After a good breakfast, you take the National Road 1 to head to Ampefy (120km) on the west side of Antananarivo. Beautiful landscape and stunning view of the grassland await you on the way. Make a short trip after your arrival at the hotel to the geyser of Andranomandroatra. The Ilot de la Vierge and the nice view of the dry crater are parts of spectacular landscape you will see. You spend the night at the Kavitaha hotel in Ampefy. (L, D)
This day is devoted to a long drive throw this stunning volcanic landscape to reach Antsirabe. We cross rice and vegetable fields on this bumpy road. You will pass through the villages of Soavinandriana, Faratsiho and Sambaina, the road is bad but the scenery will compensate your efforts (127km). The rest of the day remains at your disposal to make a short walk in the city of Antsirabe where you can visit the market, the mineral store and other handicrafts ateliers. (B, D)
Leave Antsirabe for the little village of Betafo, situated at 22 km west of the city. Walk to the most stunning rice terraces of Madagascar and the waterfall of Antafofo. The people here live out of time and build their own agriculture tools. Picnic lunch will be taken under a shade. Visit of local traditional village and the way of life of this remote village. Drive back to Antsirabe. (B, L, D)
Drive to Antananarivo (160km, 4h), and you follow the national road 2 to Andasibe. A short stop at Marozevo for visiting the Pereyras Reserve, where different species of reptiles and amphibians could be seen. (B, D)
After a good breakfast, you visit the Analamazaotra Reserve, a great time for the first meeting with the lemurs; the largest lived lemur Indri Indri, the Diademed Sifaka, the Common Brown Lemur, Grey Bamboo Lemur are our main spot today. Other wildlife like chameleons, birds, geckos are also found locally. In the evening before dinner, nocturnal visit to check for Goodman's Mouse Lemur and other wildlife. (B, L, D)
Early morning visit to the Mantadia National Park situated 15 km from Andasibe to find the Diademed Sifaka, Indri Indri and Black-and-white ruffed Lemur, the very rare bird Pitta-like Ground Roller. (B, L, D)
Leave Andasibe to join Antananarivo, the end of our trip. You have time to go to the Lemurs Park, where you can have a close up photo opportunities of the lemurs. The rest of the day is at your disposal to do shopping before you take the flight to Europe. (B)
Nowadays, Madagascar is home to more than 300 species of amphibians and 400 species of reptiles in which over 90% are endemic. This rate increases continually due to discover of new species in different places that have not been explored before.
Madagascar is the fourth biggest island of the world from its size and the origin of this unclassifiable land is in itself a travel. From Africa, from which it separated 165 million years ago, it kept the red earth. From Asia, where a large part of the population came from, it inherited the rice fields. However, Madagascar is neither truly Asian nor totally African; its original culture makes it the only "Afro-Asian" land on the planet. Eighteen populations share this territory of tropical forests, spiny deserts, and beaches with white sand, lateritic soil, lagoons and rock formations. This ethnic mosaic has forged over the centuries a system of authentically Malagasy values. Rites associated with the cult of ancestors such as famadihana, or the presence in the same country of African agrarian tools, and words of Asian origin, are found only in Madagascar.
Welcome to the country of endemism! Madagascar is home to a unique flora and fauna found nowhere else: 85% of the 12,000 island plant varieties live on its soil. The Malagasy territory has distinct natural environments that correspond to as many types of vegetation. The east coast, resolutely tropical, is characterized by vast rain forests and a wide range of palms, bamboos, ferns and orchids. The drier west is the country of baobabs. Seven of the eight different species of baobabs in the world are found in Madagascar. One specie (Adansonia digitata) exists in Africa, another species (Adansonia gregorii or gibbosa) is found in Australia and the other 6 endemic species (Adansonia grandidieri, Adansonia madagascariensis, Adansonia perrieri, Adansonia rubrostipa, Adansonia suarezensis, Adansonia za) in Madagascar with one who is present in Africa (Adansonia digitata).
Madagascar was separated from the rest of the African continent 160 million years ago. This results in the country's unparalleled biodiversity and endemism. Ninety-six percent of the fauna and flora is endemic in Madagascar and is found nowhere else. Covering an area of 587,000 km2, the country is the 4th largest island in the world (after Greenland, New Guinea and Borneo), so its environmental diversity rivals that of an entire continent (rainforests in the east, deciduous forests in the north and west, dense xerophytes' forests in the south, and forests of the high mountains inside the island). Madagascar is home to one of the most unusual collections of mammals in the world and has a remarkable diversity in terms of habitat and associated flora.
South-East exploration by train (12 days/11 nights)
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