Comfortable hiking – South – 12 days

From 2 to 12 people. See details below.

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© Malagasy Tours | Carte This journey is placed under the sign of the hike in a beautiful diversity of environments. We shall begin with a stroll on the Highlands where we shall be hosted in a traditional house, and shall discover the generous local cooking. Then the road to the south will offer us the monumental blocks of granite massif of Andringitra and the playful lemurs in Anja reserve, as well as beautiful walking tour through the maze of narrow valleys of Tsaranoro. We will continue to Isalo, its canyons and dry forest, before continuing on the southern route that will take us to one of the most beautiful lagoons of Madagascar, Ifaty. We will be seduced by the tranquility, beauty and hospitality of the land of Vezo fishermen.

Highlights

  • Our selection of charming accommodations;
  • Hiking in the villages of the Highlands;
  • Discovery of the Tsaranoro valley and Isalo National Park;
  • Relaxing stay at the edge of the lagoon of Ifaty and the Mozambique Channel.

Travel identity card

  • Duration :  13 days (from Tana to Tana)
  • Days of walking : 7 days of hike.
  • Participant: In group – minimum 2 persons.
  • Accompaniment: English-speaking Malagasy Guide.
  • Accommodation: All in hotel at ( 12 nights).
  • Travel: Vehicle 4×4 or either bus or minibus.
  • Service: In (almost) half board.
  • 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 : City trek in Tana

Antananarivo or Tana is one those capitals in the tropics, with a soul and great atmosphere. The history of the town started with Kings and Queens in seventieth century with an original and attractive architecture. The main purpose of strolling around Tana is to meet locals and to explore the much undiscovered face of Madagascar.
We walk to the center and the upper town from our hotel. The walk leads us though rice fields and popular areas, we discover the everyday life of people in the capital . We start going uphill to the old town towards the Queen’s Palace, by narrow streets and hundreds of steps. We lunch in a restaurant on the hills. We go on to Tsimbazaza zoo in the afternoon, where we relax in a quiet green setting with lemurs . We go back to the hotel by taxi or keep on walking for the bravest.

  • Meals : Lunch not included / Dinner not included
  • Your hotel : Antananarivo. Rova Hôtel .

    Rova Hôtel Rova Hôtel Le Rova Hotel is situated in a lively district where several famous restaurants are gathered. It was built on a traditional architectural way. The hotel has 17 rooms with private bathroom. Breakfast is totally served  in a Malagasy mood to start a perfect day.View site on : http://www.rovahotel.com

D 2 : 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 3 : Walking in the Highlands

Why Highlands? Simply because it has the emblematic scenery of Madagascar, a unique landscape composed of different hills with crest lines, villages on the slope, houses made of bricks and thatch roof, colorful valley with rice fields: green, ochre, red, beige…
These magnificent hikes take us to the countryside world with authentic colors, meeting local people who enjoy discussing with visitors.
We can see women carrying bucket water on the head as in Africa, farmers working in their rice fields and sometimes we meet blacksmiths working on the same process for ages.
The walk is organised by a local association, a partnership with young guides from the area so then we contribute partly to the development of the region.

  • Duration : 6 à 7h de marche
  • Meals : Picnic lunch included / Dinner not included
  • Your hotel : The same as the day before

D 4 : Antsirabe > Ambalavao

We stay on road N7 and progress towards the south. In 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 Ambalavao.
We are in the heart of Betsileo tribe area who occupies this south part of the highland.We are on the highest area  of Madagascar highland and the road is more and more winding. Arrival in Ambalavo in the afternoon.

  • Duration : +/- 6 h de route
  • Distance : 275 km
  • Meals : Lunch not included / Dinner not included
  • Your hotel : Ambalavao . Tsienimparihy Lodge.

    Tsienimparihy LodgeTsienimparihy LodgeThe hotel is situated in a peaceful and quiet place. All the bungalow are equipped with toilets with hot water and its restaurant offers a wide choice of cooking with varied products.A beautiful garden is availabie for clients, ideal for relaxing.

D 5 :  Anja Reserve > Tsaranoro valley

Anja Reserve is located at twenty kilometers south of Ambalavao.

