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Description
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A tour to discover the customs and craft traditions of this unique country, in fact craftsmanship is one of the main sources of life for many families.
The products and artifacts made are as varied as the techniques used. Malagasy craftsmanship reflects both the personality and ethnic diversity of a multi-ethnic country where craftsmanship is a way of expressing yourself and seeing the world in your own way.

You will visit the highlands region, Antsirabe, famous city of precious stones., Further south, Ambositra which has an important reputation for woodworking and carving and crafts,
hand-made sculptures and artifacts, the Zafimaniry culture whose knowledge was established as a material heritage of humanity in 2003 by UNESCO, the national Park of Isalo and its flora and fauna that reigns supreme.

To the south, you will be able to admire in the village of Mahafaly, how the tombs are real mausoleums decorated with numerous wood carvings or ALOALO.

Through this circuit, you will discover a part of Malagasy history accompanied and told by the guide, who will know how to make you live passionate moments of Malagasy life.

 

 

What to Expect

Antananarivo…….

Fianarantsoa……..

The Reserve of Isalo……..

Tulear

  • Antananarivo
  • Antsirabe
  • Fianarantsoa
  • Ranohira
  • Isalo Reserve
  • 
Flora & fauna
  • Local Customs and Traditions
  • Local Villages
Tips
  • Transport and facilities in Madagascar are not necessarily of the standard usually found in developed countries.
  • The local boats used in this excursion are generally quite small, so there is a risk that participants will get wet.
  • To participate in this excursion you must be able to swim.
  • As such, we do not recommend this excursion to guests who have back problems or who are otherwise not at peak fitness.
  • Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed, since they depend on the behavior of the animals themselves or according to weather and sea conditions.
  • The color of the water and the visibility may vary depending on the weather.

  • Do not forget to bring your swimsuit, towels, sunglasses, sun cream, insect repellent for walks inside or adjacent to the forest/parks, your camera, and a long-sleeved, cotton top during the bath/snorkeling/trekking.
  • Toilets will be of local standards.
  • The excursion may be subject to variations in timing according to weather and sea conditions. Remember that the coral reef and everything that lives in it are really delicate, the PH of our skin is more acidic than the carapace of turtles, fish skin and corals, so if we touch them we risk contaminating them and causing them to die. All of us, guests of the Ocean, help us to introduce the next generation to the magical life of the coral reef.
Itinerary
Suggested Program

Day 1Antananarivo

Arrive at Antananarivo airport, welcome by your driver guide, transfer to the hotel.

Capital of Madagascar, Antananarivo is a raised location, with the appearance of a large city that extends over several hills with an altitude between 1240m and 1470m. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 2Antananarivo > Antsirabe

Breakfast. Departure for the famous “southern route”. Stop in Ambatolampy, and visit an aluminum cookware production workshop. Continue to the small village of Sambaina where we will meet Sylvain, an atypical Malagasy astrologer and ethnologist who will make us discover, depending on the time available: a village of blacksmiths, a typical market of the plateau, sacred places where ancestral rites can take place. Free lunch. Arrival in Antsirabe mid-afternoon. Visit of the city and surroundings of Antsirabe, and of the renowned workshops for the cutting of precious stones. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 3Antsirabe > Fianarantsoa

Breakfast. Departure for Ambositra. Small town renowned for the art of unique know-how and culture of the “Zafimaniry” community, which has been classified as intangible cultural heritage by Unesco, the art of working and carving wood to make it a unique and exceptional work. Free lunch. Continuation to Fianarantsoa via a winding mountain road lined with eucalyptus and pine trees. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 4Fianarantsoa > Ranohira > Isalo

Breakfast. Departure for Ranohira, located at the foot of the Isalo massif. Stop in Ambalavao, where we will visit an Antemoro paper mill. A typical format of paper which during the first Arab migration to the east coast of Madagascar was intended to write the Koran. Free lunch.
Continuation of the route through a hilly landscape of wide-open spaces where the imposing plateau of Ihorombe resides. Arrival in the Isalo massif at the end of the afternoon.

Dinner and overnight at the Bush House Hotel.

