Agriculture in Madagascar – 13 days

From 4 to 10 people. See details below.

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In Madagascar, 80% of the populations are farmers, they feed the country ! Mainly rice growing but also market gardening, productive plantation such as cocoa, coffee, vanilla, clove, ylang-ylang). Zebu is everywhere and in all daily activities. We are going to get contact with Malagasy farmers to learn and exchange.

The drive takes us along the Highlands down to Fianarantsoa, we join Manakara from there by the train very picturesque, then navigate on Canal des Pangalanes water. Lemurs are waiting for us in Ranomafana Park before we head back to the capital.
We recommend this holyday from January to April.

Highlights

  • The beauty and the diversity of Highlands landscapes ;
  • Visit about breeding, farming and culture of the region ;
  • The picturesque train from Fianarantsoa to Manakara ;
  • Navigation in Canal des Pangalanes ;
  • Lemurs in Ranomafana Park ;
  • Walks in villages through rice fields.

Travel identity card

  • Duration : 14 days
  • Participant : a group of 4 to 10 persons
  • Support crew : english speaking guide
  • Accommodation : hotel (12 nights)
  • Transport : 4WD, bus or van
  • Meals : bed and breakfast
  • Period : all year
  • Effort = 1

    “Easy”This trip is accessible to all. However, we ask you to be healthy.
    It is a journey of discovery and short hikes are scheduled for site visits.
    Madagascar is large, the steps in a vehicle can sometimes be a little long.

  • Confort = 4

    “Standard”All nights are in hotels. The accommodations and/or the hotel are good categories and equivalent to 2 or 3 stars international standards.
    Dinner in restaurant, lunch at the restaurant and / or picnic.
    Travel take place in comfortable vehicle on roads and/or on relatively good tracks.

D 1 : Ivato farm and Domaine Saint François

Meet your guide.
We drive not far from Ivato airport to discover poultry and farming production of an organic farm.
We continue further towards Ambatomirahavavy in Domaine St François. Get lunch on spot and make a visit organized by A.S.A dealing with the reinstatement of landless farmers.
Walk to Antanety to meet people who benefit from A.S.A organisations and following vocational training at CMR, the Centre des Métiers Ruraux (Rural Job Center), as market gardening, livestock farm, fish farm, wood farm, metal work etc …).

  • Duration : Toute la journée
  • Meals : Lunch not included / Dinner not included
  • Your hotel : Antananarivo. Domaine Saint François .

    Domaine Saint François Domaine Saint François A charming inn located in the countryside 17 km from Antananarivo, it is now run by the ASA. This area was once belonged to Bück family who ran a model farm with dairy cows and pigs. ASA is in the head of the area since 1996 for use as a source of revenue to finance reintegration of families in very precarious situations.It is in a peaceful and welcoming setting, a homemade cuisine using fresh produce of the garden and the farm.5 spacious and comfortable guestrooms are available, fully equipped bathroom with hot water, there are also a few dormitories.

D 2 : Antananarivo > Antsirabe

We head to the south. Driving out from Antananarivo, the landscape is drawn by rice fields and typical villages of the highlands. Rice plays an essential role in Malagasy food and culture, most beautiful terraced rice fields are found in the Highlands.
We stop in Behenjy small town to get lunch where foie gras is popular, then we continue to Ambatolampy where we stop to discover amazing aluminum work to make cooking pot for the whole country.

  • Duration : +/- 4h
  • Distance : 170 km
  • Meals : Lunch not included / Dinner not included
  • Your hotel : Antsirabe. Hôtel Le Voyageur.

    Le VoyageurLe VoyageurBuilt in a special setting in the middle of a large garden, “Le Voyageur” guestrooms and bungalows are based on a typical architecture style, which express Malagasy soul, highlanders’ mind and the local known-how resources. Bungalows and guestrooms have bathroom with hot water each. The restaurant offers Malagasy and European specialties .

