THE SOUTH : UNUSUAL ENCOUNTER

Day 1 : Antananarivo – Antsirabe(165 km : 3h to 4h30 with stops)

Weak up & Breakfast at 09H00. Let’s meet our guide tour for the briefing about the trip. Departure to the south part og the big island : the mytik national 07. We get at the first spa town the Madagascar. Throughout the country landscape villages, we will see some of typical teracce of ricefields especially in the malagasy highlands. We may have a stp to visit a smelter foundry relates to a method for providing plastic cookware. Free lunch on the way. Arriving in Antsirabe the capital of Vakinankaratra, wich is situated in the central highlands of Madagascar. The region covers an area of 16,599 km2 (6,409 sq mi), making it the third least extensive region in Madagascar. It borders the region of Bongolava in the northwest, Itasy in the north, Analamanga in the northeast, Alaotra Mangoro and Atsinanana in the east, Amoron’i Mania in the south, and Menabe to the west. This town is regarded as the ‘pousse-pousse‘ capital (rickshaw)
Diner & night at your hotel

DAY 2 : ANTSIRABE

Antsirabe is known for its relatively cool climate (as the rest of the central region of the country), its industry and the high concentration of pulled rickshaws . You may rent a bike the the city tour, the hot spring city with its rickshaws, semiprecious stones, lakes… Limestone and sulphur were exploited can be visited.
The city was founded by Norwegian missionary T.G. Rosaas in 1872 as a hill station to serve as a retreat centre because of the much cooler climate. The thermal baths were opened in 1917. The city has the nicknames ville d’eau (‘city of water’ in French) and visy gasy or le Vichy malgache (‘the Malagasy Vichy’ in Malagasy and French respectively), referring to the presence of multiple thermal springs in the area.
Several water-filled craters are found in the area around Antsirabe, including Lake Tritriva to the south-west. There are hot springs which are utilised by the Ranomafana thermal bath in the city.
Diner & night at your hotel.

DAY 3 : Antsirabe – Ambositra – Fianarantsoa (230 km winding road 5h to 6h00 with stops)

Ambositra is the capital of the Amoron’i Mania region, and of Ambositra District. It is the centre of Madagascar’s’ wood-carving industry due to the presence of the Zafimaniry tribe, a subgroup of the Betsileo tribe. There are many shops selling wooden boxes, chessboards and figurines : belongs to world heritage. Free lunch. Estimate arrival in Fianrantsoa at 17H30. It was built in the early 19th century by the Merina as the administrative capital for the newly conquered Betsileo kingdoms. Fianarantsoa means “Good education” in Malagasy. It is a cultural and intellectual center for the whole island. It is home to some of the oldest Protestant and Lutheran cathedrals on the island, the oldest theological seminary (also Lutheran), as well as the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Fianarantsoa.Fianarantsoa is considered to be the capital of wine in Madagascar, because of the presence of many wine industries in the city.
Diner & night at your hotel.

DAY 4: Fianarantsoa – Ranomafana – Ambalavao (170 km : winding road one wayr : 1h30 return : 3h30)

Earlier in the morning, weak up at 05H30AM, on the way to Ranomafana, the second spa town of the Island.
Ranomafana National Park is in the southeastern part of Madagascar, tropical rainforest, it is home to several rare species of flora and fauna including the golden bamboo lemur, the greater bamboo lemur, black and white ruffed lemur and Milne-Edwards sifaka, and over 130 species of frogs. The park was established in 1991 with the purpose of conserving the unique biodiversity of the local ecosystem and reducing the human pressures on the protected area. It is part of the World Heritage Site Rainforests of the Atsinanana. The most important crops are bananas and rice, while other important agricultural products are pineapple and cassava.
On the way back to Ambalavao The city is in the most southern part of the Central Highlands, according to the timing we may visit the famous paper introduced by the Arabs
Diner & night at your hotel.

DAY 5: Ambalavao – Ranohira (240 km : asphalt 5h to 6h00 with stops)

Breakfast and go to reach Ranohira. It belongs to the district of Ihosy, which is a part of Ihorombe Region. It is also a site of industrial-scale mining. The majority 85% of the population of the commune are farmers, while an additional 10% receives their livelihood from raising livestock. The most important crop is rice, while other important products are peanuts and cassava. We will put you in intimate contact with a delectable reality, landscape and culture that will catapult your imagination to a higher brow and leave you yearning for a comeback
Diner & night at your hotel.

DAY 6: Isalo National park

All day for the exploration : according to your fitness. Différent local tours inside the park are available and proposed :

  • Canyon des Makis, canyon des rats…
  • Cascade des nymphes
  • La piscine naturelle
  • Grottes des Portugais

Free lunch
Diner & night at your hotel.

DAY 7: Ranohira – Tuléar – Ifaty / Anakao(250 km : aphalt 5h to 6h00 with stops)

Breakfast and on the way to reach the capital of the Atsimo-Andrefana region, located 936 km southwest of national capital Antananarivo. The landscape changes to savannah & bush. Toliara is located on a broad coastal plain, surrounded by dunes and mangroves, near the Tropic of Capricorn in the Mozambique Channel. Free lunch. A nearby barrier reef (the Great Reef) is 18 km long and 3 km wide. The beach area is extended by an underwater beach along the continental shelf that slopes gently seaward. To the north lies the Delta Fiherenana.
Diner & night at your hotel.