Road National 7
The RN 7 Trip from Tananarive to Ifaty
It is possible to reach the south of the country from Antananarivo by light car. You will cross the Betsileo and Imerina highlands and discover Madagascar’s parks and nature reserves such as Ranomafana, the Anja Reserve and the Isalo massif. The tour ends on the Vezo fishermen’s coast in Ifaty.
The strengths of Circuit N7
. Attractive price, you will be on a main road, the 4 × 4 is not essential. Espace Mada provides you with raised sedans such as Toyota Avanza.
. Personalized guides in the sites: whether it is during a rural walk or a hike in a park, you will have a private guide that your driver will present to you.
. Ifaty a multitude of excursions: do not miss the outing on a Vezo Canoe or the Baobab forest of Reniala.
Possible extensions after Ifaty
. Additional days at the seaside at Salary (in the North at 4 hours of track) or in Anakao in the South at 1h30 by boat.
. For an additional week, we recommend our Eastern route : Perinet Pangalanes Sainte Marie
. Flight information: Domestic Flight Madagascar
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Accessible à tous
Group Size Large Group
Periodicity / Accessibility : All year – For All.
Hotels : On a 2-star hotel basis; selected establishments with private bathrooms.
Transport : All transfers and airport assistance included. For this circuit provision of a two-wheel drive vehicle (english speaking driver).
Availability : Circuit without regrouping, therefore private. Depending on your length of stay, we can adapt you day by day.
Domestic Flights : International flights must be booked in your country of departure; optional domestic flight Tulear Tana
Welcome and assistance at Ivato International Airport, transfer to your hotel in the city centre. Belvedere.
Antananarivo - Antsirabe
Picked up at your hotel by your driver who can take you to the high city to admire the view of the capital ( Haute Ville ). Then, departing for the town of Antsirabe, you will stop along the way to the village of Behenjy famous for its foie gras, and to Ambatolampy known for its artisanal manufactures of aluminum objects including pots. Continuation on Antsirabe: the landscape and the environment reveal rich laterite lands, typical Imerina villages, Catholic or Protestant churches, lively markets. Arrival in Antsirabe, hotel installation and exit to Lake Tritriva located 15 kms west of the city. It is one of the large crater lakes quite mysterious whose shape evokes the map of Madagascar. This lake also has its legend: two lovers whose parents refused marriage ended their day by drowning hand in hand. Back to the hotel Chambre du Voyageur. (Stage of 170 kms, 3:30)
Antsirabe - Ranomafana
Early morning departure south of Antsirabe. Rural walk around Manandona which is located 22km south of Antsirabe along the RN7, through beautiful landscapes of middle mountain, The village is at 1450m above sea level enjoying an ideal climate for rice production, Varieties of vegetables and other food crops (cassava, sweet potatoes, taro, potato, etc.) We will walk from village to village, immersion in the rural Malagasy world and meeting with farmers and their families; visit traditional Merina huts with their history; opportunity to participate in rural activities (cow milking, rice transplanting, vegetable growing, etc.); we will also see the production of silkworms using traditional tools (caterpillars, spinning and silk weaving). Picnic outdoors towards the end of the walk before joining the vehicle. Continuation of the southern road. After the mountains of Ankaratra, we will cross rice terraces inherited from the Indonesian culture. Stop at Ambositra the craft capital; a street in the city is dedicated to the wood carvers shops specialized in marquetry. The Artisan Hotel offers tasting of the national Malagasy dish, ”Romazava”, made with meat and brèdes. The rest of the journey, in the heart of the country Betsileo will take us to Ranomafana, one of the main national parks of the Big Island. Installation at the hotel Chez Gaspard. (260 kms stage, 6 hours).
