(Available all over the year)
DURATION : 14 days
AREA : East – West – South of Madagascar
PLACES TO VISIT : Antananarivo – Toamasina – Andasibe – Morondava- Kirindy– Ranomafana – Ranohira (Isalo) – Tulear
ACCOMODATION TYPE: Mid-range and Luxury (BB)
TRANSPORT TYPE: Private car/ Regular Flight
BACK TO ANTANANARIVO: Domestic flight
ASSISTANCE: Guide / Local Guide
- 2 Domestic Tickets flight (TNR-MOQ / TLE-TNR)
- Travel insurance
- Tourists Taxes
- Transfer from the airport to the hotel and from the hotel to the airport
- Private car with Air Conditional
- National and Local Guide (English speaking)
- Visits and excursions (following the itinerary)
- Guide + entrance fee included for all national parks/reserves
- Administrative management package
- Bottles of water
- 2 local SIM Cards (5mn international card + 2go Internet)
- Picnic lunch in Mantadia and Isalo
This tour will take you from Antananarivo to Andasibe (National park), Kirindy (National Park), Baobab Avenue, Ranomafana (National Park), Isalo (National Park)
Andasibe National Park
Andasibe National Park is a part of Toamasina. 140 kilometers from Antananarivo, and 200 kilometers from Tamatave. The surface of the area is 16,310 hectares (Analamazaotra Special Reserve is 810 hectares while Mantandia National Park is 15,500 hectares). The climate is very humid, the average annual temperature is 18 degrees Celsius, and the average annual rainfall is 1,700 millimeters spread over 210 hectares. The park consists of 80% primary forests and 13% secondary forests, subject to the impact of human activity. The special reserve is dedicated to the protection of the largest Malagasy lemur, the indri. An orchid park is also open to the public.
Kirindy national park
The Kirindy National Park is located in the Menabe region, Kingdom of Sakalava located about 70 km south of Morondava on the edge of the Mozambique Channel. Kirindy amongs the 20 new UNESCO Biosphere Reserves! A total of 669 representing 120 countries. Terrestrial National Park and RAMSAR Site and BIOSPHERE RESERVE. It is the transition between the biodiversity of the West and the South: dense dry forest that occupies 70% of the park, thorny thicket Didiereaceae and Euphorbiaceae, brackish coastline lake, habitat of many species, birds, reptiles, lemurs. Endemicity of biodiversity: 97%.
Ranomafana national park
The Ranomafana National Park is located in the southeast of Madagascar straddling the regions of Upper Matsiatra and Vatovavy Fitovinany. It is 412 km south-east of Antananarivo, 65 km north-east of Fianarantsoa and 139 km west of the town of Mananjary. Terrestrial National Park classified World Heritage Site with its dense low-lying humid forest (600-800m), its dense humid forest of medium altitude (800-1400m), its bamboo forest, its marshland where plant and animal species such as Pandanus, Varecia variegata variegate, Crayfish, Limnogale Mergulus choose as habitat. 6 species of fish, 74 species of insects, 90 species of butterfly including 4 rare species, 350 species of spiders, 6 endemic species of crustaceans and a subspecies of crayfish of the group of Astacoides. 58 species of reptiles, 98 species of amphibians, 115 of the 257 species of birds of Madagascar the majority of which is endemic. 12 species of lemurs, 7 species of carnivorous mammals and 20 species of insectivores, 07 species of bats including Myzopoda aurita, a monogenous that exists only in Madagascar. There are also 13 species of rodents. The Ranomafana forest is of the rainforest type whose hard core considered as primary forest is distant from the road axis. There are Apocynaceae, Euphorbiaceae and Rubiaceae, Dypsis sp and Phloga sp of the family Palmae, Asplenium nidus, orchids of the genera Bulbophyllum and Eulophiella. Large areas of secondary forest are occupied by Psydium cattleyanum of the family Myrtaceae. Tropical hardwoods such as rosewood or Dalbergia sp, maka or Weinmania sp and varongy or Mespilodaphne tapack are also visible. A profusion of rare plants is also identified: ferns, bamboos and hundreds of orchids. Chinese guava occupies more and more spaces and is dispersed by lemurs and frugivorous birds.
Ranomafana national park
Isalo is home to a population dominated by the Bara ethnic group, mixed with communities of various origins, who settled there because of the exploitation of sapphire in the surrounding area of Ilakaka. The territory is also an historically rich archaeological site, as it retains the continental plate connecting madagascar with Africa, two million years ago. A true tourist attraction for its geomorphological singularities, at the same time varied and unique in the world, it is the most visited site of the island, bearing since 1962 the name of “National Park of the Isalo“, and under the administration of the National Association for the Management of Protected Areas or ANGAP. Of rock structure that is globally shaped by the erosion of reddish mountainous sandstones dating back to the Jurassic era of 200 million years ago, extending for nearly 100 km in the north-south direction. Its varied sculptural form is a chain of deep canyons, peaks up to 200 meters high, masses of granite and rock blocks of unstable appearance. There are currently 82 species of birds, 33 reptiles, 15 amphibians, and 14 mammals including 7 primates. Among these, there are the “Maky”, the “Sifaka”, and the “Varika”. As far as tourists are concerned, the main attractions are the pedestrian routes which, from the outset, are reminiscent of a decorative façade of the Far West. The Isalo House, Interpretation Center and compulsory point of purchase of the entrance ticket, located 9 km from the village of Ranohira, allows you to view a wide range of main sightseeing tours.
