> Madagascar, a land of contrasts
MADAGASCAR, A LAND OF CONTRASTS 1st day : ANTANANARIVO-ANDASIBE On your getting off at the air terminal, you are met by our representatives then you’ll be presented your stay programme and given your travel documents. Driving to Andasibe. After going down the Imerina Plateau, a little halt at Marozevo, visit to « Peyrieras private Park » to see reptiles, butterflies and chameleons such as the Furcifer lateralis. Lunch on the road. Then, in the afternoon, continuation to ANDASIBE, across a verdant and luxuriant vegetation. Andasibe National Park with an area of 15,500 ha offers shelter to the indri indri and its famous vocal song, 10 other varieties of lemurs can be counted in the park. Orchids, fern trees, lichens, numerous birds, and other species of the vegtal and animal world make nature kingly-booking here. Visit to the park in the afternoon. Overnight stay and dinner at the hotel. 2nd day : ANDASIBE – RIANILA - MANAMBATO Driving to Brickaville, the embarking port for going down the River RIANILA. A short boat stop at Satakoly, a typical Betsimisaraka village with its huts on piles, visit at a local workshop making « betsabetsaka » the local mead. Drifting wherever the water carries you, you meet the « bush boats », transports of passengers and goods that cut across this part of the river running into the Pangalanes Canal. Picnic lunch at the mouth of the Rianila River. Continuation toward Andevoranto village an old big city dating from colonisation, visit at the remains of the Governor’s residence. Before crossing the sea resort village of Ambila by “the River Route” a halt to visit a distillery of Niaouli Oil. Arrival at Rasoabe Lake to get to Manambato in the late afternoon. Night at the hotel. 3rd day : MANAMBATO - ANTANANARIVO Driving to Antananarivo. A halt for lunch at Moramanga. The rebellion of March 29th 1947 and the bloody repression that followed took place in this little town. Following this tour, continuation towards Antananarivo going up the National 2. The doorway of the capital city will be stepped over in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel 4th day : ANTANANARIVO - ANTSIRABE Driving along the National 7 across undulating hulls, plains and rice-fields that form a coloured mosaic like a giant's patchwork. At Ambatolampy, a halt to visit a workshop salvaging and transforming aluminium into diverse cookery utensils and pots. Arrival at Antsirabe, the spa by midday, then lunch. In the afternoon, you'll go for a drive round the town of Antsirabe with visits at a lapidary's workshop transforming horn, to continue towards Andraikiba and Tritriva crater lakes. Overnight stay at the hotel. 5th day : ANTSIRABE - RANOMAFANA Go to the South. After getting over the Tapia pass arrival at Ambositra, the « Town of the Roses », an important local crafts centre, famous for marquetry and other precious wood carvings. Lunch on the spot. Continuation toward Ranomafana in the afternoon. This route allows us to discover one of the rare primary tropical forests of the country with its luxuriant vegetations. Arrival at Ranomafana. Overnight stay at the hotel. 6th day : RANOMAFANA - RANOHIRA Visit of the Ranomafana National Park with its 41,000 ha of forests. The fauna and flora of the park are very diverse, it's one of the most visited and most important of the Island. Created in 1991 after the discovery of the golden hapalémur (1986). You can find 114 birds species and 12 kinds of lemurs as well as many orchids there. Ranomafana « the place where there is hot water » as it is indicated by its name shelters a spa. End of the morning visit, continuation southward to Ranohira, to the gates of the South. Picnic lunch during the journey. A halt at Ambalavao to visit a workshop making Antemoro paper. The crossing of the Plateau of Horombe and its arid savannah in the Bara area ( = the zebu breeders ), will contrast with the luxuriant vegetation of the East. Arrival at Ranohira in the evening. Dinner and night spent at the hotel. 7th day : RANOHIRA Departure for an excursion to discover Isalo National Park. The Isalo massif is often known as « Malagasy Western » or « Malagasy Colorado » because of its ruined relief. Chains of canyons and peaks of standstone ranging from red to pink make Isalo relief specific. Grottos and massifs of carved granite present different patterns like the window, the boot, the cabbage and the Queen that you can explore during your visit. A swim in the fresh water of the natural swimming pool is not to be missed during your visit at Isalo National Park. Picnic luncheon on your visiting the park. Apart from its relief, the National Park of Isalo is characterized by its rich fauna and flora. