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Vanilla Triangle

The Vanilla Triangle Tour is an 11-day adventure itinerary in the north and north-east of Madagascar, in the land of scents. This off the beaten track program has exceptionally been designed for nature lovers and hikers, including several overnights camping in the forest. Awake your senses to the perfume of spices, vanilla, ylang ylang and many essential oils. Learn about the great culinary and medical traditions of the island. Discover and explore virgin rainforest with unique animals and plants. You will forever remember the time spend in the middle of green landscapes and joyful rivers. Finish off on the tropical beaches of Nosy Be and the nearby islets. A good level of fitness is desirable. 

11 Days – From £1,910 per person 

*equivalent in USD, EUR accepted

Itinerary: Antananarivo, Sambava, Marojejy, Vohemar, Daraina Reserve, Ankarana, Ankify, Nosy Be

  • Price is per person, based on two people sharing in a double room
  • Accommodation with Breakfast
  • All the excursions mentioned in the itinerary on a private basis
  • All transfers on a private basis
  • Entrance & guiding fees to all the mentioned National Parks
  • Professional English speaking naturalist guide 
  • All local taxes
  • Visa, where applicable
  • International Flights (See Flights to Madagascar)
  • Domestic Flights 
  • Personal Expenses
  • Insurance
  • Tips & Gratuities
  • Meals not mentioned in the description

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. Return flights to Madagascar start from £700 per person, depending on the connections and time of the year.

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.

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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. For more travel inspiration check these itineraries.

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 - Antananarivo to Sambava

In the morning, transfer to Ivato Airport (TNR) for your flight to Sambava (SVB), one the most prosperous cities in the north and the capital of the vanilla triangle. You will be met at the airfield and driven to Sambava along a beautiful coastal road. Sambava is nestled in small bay, sheltered by luxuriant vegetation, in the heart of vanilla fields and coconut plantations, palm trees, banana trees and bamboo. On arrival, visit a vanilla house and factory to learn about the vanilla processing from the field to the pod.

plantation of coconut trees in Sambava, on the island of Madagascar

Day 2 - Sambava to Marojejy

Today leave early to Marojejy with the special park guide coming from Sambava. You will ride up to Manantenina reaching there by 8.30am, and then continue along a dirt track to Mandena. From there, walk up for 1 hour to the entrance of Marojejy National Park. This is one of the most beautiful and wildest areas of Madagascar, a place of dense jungle and sheer cliffs. Past the entrance, walk another 2,5h to reach Camp Mantella. On the way, stop to admire the forest.  You will arrive at the camp by 2pm, take a rest and enjoy the enchanting surroundings. Later on take a walk to the Humbert Waterfall (1 hour walk each way). Camping overnight.

a tiny village on the beach in Sava, on the island of Madagascar

Day 3 - Marojejy National Park

In the morning, hike up to Camp Marojejya (2-3h), mostly uphill. The walk is challenging at times, but the pace is slow with lots of stops to enjoy the forest. Marojejya camp is located at the transition between the lowland and the mountainous rainforest, on a mountainside. When the clouds clear up, there are breathtaking views over the park. On arrival at the camp get some rest. Further exploring with the special park guide is also possible. There are many endemic species of flora and fauna here, found nowhere else in the world. Among other forest dwellers, you will have an opportunity to spot Silky Sifaka, a lemur’s species only found in Marojejy. Camping overnight.

The green vegetation in Marojejy in Madagascar

Day 4 - Marojejy to Daraina

After breakfast (6.30am), trek back down to camp Mantella. The descent is quite easy, taking about 3h. Drive back to Sambava and turn northwards to Vohemar (1+2h). Pass by beautiful green scenery, small villages of wooden huts, rivers and streams. In Antalaha, the world vanilla capital, take a traditional canoe trip on the Ankavia and Ankavanana rivers. Arrive in Vohemar at noon and explore the attractive bay with a natural harbour. Then take a dirt track to Daraina, a challenging part of the journey. The trip can take between 2 and 5 hours, depending on the rain and weather. Upon arrival, check-in and have an evening hike inside Daraina Reserve.

