Ladies Madagascar Beach & Culture Tour

The fourth-largest island in the world, unpretentious & undeveloped!

Found only in Madagascar, lemurs are the country’s ultimate hallmark, notably the black and white ring-tailed Lemur Catta species. With more than 60 species present throughout the island, these mammals are currently classified as endangered species. 

Madagascar has some of the best beaches in the world. What else could heal the soul more than relaxing on a calm and peaceful beach in front of an emerald sea, enjoying stunning views at sunset? 

It’s home to the largest Baobab tree in the world, known also as the bottle tree, the baobab is also called ‘reniala,’ which means ‘mother of the forest’ in the Malagasy language.

It’s the friendly nature of the locals and the almost complete absence of crime that makes this such a pleasant holiday destination.

As the biggest island in the Indian Ocean, Madagascar is famous for its unique endemic wildlife and biodiversity. With breathtaking views of nature, white sand beaches, stunning rainforest and delicious local food, this spot offers an unforgettable experience. 

Being only 400km from mainland Africa one would assume that the inhabitants largely descended from a main-land African tribe. However, the original settlers came from Indonesia, 7,600km away.

This ancestry is reflected in the friendly, humbleness of the locals and the food is an interesting combination of Indonesian, African and French.

Madagascar is unique in the fact that it has little industry and has been for hundreds of years a port of call for ships needing to re-stock with water and fresh provisions. This makes it so different to the better-known islands such as Mauritius, Seychelles or Zanzibar. It may not have their wealth but it outdoes them in down to earth personality.

 

Fast Facts

Duration: 8 days, 7 nights
Group Size: Maximum 7 Ladies (sharing)
Destination: 293 on Komba Lodge, Madagascar
Accommodation: Malagasy Beach Style Guesthouse
Includes:
Return International flights from Or Tambo to Nosy Be, Madagascar.
7 x Breakfasts, 2 x Lunch & 7 x Dinners at the Guesthouse.
Tea, coffee, all activities, excursions & local transfers and airport pick up and drop off as per itinerary.
Excludes:
All flights, alcoholic and soft beverages, tips and anything not specified in the itinerary. Skipping an activity is your own choice, but is not refundable.
Interests: Local culture, swimming, snorkelling, walking, nature & relaxation.

Day 1

Arrival at Nosy Be & transfer to the Lodge

The Airlink flight from OR Tambo to Nosy Be takes 3hrs & 30min. You will be collected from the airport and taken to the Port, where the Lodge’s boat will be ready to transfer you to the island of Nosy Komba and the Guest Lodge’s beach, a 25-minute boat ride, depending on the weather.

You will be greeted by your hostess, Marcine Cooper, the owner of 293 on Komba Guest Lodge. After a welcome drink, and a short briefing on the Lodge, the village, and the surroundings, you have time to unpack, settle in, swim and relax. A delicious three-course dinner will be served at 7 pm. You are welcome to come up to the top terrace to order a local cocktail or drink.

 

Day 2

Walk to the village of Ampangorina

After a leisurely breakfast,  you will be taken by a local guide through the village telling you about the culture and the local Sakalava tribe as well as a visit to the local museum.  The village is known for its many artworks, and you can find statues, masks, and model canoes but above all, it’s famous for its embroidered tablecloths in “point Richelieu” style. After the Guided walk you are welcome to enjoy the village at your own pace and find one of the local village eating spots for a delicious local meal. Return to the Lodge, have a swim or snorkel,  or just chill and get accustomed to the humidity & heat.

15h30  Tea & biscuits

 A three-course dinner is served in the evening at 19h00

Day 3

A Visit to Hellville

07h00: Start the day with an early boat trip to Hellville. This is not a guided excursion, and you are free to explore at your leisure. Tuk Tuks will be waiting at the port to transfer you to  Casa Mofu a local “coffee shop” where you will have a “French” breakfast of local pastries. After breakfast, you are welcome to explore on your own or as a group in a taxi. A Visit to the jewellery shop where the locally crafted Star Safire stones/jewellery are for sale. Star Safire stones are authentic to Madagascar. There is also a delicious Italian restaurant Pappillon to wind up at for a midday lunch. Today’s activities & lunch will be for your own account. After lunch, you will make your way back to the Port, where your boat will be waiting to take you back to the Lodge.

Three-course dinner served at the Guest Lodge at 19h00

 

Day 4

Tanikely, one of the top best snorkelling spots in the world!

Today’s excursion will be a visit to one of the best snorkelling islands in the world where various fish, turtles and coral are abundant. This is truly a natural aquarium! Even if you don’t like snorkelling the water is so clear and clean that you can see the various sea life with the naked eye. There is a lovely walk up to the lighthouse where you have a spectacular view of all the islands. A cooler box with some water and soft drinks will be packed. Lunch at your own cost back in the village. Spend the afternoon chilling, swimming or just relaxing with a good book and a local rum & coke.

 15h30 Tea & biscuits

A three-course dinner is served in the evening at 19h00.

 

Day 5

Visit a small local Nature Reserve

After breakfast, walk up to see the Black Lemur, endemic to Nosy Komba, in the Lemur Park where they live and roam freely. The Park is also home to Chameleons, tortoises, and various indigenous snakes. On the way up to see the lemurs you will see a  variety of fruits, coffee, vanilla & pepper depending on the season. Lunch in the Ampangorina Village at own cost

15h30 Tea & biscuits

A three-course dinner is served in the evening at 19h00.

 

Day 6

Lokobe Nature Reserve

08h30, departure to Lokobe Nature reserve a 15min plus boat ride across the bay. The local guides will take you on an amazing guided walk where you will see lemurs, snakes, different chameleons and some unique creatures, plants and trees.

Included a picnic lunch on the beach of local seafood and delicious coconut rice. the boat will transfer you back to the lodge in the early afternoon.

 15h30 Afternoon Tea & biscuits

3-course evening dinner at 19h00.

 

Day 7

A lovely boat trip to a secret island

After Breakfast, enjoy a leisurely trip to a lovely little ‘secret island’ for a morning of just chilling and snorkelling on a remote island with lovely snorkelling.

A picnic Lunch is Included on a little remote beach.

15h30 afternoon tea and biscuits

19h00, your final three-course dinner

Day 8

Last minute shopping

After a leisurely breakfast, you have plenty of time to pack and do any last-minute shopping or a swim. You will depart from the Lodge at 12h00 to catch the plane normally departing for Johannesburg at 15h00.

Safe travels & until we meet again!

 

GALLERY & TESTIMONIALS

A collection of photos taken by Luzelle, Lisa & Jessica during their visit to Madagascar in July 2023 with StoryScape Travel.

Jessica Saunders.

“Nosy Komba, Madagascar – the trip of a lifetime – July 2023

This was my second trip with StoryScape Travel and I have to say out of the international trips (15+) I have done over the last 10 years, this is definitely in my top 3

The StoryScape Tour included 7 nights of accommodation plus a delicious breakfast & dinner and daily activities plus a few incredibly special lunches. Our accommodation at 293 on Komba was incredible. The care and detail from the owner Marcine and her team are unimaginable. They take care of your every need and ensure every minute of your stay is super special.
I honestly cannot give a full review for this as it would be a whole book! But think snorkelling, lemurs, nature, secret islands, seafood, rum, cocktails, swimming, relaxation, food, ocean, etc., etc”

A collection of photos taken by Daleen Turner during her group’s visit to Madagascar in October 2022 with StoryScape Travel.