The south contrast
SOUTH CONTRAST Antananarivo - Antsirabe - Ambositra - Ranomafana - Fianarantsoa - Ambalavao - Ranohira - Ifaty - Antananarivo (15 days)
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Day 1: Paris - Antananarivo
Flight to Tana, transfer to the hotel. Night at the hotel
Day 2: Antananarive
Day devoted to the visit around the city of Antananarivo; visit of the royal palace classified as a UNESCO heritage, Ambohimanga located 21km from the capital is the starting point for the unification of Madagascar. Night at the hotel .
Day 3: Antananarivo / Ambatolampy / Antsirabe (170km)
Discovery of the beautiful contrasting landscapes of the south; brick houses, vast rice fields. Tasting of Behenjy specialties based on foie gras. Visit to a pot factory in Ambatolampy. Lunch in Antsirabe. Visit to a gemstone shop (amethyst, topaz, beryl, tourmaline, garnet, etc.) Overnight at the hotel
Day 4: Antsirabe
Departure for Ambohitsokona by 4 * 4 car, hill rich in history of the ancestors of the Vakinankaratra population). The story of the "Vazimba": they are little mythical men with supernatural power (healer) On the way, admiration of the Vakinankaratra farmers. On site, you can visit a school of horticulture (science and art of growing fruit trees and vegetables). After the visit, return to the hotel
Day 5: Antsirabe – Ambositra
Visit to the zebu horn craft workshops, visit to a miniature workshop (manufacture of a bicycle model), embroidery; Small rickshaw ride on Independence Avenue, photo pose. Continuation of the journey to Ambositra. Lunch in Ambositra. Ambositra is the capital of Malagasy crafts. Visit of a workshop of wood sculptures, inlays. Night at the Artisan hotel
Day 6: Ambositra – Ranomafana
Depart early in the morning and reach the town of Ranomafana (hot water). It was originally famous for its thermal waters. Visit the village of Tagnala located between Ifanadiana and Ranomafana. Discover the uses and customs of the Tanala ethnic group and their way of life. Traditional song and dance. Night at the hotel
Day 7: Ranomafana
Waterfalls crossing the forest. It is one of the largest and most visited national parks in Madagascar thanks to its rich biodiversity. Walk in the forest for about 3 hours, discovery of lemurs and also of different species of medicinal plants. Overnight at Hotel Ranomafana.
Day 8: Ranomafana – Fianarantsoa – Ambalavao
Visit of an Antaimoro paper factory in Ambalavao, silk workshop. Antaimoro paper is made from havoha, a tree bark that has been used by Arabs for centuries to write "Sorbian." Night in Ambalavao les Bougainvilliers.
Day 9: Ambalavao – Ihosy – Ranohira
The city of Ambalavao is famous for its Betsileo architecture, its dwellings, its zebu market. Visit of the Anja reserve. It is a reserve managed by villagers. After the visit ; Ranohira drop-off point. Night at the hotel
Day 10: Ranohira
Isalo National Park is a protected area in Madagascar. It is a mountainous massif of Jurassic sandstone, stretching nearly a hundred kilometers to the north, and notched by canyons and deep peaks. Walk in the park of the Massif de l'Isalo, passing through the canyons of the monkeys, the canyon of Makis, the natural swimming pool. Lunch in a village association at the cascade of the nymphs. (Zebu barbecue). Night at the hotel.
Day 11: Ranohira – Tuléar – Ifaty
A desert landscape where the very poor vegetation is made up of thorny plants. Visit an Antsokay arboretum. On the road, we see tombs of the Mahafaly tribe which shows the cultures of the Antandroy. Lunch on site. Arrival in Tulear, a little taste of the port city and former colonial counter. Drop off point in Ifaty. Overnight at the Ifaty hotel.
Day 12: Ifaty
Ifaty is a village located 30 km north of Tulear; It is a must-see southern site that is well worth a detour, a visit to the Reniala forest and a visit to the village. Night at the hotel
Day 13: Ifaty
Relax on the beautiful Ifaty Beach. Possibility of snorkeling. Overnight at the Baboo Club Ifaty hotel.
Day 14: Ifaty – Tuléar – Antananarivo
Return to Antananarivo
Day 15: Antananarivo – Paris
Transfer hotel - Antananarivo airport.