Volcano and Tsingy - Madagascar and Reunion
Helicopter flips over Reunion are unforgettable!  
St Gilles has lovely beaches  
Cascade Langevin near St Joseph  
Creole home in Hell-Bourge, Cirque de Salazie  
The mountain town of Cilaos  
Cirque de Cilaos in Reunion's mountainous interior  
Sunset at St Gilles-les-Baines  
Crater hike at Formica Leo, Piton de la Fournaise  
Reef life, St Gilles-les-Baines  
Madagascar paradise flycatcher (Daniel Austin)  
Tsingy pinnacle formations, Ankarana massif  
Ankarana - a Lost World within the Lost World (Mike Unwin)  
Male Black lemur (Gerald Cubitt)  
The Fringed gecko (Uroplatus), a master of camoflage  
Panther chameleon  
19 day tour
Prices from
£5195

Tour Highlights

  • Reunion's awesome active volcano, Piton de la Fournaiseno
  • Reunion's unbeatable mountain scenery
  • Lemurs, Baobabs and wildlife in Madagascar
  • 'Tsingy' pinnacle-fields of Ankarana
  • Sublime Indian Ocean beaches and reefs
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I'm enquiring about: Volcano and Tsingy - Madagascar and Reunion

Volcano and Tsingy - Madagascar and Reunion

Madagascar      Reunion
This fabulous individual, tailor-made tour presents an unrivalled choice for those who want to experience a compelling selection of dramatic geological features, sunny beaches and rare wildlife. Few island combinations can beat the splendour of an active volcano (Piton de la Fournaise in Reunion) followed by exploration of the utterly bizarre pinnacle fields ('tsingy') of Ankarana in north Madagascar.
 
Thanks to Air Austral operating regular flights between the UK, Reunion and Madagascar, visitors can now easily fly from Reunion to Nosy Be, an ideal access point for Northern Madagascar.
 
In Reunion, a self-drive trip will take you to two of its three magnificent natural amphitheaters or 'Cirques'. Additionally, you can appreciate the contrast between its humid east coast's black volcanic beaches and the white sand beaches of its drier west coast. An unforgettable highlight included in this sample itinerary – which can be tailored to suit your individual interests -  is a helicopter flip over Reunion: these are operated in the early mornings from St Gilles-les-Baines or from St Pierre and are a thrilling experience!.
 
From Reunion, fly to Nosy Be where you stay overnight before setting off by speedboat to the Malagasy main island and traveling inland to the extraordinary limestone massif of Ankarana, the 'Lost World Within A Lost World'. 
Here, spend two days exploring pinnacle-fields, awe inspiring caves and sunken forests for a good fix of rare wildlife, especially of course, Lemurs. 
Afterwards, travel to the northwest coast for a relaxing break and end the holiday with 4 nights on Nosy Sakatia, which has the country’s best in-house scuba diving centre and where you can explore this balmy island archipelago from.
 

Day 1
Departure: London Heathrow - Reunion via Paris CDG
Fly from London Heathrow (or selected other UK airports) with Air France to Paris CDG, where you check in on arrival for the overnight Air Austral flight to Reunion.
Day 2
Day 2
Arrival: Cirque de Salazie
On arrival in Reunion you will be welcomed and assisted with obtaining your hire car. Drive to the lush northern amphitheatre Cirque de Salazie to stay overnight in the recently revamped Relais des Cimes with breakfast included. Spend the balance of the day exploring Hell-Bourge, voted as one of the most picturesque French villages.
Accommodation: Relais des Cimes
     
Day 3
Day 3
Diana Dea Lodge & Spa, St Anne
Drive to St Anne to stay overnight in Diana Dea Lodge. (On your arrival in Reunion you'll be handed a comprehensive and informative manual with plenty of suggestions for sightseeing - there is an abundance of attractions packed into this island).
Accommodation: Diana Dea Lodge & Spa
         
Day 4
Day 4
Les Geraniums
Enjoy further sightseeing at your own pace today on the way to La Plaine des Cafres, where you stay overnight in Les Geraniums.
Accommodation: Hotel Les Geranuims
   
Day 5
Day 5
Volcano visit and travel to Cilaos
In the early morning, drive to Pas de Bellecombe. Leave your hire car at the parking lot for the hike into the crater of Piton de la Fournaise (Peak of the Furnace), one of the world's most active volcanoes. This is a primal experience!. Then drive to Cilaos where you stay two nights in Le Vieux Cep, a long-standing favourite with our clientele . Breakfast included.
Accommodation: Le Vieux Cep
   
