8D/7N SOUTH OF MADAGASCAR
From SGD 1578
A week travelling across the Highlands down to the southwest coast of Madagascar. We ride on the major emblematic and natural routes of the Great Island. This route is characterized by an extraordinary enchainment of specific landscapes, a diversity of traditional cultures and a very welcoming population. We make a stop in Ambositra, Ambalavao village, Isalo National Park and Ifaty lagoon along the Mozambique Channel to an end of stay in total relaxation.
Day 01: Arrival in Antananarivo
Arrival in Antananarivo. Meet your guide in the hall of the airport. Transfer to your hotel.
Day 02: Antsirabe
Get breakfast in the hotel and start heading south passing through Antananarivo. Rice fields and typical villages of the Highlands represent the landscape right after Antananarivo. We stop in Ambatolampy to discover how amazing the work of aluminum to make cooking pot for the whole country. Continuation towards Antsirabe in the afternoon. We take our time for a city tour and experience “poussepousse” (rick shaw) riding for those who want, it is the main transport for locals.
Day 03: Antsirabe – Fianarantsoa
Drive towards Fianarantsoa. We shop in Zafimaniry artisans boutiques in Ambositra town looking for a piece of carved wood, or fine work of marquetry box. Take time to wander around in the village and get lunch in a local restaurant where you have the opportunity to taste local specialties. We continue to Fianarantsoa in Betsileo region, the main tribe on the south part of the Highlands of Madagascar. We have a winding road; we are close to the highest summit of the Great Island.
Day 04: Fianarantsoa – Ranohira
We leave the highlands soon. At Ambalavao, we visit the Antemoro paper factory. The secular process to make this paper by the bark of mulberry tree Avoha (Bosqueia danguyana) was introduced in Madagascar in the XVth century by the first Arabic migrants to retranscribe the Koran. It is still made to the same processes in Ambalavao. Meet some lemurs in Anja small Reserve at these huge granite rock foothill. We continue towards the southwest and enter Bara region. We cross the largest plateau of Madagascar constituted by a beautiful herbaceous steppe, topped with huge termite nests: it is IHorombe. We arrive in the village of Ranohira which is close to Isalo massif and the National Park entrance.
Day 05: Isalo National Park
A short drive to join Isalo foothill. We start the walk quietly with a small rucksack, through impressive landscape, canyons, natural pool and magic rock erosions. The Isalo ruin form massif is a continental sandstone plateau from Jurassic era. There are many rock formations with different shapes here. The nature has adapted to dry climate. This park has a different ecosystem, endemic rupicolous flora such as Aloe, Euphorbia, Pachypodium and Kalanchoe. We picnic in the Tapia forest. Some walks are possible around, going up to summits gives splendid view.
Day 06: Ranohira – Tulear – Ifaty
We progress to the south west towards the Mozambique Channel. Drive on 245 km from Ranohira to Tulear through different botanical settings in the morning. We stop on the way to see Mahafaly tribe typical tombs so nicely painted and decorated, on which are erected some amazing wooden sculptures. The sea can be seen from far away before we reach Tulear. Walk around to the market before taking lunch. Sandy road along the coast leads us to Ifaty. Transfer to the hotel.
Day 07: Ifaty lagoon
You can explore different activities from the hotel during the day at leisure on the edges of Mozambique Channel. If you want to make the most of the sea and the lagoon: diving, dugout ride with Vezo fishermen, swim or just leisure. Hikers can discover the inland, specific and extraordinary vegetation composed of euphorbia, baobab, didieracea, aloes etc.
Day 08: Ifaty – Tulear – Antananarivo (Departure)
After breakfast, we head to the airport of Tuléar for the flight to Antananarivo. The guide will help you catch your flight to Antananarivo. Lunch in the restaurant. We go back to the airport for the international flight.
- Accommodation with daily Breakfast in Luxury Hotels
- Meals: 7B 1L 3D
- Domestic Flight from Tulear to Antananarivo
- Picnic Lunch in Isalo National Park
- Sightseeing tours as mentioned
- Private transfers according to itinerary
- English Speaking Tour Guide
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
- All rates are per person for a group of 4 people minimum
- This package has fixed departure dates
- Meals/Drinks offered may differ according to package
- Confirmation of package is subject to Hotel Availability
- All rates & tour itineraries are subject to change without notice
- All activities are subject to change relative to weather conditions
- Prices do not include any additional Airport charges or other charges