The lush and green rice fields in Vohemara, on the island of Madagascar

Day 5 - Daraina Reserve

Today spend the full day in the Daraina Reserve. Nature lovers and trekking enthusiasts will be rewarded since Daraina is the starting point of fantastic hikes in the forest. The forest also has a sacred waterfall and many species of rare lemurs. The reserve is a mosaic of rolling hills covered with patches of forests – one of the richest and ecologically sensitive areas in Madagascar. Daraina has been transformed and fragmented by human activities. Currently, the reserve consists of forest fragments, interwoven by anthropogenic grasslands and croplands. Despite fragmentation, the flora and fauna is rich and diverse.

a white and brown lemur hanging on the tree, on the island of Madagascar

Day 6 - Daraina to Ankarana

Drive 100 km of dirt road to Ambilobe. From there take the tar road to reach Ankarana. The park is a spectacular fortress of sharp ridges (tsingy), patches of dense tropical jungle, deep caves and canyons (actually the biggest underground river network in Africa). With an annual rainfall of almost 2000mm, the rocks undergo heavy erosion producing an amazing karst topography. There are incredible trails, unique and terrific landscapes and a lot of animals. Coming from the eastern side, overnight in Mahamasina East.

the lakes and rocks of Ankarana reserve in the north of Madagascar

Day 7 - Ankarana Reserve

Today take the 6-7h circuit from Mahamasina. It includes the visit of Perte de Riviere, Chauves Souris Cavl, Petit Tsingy, Ambahibe Cave, panoramic point Ambohimalaza, Lac Vert and Grand Tsingy. The trekking is challenging at times, but extraordinarily rewarding. In Amboandriky, the cave of the crocodiles and Lac Mangily are the main interesting points. The trails lead to awesome viewpoints on ridges above hundreds of limestone needles. Getting into the centre of the park requires a guide and coping with high temperatures. The best time of year to visit is during the dry season, from April to November.

Tiny suspended wooden bridge connecting the rigged cliffs of Ankarana reserve on the island of Madagascar

Day 8 - Ankarana to Nosy Be

After breakfast, drive towards Ankify. The first stop will be in the town of Ambilobe, a Muslim city with a picturesque market. Continue driving across the volcanic fertile land of the north with coffee, cacao and ylang ylang plantations. The mountain chain of Tsaratanana, with the highest peak of the island will show up at the horizon. The second stop will be in Ambanja to visit Cyrille cacao and vanilla plantation. Upon arrival in Ankify, take a speedboat transfer to Hell Ville on the island of Nosy Be (1h). Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

a two-wheel rickshaw dragged by a black zebu on the beautiful beach with turquoise waters and white sands of Nosy Be on the island of Madagascar

Day 9 - Nosy be Island Tour

Today explore Nosy Be. Start with visiting Andoany – a melting pot of cultures. Mosques, churches and the sacred trees represent all forms of beliefs. You will see the impressive 200 years old Sacred Banyan Tree, the historic Marodoka village and the botanical garden Lemuria Land, located in the middle of an ylang ylang plantation. There is a museum and a distillery of essential oils and rum. Don’t miss Andilana, the most beautiful beach of Nosy-Be with turquoise waters. Finish with a splendid sunset at Mont Passot and the views over the sacred lakes. The legend says that spirits of the Sakalava royal family live in the lakes. Overnight at l’Heure Bleue.

packs of fresh organic vanilla from the island of Madagascar

Day 10 - Nosy Komba & Nosy Tanikely

Today visit two smaller islands, Nosy Komba and Nosy Tanikely. Start with Nosy Komba, the island with a lush tropical forest. Visit the small lemur park and the local community who are the masters of embroidery. Later on take a 1-hour boat ride to Nosy Tanikely, a protected marine reserve with a spectacular marine life. The island is a true aquarium with a very rich ecosystem of marine life. When you feel that it is time to refresh, a seafood lunch will be prepared for you on the island. Don’t miss the lighthouse at the top of the hill with 360° panoramic views over the region. In the evening return to Nosy Be. Balance the evening at leisure. Overnight at l’Heure Bleue.

lush tropical island of Nosy Komba and the blue calm waters surrounding it, on the island of Madagascar

Day 11 - Nosy Be

According to your flight schedule, you will be transferred to the Fascene Airport (NOS) for your onward flight. We hope that you will have in the North. 

idyllic tropical beaches and clear waters of Nosy Tanikely on the island of Madagascar

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