Day 6
Day 6
Cirque de Cilaos
There are some lovely trails to choose from in scenic Cirque de Cilaos. These vary in length and in grading. For those who enjoy Spa treatments, a visit to Irenee Accot Spa just outside the town, is worthwhile.
Accommodation: Le Vieux Cep
   
Day 7
Day 7
Cilaos - St Gilles-les-Baines
Leave the mountains by driving along a pass famed for its 200 hairpin bends, to the coast. Drive to the relaxed seaside village of St-Gilles-les-Baines for a two night stay in Le Boucan Canot, again a perennial favourite with our clients. Weather here is usually sunny and warm, so it makes for the ideal end point to a Reunion circuit.
Accommodation: Boucan Canot
 
Day 8
Day 8
Helicopter flip - St Gilles-les-Baines
The highlight of your trip to Reunion is a helicopter flip. These thrilling and unforgettable excursions allow people the chance to see places in this rugged island which are inaccessible by road and allow for the opportunity to truly appreciate the dramatic scenery. As part of the excursion, you fly over the Cirques, (Mafate has no roads so could otherwise be seen only on foot); the beautiful forests of Bebour and Belouve, the Indian Ocean's highest mountain (Piton des Neiges) and the volcano Piton de la Fournaise. Balance of the day to relax at St Gilles-les-Baines.
Accommodation: Boucan Canot
 
Day 9
Day 9
Reunion - Nosy Be Madagascar
Drive to Roland Garros international airport to return your hire car and check in for the Air Austral flight to Nosy Be, off Madagascar's balmy and tropical north-western coast. On arrival, transfer to Nosy Lodge to stay overnight on a half board basis.
Day 10
Day 10
Nosy Be - Ankarana Ouest
After breakfast, transfer to Nosy Be port for the speedboat transfer (45min) to Ankify on the Malagasy mainland. Here your guide and your driver meet you and transfer you 4 hours inland to Ankarana Ouest, where you stay for two nights in Iharana Bush Camp with all meals included. The lodge offers a superb range of activities including a walk to see the Tsingy (limestone pinnacle formations) and some spectacular caves; pirogue trips and visits to nearby villages.
 
 
Accommodation: Iharana Bush Camp
                             
Day 11
Day 11
Ankarana Ouest
Your guides will take you on some of the circuits in this remarkable limestone massif, aptly described by guidebook guru Hilary Bradt as a 'Lost World Within the Lost World'. Overnight at Iharana Bush Camp with all meals included.
Accommodation: Iharana Bush Camp
                             
Day 12
Day 12
Ankarana Ouest - Sambirano coast: Antoremba Lodge
Depart after breakfast back to Ankify where you say goodbye to your guide and driver. Take the speedboat transfer from here to secluded Antoremba Lodge, to stay 2 nights in a beach bungalow, with all meals included.
Accommodation: Antoremba Lodge
                 
Day 13
Day 13
Eden Lodge
Baobab Beach, where this secluded lodge is located, is remote and accessible only by speedboat. The lodge has only 8 rooms (two of which are twin) so has an intimate ambience.
Accommodation: Eden Lodge
                 
Day 14
Day 14
To Nosy Sakatia island
You will be transferred by speedboat to the island of Nosy Sakatia, off Nosy Be. Here your accommodation for 4 nights is the highly rated and much-enjoyed, family owned and run Sakatia Lodge, which also has what is arguably the country's best scuba diving centre in-house. Through Jacques, the dive master, and his excellent colleagues, guests can arrange all sorts of activities - this even extends to going to seek Whale sharks with the responsibly run Madagascar Whale Shark Project, if you are visiting from late October through to December.
Accommodation: Sakatia Lodge
                       
Day 15
Day 15
Sakatia Lodge - Nosy Be archipelago
While based at Nosy Sakatia, you can arrange quick (5 minutes) speedboat transfers to Nosy Be island, because Vanila Hotel is right opposite Sakatia Island. A big plus in this regard for those keen on horse-riding, is that the excellent Ambaro Ranch on Nosy Be, will bring horses to Vanila Hotel, so keen riders (from beginners to advanced; kids welcome too) can ride on the beach and on Nosy Be island itself. Call us if you would like us to arrange and pre-book horse-riding excursions for you.
Accommodation: Sakatia Lodge
                       
Day 16
Day 16
Sakatia Lodge
Many rate the reefs and underwater world around Nosy Be as Madagascar's finest. Swimming is safe and pods of dolphin are often sighted. Snorkelling is offered and the lodge has an excellent dive centre - ask us for rates.
Accommodation: Sakatia Lodge
                       
Day 17
Day 17
Sakatia Lodge
A variety of day trips can be arranged at the lodge (payable locally) - these include visits to Nosy Be's satellite island of Nosy Tanikely (an uninhabited marine reserve island around which there are wonderful, healthy coral reefs so snorkelling is superb.
Accommodation: Sakatia Lodge
                       
Day 18
Departure: Sakatia Lodge - Nosy Be airport - Reunion - Paris CDG
You will be transferred to Nosy Be airport to check in for the Air Austral flight from Nosy Be back to Reunion. Connect here with the Air Austral overnight flight back to Paris CDG.
Day 19
Arrival: London Heathrow (or selected other UK airports)
On arrival in the morning off the Air Austral flight from Paris CDG, connect with the Air France flight to London Heathrow (or selected other UK airports).

