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11 DAYS IN THE SOUTHERN ROAD

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11 DAYS IN THE SOUTHERN ROAD

Ideal itinerary for a first trip to Madagascar. Discovery of 4 different types of landscapes, reflecting the image of the big island. The uplands, mountain ranges, the arid landscape of the south with the canyons and the south west coast. Visits to parks and reserves, unforgettable moments to appreciate the wealth of fauna and flora of this beautiful country.

DAY 1

THE SOUTHERN ROAD

Upon arrival at Antananarivo international airport, you will have a welcome meeting with an agency representative at the airport and be transferred to your hotel in town. Lunch and dinner at your expense. Overnight at hotel.

ANTANANARIVO, 1 night
DAY 2

ANTANANARIVO - ANTSIRABE

After breakfast, you will leave Antananarivo Merina country to Antsirabe, across the Ankaratra mountain ranges, whose highest peak rises to 2644m. On the hillsides, rice terraces disclaim their range of green. Late in the morning, you will reach Ambohibary, a small village about 25 km before arriving in Antsirabe. Accompanied by your ethnologist guide (or specialist in civilization), you enter the heart of the rural region of Vakinankaratra: discovery of peasant lifestyle, visiting an animistic place of worship and blacksmiths village... After the visits, you will continue to Antsirabe. Picnic lunch included Dinner at your expense. Overnight at hotel. Read more

Antsirabe - 1 night
DAY 3

ANTSIRABE - RANOMAFANA

In the morning, you will drive to Ranomafana. You will stop in Ambositra, at 90 km on National Highway N°7. This pleasant city is known as the Mecca of Malagasy crafts, it owes its fame to Zafimaniry wood carving. You will visit a workshop and the showroom. After the visit, you will continue to Ranomafana, that you will reach in the afternoon. Ranomafana ("hot water") houses a tropical forest 40 000 ha, and the famous thermal springs with healing properties. In the evening, accompanied by a MNP (Madagascar National Parks) guide, you will go in search of nocturnal species. Since the park is closed to the night visits; nights visits are made on the outside, along the road leading to the village. Lunch and dinner at your expense Overnight at hotel Read more

Ranomafana - 1 night
DAY 4

RANOMAFANA - ANDRINGITRA

Before leaving Ranomafana to Andringitra; you will join the Ranomafana National Park for a walking tour that will allow you to discover this enchanting place. Ranomafana, a whole forest park, spreads on 41,601 ha. It was classified UNESCO World Natural Heritage of the Atsinanana in 2007. It shelters a big wealth in endemic biodiversity but in danger. We can see the rare species there and seriously threatened lemurs. The park is also the genetic reservoir of some rare and endemic plant species. It is browsed by many rivers that are the affluent of the Namorona stream. We identified 12 species of lemurs, including 5 nocturnal species. Through the " Sahamalaotra or Aureus” tours, you will discover the park. You choose on site the tour (one tour) that suits you. After the visit, you will continue the road until Andringitra through Fianarantsoa. Andringitra means in local language "where grow stunted plants" is a mountain town located in the Southeast of Madagascar. Since 1999, the area surrounding Andringitra was erected in National Park because of its exceptional natural wealth. Andringitra offers to the visitor beautiful and different landscapes: grasslands, forests, thickets and grassy éricoïde. Mountaineering enthusiasts can try to climb the mountain. From its peak, one has a panoramic view of the entire region. Check in at Camp Catta on arrival. The rest of the day will be free. Lunch and dinner at your expense Overnight at « Camp Catta ». Read more

Andringitra - 1 night
DAY 5

ANDRINGITRA : Tsaranoro Vall

This day will be dedicated to the discovery of the Tsaranoro Valley which is an integrated tourist site in Andringitra and named after the great cliff "Tsaranoro". The"Chameleons" tour, a tour outside the National Park of Andringitra will take you through the Tsaranoro sacred forest. On leaving the forest, the ascent starts through the grass towards Tsaranoro, and then you will turn off to the left to cross the Vatomay torrent. Then the path goes along the river, crossing numerous irrigation channels. These are the origin of cave-ins that you can observe, forming kinds of cracks called "lavaka". You will come out onto a grassy plateau where you will turn off left towards the “langera”. After the rise of the plateau, a final steep path through the rocks can reach the stop of the summit, which corresponds to the "back of the chameleon. You will have a panoramic view of the Tsaranoro Valley, South door, the Pyramid, the Dondy, the Andringitra National Park, the Peak Bobby and the Sahanambo River. Throughout this walk, you may notice the presence of various species, Aloe, Pachypodium ..., or different varieties of orchids. The hike will take 5 hours looped down by the Para gliders launch site and the village of Soavahiny. We advise you to provide a picnic lunch for a day trekking. You will back to Camp Catta after hiking. Lunch and dinner at your expense. Overnight at “Camp Catta” Read more

Andringitra - 1 night
DAY 6

ANDRINGITRA - RANOHIRA

In the morning, you will take again the national road 7 to Ranohira. Ranohira, Bara’s town situated surrounding Isalo National Park. The ride from Andringitra to Ranohira will take about 4hours. The rest of the day will be free. Lunch and dinner at your expense. Overnight at hotel

