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Madagascar northeast offers fabulous rainforests and breathtaking landscapes, where we go in search for the delightful lemurs and camouflaged chameleons. 

We head off the beaten path and explore Madagascar northeast best-kept secrets. The extraordinary Red and Grey Tsingy (limestone formation) that are so intriguing and takes a fabulous photograph! From beautiful beaches and pristine waterways to lush rainforests with orchids and weirdly wonderful creatures. This compact adventure showcases Madagascar’s famous Northern tip and its beautiful east coast. 

  • Amber Mountain NP known for its endemic flora and fauna, waterfalls and crater lakes 
  • Ankarana NP, with its Tsingy of limestones pinnacles, canyons and caves 
  • The Red Tsingy hides plentiful secrets of nature for you to unveil
  • Andasibe NP, known for its rare orchids and the Indri Indri
  • Cruising in the Pangalanes canal, a chain of sweet water lakes and lagoons parallel to the Indian Ocean.
  • To come face to face with one of the rarest creatures on the planet the allusive Aye Aye

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Tana (Antananarivo) – Madagascar

27 October 2022 – 10 November 2022

DURATION 14 days/13 nights
PRICES per person

AU$6,290 twin share rate 

AU$7,190 single rate 

GROUP SIZE 4 to 12 Guests
Adventure Associates Escort
local English speaking guide
All Meals as specified
All transfers, sightseeing, boat trips, domestic flights and touring as indicated
Bottled water
Entrance fees sightseeing tours/park entry fees
All currently applicable service charges and taxes
International air-tickets and taxes
Guide gratuity
Excess baggage on any flight
Vaccination costs
Passport or Visa fees
Travel Insurance
Personal items like drinks and laundry
Any other meals or sightseeing not specified in the detailed itinerary

Additional information


Day 1

Arrive Tana (Antananarivo) Madagascar’s capital. On arrival you will be met and transferred to our group hotel. D


Days 2-3

We fly from Tana to Antsiranana (Diego Suarez), in the extreme north and are taken by 4WD’s south of Diego through Joffreville (an historical town characterised by its European architecture), before reaching the Montagne d’Ambre (Amber Mountain) National Park. The next day is fully dedicated to exploring the Park. Established in 1958. This massif rises from the surrounding dry region forming an isolated stretch of montane rainforest covering an area of 18.200 hectares at altitudes between 800m and 1470m. The park offers great biodiversity: a huge tropical forest with endemic fauna and flora, luxuriant vegetation and many waterfalls and volcanic lakes. The climate is perfect, and the cool air refreshing after the heat of the lowlands. The dominant ethnic groups in this area are the Sakavala and the Antankarana. A large number of animal species inhabit the NP including 25 species of mammals, among them 6 carnivores such as the ring-tailed mongoose and the fossa. There are 8 lemurs: Sanford’s brown lemur, crowned lemur, lesser bamboo lemur and five species of nocturnal lemurs. B,L,D


Days 4-5

After breakfast we drive 4 hours to Ankarana Special Reserve. Here we find impressive limestone pinnacles known as Tsingy, and the largest network of underground caves with stalactites and stalagmites to be found in Africa. A full day will be dedicated to exploring the reserve: walking through the ‘Tsingy’, visiting the caves which are surrounded by dry deciduous trees such as Baobabs and Elephant foot plant. Its dense forests also support one of the largest and least disturbed populations of crowned lemurs. Keep an eye out for Sanford’s brown lemur, Perrier’s black lemur, northern sportive lemur and dwarf lemurs, also ringtailed mongoose, fossa, tenrecs and striped civet that are also a common sight. Inside the spectacular and huge labyrinth of caves, 14 bat species, local endemic blind shrimps and the world’s only known cave-living crocodiles are waiting for your visit. At night swarms of bats and flying fox swoop in the darkness. B,L,D


Days 6-7

After an early breakfast, we drive back to Antsiranana, with a detour to visit the “Tsingy rouges” or “red Tsingy”, which provide a wonderful spectacle of sculpture and colour all shaped by the wind and rain. Shaped by wind and rain. The sandy track we follow to reach the Tsingy threads between palm trees “satrana”. It is not easily accessible but well worth the scramble. We arrive into Antsiranana in the late afternoon. After a relaxing morning in Diego Suarez we fly back to Tana. B,L,D


