Tours in Madagascar – 13 days

From 4 to 10 personnes. See details below.

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© Malagasy Tours | Carte The starting point of Malagasy tours is from the most beautiful lagoons of this Great Island, Ifaty, in the country of Vezosea nomadic fishermen. We travel across large plains of palm trees and baobabs to join the ruinform massif of Isalo. The highlands crossing offers to travelers another face of Madagascar, marriage of rice and water. A flash passage in Antananarivo to discover this commemorative site of Merina monarchy and Malagasy history. The road to the east opens us its luxuriant reserves, rich in butterflies, chameleons and lemurs. Last stopover in Sainte Marie (Nosy Boraha), peaceful island with paradise flavors . For big cetaceans lovers , plan to travel in July, August and September to observe the ballet of whales! Highlights

Highlights

  • The turquoise blue lagoon of Ifaty by the Mozambique Channel ;
  • Easy hike in Isalo National Park ;
  • Lemurs in Andasibe National Park ;
  • Paradise stay in Sainte Marie island.

Travel identity card

  • Duration : 13 days (from Tana to Tana)
  • Participant : minimum 2 persons
  • Support crew : English-speaking Malagasy Guide
  • Accommodation : All in hotel ( 12 nights)
  • Vehicle : 4×4 or bus or minibus
  • Meals : Bed and Breakfast
  • Period : All year
  • Effort = 1

    “Easy”                                                                                                                                               This trip is accessible to all. However, we ask you to be healthy.
    It is a journey of discovery and short hikes are scheduled for site visits.
    Madagascar is large, the steps in a 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 > Tuléar > Ifaty

Meet your guide and drive to the airport of Antananarivo. We assist you on check in for domestic flight to south west of Madagascar. You guide is waiting for you in Tuléar airport to take you for a city tour towards the lively market, then we head to Ifaty. Afternoon at leisure by the seaside facing one of the most beautiful lagoons in Madagascar.

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

  • Duration : 1h de vol et +/- 2 heures de piste
  • Distance : +/- 30 km de piste
  • Meals : Lunch not included / Dinner not included
  • Your hotel : Ifaty. Belle Vue .

    Belle Vue Belle Vue Located in the heart of a Vezo village in the North of Tuléar, BELLE VUE  hotel offers an optimal comfort and authenticity during your stay. From the bungalow by the beach or the panoramic room you can attend upon the arrival of about 200 fishermen’s dugouts, what a show!.You will discover a sea products menu in the restaurant, depending on the catch of the day (fishes, shrimps, squids, crabs, spiny lobsters, cicadas of seas, etc.) and Malagasy traditional dishes with zebu and  fresh products.                                   View site on : http://www.hotelbellevue-mada.com

D 2 : 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 3 : Ifaty > Tulear > Ranohira

We leave the Mozambique channel to go into the lands till Ranohira at the gate of Isalo National Park. We do a quick stop in Tuléar market and buy fruits for the road. We also discover Mahafaly typical tombs on the way. We pass through Ilakaka where a sapphire rush attracted more than 100,000 people in the 2000s. The fever has dropped down nowadays. We find large plains with palms and baobabs before we arrive in Isalo ruinform massif.

  • Duration : +/- 7 heures
  • Distance : 280 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 > Fianarantsoa

After Ihosy town, we are ready to discover Malagasy highlands leaving behind us the dry and arid huge plateau of horombe. We follow the massif of Andringitra  of which we see the crests southward. Here, the landscape changes totally. At Ambalavao, visit of the craft factory of the paper Antemoro. This plant paper made with bark of the mulberry tree Avoha was introduced in Madagascar in the XVth century by the Arabs and is still made today on the same process by this small workshop of Ambalavao. Continuation until Fianarantsoa.

  • Duration : +/- 6 heures
  • Distance : 290 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 6 : Fianarantsoa > Antsirabe

We stay on road N7 and progress towards the north. We are in the heart of Betsileo country and we are in the highest part of the Highlands, so the road is more and more winding. In the village of Ambositra we hunt around in the shops of artisans Zafimaniry, trying to find carved wood or a piece of marquetery box that done nicely. We walk around in the village and have lunch in a restaurant where we can try Malagasy specialities. We continue up to Antsirabe after.

  • Duration : +/- 5h
  • Distance : 230 km de route
  • 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 7 : Antsirabe > Antananarivo

We spend time to visit Antsirabe town and a pousse-pousse (rickshaw) riding is like a must. It is the main mean of transport there. We stop in Ambatolampy to discover how to make the local aluminum cooking-pot, those that we find in all Madagascar. Continuation to Antananarivo in the afternoon. We drive you to your hotel. Night at the hotel.

 

  • Duration : 3h
  • Distance : 170 km
  • Meals : Lunch not included / Dinner not included
  • Your hotel : Antananarivo. Le chalet des Roses.

    Le chalet des RosesLe chalet des RosesLocated in the heart of the capital, it offers the comfort of a modern and attractive hotel, furnished with good taste. High-standard bathrooms. An Italian restaurant nearby offers typical Mediterranean menu.

