Discovery hike to the south of Madagascar

Discover the essentials of the big island by taking the trails of the South on a discovery-hike:

An original way to find out Madagascar through a tapestry of landscapes, the 18 ethnic groups who have kept their traditions over time. We will start with the highlands region, where the rice fields line the valley bottoms and go up the hillside with a succession of terraces. We will go through villages with its traditional architectures which give you the opportunity of great encounter with local community…. Then we will go on to Andringitra massif for 3 days of hiking…. A series of landscapes fullfilled by granitic domes linked up to form the second summit of the island.

We can see in the south background semi-desert vegetation covered with savannah from which arise the ruin-shaped massif of Isalo sheltering deep canyons and endemic vegetation. This fabulous discovery will end at the edge of Ifaty blue lagoon, the fishing country of Vezos.

  • Itineraries
  • Dates and prices
  • Notes
  • Day 1

    • ANTANANARIVO
    • 15 km about 1 h
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    Arrival at Ivato International Airport. Dealing with administrative formalities and entry visa regulations. At the exit, Mad Cameleon Team will welcome you , then accompaniment and transport to the hotel
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dîner
    • Accomodation
    • Activity
    • Photo
  • Day 2

    • ANTANANARIVO
    • AMBATOLAMPY
    • ANTSIRABE
    • 200 km about 4.5 h
    • MANANDONA
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    The travel guide will join you at your hotel for a little briefing before departure. You will go along the Southern Road to Antsirabe. We will criss-cross highlands landscapes bordered by small rapids, terrace ricefields. We will stop after a two-hour ride to Ambatolampy for a visit to little handmade foundry making aluminum items. Lunch on the way in the afternoon, a short tour of Antsirabe town with its local miniatures and zebu horn craftsmen. We will follow up to Manandona where we will spend night in a Lodge (Highlands traditional house specially designed for travelers.)
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dîner
    • Accomodation
    • Activity
    • Photo
      • ANTANANARIVO
        • LAPASOA HOTEL
        Breakfast at the Hotel before departure
  • Day 3

    • MANANDONA
    • 5 to 7 h
    • MONT IBITY
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    After a healthy traditional breakfast, we start a wonderful hike to Ibity Mountain. From the summit at about 2 250m, we can have an overlook of small rural settlements made with terracotta distinctive from central regions of Madagascar. Picnic Lunch on the go and we continue through the uplands and its landscapes, terrace ricefields from local villages… Also, it will be an opportunity to learn about the daily life of the inhabitants, their rice cultivation methods, and so on, … We go back to the lodge in the afternoon. The evening will be animated with paced traditional music, dances and songs around a campfire. Spending night into the Lodge.
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dîner
    • Accomodation
    • Activity
    • Photo
      • MANANDONA
        • MANANDONA COTTAGE
        Breakfast included
  • Day 4

    • MANANDONA
    • FIANARANTSOA
    • 296 km about 7 h
    • AMBALAVAO
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    We set off early in the morning; we take the RN7 towards Fianarantsoa. We travel through Ambositra, this city is well-known to be the woodcarving capital. We make a short stop to visit specialized workshop and local crafts… Then we go on to Fianarantsoa town, where we will not fail to make provisions at the market for our next trail. More further south, we will go down from highlands to reach Ambalavao, a town made with granitic foothills into mountain range of Andringitra.
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dîner
    • Accomodation
    • Activity
    • Photo
      • MANANDONA
        • Manandona cottage
        Breakfast at the cottage included
  • Day 5

    • AMBALAVAO
    • 1 to 1.5 h
    • 60 km about 0 h
    • ANDRINGITRA
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    Departure in the early morning, we take the road in the South direction, a track criss-crossing between hills and valleys to reach the bottom of Andringitra mountain range. Accompanied by a local guide and porters, we will start our trail alongside the eastern slope to goal a ridge from where you can admire the whole valley. Then we continue through a primary forest, located at an average altitude until to the base camp for the night.
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dîner
    • Accomodation
    • Activity
    • Photo
      • AMBALAVAO
        breakfast included
  • Day 6

