Great South Destination

This hiking tour will take you to the rural world of the highlands. Meeting with a welcoming and warm population from village to village. Further south we cross the Andringitra Park and its lunar landscapes and then the Isalo Park with its canyons drowned in vegetation and its ruinous landscapes.

  • Itineraries
  • Dates and prices
  • Notes
  • Day 1

    • ANTANANARIVO
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    Arrival in Antananarivo, welcome by our team. Transfer to the hotel and presentation of your program.
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dîner
    • Accomodation
    • Activity
    • Photo
  • Day 2

    • ANTANANARIVO
    • 170 km about 4 h
    • ANTSIRABE
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    Departure for Antsirabe 170 km from Antananarivo. Crossing the landscapes of the high plateaus by taking a winding road lined with small waterfalls extending the view on rice paddies arranged in terraces. We pass by Ambatolampy the city of artisanal foundries: visit a small factory of aluminium pots. Arrival in the afternoon in the water city. Visit of the city with its multicolored rickshaws, its craftsmen working the horn of zebus...
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dîner
    • Accomodation
    • Activity
    • Photo
  • Day 3

    • ANTSIRABE
    • TREKKING HAUTES TERRES
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    Two days of hiking to discover the rural life of the farmers of Vakinakaratra through a landscape typical of the countryside of the Highlands: fields of rice fields, typical villages with their small traditional house,... we will discover their daily life, their rice growing,... Visit the villages of blacksmiths according to the seasons. Nights in a cottage in the villages (type in the inhabitants).
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dîner
    • Accomodation
    • Activity
    • Photo
  • Day 4

    • TREKKING HAUTES TERRES
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    Two days of hiking to discover the rural life of the farmers of Vakinakaratra through a landscape typical of the countryside of the Highlands: fields of rice fields, typical villages with their small traditional house,... we will discover their daily life, their rice growing,... Visit the villages of blacksmiths according to the seasons. Nights in a cottage in the villages (type in the inhabitants).
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dîner
    • Accomodation
    • Activity
    • Photo
  • Day 5

    • BETAFO
    • 257 km about 7 h
    • 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. Free lunch then continuation to 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.
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dîner
    • Accomodation
    • Activity
    • Photo
  • Day 6

    • FIANARANTSOA
    • AMBALAVAO
    • 4 to 5 h
    • 100 km about 4 h
    • ANDRINGITRA
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    Road to Ambalavao. We visit a traditional Antemoro paper factory. Then we continue further south to reach the foothills of the Andringitra massif. Accompanied by our porters and our guide, we cross a primary forest, discover a cave and sacred waterfalls with their myths.
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dîner
    • Accomodation
    • Activity
    • Photo
  • Day 7

    • 5 to 7 h
    • ANDRINGITRA
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    We resume the walk by climbing up to 2100 meters in the middle of a meadow of wild mountain flowers. Panoramic view of the whole lunar landscape. For those who wish, it is possible to climb to Pic Boby at 2658 meters, then go down to the camp at the 2100 meters point.
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dîner
    • Accomodation
    • Activity
    • Photo
  • Day 8

    • 5 to 7 h
    • ANDRINGITRA
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    We go down on the plateau in a beautiful botanical landscape, endemic bird species, reptiles...
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dîner
    • Accomodation
    • Activity
    • Photo
  • Day 9

    • ANDRINGITRA
    • 4 to 5 h
    • TSARANORO
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    We continue the descent to 850 meters to reach the Tsaranoro valley to the west of the massif and its impressive granite dome. Picnic lunch. Arrival at Camp Catta at the end of the day. Dinner and overnight in a camp.
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dîner
    • Accomodation
    • Activity
    • Photo
  • Day 10

    • TSARANORO
    • 234 km about 5 h
    • RANOHIRA
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    We take the car back to Ranohira and the Isalo Park. We are entering Bara country, a people of Zebus breeders. Lunch along the way then cross the huge semi-desert plateau of Horombe. Arrival in Ranohira in the early evening.
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dîner
    • Accomodation
    • Activity
    • Photo
  • Day 11

    • 5 to 6 h
    • RANOHIRA
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    Accompanied by guides and porters, we explore the Isalo Park: discovery of its massive ruiniform massifs, an exceptional fauna and flora of its deep canyons with lush vegetation... Swimming in natural pools... Lunch. Dinner and overnight in bivouac.
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dîner
    • Accomodation
    • Activity
    • Photo
  • Day 12

    • 5 to 6 h
    • RANOHIRA
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    Accompanied by guides and porters, we explore the Isalo Park: discovery of its massive ruiniform massifs, an exceptional fauna and flora of its deep canyons with lush vegetation... Swimming in natural pools... Lunch.
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dîner
    • Accomodation
    • Activity
    • Photo
  • Day 13

    • RANOHIRA
    • 234 km about 4 h
    • TULEAR
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    Last walk to reach our vehicle and then take the road to Tulear. Crossing the village of Ilakaka, which was built in 3 months after the discovery of the world's largest sapphire vein. Then the road crosses savannah landscapes and we discover the first baobabs. Arrival in Tulear, visit of the city and its market. Dinner and overnight in a hotel.
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dîner
    • Accomodation
    • Activity
    • Photo
  • Day 14

    • TULÉAR
    • ANTANANARIVO
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    Transfer to the airport and flight to Antananarivo. Reception and assistance for international correspondence.
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dîner
    • Accomodation
    • Activity
    • Photo