Rainforests & beaches of Northern Madagascar

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Physical Level: Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
15 days
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Overview

Short Description

There’s no question that Madagascar’s main draw is its wildlife. Splitting off from the rest of the world millions of years ago, it evolved its own array of species that you’ll find nowhere else on Earth. After visiting this large island and exploring its habitats, our specialists have become captivated by its rich ecosystem. They’ll plan your holiday to Madagascar using their first-hand experiences.

Madagascar’s national parks and reserves ensure the protection of its unique inhabitants. Walking through deciduous forests and rainforests, you might hear the haunting call of an indri (the largest species of lemur), see a chameleon blending into its surroundings, or encounter the island’s only predator, the fox-like fossa. Our Madagascar specialists can also plan your trip around seeing migratory humpback whales, or so you can experience local culture with a riverboat cruise past tiny villages.

Style Private guided tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value (3*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions All internal ground transport
Start City Antananarivo
End City Antananarivo

Itinerary

Day 1 : International outbound flight

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Antananarivo.

Day 2 : Antananarivo

On arrival in Tana you will be met and taken to your hotel, the Relais des Plateaux where you can relax beside the pool after your long flight. During the afternoon you may like to explore Tana and enjoy a meal out at one of the excellent restaurants in the city.

Day 3 : Joffreville (Ambohitra)

This morning you will head back to the airport for your flight to Diego in the north of the country. Your guide will meet you at the airport and drive you the short distance to your lodge in Joffreville. This pretty village is a charming place to explore, you can potter about the streets or simply relax on the veranda of your hotel.

Day 4 : Joffreville (Ambohitra)

Today, with your guide you will be transferred up to the entrance to Amber Mountain. Here you will meet your local guide and enjoy a day's hike in the park, complete with a delicious lunch prepared by your guides. Do be sure to let the guides know if there are any animals in particular you are keen to see so they can take you to the best areas to search for them.

Day 5 : Ankarana

Today you will travel from Joffreville to Ankarana - if it is possible to stop en route at the Red Tsingy then your driver will do so. This will very much depend on the recent weather as the road to the Red Tsingy is sand. In the late afternoon you will arrive at the Iharana Bush Camp set in a beautiful location overlooking the Tsingy.

Day 6 : Ankarana

Today you can take a boat ride on the lake which is teeming with birdlife - in addition there are some great walks that can be done into the Tsingy with some spectacular views down to the coast.

Day 7 : Ankarana

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Day 8 : Nosy Komba

This morning you will be able to enjoy another walk in the Ankarana before driving to the small port of Ankify. From here you will catch a boat across to Nosy Komba. On arrival at Jardin Vanille you can rest your walking boots and put on your flip flops - ready for some serious beach relaxation!

Day 9 : Nosy Komba

Nosy Komba is ideal for relaxation with sandy beaches, small coves and good snorkelling. You can simply relax or take part in a number of activities that the hotel can help you arrange. One particularly enjoyable trip is snorkelling at the tiny island of Nosy Tanikely.

Day 10 : Nosy Komba

A further suggestion for your free time is to go on a trip to the island's largest village, Ampangorinana, where you will be able to enjoy a wander around the village looking at the beautiful locally made handicrafts. You can enjoy a walk up into the forest where there are some habituated black lemurs and plenty of chameleons. Returning to the village you can enjoy a simple lunch of fish and rice before heading home.

Day 11 : Nosy Komba

You may like to enjoy a day on the beach, swimming, snorkelling and relaxing. Food is generally good in Madagascar and you will be able to enjoy an extended seafood lunch at midday, followed perhaps by a siesta!

Day 12 : Nosy Komba

If you would like a walk you will find plenty of plantations to explore on foot including vanilla, coffee and pepper. Take a local guide after breakfast and enjoy a morning learning about the fragrant flora. Your guide will also take you to the villages where you can learn about the local lifestyle, you will then return to the hotel on foot or by pirogue.

Day 13 : Antananarivo

Today you will be taken back to Nosy Be airport for your flights back to Tana to meet your onward flights. If it is necessary, you will have the use of a day room in a nearby hotel before your flight.

Day 14 : International return flight

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Day 15 : International return flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.

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Ewan was fantastic in helping me arrange a US trip for me and my Fiancée. Gave me all the top spots and recommendations on what to do, when all I really had to start with was a broad idea of where I wanted to go.
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Unfortunately, I can't review our TRAVEL experience with Audley Travel, but can comment on their non-responsiveness.

I contacted Audley as they came recommended by Wilderness Travel, the company we traveled with previously.

I left multiple messages for their regional specialist Adam -- voice messages through his co-workers (Alec and Jacky), email, website inquiry -- he didn't reply. I finally spoke to another specialist at the office (Lydia) and pressed her to not take yet another message for Adam, but tell me honestly if they are interested in working on our itinerary or we should move on. She then told me that they are busy. Well, wish they had some integrity to tell me on the first call, so I didn't have to loose time on trying to contact their "specialist".

p.s. They sent their automated marketing message with ALL their trips listed in response to my website inquiry. In this message they included: "When you are ready...". I replied that, indeed, we are ready, as I explained in my inquiry -- ready, know where and when we want to travel and are inquiring if you are interested in creating a private journey for us. No reply! Instead, they sent another marketing message the next day (and after Lydia already told us that they are very busy and won't be able to make reservations.) The second marketing message had no option to "unsubscribe". Again, I replied to that message and asked them to stop spamming me with marketing materials.

UPDATE: Audley's Client Experience Executive reached out to me in response to this review. She apologized profusely and wanted me to know that my "feedback is being heard". She said that she spoke with the employees' manager to "ensure mistakes like this don’t happen again and provide additional training to support their growth." She also promised to ask the marketing to delete my name from their marketing list. I took her at her word.

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Unfortunately Audley Travel are so arrogant they don’t believe anyone else can provide a better holiday at lower cost

I’m booking for South Africa and they simply can’t accept that another company can provide a better itinerary at a lower price - even to the point of asking for the other quote and saying this is usual practice in the industry!! ( rubbish) . Totally unprofessional behaviour. Furthermore , sending me emails knocking my choice of hotel and safari park while at the same time promoting hotels that clearly have issues as evidenced by poor ratings on the major sites

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Where do I start, a trip of a life time, with experiences and memories for all my family. Every detail of our amazing journey in Cambodia & Vietnam was exceptional. The key was the guides provided, local, knowledgable and flexible, they all became friends over our stay. Engaging in the culture, experiencing life from food to travel, to luxury and amazing people. I would like to thank Mark Hotham for creating such special trip with many memories, to all the guides, Sophea, Tien & Tan and the drivers. Will I be booking another trip with Audley - yes, my only problem is what location
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We were planning a special family holiday in Thailand to celebrate our Golden Wedding anniversary. We were a party of 11, coming from the UK and Australia at slightly different times.
Mark Hotham at Audley Travel helped us to put together the holiday of a lifetime. He helped us through the complexity of different start dates, advised on a suitable hotel and arranged a terrific trip to the Elephant Hills camp in the jungle.
The arrangements worked splendidly, the hotel in Khao Lak was first class and the Elephant Hills trip was magical.
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Flight & Transport Inclusions

All internal ground transport

Group Size

Intimate Group - 12 max

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