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Tana - Ambositra - Fianarantsoa - Manakara - Ranomafana - Isalo - Tulear - Ifaty - Ambalavao - Tana
Day1 Arrival in Tana
Arrival at the airport welcome and transfer to the hotel. Aina Hotel in Antaninarenina or similar BB
City-tour in Tana.Visit of the palace on the sacred hill of Ambohimanga. Aina Hotel in Antaninarenina or similar BB
Day3 Antananarivo - Ambositra 250 km
Departure for Antsirabe by car in the Highlands through the green rice fields. Continuation to Antsirabe, the town was built by the Norwegian missionaries and is famous for its rickshaws, thermal springs, semi-precious and precious stones. The visit of the stone cutter factory is a must. Continuation to Ambositra, capital of the Zafimaniry region, known for its sculpture and marquetery. Hotel l'Artisan/ Hotel Violette / Hotel Mania BB
Day 4 Ambositra - Fianarantsoa 170 km
Transfer to Fianarantsoa. Soratel BB
Day 5 Driving by Train from Fianarantsoa to Manakara through Rain Forests 160 km
You continue the trip to Manakara by train. With the slow Malagasy train and the many stops You can have a close look at the way of living of Tanala Tribe, who lives in and on Forests. Lac Vert BB or similar
Day 6 Manakara
Excursion on wooden canoe on the Pangalanes Channel
Hotel La Vanille or similar BB
Day 7 Manakara - Ranomafana
Drive to the National Park of Ranomafana, where the golden bamboo lemur was rediscovered in 1989. Several endemic animal species can be seen : birds, chameleons, frogs, insects and lemurs. Possibility for a nocturnal walk near the National Park. Hotel Ihary/ Hotel Le Grenat/ Hotel Manja BB
Day 8 Ranomafana
In the morning, visit in the National Park of Ranomafana. In the afternoon, possibility to swim in the Thermal swimming-pool in the village. Hotel Ihary/ Hotel Le Grenat/ Hotel Manja BB
Day 9 Ranomafana-Isalo (Ranohira) via Ambalavao (visit of the villagers' lemurs Park Anja) 360 km
Drive to Ambatovaky, visit of a Smiths' village. Transfer to Ambalavao, the wine-growing region and the biggest zebu-market of the island. Stop at the Antaimoro paper-manufacturing centre; nice papers are made all by hand from plants similar to papyrus, the so-called "Avoha" and decorated with many flowers. Visit of the villagers' lemurs Park Anja, where you will have the possibility to see ring tailed lemurs (maki) and brown lemurs very closely.
You have left the Hauts-Plateaux and enter the Bush in the South. In the next town Ihosy, the capital of the Bara tribe (mostly shepherds), you will meet Bara people with spears and large zebu herds, a sign of wealth in the southern region. Continuation through the grasslands of Horombe to the ruin-like massif of Isalo, home for lemurs and sapphire. Motel de l'Isalo BB.
Day 10 Ranohira
Walking in the National Park of Isalo, to the waterfall of Namazaha or to the "natural swimming-pool"; a delightful oasis in the middle of the ruin-like massif. The tombs of the Bara people are placed between the rocks in the Park. Birds, snakes, lemurs. live there. Nice palm-trees remind you of the Arabian landscapes. Motel de L'Isalo HB
Day 11 Ranohira -Tuléar - Ifaty 267 km
Traveling towards Tuléar. On your way you will see the fantastic baobabs that can be used as water reservoir for the inhabitants. On this day you will see the famous big Mahafaly tombs. These are particularly interesting because of the sceneries representing the daily life of the deceased. Lunch at Resaurant "Auberge de la Table", after the walking in the amazing Arboretum of Antsokay which shelters more than thousand species of endemic plants of the South such as the spiny plants and the the euphorbiaceas. Continuation to Tuléar . Transfer to Ifaty. Hotel Bambou Club/ Chez Cécile/ Jardin de Beravy or similar BB
Day 12 Ifaty
Here you can enjoy 1 whole day of relaxation with a nice view on the sea as Ifaty is an idyllic and quiet fishers' village, a paradise for divers. Walking in the Baobab forest near the Hotel to see the spiny forets, especially interesting birds and other animals Free schedule. Possibility for nautical activities. Hotel Bambou Club/ Chez Cécile/ Jardin de Beravy or similar BB
Day13 Ifaty - Ambalavao 510 Km
Transfer to Tuléar, drive back to Aùbalavao. Hotel Bougainvilees or similar BB
Day14 Ambalavao - Tana 460 Km
Drive back to Tana. Overnight in the hotel Cheval Blanc (near the airport) BB
Day15 Flight back to Europe
Transfer to teh airport. Flight back to Europe.
- Bed and breakfast during the trip
- Car with English speaking driver including fuel from day 1 to day 14
- Transfers airports/hotels/airports
- International flights
- Visas (if required)
- Local guides and entrance fees for the Parks and Reserves according to the programme.
- Meals and drinks
- Personal expenses
- Any Insurances
This itinerary can be customised to suit you.
English and French speaking drivers and guides.
German, Italian or Russian speaking guides can be arranged at a small additional cost