The landscapes of the Hauts Plateaux, Antsirabe and hiking around the village of Manandona (Mount Ibity and the waterfall), Ranomafana National Park, Ambalavao and the small park of Anja, Andringitra National Park, hiking through the park national park of Isalo, the southern savannah, Tulear.
A representative from Ortour will welcome you at Ivato international airport, and then you will be transferred in your private car heading to your hotel for overnight at Louvre (Top) or Chalet des Roses (high-midrange), or Hotel Tripolitsa (high-midrange), in BB.
Antananarivo – Antsirabe – Manandona
After breakfast, this morning we drive toward the national route RN7, through the high plateau’s mountainous and rice field landscape passing by Antsirabe and then heading to Manandona where we will start our hike . We will be trekking along this area while meeting local people, interacting with them in hope to learn about their culture and what they do in their daily activities. In addition to spectacular landscapes: waterfalls, natural pools, caves, the massif is home to famous cultural sites: royal tombs, the tomb of the Vazimba, Rova (Royal Palace), and some local weaving shops will be scheduled as well. Overnight at Gite Bakobako (homestay)
Visit the water fall and the mount Ibity
Morning walk to the water fall and the mount Ibity, this is the fourth highest Mountain in Madagascar, Located 25 km from the city of Antsirabe, behind a rocky and spectacular landscape, the Massif d’Ibity is currently part of one of the major sites of the Vakinankaratra region. It is renowned for its rich flora, fauna, geology and culture.
More than 280 plant species have been recorded in the Ibity massif to date, among them, three endemic families: Astoropelacae, Kaliphorecae, Sarcolaenaceae (see: Endemic flora of the Ibity massif).
Also rich in fauna, there are mammals, birds, invertebrates, amphibians and reptiles such as “The Furcifer” which is one of the best known endemic species of Ibity (see: Endemic fauna of the Massif d ‘Ibity).
The summit of Massif d’Ibity, culminating at 2,254 m, is the highest of the rocky outcrops in Madagascar. The Massif d’Ibity contains semi-precious stones mainly quartz, beryl and tourmaline.
Then, we depart to Ambositra through the national road number 7, in Ambositra. Ambositra is famous and the capital of wood carvings in Madagascar, gaining an international reputation and heritage where the local Zafimaniry tribe is undeniably keen on wood work for carving, producing sculptures and marquetry..Settle in your hotel, at Violette or Artisan, in BB.
Ambositra – Ranomafana
Morning visit in workshops, and then you can have some time for shopping and bring home some elegant souvenirs at a few craft shops. This is the best place to buy products made from raffia, woodcarving or even some products made from zebu horn, drive from Ambositra to Ranomafana through the national road number 7 and number 25 . On the way we stop half an hour at Namorona Waterfall, this around 9 km before reach Ranomafana. Arrive in Ranomafana in the afternoon , relax at the hot spring swimming pool or visit the surrounding village of Antanala tribe .Overnight in : Top Hotel: hotel Thermal or Setam Lodge in HB or in midrange Hotel: Grenat hotel or Karibo hotel in BB
Ranomafana visit – Ambalavao – Anja – Ambalavao
After breakfast a half day exploration of the famous Ranomafana Park. It is a very dense forest with green lush vegetation, a mountainous area reaching 1300 m of altitude, certainly possessing a great deal amount of flora and fauna unique in the world with wide varieties of orchids, carnivorous plants, harboring at least 12 species of lemurs including the golden bamboo, greater bamboo, Milne Edward’s Sifaka; also, there are 118 species of birds and 8 species of bats, as well as many rodents, reptiles, batrachians, spiders and butterflies. After the visit, get into the 4wd and drive to Ambalavao pass by Fianarantsoa.And then, drive south reaching Anja community reserve. Visit this protected reserve extending over 30 hectares, enriched with an amazing ecological wealth of flora and fauna, most notably a home of the ring tail lemur population.
Overnight at the Tsihenimpary Lodge or the hotel Bougainvillée in BB.
Ambalavao – Andringitra
Morning visit at the Antemoro paper factory, a paper fabric made from bark of the mulberry tree called ‘Avoha’ (Bosqueia danguyana), introduced in Madagascar in the XVth century by the first Arab settlers.
