Discovery South / North – 13 days

From 4 to 10 people. See details below.

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© Malagasy Tours | Carte For a possible complete discovery of the Great Island, its landscapes, its culture and its people.

Our purpose with this holiday is to make you appreciate the variety and diversity of Madagascar from south to north.

The road N7, the villages of Ambositra and Ambalavao where we will stop and a short hike in Isalo National Park.

The region of Diego Suarez where we meet lemurs in Amber Mountain National Park and relaxing stay in Nosy Be to enjoy the beach.

Highlights

  • Crossing the Highlands and hiking in Isalo ;
  • The turquoise lagoon of Ifaty along the Mozambique Channel;
  • Lemurs of the Amber Mountain ;
  • Relaxing stay in Nosy Be.

Travel identity card

  • Duration : 13 days (from Tana to Tana)
  • Participants : From 2 persons
  • Support crew : English-speaking Malagasy guide
  • Accommodation : All in hotel ( 12 nights)
  • Transport : 4×4 or bus or minibus
  • Meals : 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 – Visit the city

Meeting at your hotel in the heart of the city.

Antananarivo is one of these cities under the tropics having a soul, his own feeling.
Tana history bigins with Queens and Kings during XVIIe century. The architecture is original and esthetic.
Strolling in the streets of the town means going to meet people and discovering the unknown aspect of Madagascar.

From the hotel we walk to the Old Town through the city. We learn the “every day” life of the population.
Reach and visit of the Queen Palace and the Prime Minister Palace though narow streets and many steps.

Back to your hotel in the end of the afternoon.

  • Duration : Toute la journée
  • 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 > Ambositra

We start to head to the south.
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.
Continuation towards Antsirabe and arrive by midday.
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. We drive towards Ambositra in the afternoon.

  • Duration : +/- 5 heures
  • Distance : 260 km
  • Meals : Lunch not included / Dinner not included
  • Your hotel : Ambositra . Artisan.

    ArtisanArtisanLocated in the west of the centre, close to handicrafts shops for which Ambositra is famous for. 12 guestrooms spread out on 2 traditional houses and 10 bungalows, all with private bathrooms. This recently built hotel has restaurant, bar and a nice garden.

D 3 : Ambositra > Ambalavao

Ambositra is the village of the woodcarvers.

We shop in Zafimaniry artisans boutiques looking for a piece of carved wood, or fine work of marquetry box.
Take time to wander around in the village and then 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.

Continuation to Ambalavao

  • Duration : +/- 5 heures
  • Distance : 260 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 4 : Ambalavao > Anja reserve > Ranohira

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 : +/- 6h
  • Distance : 250 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. Hotel de la plage.

    Hotel  de la plageHotel  de la plageHotel La Plage is located in 40 km north of Tuléar and offers 12 comfortable bungalows with sea view.
    They are equipped with toilets and showers with hot water. The restaurant serves French cuisine, Malagasy specialties as grilled zebu, fish and seafood
    A nautical club is at your disposal to offer you beautiful dives (snorkeling or bottle) to the reef or some sea trips.

    View site on : http://www.hotelplage-tulear.com

D 7 : 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 8 : Ifaty > Tulear > Antananarivo

Morning at leisure after breakfast at the hotel and then transfer to the airport to fly to Antananarivo.
Lunch on spot or in Tana depending to flight schedules. If the time allows we make a quick stop in the crafts market to look for basketery, marquetery, wood carvings, metal toys, miniature cars and some semi-precious stones, all in very relaxed mood.
Transfer to the hotel in town.NB – The program of this day might change depending on the domestic flight schedules.

  • Duration : 2h de piste et 1h15 de vol
  • 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 9 : Antananarivo > Diego Suarez

Transfer to Antananrivo Ivato airport.

We assist you to check in the domestic flight to the north of Madagascar.

Your guide welcome you in the airport of Diego Suarez and take you for a stroll to the lively market and the port inside the huge Diego bay. Diégo, a slow going town, often dozing by overpowering heat.
It is slow here, relaxed mood, it is easy to get the feel of the atmosphere of the north of Madagascar.
NB : The program might change following the flight schedule.

