Madagascar Great Crossing : Trip through the old port of Fort Dauphin , enjoying this special fauna and flora aroud Fort Dauphin in Nahampoana, Lokaro and Berenty spots. Unique adventure in the Antandroy country. 4WD trip crossing trails between Fort Dauphin and Tulear, Then, cross the “Hauts plateaux” ( National 7, parks and reserves ) and the Tsiribihina River Descent. End of the trip in Morondava.
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Activity Level Accessible à tous
Group Size Large Group
Meet our team at the airport, transfer to your hotel, near the center. Hotel Chalet des Roses.
Antananarivo - Fort Dauphin - Nahampoana Reserve
Transfer to the Airport. flight to Fort Dauphin. Assistance airport and transfer to an hotel which is closed by Libanona Beach. Fort Dauphin is a ancient colonial port discovered by Portgugueses durnig the 16th Century. It is the main town of the region ”Anosy”, south East of Madagascar. The area is green and fertile and very rich for landscapes, fauna and flora like : Nahampoana Reserve, Lokaro Bay, Berenty Reserve., Pic Saint Louis, Vinanibe Lke ou Andohela National Park. Talinjoo Hôtel.
Fort Dauphin - Lokaro Bay
All day of excursion to the wonderful Lokaro Bay : a little cruise on the salted lake of Lanirano till the village of Evatra, a short trek to the bay passing by the fisherman village. Possibility of swimming . Picnic lunch included. Turn back to FOrt Dauphin at the end of the afternoon. Leave the hotel around 7 . 7:30. Very beautiful excursion to Lokaro Bay and Evatra Village. 2 kms by car to join Lake Lanirano then motor boat transfer to Evatra (fishermen village): Ballad of one hour around lakes, rivers and Mangroves. Then for the most courageous, we could extend the ballade by 3 / 4 hours walking : we will cross creeks, beach where we can swim, small valleys with nice view points. Pic Nic Lunch at Evatra, ballad around the dunes according to the weather. Around 4 pm come back to Fort Dauphin. Talinjoo Hôtel.
Visit of Nahampoana Reserve which is located 7 Kms from the town. half day excursion within the green forest, discovering the medicinal plants, some lemurs ( 6 species ), chameleons, reptiles, birds … A quite and relax full ballad by a pirogue on the mangroves. Back to the hotel after the visit. Talinjoo Hôtel.
Fort Dauphin - Berenty Reserve
Direction to Berenty. Installation at Berenty Gite. In the afternoon visit of the reserve which contain a large populations of lemurs such as the ringtailed lemurs, Verreaux’ sifaka, birds like ”coua”. It is an easy walk of 1 / 2 hours. After visit of the very interesting Androy Museum. Around 6 pm excursion by night to obeserve Microcebius. (Etape: 114 Km – 03h30) Set in Gite de Berenty.
Berenty - Lavanono
Trail to Ambovombe, Tsihombe and Lavanono. Along the trail, we will cross Mahafaly et Antandroy caves . Set in Lavanono Bay : Very clean Ecolodge with botanic garden; bungalows have been built with local wood from Androy area. Nice and panoramic view on the ocean. ( Step of 215 kms , 7 hours ). Lavanono Lodge.
Lavanono - Ampanihy
Trail to Ampanihy village, well known for its Mohair carpets.. We will crross the village of Tranoroa and one of the biggest river of the South : The Manarandra. Installation in an hotel very simple. ( Step of 200 kms, 8h ): Angora. ( basic the only choice )
Ampanihy - Tulear
Continuation towards Betioky, we will join the national road 70 kms before Toliara at the village of Andranoroy. We will see the first baobabs. Installation in hotel. ( Step of 200 kms, 6 to 7h ). Check-in Escapade Hotel.
