Trekking and discovery – 17 days

From 4 to 12 people. See details below.

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© Malagasy Tours | Carte For the amateurs of beautiful hikes, we urge you to discover the biggest spots of trekking between Antananarivo and Tulear, along the RN7. Eleven days of hikes in the sites which make the reputation of Madagascar. We walk on the highlands and in theZafimaniry country to meet the village life with rich moments of meetings and exchanges.
We continue then in the Massif of Andringitra with the ascent of the Peak Boby and the discovery of the magnificent valley of Tsaranoro followed by another trek in the sandstone massif of Isalo. The evenings are around the campfire together with our guides and carriers and our nights under tent.
It will be by boat that we’ll join the charming fishermen’s village of Anakao with its wild beaches. The harshness of the lands of the South holds an exceptional natural and human wealth!

Highlights

  • Steps in the Highlands ;
  • Hiking in the Highlands and in the Zafimaniry villages ;
  • Trekking in the mountains of Andringitra and Isalo park ;
  • Relaxing at Anakao and Nosy Ve.

Travel identity card

  • Duration :17 days (from Tana to Tana)
  • Days of walking: 11 days of hike
  • Participants: In group – minimum 4 persons
  • Accompaniment: French-speaking Malagasy Tours Guide
  • Accommodation: Hotel or gite ( 8 nights) and camping (10 nights)
  • Travel: 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 include at the restaurant / Dinner included
  • Your hotel : Antsirabe. Le Voyageur.

    Le VoyageurLe VoyageurBuilt in a special setting in the middle of a large garden, “Le Voyageur” guestrooms and bungalows are based on a typical architecture style, which express Malagasy soul, highlanders’ mind and the local known-how resources. Bungalows and guestrooms have bathroom with hot water each. The restaurant offers Malagasy and European specialties .

    View site on : http://chambres-voyageur.mg

D 2 and 3 : Ihasy Valley and Mont Ibity

We start the Trek in Madagascar from Ihasy village. First contact with the area on the first day, we walk through different villages to meet locals and learn about their everyday activities.

We head to Mount Ibity the next day. The massif is about 20 km from north to south, we hike along the hillside to ” the Grand Tombeaux ” mountain pass, go on on the crest to the south and towards the peak. Ibity is amongst mounts with different peaks, the rock in front or behind seem higher when you reach the summit. We go back down hill to Ihasy Valley.

We spend two nights in a gîte, these rare local gîte always have simple but warm welcome, food made in a rural way, locals often come to meet you, so evening parties are with local dance and singings.

  • Duration : 6 à 7h de marche par jour
  • Meals : Picnic lunch included / Dinner included
  • Your hotel : Ihasy. Gite d’Ihasy.

    Gite d'IhasyGite d'IhasyMany villages are spread at Mount Ibity foothill. A traditional house welcomes you slightly away from a village. We are in the gite of Ihasy. The welcome is warm and friendly.
    The accommodation consists of rooms / dormitories with bunk beds inside, bucket showers and toilets in the garden.
    For dinner, we have a romazava!

D 4 : Antsirabe > Zafimaniry country

We say goodbye to our host and drive towards Zafimaniry country. We pass through Ambositra and go on until we reach Antoetra. We take a local guide from there and hike to Zafimaniry villages. The particularty here, is the traditional wooden houses which doors and windows are carved with geometrical carvings having specific meanings in their culture. The guide will inform us about them.

 

  • Duration : +/- 4h de route
  • Distance : 140 km dont 35 de piste
  • Meals : Lunch include at the restaurant / Dinner included
  • Your hotel : Antoetra. Sous le Soleil de Mada.

    Sous le Soleil de MadaSous le Soleil de MadaSous le Soleil de Mada is located near Antoetra village in a beautiful setting. We give you a traditional accommodation in comfortable bungalows entirely made of eucalyptus wood by Zafimaniry craftsmen.An ideal place for hiking around to explore the region.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 View site on : http://souslesoleildemada.monsite-orange.fr/

D 5 and 6 : Trekking in Zafimaniry country

We continue for two days of hiking in the Zafimaniry.
The porters help us carry our luggage and food as well as set up our mobile camp. We will go from village to village, along the many paths. In the green rice fields and crops, we meet along the way villagers, farmers and zebus.
The Zafimaniry are renowned for their work of the rosewood. At the exit of the villages, children often accompany us for a few moments of joyful exchanges.
We set up camp the first night near a small village. The next night is at the hotel near Antoetra.

  • Duration : 6 à 7h de marche par jour
  • 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 7 : Antoetra > Anja Reserve

We are back on road N7 and pass through Fianarantsoa town. We stop in Ambalavao for lunch, it is a very pleasant nice little town. We then continue to Anja reserve and we set up our camp on this granit mass foothill. By late afternoon, we make a incursion into the forest where some playful families  of ring-tailed lemurs found home. We also have the opportunity to meet them the next morning before we start hiking.
The Anja reserve is managed directly by the villagers. Profits allow the improvement of the living conditions of the surrounding villages.

  • Duration : +/- 5 heures
  • Distance : 250 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 8 to 11 : 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 12 : 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 13 : 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 de route + 20 de piste
  • 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 14 and 15 :

  • Duration : 6 à 7h de marche
  • Meals : Picnic lunch included / Dinner 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 16 : Ranohira > Tulear

We go on south and visit the “window of Isalo”, it is an eroded rock as a window shape that opens onto a fabulous scenery landscape of deserted valleys stretching to the horizon. We then progress to the south and pass through the surprising Ilakaka village. It was a rush related with the sapphire mining which attracted more than 100 000 people in the early 2000s. Now the enthusiasm is down. We  stop on the way to see Mahafaly tribe typical tombs so nicely painted and decorated, on which are erected some amazing wooden sculptures. Arrive in Tuléar in the afternoon. Stroll around in town before reaching the hotel.

  • Duration : +/- 5 heures
  • Distance : 250 km
  • Meals : Lunch not included / Dinner not included
  • Your hotel : Tuléar . Victory.

    VictoryVictoryLocated in mid-way between the airport and the centre, greenery surroundings with a swimming pool in the middle and a restaurant which serves local, European and seafood dishes.17 double guestrooms supplied with ventilation or air conditioner and modern bathrooms.                                                                        View site on : http://www.hoteltulear-victory.com

D 17 : Nosy Be > Antananarivo (departure)

Relaxed morning before transfer organised by the hotel to the airport.

End of Malagasy Tours services.

Fly to the capital of Madagascar.

 

  • Duration : 1h15 de vol

Number of person 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Supp single
Price per person 1 625 € 1 480 € 1 384 € 1 334 € 1 322 € 1 319 € 1 281 € 1 238 € 1 220 € 111 €

Price includes:

  • The driver / guide and its 4×4 vehicle,
  • Accommodation in simple and comfortable hotel,
  • The camping equipment and food (bring a sleeping bag),
  • Full board,
  • Entrance fees in 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,
  • The activities in Ifaty,
  • Tips and beverages,
  • Cancellation and / or repatriation insurance.

 

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