Great trek – Andringitra /9 days

From 4 to 12 people. See details below.

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© Malagasy Tours | Carte The heart of this trip is an itinerant hiking in the granite massif of Andringitra. It is a world apart, a world unknown and little traveled, which in no way corresponds to what we can imagine. Here, the foothills of the mountain is flooded with terraces, cultures combining the green intensity of primary forest and the gray austerity of granite peaks. Aesthetically, the mountains are very close to alpine landforms, only, the vegetation differs. The large cliffs of Tsaranoro and Anja dominate the green valleys where small villages hides themselves away from everything. From the summits, the view is panoramic and embraces a vast territory. This land of trekking will delight all the unconditional of beautiful mountain roaming, spotted with magical encounters.

Highlights

  • Itinerant Hiking in Andringitra;
  • Meeting a Malagasy mountainous culture;
  • Discover the green valley of Tsaranoro;
  • Approach a fauna and flora very diversified

Travel identity card

  • Duration : 9 days (from Tana to Tana)
  • Time of walking : 8 days of itinerant hike
  • Participant: In group – minimum 4 persons
  • Accompaniment: English-speaking Malagasy Guide
  • Accommodation : Hotel and camping
  • Travel : Bus and 4×4 vehicle
  • Service: Full board
  • Period: From April till November
  • Effort = 4

    “Steady”
    Days are from 5 to 7 hours of walking and these during several days in a row (5 to 10). No technical difficulty, but the elevation changes can be consequent: from 800 to 1200 m certain days. In Madagascar, the height is not a determining factor but it is to be considered. Your bag contains your personal belongings for the day.
  • Confort = 2

    “Adventure”
    Majority of of nights under tent (camping) with hotels and / or hostels where possible.
    In camping, meals are prepared by the Malagasy Tours team with fresh products, even in trek.
    Attentive service in bivouac. Frequent showers, but not daily.
    Travel by all-terrain vehicle on tarmac roads and / or 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 > Anja Reserve

We stay on road N7 and progress towards the south. We shop around and visit Zafimaniry artisans workshop, trying to find carved wood or a piece of marquetery box finely done. We stroll around in town and head to Fianarantsoa where we get lunch with Malagasy specialities and then go on till Ambalavao.
The landscape changes as we leave gradually the highland. We set up our camp in a spectacular granite mass foothill. Anja reserve is situated between two domes in a specific setting of forest and big rocks where different groups of Lemur catta live and are there protected.

  • Duration : +/- 7 h
  • Distance : 325 km
  • Meals : Picnic lunch included / Dinner included
  • Your hotel : . Nuit sous tente.

    Nuit sous tenteNuit sous tenteA night under the stars around campfire, in the nature,… we like it !We provide SVALBARD brand FERRINO tents. These tents are for 3 persons but we only put 2 persons inside. Both sides have access door with mosquito net and the entrances are a kind of apse where we put a mat for your bags.We also provide a 5 cm thick foam mattress.You should take your sleeping bag.

D 3 to 6 : Anja Reserve > Tsaranoro Valley

Anja Reserve is located at twenty kilometers south of Ambalavao. Groups of lemurs live in a nice forest at the bottom of a huge granite rock blocks. We learn about local customs of Betsileo and also Bara tribes. The latter bury the deceaseds inside natural caves in the rock cliff after fairly complex rituals. The local guide will give us more details.
We climb rocks without difficulty until the pass. Many interesting hikes are possible around.
This Reserve is run directly by villagers. All profit goes to improve the local people’s life conditions in the surrounding. We follow to Tsaranoro valley in the afternoon.

  • Duration : 7 à 8h de marche quotidien
  • Meals : Picnic lunch included / Dinner included
  • Your hotel : The same as the day before

D 7 : Andringitra – Tsaranoro Valley

We leave the massif behind us and join the valley of Tsaranoro. Six plant formations are represented in this area of great richness.  Researchers listed 20 species of mammals, of which 4 of them are endemic to the massif, and also 62 species of birds. The most strange plants of the area are Kalanchoe, aloes and pachypodium. The plain is full of terrestrial orchids. The huge granite domes make of these mountains with narrow valleys, an amazing sight, especially at sunrise and sunset.

  • Duration : 5 à 6 h de marche
  • Meals : Picnic lunch included / Dinner 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 8 : Tsaranoro > Ambositra

We get back to the main road. At Ambalavao, we visit the craft factory of the paper Antemoro. This secular process to make this paper with bark of the mulberry tree Avoha (Bosqueia danguyana) was introduced in Madagascar in the XVth century by the first Arabic migrants to retranscribe the Koran. He(it) is always made to Ambalavao according to the same processes.
We take back the road in the direction of Fianarantsoa. We lunch on the way and continue until Ambositra. Walk in the village and an evening in the hotel.

  • Duration : +/- 5h
  • Distance : 240 km dont 40 de piste
  • 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 9 : Ambositra > Antananarivo

Ambositra is the town of the woodcarvers. Visit of the workshops of craftsmen Zafimaniry.
We hunt around in search of the sculptured piece of wood or of the finely decorated square of marquetry.
Arrival at the end of morning at Antsirabe for the lunch.
Continuation in the afternoon to Antananarivo.

  • Meals : Lunch not included / Dinner not included
Number of person 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Supp single
Prix par personne 763 € 710 € 691 € 639 € 610 € 585 € 578 € 548 € 528 € 50 €

Price includes:

  • English Speaking Malagasy guides,
  • Vehicles (buses on the road N7, 4×4 on the track),
  • Accommodation in simple and comfortable hotels,
  • The camping equipment and food (bring a sleeping bag,
  • Full board,
  • The entrance fees in the national parks and sites listed,
  • Local guides in parks,
  • All transfers.

Price does not include:

  • International and domestic flights,
  • Meals not indicated in the program,
  • Tips and beverages,
  • Cancellation and / or repatriation insurance.

 

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