pope-hat-from-madagascar
DISCOVERY TOUR

The unique landscape of the great island

Duration 14 DAYS
Price from 700 Euro
TYPE Adventure Tours

DISCOVERY TOUR

A unique landscape in the world

Choose this tour to live a unique experience in Madagascar. This trip allows you to get closer to the local population and discover endemic species of flora and fauna of the red island. Trekking enthusiasts and adventurers will find their happiness in the three National Parks and the journey through Zafimaniry territory.

Feasibility: January to December
Best Season: April to November

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Terraced ricefield and traditional houses of the highlands
  • Colonial town of Antsirabe
  • Sunset in the « fenêtre de l’Isalo »
  • Natural swimming pool, waterfalls, and canyons
  • Biodiversity
  • Zafimaniry Village
  • The lunar landscape of Andringitra National Park
  • Cultural discovery in different regions
  • Antemoro paper
  • Capital of Malagasy crafts

 

ITINERARY

Day 1 : Antananarivo

Day 2 : Tana – Antsirabe

Day 3 : Antsirabe – Antoetra

Day 4 : Antoetra

Day 5 : Antoetra – Ranomafana

Day 6 : Ranomafana – Andringitra

Day 7 : Andringitra

Day 8 : Andringitra – Ranohira

Day 11 :Ranohira

Day 12 : Ranohira – Fianarantsoa

Day 13: Fianarantsoa – Antananarivo

Day 14: Antananarivo – Departure

TOUR PROGRAM

DAY 1

Antananarivo

Arrival at the airport of Antananarivo.

Transfer to the hotel.

DAY 2

Antananarivo – Antsirabe

The departure will be just after the breakfast. We start our journey through the mythical RN7 traversing the landscapes of terraced rivers and traditional houses of the highlands. A stop at Ambatolampy to discover the famous aluminum pot making workshop.

We will be in Antsirabe for lunch. After lunch, we will do a city tour by rickshaw to discover the spa town, but also for visiting some places of handcraft exhibition and selling like embroidery, etc.

Overnight at hotel

DAY 3

Antsirabe – Ambositra – Antoetra

Breakfast and departure for Antoetra. Stop for lunch and visit to the handcraft shops of Ambositra, the capital city of handmade crafts in Madagascar to discover the Zafimaniry wooden sculptures which is internationnaly recognized by the UNESCO.

The second step will be for the afternoon : way to Antoetra, the cradle of Zafimaniry tribes.

Overnight at Hotel

DAY 4

Antoetra

Breakfast. Trekking through the Zafimaniry territory, across hills and mountains to join a typical zafimaniry village with its unique architecture. Picnic near the village. Back to the hotel.

Overnight at Hotel

DAY 5

Antoetra - Ranomafana

Way to Ranomafana, a great rain forest where we can find differnet species of Lemurs and birds living in their natural area. Visit of the park the afternoon.

Overnight at Hotel

DAY 6

Ranomafana - Andringitra

After the breakfast, we take an hour of relax inside the thermal swimming pool of Ranomafana then our journey will continue farther deep in the southern part of the island. Arrival at Andringitra in the evening.

Overnight at hotel

DAY 7

Andringitra

Visit of the Andringitra National Park. The trek Diavolana or full moon will take you through wild meadows of flowers, and orchids to a lunar landscape made of narrow valleys, dizzily-high cliffs, streams and waterfalls.

Picnic inside the park.

Overnight at hotel

DAY 8

Andringitra - Ranohira

Road to Ranohira. We will stop in Ambalavao for a visit of the nature reserve of Anja to admire lemur catta.

We will have lunch then continue to Ranohira. From Ambalavao, the landscape changes and we will start seeing some traditional tombs belonging to the Bara Ethnicity, a semi-nomad and cow breeding tribe. And then we will arrive to the Far-West, in Ranohira, with its big rocks and canyons having different shapes.

Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 9

Ranohira

Trekking inside the Isalo National Park. A paradise for all visitors of the Malagasy Far West region. Bath in some natural swimming pool and discovery of the canyons.

Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 10

Ranohira – Fianarantsoa

We hit back the road to join Fianarantsoa. A stop at Ambalavao to pay a visit to the local Antemoro paper and silk workshop. Road to Fianarantsoa. City tour of Fianarantsoa.

Overnight at hotel

DAY 11

Fianarantsoa - Antananarivo

Way back to the capital.

Arrival in the evening.

Overnight at hotel

DAY 12

Antananarivo – Departure

The last day will be dedicated to shopping at a special open market in Antananarivo.

Then, transfer to the airport according to the flight schedules.