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel. 8th day : RANOHIRA – TULEAR - IFATY Go back on the National 7 to get to the sea resort village of Ifaty passing by Ilakaka, the mushroom town of the sapphire Rush; emerged in 1998 and created by sapphire diggers after the discovery of a big sapphire by a peasant in his field. You'll go across a scenery of thorny vegetation typical of the South flora. Lunch on your way to Ifaty. On your tour, you'll have the opportunity to discover the Mahafaly Tombs ( one of the ethnic groups existing in the Island ). You'll reach Ifaty in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel. 9th day : IFATY Day i your charge with the possibility of taking up several activities on the spot; diving, fishing, trips in pirogues, excursions in the vicinity, swimming can be scheduled during your stay. Overnight stay at the hotel. 10th day : IFATY – TULEAR - ANTANANARIVO Transfer to Tulear airport. Flight to Antananarivo, the City with one thousand Merina warriors. On arriving at Ivato National Airport, you will be met by Holidays Madagascar's representatives. Transfer to the hotel for the night. 11th day : ANTANANARIVO – DIEGO SUAREZ Transfer to Ivato Airport for a flight to Diego-Suarez. On your arrival, you'll be met by our representative and accompanied to your hotel. Settling down at the Colbert hotel. Lunch downtown. The afternoon will be reserved for discovering the splendor of Diégo Suarez town with its beautiful architecture marking the passing of many cosmopolitan populations, resulting from the intermixing of ethnic groups that succeeded as time went by ( Arabs, Africans, Europeans, ... ) Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel. 12th day : DIEGO SUAREZ – MONTAGNE ES FRANÇAIS - RAMENA Departure for la Montagne des Français ( The French Mountain ) by the road leading to Ramena, a little fishermen's village. On going out the town you can see the islet called Pain de Sucre ( Sugar bread ) in the middle of the bay. La Montagne des Français is a limestone ridge from 60 to 150 m, the path leading to the top is surrounded with baobabs. « Adansonia Suarezensis », aloes, and thorny plants. On the summit, you'll be rewarded in your effort, by the panoramic sight of Diego harbour and its Pain de Sucre. Picnic lunch. Continuation to Ramena: beautiful white-sanded beaches, fishermen's traditional huts, small boats and pirogues. Picnic luncheon at midday and swimming in the afternoon. In the late afternoon, visit to the fishermen's village of Ramena and return to Diego. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel. 13th day : DIEGO SUAREZ – TSINGY ANKARANA Early morning departure to get to the Tsingy of Ankarana; a very beautiful mineral (calcareus peaks) and vegetal world. On the road several « falafa » villages, a symbol of the Nothern part of the island. Before the park, you pass by the town of the sapphire Rush in the mineties: Ambondromifehy. Arrival at the entrance of the national park in the afternoon, night at the hotel. 14th day : TSINGY ANKARANA Beginning of the visit at the national park of Ankarana pacing up these mysterious and bewitching paths of the 20 Km that are « Tsingy » or a « Sharp Rock ». Several fauna to discover: bats, lemurs, especially the Aye Aye and the crowned lemur, endemic birds like the « Mesite varié »; you can also see the « Fosa ». Visit at the bats' grotto. Night at the hotel. 15th day : TSINGY ANKARANA – NOSY KOMBA Transfer to Ankify port, from where transfer to Nosy Komba or « The Black Lemurs' Island » will be performed. On the road, plantation of cacaotrees, coffee trees and Ylang Ylang. Arrival at Nosy Komba by midday. Settling down at the hotel. Afternoon in your charge, possibility of swimming or strolling in the island. 16th day : NOSY KOMBA – NOSY TANIKELY – NOSY BE Picnic excursion by boat to Nosy Tanikely. Discovery of this volcanic island with its sea reserve and its natural aquarium richly filled with multicoloured fish, dolphins, tortoise. Continuation to Nosy Be in the afternoon. Arrival at Nosy Be, settling down at the hotel. 17th day : NOSY BE Day in your charge at Nosy Be, a heavenly island where Ylang Ylang plantations are dominant. You can also see other plants like spices (Vanilla, coffee ...) Ovenight stay at the hotel. 18th day : NOSY BE - ANTANANARIVO - PARIS Transfer to Nosy Be Airport for a flight to Antananarivo.
Nos pages sur: