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THE SOUTHERN EXPEDITION - THE MYTHICAL RN7

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THE SOUTHERN EXPEDITION - THE MYTHICAL RN7

The Tour of the South is one of the most attractive itineraries in Madagascar leading from Antananarivo to Toliary along the RN 7 (Route Nationale); a several driving day tour which brings you through various different regions to discover the rich and diverse culture, admiring unique natural beauty. The tour starts in the Highlands and crosses regions of diverse ethnic groups including the Merina and Betsileo who are well known for their traditional but outstanding cultivation techniques: rice fields on the plains or carved in terraces on the mountain-sides. You will visit interesting small towns, such as: Ambatolampy, a huge agricultural village, also widely known for the handicraft manufacturing of aluminum articles; Antsirabe, with its large and tree-lined boulevards, crossed by the "posy" (rickshaws); Ambositra, the "capital" of the precious woodcraft that you can see in several shops; Fianarantsoa, the best starting point for tours to Ranomafana National Park; Ambalavao, a big gathering centre for herds of zebu coming from the south. Further on you will see granite massifs contrasting with the Great Plains down to Ihosy, the chief town of the region of the Bara, a fierce zebu breeding people. From there you come to the vast Horombe savannah interrupted only by the calcareous massif of the Isalo National Park with beautiful landscapes; luxuriant forests full of lemurs and canyons, gorges, natural pools. Further south, you will admire the big savannah baobabs and those in the Zombitse-Vohibasia National Park tropical forest, and then the semi-desert bush characterized by a wild and beautiful, thorny vegetation, of great naturalist interest, typical of the Malagasy south. In the last part of the tour, you will reach Toliary, on the shores of the Mozambique Channel.

DAY 1

The mythical RN7

Upon arrival at the international airport of Ivato-Antananarivo, you will be welcomed by your guide; then visit of Antananarivo, the capital city of Madagascar also know as "the city of the thousand". Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Rova Hotel, Antananarivo
DAY 2

The mythical RN7

Continuation of the itinerary towards Antsirabe, a former spa town during the time of colonisation; stop in Ambatolampy to visit the famous aluminium foundries that makes kitchen utensils and pots using a very traditional techniques; lunch in a local restaurant; you will certainly enjoy the beautiful scenery of cultivated fields, traditional villages of the highlands along the journey. Read more

Plumeria Hotel, Antsirabe
DAY 3

The mythical RN7

Today you will be driven down to Ranomafana which is home to the greater bamboo lemurs and other species of fauna and flora; stop at Ambositra characteristic town of the highlands, famous from its woodcraft activities; after the visit, lunch in a restaurant; you will reach Ranomafana National Park by the end of the afternoon Read more

Setam Lodge, Ranomafana
DAY 4

The mythical RN7

In the morning, visit of Ranomafana National Park: rivers, waterfalls will fill the scenery along the path that crosses the rainforest. During the visit you will discover various species of lemurs and other endemic animals lunch in a local restaurant; in the afternoon take a tour to the eastern slope and visit the traditional village of the Tanala tribe (literally means people of the wood). You will experience another culture and way of life. Traditional dance will be performed by the local villagers. Read more

Setam Lodge, Ranomafana
DAY 5

The mythical RN7

Today, let's continue the itinerary towards Isalo National Park which is about 360Km away from Ranomafana; first stop of the day in Fianarantsoa to visit the Upper Town, affiliated in the "World Monument Watch" among the 100 most endangered historical sites in the world; the second stop will be in Ambalavao to admire the artisan production of Antemoro paper, using traditional techniques and materials derived from natural fibres. Then visit of Anja Village Reserve, where you will discover groups of Catta lemur also known as the ring-tailed lemur; lunch in a local restaurant; at the end of the visit, drive along the mountainous spurs of the plateau, a huge vast savannahs and the Isalo massif. Read more

Relais de la Reine, Isalo
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DAY 6

The mythical RN7

The whole day is dedicated to the excursion at Isalo National Park, which is characterized by canyons pinnacles of rock and calcareous steeples, rivers, natural pool fed by rivers and falls, where you can enjoy a swimming time in the middle of the nature; the forest is inhabited by lemurs of various species such as the ring-tailed lemurs, fulvus species and the sifakas. Read more

Relais de la Reine, Isalo
DAY 7

The mythical RN7

Today drive across the region of the sapphire seekers; then you will stop at Zombitse-Vohibasia National Park to visit the dry forest inhabited by many species of birds and lemurs; picnic lunch; then continuation through the bush where Mahafaly funeral burial sites can be admired; you will arrive in Toliara on the shores of Mozambique Channel by the end of the afternoon Read more

Moringa Hotel, Toliara
DAY 8

The mythical RN7

Today is the last day of the tour. According to the scheduled flight you will be transferred to the airport; check in assistance.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Antananarivo
Day 2
Location Antsirabe
Day 3
Location Ranomafana
Day 5
Location Isalo
Day 7
Location Toliary
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Antananarivo
Day 2
Location Antsirabe
Day 3
Location Ranomafana
Day 5
Location Isalo
Day 7
Location Toliary
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Antananarivo
Day 2
Location Antsirabe
Day 3
Location Ranomafana
Day 5
Location Isalo
Day 7
Location Toliary

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Half board of the Day 1
  • Full board from breakfast of Day 2 until breakfast of Day 8
  • Transfer from/to the airport (with French speaking driver)
  • Transport during the tour (with French speaking driver)
  • Accommodation
  • Tour guide (Englihs, Italian,....)
  • Local guides
  • Park, museum entrance
  • Private excursions during the tour
  • Hotel and local taxes
  • Information services

Package excludes

  • International and domestic flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa fee (± € 25/person)
  • Tips
  • Beverages
  • Additional journeys and transfers

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