"An adventurous 12-day trip exploring Northern Madagascar and the fascinating species and landscapes it has to offer."
Madagascar is world renowned for being home to some incredible species of plants and animals that can be seen nowhere else on Earth. When you consider the sheer variety of habitats available it’s hardly surprising - rainforests, mangrove swamps, deserts and mountaintops. For bird-watchers, animal lovers and nature enthusiasts alike it is simply the dream destination, and on this tour you’ll have the chance to experience it for yourself.
This 12-day long trip whisks you away to explore these amazing habitats and this fantastic scenery on a journey across Northern Madagascar. Starting in the capital, Tana, you’ll journey to some of the most impressive National Parks in the world, discovering jungles and savannah and encountering some of Madagascar’s most famous wildlife such as the infamous lemurs. Nighttime hikes, jungle treks, caving, sleeping in beach bungalows or deep in the forest… this adventure will take you on an authentic and wonderfully wild tour across Madagascar with truly one-off experiences to be had.
The forests of Madagascar are home to a huge variety of wildlife and 90% of these creatures are found exclusively on the island. This means that threats such as deforestation pose a huge risk, as if these habitats are destroyed, the unique species will also be lost forever. To combat this danger, Pioneer Expeditions is hugely committed to conserving the rainforest and works to support reforestation efforts and since 2008, they have has planted over 500,000 trees. On top of this Pioneer Expeditions also funds a tree nursery in Italavina. If you're interested in getting more involved, you can add it to your itinerary for a visit or even spend time volunteering there.
Pioneer Expeditions supports the local community by only hiring local guides and bringing custom to local restaurants and businesses that may not always benefit from the typical tourist trails. This not only helps support the local communities economically, but also ensures that you get a truly authentic experience, as it is the locals who know the areas best.
Tana Time: After arriving in Antananarivo, or ‘Tana’ to the locals, you’ll be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel, where you can settle before the adventure starts.
Get Your Hike On: After breakfast it’s time to meet your guide! Head to the Ambohitantely National Reserve, which is made up of rainforests and savannahs and is home to three different type of lemur. Spend the afternoon hiking here, getting a closer look at the nature and wildlife it has to offer and then sleep overnight in camp.
National Parks Galore: To make sure you’ve fully had time to explore the park, there’s some more trekking in the morning, before taking a transfer to another park called Ankarafantsika. Here, you’ll find rustic bungalows nestled in amongst the trees along the banks of Lake Ravelobe, giving you an exciting sleeping experience and a genuine feel for the forest.
Forest by Foot: After breakfast, you’ll set up out to explore the forest and all the creatures that are hidden within it. For nature enthusiasts, this is a ‘must visit’, as it is home to species known nowhere in the world, such as the greater big-footed mouse. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the park to boost your energy before further exploration. After dinner, you can hike by night if you fancy catching a glimpse of some nocturnal inhabitants.
Off to Antsohihy: After another wander around, it’s time to drive up to Antsohihy, the capital of the Sofia Region. En route there’s plenty to see as you’ll pass through villages and markets, giving you an taste of authentic Madagascan living.
Beach Paradise: It’s time to head to Ambanja, which is home to stunning sandy beaches and turquoise sparkling waters. Spend the night in a beach bungalow, listing to the sound of the water washing up against the shore.
Jurassic Park: In the morning, you’ll drive to Ankarana, a nature reserve made up of Jurassic limestone. The ancient rocks have been slowly eroded away, creating a stunning landscape of gorges and caves. There are two days to explore this reserve, giving you time to check out Perte de Riviere, a magical gateway to caves leading right to the ocean, as well as a selections of canyons and some amazing karst limestone formations known as ‘Tsingy’.
Animal Magic: Head up to Jofreville, a small village from which you can visit the Amber Mountain National Park. This park is one of the most biologically diverse in the whole of Madagascar, and is home to all sorts of critters such as lemurs, mongoose, chameleons and frogs. There will be two days spent exploring the park and its stunning waterfalls and evenings can be spent relaxing in a cute boutique hotel.
Adios Amigos: It’s time to wave goodbye to the jungle as you head back to Tana, where you can spend the rest of the transfer day exploring the markets and lifestyle of Madagascar. On the final day transfer to the airport to catch your flight home, or you can choose to extend and explore the beaches instead…
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- Small group trip with a maximum of 8 people
- The itinerary can be tailor-made to suit
- No single supplement
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included on every day of the trip except for the day you arrive, leave and one dinner on the trip
- Accommodation as described
- English speaking Madagascan naturalist guide from Day 2 - 11
- Local guides within the national parks
- Driver and vehicle
- All camping equipment
- All transfers
- Internal flight ticket
- All entrance fees
- International flights
- Meals other than mentioned
- Alcoholic and soft drinks (water included)
- Personal expenses
- Optional tours in Ambanja
- Sleeping Bag
- Any other services or activities not mentioned in inclusions - if in doubt, click 'Ask a Question' to speak to the operator directly!
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