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A route less travelled, Madagascar

With a private guide in totally contrasting areas of northern Madagascar before a few days on the beautiful castaway island of Tsarabanjina

Pavillon de l'Emyrne: 1 night
Domaine de Fontenay: 2 nights
Iharana Bush Camp: 2 nights
Heure Bleue: 1 night
Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina: 3 nights

Including - flights, transfers, most meals, entrance fees and guides

From £4198
11 nights

Fly overnight from London via Paris to Antananarivo

You will be driven into the centre of the capital ANTANANARIVO, known as TANA, where a night at Pavillon de l'Emyrne, a welcoming small hotel in Isoraka, the historic upper town, will allow you the chance to catch a flavour of the city.

DAYS 3 and 4
Fly north the next day to Antsiranana, more commonly known as Diego Suarez after two Portuguese explorers. It is worth a detour to see around this historical city before the hour's drive to JOFFREVILLE and Le Domaine De Fontenay, an amazing restored colonial villa. Enjoy Marie-Jose's delicious cooking and stay in a beautifully furnished room either in the main house or in one of the converted out-buildings within the flowering gardens.
That afternoon you can test your skill at spotting chameleons and geckos and maybe even a lemur or two as you wander in the adjacent 'Nature Park'. The whole of the following day is spent with a private guide in the beautiful MONTAGNE D’AMBRE NATIONAL PARK, renowned for its montane rainforest - of particular note are bird's nest ferns, tree ferns and orchids and the extremely rare and localised 'Rainforest' baobab. Good walking trails, crater lakes and waterfalls, a variety of lemurs and other wildlife and many species of bird make this a very rewarding area.

DAYS 5 and 6
Just three hours down the road, entering ANKARANA SPECIAL RESERVE is like walking into another world… Rising out from the surrounding grassy plains, first impressions of the limestone plateau are of a desolate landscape but, in fact, the towering pinnacles (tsingy), extensive system of caves and underground rivers and dry deciduous forest support a wealth of wildlife including at least seven species of lemur.
Accommodation at Iharana Bush Camp is simple but it is well worth forgoing first world comforts for the opportunity of exploring this fascinating and bizarre part of the country.

By road and speedboat to the island of NOSY BE where you will spend the night at Heure Bleue on the west coast

DAYS 8 to 10
Early start in another speedboat to a remote island! Small and mountainous, fringed by white sand beaches and encircled by coral reefs, NOSY TSARABANJINA is a naturally beautiful setting for the lodge of the same name.
Tsarabanjina is the epitome of "barefoot luxury", a wonderful place in which to relax and be pampered. There are also plenty of activities on offer – windsurfing, hobie cat sailing, canoeing, waterskiing, snorkelling, scuba diving and fishing. Instructors are on hand should you need some tuition and a fully equipped PADI dive centre. There is even a tennis court in the centre of the island.

DAY 11
By boat back to Nosy Be and onward by air to Tana. Overnight flight to London via Paris

What About?

Spend more time in TANA, either at the beginning or end of your itinerary, to appreciate the rich and fascinating history and culture of the Merina people who ruled for 300 years before the French conquest in 1895. There is much to be seen in the city and interesting excursions within a short drive.
Longer at both Le Domaine de Fontenay and on Tsarabanjina would also be no hardship!

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