SOUTHERN TOUR OF MADAGASCAR OR THE RN7 (12 days)

The Southern is also known as the RN7. If you do not have time but wish to explore the South of Madagascar, this tour is made for you. You will experience the different landscape of each part of Madagascar as well as the local different ethnic group.
Not to forget the famous 2 NPs like Ranomafana rainforest and the weird landscape NP of Isalo and its formation.

We invite you to read the below tour programme:
Itinerary:  Tana, Antsirabe, Ambositra, Fianarantsoa, Ranomafana, Ambalavao, Ranohira, Tulear, Tana

DAY1: Arrival at the international airport of Tana

Welcoming at the international airport of Tana, meet and greet, then transfer to your hotel.
Overnight at the proposed hotel:

  • La Varangue hotel
  • Lokanga Boutique hotel
  • Palissandre hotel

Day 2: Tana to Antsirabe

We will meet up in your hotel next morning then we proceed along the RN7 following the highland sceneries, rice fields in terraces, red clay houses moved to the west. We will head to Antsirabe. On our journey we will stop at the village of Ambatolampy after 70 km driving South of Tana, which is famous for its aluminium. We will visit an aluminium foundry there, before continuing on our journey to Antsirabe.
Antsirabe, which means a place of much salt, is famous four its thermal pools which are rich in healing properties. The town attracts many locals and tourists due to its cool climate and location. Antsirabe is also the capital of rickshaws, and THB, the local beer. Be sure to enjoy the taste of a true Malagasy beer whilst here.
Overnight at the proposed hotel:

  • Résidence Camélia
  • Couleur Café
  • Royal Palace hotel

Day 3: Antsirabe to Ranomafana

After breakfast and city tour with rickshaws known locally as push push, we will drive to Ranomafana NP.
We head to the beautiful and lush Ranomafana rainforest. The name means hot water, and relates to the natural hot water springs that you can experience here. We stop in Ambositra for lunch. This pretty little town is known as the capital of woodcarving; possibility to visit artisan markets, this is also a good place to buy souvenirs whilst you are in the capital.
The National Park was created in 1991 in order to protect the newly discovered, unique "Bamboo lemur.
Arrival in Ranomafana in the afternoon. Possibility to go at a night walk to spot nocturnal lemurs, chameleons & frogs.
Overnight at the proposed hotel:

  • SETAM Lodge
  • Domaine Nature
  • Centrest Sejour

Day 4: Ranomafana

Exploring of Ranomafana. This is the best reserve for lemurs' encounters; no fewer than 12 species are seen in the park.
This includes the most notable two species: the golden bamboo lemur and the greater bamboo lemur.  Other mammals include the Malagasy striped civet (strictly nocturnal) and Ranomafana NP is an excellent chance of seeing it, eastern ring-tailed mongoose belongs to the endemic subfamily Galidiinae.We will also see many species of birds, chameleons ...
Overnight at the proposed hotel:

  • SETAM Lodge
  • Domaine Nature
  • Centrest Sejour

Day 5: Ranomafana to Ranohira

Today we continue the trip along the National7; we pass through the capital of the Betsileo Tribe, Fianarantsoa, which means place of good learning. The Betsileo Tribe is well known for being invincible!!! We then head to Ambalavao, which is a very beautiful and quaint town. A visit to a local workshop gives you an opportunity to see the craftsmen and women at work. We will stop at ANJA Park, which is a sanctuary of ring- tailed lemurs and this reserve was created by the local village to protect the fauna in Madagascar. It's a perfect opportunity to come close to the lemurs, take some great photos and witness how local villages can make a positive impact on protecting the environment. After lunch we continue our trip till Ranohira by passing through the non man land plateaux of Horombe.
Arrival at Ranohira by the end of the afternoon. Possibility to visit the natural rock windows for sunset photos.
Overnight at the proposed hotel:

  • Satrana Lodge
  • Isalo Rock Lodge
  • Relais de La Reine
  • Jardin du Roy

Day 6: Isalo NP

Today we will explore the natural wonders of Isalo NP which includes canyons, trekking, natural swimming pools and waterfalls. You will see 3 kinds of lemurs, such as the Ring-tailed lemur, Brown lemur and the Sifaka. Birds include the Madagascar Wagtail and Benson's rock thrush which is endemic in Isalo NP. There are also White throated rail, Madagascar kestrel and Madagascar coucal.

Day 7: Ranohira to Tulear then transfer to Ifaty

We will head directly to Tulear the capital of the South of Madagascar. This trip will take around 6 hours. We stop at the Arboretum of Antsokay to visit this private arboretum reserve.
We have lunch there, and then transfer to lfaty for a relaxing.
Overnight at the proposed hotel:

  • Princesse du Lagon hotel
  • Le Paradisier
  • Hotel de la Saline

Day 8 - 9 - 10: lfaty beach

Relaxing day at Ifaty. Possibility to go for a scuba diving at ATIMOO PLONGE. They can deliver a PADI certificate. You have also other option to visit the Reniala private reserve or the Village of tortoises if you are keen on it.
Overnight at the same hotel in BB

Day 11: lfaty to Tulear then flight to Tana

Transfer to the airport of Tulear following your domestic flight schedule to fly to Tana; arrival in Tana and transfer to your hotel.
Overnight at the proposed hotel in BB:

  • La Varangue hotel
  • Lokanga Boutique hotel
  • Palissandre hotel

Day 12: International airport transfer

Before we transfer you to the international airport of Tana, we will offer a free city tour depending your time. This can be the visit of the Lemur's Park located 23 Km West of Tana or the Queen's Palace located at 18 Km North of Tana following the shopping time at La Route Digue on the way to the airport. End of our services.

Pricing:

  • 2 to 3 people : 1480 euro pp
  • 4 to 7 people: 1320 euro pp
  • 8 & more : contact me

General inclusion:

  • Land transporting + fuel
  • Driver guide
  • Driver + his food & his accommodation
  • Park Entrances fees & guides
  • Transfer airport/hotel /airport
  • Accommodations listed on the tour programme in BB
  • City tour of Tana
  • Transfer to Ifaty for round tour
  • Domestic ticket flight ( TLE-TNR)

General exclusion:

  • lnternational ticket flight
  • Food & drink
  • Tips
  • Personal spending money

Best regards
Your friendly tour guide
Belaza





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