This is a great classic , a tour you can enjoy all year long. In less than 10 days, you will discover the essentials of this big island. Along a mythic national road heading to the Southern part of the island you will experience the different micro climates, the unique and diverse fauna and flora before ending the tour on the white sand beaches of Ifaty.
Day : 1 Arrive in Antananarivo, and discover the City of the Thousand
Discover Antananarivo, its history and its busy colourful streets. A visit to the Old City, the palace of the Queen, will introduce you to the architecture and urbanism of this particular city. An introduction to the delectable cuisine of Madagascar and the islands of the Indian Ocean is also on the menu.
Day : 2 Crossing the highlands; Antananarivo- Antsirabe – Ambositra
Our highland crossing into the region of Betsileo brings you to the first stop in the town of Ambositra, famous for its workshops and Zafimaniry Wood Carvings. We spend the night here.
Day 3: Ambositra – Ranomafana
We are heading to Ranomafana rainforest. Once you get there, we will do a night visit of the rainforest to find nocturnal animals such as chameleons, frogs and species of lemurs.
Day 4: Ranomafana National Park – Fianarantsoa.
An early morning wake up will take you in the trails of the rainforest with some park rangers to discover lemurs and different wildlife in their natural habitat. Finishing the visit around before lunch time, we move to the old town of Fianarantsoa perched onto the hills with its beautiful traditional architecture reflecting the different stages of colonization.
Day 5: Fianarantsoa – Ambalavao – Ranohira
We leave the highlands to continue your journey towards the South with its semi-dry landscape. The first stop of the day is in the small town of Ambalavao, one of the cultural treasures with its architectural houses with verandas. There, we will visit the entirely natural Paper Factory Antemoro, an inlaid paper made from plants and flowers which is exported nowadays everywhere to make beautiful greeting cards. We will arrive in Ranohira later in the afternoon to enjoy a very unique landscape.
Day 6: Isalo National Park
A tour through a lunar landscape in this National Park. Your guide will lead you through the deep canyons, waterfalls and natural pools where you can take a swim. The day ends on a magnificent sunset to the famous window of the Isalo.
Day 7: Ranohira – Ifaty
We make a passage through Ilakaka, the city of the rush to sapphire and we will end our road trip in Ifaty. Enjoy the beach for the afternoon.
Day 8: Ifaty – Antananarivo
From here, we will fly back to the city of Antananarivo. Take advantage of the available time remaining to browse through the city.