Diégo and the Rn7

Discovery of Diégo and the famous circuit on the Rn7

Diégo and the Rn7

Discovery of Diégo and the famous circuit on the Rn7

Diégo and the Rn7

Discovery of Diégo and the famous circuit on the Rn7

DIEGO AND THE RN7 15 DAYS

Diego is a city at the northern tof Madagascar. Provincial capital, it is known thanks to the presence of the second largest bay in the world after Rio de Janeiro

 

Day 1: Antananarivo

Day 2: Antananarivo – Diego

Day 3: Diego – red tsingy.

Day 4: Ankarana-Diego Park.

Day 5: Emerald Sea

Day 6: Diego – Antananarivo

Day 7: Antananarivo – Antsirabe

Day 8: Antsirabe – Ranomafana

Day 9: Ranomafana – Ambalavao

Day 10: Ambalavao – Isalo Park

Day 11: Isalo Park

Day 12: Isalo Park – Mangily (Ifaty)

Day 13: Mangily – Beach

Day 14: Relaxing at the beach

Day 15: Mangily – Toliara – Antananarivo

 

FIN DE NOTRE SERVICE

Day 1: Antananarivo

Antananarivo or Antananarivo (in Malagasy: the “village of a thousand”, at the origin of the Merina kingdom, it was mainly a question of village and not of city, “Antananarivo” being the French translation during the colonial period) is the political capital  of Madagascar, the province of Antananarivo and the Analamanga region, located in the central part of the island. Its inhabitants are called Antananariviens.

After the various checks at Ivato Antananarivo airport, our guide is impatiently waiting to accompany you to the hotel.

Overnight at hotel

Day 2: Antananarivo – Diego

Early in the morning, transfer to the airport to go to Diego. The duration of the flight is approximately 2 hours. Once there, transfer to the hotel.

In the afternoon, city tour of Diego.

Dinner and lunch at the hotel.

Day 3: Diego – red tsingy.

In the morning, visit the Red Tsingy. 50 km south of Diego Suarez is a group of unique tsingy because they are red. Resulting from erosion, the mixture of different oxides and the passage of time have given birth to these singular fireplaces. Picnic lunch on site; in the afternoon, you will continue towards the park of Ankarana.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 4: Ankarana-Diego Park.

The morning is spent visiting Ankarana Park: the Ankarana National Park is a real gem of nature, renowned for its network of underground rivers: the largest in Africa. With a unique ecosystem, this protected area promises adventure and discovery! Ankarana Park is dominated by rugged terrain built on basalt soil. Some areas of the park are covered with seasonal dry forests. The park also shelters Tsingy, a limestone formation which inherited a particular form, thanks to erosion. They are made up of narrow labyrinth-shaped corridors.

Lunch at the restaurant on the outskirts of the park and return to Diego in the afternoon.

Day 5: Emerald Sea

Full day in a small island surrounded by the emerald sea north of Diego; about an hour’s journey by sailing boat. Seafood grilling, snorkeling….

Day 6: Diego – Antananarivo

Transfer to the airport to go towards Antananarivo. Once there, weather permitting, take a city tour to the Queen’s Palace.

Day 7: Antananarivo – Antsirabe

Departing from Antananarivo after breakfast, we pass through the heart of the capital to join the famous RN7. We directly observe the people of the highlands, cosmopolitan dominated by the Merina. They get up early in the morning to go to markets, fields and offices for those who are bureaucrats. A mountainous city located at 1240 to 1440 m above sea level, very lively. On the outskirts of the city, we observe bricklayers mixing clay to make bricks, tiles and other uses.

30 km from the city, on the RN7, we stop for the visit of a small workshop of objects in Raffia.

70km from the capital, we enter the city of Ambatolampy, a city located at the foot of the third highest peak in Madagascar. This city has its specificity for the manufacture of aluminum objects. Thanks to the existence of local raw materials, the young people of Ambatolampy can build various aluminum materials.

We continue towards Antsirabe, admiring the beautiful landscapes of the high plateaus: terrace crops of rice, corn, various vegetables, barley….

Lunch at Antsirabe.

After lunch, we proceed to visit the first hotel in Madagascar, “Hôtel des thermes” which was built in 1897 and which still works today. Not far from Independence Avenue is Chez Joseph, which is also very famous for its semi-precious stone workshop. And then we continue to visit the workshop of zebu horns and the workshop of miniature objects, at Mamy’s, which are located side by side. To end your day, rickshaw tours in the city center.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 8: Antsirabe – Ranomafana

Depart south to explore new landscapes.

Just 20km from the city, we meet young cyclists transporting charcoal for sale from their countryside to the city of Antsirabe. Arriving at the village of Mandoto, weather permitting, we will visit the local village, the base of their daily life.

Arrival at Ambositra around 11 a.m. Ambositra is the capital of the Zafimaniry tribe, one of the tribes appreciated for their skill in carving wood. Stop for the visit to the stationery workshop: demonstration and visit of the finished products. This is the only place where you can buy wooden items.

Lunch at Ambositra, then we continue to Ranomafana.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 9: Ranomafana – Ambalavao

Early morning departure for the visit of Ranomafana Park. Ranomafana National Park is a Madagascan park located in the province of Fianarantsoa. It was established in 1991. It was included in 2007 in the Antsinanana Wetland World Heritage Site.

The park covers just over 41,600 ha of tropical rain forest. There are several rare animal and plant species such as lemurs and Fanaloka, giraffe insects….

After the park, we resume our famous RN7 road, lunch stop in Fianarantsoa.

