Zombitse Vohibasia National Park: This park is the most important relic dry deciduous forest site in Madagascar. Zombitse Vohibasia is a transitional zone between the dry and wet forests of Madagascar, so the flora there is especially rich within the protected area. Baobabs and some orchids are quite common there. The number of animal species living in the park is also impressive: 15 small mammals, 2 carnivorous and 8 lemur species, 85 bird species, 33 reptile species and 8 amphibian species.
Ai-Ai Island Visit: You will board a pirogue and go rafting down the Pangalanes Channel, sailing to the famous Ai-Ai Island. Approximately 15 minutes from the hotel, about 6 aye-ayes – Madagascar mites live in free conditions. This is a fluffy blackish mammal, listed in the Red Book, leading a nocturnal lifestyle and resembling a lemur, with a long tail and thin oblong fingers. You will have about an hour to explore the island and return home.
Nosy Be is an archipelago of small islands located northwest of Madagascar. The archipelago includes the small islands of Nosy Komba, Nosy Fanihi, Nosy Sakatia, Nosy Iranha, Nosy Tanikeli, as well as the Mitsio and Radama archipelagos.
Nosy Be is also the main island of the archipelago, which stretches for 26 km from north to south and 20 km from east to west. This is the main resort of the region, embodying all the ideas about the perfect beach holiday.
In addition, the island grows a large amount of sugar cane, coffee, as well as sesame, rice, corn, sweet potato and cassava. Around 1910, the island began to grow ylang-ylang, which is why it received the name “perfume island”.
Anakao is a small fishing village located 45 km south (easily accessible by boat). Forget the hustle and bustle and enjoy the beauty of the truly magnificent Andovoke Bay – more than one and a half kilometers of sandy beach with azure water. On the clear horizon, you can see waves crashing against one of the longest coral reefs in the world.
Transfer to Anakao: The best way to get to Anakao, 45 km to the south, is by speedboat. Anakao is not an island, it is a beach resort. The huge Onilakhi River blocks the way at the Ianantsoni level. Before 9:30 am at the port, you will board a speedboat that will comfortably take you to Anakao in less than an hour.
After sailing along the sandy coast of Sarodano and leaving the lagoon behind, you will make your way through the Tropic of Capricorn, at the mouth of the Onilakhi River. It is here that you can see whales (from June to September), dolphins and flying fish.
And finally, you will sail along the coast between Soalara and Anakao, from the sea or the lagoon, depending on the tides. An experienced skipper will drop you right in front of your hotel on Anakao Beach.
ANJAJAVY – Anjajavy Hotel
By plane you can fly to the private resort of Anjajavi. The flight will take approximately 1.5 hours. Anjajavy Hotel is a member of the Relais & Chateaux association and is ranked as a 4 * + hotel according to European standards. It is ideal for discerning eco-tourists. Anjajavy Hotel is one of Madagascar’s luxury lodges, the perfect place to end your journey through this exciting and surprising country. It is located on the west coast of Madagascar, 120 km north of the city of Majunga in Anjajawi, on a beautiful peninsula.
The 550-hectare nature reserve surrounding the hotel has 4 distinctive features: a dry deciduous forest of palisade and ebony trees, baobabs and other endemic plants of Madagascar; mangrove forest; unique limestone rock formations and magnificent beaches. In addition, several species of lemurs, reptiles and other endemic flora and fauna are found in the reserve. In addition, bird lovers can watch some water birds here, such as the Malagasy black-necked ibis.
Note: baggage weight limit: 20 kg per person without the possibility of reloading. The size of the suitcase must not exceed 140 cm (height + width + depth). For security reasons, persons weighing more than 80 kg must report their weight in advance.
Sainte Marie (aka Nosy Buraha) is an island off the northeast coast of Madagascar. From June to September, many humpback whales come to these places for breeding purposes. An excursion can be organized for you, during which you will have the opportunity to observe these amazing creatures.
Alternatively, you can go to the small island of Ile aux Nattes, located south of Sainte-Marie. You can also enjoy a beach holiday there.