Tana Tulear Fort-Dauphin
ITINERARY TANA TULEAR FORT DAUPHIN
Adventure Trip in Madagascar : discover highlands till Vezo Coast, 4 WD raid from Tulear to Fort Dauphin.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Accessible à tous
Group Size Large Group
Periode : June till end October. Level: Accessible to all, difficult trail on the second part.
Hotel Category : 2 * * ; more basic on the trail Tulear – Fort Dauphin ( Itampolo only one choice ).
Vehicules / Transport : All transfers airport are included. for the trip a 4WD véhicule 4×4 with english speaking driver.
Availibility : Private trips, We adapt it with your dates.
Flights : We can book domestic flghts.
Meet our team at the airport and transfer to the hotel Lapasoa
Antananarivo - Antsirabe
Your driver picks you up at the hotel,we can start the trip by visiting the uptown and admire the capital city. Then we head to the ”thermal town” of Antsirabe, down the road we stop at the village of Behenjy which is famous for its ”foie gras”, Ambatolampy known for its artisanal factories of aluminum objects like canner. Continuation to Antsirabe: the landscape and the environment reveal rich land laterite, villages Imerina, Catholic and Protestant churches, lively markets. Arrived at Antsirabe, installation at the hotel. Depending on time we can exit to Tritriva lake located 15 kms west of town.It is one of the great lakes rather mysterious crater whose shape evokes map of Madagascar. This lake has also its legend: two lovers whose the parents refused the marriage and ended their day by drowning together. Back to the hotel. (Step 170 km, 3h30). Chambre du Voyageur.
Antsirabe - Ranomafana
Breakfast at the hotel and city tour: we will visit a particular miniatures shops (rickshaws, bicycle, trucks). The gem (amethyst, tourmaline, garnet …) are one of the main attractions of Antsirabe. The craftsman ”Chez Joseph” may make cutting demonstrations gems. Continuation of the road South. After Ankaratra’s mountains, we cross of the cultural heritage rice field terraces Indonesian. Stop in Ambositra the artisanal capital ; one street of the city is dedicated to shops sculptors on Wood specialized in marqueteire. Advised lunch at ”Artisan Hotel” to savor the Malagasy dish. Romazava ”meat and leafy vegetables. Continuing the road in the heart of Betsileo which will take us to Ranomafana one of the main national parks of the Big Island. Installation at the hotel. (Step 230 km, 5 h). Chez Gaspard.
Ranomafana - 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 (Step 60 km – 1h30). Lac Hotel.
Fianarantsoa - Andringitra
Visit of the tea plantations at Sahambavy then we head to Fianarantsoa, ride on the upper town; we will cross the vineyards (possibility of wine tasting ”lazan’ny Betsileo”) up to 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 reigns there. The capital of zebu is also known for its factory Antaimoro Paper and beautiful silk weaving … At the exit of the village, we leave the national to take a track that leads to Tsaranoro Valley bordering the massif Andringitra. Bungalow Installation (Camp Catta) or Lodge (Tsara Camp) near huge cliffs. (Step 130 km, 3h30). Camp Catta or Tsara Camp.
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, and join your site hosting.
Andringitra - Ranohira (Isalo)
The road is a track before finding the N7 for aournd five hours: the landscape becomes more desert. Crossing the plateau Horombe. We move to Bara’s countries one the ethnic group of the Island, known for the breeding of zebu. Arrival late in the 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. (Step 210 km, 5 h). Isalo Ranch.
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)
– The canyon of rats and maki : Middle level, average 20 kms drive from Ranohira, We will reach a wide steep canyons with many palm trees and bamboos . We can see the Makis ”lemur”; it is advisable to be well protected sun for this circuit.
Ranohira (Isalo) - Tuléar (Toliary)
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. Installation at the hotel. City tour in the afternoon, we can visit the market for shells or a show room Mohair carpet (Step 215 kms – 4 hours) Hôtel Escapade.
Tuléar (Toliary) - Anakao
In the morning, transfer by boat to Anakao (1 hour 30 minutes crossing). Installation at the hotel. Anakao is a vezo fishermen villages within a framework of beaches and turquoise waters. Longo Vezo
Relaxing stay at the hotel in Anakao which offers serveral types of activities like : a Vezo pirogue trip along the reef up to the small island of Nosy Ve (we can admire the Phaethon), diving, fishing, snorkelling or kite surfing.
Anakao - Itampolo
Sandy good track to join Ambola via Beheloka along the coast. Before arrival at Ambola , visit of the national park of Tsimanampetsotsa. The visit of the lake will take 03 hours, the first high point is the lake side enjoying the pink flamingo colony. The second high site is the blind endemic fish cave’s to join by a short walk within the dry forest (numerous baobab). The third high point is the panoramic view point of the lake. Back to Ambola. and drive to Itampolo. Night in basic hotel. ( Step of 140 kms – 6 hours ). Gite Sud Sud.
Itampolo - Lavanono
Trail to reach Lavanono ( around 6 /7 hours driving ) We will see many Mahafaly Tombs, We enter in Androy Country. We cross the lake Linta, then we will have 15 difficult kms of rocky track surrounded with cactus. Arrival in the middle of the afternoon at Lavanono : 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 - Berenty
Continuation on an off road to Tsihombe, then Ambovombe from where the asphalted road will reappear as well as the cell net work.( after around 03 hours 30 munites drive).Possibility of having lunch in a local restaurant. After 02 hours of drive arrival at Berenty. ( Step 215 Km – environ 7h). Gite de Berenty
Berenty - Fort Dauphin
In the morning visit of the private reserve of Berenty. A large family of ring tailed lemurs and Sifaka live on liberty around the Lodge and could be spotted easily. One hour walk on the shadows of the gallery’s forest of Berenty and discovering birds, chameleons and the strange dry spiny forest. Visit of the sisal treatment and the Androy’s ethnic museum to find out the daily life style of this ethnic and their customs and tradition. In the afternoon continuation to Fort Dauphin. (Step: 114 Km – 03h30). Hotel Talinjo
Leave the hotel around 7 . 7:30. Very beautiful excursion to Lokaro Bay and Evatra Village. 2 kms by car to join the 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.
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.
Fort Dauphin - Antananarivo
Transfer airport. Flight to Tananarive. End of our Services.
Embarcadère de Ramena
Public rates 2019 in Euros TTC per person
|Nb Persons||Euros per person|
|2||2 074 €|
|3||1 709 €|
|4||1 532 €|
|Single Room supplement : 435 Euros|
Booking / Payment
Confirmation by email of the present trip.
After Espace Mada confirmation of availabilities hotels, transport and flights: Deposit of 30% of the total amount plus domestic flights by bank transfer
Balance before departure in Tana :
- 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
- Accommodation on double room
- Necessary tourist taxes.
- Half board basis except in Tana base B and B
- Pic nic lunch during the excursion on Lakaro Bay day 17.
- 4WD with and English speaking driver from day 02 to day 15.
- Indemnity and daily fees of the driver
- Return back of the vehicle from Fort Dauphin
- Excursions Ranomafana, Andringitra, Isalo, Arboretum Tulear, Tsimananpetsotsa, Berenty, Nahampoana, Lokaro
- Entrances and guides fees on the above mentioned parks and reserves.
- All needed transfers hotels – airport – hotels.
- Drinks, extras and tips, Lunches, diner in Tana
- Activities in Anakao
- Domestic air ticket : Fort Dauphin – Tana
- International air tickets.