    View site on : http://chambres-voyageur.mg

D 3 : Farming activities in Antsirabe

We consecrate the morning to visit a farm where we learn a surprising way to farm kobe beef, world known as one of the best meat.
We discover an artisanal cheese factory in the afternoon, it combines Malagasy traditional skills and French way to get a products « Made in Antsirabe ».
In the evening, we get a short presentation of the amazing Z.O.B association, Zebu Overseas Board, our visit the next day.
Find their website on http://www.zob-madagascar.org

  • Duration : Toute la journée
  • Meals : Lunch not included / Dinner not included
  • Your hotel : The same as the day before

D 4 : Antsirabe > Fianarantsoa

We visit Z.O.B association, they will explain their daily activities.
We progress to the south by the road 7.
We shop in Zafimaniry artisans boutiques in Ambositra village looking for a piece of carved wood, or fine work of marquetry box.
We take time to wander around in the village and take lunch in restaurant where you have the opportunity to taste local specialties.

We reach the surrounding of Fianarantsoa in the heart of a tea plantation.

  • Duration : +/- 5h
  • Distance : 230 km
  • Meals : Lunch not included / Dinner not included
  • Your hotel : Fianarantsoa. Le Lac Hôtel.

    Le Lac HôtelLe Lac HôtelLake Hotel is located in the village of Sahambavy, at about twenty kilometers from the city of Fianarantsoa,  in the area of the unique tea plantation in Madagascar. It is also close to Sahambavy train station, a train going to the east coast, the Canal des Pangalanes and Manakara town. The hotel has 33 bungalows as family, double and triple rooms, there is also a restaurant with a bar.
    The hotel is facing  Sahambavy lake where you can hire a pedalo.
    The garden is an ideal place to rest.

    View site on : http://www.lachotel.com

D 5 : Farming activities around Fianarantsoa

City tour in Fianarantsoa, it consists of network of tiled-roof houses, cobbled alleys and several churches.
In the surroundings, we meet local artisans, tobacco or coffee and grapes plantations.
The best wines of the island are made here.
We move on to discover the only tea plantation of Madagascar spreading in about 335 hectares.
We learn about different process to produce tea there.

  • Duration : Toute la journée
  • Meals : Lunch not included / Dinner not included
  • Your hotel : The same as the day before

D 6 : Train from Fianarantsoa to Manakara

Built between 1926 to 1936, Fianarantsoa to Manakara railway line passes through one of the most beautiful landscapes of Madagascar in betweenHighlands and Indian Ocean. We ride on the train in Sahambavy station for a picturesque day trip rich in colors. The major part of the journey happens in the heart of the primary forest in magnificent settings composed of deep cliffs, villages and waterfalls. Farmed lands are omnipresent and we progress in banana, coffee, jack fruit, orange and litchi plantations …
We arrive in Manakara coastal small town after 10 hours trip in the best case.

  • Duration : Toute la journée
  • Meals : Picnic lunch included / Dinner not included
  • Your hotel : Manakara. Le Parthenay hotel .

    Le ParthenayLe ParthenayLocated between Canal des Pangalanes and the Indian Ocean, a little further from the centre, Parthenay hotel is one of those hotels set up in old colonial spots.bungalows are planted on a large garden with green grass. It is possible to enjoy a nice walk along the beach towards the lagoon boarded with filao, coming and going of dugouts is just incessant there.

D 7 : Day trip on the Canal des Pangalanes by canoe

We transfer to the dock to embark on a local canoe.th.
The Canal des Pangalanes spread out along the east coast of Madagascar from Farafangana in the south and Foulpointe in the north.
Totally shrouded in the extraordinary vegetation, 665 km long of the canal gives also possibility to discover people simple life, an environment of harmony for human and Nature. In this aquatic boulevard, we cross boats, taxi boats, canoe and rafts to transport local products in the surroundings. We are the witness of amazing life scenes, unforgettable and unusual.

  • Duration : Toute la journée
  • Meals : Picnic lunch included / Dinner included
  • Your hotel : The same as the day before

D 8 : Manakara > Vohipeno > Farafanga > Manakara

We navigate along the Canal des Pangalanes to the south; vanilla, coffee, cocoa and clove plantations grow along sides.
Vohipeno small town was the former capital of Antemoro, a tribe living in the region close to kings and princes tombs.
Further south, Farafangana is one of the liveliest towns of the south east coast, surrounded by waterfalls and forest.
The lively market offers several products of the region such as lobster, glass eel, fish and also clove, pepper, litchi and coffee.
Head to Manakara in the afternoon.

