Catamaran in Madagascar

Northern Madagascar

From £5300 in low season
From £5700 in high season

based on 14 nights & selected experiences

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* Pricing is a guideline only and excludes special offers. Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.

Price includes:

  • International economy flights and taxes subject to availability

  • Internal flights

  • Accommodation

  • Private transfers

  • Selected experiences

  • Full Board and activities

Price based on two people sharing.

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At a Glance

  • From lemurs to whale sharks, whether overland or under the water, the wildlife that makes Madagascar so magical is yours to discover.

  • Immerse yourself in the experience of Madagascar without the long drives on this journey across the tip of the island.

  • Escape the ordinary on a private catamaran round Nosy Be’s far flung islands, only accessible by boat.

  • With a private guide and chartered boat, you set the pace on this exclusive journey.

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Any time of year is fine for a visit except from January to March, when heavy rainfall in many areas can make some roads all but impassable, and when there’s a high risk of cyclones in the east and northeast. In general, the best time to travel in most areas is April and October/November. The coolest time to travel anywhere is during the dry season (May to October).

Average maximum temperatures vary from about 30°C in coastal areas (higher in summer) to around 25°C on the hauts plateaux. In Antananarivo and other highland areas, temperatures during winter can drop to 10°C and even lower during the night.

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Itinerary

Plunge into the mystery of Madagascar on this exotic journey across the ‘Eighth Continent”. Seek out the iconic wildlife that calls this island home; gaze up as lemurs soar from tree to tree and marvel at the minute chameleons that live in the leaf litter. Traverse the razor like pinnacles of the Tsingy, before the turquoise waters and white sands of Nosy Be beckon. Get away from the norm as you glide across the waves on a private catamaran, discovering the secret islands that few get to see.

  1. Fly to Antananarivo

  2. Days 1-2: Antananarivo, Madagascar

    Arriving in Madagascar after your overnight flight, you are met and whisked off to the country’s capital city for your first night. The hour long journey showcases Madagascar’s intriguing mix of new and old, tradition and modern, as you pass mobile phone shops before suddenly gliding past rice fields where time seems to stand still. Lokanga Boutique Hotel sits quietly in a residential area where the hustle and bustle fades away in the greenery and historic features of this converted house. Explore the narrow streets and culture of the city on guided tour, an exotic blend of Africa, Asia and something that is uniquely Malagasy. Retire for the night in the serene rooms and gardens, enjoy a glass of local rum and taste of the island before the adventure really begins.

    Accommodation: Lokanga Boutique Hotel (1 night)

  3. Days 2-5: Northern Madagascar

    You leave the city behind as you fly north to the island’s tip, where the balmy tropical heat warms your face as you depart towards the Amber Mountain National Park. The verdant rainforest sprawls across the hills, mists rising in the day and waterfalls cascading through the gorges. Perched on a ridge to the adjacent national park, the Litchi Tree looks out over the forest and is the idyllic location for exploring the reserve. Once the home of Marshall Joffre a century ago, the house has been resorted to its former glory with character and history oozing from every corner. A labour of love by the owner, be assured of excellent French cooking and a retreat from the everyday at this boutique guest house. 
    Plunge into the heart of the forest with your local guide, who will open up the secrets of the national park. Like all Madagascar reserves, you set out on foot to seek out the unique flora and fauna that call this area home. Brown lemurs leap from tree to tree above you, while in the leaves at your feet can be found the world’s smallest reptile, the Brookesia chameleon – smaller than your thumbnail and almost invisible amidst the detritus. The dense greenery hides a myriad of waterfalls and lakes, which are tempting for longer treks during your stay. Set out in the darkness, head torch at the ready to catch the gleam of eyes which give away Madagascar’s nocturnal recluses. A night walk reveals those weird and wonderful creatures only seen once the sun sets, from tiny mouse lemurs to owls that glare from the branches, an experience not to be missed. 

    Accommodation: The Litchi Tree (3 nights)

  4. Days 5-8: Northern Madagascar

    Today you head west to the towering spires and otherworldly landscape of the Tsingy d’Ankarana. Depending on your preference, it is a shorter 3-4 hour drive straight to Iharana, or you can stop for lunch after seeing the sharp relief of the Red Tsingy – a unique sandstone feature that is rapidly eroding. Iharana Bush Camp is nestled along the shores of a lake, where the sharp pinnacles of the Tsingy loom all around, mirrored in the calm waters. A rustic eco retreat, the lodge is set on a private reserve so you can dive into the plethora of activities in seclusion. Sit around the pool, cold beer in hand, admiring the view before withdrawing back to your chalet for an afternoon siesta in the cool shade. 
    Set out in the cool of the morning to summit the nearby limestone peaks, the adventure coming to life as you criss-cross rope bridges and climb ladders through the maze-like rocks. Tread carefully in the dark, helmet and torch at the ready, through the many caves that wind their way through the reserve. Spend a halcyon afternoon paddling lazily on the lake in a canoe and enjoy a picnic lunch on one of the islands or simply watch the fat sun lower over the endless lands below from the sunset deck with a difference. 

    Accommodation: Iharana Bush Camp (3 nights)

  5. Days 8-10: Nosy Be Archipelago

    This morning you leave the enigmatic backdrops of mainland Madagascar behind as you speed across the waves towards the Nosy Be archipelago. Nosy Komba lies just a short hop to the south of Nosy Be, and its name means Lemur Island in Malagasy due to the black lemurs that call this island home. Tsara Komba is a refined sanctuary perched overlooking the powder sands of a dreamy beach. With only eight chalets, dotted throughout the lush gardens and all boasting ocean views, you can be assured of an exclusive few nights in simple luxury with fresh and delectable local food elevated by Chef Tina. 
    Spend your days in the dappled shade of the swaying palms or indulge in a massage using local essential oils to soothe away tension. For those with itchy feet, you can search for the local celebrities, the black lemurs, in the dense forest or don a snorkel or balance on a paddle board and enjoy the coral reefs that proliferate these waters. 

    Accommodation: Tsara Komba (2 nights)

  6. Days 10-15: Nosy Be Archipelago

    Today you are whisked away by boat to the main island of Nosy Be where you board your home for the next five nights, a private catamaran chartered by Madavoile. Your days on this voyage through the jewel like islets surrounding Nosy Be are spent as you wish. Try your hand at fishing, perhaps with your prize to be consumed later laced with local spices or explore the underwater wonders that few tourists get to see on the far-flung reefs and sandbanks. With your own crew and boat, you set the pace. Picnic on deserted sandbanks, watch the dolphins leap in your wake and feast on freshly caught seafood while the stars blaze above with no light to dim them. Let the waves lull you to sleep in your small but comfortable cabin on this truly unique cruise.

    Accommodation: Madavoile Charters (5 nights)

  7. Fly home

    Today your crew will dock back at Nosy Be where you drive a short distance to the airport before you board the Ethiopian Airways flight back home. 

Location

Northern Madagascar

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