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

D 8 : Antananarivo > Andasibe National Park

We drive east towards Andasibe National Park. This is one of the main roads of the country, it is relying the most important sea port in Toamasina and the capital Antananarivo, a heavy traffic. We leave the highlands by the steep slope of Mandraka where starts the forest. Visit of the butterfly farm to see an amazing concentration of chameleon, gecko, leaf-tailed gecko and butterfly of course. Then go on east. Arrive in Andasibe in the afternoon.

  • Duration : +/- 3 heures
  • Distance : 150 km
  • Meals : Lunch not included / Dinner not included
  • Your hotel : Andasibe. Feon’Ny Ala.

    Feon'Ny AlaFeon'Ny AlaLocated on the edge of the forest near the park gate. The hotel’s name means literally “sound of the forest”, it reflects perfectly the surroundings where it is every morning, Indri-Indri’s call rocks you harmoniously. The hotel Feony Ala has a restaurant, 30 bungalows built with local materials and has private or common bathrooms with hot water.

D 9 : Périnet National Park > Tamatave

We walk into the forest to discover this protected area with a local guide. It is mainly covered with rain forest that peculiar to the east part of Madagascar. The park provides a habitat for rare and/or endemic species of rain forest, a remarkable biodiversity. Here we meet the largest lemur which is the Indri Indri with fascinating family group behaviour. The guide will inform you about their customs. The Aye-Aye (Daubentonia Madagascariensis) is an endemic nocturnal lemur which is the most strange and archaic of all species. Other species living in the forest are bamboo lemur (Hapalemur Griseus), woolly lemur (Avahi Laniger)… The flora is very interesting, there are many medicinal plants. We take back the Ravinala (Traveler’s palm) road to reach the east coast and Toamasina.

  • Duration : +/- 4h
  • Distance : 200 km
  • Meals : Lunch not included / Dinner not included
  • Your hotel : Tamatave. Java.

     Java JavaThe hotel is situated in the heart of Toamasina in 5 mn of the beach. All guestrooms are spacious, comfortable and air-conditioned, equipped with mini-safe, TV and Wi-Fi internet. You can come to feast in the bar-snack-restaurant Le Verseau with a terrace which gives a beautiful view onto the Boulevard Joffre. The hotel also has a well being room where y ou can relax after a stroll in town or along the beach.

    View site on : http://www.java-hotel-tamatave.com

D 10 : Tamatave > Sainte Marie (Nosy Boraha)

Breakfast at the hotel and then head to the airport of Toamasina. We stroll around in the market and the sea front befrore we fly if we have time. We can even visit Ivoloina Park if the flight to Sainte Marie is in the afternoon. Tansfer to the airport for a flash flight. We are in one of those little paradise, as the Indian Ocean can offer us. Ste Marie is quiet and peaceful place, with natural white sand and coconut palms. Your guide accompanies you to the airport of Tamatave but the hotel takes you once you get there. NB : The programme of this day might be changed depending on the flight schedules.

  • Duration : 25 mn de vol
  • Meals : Lunch not included / Dinner not included
  • Your hotel : Sainte-Marie. Ravoraha.

    RavorahaRavorahaThe ecolodge is set up in long and wide white sand in the heart of a fishing village, in complete harmony with its natural environment. It has 8 bungalows scattered in a tropical garden, each bungalow is equipped with a canopy bed, a tropical styled bathroom and an outdoor lounge. The restaurant offers European cuisine and Malagasy specialties based on lobster, fish, crab, shrimp, zebu or poultry meat, for the delight both of the eyes and the taste buds.

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

D 11 and 12 : Days at leisure at Ste Marie

Days at leisure in Sainte Marie Island. You are free to choose your activity, the best way to move around is by bicycle or motor bike. You can rent  a mountain bike to go east coast, visit pirate graveyards or just ride along the beach and villages. You can go to “Ile aux Nattes” at the very south of Ste Marie, then take a canoe to go across the lagoon to the other side, the tour of the island on foot along the beach is enchanting. Small restaurants or hotels are along the way to stop for lunch or to refresh. You have a possibility for a sea outing, diving or snorkelling towards the coral reef in this clear water. A lazy day is also an option … the decor, the warmth and ambience lend themselves perfectly!The guide does not go to Ste Marie during your stay, you get advice from hotel about all activities.

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

D 13 : Sainte Marie > Antananarivo

Relaxed morning before a single transfer organised by the hotel to the airport. End of Malagasy Tours services. Fly to the capital of Madagascar.

 

 

  • Duration : 1h 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 1 429 € 1 179 € 1 017 € 998 € 928 € 875 € 840 € 837 € 814 € 797 € 772 € 271 €

Price includes:

  • A driver/guide and his vehicle all along the trip except in Ifaty and Ste Marie ;
  • Accommodation as mentioned the in program ;
  • Meals as mentioned in the program ;
  • National parks and indicated sites fees ;
  • Local guides and porters in Parks;
  • All transfers.

Price does not include:

  • International and domestic flights ;
  • Meals as mentioned in the program ;
  • Optional activities in Ifaty and Ste Marie;
  • Tips and drinks ;
  • Your personal insurances ;

 

 

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