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.
|ITINERARY||Antananarivo – Ambositra – Zafimaniry villages -Ambalavao – Ranohira – Ranomafana – Antsirabe – Antananarivo|
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This private tour can be customised according to your style. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Antananarivo - Ambositra: 260km
Overnight in Ambositra hotel
Ambositra - Antoetra - Zafimaniry village
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
Zafimaniry village - Antoetra - Ambalavao
Overnight in Hotel
Ambalavao - Ranohira
Overnight at hotel in Ranohira
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.
Ranohira - Ranomafana
Lunch in Fianarantsoa, then you will hit the road north east till Ranomafana National Park.
Overnight in Hotel Ranomafana
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.
Ranomafana - Antsirabe
Overnight in Antsirabe Hotel
Antsirabe - Antananarivo
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