12 Days - 11 Nights
Upon arrival at the national airport of Antananarivo, you meet the staff or your guide and transfer to the hotel. (D)
After breakfast, departure to the South. You will leave for a day drive through the mountains and traditional houses of the villages of the Merina ethnic group on the Highlands. Stop at Ambatolampy to visit the aluminum pot foundry and workshop. You continue between the hills of the spectacular landscape. Small tables set up by the merchants will offer you fruits and vegetables from the vast alluvial plains. In the afternoon, a city tour offers to you a visit of the gemstones ateliers and from zebu horns handicrafts' manufacturers. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (B, L, D)
Drive to Fianarantsoa, but first you cross a landscape characterized by colorful rice paddies to the village of Ambositra, the main Malagasy craft center. Here, sculptures and marquetry made by precious woods are the pride of Zafimaniry tribe. Lunch at the restaurant l'Artisan, and then you continue to Fianarantsoa. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (B, L, D)
After breakfast, transfer to the train station. Travel by train to Manakara is an experience. On the rail you will see different wonderful landscapes and in each station, vendors will invite you to buy and taste their different wares: frit shrimps, beignets, different tasty tropical fruits like bananas, cinnamon apples, and others. Late arrival in Manakara. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (B, D)
Excursion on the Pangalanes Canal by boat. You will see the very peaceful way of life of the Antemoro tribe. Free day at the beach of Manakara. Accommodation on full board at the hotel. (B, L, D)
After breakfast, drive directly to Ranomafana and see specially Ravinala or "Traveler's palm" and Litchi trees on the way. The afternoon is devoted to see the surroundings of Ranomafana with its thermal bath. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (B, L, D)
Visit this wonderful humid forest of the Ranomafana National Park, look for the three species of bamboo lemur (Greater and Grey), the rare Golden Bamboo Lemur is discovered recently. 26 species of mammals including 12 species of lemurs, 96 species of birds and one hundred species of orchid live in this rainforest. Ranomafana is one of the most bird-friendly places, although some of them may be difficult to discover in the dense forest. Nocturnal walk to see the smallest "Mouse Lemurs" and other wildlife like chameleons, frogs. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (B, L, D)
Continuation for the Great South. Take a look of the granite formation and impressive grassy plain. Stop at Ambalavao to visit the wild silk handicraft and the famous Antemoro paper factory decorated with natural flowers. Sunset at the famous "Fenêtre de l'Isalo". Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (B, L, D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Full day at the Isalo Massif starting with Namaza waterfall. Dancing Sifaka, Red-fronted Brown Lemurs and occasionally Ring-tailed Lemurs are found between deeply eroded sandstone gorges, with many birds, butterflies and chameleons. Picnic lunch in the Park.
Walk in the most rugged part of the park, a breathtaking natural pool. Along the way, you will find Pachypodiums, covered by beautiful flowers. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (B, L, D)
After breakfast, drive day on the National Road No.7. Go through the village of Sapphires researchers in Ilakaka. On the way, you will meet the decorated tombs of the Mahafaly and various varieties of baobabs before arriving at the coastal town of Toliara. After lunch, visit the shellfish markets. In the afternoon, visit the Arboretum of Antsokay to discover varieties of fauna and flora. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (B, L, D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport and flight to Antananarivo according to schedule.
Arrival in Antananarivo and transfer to the hotel. Lunch at the restaurant. Visit of the biggest artisans' market of Antananarivo (depends on the flight schedule). Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (B, D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport for the flight abroad. (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.
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