibles )
Level : For all, walks in the reserves are adaptable in terms of difficulty and duration.
Accommodation : Category of accommodation comfort, level 2 stars higher.
Vehicles / Transport : Assistance and airport transfers are included. The drivers / Gudides ( english speaking ) are of Diego Suarez origin. Vehicle 4×4 type Nissan Patrol.
Availability : Private tour which could be personalised according period (take off or add on some days).
Flights : We can book your Domestic flights. Meanwhile we advise you to book your international flight from your departure country.
Meet at the airport and transfer to your hotel on the city center ( Résidence Lapasoa ) or nearby the airport Hotel Bois Vert (in case of morning flight the following day). Overnight at the hotel.
Antananarivo - Diego - Les 3 Baies
Pick up at your hotel and transfer airport. Flight to Diego. Assistance airport and departure for the 3 bays visit which are the sequence of the bay of Sakalava, the bay of the pigeons and the bay of the dunes. It is possible to walk along the bays for 3 hours to discover the fauna and flora. It is a quiet and uncrowded place where the fine white sand beach is of natural beauty. Then, discover the cape mine with its lighthouse and its canons inherited from the colonial area. You will enjoy a breathtaking view of the entrance to the Bay of Diégo-Suarez. And if the weather is clear, you might even see the clear waters of the Emerald Sea. You will end the walk in Ramena. Before dark, enjoy the beauty of the sunset. At the end of your visit, you will return to your hotel. Overnight at Suarez hotel.
Ramena : La Mer d'Emeraude
A vehicle will drop you off at Ramena pier; The crew of the boat will be waiting for you there. You will have an unforgettable day in the open sea. La Mer d’Emeraude ”The Emerald Sea” is an Emerald color Lagoon, located just after the little pass towards up the North. Shallow and transparent, it allows you to dive in a natural aquarium dream where fishes of all sizes, all shapes and colors seem it be given an appointment. Snorkeling Equipment is in our care (need to have your sizes). Picnic lunch prepared on the spot. Late in the afternoon, boat team bring you back to Ramena through the coral of a form of Tsingy to admire this beauty due to the battle of the Sea and limestone. Back to your hotel. Suarez hotel.
Transfer to Amber Mountain. Created in 1958, the Amber Mountain National Park is located at the heart of a volcanic region. Rightly regarded as a ”biological treasure”, it is home to a magnificent protected rainforest, protected from human impact, where a rich and complex nature thrives. Walk the botanical trail and enjoy various forms of vegetation (canarium, ficus, orchids… Meet different species of chameleons including the world’s smallest, the Brokesia Minima Tuberculata. Then also get to know the lemurs (crowned, fulvus …). A veritable water tower for the region, discover various waterfalls such as the Antomboka waterfall, the Sacred Waterfall, the Antakarana waterfall or Lake Mahasarika. At the end of your visit, our team will take you to the village to admire Joffreville before returning to your hotel. (50 kms stage – 1 hour). Overnight at Nature Lodge.
Tsingy of Ankarana
Departure for the Red Tsingy (located 50 km from Diego, 2 hours drive): Through the mountains, southeast of Diego, the Red Tsingy reserve other secrets of nature. Composed of sandstone, marl and limestone, just at the foot of the eroded canyons, in the only sedimentary basin of Madagascar and a heterogeneous vegetation, their balance is fragile. Then you will take the road to Anivorano. The driver will find a place for lunch en route. Continuation on Ambilobe. Installation at the hotel Relais de l’Ankarana. (150 kms stage – 6h)
Transfer for the Tsingy from Ankarana. The Ankarana National Park, composed of a Karsingy massif, stretches 35 km long (from east to west). Covered by numerous canyons covered with forests, caves, and underground rivers, it is home to endemic flora and fauna. Discover the Tsingy Rary, the turrets of the tsingy. Lunch recommended at Aurélien. In the afternoon you can visit the sacred cave of bats which is home to splendid stalactites and stalagmites (provide one flashlight per person).
Ankarana - Ankify - Nosy BE
Departure very early in the morning to Ankify the starting point for the boat transfer to Nosy Be. Small stop about an hour for the tour ”Chez Cyrille” through cocoa plantations around Ambanja. After the visit continuation on Ankify then transfer by boat provided by the hotel of Nosy Be and installation in the hotel Nosy Lodge. (150 km stages – 4 hours – boat crossing 1h)
Day 8 and 9
Half board at the hotel. The hotel can provide on-site all kinds of excursions: Nosy Iranja, Nosy Komba, Nosy Tanikely, Nosy Sakatia, Mont Passot , Lokobe Reserve
Nosy Be - Tananarive
Transfer at the airport of Nosy Be and flight back to Antananarivo. End of our services
Public Rates 2020 of North Tour
|Number of Participants||Euros / Person|
|2||1 056 €|
|Single Room Supplement : 263 Euros|
Booking modalities of the Trip
Confirmation by mail of the present trip.
After Espace Mada confirmation for hotels availability, transport and eventual flights : 30 % deposit plus domestic flights by bank transfer or Online Payment. Balance day of departure in Tana :
- CB Visa or Master Card
- Euros Cash.
- Overnights based on double room, Necessary tourist taxes
- Half-board basis throughout the trip (breakfasts & Dinners) except in Tananarive base Band B
- Lunch on the Day 3
- All Transfers Airport
- 4WD with driver on the day 2 and from day 4 to day 7; Gazoline
- Return of the car from Ankify to Diégo
- English Speaking Guide From Day 2 to Day 7
- Excursions : the 3 Bays, the Emeraude sea, Amber mountain, Red Tsingy, Tsingy of ’Ankarana, Plantations Ambanja
- Entry and guides fees within the above mentioned the parks and reserves.
- Boat transfer Ankify – Nosy Be D7
- Drinks, extras and tips, Lunches in Nosy Ben Diners in Tananarive
- Excursions in Nosy ( can be arranged directly with the hotels )
- Domestic flights Tana – Diego and Nosy Be – Tana