Due to Madagascar isolation as island, a wide range of geographical features has offered a variety of the world’s most unique fauna and flora. This itinerary will allow you to explore Madagascar limelight: lemurs in the national parks and meeting friendly people willing to share their culture and tradition.  You will hike in Zafimaniry country on the border of eastern coast and the highland then relish an exquisite wildlife in Ranomafana and Isalo national parks. Wander in a district known as world heritage site.

 

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Drive through patchwork of rice fields and red bricks villages
  • Visit handicrafts workshops and get to know how is it made and to make your own.
  • Hiking in Zafimaniry country through scenic view of the central highland and the eastern rainforest. Zafimaniry art is an Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in  2003
  • Experience the hospitality of Malagasy people through villages visits
  • Explore Madagascar five star biodiversity in National parks.
  • See lemurs in natural habitat.
  • Wander through UNESCO world heritage site in the old city of Fianarantsoa
ITINERARY Antananarivo – Ambositra – Zafimaniry villages -Ambalavao – Ranohira – Ranomafana – Antsirabe – Antananarivo
PRICE INCLUDES:
  • Accommodation in a double room on Bed and breakfast according to the program above
  • All transfer Hotel / Airport /hotel as mentioned in the program
  • Entrance fees and local guides in National Park and private parks mentioned in the program
  • Transport with private vehicle with driver and fuel during the whole trip
  • Professional experienced English speaking guide during the trip
  • Tourist tax and VAT
PRICE EXCLUDES:
  • All excursions mentioned as optional in the program
  • All excursions which are not in the program
  • All personal expenses, drinks, laundry, tips
  • Personal insurance for eventualities like accidents, theft or damage to luggage, cancellation etc
  • All flights and airport taxes
  • Meals: Lunch and dinner
  • Visa fee
BOOKING AND CANCELLATION POLICIES
  • A reservation requires a deposit of 40% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid before departure to or on arrival in Antananarivo.
  • If Madagascar Tourism &Transport is in charge of issuing domestic flight, payment for all flights will be requested in order to confirm them.

This private tour can be customised according to your style. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.

Day1

Antananarivo

Upon Arrival at the Airport, meet and greet by our representative. Then transfer to the hotel.
Day2

Antananarivo - Ambositra: 260km

After breakfast, You will leave Antananarivo and set out for Ambositra, a capital city of handicraft in Madagascar. Drive through the rice fields and Redland villages. Along the way you will visit a family run workshop of cooking pot made in recycled aluminum. Then stop in Antsirabe, a thermal spring city for lunch then we keep on to Ambositra.
Overnight in Ambositra hotel
Day3-4

Ambositra - Antoetra - Zafimaniry village

Today we are heading out on the Zafimaniry country. Zafimaniry is part of Betsileo ethnic group. They are very skilful in woodcarving and marquetry. Zafimaniry people live on the border between central highland and the Easterner rainforest areas. They hold the knowhow and skills on woodcarving and marquetry. Their house are wooden ones and a masterpiece in its self with the art sculpture and traditional geometric patterns with its own meanings. This knowledge has been identified as Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2003.
After breakfast you leave Ambositra and depart for Antoetra, one of the Zafimaniry village. Here is the starting point for the hike in Zafimaniry country.
This hike is a loop starting and ending in Antoetra village. With our staff : guide, local guide, porters you will wind through ricefield, eucalyptus forest, hills dotted with hamlets.
During this hike you will go from village to village and will meet Zafimaniry people with their customs and tradition.
Stop in villages for visit : get to know their daily life: system of house construction, woodcarving and wick workers for everyday objects. All the houses are wooden ones and walls are interlocked with traditional mortise and tenon joints without nails, hinges or any metal hardware.
Overnights in campsite with tents near small village
Day5

Zafimaniry village - Antoetra - Ambalavao

After experiencing Zafimaniry villages, you will head back for Antoetra village then get on the vehicle. Once you reach the Highway 7, you will keep heading South till Ambalavao Town. On the way you will pass through Fianarantsoa, a capital city of Betsileo ethnic group which is the second largest group among the eighteen ethnic groups. The road between Fianarantsoa and Ambalavao hosts the only vineyards plantation in Madagascar. It has been introduced by French missionaries then thriven during colonization till now.
Overnight in Hotel
Day6

