Join TravPact for a true once-in-a-lifetime adventure around Madagascar. Journey into national and local parks, learn about local conservation efforts, and marvel at the extraordinary wildlife endemic to this island nation. With some of your journey spent deep in the wild, you’ll be camping amidst it all and truly reconnecting with the world as you disconnect from all the modern distractions. This 19-day tour is all about the adventure!
You might also like our 16-day highlands to the coast bike tour around Madagascar. Not sure which tour is best for you? Contact us for an informational chat so we can help you choose based on your travel style and interests.
Arrival of your flight at Ivato international airport in Madagascar. Welcome! You will get a visa at the airport, we recommend exchanging money at the airport as well. Our driver/guide is waiting for you at the exit of the customs hall and will be available to help you with formalities. Afterwards, the driver will take you to your city hotel, for relaxing and resting.
Visa and money exchange upon arrival in the airport
Shuttle from airport to hotel
Hotel: Chez Jeanne or similar
Your adventure in the north of Madagascar will begin with a flight which will take you from Antananarivo to Sambava, a city located in the north-east of the Island. Here, people live peacefully in a settlement cut out of the forest and looks like it is filling the gaps between the dense forest trees. The establishment of the culture of vanilla at the beginning of the century and that of coffee has contributed to the economic development of the city, which is now considered to be one of the richest towns in Madagascar. Usually, there are hardly any tourists in this city. From here, you will be taken to a camp located in Marojejy, which is well-known for its National Park.
You will pass through the coconut and vanilla plantations of Sambava, before reaching the Marojejy National park entrance. From the very first day, you will start to discover the wealth of this park by walking and climbing to an altitude of 180 meters. Time to explore a massif which is one of the most majestic in Madagascar while being one of the most original perfumes. This moment will be the unique occasion in the World to see the microclimate that affects the speed of the growth of its vegetation. This first hike already enables you to discover many things such as “waterfall humbert” and you will meet with “the bamboo lemurs“ of which the scientific name is” hapalémur griseusgriseus “. You will get the opportunity to see the Mantella laevigata ou Radaka. It is a frog with green colors on its back, at home at the Mantella Camp all year. The night will be spent at the first park’s camp.
Flight: Antananarivo – Sambava
Marojejy National Park is a very special, not much visited, authentic primary rainforest of Madagascar, with very tall trees, growing very close together, sections of bamboo forest as well, which has featured prominently in David Attenborough’s documentary.
This beautiful park is covering 55500ha and is characterized by its imposing mountains surrounded by lush forests which are home to a rich, endemic and diverse wildlife. On Day 3, you will reach the second camp. This circuit on this 2nd part is called ‘circuit simpona’ that is located on the frontier between the wet forest at low altitude and the mountains.
It enables you to enjoy one of the most beautiful views of the granitic cliffs and mountains which are covered by a dense green forest. Also, this will be an opportunity to discover the origin of the name for this circuit; it originates from the name of species of endemics lemurs and it is only found in one place in the World: only in Marojejy Park “the propitheque soyeux” also known as “simpona”. It is covered with a fur of extra whiteness and it can be seen only in the Park of Marojejy. Don’t confuse these species with those which you find at Tattersalli and called “propithecus tattersalli” in the forest of Daraina, there is a difference between them.
Your journey for this day will be based on the total discovery of the marvelous nature of the Marojejy Park with a massif which is named “the prestigious of all of the island”, at the same time with its grandious aspect, floristic wealthy mainly by its intact state on the totality of its area zone. On Day 04, you will reach the third camp where you will spend the night before leaving this amazing nature behind.
Today, you will walk back to the entrance of the National Park (about 4 hours). Here, the car and driver will be waiting for you to drive you to Vohemar in about 4 hours. You will spend the night at a hotel on the bay of Iharana, where you can refresh yourself after the three days of camping. We advise you to start early so that you arrive in Vohemar in daylight, leaving time for a swim if you like and enjoy the sight of the fishing boats returning to shore
Transport Vohemar – Daraina (about 04 hours’drive)
We suggest you to leave early today. The road is very bad and dusty and it will take at least 4h30 to arrive near Daraina where you will sleep at the Friendly camp of an NGO Fanamby and have the time in the early afternoon if possible to visit the Tatersalli Reserve: Here, you will spot the golden crown Sifaka lemur.
Another day of driving over the bad and dusty road to Iharana, a drive of about 5 hours. This natural site is endowed with great riches and exceptional beauty. You are in the middle of nature, far away from television, air-conditioning and telephone. We favor charm and authenticity reducing the impact on the environment. Iharana Bush Camp is the most unusual amongst bush camps in Madagascar. Here, artificial tents are replaced by magnificent natural cottages.
The sleeping facilities consist of eighteen individual cabanas. The organic architecture is inspired by traditional Malagasy housing. The combination of skills, craft industry, arts and materials give an original aspect to the camp, making it totally harmonious with its environment. Our customers, who visited the place thought it was great to wonder around in the village near the hotel where people are looking for gold. Indeed, the contact with the local population is very simple and pure (there are really few tourists).
Transport Daraina – Iharana (04 hours’drive)
Today, an amazing site is awaiting you. It is called “the red tsingy” and is the result of erosion caused by wind and rain during hundreds of years. The place is of a stunning beauty. This miracle of nature can disappear quickly if not respected. In the middle of a savanna-like area with wild palm trees is a bad path that leads you to this special Tsingy. After the visit, you will be driven back to the national road for the drive to Joffre Ville, a small village at the foot of the Amber Mountain where the night will be spent.