In the afternoon, visit the upper town at Fianarantsoa, ​​a town founded in 1831 by Queen Ranavalona I to make it the capital of the southern part of the island. The hill of Kianjasoa was the first site chosen, but the new town, named Fianarantsoa, ​​was finally built on the neighboring hill, Ivoneana, which is much more protected. The first governor of Fianarantsoa was Rafaralahindraininaly who ruled from 1831 to 1842.

We continue to the Southwest; towards the end of the afternoon, we arrive in Ambalavao.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 10: Ambalavao – Isalo Park

Departure from the hotel in the morning to visit the wild silk workshop at “Soa Landy”. It’s a small workshop that processes wild silkworm cocoons that live symbiotically on Tapia leaves. Then visit the Antemoro paper workshop at Bougainvilliers.

After the various visits to downtown Ambalavao, we continue the road to Anja Park. It is a small park managed by the COBA (Community of Base) thanks to the existence of a species of lemur which lives there, it is a Maki catta. It’s a great place to see lemurs, chameleons and sometimes snakes.

After lunch, we will dive entirely in the southern part of Madagascar. The landscapes change, the vegetation is rare, the Zebus are numerous, because we arrive in the territory where people do not plant a lot of rice, but are rather breeders of zebus.

At the end of the afternoon, we arrive at the village of RANOHIRA, an ecotourism village which is located at the entrance to the Isalo National Park.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel

Day 11: Isalo Park

We have a full day to explore the beauty of Isalo Park. The Isalo National Park is a protected area of ​​Madagascar, declared a national park in 1999.

It is a mountain range of Jurassic sandstone, stretching for almost a hundred kilometers, in a north-south direction, and cut by deep canyons and bristling with peaks.

Isalo National Park covers an area of ​​81,540 ha, stretching for almost one hundred kilometers, in a north-south direction. The erosion of the rock has carved out a ruiniform relief, varying from 820 to 1240m above sea level, with deep canyons, rivers, and abundant rocky vegetation. The park is also home to lemurs and other lemurs.

During your stay at Isalo, the morning is dedicated to hiking to the natural swimming pool. Now is the time to learn about the rites of the Bara tribe during the funeral and also see their provisional and final tombs and in the afternoon, hike in the canyon, to the blue and black pool. Possibility to see the sifaka or the lemur dancer and the maki catta.

At the end of the afternoon, sunset at the window of Isalo.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 12: Isalo Park – Mangily (Ifaty)

By abandoning the chaotic and canonical landscape of Isalo, new discoveries await us along the way.

A sapphire village, animated in the morning by the sale of precious stones and possibility of visit, accompanied by the owner of the quarry. We can see all the types of stones existing in the region, presented by the “GEMS” called transparent stone, from where the majority of buyers are Filipinos.

Only a few km away, in the middle of the arid landscape, there is a National Park called Zombitse Vohibasia. A park made up of dry forest; it is an exceptional site of avifauna and xerophilic flora.

Seen from afar, the mother of the forest or baobabs decorate the landscape with its large and long trunks from which the leaves are rare and makes it look like a tree upside down.

At the end of the morning, Lunch in the city of Toliara, passing through the Mahafaly plateaus with its spectacular, colorful tombs, interpreting the life of the deceased. It’s the city called “Tsy miroro”, the sunny city where we meet Vezo.

The afternoon is reserved to reach the beautiful beach of Mangily, protected by the great coral reef, and it is finally the opportunity to taste the seafood after having made the long circuit of the high plateaus.

Day 13: Mangily – Beach

After breakfast, visit the local Renala reserve, where there are medicinal plants typical of the region and the flora and fauna of the thorny forest. The emblem of this small reserve is the presence of a species of baobab Adansonia rubrostipa, with several different forms.

In the afternoon, visit fishing villages and meet local artisans. We will have the opportunity to take a cart ride, pulled by zebus.

Day 14: Relaxing at the beach

During the free day, there are several activities to complete the day: massage by the sea, snorkeling, boat ride, etc.

Swimming in the Mozambique Channel

Sailing boat ride to see the immensity of Africa’s largest barrier reef and its importance

Day 15: Mangily – Toliara – Antananarivo

Return to Antananarivo by domestic flight. Checked baggage 20 kg, hand baggage 5 kg.

Arrival in Antananarivo, Day use at the hotel and after dinner, transfer to the airport.

END OF OUR SERVICE

PRICE : 1988€/Pax    based on 2 persons

INCLUSIONS:

  • Assistance meet and great at Ivato airports
  • Private transfers from/in Airport/hotel
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room in STANDARD category
  • Half board (with dinner and breakfast) during the tour
  • 4WD private vehicle with fuel and driver during the tour
  • Entrance ticket and local guide fees in the parks and reserves
  • The excursions and visits mentioned in the program
  • National tour Guide english speaking

ESCLUDES :

– Visa fees, drinks and tips

– Lunches during the tour and personal expense

– Services or excursions not mentioned in the program

– International and local flights

– Baggage and illness insurance.

 

ACCOMODATIONS

DAYS CITY/VILLAGE HOTELS MEALS
Day 1 ANTANANARIVO Chalet des roses Half Board
Day 2 DIEGO Hôtel Alamanda  
Day 3 ANKARANA Ankarana Lodge  
Day 4 DIEGO Hôtel Alamanda  
Day 5 DIEGO Hôtel Alamanda  
Day 6 ANTANANARIVO Chalet des roses  
Day 7 ANTSIRABE Hôtel Plumeria  
Day 8 RANOMAFANA Centr’Est Séjour  
Day 9 AMBALAVAO Hôtel Zongo  
Day 10 RANOHIRA Hôtel H1  
Day 11 RANOHIRA Hôtel H1  
Day 12 MANGILY Bamboo Club  
Day 13 MANGILY Bamboo Club  
Day 14 MANGILY Bamboo Club  
Day 15 ANTANANARIVO Chalet des roses Day Use

 

 

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