Antananarivo– Andranomafana - Antsirabe – Ambalakely - Ranohira - Ifaty - Antananarivo
This program allows you a total immersion in the daily life of the villagers far from the noises and the stress of the big agglomerations: their rhythm, their work, their place of life, their habit, their meal…. A mix of discovery, immersion, encounter and sharing.
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09 days – 09 nights
Set up and departure for National 7 towards Antsirabe, a city located 169,170 km (approximately 3h30 drive) from the capital.
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.
Along the way, in addition to the smiles of 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, wickerwork baskets and bags, …
Arrival in the spa town of Antsirabe, nicknamed the “Malagasy Vichy”, located at an altitude of 1500m in a basin surrounded by volcanoes. Lunch on site.
Continuation to the village of Anjazafotsy Andranomafana, located 32km from Antsirabe. Reception and contact with the village reception people.
Afternoon: short tour of the surroundings.
“Malagasy” style breakfast.
Discovery of agricultural landscapes, cultural and historical riches, participation in village activities (agriculture and crafts: basketry). Exchanges, sharing, hikes. Visit of the village, hot springs, use of medicinal and aromatic plants.
Return to the Gite by zebu cart, exchanges with members of the Association, folk entertainment.
After breakfast, a short cooking class of a typical Malagasy dish. Discovery of local products and their cooking.
Lunch included on site.
Departure for the return to Antsirabe. Installation at the hotel.
After breakfast, departure for Ambalakely, about 8km before arriving in Fianarantsoa. The road crosses hills and rice fields again. Various stops to enjoy the landscape and the villages that you can visit without any problem. The population is very welcoming and still charmed to be photographed. You will end up in the territory of the Betsileo, recognizable by their traditional costume, short and clumsy shorts and a brimless hat as headgear. Installation in a small friendly hotel.
Day dedicated to the discovery of the region.
Morning: a walk of about 2 hours to immerse yourself in local life: Betsileo style houses, the VALABE and the importance of zebu in the Betsileo culture, ironwork, artisanal brickwork, weaving, recycling of used tires, Visit courtesy at the Royal Palace, lunch with the locals (typical Betsileo meal), ….
Afternoon: immersion in the unusual history of the village Antokomasiaka for a duration of about 2h30, see how the Betsileos use the different rooms of their house.
A pleasant and rich day in exceptional settings around Fianarantsoa, far from the noise and bustle of big cities.
Return to your hotel.
Departure after breakfast to take the road of National 7 towards the South. Passage through the city of Fianarantsoa, capital of the Betsileo country, nicknamed the city of a thousand and one churches, founded in 1830 by Queen Ranavalona I who wanted to make it a second capital and gave it the name of Fianarantsoa which means “The city where the we learn the good.
The environment changes gradually. Impressive granite domes appear at the same time as the relief becomes more rugged.
Arrival on Ranohira. Installation and well-deserved rest.
OPTION : visit Parc Isalo in the morning.
Departure for Tulear, capital of southern Madagascar on a road still as beautiful, we find ourselves in the territory of the Mahafaly. Stop for a roadside local rum making tour. We cross the first galleries of dry forests commonly called the Bush. We arrive in Tulear on a hot road lined with cacti. Short stop in Tulear, and continuation to Ifaty. Installation at the hotel.
Morning: visit of the VOI Association "Mamelo Honko", a conservation project based between Tulear and Ifaty, which works with local communities to restore and maintain the Ambondrolava mangrove forest. As part of this mission, Honko-Reef Doctor has developed a Mangrove Information and Sightseeing Walk Center that will allow you to stroll through this incredible ecosystem, learn about its unique flora and fauna, and help our conservation projects. conservation;
You have the choice between a small tour of about 2k (1 hour) or a canoe trip of 2 to 3 hours.
Return to the hotel and afternoon relaxation.
According to flight schedule, transfer to Tulear airport. Flight to the capital.
Welcome to Antananarivo. A quick trip to the craft market. Transfer to a guesthouse. Overnight