Despite being only about 250 miles (400 km) from the continent of Africa, Indonesia, more than 3,000 miles (4,800 km) to the east, is where most of Madagascar’s population originates. Furthermore, the Malagasy people do not consider themselves to be Africans; however, the island developed political, economic, and cultural ties with the French-speaking nations of western Africa as a result of the island’s continued relationship with France as a result of former colonial rule. Madagascar, sometimes known as the Republic of Madagascar, is an island nation off the coast of Africa’s southeast. It is the second-largest island nation, the fourth-largest island in the globe, and the 46th-largest country overall. Antananarivo is the country’s largest and capital city. Madagascar is home to some of the most distinctive flora and fauna in the world, best known for its lemurs (primitive relatives of primates, apes, and humans), colorful chameleons, breathtaking orchids, and towering baobab trees. Madagascar is a haven for diversity and offers a special kind of safari. Elephants and lions, which are considered to be “normal” safari animals, are not present here. Instead, the island is home to over 100 different species of lemurs, along with a wide variety of other amphibians, birds, and reptiles. The majority of these creatures are unique to Madagascar. The chameleons, which vary significantly in color, shape, and size, are of particular interest.
Upon your arrival in Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar, you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel close to the airport. Afterwards, you can relax at the pool as you please.
You will be driven back to the airport following breakfast to catch your flight to Diego Suarez in the north. Your tour guide will meet you there and accompany you for the duration of the excursion as you travel 30 minutes to the west to Amber Mountain National Park.
You’ll spend the entire day today exploring Amber Mountain National Park on foot. The terrain is not particularly challenging. The national park has a wide variety of species, including a sizable tropical forest with indigenous animals and plants, lush foliage, and numerous waterfalls and volcanic lakes. The chilly air is refreshing after the heat of the lowlands, making the weather ideal for strolls. . Aside from these forests, there are 60 reptiles, including tiny stump-tailed chameleons, leaf-tailed geckos, and snakes, 35 frogs, and more than 40 butterfly species that call these habitats home, including 35 endemic and locally endemic bird species like the Amber Mountain rock-thrush. Dinner is on your own dime; go back to the lodge.
Today you will drive to Ankarana Reserve, passing through the tsingy rouge. After a roughly 4-hour trip, you’ll arrive at Ankarana Lodge, which is close to Ankarana Reserve. In the afternoon, you may enjoy one of the lodge’s quick self-guided hikes or unwind by the pool.
Today, you’ll visit Ankarana Reserve, which was established in 1956 and covers an area of 182,5 km2. It is a magnificently eroded limestone fortress with jagged hills, pockets of dense tropical jungle, deciduous forest, deep caves and canyons (the largest underground network of Africa), and raging rivers. The limestone spires known as “tsingy” are the most famous example of the remarkable karst topography that results from the underlying rocks being heavily worn by the nearly 2000 mm of yearly rainfall. The number of primates in this reserve is among the highest in the entire globe. The ring-tailed mongoose, fossa, dwarf lemurs, northern sportive lemurs, Perrier’s black lemur, Sanford’s brown lemur, and more. The Park is home to 50 different types of reptiles, 10 frogs, and around 100 different bird species. 14 different kinds of bat, endemic blind shrimp from the area and the only known crocodiles to dwell in caves may all be found inside the maze-like network of caves.
After breakfast, we’ll drive to Ankify and then take a boat to Nosy Be. You will have the afternoon at your leisure after the approximately 4-hour journey.
Today is a free day, so you can choose from a variety of optional activities like diving, snorkeling, visiting the Lokobe Reserve, or taking a cruise to one of the nearby islands.
Today marks the conclusion of our journey, and you will be taken to the airport to catch your next flight.
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