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Itineraries :
Discovering the South and East of Madagascar

Rate (starting from)

1227 € /p

Duration of the circuit

21 jours - 20 nuits

Passionate about his work, our guide from Madagascar will make you live magical moments, starting with the discovery of the colonial city of Antsirabe, a hotspot to meet small craftsmen. A short getaway will then take you to Ambositra, an urban community where unique art and expertise join. You will then be able to immerse yourself in nature to meet the lemurs. A fun trip by train will make you live an enriching human experience and make you understand that a completely different world exists on earth. The guide will then take you to the Pangalanes Channel where you will cross a few river mouths. The last stage of this long tour will take you to the Andasibe National Park, where you will discover the secret of Madagascar’s largest lemur, the Indri Indri.

You will enjoy :

- The colonial town of Antsirabe and its craftsmen - The sculptures and marquetry of Ambositra - The dense rain forest of Ranomafana - The catta families in the private park of Anja - The ruiniform massif of Isalo - The beautiful Antemoro paper cards - The upper city of Fianarantsoa and its history - The local crossing of the Pangalanes Channel - The Fianarantsoa-East Coast railway line - The cries of the Indri Indri in the Andasibe National Park

Itinerary :

Antananarivo – Antsirabe – Ranomafana – Anja – Ranohira – Toliara-Ifaty – Ambalavao – Fianarantsoa – Manakara – Mananjary – Nosy Varika – Pangalanes Channel – Mahanoro – Andasibe – Antananarivo.

Program :

Day 1: Antananarivo – Antsirabe Manandona

Our journey will start on the RN7 to discover Antsirabe. The town, whose name is commonly translated as “a lot of salt”, is located at an altitude of 1,500 metres. However, salt is not the pride of this locality in Madagascar, which is rather known for its thermal springs and its Vichy water, or Malagasy Vichyfor the connoisseurs.

After a visit of the water city, we will continue our journey to Manandona, a hotspot for market gardening and food-producing. Overnight in a gite.

Day 2: Antsirabe and its surroundings

In the morning, we will discover the splendid landscape around Antsirabe: Lake Tritriva and its legends of love, or the workshops of the craftsmen who create different objects from zebu horns. Overnight in a gite.

Day 3: Antsirabe  Ranomafana

Departure for Ranomafana; on our way, we will cross the eucalyptus forest and some typical Betsiléos villages. Upon our arrival in the village of Ranomafana, we will settle in the hotel. We will then visit the village, where you will have the opportunity to bathe in the hot spring water.  Overnight at a hotel.

Day 4: Ranomafana

We will visit the Ranomafana National Park, rich in wetland biodiversity, where the golden bamboo lemur has been discovered among many other lemur species. This park also contains several varieties of endemic plants. The ValBio centre, which promotes biodiversity, was established there after many scientific researches. Overnight at a hotel. 

Day 5:Ranomafana – Anja Ranohira

We will then leave for Anja, a reserve also rich in flora, where we will be able to contemplate several families of catta lemurs. This reserve is managed by the villagers themselves and is worth a stop. We will then continue towards Ranohira and pass through a laterite landscape, which has given Madagascar the nickname of Red Island. Overnight at a hotel.

Day 6: Visit of the Isalo

This day will be dedicated to the visit of the Ranohira National Park. Composed of another typical vegetation of the dry forest (Aloe, Euphorbia, Pachypodium and Kalanchoe), this park is one of the most visited in Madagascar. Overnight at a hotel.

Day 7: Ranohira – Toliara Ifaty

We will leave Ranohira and cross the Mahafaly shelf towards Toliara. Tombstones decorated with small houses or aloalos(funerary pole sculptures) border the road.

These are the tombstones of Antandroy and Mahafaly, two ethnic groups whose daily life rhymes with warmth and sun. We will then continue to Ifaty, a lively resort located in front of the Mozambique Channel.  Overnight at a hotel.

Days 8 and 9: Ifaty

Seaside activity: relaxing on the beach and lazing in the sun. We will then leave for a short pirogue trip to get as close as possible to the marine fauna. We will then continue with an unusual cart ride to discover His Majesty, the Baobab. Overnight at a hotel.

Day 10:Ifaty – Ambalavao

We will cruise the RN7 to stop in Ambalavao, a very attractive city for its tourist activities.  Overnight at a hotel.

