From the Highlands to the Great South

Group travel is the ideal solution to reduce your travel costs and meet new people. It is by the southern road, full of contrasts that you will discover this multifaceted island. A succession of landscapes, a people with a warm welcome, stops punctuated by original excursions on foot or by train. A must-see visit to the ruinous park of Isalo and relaxation by the lagoon with its turquoise blue waters of Ifaty.

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  • Day 1

    • ANTANANARIVO
    • AMBATOLAMPY
    • ANTSIRABE
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    Southbound route Crossing highland landscapes along a winding road lined with small waterfalls overlooking terraced rice fields. 69 Km from Antananarivo, first stage South: Ambatolampy city of artisanal foundries: capital of aluminium in Madagascar, because all the pots are built there, Ambatolampy profiles its silhouette on the blue horizon of Ankaratra at 1500m altitude. Visit of an aluminium pot factory. Then drive to Antsirabe located in the middle of a fertile plain surrounded by high mountains, on average around 2500 m above sea level. This former spa, nicknamed "the city of water", has become a very important economic city and is famous for its market gardening and its mineral water "visy gasy". In the afternoon, visit a workshop where miniature objects are made: rickshaws, cars, bicycles...
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  • Day 2

    • ANTSIRABE
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    Discovery day in the Highlands: hiking excursion in the rural countryside: through the green landscapes of the fields of crops and rice fields..... Meetings with the villagers, discovery of their way of life, their activities (farmers, blacksmiths, cart builders...) Visit of the small village schools.... Lunch at the inhabitant's house. Return to Antsirabe in the afternoon.
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  • Day 3

    • ANTSIRABE
    • FIANARANTSOA
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    We take the road towards Ambositra, stop in the capital Zafimaniry to visit some workshops specialized in marquetry and precious wood carvings. Lunch then we continue towards Fianarantsoa. A short walk at the end of the day allows you to discover the city, its religious buildings, its century-old houses, its narrow streets and its lively staircases that wind between the houses... to finish at the top of the hill and admire the view of the city and its surroundings.
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  • Day 4

    • FIANARANTSOA
    • SAHAMBAVY
    • AMBALAVAO
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    Transfer to the station to take the train to Sahamabavy tea plantations area: Crossing the lush vegetation typical of the East Coast. It is a small train typically Malagasy, "folk", which will allow you to meet the villagers of the Tanala ethnic group. Arrival in the late morning, then visit the Sambahavy tea plantation. Lunch by the lake. In the afternoon we take the road towards Ambalavao. We leave the highlands and approach the wide open spaces of the South. Arrival at the end of the day. - Be careful, this is an old 1929 train. This excursion is therefore subject to train failure. In the event of a train failure, the route will then be by road.
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  • Day 5

    • AMBALAVAO
    • RANOHIRA
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    Transfer to the station to take the train to Sahamabavy tea plantations area: Crossing the lush vegetation typical of the East Coast. It is a small train typically Malagasy, "folk", which will allow you to meet the villagers of the Tanala ethnic group. Arrival in the late morning, then visit the Sambahavy tea plantation. Lunch by the lake. In the afternoon we take the road towards Ambalavao. We leave the highlands and approach the wide open spaces of the South. Arrival at the end of the day. - Be careful, this is an old 1929 train. This excursion is therefore subject to train failure. In the event of a train failure, the route will then be by road.
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  • Day 6

    • RANOHIRA
    • ISALO PARK
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    Day dedicated to the discovery of the Isalo Park: its ruinous massifs, its flora and its exceptional fauna. Hiking on paths traced on land and rocks, crossing canyons with lush vegetation, swimming in a natural swimming pool. We pass by the window of Isalo for a magnificent sunset on the massif.
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  • Day 7

    • RANOHIRA
    • TULEAR
    • IFATY
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    Road to Tulear: Savannah landscapes, discovery of the first baobabs, stops in small lively villages. Arrival in Tulear in the late morning. Lunch at the table inn and visit the arboretum (gathering a wide variety of endemic plants and shrubs including succulent and thorny plants) Visit of the city and the shell market... In the afternoon, we take the track towards Ifaty: we take a sandy track, along the coast and its mangroves. Crossing small fishing villages... Arrival at the end of the day.
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  • Day 8

    • IFATY
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    relaxing day: possibility of going out to sea, sailing on the lagoon in traditional canoes, snorkeling, swimming..... The excursions are under the responsibility of the hotel / at your expense. It is recommended not to bring a camera, camera or other water-sensitive objects without a waterproof bag.
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  • Day 9

    • IFATY
    • TULEAR
    • ANTANANARIVO
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    Morning free. Transfer to Tulear airport. Lunch in Tulear or Antananarivo, depending on the flight schedule. Flight to Antananarivo, welcome at the airport. Transfer to the city.
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