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 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)
Morning visit of the rainforest Ranomafana national park which is home to various species of lemurs such as the golden bamboo lemurs, brown lemurs, birds, chameleons, 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 (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 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 morning trek inside the Isalo National Park to discover the massif of Isalo, its ruinlike sandstones, canyons, endemic fauna and flora (Lemurs and endemic plants such as Pachypodiums , aloes,..). Back to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

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. Before arrival at Tuléar visit of the Arboretum with many species of endemic plants. Arrival in Tulear and 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
Morning relax on the beach (depending on flight time),  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 near the airport. Then transfer to the airport for the flight back to Europe.

 

TARIFFS PER PERSON

1 person SINGLE: 2120 Euro
2-3 people DOUBLE: 1165 Euro
4-5 people DOUBLE: 880 Euro
6-7 people DOUBLE: 790 Euro
Single supplement 305 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 Ifaty with a driver,
  • shuttle transfer to Tulear airport
  • 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 580 Euro to be shared by participants (without Ifaty)
Supplement for best hotels DOUBLE: 330 Euro/person
SINGLE: 590 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 ****