Hotel: Soeurs Benedictines or similar
After breakfast, your car and English-speaking driver is already waiting to take you to Montagne d’Ambre National Park. The Amber Mountain is the first National Park of Madagascar. Created in 1958, the National Park of the Amber Mountain is located in a volcanic area and is home of a fantastic rainforest, preserved from human influence and where a lush and complex flora and fauna developed. Discover the many waterfalls such as the Antomboka, the Antakarana; the sacred waterfalls and the Mahasarika Lake, and you will understand why the National Park is considered as the water tank of the region.
The visit inside this paradise for birdwatchers gives you opportunities to find lot of birds such as Malagasy kingfisher “Alcedo vintsioides”. Here, you can find reptiles as well, such as the smallest chameleons in World, the “Brookesia minima”. And last but not least, it is home of lemurs (Sanfordi brown lemurs, crowned lemur etc) and little carnivorous animals (Ring-tailed mongoose Galidia elegans or the “fosa ” Cryptoprocta ferox ). You will have a picknick in the park.
Hotel: Soeurs Benedictines or similar
This day, you will leave for the jungle Park which is about 15 km away from your last hotel. The latter is part of a sustainable development approach linked to responsible and thoughtful eco-tourism. Night will be spent at the Jungle Park Ecolodge. The lodge is a tourist center sports, scientific and solidarity in the heart of the massif of the French Mountain located in the Valley of the Parrots.
On the environmental side, the lodge is really sustainable as it uses selective organic toilets, ecological showers, ovens and solar lighting. Also, on the social and economic side, the lodge has an interpretation center (environmental education) and works with village communities in reforestation programs and in taking care of a vegetable garden.
Transport Diego- Jungle Park (15km)
Hotel: Jungle Lodge
Today, you will be able to book leisure activities on your own and as you want. You can enjoy yourself at the massage room (bath of essential oils). Jungle Lodge also offers sporting activities such as trekking, climbing (world spot), caving, park hook-up, and bird watching … or if you would rather like to relax, you are welcome to book yourself.
Hotel: Jungle Lodge
Today, you will head to Ambanja region which is about 7 hours’ drive away back Southwards. You will have a visit of the cacao Millot plantation, a plantation in which you can look at the traditional cacao transformation process.
Transport Jungle Park- Ambanja : 07 hours’drive
Hotel: Palma Nova hotel or similar
After breakfast, you will go on a full day discovery trip of the upper Sambirano and the Cascade de “Bons Pères”. This tour will enable you to discover the high Sambirano and its huge cocoa plantations, rice fields and small villages. You will follow the curves of the Sambirano River which irrigates the whole valley. The locality of Ambobaka is famous for its familiar medicine. The healers practice a secular knowledge based on treatment with medicinal plants of different qualities of massage.
You will sail in a traditional outrigger canoe along the tributary of Sambirano: la Ramena. In doing so, you can discover the Cascade de Bons Pères, one of the most beautiful waterfalls of Madagascar’s with a fall of nearly 80 meters. You can climb with your guide: swimming under the falls and in the basins of the waterfall. You will have a picnic lunch there. During your journey, you will also enjoy meeting a smiling and welcoming population. The feeling is pleasant and at the same time strange to feel immediately adopted by the villagers when we stop for a few minutes and show our interest in their agricultural or craft activities.
Hotel: Palma Nova hotel or similar
After breakfast, you will be driven to Maromandia, a town of about 400 km away from Ankarafantsika. The latter has a private park called Maromandia Park, known for spotting the Blue-eyed Lemur and the sportive lemur as well. You will enjoy this visit as there are plenty of lemurs around. At the end of the afternoon, you will be driven to Ankify where you will spend the night in a local lodge.
Hotel: Ankify Lodge or similar
This morning, a private motor boat is waiting for you at Ankify Harbor to take you to Nosy Vorona where you will spend three days. Lost in the middle of the Indian Ocean 50 by 50 meters, Nosy Vorona (Bird Island) is an island cut off from the world, a fabulous place to let your thoughts flow free and let go. However, the island is an ideal place for numerous activities: kajaking, snorkeling and fishing. Guided tours on Nosy Komba and in Nosy Be‘s nature reserve Lokobe or the main village Hellville as well as diving trips and Catameran chartering can be organized.
Hotel: Nosy Vorona
Today, you will be transferred to the airport of Nosy Be. There, you will catch the return flight to Antananarivo. Upon your arrival in the capital, you will be transferred to a hotel near the airport for day-use. Later, you will be taken to the Ivato international airport and will leave Madagascar with – hopefully – unforgettable memories.
Mora Travel dedicates itself to organizing ‘sustainable’ trips to Madagascar every day. Sustainability is very important to us! By organizing these trips, we believe our travelers can experience Madagascar and enjoy everything that the country has to offer. And because you are traveling with us, we can contribute to preserving biodiversity and endemicity and giving local people in Madagascar a real chance.
Madagascar is not an easy destination to promote sustainable tourism as the logistics in remote areas are often very basic, the options are limited, and many resources are hard to get by. There aren’t always sustainable options, but wherever possible we opt for the most sustainable choice. Nevertheless, we do promote responsible travel to lessen our negative impact on our destination as much as possible.
This means we work together with partners that are environmentally conscious (renewable energy, sustainable waste management) while also looking after the social and economic wellbeing of the local people. We give preference to local Malagasy accommodations, businesses or for example parks that employ local staff under good conditions, that use mainly local products and/or are engaged in community initiatives. This means that the hotels during the trip are a real mix of very simple and luxury hotels depending on the criteria mentioned above.
We also contribute to reforestation. To compensate for the carbon dioxide emissions of all tourists who travel with us, we plant trees. The purpose of planting trees is to house animals, because they have less and less place to live because of deforestation. We still have a long way to go, but we feel that making this a choice and communicating this to our partners will help create a larger sustainable tourism community in the long run.