Pricing Information & Dates

19 day tour, from £5195 per person
Price Includes
* Return international flights (economy class seating) from London Heathrow to Nosy Be via Reunion with Air Austral.
* Category B hire car in Reunion
* All transfers by road (private 4-wheel drive vehicle) and by speedboat in Madagascar
* Helicopter flip over Reunion
* Services of experienced, dedicated, professional English-speaking Malagasy guide and of driver for Ankarana National Park
* Park permits and local park guide fees
* Accommodation in Reunion and in Madagascar as specified, based on double or twin room occupancy
* Meals as listed.
Price Excludes
* Any meals not specified
* Items of a personal nature (phone calls, travel insurance, gratuities, laundry)
* Madagascar visa (€35, issued on arrival at Nosy Be airport)
Price Notes
Price is based on low season airfare and rates so subject to change.

Tour Route Map

  1.   Ankarana National Park
  2.   Nosy Be, the Mitsio and Radama islands
  3.   The Cirques & Surrounds

Accommodation on this Tour

Antoremba Lodge
Antoremba Lodge
Nosy Be, the Mitsio and Radama islands, Madagascar
Antoremba Lodge A lovely, small property with 8 rooms, the family-owned and run Antoremba Lodge is at a secluded, white sand beach about 15 - 20 minutes by speedboat from Ankify jetty near Ambanja in......
                 
Boucan Canot
Boucan Canot
Reunion Island Beaches, Reunion
Four-star Boucan Canot Hotel is set beside one of Reunion's best beaches, between St Paul and St Gilles-les-Bains. The hotel has 53 rooms with three room types ranging from standard rooms to junior and senior suites. Décor is in Creole style with dark wood and bold fabrics.
 
Diana Dea Lodge & Spa
Diana Dea Lodge & Spa
Volcano & Plaine des Cafres, Reunion
Secluded Diana Dea is a sleek and modern boutique lodge set within a 150 hectare park, in the hills above the Sainte-Anne village. The Sunday Times described Diana Dea as the "most chic new hotel on the island, tucked away on a hill over looking Ste Anne and the east coast..."
         
Eden Lodge
Eden Lodge
Nosy Be, the Mitsio and Radama islands, Madagascar
Eden Lodge offers the best of Madagascar in one location: exotic wildlife, rewarding snorkelling and a long, sandy beach with magnificent baobabs. Standing under traditional Malagasy thatched roofs, eight stylish safari-style tents are spread out along a beach on the north coast.
                 
Hotel Les Geranuims
Hotel Les Geranuims
Volcano & Plaine des Cafres, Reunion
Hotel Les Geranuims Hotel Les Geranuims is a friendly, simple 25-bedroom hotel on the Plaine des Cafres, which makes an excellent base if you intend to hike the Piton de la Fournaise. It is about an......
   
Iharana Bush Camp
Iharana Bush Camp
Ankarana National Park, Madagascar
Situated about 16 km from the town of Ambilobe, Iharana Bush Camp has eight bungalows with en suite facilities (showers not bath tub). The design reflects a unique crossover between traditional Malagasy and African styling.
                             
Le Vieux Cep
Le Vieux Cep
The Cirques & Surrounds, Reunion
Le Vieux Cep Le Vieux Cep is a comfortable family-run hotel with a heated swimming pool, a good restaurant, fine wonderful views of the surrounding cirque and a friendly staff to help you get the......
   
Relais des Cimes
Relais des Cimes
The Cirques & Surrounds, Reunion
Relais des Cimes Relais des Cimes is situated in the lovely village of Hell-Bourg in a 19th century Creole building nearby to Salazie, a UNESCO world heritage site. The hotel offers 29 rooms equipped......
     
Sakatia Lodge
Sakatia Lodge
Nosy Be, the Mitsio and Radama islands, Madagascar
One of the most sought-after accommodations in the Nosy Be Archipelago, Sakatia Lodge on the island of Nosy Sakatia, has eight en suite Ocean View bungalows and one larger family villa. The food is excellent. Book early.
                       

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