Days 8-10

After breakfast we drive to Andasibe for 2 nights, with a stop in Marozevo to visit the private reserve “Pereyras” and Mandraka Reptile Farm – where we’ll have the opportunity for close viewing of some of the island’s most extraordinary reptiles and invertebrates. We continue on to Andasibe-Mantadia NP for a night walk. The star of the park is the indri indri; at up to 1m tall, it’s the largest lemur. But there are more than a dozen other lemur species, many endemic birds and more than a hundred orchid species. We will have a full day to explore this amazing region. B,L,D


Days 11-13

After breakfast, we drive to Manambato on the Pangalanes Canal, a chain of freshwater lakes and lagoons connected by man-made channels to form a 600km inland waterway. Akanin’ny Nofy (Nest of Dreams), on the white sand shores of Lake Ampitabe. It is a haven of forests, orchids, mangroves and palms. We visit the Palmarium, a private reserve of endemic palms and vanilla bean, where lemurs, including indri indri, sifakas, mouse and crowned lemurs, and the endangered aye-aye, enjoy complete freedom. We cruise by boat to Tamatave where we overnight and then fly back to Tana. B,L,D


Day 14

Our final morning in Tana will be at your leisure before our transfer to the airport for our return flight home. B

Please note: The proposed itinerary is just a guide and changes could be made due to domestic flight schedule changes and hotel availability.


Mana Razafy

Mana was born in a little village called Mevarano. Sadly he lost his parents 
at an early age and was sent to Tana to work for a family, who also sent him to school. He saved his money, bought a book and cassette-tape and taught himself to speak English. After passing his Bachelor degree he did his National Service at twenty. When he returned, he completed a Master’s Degree in Management at the University of Antananarivo. Mana started his career in Tourism in 1999. He gained great knowledge about the flora, wildlife, history and the environment, which gives him much pleasure to pass on to his guests. When he is not touring he enjoys playing music, spending time with his family and teaching karate to the orphan children in his village.

Sue Werner

Sue graduated as a veterinary nurse before embarking on a more adventurous life as a professional outdoor guide. Over the past 25 years she has worked as an expedition leader, photographer and tour guide. Throughout that time she has been at the cutting edge of developments in adventure travel, mainly specialising in Antarctica and the High Arctic. Her enthusiasm has taken her to many remote corners of the world, including Madagascar, the Amazon, Africa and the Himalaya. Spending three months living in Grytviken, working for the South Georgia Heritage Trust and was a highlight of Sue’s career. In January, 2015, Sue purchased Adventure Associates and continues to plan even more exciting journeys to remote destinations.

How to Book

To ensure your place on this exciting adventure, please contact us to reserve a place 02 6355 2022 or , then complete the Adventure Associates Booking Form and return to us with your AUD 1000 per person deposit.

Deposit required per person: AU$1000 per person
Balance due: 75 days prior to departure
If booking within 74 days of departure: Full payment must be made.

Reservations are established when you receive written confirmation and acceptance of the deposit and Booking Form. Travel insurance is strongly recommended at the time of booking.


Cancellations must be advised in writing to Adventure Associates. Cancellation charges are subject to regulations of airlines, coach and tour operators, hotels and other principals involved. If it is necessary to cancel your arrangements, the following non-refundable charges will apply.

More than 100 days prior to departure AU$500 per person
Between 99 and 75 days prior to departure Full loss of deposit per person
Between 74 and 31 days prior to departure 75% of tour cost per person
On or within 30 days prior to departure No Refund

If the cancellation charge is more than your advance payment you remain liable for the difference. For these and other reasons mentioned above you are strongly recommended to take out Travel Insurance. Once the Land Tour has departed there will be no refund for any unused portions of the trip.

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Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 1 review
January 11, 2017

Jack was a great guide, very helpful & sorted me out & I got to see everything that I could have wished for. The Iharana resort is beautiful, overlooking the lake with Tsingy in the background. A really lovely trip.

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