Wonders of Madagascar

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Overview

The South of Madagascar is the most arid region of the island and also the most unique one in terms of scenery and flora. This bushy extension is spattered with forest and it is the only place on earth where travelers can admire the spiny forest, a semi-desert ecosystem formed by huge cactus-like plants which only grow here. The route along the southern coast is full up of huge white-sanded and almost empty beaches.

Day 1

ANTANANARIVO

Meet and greet at Ivato international airport, Antananarivo then transfer to the Hotel.
Overnight in Palissandre Hotel or similar on Bed & Breakfast.

Day 2

ANTANANARIVO / ANTSIRABE

Departure to Antsirabe at 8:30 am and drive through the high plateau; adorned with its houses in red laterite and its hills ravined by the rain. On the way, stop and visit of Ambatolampy which is a small hamlet with undeniable charm and typical city of the Highlands region. The city is well known for its foundries and production of aluminum objects. This is an authentic gateway in the countryside of Madagascar. You will find many family foundries where you can buy some objects and knick-knacks. The region also contains numerous copper and bronze workshops where you can buy some souvenirs. In the afternoon you will arrive at Antsirabe. Located 170 km from the capital, this elegant town is known as the capital of beer. It was founded in the year 1856 by Norwegians and only throughout Madagascar looks like a European city. Same Antsirabe is known for processing precious and semiprecious stones. Visit to the city of water; the small zebu horn articles and the rickshaw. Antsirabe is the first industrial city of Madagascar.
Overnight in Arotel or similar on Half Board.

Day 3

ANTSIRABE / AMBOSITRA / RANOMAFANA NATIONAL PARK (260 kms, 6 hours' drive)

Departure to Ambositra, a small, peaceful town in a landscape of hills, eucalyptus forests and terraced rice fields. Visit of Ambositra where you will observe craftsmen at work and visit the shop: sculpture on precious wood (ebony, rosewood, etc.) and marquetry. Continuation towards Ambohimahasoa. Quick visit of Ambohimasoa then continuation towards Ranomafana National Park. Check-in at the hotel. Overnight in THERMAL HOTEL or similar on Half Board.

Day 4

RANOMAFANA NATIONAL PARK

Breakfast at the hotel.
Departure in the morning to visit the Park to discover its faunistic and floristic varieties: golden Hapalemur (the only living being able to survive the cyanide contained in the shoots of a species of bamboo endemic of the region and which constitutes the main Feeding of the lemur); The different species of batrachians and reptiles; Orchids, palissandre wood as well as Rhipsalis, the only cactus growing in a tropical moist environment ...
Overnight in THERMAL HOTEL or similar on Half Board.

Day 5

RANOMAFANA / AMBALAVAO / ISALO NATIONAL PARK (298kms, 6h)

Breakfast at the hotel. Then heading to Ambalavao: visit to the paper factory of Antaimoro. A secular method invented by the first Arab migrants to transcribe the Koran heavily damaged by the crossing at sea, Antaimoro paper is currently one of the jewels of Malagasy handicrafts. Discovery of a workshop of weaving of the wild silk. Visit to a reserve of lemurs managed by the village community of Anja. A forest gallery of ficus, lianas and orchids has developed between spectacular rocky chaos, sometimes forming caves adopted as shelters by some animals. On the slopes of the reliefs, the plant relay was taken by succulent plants, such as kalanchoes and dwarf pachypodiums. In this green paradise, live in small colonies these ring-tailed lemurs, which are almost the emblem of the Great Island, the makis catta. They spend a lot of time on the ground, are not too fierce and are therefore easily observable. Walk 30 to 45 minutes’ easy walk.
Continuation to Isalo National Park in the afternoon, crossing the plateau of Horombe and its savannah landscape. Arrival in Isalo in the late afternoon
Overnight in LE RELAIS DE LA REINE or LE JARDIN DU ROY or similar on Half Board.

Day 6

ISALO NATIONAL PARK (6 KMS DRIVE THEN 6 KMS WALK)

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the entrance to the Isalo National Park. Guided visit of the natural pool, to discover a magical place, a swimming pool fed by a mini-cascade, oasis between a corner of two ruiniform cliffs in the shade of the pandanus. Sunset at the "Window of the Isalo".
Overnight in LE RELAIS DE LA REINE or LE JARDIN DU ROY or similar on Half Board.

Day 7

ISALO NATIONAL PARK / TULEAR / IFATY

Breakfast at the hotel and drive to Tulear. Passing by the Sapphire Village of Ilakaka Since the discovery of the Andranondambo mines (Fort Dauphin area) in 1991 and then in Ilakaka, on the Horombe plateau in 1998, it was discovered that the sapphire could be pink, yellow or purple and that the stone could also present itself in different colors, in all 105 different colors. The deposits, among the largest in the world (more than 16 000 km²), attracted more than 15 000 inhabitants. Continuation of our journey towards Tulear. Along the way view of Mahafaly tombs. Encounter with the desert landscapes where very poor vegetation is made up of thorny plants. Arrival at Tulear. Lunch at the restaurant in Tulear. Orientation tour of the city then transfer to Ifaty, fishing village Vezo located about thirty kilometers north of Tuléar.
Check in at the Hotel LE PARADISIER or similar (DUNES HOTEL if available) or similar on Half Board.

Day 8

IFATY

Breakfast at the hotel. Relax – free time.
Snorkeling possibilities on the coral reef.
Overnight in the same hotel on Half Board.

Day 9

IFATY / TULEAR / ANTANANARIVO

Free time before transfer to the airport. Lunch in Tulear or Antananarivo depending on the flight schedule. Transfer to the airport and flight to Antananarivo. Welcome on arrival, transfer to your hotel.
Overnight in Palissandre Hotel or similar on Half Board

Day 10

ANTANANARIVO - OUT

Transfer from the Hotel to Ivato airport to fly back home as per the flight schedule.
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INCLUDED
  • Accommodation in a double standard room for 9 nights as per the program.
  • 4x4 rent with fuel and driver
  • Park fees
  • Tour guide
  • All visits and taxes
  • All transfers
  • Domestic flight (Tulear / Antananarivo)
  • One bottle of mineral water per day per person
NOT INCLUDED
  • All personal expenses
  • All excursions which are not in the program or optional
  • All personal insurances

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