Day 1: Tana
Arriving at Ivato international airport, clear customs and meet Ortour representative for transfer to the Hotel Chalet des Roses (midrange) or Tana Hotel (top) for overnight.
Day 2: Tana - Antsirabe
After breakfast, morning drive toward the national route R7, through the high plateau’s landscape: mountains and ricefield scenery. Visit the surrounding: Lake Tritriva, Lake Andraikiba and the workshop of semi and precious stones. Overnight at Hotel Le Trianon (mid range) or Villa Camélia/ Couleur Café/Le Voyageur (top).
Day 3: Antsirabe - Morondava - Kirindy Reserve
A long drive Antsirabe to Kirindy, pass by Morondava (around 10 hours drive). Morondava is the capital of ‘Sakalavan’ i Menabe’, western part of Madagascar. There are a lot to do in the surrounding of Morondava. About 15 km north of Morondava is the famous Baobab Avenue known as the ‘Allée de Baobab’ (Baobab Alley). The best times to visit are at sunset and sunrise, when the colors of the trees change. Kirindy is a privately managed forest by a Swiss company dedicated to a selective and sustainable logging (Centre de Formation Professionelle Forestière). Kirindy is the best place in the whole island to observe fossas, specially during the mating time between October and December. It also home to seven species of lemur. The most common are the common brown lemurs and the Verreaux's sifakas. These long-legged, seven-pound lemurs, white with dark patches, leap among tree trunks high in the canopy, propelled by their powerful hind legs but continually maintaining an upright posture. The remaining species are nocturnal: the rare Coquerel's giant mouse lemur and pygmy mouse-lemur, fork-crowned lemur, Gray mouse lemur, western fat-tailed dwarf lemur and red-tailed sportive lemur. Several bats, tenrecs, mongooses and rodents complete the mammal population.
40 bird, 50 reptile and 15 amphibian species are also found in this magnificent forest.
Overnight at Kirindy Bungalow.
Day 4: Kirindy – Tsingy
After the morning visit at the reserve, continue to the Tsingy of Bemaraha. National Park of Tsingy of Bemaraha (eroded limestones) near Bekopaka village (Around 8 hours drive). The park of Bemaraha spreads over 157 710 Ha with 100-km long from the North to the South and 10 to 40km large in West. Its Southern part enjoys the National Park statute with 72.340 ha of surface. Its Northern part that has the statute of Integral Natural reserve, cover 85. 370 ha. It is in the South that we can find the Tsingy, spectacular pinnacles the access of which is extremely difficult. This Karstic formation spreads is visible from afar, a forest of peaks and ergots of rocks that makes all so impressive. Overnight at Orchidée de Bemaraha (mid range and top) or Vazimba hotel (mid range, top).
Day 5: Visit at the Tsingy
A full day visit at the big Tsingy and the small Tsingy Bemaraha is a high spot of endemism and diversity. The scientists estimate that the general endemism of this park is 86, 7% and the eco-regional one is 47%. 11 species of lemurs are listed from there, five families of bats, 103 species of bird species. The index of the reptiles and amphibians is as large as Bemaraha possesses 34 species that are all endemic. Back to the hotel for Overnight at Orchidée de Bemaraha (mid range and top), Vazimba hotel (mid range, top).
Day 6: Tsingy - Morondava
A long drive from Tsingy to Morondava; stop for lunch at Belo Sur Tsiribihina; last stop at the Baobab alley to take photos during the sun-set. Hotel Renala Sable d’or (midrange/top) or Baobab Café (Top).
Days 7 - 8: Morondava - Tulear - Ifaty
Fly from Morondava to Tulear, transfer to Ifaty around 31 kms drive. Ifaty is a quiet coastal fishing village is popular for its long beach and its offshore coral reef and its diving centre. At Ifaty, you have the choice between ballades in dugout canoes, snorkeling or diving in the reef, or relax. It is also a good place to spot the local endemic species of birds like the Running Coua, White-breasted Mesite, Chabert’s Vanga, Madagascar Harrier Hawk; it is also a nice place for scuba-diving and snorkelling. Overnight at the hotel Ifaty beach (mid range), Hotel Nautilus (top).
Days 9 - 11: Ifaty – Relais d’Ambola
Early in the morning, leaving Ifaty to Tuléar and take the boat to Anakao, then continue by 4WD to the lake Tsimanampesotse. Tsimanampesotsa is a large shallow lake. The main attractions of the book are 70 species of birds, The National Park covers 43,200 ha Tsimanampesotse. Lake Tsimanampesotse is the first Ramsar site in Madagascar classified by the International Convention on Wetlands. It is also the only protected area located on the limestone plateau and the coastal area along the coastline of the South West. Tsimanampesotse includes, among others, 112 species of birds including 5 species of Coua the nine existing 42 species of herpetofauna, including 39 reptiles, 3 species of lemurs including 2 diurnal (Lemur catta and Propithecus verreauxii verreauxii and (Microcebus griseorufus and Lepilemur). The Pink Flamingo, a bird endemic to the rosy wings , seen all year on Lake Tsimanampesotse. After the visit drive to the lovely beach of Relais d’Ambola (the most beautiful beach in the south). Overnight at Relais d’Ambola (Top/Mid range).
