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.
- 8 Days
- 1 Stars
- Nature & Adventure Travel