Color of south – 12 days

From 2 to 12 people. See details below.

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© Malagasy Tours | Carte This itinerary is a trip to the far south of Madagascar.
From the capital, we descend to Tulear with a detour to visit the lemurs in Ranomafana.

The Isalo plateau will be a happy pretext for a nice hike in a grandiose setting. The relaxing stay by the lagoon of Ifaty allows us to discover the sweetness and moods of theMozambique Channel.

We are then flying over the dry region of Madagascar; the Androy, to reach the far south of Madagascar. Near Fort Dauphin, we visit the private reserve of Berenty and its numerous lemurs. This region between lagoons and mountains, is among the most beautiful and spectacular of the country.

Highlights

  • The Highlands and lemurs of Ranomafana ;
  • The easy hike in the National Park of Isalo ;
  • The seaside stay on the lagoon of Ifaty ;
  • Berenty Private Reserve and vegetation of the extreme south.

Travel identity card

  • Duration : 13 days (from Tana to Tana)
  • Participant: In group – minimum 2 persons
  • Accompaniment: English-speaking Malagasy Guide
  • Accommodation: everything in hotel ( 12 nights)
  • Travel: 4×4 vehicle or bus or minibus
  • Service: in Bed and Breakfast
  • Period: all year
  • Effort =2

    “Easy to moderate”Physical activity and / or punctual hiking occasional, 3 to 5 hours per day on good trails.
    Little or no gradients. You only carry your bag for the day.
    Madagascar is vast, the stages in the 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 : Antananarivo > Antsirabe

Meeting with your guide.
We have 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 the rather amazing work of aluminum to make cooking pot for the whole country.
We take lunch in town. Continuation towards Antsirabe in the afternoon.
We take our time for a city tour and experience “pousse-pousse” (rick shaw) riding for those who want, it is the main transport for locals.

  • Duration : +/- 3 h
  • Distance : 170 km
  • Meals : Lunch not included / Dinner not included
  • Your hotel : Antsirabe. Couleur Café.

    Couleur CaféCouleur CaféLocated in the heart of Antsirabe city. A new guesthouse with fifteen guestrooms. Each room has authentic interior decoration with good taste. You will enjoy the warmth of old furniture made of precious wood and gleaming colour fabrics.In winter evening, the chimney heats you at the bottom of the bed.It has a convivial and familial atmosphere.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 View site on : http://www.couleurcafeantsirabe.com

D 2 : Antsirabe > Ranomafana

We stay on road N7 and progress towards the south. At Ambositra, we shop around and visit Zafimaniry artisans workshop, trying to find carved wood or a piece of marquetery box minutely done. We stroll around in town and then head to Ranomafana. We are in the heart of Betsileo tribe area. We are on the highest part  of Madagascar Highlands and the road is more and more winding. We turn off to the east and arrive in the rainforest in late afternoon.

  • Duration : +/- 5 heures
  • Distance : 230 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 3 : Ranomafana Park > Fianarantsoa

We get in Ranomafana National Park office after a drive. This is one of the most beautiful sites that the primary forest and rain forest in Madagascar can offer. We walk into the park with a local guide in this very humid environment. You should take you waterproofs for the visit. We can find many species of lemurs as the Golden bamboo lemur (Hapalemur aureus), the red-fronted brown lemur (Eulemur fulvus), red-bellied lemur (Eulemur rubriventer) and we can meet also some rare and endangered species as the Greater bamboo lemur (Hapalemur simus). In botanical terms, the park is the a genetic reservoir of some rare and endemic plant species, but also many medicinal plants. We drive back to the main road N7 after to reach Fianarantsoa town.

  • Duration : +/- 3h de marche et +/- 2 h de route
  • Distance : 70 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 4 : 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 Barâ 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.

  • Duration : +/- 5 heures
  • Distance : 290 km
  • Meals : Lunch not included / Dinner not included
  • Your hotel : Ranohira. Isalo Ranch.

    Isalo RanchIsalo RanchLocated in 5km to the south of Ranohira, in the savannah of Isalo massif foothill. Bungalows are simple and made in traditional way, they have private or outdoor bathroom, swimming pool is also available.The straw hut restaurant offers local and European dishes. One among those good hotels we like.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            View site on : http://www.isalo-ranch.com

D 5 : visit of 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.
Isalo ruin form massif is a continental sandstone plateau from Jurassic period.
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.

NB : Walk pace and duration depend on clients (minimum 2h). The guide will advise you.

  • Duration : de 2 à 4h de marche, selon vos envies !
  • Meals : Picnic lunch included / Dinner not included
  • Your hotel : The same as the day before

D 6 : Ranohira > Tuléar > Ifaty

We progress to the south west towards the Mozambique Channel.
Drive on 245 km from Ranohira to Tuléar 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 Tuléar.
Walk around to the market before taking lunch.
Sandy road along the coast leads us to Ifaty. Installation to the hotel, almost feet in the water.

  • Duration : +/- 6h
  • Distance : 280 km
  • Meals : Lunch not included / Dinner not included
  • Your hotel : Ifaty. La Mira .