Tulear - Ranohira - Isalo National Park
Head to Ranohira in the morning , desert landscape where thorny plants emerge. We visit the Arboretum Antsokay at the entrance to the South Tulear grouping typical flora and many endemic medicinal plants in Madagascar. Passage of the country Mahafaly, overlooking the famous tombs of the same name, topped by large carved posts called ”Aloalo”. Crossing villages gems of researchers which the best known is Ilakaka, the city sapphire. Installation at the hotel in the one site Isalo Western décor which presents a variety of majestic landscapes, impressive canyons, rock formations carved by erosion. (Step 215 Km – 4h).. Check-in Isalo Ranch.
Isalo National Park
The Isalo National Park, crisscrossed by rivers and tributaries, extends over 81,540 hectares. This massive ruiniform is a sandstone plateau continental Jurassic. Heavily eroded, only the parceled witnessed by the sandy valleys and canyons remained. A truly exceptional show! There are many possible circuits in the park. We can make a walk in the morning and another in the afternoon or even make a complete loop in the day, the hotel can prepare you a picnic. We include two circuits which can be combined as follow :
– The cascade of the Nymphs : Easy level up to the waterfall, can be extended through the rugged trails to the black and blue swimming pools in the middle of lush vegetation.
– The natural pool : easy level, done in half a day, the water is very clear, we can swim (a little cool from June to August ). Since the pool, the park guide will take you to a lookout 10 minutes of the site (for panoramic view of Isalo)
Ranohira - Ihosy - Andringitra
We continue the descent to the National 7 about 5 hours. We pass through countries ethnicity ”Bara”, zebu breeders. Crossing the Horombe Tray . Before the arrival of Ambalavao, bifurcation towards the Tsaranoro Valley. (Step 210 km, 5 hours) Camp Catta or Tsara Camp.
Andringitra ( Tsaranoro Valley ) - Fianarantsoa
A Guided Tour in the Valley of Tsaranoro. The walks are not lacking on the site and you can choose on the spot according to your physical condition. Among these, the chameleon circuit is more complete (duration maximum 6 hours) you will cross the Sacred Forest Tsaranoro cemetery of the inhabitants of the valley. The morning, you will have a good chance to see lemurs Catta reheating the sun. After climb towards Tsaranoro , we turn to go cross the stream that comes from the top. A short break for refreshing and we go back along the stream up lead on the board. Then you branch off on left towards the top of Langera called “The Chameleon”. A last steep slope, we must be carefull , reaching the edge where you can enjoy the scenery while at leisure. Picnic, or just a snack in depending on the time, then you descend towards the village of Morarano, the car gets you. If step falls on a Wednesday or Thursday morning you can attend one of the largest markets of the Zebu: thousands of heads are delivered twice a week. Special entertainment prevails. Drive to Ambalavao, the capital of zebu is also known for its factory Antaimoro Paper and beautiful silk weaving shop. Contunation to Fianarantsoa we cross the vineyards (possibility of wine tasting ”Lazan’ny Betsileo”). . Installation at a Guest House or hotel in downtown (Step 130km – 1h30) . Check-in La Case Madrigale.
Fianarantsoa - Ranomafana
Tour of the high city of Fianarantsoa, named also ”the old town”. Fianarantsoa is the capitam of Wine. Vines comming form France and Switzland, give a fuity taste. Shot Way to Ranomafana ( aorund 2 hours ). Set in hotel. In the afternoon you can relax to Thermes wtih hot source water ( Step : 61 Kms – 2 hours ). Chez Gaspard.
Ranomafana - Ambositra - Antsirabe
In the mroning visit of the Ranomafana National Park, ( from 2 to 4 hours ). It is a park covering 41,601 ha of forest. In 2007, it was ranked Heritage as World Natural of the Atsinanana (”The East”) . It shelters a rich endemic biodiversity, which includes The park is also the genetic reservoir of rare and some endemic plant species. It is traversed by many rivers that are tributaries of the river Namorona; visit from 2 to 4 hours. ( we can adapt the visit timing according to your fitness ). Then we tahe the highland road until Amboistra, the artisnal capital. After city tour, continuation to Antsirabe. Installation in your hotel. Chambre du Voyageur. ( Step of 280 kms, 5 h 30 ).
