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Pic Boby Andrigita - Madagascar

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 12 day(s)
Group Size: 4 - 10 people
Destination(s): Madagascar  
Specialty Categories: Hiking & Trekking  
Season: October - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 15800 South Africa Rand (ZAR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 18000 South Africa Rand (ZAR)

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive in Antananarivo. You will be met and transferred to your hotel where you will be staying for the overnight.

Day 2: Depart Antananarivo and drive to Fianarantsoa. En route you can stop in at Ambositra to visit the woodcarvers. Overnight in Fianarantsoa at the Hotel Tsara Guest House.

Day 3: After breakfast continue your way to the Andrigita. Visit the "Antaimoro" paper factory in Ambalavao. Here paper is traditionally made from the bark of a tree which is pounded and softened in water, dried flowers are then pressed into it before it finally dries. Proceed to Tsara Camp where you will be staying overnight. Tsara Camp consists of 10 luxury safari style tents. Each tent has its own private bathroom with hot water, hand basin and chemical toilets.

Leaving the camp you walk through vast yellow herbs fields, visiting some traditional villages, before proceeding onto the sacred forest where the Catta lemurs live. The flora of this area is unique, and there are numerous plant species including Aloes, Kalanchoe, and Euphorbes. A short five minutes from the camp is a waterfall with a natural swimming pool in which it is really good to swim once back from a walk in the heat. Even the evenings are eventful with multitudes of white egrets coming to nest in the trees overnight.

Day 4: Depart for the trek up Pic Boby from Tsaro Camp in the early morning, crossing the Asaranoro valley, and walking up the Dondy mount in the direction of the Tsaranoro valley. You’ll camp for the night at the border of the Andrigita National Park. It is a 6 hour walk, relatively easy going climbing to an altitude of 1100m.

Day 5: An early departure from the camp, takes you to the beautiful and impressive Zomandao waterfalls in the Andrigita National Park. From there, continue up to the plateau. The trail is bad in some parts and the going is somewhat more difficult. The hike takes approximately 6 hours and climbs 1300m in altitude. As you will be camping night-time temperatures in winter can be very cold.

Day 6: An early start to ascend Pic Boby. The trail is rough and although you’ll only be ascending 400m the hike up takes 3 to 4 hours. Enjoy a well-deserved picnic lunch at the top, before proceeding back down to the plateau where you’ll camp for the night overlooking the Andrigita National Park. Total walking time: 5-6 hours.

Day 7: Taking advantage of the cool morning air, leave the plateau and proceed along the rugged path to Morarano. rom there continue down the valley back to Tsara Camp where you can relax and enjoy some home comforts. The days walk takes about 6 hours. Overnight: Tsara Camp.

Day 8: After breakfast transfer to Isalo and check into the Relais de la Reine where you’ll be staying for the next two nights. Enjoy a day of relaxation.

Day 9: Explore the surrounding area, climbing the "Canyon des singes" and "Canyon des rats". The lush vegetation includes areas of deciduous woodland, endemic palms and fascinating succulents like elephant's foot. Lemurs are often sighted. The day’s hike can be tailored according to your interests.

Day 10: Transfer to Tulear and then up the coast to Ifaty where you will be staying for two nights.

Day 11: After breakfast enjoy a relaxed walk to the baobab forest. Be sure to take along sunscreen and a hat as it can get very hot in the sun. In the afternoon return to Ifaty and have the afternoon to relax and enjoy the beach.

Day 12: An early departure to Tuleur for your flight back to Antananarivo where the tour ends.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

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