Antananarivo - Antsirabe - Ranomafana - Ambalavao - Tsaranoro - Ranohira - Salary – Antananarivo
This program offers you a journey of adventure, meeting and experiences with the locals, while enjoying the beauty and diversification of the landscape, ranging from valleys and rice fields to the baobab garden, passing through the steppes, with visits to exceptional sites to meet lemurs and other animals, and closing the program at the beach, in an idyllic location.
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16 days – 16 nights
According to flight schedule, reception at the airport and transfer to a guest house.
Departure after breakfast and direction south. We will descend through the highlands. The landscape is mainly dominated by mountains and cultivated valleys. Various stops to visit some traditional villages and workshops. Lunch along the way. Arrival at the end of the day and transfer to a guest house.
Day of immersion and exchanges, accompanied by a local guide.
The morning will be devoted to the visit of a village of potters. The villagers will be happy to make you discover the secrets of their talent. You will be accompanied to the creation of a flower pot with the supervision of a woman from the village. The art of modeling clay is a talent that is transmitted from mother to daughter.
(Duration of the activity: 1h30 - Duration of the walk: 1h30 - Level of difficulty: low - Difference in altitude: 200 m)
Afternoon: immersion with local musicians. They will make you discover the typical instruments of Madagascar. During a 3-hour workshop you will be introduced to Valiha, Kabosy (small Malagasy guitar), djembe or other percussion accompanied by musicians from the city.
(Duration of the activity: 2 hours)
Liaison day in Ranomafana. We will go to the east of the island passing by Ambositra and its famous craft culture, wood carving. We will still be on the highlands before diving east to reach the Ranomafana forest corridor in the middle of the afternoon. Stop along the way to visit the village of Ambatovaky and its traditional blacksmiths. Arrival in Ranomafana at the end of the day. Check-in at your hotel.
Day of discovery of the Ranomafana National Park and its natural resources. You will see your first lemurs as well as a multitude of endemic floral species. You will be accompanied by your local guide to understand all the riches of this place. Ranomafana is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The discovery will last about 5 hours with a medium difficulty level. Good walking shoes are necessary. Mid-day outing and lunch in the village. In the afternoon, visit the village.
After breakfast, continue south to reach Ambalavao, passing through Fianarantsoa. Stop along the way to visit a traditional village that works sisal. From here we start to descend in altitude. The panorama is larger and less mountainous, the vegetation is scarcer and the temperature increases a little. Arrival on Ambalavao. Visit of the locality in the afternoon and installation at the hotel at the end of the day.
After about thirty kilometers of asphalt, we take a track towards the Tsaranoro Valley. Dream landscape and total change of scenery. Arrival and installation in a bungalow with original décor. After lunch, we start the discovery of the valley by visiting the traditional village of Betsileo. Immersion in the community and briefing with your local guide for the next day's walk.
Meeting and exchange with the owners of the place: people committed to the preservation of the Environment and the site, in community development approaches.
Day of discovery of the valley region. Several sites are to be discovered. The sacred forest followed by the ascent of the chameleon peak or the ascent of the Dondy with breathtaking panoramic passages. Each site has its own level of difficulty. It's up to you to choose once you're there.
Exchange with the owners of the place: people committed to the preservation of the Environment and local development. Great moment of exchanges!
After this beautiful discovery, continue the journey still south to Ranohira, in the region of the mountain of Isalo. You will cross the large plateau of the Ihorombe and its vast grassy expanses. Arrival in the middle of the day and check-in at the hotel.
Day of discovery of the Isalo Park in the company of your local guide. The second largest park on the island, this massif extends from north to south and covers a large area. During your visit, you will only see a small representative part of the massif. You will discover the natural pool, the ridge trail, the Namazà canyon, the two canyon pools and the nymph waterfall before leaving in the middle of the afternoon. You will have your lunch served in the middle of the park in the shade of the tapias and under the gaze of the curious lemurs. Before sunset, you will head south with the car to discover the famous Isalo window when the rays of the setting sun are part of the perspective of its natural opening. Return to the hotel.
After a relaxing day, it's time to continue your journey. A day's drive from Ranohira to Salary by the sea. 4 hours drive to Toliara, the capital and main city of the southwest of the island. Small lunch break and resumption of the road to Salary which is located in the north. We access it by a three-hour sandy track. This trail takes us through some of the most beautiful regions of Madagascar. Turquoise water and coral white sand, the landscape is enchanting. Arrival at the end of the day and installation in a bungalow.
Day dedicated to the discovery of these famous trees so emblematic of the big island: the baobabs. We take the car north of Salary and after an hour and a half of track, we arrive in an area where these famous trees abound and give the show, a real garden of baobabs. A stop of about an hour on site, just to take lots of photos and return to the hotel. On the way back, we meet the Mikea community, a very unknown people whose way of life dates back to ancient times. A little immersion in the life of these last true nomads of the south. Return to the hotel for sunset.
FREE DAYS - Two days of relaxation to end your journey by the beach. The hotel is located in a small bay with coral sand and turquoise sea, with bungalows on the hillside with all a view of this small bay.
The hotel offers several excursions, by sea or by land, including whale watching in season.
Road to Toliara, the city. Arrival at the end of the day after a departure after lunch from Salary. Installation in room for the night.
Depending on the time of the flight back to the capital, transfer to the airport and assistance with health procedures. Check-in and flight to the capital. Arrival and reception at Antananarivo airport, and transfer to the guest house.