Antsirabe - Miandrivazo
Breakfast, then city tour with pousse pousse : we could visit a workshop of minitaures, precious stones. After we take West Direction, 20 kms closed to Betafo Village, we take a bifurcation until the Tritriva historical Lake. Continuation to Miandrivazo. Arrival by middle afternoon, in the evening breifing with your guide for the Tsiribhina river descent ( Step 220 kms, 4 hours ). Accomadation at Princesse Tsiribihina.( Recent hotel in Miandrivazo ).
Miandrivazo - Tsiribihina descent
Around 9 am, transfer to the jetty of Masiakampy. It takes an hour in the heart of the savannah to get there. The crew of the barge welcomes you, the cruise will begin late in the morning , you will cross vast cultivated plains, enter into the grooves of Tsiribihina around 2:00 pm; stop in the village of Sahambano and refreshing stop at a huge waterfall. The camp will be set up a little down on a large sandbank. The barges are motor barges once used to transport the tobacco, then arranged to transport tourists. At the rear of the barge is the cockpit, the kitchen. Passengers have seats on the lower deck where meals are served. A staircase to go up one Solarium with sunbed. Bivouac on large sandbanks.
Tsiribihina River Descent
The barge continues its navigation in the heart of the meanders of the Tsiribihina River. You will come across boatmen, barges, motor freight destined for local product and means of transport and exchange for the villagers, herds of zebu cattle that cross the river. Along the day you stop to Begidro village’s (which housed tobacco concessions) and Berevo which has a dispensary run by nuns. Landscapes succeed (cliff bats, giant capoquiers, rice fields …). At the end of this day where birds such as herons, teal, knob-billed duck will accompany the crew will find a sandbar for the camp . Bivouac on large sandbanks.
Tsiribihina - Tsimafana - Morondava
The village wishes you ”bon voyage”, the boat continue its way in the west until Tsimafana ( left side of the in front of Belo / Tsiribihina ); we will see the first baobabs. Lunch on the boat. The cruise ends around twelve. 4WD Transfert to Morondava. Stop at baobabs avenue for the sunset. Arrival in the evening at your hotel. ( Step of 110 kms – 2h30 à 3h ). Check-in Sun Beach hotel.
Morondava - Tana
Airport transfer for correspondance. End of our services.
Public rates 2019 in Euros TTC per person
|Nb Persons||Euros / person|
|2||2 311 €|
|3||1 823 €|
|4||1 590 €|
|Single Room supplement : 370 Euros|
Booking and Modalities
Confirmation by mail of the present trip.
After Espace Mada confirmation of hotels, transport and flights availability’s : Deposit of 30% of the total amount plus domestic flights by bank transfer. Balance before departure inTana :
- CB Visa or Master Card.
- Euros Cash
Domestic filght and International flight the same day : in case of domestic flight delay which will cause the no show on international flight, Air Madagascar will take anythings in charge : penalities fees, new ticket flight. also accomodation, transfers, restauration.
- Double room accommodation
- Necessary tourist taxes
- Half-board (except in Tana base Bed & Breakfast)
- Picnic lunch at Lokaro Bay
- 4WD from day 5 to day 15, driver allowances, gasoline
- 4WD descent from Tana to Fort Dauphin and return from Miandrivazo to Tana
- 4WD transfer from Belo sur Tsiribihina to Morondava
- All Hotel – Airport transfers
- Entrance and guiding fees in the reserves (Nahampoana, Berenty, Isalo, Andringitra, Ranomafana)
- Guided Excursions in Nahampoana, Lokaro, Berenty, Isalo, Andringitra, Ranomafana
- Full board Tsiribihina River descent
- Boat, gasoline, crew
- Menabe Guide for the descent
- All camping equipment (Tents, mats, sheets, covers, pillows)
- Drinks, extra and tips, lunchs ( except in Lokaro and Tsiribihina included ), Diner in Tana
- Domestic ( Tana – Fort Dauphin and Morondava – Tana and International Flights.