Ranohira - 1 night
DAY 7

RANOHIRA

Allocated national park status in 1962, the Isalo National Park protects 81,540 hectares of wildly eroded Jurassic sandstone massif. The grassy plains are surrounded by sandstone ridges sculpted by wind and water into wild forms, and secluded in the rocks are many Sakalava Tombs. Stunning view of landscape can give the sensation of being transported to the old wild western sceneries movie. Most vegetated areas of the park are covered with dry grassland or sparse, low deciduous woodland. Near streams and in the microclimates of the deeper canyons, there are ferns, pandanus, and feathery palm trees. Although animal life isn’t the park’s most prominent feature, there are a few species to look out for, including two species of lemur: ringtail and brown lemur, and Verreaux’s sifaka. Isalo National Park is also a home to approximately 55 species of bird, including the rare Benson’s rock-thrush. The day will be spent visiting the National Park of Isalo. You will choose on the site visits according to your physical abilities. After the visit, you will come back to your hotel. Lunch and dinner at your expense Overnight at hotel. Read more

Ranohira - 1 night
DAY 8

RANOHIRA - TULEAR - IFATY

In the morning, you will go to Tulear. From there you will continue to Ifaty. Ifaty is a resort composed of several Vezo villages. The main attraction is its lagoon and coral reef, without forgotten the Spiny forest and its baobabs. You will reach Ifaty in the afternoon. The afternoon will be free. Optional visits and activities. Lunch and dinner at your expense Overnight at hotel . Read more

Ifaty - 1 night
DAY 9

IFATY

After breakfast, you will live a typical Malagasy ride in a zebu cart, going to the discovery of the wealth that abounds Reniala Park, located at Mangily village. The cart ride allows for different stops to admire trees and discover their stories. Many medicinal plants are also present in the thorn and baobabs forest. You will come back to the hotel after the visit. The rest of the day will be free. Optional visits and activities. Lunch and dinner at your expense Overnight at hotel Read more

Ifaty - 1 night
DAY 10

IFATY - TULEAR - ANTANANARIV

According to the flight schedule, you will be transferred at Tulear airport and flight to Antananarivo. An agency driver will meet you at Antananarivo airport and take you to the hotel. Lunch and dinner at your expense Overnight at hotel.

Antananarivo - 1 night
DAY 11

ANTANANARIVO

After your breakfast, you will explore the capital and its surroundings. Antananarivo, the "City of a Thousand" is the largest agglomeration of Madagascar. It stands on the side of one of the twelve sacred hills. This city is the cradle of the Merina dynasty. The visit of the upper town (the old town) where formerly stood the “ROVA”, palace of Queen Ranavalona I (1828/1861) and the Palace of the Prime Minister Rainilaiarivony, converted into the National Museum; will be an opportunity to discuss the important role of "Hova"; highland people, who first established state structures in Madagascar. You will continue the morning strolling through the lively and characteristic areas that have, over time, retained its authentic character. In the afternoon, you will leave Antananarivo to explore the countryside of Imerina (Antananarivo), villages, customs and traditions, living highlands heritage. You will go to Ambohimanga (“Blue Hill") classified World Heritage by UNESCO and will visit this Royal hill. The fortress consists of a royal city, a royal burial site, and an ensemble of sacred places. Combined with a strong sense of national identity, it retains its atmosphere of spirituality and sacredness in practice and in the minds of the people, for some 500 years. It remains a place of worship and pilgrimage that can come from Madagascar and elsewhere. Cradle of the Merina dynasty; this sacred place is home to the tombs of the Merina Kings which Andrianjaka, founder of Antananarivo. After the tour, you will be taken to a nearby airport hotel for day use. According to the flight schedule, you will be dropped at the airport and flight out. Lunch and dinner at your expense Read more

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location ANTANANARIVO
Day 2
Location ANTSIRABE
Day 3
Location RANOMAFANA
Hotel Le Grenat
Day 4
Location ANDRINGITRA
Hotel Camp Catta
Day 6
Location RANOHIRA
Hotel Isalo Ranch
Day 8
Location IFATY
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location ANTANANARIVO
Day 2
Location ANTSIRABE
Day 3
Location RANOMAFANA
Hotel Setam Lodge
Day 4
Location ANDRINGITRA
Hotel Camp Catta
Day 6
Location RANOHIRA
Day 8
Location IFATY

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Accommodation on bed &breakfast basis, except in some hotels where a half board basis is required at mentioned hotels or similar
  • Transportation by private car from day 2 to day 10 and the day 11, fuel included
  • Services of an English-speaking driver-guide for 1 to 5 people,
  • Services of a specialized guide in Ambohibary village and during the visit of Antananarivo.
  • Services of an accompanying guide for a group of 6 or more
  • Entry fees and local guides during the visit of national parks in the program
  • Other visits and excursions in the program
  • Transfers and assistances at the airport.

Package excludes

  • International and domestic Airfare
  • Visa
  • Lunches and dinners except those which are mentioned on the program
  • Optional visits and activities
  • Drinks, tips and personal expenses.

More information

  • Prices are per person in a double room with breakfast.
  • A single supplement and a half board or a full board supplement will give as required.
  • It is possible to obtain the tourist visa at about 30 Euros (depending on exchange rate) for a stay less than or equal to one month upon arrival at the airport. Your passport with at least a whole blank page and your backairline ticket will be requested. The passport is valid for 6 months after the back date shown on the flight ticket.

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