On the national 7, Rice Terraces along the highlands
South Parks Reserves
Madagascar Tour : National 7 Parks and Reserves
Discovering Madagascar, the Merina and Betsileo beautiful landscapes, visit the main sites, ecotouristic areas ( Ranomafana primary forest, Andringitra – Tsaranoro Valley, Isalo ). The trip ends up on the Vezo coast at Ifaty. At the start ot at the end of the trip, an extension in Andasibe / Perinet National Park is possible ( Indri, Mantadia for example )
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- Vacation Style Holiday Type
- Activity Level Accessible à tous
- Group Size Large Group
Period : The Trip Parks and Nature Reserves of Madagascar is possible all year, for all, steps in the national parks are adapatbles.
Description : Tour with 4WD drived by an English speaking driver. Passing throughout the highlands characteristic of the Imerina and Bestileo’s ethics’ landscapes. Visit within the main parks and reserves of the south road : Primary Forest in Ranomafana, Andringitra ( Tsaranoro Valley ), Isalo National Park; at the end of the adventure a relax time on the beach of the west south coast of Ifaty the village of the Vezo ethnic.
Kind of accomodation : Level 2 star hotels private sanitories. Option 3 – 4 stars consult us
Availability : These tours are Always private, we adapt them in comparison with your dates. The trip can be shortened or lengthened depending on your wishes.
Domestic lights : we can book them ( via a national company “Tsaradia” ).
- Day 1 Antananarivo
Asssitance aiport and trasnfer to your hotel. accomodation at Résidence Lapasoa
- Day 2 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 to 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, 3h30)
- Day 3 Antsirabe - Ambositra - 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 Centrest. (260 kms stage, 5 hours).
- Day 4 Ranomafana - Sahambavy (before Fianarantsoa)
Ranomafana 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 rare species of lemur. 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 visit of typical village around 1h30 in the heart Tanala, located 15 kms south of Ranomafana which has 53 homes. We will visit a small royal palace, a school, a home. Meetings and exchanges with farmers and we will hear songs and see a traditional dances. Continuation to Sahambavy in the afternoon , near tea plantations, located before Fianarantsoa. Installation at the hotel beside a lake Lac Hotel (Step 60 kms – 1h30)
- Day 5 Fianarantsoa - Tsaranoro Valley ( Andringitra )
Visit of Sahamabvy Tea Plantation. Tour on the high city of Fianarantsoa; We will cross vineyards (possibility of tasting local wines -”Lazan’ny Betsielo”) to Ambalavao. If the stage falls on a Thursday, you can attend one of the largest markets in The Zebus: thousands of heads are sent twice a week. There is a special animation. The capital of zebu is also known as its Antaimoro Paper factory and its beautiful silk weaving shop. Visit the Anja Village Reserve (Catta Lemurs). At the exit of the village, we leave the national to take a track that leads to the Valley of the Tsaranoro on the edge of the Andringitra massif. Installation in Lodge located near huge cliffs. ( Stage of 130 kms, 3h30.)
- Day 6 Tsaranoro Valley ( Andringitra )
A guided tour in the Tsaranoro Valley. The walks are not lacking on the site and you can choose visits 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. You go down towards the village of Morarano to your accomodation site.
- Day 7 Tsaranoro Valley ( Andringitra ) - Ranohira
The road is a track before finding the N7 for around five hours: the landscape becomes more desert. Crossing the plateau of Horombe. We move to Bara’s countries one of the ethnic group of the Island, known for the breeding of zebu. Arrival at the end of the afternoon at Isalo, exceptional site in Western decor which presents a variety of majestic landscapes, impressive canyons, rock formations carved by erosion. Installation at the hotel. Isalo Ranch (Step 210 kms, 5 h)
- Day 8 Isalo
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 Nturelle ): 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.
- Day 9 Ranohira - Tuléar - 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. Hotel de la Plage. (Step 250 kms – 4h30).
- Day 10 Ifaty
Seaside stay to the hotel which offers various activities: visiting a baobab forest, output Vezo dugout along the coral reef, diving, fishing, snorkelling, quad biking, turtle village … All these activities can be arranged on site.
- Day 11 Ifaty - Tuléar - Tana
Tulear airport transfer. Flight to Tananarive. End of the trip Parks and Nature Reserves of Madagascar
Public Rates 2020 in Euros per person
|Number of Participants||Price per person|
|2||1 178 €|
|Single Room Supplement : 218 Euros|
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 or Online Payment.
Balance before departure inTana :
- CB Visa or Master Card,
- Euros Cash
- Double room accommodation
- Necessary tourist taxes
- Half-board except diners in Tana, Pic Nic Day 3
- 4WD with English speaking driver (from day 2 to day 9)
- Driver allowances
- Return of the car from Tulear to Tana
- Entry and guide fees within the parks and reserves(Tritriva, Tea Plantations, Ranomafana, Village Tanala, Andringitra Isalo, Arboretum)
- Rural Ballad at Manandona Day 3
- All transfer airport – hotel – airport
- Drinks, extra and tips, personal fees; Lunches excpet Day 3 included ; Diners in Antananarivo
- Domestic Flight Tulear – Tana class Découverte or Liberté ( * ); we can book them with service fees
- International Flights, Visa 35 Euros per person
Some waiting lists (especially during July to October) are released only 30 to 45 days before the date of the stay.