DETAIL OF THE PROGRAM
DAY1: WELCOMING (TRANSFER)
Arrival at Ivato International Airport. You will be welcomed by HT Agency Tours Staff. Once you have passed customs formalities, our Guide will smooth through the rest of the arrivals process – changing money, setting up your phone with the new SIM card, and anything else you need. We will provide 2 (two) SIM cards with Data + National Call + 5mn International call for your stay in Madagascar; it will make our contact easier. Transfer directly to the hotel in town for check-in “Antananarivo”.
Night at Grand Hotel Urban hotel
DAY 2 : TANA – PALMARIUM
After breakfast, you are going to join the Palmarium Reserve. Your trip will take around seven hours with some stops for photos or breaks if it is necessary. You need to take boat to get there (From Manambato to Palmarium).You will arrive there at the end of the day so you will check-in at the hotel and then begin the guided night walk.
Night at Akan’ny nofy
DAY 3: PALMARIUM
In the morning, you will start a guided day walk at the Palmarium Reserve. It is a little island where inhabit ten species of lemur as Indri, Sifaka, Coronatus, Varécia, variegata, Propithèques, particularly the wellknown Aye-Aye. There is also the best and endemic Madagascar palm tree as Dypsis, Ravenea, Orania, Voanioala and Lemurophoenix).
Night at Akan’ny nofy
DAY 4 : PALMARIUM – ANDASIBE
After breakfast, you will reach Andasibe. You check-in at the hotel and then beginning of the guided night walk in a Village Reserve. The visit will take 1hour and half, and then drive back to the hotel.
Night at the Feon’ny ala
DAY 5 : ANDASIBE
Early in the morning, you will start your visit in the Andasibe Mantadia National Park. The primary forest is formed by two distinct protected ares – the Analamazoatra special reserve and the Mantadia national park. Almost the whole park is formed by primary forest which has never been modified by human beings. It is also a refuge for many animals and plants. Thus, it is not uncommon to come across a multitude of species: lemurs, birds, chameleons, and insects of all kinds. You will enjoy this primary forest and its wildlife the whole day.
Night at the Feon’ny ala
DAY6: ANDASIBE – TANA
After breakfast, you will start with a guided visit at Analamazaotra National Park (It is better to leave the hotel at 7:30AM). This morning you need an early start to catch the Indri-Indri and the Diademed Sifaka in their forest home. The visit takes about 4 hours. Within a mile of the park you can hear the peculiar call of the indri very early in the morning until noon and again in the late afternoon. Indris (called Babakoto in Malagasy) are the largest living lemurs at all reaching up to 1 meter. Andasibe is the best place to observe the Indris given that there are a couple of families habituated to humans. It lives in small groups and cannot survive in captivity. Apart from the Indri, another 13 lemur species inhabit these forests, such as woody lemur, grey bamboo lemur, diademed sifaka, brown lemur, red mouse-lemur, red-bellied lemur, black and white ruffed lemur and even aye-aye.
After lunch you will transfer directly to Tana
Night at Grand Hotel Urban
DAY 7: TANA – MORONDAVA – KIRINDY
You will take a « domestic flight TLE – MOQ ». While arrive in Morondava, you will be transfer directly to Kirindy National Park, then beginning of the guided night walk. Kirindy National Park, may be best known as the only location where the endangered giant jumping rat (Hypogeomys antimena) and the Madagascar endemic mammalian species of fossa occurs. There are a number of species of nocturnal lemurs present: Madame Berthe’s mouse lemur (the world’s smallest primate), red-tailed sportive lemur, pygmy mouse lemur, gray mouse lemur, pale fork-marked lemur, Coquerel’s giant mouse lemur and the fat-tailed dwarf lemur. Further mammalian as narrow-striped mongoose, Verreaux’s sifaka, common tenrec, greater hedgehog tenrec and red-fronted brown lemur are also found here. Some of the local reptiles present are: Labord’s chameleon, various plated lizards, Henkel’s leaf-tailed gecko, big-headed gecko, Madagascar ground boa, giant hog-nosed snake, spear-nosed snake and kapidolo.
Night at Relais du Kirindy
DAY 8: KIRINDY – MORONDAVA
After a guided day walk in Kirindy forest, transfer directly to Morondava with 2 main stops in baobab amoureux and the Avenue of the Baobabs to enjoy the sunset. The Avenue of the Baobabs, or Alley of the Baobabs, is a prominent group of Grandidier’s baobabs (Adansonia grandidieri) lining the dirt road between Morondava and Belon’i Tsiribihina in the Menabe region of western Madagascar.
