This journey takes you to breathtaking contrasts of landscapes, biodiversity and culture.
From the grassy rolling hills and valleys of the central highlands which are covered by irrigated rice-paddies through the rain forested area of the central east,
to the flat savannahs of the central-west featured by the Jurassic sandstone massif of Isalo and the semi-arid south-west coast with its indigenous Didierea plant family and remote beaches protected by 250km reef, an ideal place for snorkeling, diving and whale watching.
*This trip is an ideal for photographers
*Ifaty Reef is the best site for scuba-diving snorkeling, surfing and traditional fishing with local outrigger canoe and responsible Whale Watching.
This 9DAY Land of contrasts represents the best part of the island.Moreover it can be combined with the western, eastern and northern region as time allows.
Day 1: Arrival
Arrival, meet and greet at Ivato airport and transfer to the hotel located in Antananarivo capital city.
Dinner and overnight at TAMBOHO HOTEL (3*) or LE CHALET DES ROSES (2*)
Day 2: Drive to Ranomafana
Depart to Ranomafana via Ambositra wooding carving center. We`ll cross the central highlands with the picturesque landscapes of Merina and Betsileo villages of thatched roof red clay brick houses with balconies, several irrigated rice paddies, eroded hills, and granite outcrops.
We’ll stop at Ambositra for lunch and visit some wood carving curios.
Dinner and overnight at THERMAL HOTEL (3*) or GRENAT HOTEL(2*)
Day 3: Ranomafana National Park
Full day exploration of Ranomafana lush vegetation which is home of several bird and lemur species such as the endangered Golden Bamboo lemur and Greater Bamboo, Milne -Edwards Sifaka…
Evening walk to view the tiny 45-gram Brown Mouse Lemur, chameleons and frogs.
Accommodation on full board at THERMAL HOTEL (3*) or GRENAT HOTEL (2*)
Day 4: Drive to Isalo
Morning departure to Isalo via Ambalavao renowned for its handmade Antemoro paper fabric. The paper is created using ancient methods is a cultural heritage from early Arabic settlers.
Visit of ANJA Forest to view Ring-Tailed Lemur. Then cross an immense “no man`s land “desolate savannahs with sparse of Accommodation on half board at RELAIS DE LA REINE (3*) or ORQUIDEE HOTEL
Day 5:Isalo National Park
Full day trek in the spectacular eroded Jurassic sandstone massif of ISALO National Park featured by variety of ruinform sceneries, canyons and natural pools.Those canyons give refuge for Ring-Tailed Lemurs, Verreaux1s Sifaka and Brown Lemur.
Some weird plants like Pachypodium rosulatum rosulatum are clanged on the cliffs.
Accommodation on half board at RELAIS DE LA REINE (3*) or ORQUIDEE HOTEL
Day 6: Drive to Ifaty
Heading southwest to Ifaty which is characterised by a sub-desert region, with dunes, thorny vegetation and unspoilt white sandy beach.
Ifaty is an ideal spot for diving and water sports with the large 250km coral reef which protected the south -west coastline.
It is one of the best site for a responsible whale watching (from June to September).
Accommodation on full board a LA MIRA beach front hotel (3*)
Day 7: IFATY SPINY FOREST
Morning walk through Ifaty spiny forest which consists of the indigenous Didierae plant, Euphorbias, giant Pachypodium sp and two varieties of baobabs (Adansonia za, Adansonia fony). Ifaty is an excellent bird watching site with some indigenous birds.
Ifaty reef is an ideal site for snorkeling and diving.
Afternoon at leisure.
Accommodation on full board at LA MIRA HOTEL (3*)
Day 8: Drive back to Toliara- Fly back to Antananarivo
Drive back to Toliara, and transfer to the airport for our flight to Antananarivo. We’ll have a farewell dinner at VILLA VANILLE restaurant
Overnight at TAMBOHO HOTEL (3*) or LE CHALET DES ROSES (2*)
Day 9: Departure
You will be transferred to the airport for your return flight.