  • Duration : +/- 4h
  • Distance : 160 km
  • Meals : Lunch not included / Dinner not included
  • Your hotel : The same as the day before

D 9 : Manakara > Ranomafana

We start with the visit of a plantation producing mainly pepper for exportation.
Producing this spice is one of the major activities in the region.
We leave the seaside vegetation scenery by the Ravinala (travelers’ palm) road to get into Madagascar eastern rainforest.
We arrive in Ranomafana village in the afternoon, the name literally means” hot water”.
We stroll around the village and take our time to visit the thermal station. If you want to take a hot bath, it is quite possible !

  • Duration : +/- 4h
  • Distance : 180 km
  • Meals : Lunch not included / Dinner not included
  • Your hotel : Ranomafana. Centrest hotel .

    Centrest hotel Centrest hotel Built on a green hill near the National Park and the Thermal station, the hotel gives high standard guestrooms and bungalows with private bathroom and hot water. Different French and local dishes proposal on the restaurant’s menu. The hotel owns a botanical garden (at 12km) and a private protected reserve (at 6km) on the way east.

D 10 : Ranomafana National Park

Visit of Ranomafana National Park forest. This is one of the best sites as rainforest can offer in Madagascar.

We walk with a local guide looking for interesting wildlife in the forest such as Golden Bamboo lemurs, Red fronted brown lemur, red-bellied lemur, also many rare and endangered species such as the Greater Bamboo lemur.
The Park is also the genetic tank of some rare and endemic plants species and also a lot of healing plants.

Take waterproof coat.

  • Duration : Toute la journée
  • Meals : Lunch not included / Dinner not included
  • Your hotel : The same as the day before

D 11 : Ranomafana > Antsirabe

We leave Ranomafana National Park and start to head towards Antananarivo.
During the quiet drive to Antsirabe, we get into the Highlands beauty and atmosphere.
Rice fields and farming are the center of villagers’ activity in this volcanic region where lands are fertile.
We make a detour to see the crater lake of Tritriva giving dizzying view to the rock wall dropping down to its dark water.
It’s 160m depth give off strange atmosphere full of legends.

  • Duration : +/- 5h
  • Distance : 220 km
  • Meals : Lunch not included / Dinner not included
  • Your hotel : Antsirabe. Hôtel Le Voyageur.

    Le VoyageurLe VoyageurBuilt in a special setting in the middle of a large garden, “Le Voyageur” guestrooms and bungalows are based on a typical architecture style, which express Malagasy soul, highlanders’ mind and the local known-how resources. Bungalows and guestrooms have bathroom with hot water each. The restaurant offers Malagasy and European specialties .

    View site on : http://chambres-voyageur.mg

D 12 : Meet Highlands farmers

The Highlands ! These are the emblematic landscapes of Madagascar. Hilly and farmed environment is not like any others. A succession of tall houses made of red bricks surrounded with floor frame and balcony topped with thatch roof, rice fields widespread in valleys giving large variety of colors based on red ochre and beige. We bump into women carrying their water buckets on the head, farmers working in fields or rice fields, sometimes forge men working with the same technique as in old times.

  • Duration : Toute la journée
  • Meals : Picnic lunch included / Dinner not included
  • Your hotel : The same as the day before

D 13 : Antsirabe > Antananarivo

Stroll around in Antsirabe and head back to Antananarivo.
Take lunch in Ambatolampy.
Arrive in the afternoon.
End of Malagasy services.

 

  • Duration : +/- 4h
  • Distance : 170 km
  • Meals : Lunch not included / Dinner not included
Number of person 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Supp single
Price per person 1 093 € 1 012 € 939 € 882 € 838 € 827 € 812 € 234 €

Price includes:

  • Driver/guide along the travel,
  • A car all along the travel,
  • Accommodation as mentioned in the program,
  • Meals as mentioned in the program,
  • Park and indicated sites fees,
  • Walks mentioned in the program,
  • Local guides and porters in Parks,
  • All transfers.

Price does not include:

  • International and domestic flights,
  • Meals as mentioned in the program,
  • Tips and drinks,
  • Personal insurance.

 

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