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Dhow Safari

Visiting 2 or 3 islands in the Nosy Be Archipelago

Journey back in time and embrace the Mora Mora Malagasy way of life on the Dhow Safari. It is a unique and unforgettable adventure. Your 7 nights are spent beneath the starlit sky in our rustic tented camps.
This trip provides fascinating insights into Madagascar as we explore the aquamarine bays, beaches, lagoons and channels. Swim with turtles, meet lemurs and experience creative cuisine over the campfire.

7 Nights

From R18,995 pp

  • The price quoted covers accommodation, specified meals, flights from JNB and air taxes.
  • Transfers from and to the airport are included.
  • Visas are done on arrival and are approximately R500 per person.

Create Awesome Memories

Things to do

  • Visit the Black Lemurs at the local reservation
  • Visit Lokobe nature reserve populated with rare animals
  • Visit Lokobe nature reserve populated with rare animals
  • See tortoises, chameleons and snakes
  • Take a local fishing charter
  • Indulge in snorkeling & diving
  • Whale and whale shark excursions
  • Amble through the “Bazaar” market
  • Buy Star Safire stones and antique silver bracelets
  • Swimming right in front of your lodge
  • Water temperature 25-30 degs
  • Cocktails on the beach at sunset
  • Relax – book in a massage
  • Visit the coffee plantation

There Is Something Adventurous To Do Every Day

7 Days of Exploration

We suggest an itinerary visiting 2 or 3 islands in the Nosy Be archipelago. You chose the style of accommodation and we sort out the flights, transfers and activities such as diving, deep sea fishing, motorbike or car hire, island tour etc.

8 Days of Adventure

Highlights of the trip

Lokobie Camp

  • Explore nearby Nosy Komba
  • Visit the village market
  • Get close to lemurs
  • Snorkel the Nosy Verona coral reefs
  • Explore the jungle on foot
  • Sea kayak to nearby islands

Russian Bay

  • 6 Simple rustic bungalows
  • Magnificent views of the bay
  • Snorkel at Ankazaberavina Reserve
  • Swim to explore Antshoa Island
  • Fish around Sugarloaf island
  • Warm waters teaming with fish

Marine Reserve

  • Tanikely Marine Reserve in Nosy Be
  • Marine biodiversity culminates here
  • Premier snorkelling and coral reefs
  • Swim with turtles
  • Lounge with Lemurs
  • Lighthouse built by Gustav Eiffel

Lokobie Camp

Your Dhow adventure starts the minute you book your trip and begins when you land at Nosy Be airport. You will be welcomed with a warm island greeting and travel through the ylang ylang plantations and chaotic Helville town to the port, where it is onto the dhow and off to our 2 private rustic camps, an exploration journey of Madagascar.

From our tented camp set on the edge of the Lokobie Forest Reserve, we explore nearby Nosy Komba, visit its village market and get close to its habituated lemurs. You will have lunch on board and snorkel the Nosy Verona coral reefs. From Lokobie you also have the opportunity to do the jungle walk. Paddle out on the flat ocean and kayak to the nearby islands all at your own pace.

Russian Bay

Our Russian Bay camp has 6 bungalows on the hill overlooking this huge bay which is used as a hurricane hole in the cyclone season. It takes about 4 hours by dhow/houseboat to get from Lokobie to Russian Bay so we usually stop over for lunch and snorkelling at Ankazaberavina Reserve, fish around Sugarloaf island and swim ashore to explore Antshoa Island.

Tanikely Marine Reserve

Tanikely Marine Reserve is a premier snorkelling and coral reef area in Nosy Be archipelago. We allow plenty of time to enjoy the colourful coral reef, swim with turtles, crystal clear waters, lemurs on the island and the lighthouse built by Gustav Eiffel. We will end the excursion with lunch on the dhow/houseboat.

The Small Print

  • The price quoted covers the dhow/houseboat, meals, flights from JHB and air taxes.
  • Transfers if you are heading straight to the camps and back to the airport.
  • If you are going on to other hotels, we can arrange transfers but will be for your account.
  • Visas are done on arrival and are approximately R500 per person.
  • If you’d like to extend your stay we can suggest and arrange accommodation for you.
  • Please note all prices are subject to change without prior notice due to currency fluctuations and are priced at the current airfares which can change at any time.

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