  • Duration : 1h15 de vol
  • Meals : Lunch not included / Dinner not included
  • Your hotel : Diego Suarez. Nature Lodge.

    Nature LodgeNature LodgeIn Amber Mountain National Park gate, Nature Lodge offers a few bungalows made of wood and local materials. At 700m above sea level, the coolness of Joffreville, the hotel has a dominant view of huge Diego Suarez bay. Comfortable bungalows with private bathroom. Warm and convivial mood in the restaurant and the bar.

    View site on : http://www.naturelodge-ambre.com

D 10 : Montagne d’Ambre National park

Breakfast at the hotel.
Drive to the park and start the visit of Amber Mountain National Park with a local guide to this luxuriant forest.This is the first National Park created in Madagascar.
It has special vegetation with tree ferns, palms, orchids and several rare species of trees.
Waterfalls and crater lakes decorate our walk. There are seven kinds of lemurs in the forest, we can meet crowned lemur, Sanford lemur …We might see chameleons, gecko, leaf tailed gecko and many colourful birds.
There is a possibility of walking down heading back to the hotel in the afternoon.
NB : Walk pace and duration depend on the group (minimum 2 hours).The guide will advise you.

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

D 11 : Joffreville > Ankify > Nosy Be

With our 4×4, we drive around the massif of Amber Mountain and take the road to the south.
Our route passes through Ambilobe region and its cashews plantations, then Ambanja area follows, with coffee, cocoa and ylang-ylang plantations.
Arrival at Ankify port. Boarding on a speedboat for 45 minutes crossing towards Hellville, the capital of Nosy Be.
By taxi we reach our beachfront hotel.

  • Duration : +/- 5 heures
  • Distance : 250 km
  • Meals : Lunch not included / Dinner not included
  • Your hotel : Nosy Be. Explora Village.

    Explora VillageExplora VillageExplora village is a hotel of charm on the seaside. 5 standard bungalows and 1 studio combine comfort and peacefulness, the hotel can take a dozen of persons. Bungalows are in total harmony with the environment. Facing the sea, the restaurant serves local and European food.

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

D 12 : Day at leisure at Nosy Be

We offer a day relax for this last day of your holidays.
Many activities are possible from the hotel : water sport, fishing, excursion in some islands, boat trips, motorbike or bicycle renting.
Nosy Komba island with its fishing village, and slao Nosy Tanikely which is one of the marine Parks in Madagascar are close. One full day of real pleasure ! The hotel reception will advise you and help you with all these activities.
We recommend a walk to Mont Passot in late afternoon for a beautiful panorama of the island at sunset, or just lazying around on the beach.
Evening at your hotel in front of the sea.

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

D 13 : Nosy Be > Antananarivo (departure)

Morning at leisure after breakfast at the hotel and then transfer to the airport to fly to Antananarivo.
Lunch on spot or in Tana depending to flight schedules. If the time allows we make a quick stop in the crafts market to look for basketery, marquetery, wood carvings, metal toys, miniature cars and some semi-precious stones, all in very relaxed mood.
Transfer to the airport in the evening.NB – The program of this day might change depending on the domestic flight schedules.

  • 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 1 505 € 1 308 € 1 177 € 1 116 € 1 033 € 993 € 953 € 932 € 912 € 888 € 866 € 325 €

Price includes:

  • An English-speaking driver / guide along the trip except in Ifaty and Nosy Be,
  • A vehicle along the trip except in Ifaty and Nosy Be,
  • Accommodationas mentioned in the program,
  • Meals as mentioned in the program,
  • National Parks and indicated sites fees,
  • Local guides in parks,
  • All transfers.

Price does not include:

  • International and domestic flights,
  • Meals as mentioned in the program,
  • Optional activities in Ifaty and Nosy Be,
  • Tips and drinks,
  • Your personal insurancse.

 

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