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Get off the beaten track in two of the Madagascar’s best, but little visited, wildlife areas in the north of the country.

Although accommodation in the north is more rustic than in the south, the reward is that visitors get to see a variety of less common species. These include crowned lemur and Sanford’s brown lemur in the green mountains of Montagne d’Ambre, and the silky sifaka of the Marojejy rainforest. The final highlight is a visit to Andasibe-Mantadia to see the iconic indri.

Suggested itinerary

  1. Day 1: Depart UK

  2. Day 2: Arrive Antananarivo

    On arrival in the capital Antananarivo, you will be met and transferred to your hotel for an overnight stay.

  3. Days 3-4 : Fly to Antsiranana & transfer to Montagne d’Ambre

    Fly to Diego Suarez airport (Antsiranana) and then transfer by road to Joffre Ville. In the afternoon there will be time for a walk in Montagne d'Ambre National Park.

  4. Day 5: Fly to Sambava

    Most of the morning is free before an early afternoon flight to Sambava (note this flight currently operates on Wednesdays only) for an overnight stay.

  5. Days 6-8 : Marojejy National Park

    After breakfast at your hotel, it's time to depart for Mandenina village and start the two hour walk up to Marojejy National Park. In the afternoon, visit the park and settle into camp, your home for the next 3 days.

  6. Day 9: Drive to Sambava & fly to Antananarivo

    Today you'll transfer back to Sambava airport for a flight to Antananarivo. Arriving early afternoon, there should be time for a tour of this fascinating city.

  7. Days 10-12 : Drive to Andasibe-Mantadia

    Today it's a three to four hour drive eastward to your next destination, Andasibe, with a stop en route to visit the private reserve of Peyreras. Arriving in Andasibe before lunch, the afternoon is free to explore the area before an evening walk to spot nocturnal species such as the mouse lemur, dwarf lemur and woolly lemur, as well as chameleons and frogs.

  8. Day 13: Drive to Antananarivo

    In the morning drive back to Antananarivo, with a free afternoon or some last minute shopping in the handicraft market of la Digue.

  9. Day 14: Transfer to Antananarivo & depart

  10. Day 15: Arrive UK

You should note: Marojejy is not accessible during the cyclone season (January-mid April)

Key info

Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.
  • Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 15 days from £3,395 pp
  • Duration and price excluding international flights: 13 days from £2,495 pp
  • Single supplement: From £350
  • When to go: Apr-Dec: Marojejy is not accessible during the cyclone season (January-mid April)
Featured locations:

Marojejy National Park

Marojejy National Park is the best place to look for the rare silky sifaka, famed for its long, silky, white fur. The park also has nine other lemur species and is the only place left in the country where you can walk through rugged unbroken forest from sea level to mountain summit, where the views are spectacular.

  • Where: Sava Region
  • Ideal for viewing: Madagascar serpent eagle, ring-tailed mongoose, silky sifaka, stump-tailed chameleon, leaf-tailed gecko
  • Excellent for: Wildlife photography, Photography tours with Nick Garbutt

Andasibe-Mantadia National Park

Andasibe-Mantadia National Park is arguably Madagascar’s premier rainforest reserve, combining Analamazoatra Reserve with the forests of Mantadia. The extensive network of trails throughout the reserve offers frequent sightings of spectacular wildlife and virtually assured views of the fabulous indri.

  • Where: Alaotra-Mangoro Region
  • Ideal for viewing: diademed sifaka, indri, Parson’s chameleon, red-fronted coua, leaf-tailed gecko
  • Excellent for: Wildlife photography

Antananarivo

Madagascar’s vibrant capital city is the beginning and end point of any trip to the island. Built on a series of hills, many of the old buildings and narrow, cobbled streets retain an almost medieval quality. Walking around the city, you will find evidence of several cultures, neither exclusively African nor Asian.

  • Where: Antananarivo Province
  • Excellent for: City stopover

Montagne d’Ambre National Park

Created in 1958, Montagne d’Ambre was Madagascar’s first national park, a cool mountain oasis in an otherwise parched landscape. Crowned lemurs and Sanford’s brown lemurs are frequently seen here, and reptiles are abundant. Well-maintained trails make this beautiful park particularly rewarding.

  • Where: Antsiranana Province
  • Ideal for viewing: crowned lemur, leaf-tailed gecko, Sanford’s brown lemur, Madagascar fish eagle, Madagascar crested ibis