From Tana to Tulear – 7 days

From 2 to 12 people. See details below.

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© Malagasy Tours | Carte 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 which offers an approach to the creativity and the quality of the Malagasy handicrafts, in particular in the art of marquetry and the work of wood.
Ambalavao village distinguishes itself by two main symbols that are zebu and tobacco. It also has other major advantages such as ancestral Antemoro papermaking and silk weaving.
We then discover Isalo National Park and its picturesque and preserved nature for a short hike, before ending our journey in a gentle Ifaty lagoon along the Mozambique Channel to an end of stay in total relaxation.

Highlights

  • Crossing the highlands to the west coast;
  • An approach to Malagasy handicrafts;
  • The ruiniform landscapes of Isalo massif;
  • Ifaty lagoon along the Mozambique Channel.

Travel identity card

  • Duration : 7 days (from Tana to Tana)
  • Participant : From 2 persons
  • Support crew : An english-speaking Malagasy Guide
  • Accommodation : Hotel (6 nights)
  • Transport : 4WD 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 > 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 > Fianarantsoa

We keep going on the National Road 7 and progress towards the south.

We shop in Zafimaniry artisans boutiques in Ambositra village 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 loca 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.

  • Duration : +/- 4 heures
  • Distance : 230 km
  • Meals : Lunch not included / Dinner not included
  • Your hotel : Fianarantsoa. Villa Sylvestre.

    Villa SylvestreVilla SylvestreA preserved heritage for three generations, this charming residence built in 1920, with the purest style of Malagasy traditional architecture. It is located in the heart of Betsileo country, in Fianarantsoa town.Villa Sylvestre has 08 comfortable guestrooms equipped with private bathroom,TV ,safe and mini-bar,…all in felted and warm atmosphere, combining modernity with tradition.View site on : http://www.villasylvestre.com

D 3 : 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 4 : 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 5 : 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. Au Soleil Couchant .

    Au Soleil Couchant Au Soleil Couchant Located in the North of Ifaty, bungalows are on the beach front, on a fine sand beach. It is really the ideal hotel for your stay in the region of Tulear.You have the choice between individual or family bungalow, all with private bathroom.The hotel also offers several sea and land activities  on the purpose you enjoy entirely your stay.                                                                                                                                                                View site on : http://www.hotelsoleilcouchant-ifaty.com

D 6 : 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 7 : 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 881 € 710 € 635 € 586 € 558 € 540 € 513 € 501 € 481 € 466 € 461 € 135 €

Price includes:

  • An English speaking driver / guide and his vehicle the whole trip except in Ifaty,
  • Accommodation as mentioned in the program ,
  • Meals as mentioned in the program ,
  • National park and indicated sites fees ,
  • Guides and porters in Parks ,
  • All transfers .

Price does not include:

  • International and domestic flights ,
  • Meals as mentioned in the program ,
  • Optional activities at Ifaty,
  • Tips and drinks,
  • Personal insurances.

 

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