    • ANDRINGITRA
    • 6 to 7 h
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    We will go and climb the plateau of Andringitra at about 2000m high in the cool of the morning. Covered with heathers, long grasses, we walk through rivers that run through a landscape inhabited by birds, chameleons, etc….. We will reach our basecamp at 2 025m high-level. For the more intrepid, a challenging climb of Pic Bobby about 2 658m, a fairly steep slope but with a well-marked tracks will give them a breathtaking view (on a clear days) of granitic peaks and the Tsararano Valley overview.
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dîner
    • Accomodation
    • Activity
    • Photo
      • ANDRINGITRA
        breakfast included
  • Day 7

    • ANDRINGITRA
    • 6 to 7 h
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    We leave through a savannah lands to reach a small hill where we can admire atypical rock formations, sparse by nice oases. A contrast so surprising that the site is called “aliens” ….. A little further, we reach a western slope by the use of a path built with stone stairs. A stunning view of Tsaranoro Valley dotted with palm trees remains fantastic. Our base camp will be set up between two contrasted landscapes near alongside a stream enjoying colorful sunset.
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dîner
    • Accomodation
    • Activity
    • Photo
      • ANDRINGITRA
        Breakfast included
  • Day 8

    • ANDRINGITRA
    • 4 to 5 h
    • 80 km about 4 h
    • RANOHIRA
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    It is the last walking day in Andringitra. We walk down towards Tsaranoro Valley. We reach some small isolated villages around their culture paths. Our transport await us at the bottom of the valley and then we get back the highway by a track to Ranohira village. We pass through Ihosy ( Baras country, an ethnic group of great zebu breeders) and then cross Horombe upland, where we can admire open spaces as far as the eye can see. In the distance, there is the Isalo Massif, where we normally reach before the end of the day.
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dîner
    • Accomodation
    • Activity
    • Photo
      • ANDRINGITRA
        Breakfast included
  • Day 9

    • RANOHIRA
    • 6 to 7 h
    • 7 km about 30 m
    • NATIONAL PARC ISALO
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    We explore by foot the beauty of Isalo National Park accompanied by our local guide. We move in the heart of this ruins-like sandstone massif, where erosion has carved out strange landscapes. A lush vegetation invades canyon bottoms, greenery oases and natural pools where it’s common to meet lemurs…… Back to hotel in the afternoon and laze by the pool.
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dîner
    • Accomodation
    • Activity
    • Photo
      • RANOHIRA
        • Isalo Ranch
        Breakfast included
  • Day 10

    • RANOHIRA
    • TULEAR
    • 280 km about 5 h
    • IFATY
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    Heading for the coast and its blue lagoons. We take the road towards Tulear and cross the town of Sakara, gemstone sapphire capital. The straight road crosses the savannah and we see the first baobabs announcing the far south. Small tour city and we go along the coast for about 30km, we arrive in Ifaty, a small fishermen’s town and in our hotel.
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dîner
    • Accomodation
    • Activity
    • Photo
      • RANOHIRA
        • Isalo Ranch
        Breakfast included
  • Day 11

    • IFATY
    • about 0 h
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    Day off to enjoy the beach and sea or other nautical activities
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dîner
    • Accomodation
    • Activity
    • Photo
      • IFATY
        • Bella Donna Hotel
        Breakfast included
  • Day 12

    • New location
    • New location
    • 30 km about 45 m
    • 635 km about 1.25 h
    • New location
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    Transfer to Tulear Airport in the morning or afternoon depending on your flight schedules and return to Antananarivo. Reception at the airport and go on to your hotel.
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dîner
    • Accomodation
    • Activity
    • Photo
      • New location
        • New point of interest
        (Français) Petit déjeuner inclus
  • Day 13

    • ANTANANARIVO
    • 15 km about 1 h
    • IVATO AIRPORT
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    Last city tour on the surroundings hills of the Old City and its historical past. Panoramic sight of the capital and ricefields stretching away as far as the eye can see. You must stop at the big market where you can find handcrafts from all over the Island and go on straight to the airport to bring your return flight
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dîner
    • Accomodation
    • Activity
    • Photo
      • ANTANANARIVO
        • Lapasoa Hotel
        Petit déjeuner inclus