La Route du Nord
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The Road to the North

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ITINERARY TANA – DIEGO SUAREZ ( Antsiranana ) – The Road to The North
Exceptionnal : Dsicover the road to the North, Cross Ankarafantsika with unique fauna and flora, Ambanaja and its plantations, Tsingy of Ankarana, Amber Mountain and super 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. Grace Lodge.

  2. Day 2 Antananarivo - Ankarafantsika

    Departure at 7 o’clock in the morning and take the National Road 4 in the North-West direction to Majunga. We will pass in the impressive fall of the Betsiboka River. Lunch advised in a local restaurant in Maevatanana. We make a stop in Ankarafantsika national Park. Overnight near the reserve.(Step 450Kms – 8hours) Accomodation Bluevanga Lodge.

  3. Day 3 Ankarafantsika

    Visit in Ankarafantsika national park: walking tour in the morning and excursion in the lake in the afternoon which will be more appreciated by amateur-bird watchers. The Ankarafantsika national park, located in the North-West of Madagascar, is a dense and dry forest mosaic. It is well-known for its lakes which are the last shelters of some species. It is also a Lair for endemic lemurs and birds. Back to the hotel after visits.

  4. Day 4 Ankarafanttsika - Anatsohy

    Continuation of the road to the South to Ambondromamy. Then we turn on the North direction to Antsohihy. The road is in a good condition. We pass through some villages as Port Berger. Arrival in Antsohihy in the end of the afternoon. Installation in your hotel.(Step 340Kms – 5hours) Hôtel Bellevue

  5. Day 5 Antsohy - Ankify - Nosy Be

    Drive to Ambanja. The village is mainly well known for its cocoa plantation. We also meet a little production of vanilla, pepper, ylang ylang and pink peppercorn. bifurcation to Ankify. Boat transfer to the harbour of Nosy Be ( Hell Ville ) and land transfer to the hotel. Free afternoon and relaxation.( Step 210Kms – 4hours ). 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

    In the morning, boat transfer to Ankify where the car is waiting for you. Then drive to Ambilobe. On the way stop at Ambanja for a guided visit of a cacao plantation. Installation at the hotel near the Ankarana national park. (Step 150Kms – 4hours) Le Relais de l’Ankarana ( 2 nights ).

  9. Day 9 Ankarana

    Expedition inside the Tsingy of Ankarana. It is composed by a karstic massif extended over 35 km long (east-west). Traversed by many canyons covered by forests, caves and underground rivers, it shelters endemic fauna and flora. Discover the sacred cave of bats which houses splendid stalactites and stalagmites (It’s necessary to have a flashlight per person). Then you browse to the part of Tsingy Rary, turrets of Tsingy ( panorama, possibility to continue to the suspension brigde). It takes about 1h30 to visit the caves and 4 hours for the Tsingy. Back to the hotel after visit.

  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 100Kms – 3h30) 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 the 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 after visits. Installation at your hotel. (Step 30Kms – 1h) Suarez Hôtel.

  12. Day 12 Diego - Les 03 Baies

    Departure to the 03 bays of Diego. It is formed by the bay of Sakalava, pigeons’ bay and the bay of dunes. It is possible to walk along the 03 bays during 3 hours in order to discover the fauna and flora. It’s a nice and calm place with a beautiful white and sandy beach and less frequented. Discover the cap Minet, the vestige of the colonial period is presented by the canon, nearby the bays. You will have a breathtaking view on Diégo Suarez entrance Bay. Depending on the weather, you may have an overview of the transparent Emerald sea. You will finish the day by a ballad in Ramena. In the end of the afternoon, you will enjoy the sunset in this wonderful place. Back to the 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 2019 in Euros TTC per person

Public rates 2019 in Euros TTC per person

Number Persons EUROS / PERSON
2 1 676 €
3 1 346 €
4 1 188 €
Single Room supplement : 326 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.
Balance before departure in Tana :

  • CB Visa , Master Card.
  • Euros Cash.

Domestic Flights Air Madagascar : 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 based on 2018 : 35 Euros / person
  • Domestic flight : Diégo – Tanà
  • International flight