Magical Madagascar (9 days accommodated)
9 Days - Accommodated
Price: € 1,110
Local Payment: $ 350
Single Supplement: € 180
Tour Code: NMAD 2009
Length: 9 days, 8 nights
Start Point: Antananarivo
End Point: Antananarivo
Accommodation: Two per Room / Permanent Tent
COUNTRIES VISITED: MADAGASCAR
ANTANANARIVO (TANA) - ANTSIRABE
After breakfast we depart on a city tour of old Tana including the Queen's palace, after that we depart for Antsirabe.
Founded by Norwegian missionaries who were attracted by the cool climate and thermal springs,
the name Antsirbie means 'the place of much salt'. We will experience sunset on the edge of Lake Andraikiba.
In the morning we visit some local craftspeople that produce wonderful miniature bicycles;
we also have a look at the semi-precious stones that are on sale here.
We then stop at Ambositra, the centre of the Zafimaniry carving style.
We then continue to the Ranomafana NP where we will go on a nocturnal walk to see the animals
Ranomafana was originally famous, not for the wildlife, but for the hot thermal springs in the area.
After a guided walk in the NP we will go for a relaxing thermal bath in the springs.
After lunch we leave for Sahambavy to visit the largest tea plantation in Madagascar. Afternoon at your leisure.
FIANARANTSOA - ISALO
We pass through Fianarantsoa on our way to the village of Ambalavao to see the paper fabric.
Many people are amazed by the 'medieval' style architecture of the houses here - great for photography.
Leaving the rainforest and the mountains behind us we enter a region dominated by large fields before the desert begins.
We arrive at Isalo in the late afternoon.
The Isalo National Park are a wonderful combination of natural sandstone rock formations,
rare endemic plant and dry weather - all combine to produce a truly spectacular landscape.
In the morning we go on a guided trek to the natural swimming pool of the Isalo National Park then to the "Casacade des nymphes".
Occasionally lemurs can be spotted. We go on an afternoon to the "Natural window" for the sunset.
Today we experience another complete change of climate, from arid, desolate conditions in the morning to
baobab and spiny forest in the afternoon.
We will also have the chance to meet some of the local people with the Antandroy, Mahafaly and Bara tribes
all resident of this area.
Day at leisure. Just north of the Toliara (Tulear), Ifaty is the ideal place to relax in the sun.
Swimming and snorkelling are great ways to spend the next town days, if you are not interested in sitting in the sun,
please speak to the reception of the hotel about the optional day tours on offer.
IFATY - TULEAR - TANA
In the morning we leave Ifaty, transfer to the airport and catch a local flight to Tana.
Your afternoon is free to relax or explore the markets of Tana.
In the evening we have dinner with a fantastic traditional Malagasy music . (Internal Flight included)
Your tour ends today.