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TOUR ROUTES :
ANTANANARIVO – AMBATOLAMPY - ANTSIRABE - AMBOSITRA - RANOMAFANA - FIANANARANTSOA - AMBALAVAO - ISALO NATIONAL PARK - TULEAR.
Day 1 :
ANTANANARIVO - ANTSIRABE .
Day 2 :
ANTSIRABE – AMBOSITRA - RANOMAFANA NATIONAL PARK .
Day 3 :
TREKKING TO RANOMAFANA NATIONAL PARK .
Day 4 :
RANOMAFANA NATIONAL PARK - FIANARANTSOA - AMBALAVAO - ISALO NATIONAL PARK .
Day 5 :
TREK THROUGH A DOOR OPENED ON THE PAST AT ISALO NATIONAL PARK .
Day 6 :
STILL TREK FROM ISALO NATIONAL PARK BACK TO RANOHIRA VILLAGE .
Day 7 :
ISALO NATIONAL PARK - TULEAR .
PRICE FOR MID RANGE HOTEL OPTION : 1 890 Euro for 2 people . ( one double or twin room sharing option )
PRICE FOR LUXURY HOTEL OPTION : 2 040 Euro for 2 people . ( one double or twin room sharing option )
AMBATOLAMPY : is a city (commune urbaine) in the Vakinankaratra region, Madagascar which is 68 km south of tana by route national RN 7. It’s the largest town between the capital and Antsirabe. The town also has a BOA and BFV bank, a hospital, a pharmacy and petrol station. Ambatolampy is famous for metalwork (mainly cooking pots and kitchen utensils).
ANTSIRABE : is the third largest city in Madagascar and has a population of approximately 220,000. Due to its high altitude (about 1 500 m) temperatures are rather cool and very cold in winter! The template climate was probably the reason why Norwegian missioners chose this place to settle down in 1872. Its name means “where there is salt” honouring the large number of hot springs the town has, a fact that has given the city the nickname of “Malagasy Vichy”. The thermal baths had been long appreciated for their curative effects by the local population when French colonists decided to locate a thermal bath here in the 19th century. Antsirabe is also a pole for agribusiness, textile and tobacco industry. It is the home of Tiko (diary products) which is own the former president “ marc ravalomanana “, Star Brassieres (brewery), Cotona (textiles) and Kobama (grain).
AMBOSITRA : is the capital of the Amoron'i Mania region, and also in the Fianarantsoa Province. 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. Raffia products are particularly plentiful in this region.
RANOMAFANA NATIONAL PARK : 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’s located in the south eastern part of Madagascar in Fianarantsoa Province. With more than 41,600 hectares of moist forest climate, and secondary forest area at altitudes between 800m and 1.200m. The park is home to several rare species of flora and fauna including twelve lemur species. Aside from the golden bamboo lemur, visitors can spot eastern woolly lemur, red bellied lemur, eastern grey bamboo lemur, greater bamboo lemur, red-fronted brown lemur, black-and-white ruffed lemur, greater dwarf lemur and brown mouse lemur. Other mammals include 7 species of tenrecs, 8 bats and 6 carnivorous, like the Malagasy striped civet and some mongooses. The National Park Office and the entrance are located at the village of Ambodiamontana, about 6 km from Ranoamfana village. The guides are very well prepared and some of them speak fluent English.
FIANARANTSOA : is a city (commune urbaine) in south central Madagascar and is an old royal city which became in 1830 administrative capital of the region under the colonial power. It is at an average altitude of 1,200 metres and has a population of 230,225. Fianarantsoa means "Good education" in Malagasy. It is a cultural and intellectual centre 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. Like in Tana, old houses were in general built in the hills and the new ones were built in the valleys. The old upper town, the new town, where most shops are located and the train station district constitute the core of a city that has become almost unavoidable for any traveller heading to the South. The city of "good education" also boasts a university named after it and built in 1972. Fianarantsoa is considered to be the capital of wine in Madagascar, because of the presence of many wine industries in the city.
AMBALAVAO : The "Door to the South”, is situated south of Fianarantsoa. Ambalavao is remarkably one of the nicest cities of the highlands. Wednesdays the laidback atmosphere suddenly transforms as the town fills with cattle holders from the whole country that make all the way even from the distant Tulear to attend the biggest zebu market in Madagascar. Ambalavao as well is home to the renowned Antaimoro craft paper, which is beautifully decorated with dried flowers and leaves.
ANJA PARK : is unavoidable reserve and it’s about 13 km south of Ambalavao. It’s home to about 300 ring tailed lemurs or known as lemur catta. The reserve covers 8 ha and it’s rocky face and a bit of climbing.
RANOHIRA : is a town and commune in Madagascar. It belongs to the district of Ihosy, which is a part of Ihorombe Region in Fianarantsoa Province. It is the base for visiting the nearby and popular Isalo National Park, which is filled with varied and dramatic landscapes and terrains. The population of the commune was estimated to be approximately 12,000. It is also a site of industrial-scale mining.
ISALO NATIONAL PARK : Established in 1962, Isalo National Park is in Toliara Province of Madagascar. The park is known for its wide variety of terrain, including sandstone formations, deep canyons, palm-lined oases, and grassland. The closest town is Ranohira, and the closest city is Toliara. Isalo national park is home to 82 species of birds, 33 species of reptiles, 15 species of frogs and 14 species of mammals are all known to inhabit the area, including 3 different species of Lemur (Ring-Tailed Lemurs, Red-fronted Lemurs and Verreaux's Sifakas). 340 different species of fauna are known to be in the park as well. The climate is dry tropical with warm temperatures all year around.
TULEAR : is the last destination by the route national number 7 (RN7) and it’s different from the other regions by its climate (hotter and drier) and its original life style.
IFATY BEACH : is located about 25km north of Tulear with bad road which takes about two hours to drive there. There are numerous hotels, mainly built out of traditional materials. For travellers, this place is synonymous for relaxation and beautiful beaches, mostly welcomed after a long trekking tour. Indeed the beaches are beautiful and its closeness to Tulear, where most trips to the South end, make Ifaty a well worth trip to lay down on the beach and do some snorkelling. You might see hump back whales also in Ifaty during July to September.
ANAKAO BEACH : is a village of fishermen villages in the south of tolagnaro and is located on the tropic of Capricorn; on the wide sandy beach colourful pirogue are drawn from the sparkling water. Humpback whales pass up the cost between July and September on their breeding migration to warm water.
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