Night at Palissandre
DAY 9: MORONDAVA – ANTSIRABE
Today you will have a very long drive, so we suggest you to lease early as possible (at 7:00AM). So after breakfast, transfer directly to Antsirabe with some stops on the road for pictures and some breaks if it is necessary. Lunch in Miandrivazo. The landscape is decorated by rice fields, hills, red soil … Arrive in Antsirabe toward the end of the afternoon. Check in at the hotel.
Night at Royal Palace
DAY10: ANTSIRABE – RANOMAFANA
In the morning, you will join directly Ranomafana, the village of Ifanadiana, well known for the Ranomafana National Park and to enjoy the green landscape on the road. Arrival in Ranomafana late in the evening. Check in at the hotel. You will start your stay in this area by a guided night walk. If you like nature and animals, you won’t be disappointed: many birds, butterflies, and lemurs live in these forests. You will also find unique plant species that grow only in this park. Various medicinal plans but also a wide variety of orchids, and carnivorous plants that litter the soil and trees. There are a number of lemur species, including: Peyrieras’s woolly lemur, Avahi peyrierasi, Daubentonia madagascariensis Crossley’s dwarf lemur, Cheirogaleus crossleyi Sibree’s dwarf lemur, Cheirogaleus sibreei, Greater bamboo lemur, Prolemur simus Golden bamboo lemur, Hapalemur aureus Ranomafana grey bamboo lemur, Hapalemur griseus ranomafanensis, Red-bellied lemur, Eulemur rubriventer Red-fronted brown lemur, Eulemur rufifrons, Small-toothed sportive lemur, Lepilemur microdon., Southern black and white ruffed lemur, Varecia variegata editorum,Red mouse lemur, Microcebus rufus Milne-Edwards’s sifaka Propithecus edwardsi.
Night at the Thermal Hotel
DAY 11: RANOMAFANA
In the morning, departure for a visit to the heart of the rainforest of Ranomafana National Park, a typical reserved area belonging to the last forest corridor along the eastern part of the Big Island. Discovery of the wealth of endemic biodiversity of the region, such as rare species and lemurs seriously endangered, many species of rare and endemic plants used by the local population for traditional medicine .Trekking in the forest by following a track longing the forest passing through beautiful waterfall, meeting the rare species on the way. Back to the hotel for lunch. After the long day of tiring morning or visit of the spa source, nap and rest for the end of the day. Around 17:30, start of the guided night walk.
Night at the Thermal Hotel
DAY 12: RANOMAFANA – ISALO
After breakfast, back to the road RN7 for the South to reach the city of Ranohira to meet Isalo National Park. During the journey, we take one stop at the reserve of Anja, small peasant associative park which shelters in particular several species of orchids and makis catta little wild, these famous lemurs striped white and black! Arrival at Isalo at the end of the day.
Night at the Isalo Rock Lodgde
DAY 13: ISALO
This day will start with a guided visit in Isalo national park, then end in the sunset in the famous Isalo window. A total of 340 faunal species are known to inhabit Isalo National Park, including 82 species of birds, 33 species of reptiles, 15 species of frogs and 14 species of mammals. Notable examples include the Madagascar ground boa Acrantophis dumerili, the white-lipped bright-eyed frog (Boophis albilabris) and the Malagasy rainbow frog (Scaphiophryne gottlebei). The many species of bird found here include Benson’s rock thrush (Monticola sharpei bensoni), the knob-billed duck (Sarkidiornis melanotos) and the Madagascar ibis (Lophotibis cristata). Several different species of lemur are found in the park. There are over 400 species of plant in the park, many of them endemic to the region. They include the Bismarck palm (Bismarckia nobilis) which recovers well after fires, Catharanthus ovalis which has medicinal uses, the elephant’s foot plant (Pachypodium rosulatum) and the aloe Aloe isaloensis named after the mountain massif.
Night at the Isalo Rock Lodgde
DAY 14: ISALO – TULEAR – TANA
You leave Isalo early in the morning to reach Tulear with a stop at the Zombitse National Park. Ninety species of birds are known from the park, including thirty-eight endemic species. The park meets the Birdlife International criteria as an Important Bird Area. One species Appert’s tetraka (also known as Appert’s greenbul (Xanthomixis apperti) is classified with a conservation status of vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Eight species of lemur are recorded; Verreaux’s sifaka (Propithecus verreauxi) is an endangered species on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, as is the Pale fork-marked lemur (Phaner pallescens).[The towering spiny bushes are home to more than 2000 plants species (many of them local endemic), some spectacular and very old baobabs (there is a giant baobab of 12,5 m diameter) and a complete endemic plants family, the Didieraceae.
After the visit, you will be transfer to Tulear and take a flight back to Tana) After the visit, transfer directly to the airport for flight back to the capital Antananarivo. On arrival, 45mn visit in the Queen’s Palace on the top of the hill (Rova Manjakamiadana), followed by a shopping and some souvenirs at the craft market of La Digue. And then, transfer to the airport for the international flight. End of our services.