Tour Offer Tana Tulear Fort Dauphin
The N7 combined with the Fort Dauphin track
Unusual Trip ; discovery of the highlands across the country Betsileo to the Vezo Coast, followed by a 4×4 route from Tulear to Fort Dauphin via Itampolo, Lavanono, Cape Sainte Marie and Berenty.
The Strengths of this offer
. Variety of national parks and nature reserves: Ranomafana, Tsaranoro, Isalo, Tsimanenpetsoa, Berenty and Nahampoana.
. Fort Dauphin: a privileged climate between sea and mountain
. The Trail from Tulear to Fort Dauphin: wild, surprising. You’ll wonder how the driver gets there among the different accesses (They have a GPS in their head)
. Turtle Battalions between Ambola and Itampolo
. An impressive arrival at the Lavanono site; 180-degree panorama guaranteed! The Talinjoo hotel, an architect’s masterpiece!
Questions about the tour
. When? The dry season from May to October; other months are more delicate, the risk of rain and some rivers could be impassable
. Shorten the circuit? Yes you will be suggested to keep the 2nd part of the track as it is and to shorten the national route 7
. If we stay more time in Fort Dauphin what are the options? Go to Sainte Luce, beautiful fishing village site, hike in the morning at Pic Saint Louis, enjoy the Spa of the Talinjo hotel and its swimming pools
. Possible flights from Fort Dauphin on Reunion Without Passing Through Tananarive? : consult us according to the Air Madagascar / Air Austral offers.
. Will the kids take the trail trips? generally yes, they will have guaranteed memories.
. Don’t we want to do the trail, alternative? Fly from Tulear to Fort Dauphin and take our extension Fort Dauphin and Around
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Accessible à tous
Group Size Large Group
Period / Level : dry season from late May to late October. Easy from Tananarive to Tulear; difficult but wild and surprising trail to reach Fort Dauphin.
Hotel Category : Category 2 stars; very decent establishments favouring hospitality and quality of catering. Easier hotels on the track ( Itampolo).
Vehicules / Transport : Assistance as well as transfers to airports are included. Type 4×4 model long chassis Toyota or Patrol with driver ( english spekaing ) mastering the route.
Availibility : Custom / Privtae Tour , flexible and adaptable depending on your dates.
Flights : We can book domestic flights in collaboration with the company Tsaradia.
Meet our team at the airport and transfer to the hotel Lapasoa
Antananarivo - Antsirabe
Picked up at your hotel by your driver who can take you to the upper town to admire the view of Antananarivo ( Haute Ville ). Then, departing for the town of Antsirabe, you will stop along the way to Behenjy famous for its foie gras, and to Ambatolampy known for its artisanal manufactures of aluminum objects including pots. Continuation direction Antsirabe: the landscape and the environment reveal rich laterite lands, typical Imerina villages, Catholic or Protestant churches, lively markets. Arrival in Antsirabe, installation at your hotel. Then exit to Tritriva Lake located at 15 kms western 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 your hotel Chambre du Voyageur. (Step 170 kms, 3h30)
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 (rice transplanting, cow milking, 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, you 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 Gapsard” . (260 kms stage, 6 hours).
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 even the genetic reservoir of rare and some endemic plant species. It is traversed by various rivers that are tributaries of the river Namorona; visit from 2 to 4 hours. ( you 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)
Fianarantsoa - Andringitra
Tour on the high city of Fianarantsoa; You 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, you 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 Tsara Camp. ( Stage of 130 kms, 3h30 )
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 should be carefull , reaching the edge where you can enjoy the scenery while at leisure. You go down towards the village of Morarano to your Lodge.
Andringitra - Ranohira (Isalo)
The road is a track before finding the National Road 7 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)
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 real 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 tours 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.
Ranohira (Isalo) - Anakao
Deaprture early morning from Ranohira; we have to be at Tolaria before 10 am to catch the boat for Anakao. Boat Transfer. Installlation at the hôtel closed to the beach. Longo Vezo ( 215 kms / 3h30 )
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 Gite Sud Sud. ( Step of 140 kms – 6 hours )
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 Lodge : 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 - Cap Sainte Marie - Lavanono
Departure in the morning to reach Cape Sainte Marie. Visit the site. Lunch is available on site. Return to the hotel after the visit. (Stage: 40 kms – 1:30)
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 Kms – around 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 Kms – 03h30). Talinjoo Hotel and Spa
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 Fort Dauphin airport. Flight to Tananarive. End of our Services.
Embarcadère de Ramena
Public rates 2020 of the Tour
|Nb Persons||Euros per person|
|2||2 150 €|
|3||1 785 €|
|4||1 606 €|
|Single Room supplement : 451 Euros|
Booking / Payment
Email confirmation of the present trip.
After Espace Mada confirmation for availabilities ( hotels, transport and flights ) : 30 % deposit is asked plus domestic flights by bank transfer or Online Payment.
Balance before departure in Tananarive :
- CB Visa or Master Card
- Euros Cash
- Accommodation on double room
- Necessary tourist taxes.
- Half board basis excepted in Antananarivo base B and B
- Pic nic lunch during the excursion on Lakaro Bay the 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 to Tananarive
- Excursions Manandona, Ranomafana, Tanala Village, Andringitra ( Tsaranoro Valley ), Isalo, Arboretum Antsokay, Tsimananpetsotsa, Cap Sainte Marie Berenty, Lokaro, Nahampoana
- 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.