Antananarivo - Tsinjoarivo - Antsirabe – Andasibe - Vohimana - Antananarivo
This program allows you a total immersion in the daily life of the villagers, far from the noise and stress of the big cities: at their own pace, in their work, in their place of life, during their habit, during their meal…. A mix of discovery, encounter and sharing.
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11 days – 10 nights
Meeting with your guide driver. Head south and link up to Ambatolampy. Set up and departure for the southern route, to Ambatolampy, a town located about 2 hours drive from the capital. Visits to artisans and local villages along the way. In addition to the smiles of the children, you will meet various handicraft vendors posted along the road offering colorful items: toy cars and miniature planes made from recycled materials or wood, baobabs and animals in painted raffia, baskets and wickerwork bags, …
The course will make you discover the green landscape of the Highlands, with its hills and its hectares of rice fields, various plantations, dotted here and there with small hamlets with traditional houses with red brick walls and thatched roofs.
You will take a fork at Ambatolampy to join the road leading to Tsinjoarivo (mixture of paved road and track, about 2h40 by car). You will pass through a dozen small villages before arriving at the cottage: landscape and rural daily rhythm at the rendezvous, rice fields, traditional houses, field activities, zebu carts, ... an atmosphere that takes you away from any movement of the big cities. Welcome home!
Day of contact and meeting with the villagers. Visit of the cultivation areas and initiation to certain works. Tsinjoarivo is a site rich in history and beliefs.
Three possibilities of activities are available to you, which you will have discussed the day before with the local guide, according to your abilities and aptitudes:
1 – departure to participate in field activities and handicraft work (embroidery, basketry) with members of the Association and visits to the surroundings
2 – hike through mountains and valleys, fields and rice fields passing through various small villages dotted here and there to the waterfalls of Andriamamovoka and Ambavaloza, with all the history and beliefs of the places that your guide will not fail to share you (return by car) (medium difficulty, but at your own pace because there will be climbs through small dirt roads)
3 – hike (1 day) to the sacred primary forest of Mahatsinjo where you can discover endemic varieties of diurnal and nocturnal lemurs.
Late afternoon, discussions and sharing with members.
It is possible to participate in their development projects (reforestation, increase and diversification of the yield of their culture and their craft work, improvement of the cottage, etc.) by offering them means for the purchase of equipment (spade, harrow, weeder, pitchforks, wheelbarrow, shovel, watering can, etc.).
Last moments with the villagers. Exit the dirt track and continue to Antsirabe. Lunch. Stops along the way for various cultural discoveries. Arrival and visit of the city on foot and visit of the open market. Room installation.
Departure from Antsirabe and connection to Manandona which is located south of the locality. Visit of the countryside of the highlands on foot, meeting with the local population, visit of a workshop of domestic silk and wild silk,….. Lunch in a lodging of reception. Return to the hotel at the end of the day and installation for the night.
Day of cultural discovery of the region. Culinary immersion and discovery of the daily life of a city dweller. Discovery of the colorful markets and its riches, you will be introduced to the local cuisine. Lunch. In the afternoon, you will learn about crafts or local music.
Departure from Antsirabe. Return to the north and direction to the east of the island. Andasibe is 3 hours from the capital. Lunch and passage through the Pereyras reserve and discovery of the local fauna. Arrival in Andasibe at the end of the afternoon. Visit of the Vakona Private Reserve (lemurs, crocodiles, etc.). Installation in your room.
Day dedicated to the discovery of nature. Visit of the Mantadia National Park. Drive to the northern entrance of the park and half-day visit to this untouched nature reserve. Return to the hotel.
Short transfer by car to the village of Ambavaniasy which is to the east. A short one-hour walk through the eastern countryside to reach the village of Vohimana and its bush lodge run by the village community of Vohimana. Visit of the village and meeting with the villagers. Installation at the gîte in the middle of a green nature.
Discovery of the village and its surroundings. Immersion in the daily life of the villagers. Discovery of life zones. Plantations and reforestation with the population. Agricultural activity, Visit of the association’s distillation site. Local lunch. Discovery of small nature trails.
Discovery of nature through the small village association of Vohimana. Visit of the Vohimana reserve and its natural wealth, the fauna and flora are abundant there. Day in the community.
Discovery of the habits and customs of the Bezanozano, the dominant ethnic group of the region, introduction to crafts and visit of the house of the woman.
The Bezanozano are one of the 18 ethnic groups on the big island. This ethnic group is located in the eastern forest corridor and stands out from the others by their hairstyles.
Exit from nature and return to the capital. Three hours of cars and day use in a hotel before flying back to Europe.