    La Mira La Mira La Mira hotel is built on a dune and gives an outstanding view over the Mozambique Channel.The hotel offers luxury accommodation in an enchanting setting giving a direct access to the lagoon. The restaurant of high quality is open all day. The place allows to have the most beautiful sunset and to admire amazing starry nights. The hotel has 9 comfortable bungalows of 40 m² with beach access, each has also private shady terrace. Bungalows are furnished with real palissander wood furniture.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       View site on : http://www.hotel-lamira.com

D 7 and 8 : Day at leisure at Ifaty

You can explore different activities from the hotel during the day at leisure on the edges of Mozambique channel. If you want to take advantage of the sea and lagoon : diving, dugout ride with Vezo fishermen, swim or just idleness. Hikers can discover inside land, a specific and extraordinary vegetation composed of euphorbia, baobab, didieracea, aloes … In the south, the thorny are kings.

 

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

D 9 : Ifaty > Tulear > Fort Dauphin

Have breakfast in the hotel and then transfer to the airport of Tulear.
Make a short stop at the market or to the beach.Meet your guide in the airport of Fort Dauphin (Taolagnaro).
Fort Dauphin is like an end of the world, with the immensity of the ocean and the mountain range behind. The very first foreigners from Portugal accosted there in the 15th century.
Stroll around town and afternoon at leisure.

NB : The program might change depending on the flight schedule.

  • Duration : 35 mn de vol
  • Distance : 30 km de piste + vol
  • Meals : Lunch not included / Dinner not included
  • Your hotel : Fort-Dauphin. Lavasoa.

    LavasoaLavasoaSet between coconut and pine trees of the peninsula of Libanona bay, Lavasoa bungalows are distinguished by their vivid colours. Its perfect white wall, dark wooded floor and furnitured guestrooms of which each has pallissander balcony facing the virgin beach and Saint Louis peak.

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

D 10 : Fort Dauphin > Berenty Reserve

Drive towards Berenty reserve. Thirty kilometres from Fort Dauphin, we change abruptly from the green area of the Antanosy  to the spiny vegetation of Androy just after a pass. We stop on the way to see  a endemic palm and nepenthes pitcher plant. You can discover many species of spiny bushes and trees, as aloes, euphorbia, didieracea, baobabs … We will drive through sisal plantation in Mandrare valley before getting to Berenty reserve. Visit the reserve.

  • Duration : +/- 3 heures
  • Distance : 85 km
  • Meals : Lunch not included / Dinner not included
  • Your hotel : Berenty. Le Berenty Lodge.

    Le Berenty LodgeLe Berenty LodgeLocated in 85km of Fort Dauphin, the hotel lodge is just at the entrance of Berenty Reserve in the heart of the dry and spiny forest.29 guestrooms or bungalows set up in private estate, a real sanctuary of nature.A restaurant, a bar, a cafeteria, are at your disposal.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  View site on : http://www.madagascar-resorts.com

D 11 : Berenty Reserve > Fort Dauphin

We continue the visit of Berenty reserve.
In 1936, the De Heaulme family decides to protect resident animals in a gallery forest of centenarians tamarinds along the Mandrare river and also in an area of thicket characteristic of South Madagascar adjacent to the reserve.
Since that time, lemurs have lost partly the fear of human and let themselves to be observed. Four species are particularly very common in the south : Verreaux Sifaka (Propithecus verreauxi verreauxi), Ring-tailed lemur (lemur catta), Grey mouse lemur (microcebus murinus) and White footed sportive lemur (Lepilemur leucopus).
The Brown lemur (Eulemur fulvus rufus) was introduced from Morondava area but been adapted to the environment.
Turtles, chameleons, snakes and butterflies are also found there. It is a good spot for bird watching as well.
The flora is composed of tTamarind trees, Didieracea (Didiera trollii, Alluaudia procera), Euphorbiacea (Euphorbia stenoclada, Euphorbia onoclada), Apocynacea (different Pachypodium, Catharantus roseus) and Liliacea (different species of Aloe).
We drive to Fort Dauphin in the afternoon.

  • Duration : +/- 3h
  • Distance : 85 km
  • Meals : Lunch not included / Dinner not included
  • Your hotel : Fort-Dauphin. Lavasoa.

    LavasoaLavasoaSet between coconut and pine trees of the peninsula of Libanona bay, Lavasoa bungalows are distinguished by their vivid colours. Its perfect white wall, dark wooded floor and furnitured guestrooms of which each has pallissander balcony facing the virgin beach and Saint Louis peak.

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

D 12 : Fort Dauphin > Antananarivo

A leisure morning and a single transfer to the airport organised by the hotel.

End of Malagasy Tours services.

Fly to the capital.

 

  • Duration : 1h15 de vol
  • Meals : Lunch not included / Dinner not included
Number of person 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Supp single
Price per person 1 342 € 1 093 € 962 € 924 € 874 € 838 € 816 € 808 € 798 € 782 € 767 € 246 €

Price includes:

  • The driver / guide and its vehicle from Tana to Tulear,
  • Accommodation in hotels with bed and breakfast,
  • Meals as indicated in program,
  • Entrance fees in National Parks and sites listed,
  • Local guides in parks,
  • Management at Fort Dauphin by the hotel staff,
  • The excursion to Berenty,
  • All transfers.

Price does not include:

  • International and domestic flights,
  • Meals not indicated in the program,
  • Optional activities in Ifaty and Fort Dauphin,
  • Tips and beverages,
  • Cancellation, repatriation costs and first aid insurance.

 

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