Ambalavao - Ranohira

Ambalavao means the new valley. It has the second largest zebu market in Madagascar. It takes plce on Wednesday and Thursday. In Ambalavao you will visit a traditional homemade paper mill called « papier Antemoro » where paper is made from the bark of native tree. It has been inherited from Antemoro people, another ethnic group from South East coast of Madagascar. Then you will visit Anja Park a community run park to meet lemurs and chameleon. Lunch will be in Ambalavao. In the afternoon, you drive till Ranohira, passing across savana, wide open spaces with zebu herd grazing in the hillsides and the so called gate of the South before getting through the Ihorombe plateau.
Overnight at hotel in Ranohira
Day7

Ranohira

Today you are in Bara ethnic group territory. A full day visit in Isalo National Park to discover our Malagasy colorado. This park is the second national park in Madagascar. It covers 81540Ha. The massif of Isalo is sandstones rocks and its forms result from aerial, rain and sun erosions. The park trails can respond to any expectation from simple stroller to marathon runner as well as suit any nature lovers. Wildlife is rich and unique such lemurs, reptiles: chameleons, snakes, leaf tailed- geckos , Fosa, a hot spot for birds watchers and photographers either professionals or amateurs.
The canyons and natural pools inside the park shelter native plants like pachypodium called elephant foot,(a bulbous rock- clinging plant) pandanus, Aloe isaloensis or fire proof tree called Tapia, and dry forest palm called Satrana or Bismarkia nobilis. All of them are endemics to Madagascar and cannot be found anywhere else.
Overnight at Hotel in Ranohira.
Day8

Ranohira - Ranomafana

After breakfast you will leave behind Isalo National Park and Bara people. Drive backward to Ranomafana National Park. On the way you will visit the old royal city of Fianarantsoa. This visit will allow you to walk around and discover the old city following the path of royal family in the nineteenth century. This is a world monument fund. Its architecture and city planning remind you the royal period in the nineteenth century. While you are exploring the old city, you will learn Madagascar History.
Lunch in Fianarantsoa, then you will hit the road north east till Ranomafana National Park.
Overnight in Hotel Ranomafana
Day9

Ranomafana

Full day dedicated to explore Ranomafana biodiversity through trails in the national park. Ranomafana means » hot water », before being known as a great national park throughout the world, it was famous for its hot spring.
Early morning start in order to get a better chance to observe the fauna. Lemurs and birds are actives early morning for foraging in this rainforest. Over 100 different species of birds are dwelling within the park such as Henst’s goshawk, Rufous-headed ground-roller, velvet asity, mesites or the threatened crested ibis. Arboreal, Lemurs are leaping from tree to tree through the steamy forest canopy. The golden bamboo lemur is the park star attraction among the 12 lemurs species living there like the Milne-Edwards sifaka known as the dancing lemurs, the greater bamboo lemur, the red-bellied lemur, the grey bamboo lemur, the red fronted brown lemur, the black-and-white ruffed lemur. As it is mid altitude tropical rainforest you will walk through steep hills trails with a local guide from Tanala people. Powerful waterfalls and mountain streams are cascading through the park. A part from a hotspot of biodiversity, it is sacred for Malagasy people, burial sites are located in. A night walk is a must to do here to spot nocturnal lemurs such as the greater dwarf lemur, and the brown mouse lemur, the sportive lemur.
Overnight at Ranomafana Hotel.
Day10

Ranomafana - Antsirabe

Departure for Antsirabe, a thermal city. You will leave the lush chain of rainforest on Madagascar’s east coast and get back to the central highland through terraced paddy fields and redbrick’s villages. Along the way stop in Ambositra for lunch. It is known for being the capital of Zafimaniry woodcarving and handicrafts. Fancy handicrafts shopping here is the place to be. In the afternoon you will keep travelling northward. Drive through a hilly region with a patchwork of rice fields till Antsirabe.
Overnight in Antsirabe Hotel
Day11

Antsirabe - Antananarivo

City tour in Antsirabe by rickshaw or biking through the old and colonial district witnessed by Hotel des Thermes , classified as town heritage. This city is among the highest city in Madagascar about 1500m above the sea level. Famous for its hot spring discovered by Norwegian people in the nineteenth century, nowadays Antsirabe is known for its brewery and a holidays destination. Visit of handicraft workshop from recycling material: car miniature made from recycled tins and zebu horns for household items purposes. This highland crossing continues through a wonderful scenic route till Antananarivo, the capital city of Madagascar.
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