tree frog
chameleon
tree frog
chameleon
Parson's chameleon
Mantella aurantiaca
giant tree frog
panther chameleon

Northern Amphibians and Reptiles Tour

Characteristics

Tour type : Group
Start date : January 4, 2020
End date : January 15, 2020
Activity level : Challenging
Price tag from : $3530

Highlights

Enjoy hiking in rainforests in the northern part of Madagascar. Discover interesting endemic reptiles and amphibians in Masoala National Park (the largest protected rainforest in Madagascar), Marojejy National Park, and Amber Mountain National Park and Analamazaotra Special Reserve

This 12-day tour focuses on finding endemic and rare amphibians and reptiles in the northern part of Madagascar. It is a challenging tour due to the remoteness of the national parks to visit. Masoala National Park and Marojejy National Parks are particularly challenging due to the altitude and wetness and the basic trails with unstable rocks and small streams to cross. The first ten days are more challenging but rewarding thanks to the fantastic endemics to discover during the tour. The tour involves long boat rides on the ocean, long hikes in the rainforests and short flights.

Included:

  • All meals with US breakfast
  • High-end accommodation throughout
  • 1 Bottled water / day
  • Comfortable vehicle with AC & insurance
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Experienced English-speaking driver
  • Qualified and experienced English-speaking naturalist Trip Leader
  • Qualified and experienced English-speaking naturalist guides
  • All park tickets
  • All excursions mentioned in the itinerary
  • All tourist taxes

Not included:          

  • International flights
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks
  • Tipping
  • Personal expenses
Day 1: ANTANANARIVO

Arrival in Tana via JHB or Paris. Welcome and quick bus transfer to your nearby upscale hotel to recoup from your long flight. Welcome dinner at your hotel.

DB Overnight at Relais des Plateaux

Day 2: ANTANANARIVO – MAROANTSETRA (FLIGHT)

Early breakfast at the hotel. Morning flight to Maroantsetra. Check into your comfortable lodge by the Indian Ocean. River boat trip in search of colorful panther chameleons and tiny reed frogs. Night walk around the lodge in search of endemic snakes and frogs, etc.

LDB Overnight at Hyppocampe Hotel

Day 3: MAROANTSETRA – MASOALA NATIONAL PARK (2-HOUR BOAT RIDE)

Breakfast at the lodge. Morning boat ride for about 2 hours to Masoala peninsula. Check into your basic lodge at Masoala Lodge. Introductory walk into Masoala National Park lowland rainforest teeming with endemic amphibians and reptiles. Night walk in the forest to look for leaf-tailed geckoes and frogs and nocturnal snakes.

LDB Overnight at Masoala Lodge

Day 4: MASOALA NATIONAL PARK – NOSY MANGABE

Morning departure to Nosy Mangabe to discover various frog species including the colorful mantella species and geckoes. Lunch on the island and transfer back to Maroantsetra for a city tour.

DBL Overnight at Hyppocampe Hotel.

Day 5: MAROANTSETRA – SAMBAVA (FLIGHT) – MAROJEJY NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast, morning flight to Sambava. Drive to Marojejy National Park, a reptile sanctuary, home for endemic amphibians, and reptiles found nowhere else on earth of which many remain undiscovered.

BLD Overnight camping along a river

Day 6: MAROJEJY NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast, morning departure to the park entrance and picturesque walk through the village. Rivers crossing and forest hiking to Camp 1. Introductory easy night walk around the lodge in search of nocturnal frogs, geckos and snakes.

BLD Overnight in tented Camp 1

Day 7: MAROJEJY NATIONAL PARK

Morning hike in the pristine rainforest in search of interesting diurnal frogs and snakes and chameleon species endemic to the Marojejy park.

BLD Overnight at tented Camp 1

Day 8: MAROJEJY NATIONAL PARK – SAMBAVA – DIEGO SUAREZ – JOFFREVILLE

Early breakfast. Hike back through the rainforest back to the village. Chance to encounter more reptiles and amphibians along the way. Transfer to Sambava your short flight to Diego Suarez. Drive to Joffreville and check into your beautiful lodge. Rest and recreation. Night walk in the beautiful private property of Domaine de Fontenay to look for endemics here.

DBL Overnight at Domaine de Fontenay

Day 9: AMBER MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast, visit Amber Mountain to discover endemic chameleons, such as stump tailed-chameleons, frogs, snakes and the largest leaf-tailed gecko. Evening walk near the lodge to discover more endemics.

DBL Overnight at Domaine de Fontenay

Day 10: JOFFREVILLE TO DIEGO SUAREZ – ANTANANARIVO – ANDASIBE

Morning departure to Diego Suarez to you’re your morning flight back to Tana. Drive to Andasibe on National Road 2. Time permitting stop at Piereyras Reptile Reserve for photo-ups. Drive on to Andasibe and check into your upscale accommodation in the middle of the rainforest. Introductory night walk around the lodge to find some chameleons, frogs and leaf-tailed geckoes…

DBL Overnight at Vakona Forest Lodge

Day 11: ANALAMAZAOTRA SPECIAL RESERVE

Morning visit of Analamazaotra Special Reserve that shelter almost 100% endemic reptiles including snakes, such as Madagascar tree boas, numerous well-camouflaged tree frogs, day and night geckoes and chameleons, like the large green Parson’s chameleon. Night walk in park to look for nocturnal endemic frogs, geckoes, snakes, chameleons.

DBL Overnight at Vakona Forest Lodge

Day 12: ANDASIBE – ANTANANARIVO – FLIGHT HOME

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning drive back to Tana to meet your afternoon/evening flight to JHB/Paris. Stop at La Digue’s artisan’s market for some souvenir shopping.

You’ll stay in the best possible accommodation wherever they’re available. In Masoala and Marojejy, basic accommodation and camping are the only options.

Marojejy National Park and Masoala National Park have basic and slippery trails, and the altitude is high so hiking here can be pretty challenging, so you’re advised to use walking sticks to better enjoy the tour.

Bring extra plastic bags to cover your camera gear from any humidity in the rainforests.

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