Ranomafana - Fianarantsoa
Ranomafana, a forest-based park, covers 41,601 hectares. This protected area was declared a World Natural Heritage Site in 2007 in Atsinanana. It is home to a great wealth of endemic biodiversity. You will discover rare species of lemurs. The park is also the genetic reservoir of very rare and endemic plant species. It is traversed by many rivers, tributaries of the Namorona River; guided tour in the morning from 2 to 4 hours that you can adapt according to your physical condition. The afternoon continues quietly on Sahambavy, close to the tea plantations, located before the entrance to Fianarantsoa. Installation at the hotel on the edge of a laket”Lac Hôtel” (Step 60 kms – 1h30) Ranaomafana Park Detailed Sheet
Fianarantsoa - Ranohira (Isalo)
Visit of Sahambavy Tea Plantations ( sahambavy theicole ) and morning departure to Fianarantsoa. we cross the vineyards (possibility of wine tasting ”Lazan’ny Betsielo”) at Ambalavao. 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. The capital of zebu is also known for its factory Antaimoro Paper and beautiful silk weaving shop. At the South of the city, visiting the reserve Anja. This reserve was created by a villagers association that provides protection. The walks are between 45 minutes and 2 hours;we will see Catta lemurs. Continuation of the N7 south direction; the landscape becomes more desert. Crossing the plateau of Horombe. We move to Bara’s countries one the ethnic group of the Island, known for the breeding of zebu. Arrival late afternoon at Isalo, exceptional site in Western décor which presents a variety of majestic landscapes, impressive canyons, rock formations carved by erosion. Installation at the hotel Isalo Ranch. (Step 270 kms, 5 hours)
The Isalo National Park, criss-crossed by rivers and tributaries, covers 81,540 hectares. This ruiniform massif is a plateau of continental sandstone dating from the Jurassic. Heavily eroded, only witnesses fragmented by the sandy valleys and canyons remained. A truly exceptional show! There are several possible walking tours in the park. For example, you can take a walk in the morning and another in the afternoon or even make a complete loop during the day, a village association can prepare you a lunch in the middle of nature. We include 2 circuits that can be combined including:
– The natural pool ( Piscine Naturelle ): easy level, takes place in half a day, the water is very clear, you can swim there (fresh from June to August). From the pool, the park guide will take you to a lookout 10 minutes from the site (panoramic view of the Isalo)
– The waterfall of the Nymphs ( Cascade des Nymphes ): easy level up to the waterfall, it can be extended via rugged paths to the black and blue pools in the heart of lush vegetation.
Ranohira - Ifaty
Early morning departure towards Tulear, desert landscape where thorny plants emerge. Crossing villages gems of researchers which the more known is Ilakaka, which is Sapphire’s city. First glimpse of Baobabs and passing by Mahafaly country’s, overlooking the famous tombs of the same name, topped by large carved posts called ”Aloalo”. We visit the Arboretum of Antsokay which is located at the entrance to the South Tulear grouping typical flora and many endemic medicinal plants in Madagascar. Lunch advised at Tulear. It remains one small hour to reach the seaside resort of Ifaty. (Step 250 kms – 4h30). Hôtel Sur la Plage, Chez Cécile.
After 1,000 kms of journey, relax at the hotel that will offer you various activities: visit a forest of baobabs ( Reniala ), trip by dugout Vezo along the coral reef, diving, fishing, snorkeling, quad biking, the village of turtles … All these activities can be arranged on site. ( The Actvités with Yannick specialist excursionist in Ifaty )
Ifaty - Antananarivo
Transfer Tuléar Airport . Flight back to Antananarivo. End of our services.
Public rates 2020 in Euros TTC per person
|Nb Persons||Euros per person|
|Single Room supplement : 134 Euros|
Terms & Conditions
Confirmation by email of the present trip.
After Espace Mada confirmation of hotels availability, transport and eventual flights :
Deposit of 30% of the total amount plus the domestic flights by bank transfer or Oneline Payment.
Balance before departure in Tana :
- CB Visa or Master Card.
- or Euros Cash.
- Night base double room
- Touristic Stamps
- Half Board except in Tananarive base B and B
- Pic Nic Day 3
- Transfer aiprort – hotel day 1 and hotel – airport Tulear day 9
- 2WD car with english speaking driver from day 2 to 7
- Driver allowancies
- Come back vehicle empty to Tana
- Entrance and guiding fees in the sites and reserves (Tritriva, Ranomafana, Anja, Isalo, Arboretum)
- Guided Rural Balad around Manandona
- Drinks tips and extra
- Lunch except Day 3 included, dinner in Tananarive
- Domestic Flight Tulear – Tana and your international flight