Possibility Variants Pangalanes Chanel's & Ranomafana Park

Day 5National Park of Isalo - Discover

Breakfast. Day dedicated to the exploration of the canal and its surroundings, you will have the opportunity to visit the villages that reside along the coasts, the Palmarium, private reserve of Ankanin’ny Nofy, the “dream nest”, on the shores of Lake Ampitabe, which includes several species of palm trees, plants. Free lunch. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 6Isalo > Ilalaka > Tulear

Breakfast Departure for Tulear, crossing of Ilakaka, a village renowned for sapphire hunters, discovery of the real world of the search for precious stones in Madagascar, how is it done? By what means? and above all in what conditions. Free lunch.

Visit of the city of Tulear in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Possibility Extensions Ifaty Paradisier

 

Day 7Tulear > Antananarivo

Breakfast. Transfer to the airport and flight to Antananarivo.
Meet and transfer, timing permitting, shopping at the “de la Digue” handicraft market.
Free lunch and dinner. Night in the hotel.

Possibility Extensions Anakao
Possibility Extensions Lagoon Ambatomilo-Ankasy Lodge
Possibility Extensions Lagoon Ambatomilo-Mikea Lodge

Day 8Antananarivo > Your Destination

Breakfast at the hotel. Lunch and free day.
Transfer to the airport according to the flight schedule.
Assistance with departure formalities.

Services

Price Includes

  • Transfer Airport/Hotel/Airport.
  • Meet & Great.
  • Meet & Great
  • Overnight stay indicated in the program.
  • Car rental with French/English -speaking driver, fuel, insurance from D02 to Day 06.
  • The boat cruise from Vatomandry to Tamatave.
  • The entrance ticket to the Isalo National Park.
  • Half board for the entire stay except in Antananarivo on the D01 and D07.
  • Meals as specified in the program.
  • Excursions and visits mentioned in the program.
  • All service mentioned in the program.
  • Tourist taxes.

Price Excludes

  • International and domestic flight tickets
  • Visa fees, Tips, Drinks, all personal expenses
  • Room services, Linen washing, Mini-bar in the structures.
  • Any Private Expenses
  • The costs of local guides during visits to the National Parks.
  • Meals in optional or not mentioned in program

  • Different Extra Costs not mentioned
  • The complete "dinner" during Christmas and the end of the year.
  • All services not mentioned in the program
  • Baggage insurance, travel cancellation, Covid, sickness and repatriation.
  • 02/03 PERSON SHARING A VEHICLE DURING THE TRANSFER AND 4x4 VEHICLE DURING THE CIRCUIT.
  • 04/07 PERSON SHARING A MINIBUS VEHICLE
  • PEOPLE WHO TRAVEL SOLO: CONSULT US

Don' t forget

  • Comfortable footwear

  • Sunscreen
  • 
Sun Glasses
  • Rain Coat
  • Your Camera
  • Mid-season Clothing
  • Everything you need
  • Your Medicaments

Subject to change

  • To National Flights AIR MADAGASCAR/TSARADIA
  • Increase Fuel
  • Monetary Fluctuation
  • VAT
  • The Availability of the rooms at the time of booking

Hotel Proposed

Category Economy
  • Antananarivo : Le Trois Metisse
  • Antsirabe : H1 Hotel
  • Fianarantsoa : Zama Hotel
  • Isalo : Isalo Ranch
  • Tulear : Hotel Victory

Hotel Proposed

Category Superior
  • Antananarivo : Le Trois Metisse
  • Antsirabe : Couleur Café
  • Fianarantsoa : Tsara Guest House
  • Isalo : Le relais de la reine
  • Tulear : Hotel Victory

Extension

4 Days - 3 Nights

Lagoon Ambatomilo

Ankasy Lodge

Extension

3 Days - 2 Nights

Ifaty

Le Paradisier

Extension

4 Days - 3 Nights

Anakao

Océan Lodge

Extension

4 Days - 3 Nights

Lagoon Ambatomilo

Mikea Lodge

Variant

5 Days - 4 Nights

Pangalanes Chanel's

& Ranomafana Park
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