16 Days, 15 Nights
This tour is for the active and fit client, it includes a bit of bicycling and some trekking in national parks (Ranomafana and Isalo), with as one of the highlights the ascension of Pic Bobby in the Andringitra national Park, which is the second highest mountain of Madagascar. The tour rounds up with a little beach stay to relax.
- TSARANORO VALLEY
Meeting at Ivato international airport and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel
Depart to Antsirabe through a landscape composed mainly of mountains and rice fields. Tour of the “Town of Water” – so called because of its numerous thermal springs and existence of two crater lakes. Visit of a gemstone factory and a workshop where they make miniatures from recycled materials. Overnight at the hotel
After breakfast, bike tour with a visit to Andraikiba Lake then ride from Manandona to Ilaka (35km). Stop in Ambositra for the visit of some Zafimaniry woodcarving shops then continuation to Ranomafana National Park, one of the parks which are very rich in biodiversity, in the eastern humid forest. It is nestled in a mountainous and extremely rainy region, which accounts for its nickname the ‘misty land’. At the end of the evening, night walk along the road in order to see some tiny chameleons and, if lucky enough, some nocturnal lemurs. Overnight at the Hotel.
After breakfast, visit of the some 40’000 hectares big National park with its lemurs, chameleons, spiders, frogs, varieties of orchids and medicinal plants. Only in 1986 was discovered the golden Bamboo lemurs here and there are more than 100 species of birds. Night at the hotel.
After breakfast, morning bike tour until the village of Alakamisinambohimaha. Continuation by bus to Ambalavao with a stop in Fianarantsoa, the important City capital of the South for a short city tour. Then city tour in Ambalavao – the commercial centre of the southern Betsileo region, renowned for its folks, arts and crafts – to visit a wine producer for wine tasting and the “Antemoro Paper” factory. This paper is a delicate, handmade, flower-decorated paper made of the fibres of a tree called “Avoha”. Back to the hotel. Overnight at the Hotel in Ambalavao.
The village of Ambalavao is a very interesting place, surrounded by Mountains. After Breakfast we leave Ambalavao and reach the Namoly Valley (about 1400 m high), the main entrance of the Andringitra National Parc (2 to 4 hours of ride on bad road).
Picnic lunch by arrival in Namoly, then beginning of the Trekking tour; 2 to 3 hours of walking through the Betsileo villages in order to reach the first Camping site in the forest side of Imaitso. Dinner and overnight on camping in Imaitso (about 1600m high).
Walking through the tropical Rainforest of Imaitso (about 1750m of altitude) where you might see Lemurs, various kinds of plants like fern trees, orchids,… and birds species. Picnic lunch then walk through the plain of Andriampotsy in order to reach the second Camping site . On the way, possibility of seeing many species of high altitude plants and Chameleons species like Furicifer Lateralis. Dinner and overnight on Camping in Andriampotsy (about 2050m high).
Early in the morning, hiking up to the Peak Bobby (2658m). Form the summit, we can have a fantastic view of the southern areas and can see the „ Hélychrosome“ (an endemic plant of Andringitra ). Then go down and walk through plain of Andohariana. Here there is a possibility to see aloe species and ring -tailed lemurs. Lunch and continuation to the famous „ Extraterrestre“- a Moon like landscape. Then continuing down to the camping site Iataran’Omby.
Today we have our final day of walking in Andringitra National Park. After breakfast we leave the mountains, exploring some of the villages on foot. With the decreasing altitude, we pass by menu forms of succulent plants, such as the Pachypodium (looking like a mini baobab tree), Euphorbia and through savannah landscape. After approximately 4 hours, we arrive at Tsara Camp in Tsaranoro Valley (900m). Afternoon excursion to discover the part of the tsaranoro valley. Back to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Morning transfer to Vohitsaoka. Pick up there and drive to visit the Anja reserve, where you can see some families of ring-tailed lemurs in their natural surroundings. Arrival in Ranohira around sunset, overnight at the hotel.
A whole day trekking inside the Isalo National Park to discover the massif of Isalo, its ruin like sandstones, canyons, endemic fauna and flora (Lemurs and endemic plants such as Pachypodium , aloes,..). Back to the hotel in the evening, a little stop near “la Fenêtre” (the Window) where you can enjoy the beauty of the sunset sky. Overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast, off to Tuléar along a straight road where the landscape is composed of dry deciduous forests, spiny bushes, baobabs and some proudly decorated Mahafaly tombs.
Arrival in Tulear and a short tour of the town, then continuation by 4Wd car to Ifaty, a beautiful beach, 27kms from the town, for beach life and sea activities or relaxing. Overnight at the hotel.
Days at leisure on the beach, or optional walk in the back land or visit of the Reniala reserve to discover endemic species, (like baobabs, octopus trees, spiny bush, jujube trees, cactus,). Night at the hotel.
After breakfast, transfer to Tulear airport for the flight back to the capital. Meeting at the airport and transfer to the city. Overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast a bike excursion to the historical site of Ambohimanga – a King‘s palace built on the top of the hill covered with forests (UNESCO world heritage site), city-sightseeing including and visit to a handicraft market. Day Use at the hotel then transfer to the airport for the flight back to Paris.
|Accommodation based on bed and breakfast in midrange hotels, except in Tsaranoro and Ranohira: On half board and on camping stage: on full board.|
|Car or bus rental with a driver from Antananarivo to Tuléar|
|Park and reserve fees|
|Service of park or reserve guides|
|Driver’s indemnities and Fuel|
|Tourist levy and VAT|
|English speaking escort guide of the agency: (to be shared by participants)|
|Domestic flight with airport taxes: International flights with airport taxes|
|All other meals and drinks|
|All activities in Ifaty|
|Personal insurance for eventualities like accidents, theft or damage to luggage, cancellation etc.|
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