South Madagascar Discovery Tour
The Deep South trip will show you the best of MADAGASCAR. It is a 1000 km road trip from the highlands to the south coast. It is an unforgettable trip because every day is special and magical. You will drive on National Route 7 through tropical forests, vast savannas, and thorn forests to the coast. Along the way, experience stunning scenery, meet over 7 ethnically unique cultures and enjoy the magnificent eroded mountain of CANYON which is the most popular national park in this region. After the long and sensational drive, relaxing on the white sand beach is worth doing in Anakao.
Day 1 – Arrival at Antananarivo
Upon your arrival at the international airport of Ivato-Antananarivo meet your experienced English tour guide at the customs area. After clearing from immigration and customs, we will transfer you to your hotel in Antananarivo and you can rest and prepare yourself for your amazing 13 days Madagascar Discovery Tour!
Antananarivo Hotel: 3 Metis hotel (3 Star)
Day 2 – Antananarivo – Andasibe (B, D)
After taking breakfast, head east to Andasibe through the typical landscape and eastern rainforest. On the way, stop at the Peyreiras reptile farm to observe different endemic species of chameleons, lizards, geckos, frogs. Arrived in Andasibe around noon. In the afternoon, visit the Analamazaotra reserve to spot the largest lemurs of Madagascar Indri Indri, which is the largest living lemur. Night walk to spot nocturnal species such as mouse lemurs, chameleons, frogs.
Andasibe Hotel: Feon’ NY Ala (3 Star)
Day 3 – Andasibe – Antananarivo (B, D)
Breakfast at the hotel, then morning walk in the primary forest. Other species of lemurs can be seen during the walk, including the Gray Bamboo Lemur, the Common Brown Lemur as well as various endemic bird species. We will return for lunch and check- out after to depart to Antananarivo.
Antananarivo Hotel: Rova Hotel (3 Star)
Day 4 – Antananarivo – Antsirabe – Ranomafana (B, D)
After having breakfast, depart in the morning and drive to Ranomafana through mountains, hills, and rice fields. Along the way, you will see many funeral graves, some simple; others explain what plays an important role in the local population and their fascination with the afterlife. Arrival in Antsirabe after a 3-hour drive: the thermal station, “the
city of water” as it is called, has become a very important economic town, renowned for its fresh products and mineral water, commonly called “Visy Gasy “. the city is
well known both for the many “Pousse-Pousse” and for the precious and semiprecious stones Continuation to Ranomafana, known as “hot water”, arrival in the late afternoon and check-in the hotel before a night walk.
Ranomafana Hotel: Centrest (4 Star)
Day 5 – Ranomafana – Fianarantsoa – Ambalavao (B, D)
Breakfast at the hotel and drive to Ranomafana national park`s parking to meet your local guide. Walk towards the rainforest. Ranomafana`s protected mountain rainforest covers an area of 41,600ha at altitudes between 600m and 1,400m (1,970 -4,600ft.) The area is dominated by the Namorona River which, fed by many streams, plunges from the eastern escarpment close to the park entrance. The steep slopes are covered with a mixture of primary and secondary forest, much of the secondary growth is dominated by dense stands of introduced Chinese guava (Psidium Cattleyanum) and clumps of giant bamboo.
You might be spotting some species of lemurs (golden bamboo lemur, greater bamboo lemur, Milne-Edwards` sifaka, red-bellied lemur…) birds (brown mesite, Pollen`s vanga, blue vanga, velvet asity, Grey-crowned greenbul …), reptiles (Parson`s chameleon, Peacock day gecko, numerous frogs, mantilla frogs, …). After 4 hours of visit, you take the RN7 road to the south to reach Ambalavao where you will meet the Anja reserve. During the trip, we make two stops to visit “ARTEMISIA FIELD” and the capital of the Betsileo tribe for lunch. Fianarantsoa is one of the six major cities in Madagascar. Arrived in Ambalavao to check-in the hotel.
Ambalavao Hotel: Aux Boungaivilliers (3 Star)
Day 6 – Ambalavao – Ranohira (B, D)
After having breakfast at the hotel, depart for Ihosy towards the vast grassy plains of IHorombe and direction Ranohira after visiting the artisanal paper making factory and the Anja reserves the house of the ring-tailed lemur. The scenery begins to change as you cross the “Southern Gate” mountain and enter the attractive countryside of the Betsileo people where granite outcrops dominate the horizon. Here, the architecture of the village is also starting to change, from the one-story ‘African-style’ house to two-story buildings in the central highlands where people are more like those in Southeast Asia. Is that they are not. ‘Africa.
Ranohira Hotel: H1 Isalo Hotel (3 Star)
Day 7 – Ranohira (B, L, D)
Breakfast at the hotel and drive to the village of Ranohira to meet your local guide. A day dedicated to trekking and discovering the park, made up of a ruin-shaped massif dating from the Jurassic, discovery of the most beautiful landscape in Madagascar. You will visit the other side: the natural pool, where you can swim, etc. You might spot bird species like the Madagascar hoopoe, the common Newtonia and with luck the juvenile short-eared owl, the long-tailed ground-roller and reptiles and frogs (Ustalet’s chameleon, jewel chameleon, tailed iguanid thorny, “endemic” Mantella Expectata, Painted burrowing frog Possibility of enjoying the spectacular sunset at the natural rocky window of Isalo if the time permits.
Day 8 – Ranohira – Tulear – Ifaty (B, D)
After taking breakfast at the hotel, head into Tulear through different villages of sapphire miners and the southern savannah. Stop along the way to visit Zombitse National Park. You will be able to see baobabs, well-painted tombs as well as typical villages of the southern tribes. Arrival in Toliara, check-in at your hotel and you will be free on your leisure to spend your time.
Ifaty Hotel: Moringa Hotel (3 Star)
Day 9 – Tulear – Anakao (B, L, D)
After having breakfast at the hotel, taking a boat to Anakao, Anakao beach awaits you with its flora and fauna. You can also enjoy the sea activities offered by the hotel.
Anakao Hote: Prince Anakao (3 Star)
Day 10 – Anakao (B, D)
Today is free for leisure either to stay in your room or relax at the beach.
Day 11 – Anakao (B, D)
After having breakfast at the hotel, you will be free for leisure to have outdoor activities and relaxing at the beach and sea-side.
Day 12 – Anakao – Tulear – Antananarivo (B, D)
After having breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport, and flight back to Antananarivo. Upon arrival, meet our tour guide at the arrival hall to transfer you to the hotel. After check-in, you will be free to spend your day on your own.
Flights from Tulear to Antananarivo is not included. (EXTRA COST FOR DOMESTIC FLIGHT – NON REFUNDABLE)
Antananarivo Hotel: Belvedere (3 Star)
Day 13 – Departure from Antananarivo (B)
Breakfast at the hotel then transfers to the airport. Possibility to take a city tour of the town and last purchases at the craft market before your transfer to the airport. Assistance for your return flight.
Specification: South Madagascar Discovery Tour
100% refund if canceled within 30 days of departure