Your tour in Madagascar
The route of the “National Highway 7” to discover a variety of landscapes that justifies its reputation. The paved road winds through the hills and valleys of the highlands from Antananarivo to Antsirabe and then to Ambositra and Fianarantsoa, major town of Betsileo region to finally join the Mozambique Channel in Tulear. A canoe and walking loop let you appreciate the panorama of Betsileoʼ hills, and meet the villagers walking within few hours.
Day 1: Tana – Antsirabe (170 km, 3 h30). Lunch on the way. Visit a cottage aluminum
Day 2: Antsirabe – Ambositra Ihasy : Morning “immersion” visit to a village of the highlands, beautiful scenery and lunch at the ecolodge Ihasy. Visit the public school and health center (possible donations appreciated and useful). Step-Antsirabe Ambositra (90 km, 2:00) and visit artisan workshops in Ambositra (inlaid). Dinner and overnight at the lodge “in sunny Mada” (DBL or TWN room, bathroom and toilet) in formula 1/2 pension.
Day 3: Ambositra – Fianarantsoa: Morning drive to Fianarantsoa (160 km, 3 h30), with lunch stop at the viewpoint of Ambohimasoa. lunch show (singing and dancing Madagascar) front of panorama, and ability to walk 2:00 (downhill and flat) to cross the
Day 4: Fianarantsoa oxygenation Day to soak Betsileo landscape: down the river by canoe (3:00), picnic on the bank and walk 2:00 to cross the hamlets and meet the locals at work in the rice fields. We arrive at the tea plantation Sahambavy (possible week-day for visit), then transfer back to Fianar.
Day 5: Fianarantsoa – Ranomafana – Ambalavao: In the morning, transfer to the National Park “Ranomafana” (70 km, 1 hour 30 minutes) by road. Guided morning hike (2:30) to observe lemurs in the national park. Lunch in the village and return to Fianarantsoa and Ambalavao (200 km, 4 h00) in the afternoon.
Day 6 Ambalavao – Ranohira: Visit the paper mill “antaimoro” and then heading south (200 km, 3 h00) and the National Natural Park of Isalo. On the road, guided tour of the nature reserve of Anja (lemurs). Lunch on the way.
Day 7: Ranohira: Guided tour of the National Park “Isalo”. Natural pools. Lunch expected as Picnic.
Day 8: De Tulear Ranohira (250 km, 4 h00) with the visit of a sapphire mine in the village of Ilakaka and the visit of the Arboretum Antsokay (beautiful) and lunch, transfer Tulear in the afternoon and continuation to Ifaty distant 30 km from the beach of Mangily.
Day 9: Mangily: Rest day and Mangily beach. We recommend the tour “boat and snorkelling) proposed by the hotel (equipment) to discover the aquarium of the protected marine reserve. Meals in Mangily.
Day 10: Airport transfer and support for recording flight back to Tana (the flight is not included in our base price, but we can make you an offer).