Day 12: Relais d’Ambola - Isalo
Leave Relais d’Ambola to Ranohira; arrive in Ranohira, the small village near Isalo National park. Isalo National park is covered of 81 540 hectares of the eroded Jurassic sandstone of the same name. Isalo’s topography is characterised by alternating flat grassy plains and sandstone ridges sculpted by wind and water into fanciful shapes. Visit at the park: monkey canyon, natural swimming pool. Overnight at Orchidée (midrange), or Hotel Relais de la Reine (top) or the hotel Satrana lodge (top).
Day 13: Visit Isalo National Park
Visit in the park accompanied by a local guide. Walk at Namaza trail to spot the ring-tailed lemurs, Verreaux’ Sifaka, and red-fronted brown lemur before relaxing at the ‘Piscine Naturel’. The animals of the Isalo are typical of the climate with vegetation and the geomorphology of the park. These are for a very strong majority of the endemic species. 77 species of birds live in Isalo among which the Benson rock-thrush Pseudocossyphus bensoni, an endemic species of Madagascar that is well protected. We can also find 14 species of nocturnal lemurs, 8 of which are introduced and seven endemic to Madagascar. Reptilian, amphibian, carnivores, insectivorous and gnawing rodents complete the list. Overnight at Orchidée (mid range), or Hotel Relais de la Reine (top), or the hotel Satrana lodge (top).
Day 14: Isalo – Ambalavao - Ranomafana
Drive from Ranohira to Ambalavao, Ambalavao known for its charming colonial architected houses and the ‘Antemoro Paper’ products. Fresh flowers are then applied to give it a unique form. Anja Park is around 12 km toward Ambalavao on the R7, one of the places where the ring-tailed lemurs are easily found. After the visit, continue to Ranomafana national park (around 6 hours drive). Ranomafana, a whole foresty park, spreads on 41,601 ha. It was classified World Natural Heritage of the Atsinanana in 2007. It shelters a big wealth in endemic biodiversity. Ranomafana national park is home of twenty mammals and 12 species of lemurs. The park is also the genetic reservoir of some rare and endemic plant species. It is browsed by many rivers that are the affluents of the Namorona stream. relax at the hotspring swimming pool. Overnight at hotel Chez Cristo (midrange) or Hotel Centr’est (high –midrange), Setam lodge (top).
Day 15: Visit Ranomafana National Park
After breakfast, morning visit in the park to spot the famous Golden Bamboo lemur, Greater Bamboo and many species of birds such as the Pitta-like ground roller, 115 species of birds including thirty of them are strictly forest species.
- 90 species of butterflies
- 98 species of amphibians
- Some species of fish
- And 62 species of reptiles: Chameleons, lizards.
Overnight at hotel Chez Cristo (mid range) or Hotel Centr’est (high –midrange), Setam lodge (top)
Day 16: Ranomafana - Antsirabe
Drive from Ranomafana to Antsirabe, stop an hour in Ambositra to visit a few craft shops and continue to Antsirabe. Overnight at Hotel Le Trianon (mid range) or Hotel Couleur Café (top), Villa Camélia or le voyageur (top).
Day 17: Antsirabe - Andasibe
Drive from Antsirabe to Andasibe (6 hours). The national park of Mantadia is in the Alaotra Mangoro. It is known for its rare orchids that bloom in the forest, Indri indri that can be observed all year round, its magnificent waterfalls and the famous cultural rituals of the inhabitants of its surrounding. Mantadia and the Special Reserve of Indri of Analamazaotra form the complex Andasibe Mantadia. Overnight at Vakona Forest Lodge (top) or the Hotel Feon’ny Ala (mid range).
Day 18: Visit the Park Analamazaotra and Mantadia
Visit the two reserves. The forest of the Mantadia Park accommodates a lot of animals which assure their perpetuity at the same time. 108 species of birds are known in the park, some of which play a role in the survival of plants like Terpsiphone mutata. We can also find 14 species of lemurs in there, 51 species of reptiles Boa, the famous Boa manditra and 84 species of amphibian. The ecosystem of Mantadia depends on its lower-case letters animals: They are the pollinisateurs of the plants of flowers, the recyclers of the nourishing elements of soil and the organic garbage. In the food chain, the bugs are the food of many birds and mammals. The forests of Mantadia are the domains of the lianas and épiphytes as the orchids, the mosses and the ferns. The orchids are very varied with more than a hundred species inventoried. Overnight at the hotel Vakona Forest Lodge (top) or the Hotel Feon’ny Ala (mid range).
Day 19: Andasibe - Tana
Drive back to Antananarivo, afternoon free. Overnight at Chalet des Roses (midrange comfort) or Tana Hotel (top).
Day 20: Fly Home. Transfer to the airport and fly back home.
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