South and Morondava

south-and-morondava

(12 days/ 11 nights)

At the beginning classical southern tour, with a trip to Ranomafana and Isalo nationalparks. Then, flight to Morondava and  drive by 4wd car through the famoused Baobab Alley and visit of the Kirindy reserve.

 

1st day: EUROPE – ANTANANARIVO
Meeting at Ivato international airport and transfer to the city. City-sightseeing including a visit of the Lemur’s park. Overnight at the hotel.

2nd day: ANTANANARIVO – ANTSIRABE (169 km about 3 h drive)
Breakfast and continuation to Antsirabe through a landscape composed mainly of mountains and rice fields. Tour of the “Town of Water”: so called because of its numerous thermal springs and the existence of two crater lakes . Visit of a workshop where they make miniatures from recycled materials. Overnight at the hotel.

3rd day: ANTSIRABE – RANOMAFANA (240 km about 5 h drive)
After breakfast, drive to Ranomafana – a national park of rain forest which is home to various species of lemurs such as the golden bamboo lemurs, brown lemurs, birds, chameleons, frogs. Stop in Ambositra for the visit of some Zafimaniry handicrafts centres: woodcarving. Continuation to Ranomafana. After check-in at the hotel, night walk along the road to try to spot nocturnal species of animals, with some luck you can see mouse lemurs, chameleons etc.. Back to the hotel.and Overnight.

4th day : RANOMAFANA – FIANARANTSOA (85 km about 1,5 h drive)
After breakfast, visit of the some 40’000 hectares big Nationalpark with its lemurs, chameleons, spiders, frogs, varieties of orchids and medicinal plants. Only in 1986 was discovered the golden Bamboo lemurs here, and there are more than 100 species of birds. This walk takes around 3 to 4 hours, and goes mostly on trails, sometimes a bit steep up and down, and sometimes you’ll go off the paths and into the forest to spot the lemurs, it’s a bit exhausting and requires endurance and agility. After lunch, off to Fianarantsoa – the capital of the Betsileo tribe.
Overnight at the hotel.

5th day : FIANARANTSOA – RANOHIRA (295 km about 5,5 h drive)
Early departure to Ranohira. Stop in Ambalavao – the commercial centre of the southern Betsileo region, renowned for its folks, arts and crafts – to visit the “Antemoro Paper” factory (not possible on Sundays). This paper is a delicate, handmade, flower-decorated paper made of the fibres of the tree called “Avoha”. Another stop 12km south of Ambalavao to visit the Anja park, where you can see on a walk of around two hours on a little bumpy tracks, but not steep, some families of ring-tailed Katta lemurs in their natural surroundings. Continuation to Ranohira. Overnight at the hotel.

6th day : RANOHIRA
Morning trek inside the Isalo National Park to discover on a walk of around three to five hours on sometimes bumpy tracks, at some parts a bit steep, the massif of Isalo, its ruin like sandstones, canyons, endemic fauna and flora (Lemurs and endemic plants such as Pachypodium , aloes,..) and to swim in its natural pool. Back to the hotel and Overnight.

7th day : RANOHIRA – TULEAR (240 km about 4 h drive)
After breakfast, off to Tuléar along a straight road. The landscape is composed of high bushes, thick gallery forests and some proudly decorated Mahafaly tombs. Visit of the Arboretum with many species of endemic plants, overnight at the hotel.

8th day: TULEAR – ANTANANARIVO
After breakfast, you will be driven to the airport for a flight back the capital city. On arrival, you will be picked up and driven to the hotel for overnight.

9th day: Antananarivo – MORONDAVA (flight only three to four times a week, so arrival for tour has to be adapted accordingly)
Breakfast and transfer to the airport for flight to Morondava. Meeting at the airport and transfer to the city. Overnight at the hotel.

10th day: MORONDAVA – KIRINDY – MORONDAVA
Visit of the Kirindy dry forest reserve on a walk of about 1,5 to 3 hours, on mostly flat trails, to see its lemurs, snakes, fossa etc. On the way back stop to admire the beauty of the famous Baobab Avenue during sunset. Overnight at the hotel.

11th day: MORONDAVA –  ANTANANARIVO (flight only three to four times per week, tour must be adapted accordingly)
Transfer to the airport for flight back to the capital. On arrival, you will be transferred to the capital city for overnight.

11th day: ANTANANARIVO – EUROPE
After breakfast, visit of the handicraft market with many handmade items made from wood, leather, stone, natural fibres etc. . Then transfer to the airport for the flight back to Europe.

TARIFFS PER PERSON:

1 person

SINGLE: 2525 Euro

2-3 people DOUBLE: 1390 Euro
4-5 people DOUBLE: 1080 Euro
6-7 people DOUBLE: 990 Euro
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT 380 Euro

Including:

  • Airport transfers
  • Midrange accommodation on bed and breakfast Basis
  • Car rental with fuel, driver and driver’s indemnities
  • Park and reserve fees
  • Service of park or reserve guides
  • Visit of the handicraft market
  • Tourist levy and VAT

Excluding:

  • International flights with their airport taxes
  • Domestic flights with airport taxes: Tuléar- Antananarivo, Antananarivo – Morondava – Antananarivo: about 770 Euro per person without reduction, if flying long haul with MD, tariff will be reduced.
  • Visa fee (80’000 Ariary (around 24 to 27 € depending on exchange rate) for a stay up to 30 days)
  • All other drinks and meals
  • Personal expenditures
  • Personal insurance for eventualities like accidents, theft or damage to luggage, cancellation etc
Supplement for a guide from the agency 1375 Euro (to be shared by particpants)
Supplement for best hotels DOUBLE: 435 Euro /person
SINGLE:  720 Euro
Supplement in best hotels for Half board: 155 Euro
Full board:  295 Euro

Planned hotels for this tour (subject to availability, other hotels are possible, tariff may have to be adjusted):
Name of city / Standard hotel/ best hotel
Antananarivo /Lapasoa** / Tamboho Hotel*** Sup room
Antsirabe / Chambres du voyageur** / Royal palace*** std room
Ranomafana / Centr’est** / Setam Lodge*** (Setam lodge on half board base compulsory)
Fianarantsoa / Villa Sylvestre** / Tsara Guest house*** room with king size bed
Ranohira / Isalo Ranch** / Isalo Rock Lodge**** on half board
Tulear / Victory*** /Moringa*** suite
Antananarivo /Lapasoa** / Tamboho Hotel*** Sup room
Morondava / Renala au sable d’or** / Palissandre Côte Ouest****
Antananarivo /Lapasoa** / Tamboho Hotel*** Sup room