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08 Days / 07 Nights

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Itinerary:  Johannesburg –> Antananarivo –> Antsirabe –> Fianarantsoa –> Ranohira (Isalo)

 

Madagascar, the Magical Land is a road trip in the south rich of culture, landscape discovering, national park visits, including the famous CANYON. This is an unforgettable trip, every day is a special and magical.

 

   

 

HIGHLIGHTS

 

Isalo National Park
Landscape
Meeting social people
Fishermen’s village
Culture

 

DAY 1:           JOHANNESBURG – ANTANANARIVO -  ANTSIRABE

Arrival in Antananarivo by flight from Johannesburg at 14H10. Upon arrival, meet and greet. Then drive to southward to Antsirabe through the typical landscape of the highland (rice fields, typical villages of the Merina tribe, rocky hills…). Arrival late in the afternoon.  Accommodation on Bed and Breakfast in your hotel.

 

   

Hotel in Antsirabe

Hotel H1 , Le Royal Palace or similar

 

DAY 2            ANTSIRABE - FIANARANTSOA

Breakfast at the hotel. Short city tour of the thermal town and its small manufacturer of corn horns, semi precious stones. Drive to Ambositra the capital of the Malagasy handicrafts. Visit of different shops then continuation to Fianarantsoa through the National road N°7. Arrival late to your hotel. Accommodation on bed and breakfast in your hotel.

 

   

Hotel in Fianarantsoa

Hotel La riziere, Villa Sylvestre  or similar

 

DAY 3            FIANARANTSOA - RANOHIRA

After your breakfast at the hotel, depart for a short  city tour  of the Fianarantsoa which is the capital of the Betsileo tribe. Afterwards, continuation of your drive southward to Ranohira for a very long days drives south wards, going down to the southern part. In Ambalavao there is an interesting factory making hand-made paper which is well worth visiting. It takes ten minutes or so to see the various processes at work and there is a small gift shop at which you can buy some of the products. On Wednesday the zebu market is very interesting. Visit of the Anja villagers reserve where you can spot easily the ring tailed lemur.
In the afternoon the second  part of the journey is over  Ihosy to the wide Horombe grassland plains  and on towards Ranohira. The scenery begins to change as you travel through the ‘Gateway to the South’ mountain and enter the attractive countryside of the Betsileo people where granite outcrops dominate the skyline. Here the village architecture also begins to change, from the single-storey ‘African-style’ house to the double-storey buildings of the central highlands where the people a more akin to those from south-east Asia than Africa. Accommodation on Bed and Breakfast in your hotel.

 

   

Hotel in Ranohira

Hotel H1, Motel de l’Isalo or similar

 

DAY 4             RANOHIRA (Isalo National Park)

Breakfast at the hotel, then drive to the village of Ranohira for picking your local guide. Transfer to the parking area where you are starting walking towards the famous “Piscine Naturelle” through the beautiful landscape of Isalo National Park and endemic plants as the Aloes, Pachypodium, Kalanchoes, Tapia trees….. spending time for about 30minutes at the pool then continuation of your walk towards the Namaza site which takes is about 02hours. Arrival at the camping site of Namaza with  chance enjoying already to observe the ring tailed lemur in the same time. In the afternoon, walk until the Cascade des Nymphes. Possibility of spotting birds including the endemic Benson’s Rockthrush. Joining the parking after the visit, and drive back to your hotel. Accommodation on Bed and Breakfast.

 

   

Hotel in Ranohira

Hotel H1, Motel de l’Isalo or similar

 

DAY 5            RANOHIRA – AMBALAVAO - RANOMAFANA

Breakfast at the hotel, then continuation northward in crossing the Horombe table land , plains and on towards Ranohira. The scenery begins to change as you travel through the ‘Gateway to the South’ mountain and enter the attractive countryside of the Betsileo and the Bara people where granite outcrops dominate the skyline. Different photo stops will be done on the way: the south gate, the bishops hat, the Horombe table land where the Reunion Harrier bird  as well as the African Marsh own might be spotted. Continuation of the drive till Ranomafana.

   

Hotel in Ranomafana
Karibotel or similar

 

DAY 6           RANOMAFANA (National park of Ranomafana)

After the breakfast, spend your morning for exploring the Ranomafana National Park where you will see three species of bamboo lemurs are found in this forest (grey bamboo lemur, golden bamboo lemur and the greater bamboo lemur) as well as other lemur species as the Milen’s edwards sifaka, the common brown lemur, the red bellied lemur. With chance you might spot as well some of the biggest chameleons in the island: the Parson’s chameleon. Different birds species could be spotted in this forest including the Madagascar starling, Rand’s Warbler. In the afternoon, visit of the Vohiparara site, back to the hotel in the mid afternoon. Accommodation on Bed and Breakfast in your hotel.

   

Hotel in Ranomafana
Karibotel or similar

 

DAY 7            RANOMAFANA – AMBOSITRA -  ANTSIRABE

Breakfast at the hotel, then, continuation of the drive through the typical landscape of the highland. Stop at  Ambositra, it is the capital of the Malagasy handicrafts and you will have the opportunity to visit the different handicrafts shops and also the possibility of looking the local people carving woods. Then continuation till Antsirabe. Accommodation on bed and Breakfast in your hotel.

 

   

Hotel in Antsirabe

Hotel H1 , Le Royal Palace or similar

 

DAY 8 ANTSIRABE – ANTANANARIVO – JOHANNESBURG (FLIGHT BACK HOME)

Breakfast at your hotel, afterwards, continue to Antananarivo. Transfer straight on to the airport of Ivato Antananarivo then flight home to Johannesburg at 15H00 or other destination.

 

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