And then, back in the car and drive to Andringitra National Park. This is the first day for trek reaching the ‘Diavolana circuit’. Full-day hikes, steep ups and downs requiring a high level of fitness. Activities include extended treks of 7 or more hours a day at altitude and over steep terrain. A good chance to behold the beautiful waterfalls (Rian-dahy&Riam-bavy).The Diavolana hike shows the real beauty of Andringitra National Park; also, it is called the moon landscape due to its view on rock formation and landscape .Camping and night in a tent, in FB
Andringitra (Pic Bobby ascent)
Trekking further high reaching the ‘Pic Bobby’. Leave in the morning around 8 a.m. The ascent to the Pic Bobby might take 2 to 3 hours hike depending of your pace. This offers a nice overview of Isalo Park and panorama on smooth granite blocks and the rice paddies of the Betsileo tribe. ‘Pic Bobby’ is the second highest peak in the island reaching Imarivolanitra, literally means close to the sky offering a superb view and a breathtaking panorama on smooth granite blocks dominated by nice landscape of terraced rice paddies of the Betsileo tribe. Then, spend some time up there and take lunch at spot; then Camping and night in a tent, in FB.
So you have one another days trek to explore the valley of Tsaranoro, The massif of Tsaranoro is not any more reserved for the world elite in climbing. There are actually about thirty open routes with a difficulty level varying from 3 to 8. From beginners who will have the opportunity to take their first steps to high skilled climbers, the Massif of Tsaranoro is for you. Rock climbing a few minutes away from the Camp, in the heart of the Tsaranoro sacred forest, following the guide or setting off in search of adventure, to win new rocks. So if you need other activity; the hotel Camp Catta can arrange it for you.Overnight in Camp catta in BB.
Andringitra – Isalo
Drive to Isalo National Park along the R7 you will pass the beautiful landscape of bishop’s hat. Arrive in Ranohira before dark, visit at the window of Isalo at the sunset .Overnight at Top Hotel: Relais de la Reine or Isalo Rock Lodge in HB or in Midrange Hotel: Orchidée hotel or Isalo Ranch in BB.
The plan of today is hiking in Isalo National Park following the famous Namaza trail. First, stop at ‘Piscine Naturelle’ where you can spend few moments swimming. Don’t forget your gear! Then, another 4 km hike leading to the camping site where you can take your picnic lunch or you can return to village to have a lunch. . After lunch, extend your hike along the sheltered canyons reaching the ‘Piscine Bleue and Noire’ called the cascade trail. There is a good chance to see flocks of ring tails, red fronted browns, the so-called dancing Sifaka and so much more. Isalo, covered with 82 000 ha, created in 1962, is the home of the endemic bird known as ‘Benson’s Rock thrush’; actually, there are 77 species of birds, 14 species of nocturnal lemurs, 98 species of amphibians and reptiles. Overnight at: Top Hotel: Relais de la Reine or Isalo Rock Lodge in HB or in Midrange Hotel: Orchidée hotel or Isalo Ranch in BB.
Isalo – Tuléar – Ifaty
The distance from Ranohira to Ifaty is 295 km. Long drive toward the south west (Tuléar), capital of the Vezo fishing people. Along the way, just right after the Zombitse National Park, there are plenty of baobabs that can be used as water reservoir for the local inhabitants. Between Tuléar and Sakaraha is the famous big Mahafaly tombs, particularly interesting because of the displays representing the daily life of the deceased; while arriving in Tuléar, settles for lunch, and then continue driving to Ifaty. Overnight at: Top Hotel: Le Paradisier in BB.High-midrange Hotel: Hotel Belle Vue or Ifaty beach in BB
You have the morning to explore activities from the hotel. Afternoon guided walk to explore the fascinating floristic spiny forest (octopus trees, euphorbia, baobabs, pachypodiums, moringas, etc), sharing its habitat with other species of animals; amongst those include lemurs, the only place that attracts birders in search of the running coua, Madagascar Harrier Hawk, and many Vanga species. Its magnificent offshore reefs invite exploration that allows local diving centre to run smoothly. Ifaty is a nice place for snorkeling with great view of the coral reefs. Between June and August, humpback whales can be observed off Ifaty’s beautiful white beaches. Overnight at: Top Hotel: Le Paradisier in BB.High-midrange Hotel: Hotel Belle Vue or Ifaty beach in BB.
You have a day relax on the beach, Overnight at: Top Hotel: Le Paradisier in BB.
High-midrange Hotel: Hotel Belle Vue or Ifaty beach in BB.
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