Groups of Lemur Catta (Maki) live in this nice forest, at the bottom of this huge granitic rock blocks. We learn about local customs, between Betsileo and Bara tribes, local people bury the deceased inside natural caves in the rock cliff with complicated rituals. The local guide will give us more details.

We climb rocks without difficulty to the the pass. Interesting hikes are possible around.

This Reserve is run directly by villagers ; all profits are to improve the life conditions of locals living in the surrounding.

Continuation to the Valley of Tsaranoro in the afternoon.

  • Duration : 2 à 3h de marche
  • Meals : Picnic lunch included / Dinner not included
  • Your hotel : Tsaranoro. Le Camp Catta.

    Le Camp CattaLe Camp CattaLocated in Tsaranoro foothill and the sacred forest, Camp Catta will heartily welcome you. Bungalows are well laid-out and look like Malagasy traditional houses. Foods are simple but good quality.The remoteness of the site guarantees the peace that you will appreciate.View site on : http://www.campcatta.com

D 6 : Visit of Tsaranoro Valley

Just amazing …

From your hotel, stroll in the forest close to the foothill.
Huge granite domes make these mountains with narrow valleys an amazing spot, especially at sunrise and sunset.
Your guide will lead you through the forest to meet ring-tailed lemur, he will explain also about local beliefs.
If you want more sportive hikes, we invite you to climb onto the “chameleon”, a small mountain not far from the hotel, or walk around Tsaranoro cliff by the south.
These are hikes which do not present any technical difficulties and offer magnificent views.

  • Duration : 5 à 6 heures de marche
  • Meals : Picnic lunch included / Dinner not included
  • Your hotel : The same as the day before

 

D 7 : Tsaranoro Valley > Ranohira

It is the road to the South today, that of wide spaces. We have breakfast in the hotel and then drive back on the same track to reach the main road, pass by the South gates to Ihosy town before getting through Ihorombe plateau. From one mountain to another. The Isalo is in front of us, the day comes to its end and the sunset should be great!

 

  • Duration : +/- 6 heures
  • Distance : 20 km de piste + 220 km de route
  • 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 8 and 9 : Hike in Isalo National Park

We join the Canyon of Rats by car on the first day, mischievous species of lemur from south of Madagascar Maki and Sifaka are living in the forest at the foothill. Ascent of “Focus cliff” which give a superb view of the landscape inside the Park in the morning, we picnic at the top and start to go down hill in the afternoon to cool down in the limpid torrent inside the canyon. Head back to the hotel in the mid-afternoon.

We hike from Namaza site to the Piscine Naturelle on the next day. We walk through amazing settings,  Isalo ruin form massif is a continental sandstone plateau from Jurassic period. There are many rock formations with different shapes here. This park has a different ecosystem, endemic flora such as Aloe, Euphorbia, Pachypodium and Kalanchoe …

NB : Walk pace and duration depends on clients choice. Your guide will advise you.

  • Duration : de 4 à 5h de marche par jour
  • Meals : Picnic lunch included / Dinner not included
  • Your hotel : The same as the day before

 

D 10 : 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 11 : 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 the lagoon : diving, dugout ride with Vezo fishermen, swim or just idleness.
Hikers can discover the inland, a specific and extraordinary vegetation composed of euphorbia, baobab, didieracea, aloes … , those with thorns are kings in the south.

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

D 12 : Ifaty > Tulear > Antananarivo

Morning at leisure and transfer to the airport organised by the hotel.

End of Malagasy Tours services.

Fly to the capital.

 

  • Duration : 2h de piste et 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 1 397 € 1 153 € 993 € 975 € 909 € 869 € 834 € 825 € 809 € 788 € 766 € 269 €

Price includes:

  • An English speaking driver / guide and its vehicle from Tana to Tulear
  • Accommodation in the hotels mentioned in the progamme,
  • Picnic lunches on D3, D4, D6, D7, D9 and D10,
  • Entrance fees in the national parks and sites listed,
  • Local guides in parks,
  • All transfers.

Price does not include:

  • International and domestic flights,
  • Meals (breakfast and dinner) not listed in the program,
  • Optional activities in Ifaty,
  • Tips and beverages,
  • Cancellation and / or repatriation insurance.

 

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