ANDRINGITRA NATIONAL PARK
TREKKING IN THE PARK
Andringitra is one of the most beautiful parks in Madagascar; the Andringitra massif offers an incredible natural wealth. It is open to all, and large spaces’ and mountain here walks’ lovers won’t be disappointed as a panoramic view awaits them ahead! Despite the difficult access to the park (only 4×4), the park offers an exceptional wet rain forest and the opportunity to climb the Peak Boby which culminates at 2,658 meters and which is the 2nd highest of Madagascar.
✓ We will explore the majesty of this national park and its amazing landscape
✓ We will climb the peak boby till the top and have a picnic lunch while enjoying the panoramic views.
✓ We will have 03 nights of camping and delicious food and animation with Malagasy traditional songs.
✓ The trek is going to take us ‘4 days till we arrive to the Tsaranoro valley where we will meet our driver again and stay overnight this day.
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
[180 km-3 hours 30mn on the road]
We have breakfast in the hotel and start heading south passing through Antananarivo. Rice fields and typical villages of the Highlands represent the landscape right after Antananarivo. We stop in Ambatolampy to discover the rather amazing work of aluminum to make cooking pot for the whole country.We take lunch in town. Continuation towards Antsirabe in the afternoon. We take our time for a city tour and experience “pousse-pousse” (rick Shaw) riding for those who want; it is the main transport for locals.
[242 Km- 5 hours 30mn on the road]
We stay on road N7 and progress towards the south. At Ambositra, we shop around and visit Zafimaniryartisans workshop, trying to find carved wood or a piece of marquetery box minutely done. We stroll around in town and then head to Fianarantsoa. We are in the heart of Betsileo tribe area. We are on the highest part of Madagascar Highlands and the road is more and more winding.Till we get to Ambalavao.
[55 Km 3hours 30mn on the road]
We have breakfast in the hotel and start heading more south to this capital of wine and slick as well as zebu. Here we will have the chance to visit the popular silck and Antaimoro paper factories.
A breakfast in the hotel then start driving with our 4WD to the first camp site where we are going to experience how means the salient night.
Early breakfast then start walking moro-more in the park by enjoying one amazing landscape to another till we get to the base camp.
After our break in the base camp we will head to the to climb the peak boby this will be most enjoyable and hard to the our trekking. Once we arrive at the top of the peak we will enjoy the amazing view the have lunch before we walk down slowly to the base camp for a night.
We leave the massif behind us and join the valley of Tsaranoro. Six plant formations are represented in this area of great richness. Researchers listed 20 species of mammals, of which 4 of them are endemic to the massif, and also 62 species of birds. The most strange plants of the area are Kalanchoe, aloes and pachypodium. The plain is full of terrestrial orchids. The huge granite domes make of these mountains with narrow valleys, an amazing sight, especially at sunrise and sunset.
[20 km off road + 220 km paved road - 6 hours on the road]
It is the road to the South today, that of wide spaces. We have breakfast in the hotel then drive on to reach the main road, pass by the South gates to Ihosy town before getting through Ihorombe plateau. From one mountain to another. The Isalo is in front of us, the day comes to its end and the sunset should be great!
A short drive to join Isalo foothill. We start the walk quietly with a small rucksack, through impressive landscape, canyons, natural pool and magic rock erosions. Isalo ruin form massif is a continental sandstone plateau from Jurassic period. There are many rock formations with different shapes here.The nature has adapted to dry climate.This park has a different ecosystem, endemic rupicolous flora such as Aloe, Euphorbia, Pachypodium and Kalanchoe. We have picnic in the park forest. Some walks are possible around, going up to summits gives splendid view. Note Walk pace and duration depend on clients (minimum 2h). The guide will advise you.
[280 km - 6 hours 30 mn on the road]
We progress to the south west towards the Mozambique Channel. Drive on 280 km from Ranohira to Toliara/ Ifaty through different botanical settings in the morning.We stop on the way to see Mahafaly tribe typical tombs so nicely painted and decorated, on which are erected some amazing woodensculptures.The sea can be seen from far away before we reach Toliara.Walk around to the market before taking lunch before we head to Ifaty.
You can explore different activities from the hotel during the day at leisure on the edges of Mozambique channel. If you want to take advantage of the sea and lagoon: diving, dugout ride with Vezo fishermen, swim or just idleness. Hikers can discover inside land, specific and extraordinary vegetation composed of euphorbia, baobab, didieracea, aloes … In the South, the thorny are Kings.
[ 20 KM - TOLIARA 40 MN & 1 HOURS 30 MN FLIGHT]
Morning at leisure then lunch in the hotel then we will drive toward Toliara on word to the airport.
Today you will be transferred to the Ivato airport for your International flight. End of service.