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. Back to the hotel and Overnight.

4th day : RANOMAFANA – FIANARANTSOA (85 km about 1,5 h drive)
Breakfast. Morning visit of the Park with its lemurs, chameleons, spiders, frogs, varieties of orchids and medicinal plants. 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. Possibility 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 after Ambalavao for visiting a small reserve to observe  Ring-tailed Lemurs  ( Lemur catta ) in their natural surroundings. Continuation to Ranohira. Overnight at the hotel.

6th day : RANOHIRA
A whole day trekking inside the Isalo National Park to discover the massif of Isalo, its ruinlike sandstones, canyons, natural swimming pool and endemic fauna and flora (Lemurs and endemic plants such as Pachypodium , aloes,..). 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 about 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
Morning breakfast and 2 hours drive to the Kirindy reserve, Visit of the Kirindy dry forest reserve with 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
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: 2235 Euro
2-3 people DOUBLE: 1230 Euro
4-5 people DOUBLE: 1010 Euro
6-7 people DOUBLE: 900 Euro
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT 335 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 1285 Euro (to be shared by particpants)
Supplement for best hotels DOUBLE: 435 Euro /person
SINGLE:  710 Euro
Supplement in best hotels for Half board: 135 Euro
Full board:  270 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
Morondava / Renala au sable d’or** / Palissandre Côte Ouest****
Antananarivo /Lapasoa** / Tamboho Hotel*** Sup room