Day 11: Ambalavao – Fianarantsoa

We will discover the city of Ambalavao and its traditional Antemoro paper factory, its wild silk and its zebus market. We will continue to Fianarantsoa and visit the upper town.  Overnight at a hotel.

Day 12: Fianarantsoa – Manakara Train

We will leave for a fun day by train and live at the very local rhythm. During the journey, we will see that the locals have a completely different way of life and that the passage of the train is essential for thousands of inhabitants. We will cross the forests of ravenalas, also called traveller’s trees,as well as the Andranovato cliff.

One of the pleasures of a train trip is also to discover one of the ways of life of certain inhabitants of this part of the island. You will have the opportunity to see the excitement brought by the street vendors before arriving at Manakara station. Overnight at a hotel.

Day 13: Manakara

We will set off for a pirogue trip on the Pangalanes Channel to see the arrival of the fishermen. We will also discover other fishing villages, and we will have a picnic on the beach. To end the day, we will visit the old colonial city. Overnight at a hotel.

Day 14: Manakara Mananjary

We will take the road to Mananjary. The typical falafa houses represent the defining feature of this urban community of eastern Madagascar. We will not fail to pass through the vanilla, coffee and spices plantations. Overnight at a hotel.

Days 15, 16 and 17: Mananjary – Nosy Varika

The Pangalanes Channel, which is very traditional and used by the locals, was created during the royal period to transport goods through the region. The navigation speed is about 6 to 10 km/h. We will spend the day with the locals and participate in the daily activities: pollination of vanilla; planting of beans and spices; exchange with the craftswomen… Night at a local’s home.

Day 18: Nosy Varika  Mahanoro-Vatomandry

We will leave very early in the morning for a day of transfer by barge to Mahanoro. We will then take a bush taxi to reach Vatomandry. Overnight at a hotel.

Day 19:Vatomandry – Andasibe

We will take a bush taxi to Andasibe. Overnight at a local’s home.

Day 20: Andasibe

In the morning, a specialised guide will take us to see the Indri Indri, the biggest lemurs. This species manages not to lose its balance when jumping from tree to tree. The guide will also share with us his knowledge of and passion for plants. In the afternoon, we will participate in the local culinary art. Overnight at a local’s home.

Day 21:Andasibe – Antananarivo

We will leave early in the morning for Antananarivo. We will travel around the city; during this tour, you will have the opportunity to buy souvenirs. Overnight at a hotel.

Day 22: Antananarivo

Transfer to the airport. Return to your home country. 

 End of our services

Rate (starting from)

1227 € /p

Duration of the circuit

21 jours - 20 nuits

The tariff includes :

  • Accommodation during the whole stay
  • Meals during the whole stay
  • Airport-hotel-airport transfers
  • Travels by rental car with driver (fuel included)
  • Pirogue rides and transfers on the Pangalanes Channel
  • Visits of the sites, parks and reserves mentioned
  • Remuneration of the guide

The tariff doesn’t include :

  • Mineral water bottles
  • Beverages, extras, tips
  • Plane tickets
  • Anything not mentioned in the 'Services included' section

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Mot prononcé avec le sourire
Marijo et phillipe – 07/02/2020

Salama (Bonjour) ! A chaque rencontre ce mot prononcé avec le sourire témoigne de l’accueil chaleureux malgache. Accompagnés de notre guide Didi, de notre chauffeur Abdon, nous sommes partis à la découverte de cette grande île. Petit randonneur ou randonneur confirmé, notre guide s’adapte à nos souhaits et capacités. Nous avons dormi chez les habitants, en bivouac et petits hôtels. De cette manière nous avons rencontré les paysans qui travaillent sans relâche dans les rizières. Nous avons marché dans les montagnes en admirant les paysages, les richesses endémiques floristiques. Nous avons traversé des villages traditionnels. Dans les parcs nationaux, nous avons cherché et trouvé les lémuriens. Les paysages sont impressionnants, nous avons apprécié les richesses et la variété de la flore. Toujours accompagnés de notre guide et de guides locaux, nous avons profité de leurs connaissances des endroits parcourus, toujours prêts à répondre à nos questions, nous faisant découvrir les traditions, l’artisanat, les modes de vie… Nous rentrons heureux de toutes ces rencontres de personnes chaleureuses, courageuses qui donnent sans compter pour nous faire découvrir les beautés de l’Ile et leur vie quotidienne. Misaotra ! (Merci).

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