Madagascar treasures

Discovery of the fameuse Rn7 and relaxation on sainte-marie island

Madagascar treasures

Discovery of the fameuse Rn7 and relaxation on sainte-marie island

Madagascar treasures 16 days

This tour offered by Zamilane tours is a receptive tour operator, experienced in organizing travel, it is divided into two parts:

  • First part: 10-day tours to the edge of the Mozambique Channel with two days of relaxation by the sea;
  • Second part: 6 days on Sainte-Marie Island for the discovery of the hidden paradise and for a beautiful escape.

The stages of your 16 days Madagascar Treasures tour 16 days

Day 1: Antananarivo

Day 2: Antananarivo – Antsirabe

Day 3: Antsirabe – Ranomafana

Day 4: Ranomafana – Ambalavao

Day 5: Ambalavao – Isalo Park

Day 6: Isalo Park

Day 7: Isalo Park – Mangily (Ifaty)

Day 8: Mangily – Beach

Day 9: Relaxing at the beach

Day 10: Mangily – Toliara – Antananarivo

Day 11: Antananarivo – Sainte-Marie

Day 12: Sainte-Marie

Day 13: Sainte-Marie

Day 14: Relax at Sainte-Marie beach

Day 15: Sainte-Marie – Antananarivo

Day 16: visit to the blue hill Ambohimanga

 

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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 name 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. Its urban area approaches 3,209,993 inhabitants in 2019. The city is divided into six districts and 192 fokontany.

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

Overnight at hotel

Day 2: 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 from 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 to visit a small workshop of objects in Raffia.

70km from the capital, we enter the city of Ambatolampy. 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 “the hotel of the thermal baths”, which was built in 1897, and which is still in use until now. 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, which are located side by side. To end your day, you can take rickshaw tours in the city center.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 3: Antsirabe – Ranomafana

Depart south to explore new landscapes.

Just 20km from the city, we meet young cyclists who transport 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, their house and base of their daily life.

Arrival in Ambositra around 11 a.m. Ambositra is the capital of the Zafimaniry tribe, one of the tribes very famous for their ability to carve wood. Stop for the visit to the stationery workshop: demonstration and visit of the finished products. This is the only place to buy wooden items.

Lunch at Ambositra, and then we continue to Ranomafana.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 4: Ranomafana – Ambalavao

Early morning departure for a visit to 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 World Heritage Wetland 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, ​​which is 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 is 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 5: 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 the perfect 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 a 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 6: 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 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 to see their provisional and final tombs, and afternoon hike in the canyon to the blue and black pool. Possibility to see the sifaka or the lemur dancer and the maki catta.

In the late afternoon, sunset at the window of Isalo.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 7: Isalo Park – Mangily (Ifaty)

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. You 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 from the Philippines.

Only a few km away, in the middle of the arid landscape, 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 baobab trees decorate the landscape, with its large and long trunks from which the leaves are rare, and this gives it the air of the 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 Antandroy.

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

Day 8: Mangily – Beach

After breakfast, visit the local Renala reserve, with medicinal plants typical of the region, and the fauna and flora 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 9: 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 10: Mangily – Toliara – Antananarivo

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

Arrival in Antananarivo, transfer to the hotel or visit of the upper town, weather permitting.

Day 11: Antananarivo – Sainte-Marie

Breakfast at the hotel

Depart from Ivato Airport to Sainte-Marie Island. Arrival at Sainte-Marie Island and installation at the hotel on Île aux Mattes or others.

Day 12: Sainte-Marie

Breakfast at the hotel

Discovery of Sainte-Marie Island in Tuc Tuc; it’s a pretty, authentic and heavenly island. Right in the North of the island, up to the natural swimming pool. Find beautiful beaches bordered by Coconut trees, and meet the local population (the descendants of pirates, the Saint-Mariens). In the afternoon, return from the north of the island, visit the first Catholic church in Madagascar, founded in 1837, then we will visit the pirate cemetery.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel

Day 13: Sainte-Marie

Breakfast at the hotel

Sea trip with a speedboat for the excursion to the sandy island which is 7 km east of the island. Grilled fish on site, prepared by the local guide.

Day 14: Relax at Sainte-Marie beach

A full day of relaxation on the edge of Sainte-Marie Island, with very fine sand, turquoise blue sea, shaded by coconut leaves.

Day 15: Sainte-Marie – Antananarivo

Breakfast at the hotel

Transfer from Sainte Marie Island Airport to Ivato International Airport.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 16: visit to the blue hill Ambohimanga

After breakfast, departure for the visit of King Andrianampoinimerina’s palace in Ambohimanga. This hill is classified as World Heritage by UNESCO. It consists of a royal city, a royal funerary site and a set of sacred places.

In the afternoon, sea wall market. It is a craft market where you can buy small souvenirs of Madagascar before returning.

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

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PRICE : 1654€/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 ANTSIRABE Hôtel H1  
Day 3 RANOMAFANA Centr’Est Séjour  
Day 4 AMBALAVAO Hôtel Zongo  
Day 5 RANOHIRA Hôtel H1  
Day 6 RANOHIRA Hôtel H1  
Day 7 IFATY Bamboo Club  
Day 8 IFATY Bamboo Club  
Day 9 IFATY Bamboo Club  
Day 10 IFATY Bamboo Club  
Day 11 ANTANANARIVO Chalet des roses  
Day 12 SAINTE MARIE Baboo Village  
Day 13 SAINTE MARIE Bamboo Club  
Day 14 SAINTE MARIE Bamboo Club  
Day 15 ANTANANARIVO Chat’o Parc  
Day 16 ANTANANARIVO Chat’o Parc Day Use

 

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