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Secrets of Majunga

This 09-day trip will take you to the north-west of Madagascar, in the state of Majunga. This region is well preserved and has only a few high-end lodges, being a total hidden gem, where you can have gorgeous beaches to yourself and enjoy a relaxing holiday with your family and your loved ones. Discover pristine coves, tsingy forest, preserved baobab forests, endemic flora and fauna. This trip include a visit to Baie de Moramba, a spectacular bay with mushroom-shaped islets which reminds of Ha Long Bay. Stay at some of the most charming small lodges and bask in beautiful nature. The length of the trip can be adjusted and changed, according to your time and availability. Lengthy transiting with overnights through Tana can be avoided if choosing Air Austral flights from Paris to Majunga via Mayotte. This itinerary is a great choice for a honeymoon trip and for anyone who is looking for relaxation and a beach breach on a tropical island.

9 Days – From £3,550 per person 

*equivalent in USD, EUR accepted

Itinerary: Majunga, Terres Blanches, Anjajavy, Majunga

  • Price is per person, based on two people sharing in a double/twin room
  • Accommodation on full board
  • Charter domestic flights 
  • All the excursions mentioned in the itinerary 
  • All transfers by car and boat on a private basis
  • Entrance & guiding fees 
  • All mandatory local taxes
  • Visa, where applicable
  • International Flights (See Flights to Madagascar)
  • Personal Expenses
  • Insurance
  • Tips & Gratuities

International flights are not included in the package price. We give you the freedom to book the flights yourself, use miles and choose your preferred airline, and if you are stuck we can help you find the right connections. 

Three times a week (Saturday, Monday and Wednesday), in the evening, there is a flight from Paris to Majunga, via Mayotte, with Air Austral: CDG-DZA-MJN – 19:45-07:30 / 08:45-09:45. This is a good option, avoiding the transit through Tana.

For families and groups (starting with 5 pax), we can book domestic flights in Madagascar, during the high season, and if the trip is part of a more complex itinerary. This is to ensure a seamless travel and no complications.

Send us a message on WhatsApp (+44 7 308 449 233) or email us at madagascar@boutiquetravelexperts.com to check availability, discuss your preferences and get a quote.

This is a sample itinerary and prices are correct at the time of writing. We can tailor it to suit your plans by changing the length of the trip or the order of activities. More days can be added. Other hotels can be chosen, according to your liking. 

To avoid unpleasant weather surprises, we recommend to check our Madagascar Weather Guide to plan your trip in the right season. Click on the month you want to travel in and see the tours which are best for each month of the year. 

Day 1 - Welcome to Majunga

Today arrive by plane to Majunga (Mahajanga). It is a coastal city in the northwest of Madagascar and one of the hottest cities in the country where temperatures reach 40°C. It is the most cosmopolitan city of Madagascar and home to Comorians, Arabs, Indo-Pakistanis, Chinese. Majunga is more urban, cleaner and safer than the capital Tana. Before departing to the lodge, visit the enormous baobab tree located in the middle of a junction in the city. It has a circumference of 21 meters and is believed to be 700 years old. Spend the afternoon at leisure, at the pool. Overnight at Antsanitia Resort.

lemur in Majunga, Madagascar

Day 2 - Coves & Creeks

From Antsanitia take a speed boat ride to the north (2,5 hours). Discover the endless beautiful coast withmysterious beaches, scenic coves and creeks, surrounded by tsingy rocks, wrapped in green forest. After check-in, spend your afternoon exploring the charming coves. Behind the pristine beaches there are often caves which serve as tombs for the Sakalava tribes. This ethnic group have a special ritual to put their passed away relatives inside caves, instead of burying them. Spend the evening enjoying the splendid sundowner. Overnight at Lodge des Terres Blanches.

Traditional wooden boat in Majunga, Madagascar

Day 3 - Baobabs & Le Cirque Rouge

After breakfast, leave by boat to sink into the estuary of the Mahajamba (1 hour). Sail to a small beach and walk to the Baobab Alley with numerous trees. This is a totally unknown and protected avenue of baobabs. In the afternoon, visit the marvelous site of Le Cirque Rouge de la Baie de Mahajamba. After 45 minutes by boat, you will discover the most colossal red cirques on the northwest coast of Madagascar. Carved by wind and water, this lunar landscape with extraordinary colors will leave you speechless. On your return, spend the evening at leisure. Overnight at Lodge des Terres Blanches.

