HIGHLIGHTS

Variation of the landscape from the center highland ;collinear landscape ;
Rice field terraces.
Rainy forest of Ranomafana park.
The centre of Malagasy handcraft village in Ambositra.
The hudred of lemur catta t Ny Anja park Ambalavao.
The Zebus market every wendnesday.
The dry semi desertique area Rocky landscape with miraculous form of Isalo park ; the famous sunset in the window.
The big trees fores tat Ifaty :baobab forest.
The beach.
Fascinating voyage on this extraordinary land where contrast is the essential components of the environment.
Multitude of sensations, astonishment, enthusiasm in front of such strange and different natural shapes.
Intense contrast of colours with a dominant red, dazzling laterite, sweet green of the paddy-fields, yellow large savannas, desolate and cold steps … and a surprising variety of cultures.
Peaceful villages full of charm with traditional and secular way of life.
Worship of the dead and deep respect for the ancestors are the bases of the local customs.
The dantesque scenery of the Isalo massif and its mysterious beauty invites to silence and respect.

Day 1 ANTANANARIVO – AMBATOLAMPY – ANTSIRABE 173 KM

Breakfast at the hotel, departure to Antsirabe. Typical landscape of the highland: vast fields of rice and wheat, charming laterite coloured villages.
On the way, visit of a traditional workshop making pots with a rudimentary material.
Lunch at LE RENDEZ VOUS DES PECHEURS Restaurant Arrival at Antsirabe, installation at the hotel.
Visit of the city and the surroundings and a semi-precious stone shop, and a silkworm treatment workshop.
Possibility of a rickshaw tour depending on the weather. Half board accommodation at the hotel LE ROYAL PALACE, www.leroyalpalace.mg

Day 2 ANTSIRABE – AMBOSITRA – RANOMAFANA 260 KM

Breakfast at the hotel, morning drive to Ranomafana.
A spectacular landscape to admire along the way, flat rice fields along the hill, betsileo houses;
a very simple traditional house made with raw bricks made with the sun, its walls of puddle clay washed by the rain.
Usually there is no fireplace; the smoke filters out through the window or through the thatched roof.
Stop at AMBOSITRA, centre of Malagasy handcraft: well-known by its wood carven of the zafimaniry tribe
Lunch at CHEZ VICTOR L’ARTISAN
Continuation through the Ranomafana forest, vast forests of eucalyptus.
Half board accommodation at the hotel LE GRENAT

Day 3 RANOMAFANA – FIANARANTSOA 61 KM

Visit of the Ranomafana national park, situated inside a mountainous region.
Humid forest characterised by numerous euphorbia, epiphyte plants, palm trees and orchids.
The fauna is rich: the hapalemur Aureus was recently discovered and the reserve is its unique sanctuary.
A big variety of birds, many of them are endemic of Madagascar.
Lunch in a restaurant at Ranomafana Continuation to Fianarantsoa in the afternoon.
Half board accommodation at the hotel ZOMATEL, new building, www.zomatel-madagascar

Day 4 FIANARANTSOA – AMBALAVAO – RANOHIRA 297 KM

Continuation to Ranohira. Through rice and tobacco plantations.
Possibility of visiting vineyards.
At Ambalavao, visit of the Antaimoro rice paper workshop. (Visit of the impressive zebu market on Wednesday).
Lunch at AUX BOUGAINVILLEES Restaurant 15 km far from Ambalavao, Ny Anja associative villagers’ park.
Home of many ring-tailed lemurs (the catta) the visit allow you to close these sympathetic “monkeys”. Passing by the « Porte du Sud » here should be the beginning of this extraordinary tour of the south along endless strange natural shapes , large savannahs.
The traveller suddenly discovers a new world, an unexpected landscape.
Big herds of zebus on the way. Arrival in Ranohira at the end of the afternoon.
Half board accommodation at ISALO RANCH ***, www.hotel-isalo-lodge.com

Day 5 RANOHIRA After breakfast

Full day visit of the Isalo Park, a lunar landscape of continental sandstone of the Jurassic era.
Walk to the “Piscine Naturelle”, a surprising site which invites to relax and bath. Visit of the “cascade of the Nymphs”. Back to hotel in the afternoon. Full board accommodation at ISALO RANCH ***, www.hotel-isalo-lodge.com

Day 6 RANOHIRA – TULEAR – IFATY 273 KM

Departure to Tulear, spiny bush adapted to long periods of dryness, characteristic of the South.
Along the road, we can see typical Mahafaly and Antandroy’s tombs.
Magnificent « aloalo »: grave poles made of carved wood with geometrical design on the top of which we see naive daily life scenes.
Arid vegetation of the south with a big variety of succulents, euphorbs…
Arrival in Tulear, visit of the seashells market.
Lunch in a good restaurant at Tuléar After lunch, drive to Ifaty. Half board accommodation at IKOTEL, www.ikotel-tulear.com

Day 7 IFATY Stay at leisure.

In the afternoon, visit of the RENIALA PARK (reserve of baobab).
A 45 ha area which shelters a remarkable endemic biodiversity (flora and fauna) and is a meeting center of numerous scientists.
Full board accommodation at IKOTEL, www.ikotel-tulear.com

Day 8 IFATY – TULEAR 30 KM – ANTANANARIVO

Lunch in restaurant. Transfer to airport according to the flight schedule to Antananarivo.