ANTANANARIVO – AKARAFANTSIKA – MAJUNGA – ANJOHIBE – SOFIA – NOSY BE
The discovery of northwestern Madagascar begins in Ankarafantsika, high-rise biodiversity. This circuit offers you the opportunity to visit several famous sites, in sometimes different landscapes. From Ankarafantsika to Mahajanga City of Flowers, passing through the Grotto of Anjohibe to the Red Circus, you will never tire of marveling at the splendor of Nature.
- Ankarafantsika National Park
- Mahajanga, a cosmopolitan city
- The Cave of Anjohibe
- The red circus
The circuit in detail
DAY 1: ANTANANARIVO – ANKARAFANTSIKA
Early departure for Ankarafantsika. Along the way, the landscapes of the RN4 vary from one region to another. Until Ankazobe, the limit of the region Analamanga, we are witnessing a countryside landscape including fields and rice fields. Many mountains and few forests. From the plateau of Tampoketsa, we finally see some forests and large grassy areas. Finally, the long descent to Mahatsinjo plunges us completely into the climate and the northwest landscape characterized by mango trees and fruit stalls along the road. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
DAY 2: ANKARAFANTSIKA
The Ankarafantsika National Park is a mosaic of dense and dry forests. Its numerous lakes populated by crocodiles make its fame. It is also a landmark for lemurs and endemic birds. Picnic lunch. Night at the hotel.
DAY 3: ANKARAFANTSIKA – ANJOHIBE
After breakfast, we take the road to reach the caves of Anjohibe. We leave the N4 to join a track of 60km we will do in about three hours. Arrival at Anjohibe late afternoon. Camp installation. Dinner and overnight camping.
DAY 4: - THE CAVE OF ANJOHIBE
On the program of the day: discovery of the natural site of Anjohibe. Walk in the caves then continuation of the discovery by canoe in the mangroves. Picnic lunch. In the afternoon, we will continue with a swim in a natural pool or according to your desire an observation of several species of lemurs. Dinner and overnight camping.
DAY 5: CROSSING THE SOFIA - ANTSOHIHY - AMBANJA RIVER
This stage of the trip will make us live a magnificent crossing by speedboat of the river SOFIA and the wetland populated by waterfowl. On the way, we discover some villages nestled in a natural setting quite exceptional. This walk will end at the SOFIA bridge, the largest and longest bridge in Madagascar. From there, a car picks us up to take us to Ambanja. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
DAY 6: AMBANJA - ANKIFY - NOSY BE
Departure very early in the morning for Ankify about twenty kilometers from Ambanja. From there, crossing the sea aboard a speedboat for Nosy-Be, the perfume island. The trip takes about half an hour. Installation at the hotel and lunch.
DAY 07: NOSY-BE
Departure from the hotel at 8 o’clock. Discover the interior of the largest island of the northwestern coast of Madagascar. On the program: a visit to an old Ylang-Ylang distillery, the market, craft shops or swimming and picnic lunch on the beautiful beach of Andilana, located 25 kilometers from the center of Nosy-be called Hell-city . In the afternoon, walk to the sacred volcanic lakes and Mount Passot, where you can admire a beautiful sunset at the end of the day. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
DAY 8: NOSY IRANJA
Nosybe is also a myriad of fabulous islands, the most beautiful and most famous of which is undoubtedly Nosy Iranja nicknamed Turtle Island. To reach it, we have to cross the sea for an hour and a half. Nosy Iranja with her postcard image, is a true wonder of nature. It is composed of two islands which are connected by a white sandbank of one kilometer completely submerged at high tide. White and fine sand, calm and serenity bathe this place of great beauty. On Nosy Iranja, the word « holidays » makes sense. A lighthouse overlooks the small village of Iranja, from where one can have a breathtaking view of the ocean surrounding the island as well as the other islets of the region. Picnic lunch on the beach. Back to Nosy-Be at 16 hours.
DAY 9: NOSY-BE - ANTANANARIVO
You can return to Antananaivo either by plane or by road by taking the N6 from Ambanja then the N4 from Ambondromamy.