Tsingy of Majunga, Madagascar

Day 4 - Mangroves de Kirambo

In the morning, after breakfast, take a boat to discover the mangrove of Kirambo (3 hours). While sailing in the calm waters, along sandbanks, tsingy rocks and mangroves, observe the endemic birds and beautiful pristine nature. Reach the small village of Kirambo where they manufacture traditional Malagasy canoes and dhows. In the late afternoon take a boat trip (1,5 hours) to the north of the mangroves. Enjoy a cocktail whilst watching the breathtaking sunset. If lucky, you can see the rare sacred ibis and the flying fox. Overnight at Lodge des Terres Blanches.

Lodge des Terres Blanches, boutique beach resort in Majunga, Madagascar

Day 5 - Antafiamoara & Night Walk

Today transfer to Anjajavy Lodge by plane. In the afternoon discover Antafiamoara (2 hours). Visit the giant tortoise nursery, which shelters juvenile turtles. Continue to the adult tortoises’ yard with a guide who will explain more about the project. Then, visit a young coconut grove and small caves at the base of magnificent tsingy. One of the caves features an animist cultural site, another of these cavities features open ancestral Sakalava burials. Before dinner, discover the night activity of the local wildlife around the lodge with a guide. Spot the cute nocturnal species. Overnight at Anjajavy Lodge.

Giant Turtle in Majunga, Madagascar

Day 6 - Baie de Moramba

After breakfast, take a speed boat (45 min) to Baie de Moramba – the ‘Ha Long Bay’ of Madagascar. The bay, located in the north of the peninsula, is a true hidden gem with a rich ecosystem. The mushroom-shaped tsingy rocks are scattered around the bay with baobab trees growing on top of them. The nature here is marvellous, with small islets and pristine beaches. You can also see dolphins and sea turtles. Stop in a beautiful cove for a romantic picnic. Enjoy snorkelling near the limestone rocks or just chill on the beach and listen to the sounds of birds. Then, indulge in an al-fresco lunch with staggering seaviews.  Return to the lodge in the late afternoon. Overnight at Anjajavy Lodge.

Baie de Moramba in Majunga, Madagascar

Day 7 - Marobozo Baobabs & Tsingy

At dawn, take the main road through the forest to the old Marobozo baobabs (1,5 hours / 8 km). Watch the sun rise over the horizon while observing endemic species of birds such as the red fody, the crested coua, the paradise-flycatcher and more. The baobabsshelter birds like the crested drongo and Sohimanga sunbirds. In the late afternoon, venture into the expansive tsingy yard with numerous sharp stone sculptures and the emblematic Jajavy tree. Do not miss the breathtaking sunset from your terrace and the lemur spectacle in the canopy. Overnight at Anjajavy Lodge.

Day 8 - Crab Path & Sakalava Cave

Today explore another corner of the reservation. Follow the path lined with baobabs and tsingy walls through the mangrove swamps where the famous hairy crabs live (2 hours / 2 km). Inside a chaos of rocks, at the foot of a tsingy wall, is the entrance to an old cave. Descend the ladder into the ground. At the bottom you will find fossils of extinct giant lemurs. Later on, continue to Sakalava cave. Discover the underground microcosm of a small network of hill caves. With a little luck you will observe bats (1,5 hours / 4 km). Return to the lodge and enjoy the last night on the beach. Overnight at Anjajavy Lodge.

Anjajavy Lodge, luxury beachfront hotel in a remote north-western area of Madagascar

Day 9 - Departure

Today it is your last morning in Majunga, the hidden gem of Madagascar. This region of the island remains preserved and mostly untouched. You will be one of the few who visit it. Depending on your travel plans, take your charter flight back Majunga airport (MJN) or transfer directly to Antananarivo by air. It could be that you will need an overnight stay in Antananarivo. If this is the case, we will arrange the transfer to the hotel upon arrival in the capital and extend the itinerary to an additional night. Time permitting, excursions to the royal palaces of Ambohimanga can be done from Tana.

Anjajavy Lodge, luxury beachfront hotel in a remote north-western area of Madagascar

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