We will have a slight River tour on the Mahajilo River and naturally we will not miss the famous Avenue of the Baobabs near Morondava. Another aspect of this tour is that in the last years a lot of good restaurants opened to complete existing restaurants. We will have great seafood on the coast, in the highlands we may taste excellent filet of zebu (Malagasy
beef) in Antsirabe or Ambalavao. And of course the bright choice in Antananarivo.
And last not least: Antseranantsoa is a common project of Malagasy association NY HARY Madagasikara and German NGO NY HARY Deutschland e.V. Its aim is to give access to education for children living in rural regions of the mid-west of Madagascar. The centre provides housing, proper drinking water, healthy nutrition, hygienic conditions and medical surveillance. By satisfying the basic needs of the children they are enabled to study up to 200km afar from their home villages where the schools attended do not exist. The project Antseranantsoa wants to improve the living-conditions of these children. And they want to give school kids the possibility to continue their education after primary school as an alternative to child labour. And the name Antseranantsoa is as well the aim: to provide a save harbour where the children can become fit for live. Roadhouse donates 100 Euro per visitor coming with us to see their project.
Day 1: Arrival at Ivato airport Antananarivo. After meet and greet we start our 140 km drive eastward through the highlands to Andasibe. On the way we will stop off at a Reptile Park. Here you can see some of the endemic chameleons, snakes, insects and reptiles of Madagascar. Andasibe, a former logging village, is the base for exploring the Andasibe-Mantadia NP, also known by its pre-colonial French name, Perinet Special Reserve. Tonight we take a night walk to look for night active lemurs and other night active animals. Includes: (D).
Day 2: The eastern rainforest NP of Andasibe-Mantadia is one of the last strongholds of the mythical Indri-Indri lemur, the largest of all lemurs. The animals and birds are most active in the early morning and there should be good opportunities to see and hear the lemurs. The black and white coated Indri-Indri is an extraordinary lemur, known for its wailing call. Indri's are active on and off throughout the day but are best seen in the morning. Your afternoon and evening is then at leisure to enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 3: Drive to the spa of Antsirabe. Antsirabe known as the city where we can find many minerals, across the highland landscape with its beautiful rice fields and its spectacular eroded hills called ‘lavaka’. The drive takes in lush green landscape where vegetables and fruits are farmed. En-route we stop in Ambatolampy for a short visit, a huge agricultural city and very well known as capital baby-foot production. Antsirabe, founded by Norwegian missionaries as a health retreat, is an industrial and agricultural centre. Also we find here the Star brewery, the only brewery in Madagascar. We stay in an colonial style hotel, surrounded by an elegant garden where we may enjoy sunset. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 4: Antsirabe, is a lovely town and a stroll around its streets will bring you in contact with some fantastic little shops selling Malagasy artefacts and handicrafts. It is a very peculiar town because of its charming characteristics. Antsirabe is also a centre precious and semi-precious stones and numerous street vendors and stalls offering souvenir stones. In some places you can watch them being cut and polished. The countryside around Antsirabe is worth exploring, especially the lakes to the west of the town like mystic Lac Tritriva. We also stop at Lac Andraikiba, a large artificial lake, said to be haunted by the ghost of a pregnant girl who drowned there. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 5: Today we drive to Miandrivazo, about 220 km. We pass a moonlike landscape. In the afternoon a two hours tour in a traditional pirogue on the Mahajilo River. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 6: From Miandrivazo to Morondava. We try to catch sunset at the ‘Avenue of the Baobab’ between Belo sur Tsiribihina and Morondava. More than a dozen majestic old giant baobabs (adansonia grandidieri) growing next to the track. The day's last golden rays strike the bloated trunks from the west. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 7: We travel north by 4x4 vehicles to the Andranomena Special Reserve. The Reserve is a wonderland of baobabs, like a triple baobab, a manlike baobab and a womanlike baobab as well as lemurs and lakes. We enjoy a picnic lunch in the forest and walking in the Reserve. On the way back to Morondava, visit of the sites en route like Baobab sacré, Baobab in love, Sakalava tombs and the avenue of the baobabs. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 8: Transfer to the airport and flight form Morondava to Toliara (Tuléar), transfer the hotel. Close to the Mozambique Canal, Toliara is built on the Tropic of Capricorn. The town is painted in light colours. That is the reason why the people from the highlands call it the white city. The approach to the city is exceptional: you can see large sand dunes, which run, along the coast. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 9: Excursion to Ifaty. Here we have a break. Free to relax. The coral reef represents an exceptional spot. In the western area you can find the local fauna and flora like baobabs, birds… We visit also a breeding station for tortoises. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 10: Leaving after breakfast we take the way north direction to Ranohira. We pass Ilakaka, a western-like gem-rush city. Here they exploit sapphires. We try to catch sunset on the fenêtre d'Isalo. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 11: Today we visit to Isalo National Park, taking a day hike in this surreal park. This park is fiercely beautiful with golden plains punctuated by craggy pinnacles of terracotta rock, valleys, canyons and waterfalls. The Isalo National Park comprises the entire stretch of the Isalo massif. This huge mountain is spectacular with its eroded sandstone mountain. On our trek we can refresh ourselves on the way at a waterfall or the blue and the black lake. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 12: From Isalo we take the way to Fianarantsoa. We have lunch in Ambalavao, with its brightly painted buildings, is a beautiful town. We visit nearby Soavita vineyard for wine tasting as well as the Antaimoro Paper factory. The paper factory is a vestige of the Arabian civilisation in the island. Here paper is made from scratch using the bark of the avoha bush. After a series of steps, fresh flowers are pressed into the paper to make attractive cards, envelopes and picture frames. In Fianarantsoa we visit also the railway station where the train to Manakara leaves. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 13: We continue to Antananarivo, visiting Zafimaniry woodcarvers’ ateliers in Ambositra. Their carvings got recently UNESCO cultural heritage. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 14: Excursion to Miarinarivo. Here we visit the Ny Hary NGO. Their project, Antseranantsoa – a save harbour. Its aim is to give access to education for children living in rural regions of the mid-west of Madagascar. The centre provides housing, proper drinking water, healthy nutrition, hygienic conditions and medical surveillance. By satisfying the basic needs of the children they are enabled to study up to 200km afar from their home villages where the schools attended do not exist. The centre is placed on a hillside and is in short reach from all schools and the central marketplace. It is 148-acre surface contents rice-fields, fruit- and vegetable gardens, a basketball- and volleyball court and several fishponds. roadhouse voyages donate 100 Euro per visitor coming with us to see their project. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 15: Depending on your flight schedule we visit in the morning the Croc farm where you will find hundreds of crocodiles and other reptiles. In the afternoon you can relax in your hotel room before transfer to the airport. Includes: (B).
Notes: for this tour is an inbound flight required, that are not included in the price. This tour is customisable.
- Duration of the tour: 15 days
- Car or minibus: 7 day
- 4WD: 6 days
- Trekking: 1 day plus two tours of two hours
- Pirogue: Two hours.
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