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The Road to the North

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ITINERARY TANANARIVE – DIEGO SUAREZ ( Antsiranana ) – The Road to The North
Exceptionnal : Discover the road to the North, Cross Ankarafantsika with unique fauna and flora, Ambanaja and its plantations, Tsingy of Ankarana, Amber Mountain and insolite sites around Diego Suarez.

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All about the The Road to the North.

General Description : Adventure Trip going all along the road form Antananarivo to Antsiranana. It includes National Parks like : Ankarafantsika, Ankarana, Red Tsingy, Amber Mountains. Trip ends on Ramena, closed to  the “Emerald Coast”

Period : From March to January

Level : Accessible to all if you can assume lon road time.

Accomodation : 2 stars, Private sanitories.

Vehicules / Transportation : All transfers airports are included. For the the trip 4 WD with english speaking driver.

Availibility : Private Tours. Day per Day could be adapted to your dates.

Flights : we can arrange domestic flights booking.

  1. Day 1 Antananarivo

    Assistance airport and transfer to your hotel closed to the airport. Grace Lodge.

  2. Day 2 Antananarivo - Ankarafantsika

    Departure early in the morning around 7am. We take the National Route 4 towards Mahajunga. Along the way we will pass the impressive falls of the Betsiboka. Recommended lunch at a local restaurant in Maevatanana. In the late afternoon, we will stop at Ankarafantsika National Park. Night near the reserve Assity Lodge. (Step of 450 kms, 11 hours)

  3. Day 3 Ankarafantsika

    Visit to Ankarafantsika Park: A walking tour in the morning and an excursion on the lake in the afternoon that will be appreciated by bird lovers. (Ankarafantsika National Park, in northwestern Madagascar, is a mosaic of dense, dry forests. Ankarafantsika is known for its lakes, the last refuges of flagship species. It is also a den for endemic lemurs and birds). Back to the hotel after the visit.

  4. Day 4 Ankarafanttsika - Anatsohy

    We go down south, at Ambondromamy, we turn north towards Antsohihy. We pass through several villages and the ”ghost” town of Port Berger. Arrival scheduled in Antsohihy in the late afternoon. Installation at the hotel Bellevue. Dinner and night. (340 kms stage, 8 hours)

  5. Day 5 Antsohy - Ankify - Nosy Be

    We continue our ascent north towards Ambanja. famous for its plantations of Cocoa, Vanilla, Pepper, Ylang Ylang and Pink Berries. Bifurcation for Ankify. In the early afternoon, transfer by boat to reach Nosy Be . (45 minutes of crossing). Installation at the hotel. Afternoon free and relaxing. (210 kms stage, 6 hours ) Hôtel Nosy Lodge. ( 3 nights ).

  6. Day 6 Nosy Be

    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 Reserve Lokobe.

  7. Day 7 Nosy Be

    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 Reserve Lokobe. All excursions could be arranged with the Cie located in Nosy Be : ”Nosy Be Original”

  8. Day 8 Nosy Be - Ankify - Ankarana

    Transfer by boat to Ankify Harbour. Your driver/guide will be waiting for you there. Road to the Ankarana National Park which is part of Madagascar’s network of protected areas. In addition to its fauna rich in species endemic to the island, this reserve is of geological interest, due to karst erosion, as well as cultural. Installation at the hotel Relais de l’Ankrana. ( Step of 150 kms / 4 hours )
    On the way, with ADAPS association, the FINISTERE region, the hotel PALMA NOVA invites you to discover the region of AMBANJA through three hematic excursions. Beginning with the vast plantations (cocoa, coffee, vanilla, pepper, ylang ylang, rose bay and perfume plants) to the villages nestled between river and mountain, find through authentic meet and wild nature.With the partnership with the peasant organization ADAPS, we take you in a little known region to share unforgettable moments with its inhabitants. Solidarity tourism, pioneer project in northern Madagascar, you will participate here in a form of tourism whose real goals, the meet and exchange, it can generate income for farmers in the region.

  9. Day 9 Ankarana

    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).

  10. Day 10 Ankarana - Tsingy Rouge - Joffreville

    From Ankarana to Diégo, the road becomes bad (broken tar) but the beautiful landscape will compress the travel time. We make a stop in the ”Tsingy Rouges» the red tsingy through the mountains, in the southeast of Diego. The Red Tsingy give us other secrets of nature. Composed of sandstone, marl and limestone, just right at the foot of eroded canyons, within the single sedimentary basin of Madagascar with diverse vegetation, their balance is fragile. A little walk in the area, then continuation to Joffre Ville. ( Step 150 Kms – 6h ) Accomodation at Nature Lodge

  11. Day 11 Joffreville - Diego Suarez

    Transfer to ”Montagne d’Ambre” (Amber Mountain). Created in 1958, the National Park is a volcanic region. Rightly considered as a ”biological treasure”, it hosts a wonderful protected rainforest, preserved from any human impact, where thrives a rich and complex natures. Following the nature trail and enjoy various forms of vegetation (canarium, ficus, orchids … Meet different species of chameleons which is the smallest in the world , called Brokesia Minima tuberculata. Also get to know crowned and fulvus lemurs. A real water tower for the region, discover different waterfalls such as the cascade of Antomboka, the Sacred cascade, waterfall of Antakarana or the Mahasarika lake. Drive to Diégo Suarez / Ramena after visits. Installation at your hotel Suarez Hôtel (Step 30Kms – 1h30)

  12. Day 12 Diego - Les 03 Baies

    Departure in the morning for the visit of the 3 bays 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 era. 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.

  13. Day 13 Diego - La Mer d'Emeraude

    Transfer to Ramena where the boat team awaits you. You will have an unforgettable day at the beach. 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

  14. 14e Jour Diego - Antananarivo

    Transfer to the airport and domestic flight for Tananarive . End of our services.

Public rates 2020 in Euros TTC per person

Public rates 2020 in Euros TTC per person

Number Persons EUROS / PERSON
2 1 749 €
3 1 406 €
4 1 242 €
Single Room supplement : 321 E uros

Booking Modalities

Confirmation by email of the present trip.
After Espace Mada confirmation of availabilities hotels, transport and flights : : Deposit of 30% of the total amount plus domestic flights by bank transfer or Online Payment.
Balance before departure in Tana :

  • CB Visa , Master Card.
  • Euros Cash.

Domestic Flights Tsaradia : in case of cancellation penality of 10 euros per person per ticket
Domestic filght and International flight the same day : in case of domestic flight delay which will cause the no show on international flight, Air Madagascar will take anythings in charge : penalities fees, new ticket flight. also accomodation, transfers, restauration.



The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
  • Accommodation on double room
  • Necessary tourist taxes.
  • Half-board (Breakfasts and Dinners) except in Tanannarive based on breakfast
  • Vehicle 4WD with English speaking driver from Day 2 to Day 12 ( vehicle waiting in Ankify )
  • Indemnity and daily fees of the driver.
  • Gazoline
  • Return of the car from Diégo to Antananarivo
  • Tansfer Hotel – Mer d’Emeraud boarding point RT
  • Transfer Hotel – Diégo Airport
  • Entry and guide fees within the parks and reserves : Ankarafantsika national park, Cocoa plantation in Ambanja, Ankarana National park, Red Tsingy, Mntagne d’Ambre, the 03 Bays
  • Excursion by boat at Mer d’Emeraude on the Day 12
  • Drinks, tips and tips
  • Lunches except the picnic lunch in Mer d’Emeraude included
  • Visa : 35 Euros / person
  • Domestic flight : Diégo – Tanà
  • International flight