• Madagascar: The Untouched North

  • Madagascar: The Untouched North

  • Madagascar: The Untouched North

  • Madagascar: The Untouched North

Pristine mountain rainforests, crystalline turquoise beaches, and grand Tsingy rock formations

Days: 10 | From: $4,690/per person

  • Accommodations at best-in-class hotels and ecolodges
  • Curated tours with superb private guides
  • Distinct and remote reserves for the ultimate wildlife viewing

Experience Madagascar's remote north, a region that has remained under the radar for most travelers. From the unusual Tsingy rock formations to gorgeous mountain rainforests, this trip combines some of the country’s best national parks with its most exclusive private beaches.

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At a glance

  • Antananarivo
    1 night: Arrive in the colorful capital city, affectionately known as “Tana”
  • Amber Mountain National Park
    2 nights: Search for lemurs among the waterfalls and crater lakes of this stunning national park
  • Ankarana
    3 nights: Discover striking Tsingy rock formations and the many lemur species of Ankarana National Park
  • Nosy Komba
    3 nights: Relax on the perfect white sand beaches of this tiny island oasis, swim with the sea creatures and spot lemurs among the tropical flowers

  • All itineraries are fully customizable. We will send you a personalized variation that reflects your interests and travel dates at no extra cost. Call to discuss your travel plans with one of our Specialists who know this region firsthand.

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Sample itinerary

Day 1:

Welcome to Madagascar!

The Rova of Manjakamiadana (palace of the queen)  in Antananarivo, Madagascar, before restoration.

Arrive to Antananarivo, where you will be greeted by your private guide and transferred to your hotel for the evening. Set in the upper town with spectacular views over the city, this restored colonial mansion is an elegant mix of modern and traditional, and offers expansive views over the city.

The second largest island nation in the world, Madagascar is the ultimate off the beaten path destination for even the most experienced travelers. With 90 percent of the island’s flora and fauna being endemic, and a rich blend of cultures shaped by indigenous peoples and the influences of many ancient trade routes, this island is truly like no other. The capital, Antananarivo, or ‘Tana’ as it is affectionately known by locals, is set in the heart of the country and is the starting point for any adventure here.

Accommodations: Maison Gallieni

This boutique hotel comprises just four beautifully appointed bedrooms, housed in an impeccably restored 19th-century mansion in the heart of Antananarivo. Each room has a blend of mid-century and colonial design, and the common areas are modern and comfortable. Lush, tropical vegetation, private decks and a pool can be found outside. Meals are served at a large communal table, with friendly effortless service, giving this hotel an air of simple luxury.

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 2:

Fly to Diego Suarez

Jet off to the remote north of the island, landing in the town of Diego Suarez. Known for its spectacular setting overlooking a deep harbor and the famed Emerald Sea, this outpost has for centuries been considered a place of great strategic importance.

Today, Diego Suarez is the gateway to the natural attractions of northern Madagascar. The city has long been relatively isolated from the rest of Madagascar, yet influenced by the many travelers and traders who have passed through in phases of history: Arab, Chinese, Indian and Creole cultures have all made their mark on this cosmopolitan city. You will be met at the airport by your private guide, who will take you to your ecolodge for the evening.

Accommodations: Nature Lodge, 2 nights

This small eco-lodge on the doorstep of Amber Mountain National Park is set among acres of lush , peaceful gardens, full of fruit trees. Each of the charming, spacious chalets offer panoramic views of the surrounding rainforest as well as the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean and the bay of Diego Suarez. The main area features an exceptional restaurant with a large wooden terrace from which to take in your surroundings, as you spot the resident chameleons or perhaps a lemur or two. Cozy interiors, local craftsmanship and a plethora of activities make this eco- lodge a memorable stay.

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3:

Amber Mountain National Park

Ring-tailed Lemurs (Lemur catta).

Set out for Amber Mountain National Park for a day of exploration with your private guide. Established by the French in 1958, this volcanic massif and its surrounding forest are now one of the country’s best examples of ecotourism, inviting local community participation in the planning and management of thousands of hectares of pristine wilderness.

This mountainous rainforest is home to extraordinary plant and animal life. Huge ferns and strangler figs flourish, and several indigenous species of lemurs, including Sanford’s lemur and the crowned lemur, make their home here. You may even spot a ring-tailed mongoose or the elusive fossa. Magnificent birdlife includes crested ibis, paradise flycatcher, forest rock thrush and ground-rollers.

Accommodations: Nature Lodge, 2 nights

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4:

The fascinating landscapes of Ankarana

Journey the unique landscapes of Ankarana. This adventurous drive takes you through picturesque villages built on ancient volcanoes. As you get closer to your destination, take in your first spectacular views of the Tsingy rock forest. In the afternoon you have time at leisure to take a swim in the natural pool at the lodge or relax on one of the shaded decks.

