Southern Madagascar promises the richest and most surprising discoveries in terms of landscape, flora and fauna.
First step: Ifaty, a fishing village 45 km from Tulear. This destination characterizes the beauty of the Malagasy western coastline with its beaches bordered by a turquoise sea and its coral reef. Diving and water sports will make you realize how the island can be a wonderful tropical destination! Inland, the wonder is always at the rendezvous during a zebu cart ride through a dry forest composed among others of thorny.
Going up National Road 7 we will stop for two nights in the Isalo National Park and have a glimpse of the culture of this region. Along the way, we will not fail to admire the tombs decorated with aloalo (sort of totems), various objects, paintings and sometimes skulls of zebus. They are characteristic of the Antandroy and Mahafaly peoples. Highlight of this tour: a sunset through the window of Isalo!
You will want to immortalize what you see: massive ruiniforme dating from the Jurassic, deep canyons, endemic rupicolous vegetation, etc. There are also lemurs here! On the way to Fianarantsoa (further north towards Antananarivo), we will discover more endemic flora: kalanchoes, pachypodiums, ficus.
When you are arrive at the airport, we will be there waiting for you holding a sign with your name on it. After picking you up at the airport we will drive to our hotel in Antananarivo and give you a special briefing about our upcoming journey and answer any questions you may have about our upcoming adventure
Takeoff to Tulear. Transfer by car to Ifaty, a fishing village located 45km north of Tulear.
Ifaty, Mangily, Madiorano and Ambolimailaka are small villages that face the majestic Ranobe lagoon with turquoise water, renowned for its coral reef. They are here as seaside resorts. Free time, activities to see at the hotel or with your guide: hiking in the backcountry of the dry forest to various varieties of endemic spiny, euphorbia, Didiéracées, pachypodiums and Baobabs. The visit can be done by zebu cart or on foot; or relax to enjoy the beach, a beautiful invitation to swim in this beautiful lagoon. Will also be at the rendezvous: featured excursion, ride in traditional dugout canoe, trolling, water skiing, snorkeling or bottled ... Or simply stroll along the beach and meet with locals and discover in depth the life of these fishing villages.
A beautiful day of discovery on foot in the massive ruiniforme of Isalo. The Isalo National Park was created in 1962, and is classified in the category of exceptional parks. Extending over 100 km from north to south, it is unique in Madagascar due to its Jurassic geomorphological formation: this ruiniform massif of continental sandstone, dug deep canyons, hosts a russian endemic vegetation (Aloe, Euphorbia, Pachypodes .. .). There is also an exceptional fauna, where most species are endemic, such as rock reptiles, maki and other lemurs. The predominant ethnic group in this region is the Bara ethnic group, living mainly from zebu farming and agriculture. Considered a descendant of the Bantu, the Bara are cattle breeders but also fierce warriors, proud and desperate to defend their freedom.
Road to Ambalavao. Still the huge plateau of Horombe to Ihosy. We leave the arid south to start climbing the foothills of the Highlands. Stop at the small reserve of Anja: a forest gallery of ficus, lianas and orchids developed between spectacular rocky chaos, sometimes forming caves adopted as shelters by some animals. On the slopes of the reliefs, the vegetal relay was colonized by succulent plants, such as kalanchoes and pachypodiums. In this green paradise live in small colonies ring-tailed lemurs that are almost the emblem of the Big Island, makis catta. They spend a lot of time on the ground, are not too shy and are easily observable. The revenues of the Anja site are managed by the AMI association (Anja Miray) and donated to economic and social projects aimed at improving agricultural yields, development of handicrafts, health and education for the villagers residents. Continuation of our road until Ambalavao. Continuation to Fianarantsoa
Departure for Antsirabe located 240km to the North. A few stops along the way to explore the remains of the remains on the road. Arrival in Antsirabe at the end of the day, check in at the hotel.
Short tour of the city and visit local artisans (making bicycles and cars miniatures, work of the zebu horn ...) then drive to Ambatolampy. The rice fields and the characteristic villages of the Highlands draw the landscape. Continuation in the afternoon towards Antananarivo. If our timing allows, visit the craft market. Provision of rooms in a hotel near the airport, rest and dinner. Evening transfer to the airport, boarding assistance on the flight to the destination.