ANTANANARIVO – DIEGO – RAMENA – CAP D´AMBRE – TSINGY ROUGE ANKARANA – ANTSOHIHY – MAEVATANANA
- Discovery the town of Diego
- Hiking in the Tsingy Ankarana with its colourful and bizarre landscape
- Hiking in an especially interesting place red Tsingy Rouge
- Observation of the beautiful exotic landscape during the enduro tour
- Discovery of famous golden town of Madagascar
- Tour with endurance moto (self-ride)
- Overview exotic safari
- Discovery fauna & Flora
This circuit trail of 8 days offers you in a minimum of time a wide panorama of the main sites of the North of Madagascar. This day is intended for your arrival. You can use it to familiarize yourself with your surroundings, to set yourself up in the hotel and also to get to know the other participants. Like every night, you will stay in a good, typical hotel including half board. Overnight at La Ribaudiere Hotel, 4 stars hotel.
You will be picked up so early from your hotel because the only flight to Nosy Be leaves at 7:00 am. After your arrival at Diego Airport, our driver will take you to the Hotel Lakana Ramena. A cool drink awaits you there and you have time to get to know your tour guide and your fellow travelers. then the tour guide will accompany you to a place where the motorcycle is located. You will have the opportunity to try on your motorcycle. Afterwards, you can relax on the beach. Overnight in Hotel Lakana Ramena Diego, 4-star Hotel.
Ramena Beach is located directly at the village of Ramena, 18 kilometres from Diego Suarez, at the entrance of Diego Suarez Bay - the second largest natural bay in the world. The beach is very popular among the day visitors of Diego town, especially on weekends. Ramena Beach is several kilometers long with a number of hotels and small local restaurants spread along the beach. At the south end of the beach there is mangrove vegetation. This is a small lively fishing village in northern Madagascar. This place is known as a popular destination for swimming and relaxing on the beach.
After breakfast, we crossed the Diego-Suarez saltworks, the Anamakia plain and rode on the Antsisikala beach. We drive in the seaside via the tracks of the Babaomby plain "land of zebus".overnight in B&B at Babaomby Island Lodge, 5 star hotel.
The Cap d'Ambre is located at the northern tip of Madagascar, 70 km from Diego-Suarez. Its lands and beaches are totally virgin. The Vataraza makes the sea impassable, so it is only possible to reach its wild beaches by sea from November to April. Cap d'Ambre is the best place for fishing lovers. It is the natural habitat of lobsters. The dives are accessible to beginners, they will make you discover the captivating and enchanting universe.
After breakfast, we are going to cross the plain of Cap D'ambre and arrive at the foot of the lighthouse. On arrival we will visit the lighthouse and have lunch on board. Afterwards we will continue to the Baie du Courrier and set up in the late afternoon in rustic bungalows.Dinner at Madiro Kitamby restaurant (seafood and fish specialties). Overnight at Madiro Kitamby - standard bungalows.
BAI DU COURRIER
The Baie du Courrier offers a captivating landscape with its wild beauty and tourist attractions to satisfy all nature lovers like mangrove swamps, salt marshes, baobabs. It is the starting point for many tourist activities for hiking, deep-sea fishing, snorkeling and diving.
After breakfast, we climb up to Windsor Castle, which peaks at 391 meters. From here you have a panoramic view of Diego-Suarez Bay, the Mozambique Channel and the northern tip. We will drive to Cap Diego and its old airstrip and return to Diego in the late afternoon. Overnight at Lakana Ramena Hotel, 4 star hotel.
Today will be long days because we will visit 2 different interesting places. After breakfast we will continue this endurance to Tsingy Rouge - named Red Tsingy. We will hike to one at a very interesting place. The hike will take about 2:00 hours. Then we will drive to Ankarana and have lunch at Chez Laurent Ankarana. Afterwards we will hike in Tsingy Ankarana on a colourful and bizarre landscape. The hike will take about 4:00 h. Then we make our way to Ankify for an overnight stay. This trip will take around 4 hours. Overnight in Ankify Lodge , 3 star Hotel.
The red tsingy are located in the north of the island, about 50 km from Diego Suarez. The Tsingy can be reached within an hour via a sand road. Compared to the Tsingy de Bemaraha in the west, the red Tsingy are made of sandstone and not limestone and are therefore much more sensitive. The reddish colour is given to this formation of hundreds of peaks from the red laterite earth, which is so typical for Madagascar. The peaks of the Tsingy rouge are up to 10 meters high and shine in various shades of red.The Tsingy rouge are located in a gorge where more and more tsingy appear due to erosion, but also tsingy disappear due to wind and water erosion. So this formation changes again and again and makes it especially interesting.
Ankarana is a special reserve located about 90 kilometers south of Antsiranana and can be easily visited from there. The reserve is not very big and is primarily known for the Tsingy. Tsingy are calcareous rock structures that rise razor sharp from the ground. Over thousands of years they have been transformed from rainwater into their present. What can we do there? Take a hike to the green lake "Lac Vert Discover bats in underground cave and cave systems. The 140 km long underground cave system is covered with many prohibitions, the fadys of the poor. Discover the Green River, an underground river that only briefly rises to the surface in the canyon.
After Breakfast, we will make a "tourist" stop to visit a small cocoa farm. There is also coffee, vanilla and ylang ylang trees. We sacrifice the purchase of some products before going back on the road.Then it goes along the untouched nature and the lush vegetation of the desert forest of Safari in the North coast. In the evening we will arrive in the beautiful coastal town of Antsohihy, where we will spend the night at the Hotel Belle Vue, 4 star hotel.
After breakfast,we drive all along the 377km of this descent towards the great North, you won't miss any of the enchantments that Madagascar reserves for its most curious travelers. One does not count any more the mineral and vegetable resources of this land of abundance. Overnight stay at Le Mandarin hotel, 3 star hotel.
Maevatanana "the beautiful village" is one of the hottest cities in the country. It has about 30,000 inhabitants. It is an important bush cab relay on the Antananarivo-Mahajanga axis, an almost obligatory stopover. This city, which dominates the Ikopa valley, is mainly populated by Merina, Betsileo and Sakalava. It is especially known throughout the country to be one of the centers of gold trading, and gold collectors have been flocking there since the nineteenth century.
The journey is over. After breakfast, on the last day of the enduro trip we cross the beautiful Central Valley on the way back to Antananarivo.In arrival Antananarivo, you will be accompanied to the airport in the afternoon then fly on to Europe.