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The Highlands Till Big South

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English, Espanol, Francais, Other

The Highlands Till Big South:

The splendor of Madagascar’s highlands, from Antananarivo to Tulear, via Antsirabe and Fianarantsoa, National road 7 is the best way to discover the many facets of Madagascar’s highlands. The massif ruiniforme of Isalo offers a multitude of faces with changing shades throughout the day. A little further north, along the Mozambique Channel is the seaside village of Ifaty with its long beaches, lagoon, pendulum canoes, and baobab forest.


  • Meeting local people
  • Visit of Ranomafana, Anja, Isalo national park
  • Landscapes
  • Baobab at Reniala reserve
  • Diversity of fauna and flora
  • white sand of Ifaty

Day 1 : Arrival in Antananarivo

Welcome and transfer to the hotel Antananarivo, the capital, which is the beating heart of Madagascar. Indeed, the "City of Thousands" is at the same time the largest economic, political, historical and cultural pole. Antananarivo is a step not to be missed because it has an undeniable tourist attraction, which is not always discovered at first sight. The palaces, streets, squares and houses of the upper town tell a fascinating story

Meals bed and breakfast

Day 2 : Antananarivo- Antsirabe

Breakfast at the hotel and departure towards the South.
As soon as you leave Antananarivo, rice fields and villages characteristic of the central highlands of Madagascar draw the landscape. In Ambatolampy, a stop is necessary to discover the astonishing work of the manufacturers of aluminum casseroles, those which one finds in all Madagascar.

Meals bed and breakfast

Day 3 : Antsirabe- Ranomafana

After breakfast, we will head to the Betsileos country, then stop in Ambositra. The cultural discovery is the trademark of this small animated city full of surprises. Stalls of carved wooden objects and marquetry are lined up in the streets: statuettes, assegais, jewelry boxes, paintings, furniture... The main authors of these works are the Zafimaniry, and a visit of their workshops is a must. On the way, you can admire the beauty of the wooden sculptures on top of the tombs. Continuation towards Ranomafana.

Night at the hotel
Meals : Bed an breakfast

Day 4 : Ranomafana - Fianarantsoa

Breakfast then visit of the National Park of Ranomafana.
After the visit, return to Fianarantsoa.

The National Park of Ranomafana
Ranomafana offers a green landscape of tropical rainforests. Alongside this lush vegetation, one encounters secondary formations that continue to grow and expand within the park. Because of the great humidity that characterizes the climate of Ranomafana, the park is crossed by many streams that originate in the massifs, then crisscross the steep landscape or the hills to pour into beautiful waterfalls .

Night at the hotel
Meals : Bed an breakfast

Day 5 : Fianarantsoa - Ranohira

After breakfast, drive to the south with the last descents of the plateaus through the wine region of Fianarantsoa.
On the way, visit the village reserve Anja, where you will get up close and personal with lemurs. Anja is home to the northernmost population of the most famous lemur: the catta lemur.
After the visit, the road opens on the great space of the south with the crossing of the plateau of Ihorombe, vast steppe frequented by herds of which extends until the foothills of the massif of Isalo.

Night at the hotel
Meals : Bed an breakfast, dinner

Day 6 : Ranohira

The Isalo National Park is located in the Ihorombe region, about 700 km from Antananarivo. It adjoins the township of Ranohira which serves as its entry point and extends over an area of about 80,000 hectares. The visitors are enchanted by its natural pools, its majestic canyons and its caves formed in the rocks which date from the Jurassic period. All arrangements are made to allow everyone to fully enjoy their stay in the park. Numerous hotels, apartments, villas and bungalows are available to spend a pleasant time in the wilderness.

Night at the hotel
Meals : Bed an breakfast, dinner

Day 7 : Ranohira - Tuléar - Ifaty

Departure from Ranohira to reach Tulear. The vegetation of the South gradually takes its place in the landscape: baobabs, aloes, euphorbiaceae... along the road, you will be able to observe the impressive herds of zebus as well as the tombs of the Mahafaly ethnic groups. The mushroom villages of the sapphire seekers are born in desert expanses. Arrival in Tulear, in the heart of a landscape of rocky massifs with spectacular shapes. Small tour of the city, then continuation to Ifaty. Stop en route to visit the Reniala reserve.

Night at the hotel
Meals : Bed an breakfast

Day 8 : Ifaty

Free day.
Several activities are possible from your hotel. The sea and the beach call for relaxation and idleness.

Night at the hotel
Meals : Bed an breakfast

Day 9 : Ifaty - Antananarivo

After the last dive in Tulear, depending on the flight schedule of Tsaradia, transfer to Tulear for flight to Antananarivo.

Night at the hotel
Meals : Bed an breakfast

Day 10 : Antananarivo departure

Breakfast at the hotel.
If time permits, you will make a short stop at the artisanal market for some shopping.
Transfer to the airport.

  • Car with English or French speaking driver guide (depending on your language) from Antananarivo to Ifaty.
  • Accommodation in the hotels mentioned in the program with breakfast,Fuel throughout the trip.
  • Entrance fees in the National Parks and the sites indicated Isalo, Ranomafana, Anja
  • The local guides in the parks,
  • All transfers
  • International flights
  • Domestic flight (Tulear - Antananarivo)
  • Extras and drinks
  • Meals not mentioned in the program
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Repatriation insurance, loss of luggage, cancellation
  • Free activities


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