Adventure in the South of Madagascar

First destination of Madagascar, the South Region is renowned by Massif of Isalo and Andringitra Mountain. It is characterized by the highland landscape dotted with rice-cropped field, traditional houses built in red soil, and the typically Malagasy “tamboho” or “walls” found nowhere else.

The tour takes you to the spa town of Antsirabe, the volcanic lake Tritriva and Andraikiba, and continues to Ambositra, famous for the marquetry and the village Zafimaniry, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The adventure on the national road 7 (RN7) is also the visit of Ambalavao and its Anteimoro paper making workshop as well as its zebu market; the visit of the huge plateau of Ihorombe and its steppe and savannah landscape; but also the Mahafaly tombs with bright colors, whose drawings represent the scene of life of the Ancestor.

After the passage through Ranohira National Park, refuge of endemic animal and vegetable species, heading towards the seaside resort of Anakao and Ifaty with its beaches of fine white sand, decorated by canoes with multicolored sails.

Major sites :

• Ambatolampy and its artisanal potmaking factories.
• Fianarantsoa and its old city “Tanana ambony” because of the geographical location of the cultural site, also classified world heritage of UNESCO.
• Ambalavao and the paper art Anteimoro, the zebu market.
• Ranohira: Isalo National Park, Isalo window, maki canyon, nymph waterfall, natural swimming pool, black pool, blue pool.
• Ifaty / Anakao: the seaside resort for diving activities to discover the fauna and flora underwater, and sailing boat trip observing the activities of fishermen Vezo.

paysages typiques des hautes terres
Day 1 : ANTANANARIVO – ANTSIRABE

Departure to Antsirabe, the water city of Madagascar. Crossing to a typical landscape of the highlands sprinkled by rice fields and traditionals houses.
Visit of a forging at Ambatolampy.
In the afternoon, visit of Tritriva and Andraikiba lakes.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

 Route pour Fianarantsoa
Day 2 : ANTSIRABE – FIANARANTSOA

Driving to Fianarantsoa, the capital of Betsileo’s ethnicities,.
Stop at Ambositra, renowned for handicraft and marquetry. Showroom visit.
Arrival at Fianarantsoa, visit of the upper city, classified as world heritage of UNESCO : traditional house, church.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

 Route du Sud Madagascar
Day 3 : FIANARANTSOA – RANOHIRA

Travelling to Ranohira and stop at Ambalavao, renowned for Antemoro paper and silk manufacture. Visit of workshop.
Visit of famous market of the zebus of […] Ambalavao (on Wednesdays).
In the afternoon, crossing of the South gateway and the the plateau of Ihorombe. Landscapes of steppe and savanna..
Visit of the « Fenêtre de l’ Isalo » at sunset.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel..

 makis de madagascar
Day 4 : RANOHIRA

The whole day dedicated for visiting the Isalo National Park : The canyon of Lemurs and Cascade of Nymphs
Lunch picnic
Swimming in the natural pools of the park: the Turquoise blue and the Black Swimming Pools
Dinner and overnight at the hotel..

 Route du Sud Madagascar
Day 5 : RANOHIRA – TULEAR- IFATY

Free morning.
In the Afternoon, departure to Ifaty, the sea Resort of the South of Madagascar
Admiration of Mahafaly decorated tombs along the way.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel..

 plage idyllique
Day 6 : IFATY

Relaxing and swimming at the beach of Ifaty.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel..

 Route du Sud de Madagascar
Day 7 : TULÉAR – ANTANANARIVO

Transfer to Tuléar Airport and flight for Antananarivo.
Depending on the flight Schedule, discovery of the Capital and its neiborhood : The Upper City, the Craft Market

Carte circuits balnéaire de 7 jours

“Arcadia Travel, during your trip, will lodge you in the best hotels for an unforgettable stay, among which we propose the following ones”.

ANTSIRABE

 le royale palace
THE ROYALE PALACE ***

Ideally located in the city of Antsirabe, in a quiet area, on the national road 7, leading to the south of Madagascar, the Hotel LE ROYAL PALACE invites you to discover its exceptional, elegant, and offers the best service to make your stay unforgettable.

 

 vatolahy
VATOLAHY ***

The hotel Vatolahy with a spacious setting. Located in the city of Antsirabe, on the national road, leading to the south of Madagascar, the hotel Vatolahy will make your stay unforgettable.

RANOHIRA

 Isalo Rock Lodge
ISALO ROCK LODGE MADAGASCAR ****

Isalo Rock Lodge is a modern 60 and superb retreat of the rooms, set high in the sandstone mountains, overlooking the Isalo National Park in southwestern Madagascar. The views of the lodge are breathtaking. While luxury abounds in the hotel with all modern comforts, Isalo is home to many species of flora and fauna including, the famous Chameleon and Lemurian.

 

“The legendary South Road of Madagascar, connecting the capital to the city of Tulear, offers splendid varied landscapes …”

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