south(10 days/ 9 nights)

A classical south tour with a visit of the nationalparks Ranomafana and Isalo, then drive to the beautiful beach of Ifaty with interesting back land. Beach extension in Ifaty possible.

1st day: EUROPE – ANTANANARIVO 
Meeting at Ivato international airport and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel

2nd day: ANTANANARIVO – ANTSIRABE (169 km about 3,5 h drive)
After breakfast. Drive to the Lemurs’ park which is located 25 km of the capital city for a visit, 9 species of lemurs are jumping around freely. After the visit drive 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. – Stop in Ambositra for the visit of some Zafimaniry handicrafts centres: woodcarving. Continuation to Ranomafana. Check in at the hotel. Night walk along the road to try to see the nocturnal species of lemurs ( mouse lemurs ) and perhaps fossa ( the Malagasy “Puma” ). Back to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel

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 (visit 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 – IFATY (240 Km about 4 hour-drive + 27 Km about 1 hour-drive)
After breakfast, off to Tuléar along a straight road. The landscape is composed of dry forests, baobabs and some proudly decorated Mahafaly tombs. Arrival at Tuléar visit of the Arboretum with many species of endemic plants. Transfer to Ifaty –a seaside resort protected by a coral reef, on sandy road and through spiny bush. Overnight at the hotel.

8th day: IFATY
Day free for leisure at the beach, or a walk to the nearby fishermen village, or an optional visit of the Reniala reserve with its Baobab Trees, birds etc.. Overnight at the hotel.

9th day: IFATY – TULEAR – ANTANANARIVO (27 Km about 1,5 hour-drive)
Relax on the beach then transfer to the airport and flight to the capital city of Madagascar. Meeting at the airport, Transfer to the hotel and overnight.

10th day: ANTANANARIVO  – EUROPE
In the morning, excursion to Ambohimanga – a King‘s palace, 21km north of the city (UNESCO World heritage site). In the afternoon visit of the handcrafts market to buy some souvenirs. Day use at a hotel. Then transfer to the airport for the flight back to Europe.

TARIFFS PER PERSON

1 person SINGLE: 2265 Euro
2-3 people DOUBLE: 1250 Euro
4-5 people DOUBLE: 950 Euro
6-7 people DOUBLE: 855 Euro
Single supplement 325 Euro/person

Including:

  • All transfers to and from airport
  • Accommodation based on bed and breakfast at midclass hotels
  • Entrance tickets in parks and reserves (Ranomafana,, Anja, Isalo)
  • Service of local guides in parks and reserves
  • car rental from Antananarivo to Tulear with a driver, shuttle by 4wd car to Ifaty and back to Tulear
  • Driver’s indemnities and fuel
  • visit of the historical site of Ambohimanga and of the handcrafts market
  • tourist levy and VAT

Excluding

  • International flights and their taxes
  • Domestic flight with airport taxes from Tuléar to Antananarivo 250 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)
  • other meals and drinks
  • water sports, diving and visit of the Reniala reserve or other excursions in Ifaty
  • Personal expenditures
  • Personal insurance for eventualities like accidents, theft or damage to luggage, cancellation etc
Supplement for guide escort from the agency 600 Euro to be shared by participants (without Ifaty)
Supplement for best hotels DOUBLE: 365 Euro/person
SINGLE: 630 Euro/person
Supplement in best hotels for Half board: 135 Euro
Full board: 265 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** / Hotel Tamboho ***
Antsirabe / Chambres du voyageur** / Plumeria ***
Ranomafana / Centr’est** / Setam Lodge*** (Setam lodge on half board base compulsory)
Fianarantsoa / Villa Sylvestre** / Zomatel*** new wing
Ranohira / Isalo Ranch** / Isalo Rock Lodge**** on half board
Ifaty / Hotel de la plage** /Paradisier*** suite
Antananarivo /Lapasoa** / Hotel Tamboho ***