Accommodations: Iharana Bush Camp, 3 nights

Set on lake in the shadow of the Tsingy massif and a stones throw from the Mahavavy River this nature lodge is endowed with exceptional scenery and is the gateway to adventure in Northern Madagascar. Well appointed cabanas inspired by nature and traditional Malagasy housing will put you at one with the surrounding environment while offering all the conveniences you need. Refined, fresh food, a natural swimming pool, spa and a wide range of both adventurous and relaxing activities are on offer here as you experience the sights and unique landscape of this part of northern Madagascar.

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5:

Explore the Grand Tsingy of Ankarana

Brown Lemur of Madagascar

Explore an island of Tsingy rock formations and forest in Ankarana. The massif is penetrated by numerous caves and canyons. Some of the largest caves have collapsed over the years, forming isolated pockets of river-fed forest with their own protected flora and fauna. The reserve is known for its many lemur species, including crowned and Sanford’s brown lemurs, and is a birdwatcher’s paradise with nearly 100 species found here. If you are lucky, you may even spot the critically engendered fossa and tenrec.

Collaborate with your guide to select the best trails, tailored to your physical aptitude and interests. Points of interest include the Baobab forest, Ampondrabe River, the abyss where the three rivers of Ankarana disappear, a bat cave, the turret-shaped rock formations of Les Tourelles des Tsingy, and Lac Vert, a stunning crater lake.

Accommodations: Iharana Bush Camp, 3 nights

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6:

A day in the Tsingy d’Iharana

Set out for the Tsingy with your private guide. Encounter the endless variety of native plants and wildlife as you hike in closer to the rock forest. Make your way through the Cave of Chameleon, with its colorful stalagmites and stalactites and resident bats, to a series of magnificent lookouts atop the Tsingy. On a clear day, you can see all the way to the archipelago of Mitsio.

Accommodations: Iharana Bush Camp, 3 nights

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7:

Head to the beach

Drive through the sugarcane fields toward the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean for a few days of pure relaxation on the white sand beaches of Nosy Komba. Once you reach the coast, head across the water to your island oasis by boat. This island paradise is nestled in the Mozambique Channel between its larger neighbor, Nosy Be, and the mainland. A volcanic island, Nosy Komba is covered with rainforest and is home to the Macacoa Lemur and an abundance of chameleons, butterflies and tropical flowers. The beaches are white sand, gently sloping into crystal-clear waters.

Accommodations: Tsara Komba Beach & Forest Lodge, 3 nights

Set on a private island just off of Nosy Be between the North- Western coast of Madagascar and the Mozambique channel, Tsara Komba is an award winning, luxury beach resort that will take you away from the ordinary. The island itself is a former volcano blanketed by dense forest, and ringed by white sand beaches. Home to an exceptional amount of flora and fauna on both land and at sea, this is the ideal place to unwind and escape from it all. Each individual lodge is stylish and comfortable, with a spacious living area, private terrace, and an ocean view.

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8:

A Day at the Beach

Lounge in the sand, by the pool or in the shade of a palm tree, or you may choose to be more adventurous and take part in customized excursions to neighboring islands or nature reserves. You have a number of options for your time at the beach: Fishing, quad biking, island tours, scuba-diving, and snorkeling can all be arranged for you during your time here.

Accommodations: Tsara Komba Beach & Forest Lodge, 3 nights

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9:

Another day of relaxation

Soak up your tropical surroundings, stroll through the botanical gardens at your lodge, or indulge in a spa treatment to end your journey with the best in wellness and relaxation.

Accommodations: Tsara Komba Beach & Forest Lodge, 3 nights

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10:

Farewell Madagascar

Verreaux's Sifaka (Propithecus verreauxi) dancing in the Berenty Nature Reserve, southern Madagascar

After another sumptuous fresh breakfast, you will be transferred by boat to neighboring Nosy Be to board your international flight home or to your onward destination.

Accommodations: Tsara Komba Beach & Forest Lodge, 3 nights

*Includes: Breakfast

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Popular Ways to Customize This Itinerary

  • Choose from a selection of carefully curated lodges and hotels to ensure this trip fits your exact travel style.

  • Add an extra night or two in Antananarivo at the start or end of your trip, and dive into this colorful city with a private Vaya guide.

  • Combine this trip with a safari on the African mainland for the ultimate wildlife journey.

  • Extend your trip to include the parks of Andasibe and Mantadia, one of the only places on earth to see the Indri Indri, the largest species of lemur.

  • Contact us to learn about more options for designing and customizing your trip.

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