Day 1: Arrival in Tana. Arrival at the airport welcome and transfer to the hotel. City-tour in Tana. Overnighting in a Hotel*.
Day 2: Antananarivo - Antsirabe 170 km. Departure for Antsirabe by car in the Highlands through the green rice fields. Lunch at the Restaurant "au rendez vous des Pêcheurs" in Ambatolampy. Continuation to Antsirabe, the town was built by the Norwegian missionaries and is famous for its rickshaws, thermal springs, semi-precious and precious stones. The visit of the stone cutter factory is a must. Hasina*.
Day 3: Antsirabe - Ranomafana 240 km. Transfer to the crater lake, renowned for its tales. Visit of a typical peasant family. Continuation to Ambositra, capital of the Zafimaniry region, known for its sculpture and marquetery. Drive to the National Park of Ranomafana, where the golden bamboo lemur was rediscovered in 1989. Several endemic animal species can be observed very closely: birds, chameleons, frogs, insects and lemurs. Nocturnal Walking in the Park. Hotel Manja/Ihary Hotel.
Day 4: Ranomafana. In the morning, walking in the National Park. In the afternoon possibility to swim in the thermal swimming-pool in the village. Hotel Manja/Ihary Hotel.
Day 5: Ranomafana - Manakara 120 km. Drive to the East Coast, to Manakara, today You will pass through Ravinala Forests (Travelers' Palm) and export plants plantations such as cloves, Leeche-trees and Pepper. Hotel Vanila or similar BB
Day 6: Driving by Train from Manakara through Rain Forests to Fianarantsoa 160 km. You continue the trip to Fianarantsoa by trip. With the slow Malagasy train and the many stops You can have a close look at the way of living of Tanala - tribe, who lives in and on Forests. Soafia Hotel/Zomatel.
Day 7: Fianarantsoa - Ranohira 300 km. City-tour in Fianarantsoa. Transfer to Ambalavao, the wine-growing region and the biggest zebu-market of the island. Stop at the Antaimoro paper-manufacturing centre; nice papers are made all by hand from plants similar to papyrus, the so-called "Avoha" and decorated with many flowers.
Lunch at the Restaurant "aux Bougainvilliers". You have left the Hauts-Plateaux and enter the Bush in the South. In the next town Ihosy, the capital of the Bara tribe (mostly shepherds), you will meet Bara people with spears and large zebu herds, a sign of wealth in the southern region. Continuation through the grasslands of Horombe to the ruin-like massif of Isalo, home for lemurs and sapphire. Before getting dark you will enjoy the sunset at "la fenêtre de l'Isalo". Nice palm-trees remind you of the Arabian landscapes. Motel de l'Isalo HB.
Day 8: Ranohira Trekking from The canyons to the "natural swimming-pool"; 16 km. The trekking departs from the Canyons to "natural swimming-pool", a delightful oasis in the middle of the ruin-like massif. The tombs of the Bara people are placed between the rocks in the Park. Birds, snakes, lemurs. live there. Picnic in the Park. Motel de l'Isalo HB
Day 9: Ranohira - Tuléar - Ifaty 267 km. Traveling towards Tuléar. On your way you will see the fantastic baobabs that can be used as water reservoir for the inhabitants. On this day you will see the famous big Mahafaly tombs. These are particularly interesting because of the sceneries representing the daily life of the deceased. Lunch at Resaurant "Auberge de la Table", after the walking in the amazing Arboretum of Antsokay which shelters more than thousand species of endemic plants of the South such as the spiny plants and the the euphorbiaceas. Continuation to Tuléar, City-tour. Transfer to Ifaty. Ifaty Beach Club/Lakana Vezo or similar BB.
Day 10: Ifaty. Here you can enjoy a whole day of relaxation with a nice view on the sea as Ifaty is an idyllic and quiet fishers' village, a paradise for divers. Walking in the Baobab forest near the Hotel to see the spiny forets, especially interesting birds and other animals Free schedule. Possibility for nautical activities.
Day 11: Ifaty - Tuléar – Tana. Transfer to Tuléar, flight back to Tana. Overnighting in a Hotel*.
Day 12: Flight back to Europe. Shopping at an artisans' market. Visit of the palace on the sacred hill of Ambohimanga. Flight back to Europe.
- Cultural Tours
- Mountain Climbing
- Rainforest Tours
- Geological Tours
- Walking Safaris
- Rock Climbing.
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