Fauna & Flora
Malagasy Mosaic
In Madagascar, the rain season is a time when magnificent vegetation animates a life resplendent and full of force. Nature, of extreme beauty, is illuminated by the clear, beautiful and gentle lights. This route takes place between the Highlands and the Mozambique Channel. The diversity of landscape and vibrant life present everywhere, makes it incomparably attractive for who wants to live Madagascar fully and differently. In this season, the lights are beautiful, the... See more
Fauna & Flora
Must see
Hiking
Ethnic minority
Travel with children
Paris Roissy CDG
10h - 8500km

Day 1Flight from Europe to Antananarivo

Paris Roissy CDG - Antananarivo

  • Flight to Antananarivo, dinner and overnight on board.

  • The Détours Madagascar Team welcomes you on arrival. Transfer to your hotel.

Accommodation: Green Palace guest house I Ivato
1h 50m - 77km
Ambatolampy
1h 30m - 96km

Day 2Discovering the Central Highlands, Antsirabe the Thermal City

Antananarivo - Ambatolampy

  • We take the road towards the city of Ambatolampy, located South of Antananarivo on the Road National 7. Crossing typical landscape of the central Highlands, we drive along a sinuous road lined with a mosaic of crops and terrace rice fields.

Ambatolampy - Antsirabe

  • We meet with a dynamic rural world, evolving all around us as we drive through. Coming closer to Antsirabe, various fresh products from the fields are displayed along the road.
    We reach Antsirabe, the thermal city, nestled in the middle of the central Highlands.

  • The name « Antsirabe » comes from the malagasy words « Any sira be », which means « Where there is a lot of salt ». The salt made the reputation of this place from a very long time ago.
    The best way to stroll around the city is by taking the « pousse-pousse » (rickshaw), to discover its streets in the most authentic way.

Breakfast: Green Palace guest house I Ivato
Dinner: Local restaurant
Accommodation: Ecolodge
30m - 25km
Betafo
4h - 10km
Betafo
30m - 25km

Day 3Hiking around ricefields and villages in the valley of Betafo

Antsirabe - Betafo

  • In the morning, we leave Antsirabe to head West. We follow during a short time the large valley of the Vakinankaratra, flowing between ancient volcanoes. We reach the small town of Betafo.

Betafo - Betafo

  • We start our easy hike around Betafo, to discover the mosaic of rice fields, transforming themselves in various shades of green and yellow, looking absolutely beautiful.

    Overlooked by sumptuous volcanic slopes, this Valley of the Vakinankaratra offers splendid landscape, emblematic of the malagasy Highlands, made of a succession of hills, perched villages, red brick houses with thatched roof, and colorful ricefields. We walk from village to village, from house to house meeting with our hosts.

    The town of Betafo is also very interesting historically speaking, and we encourage you to take a look at our article below to find out more about this cradle of the Andratsay Kingdom.

Betafo - Antsirabe

  • After this nice discovery, we head back towards Antsirabe.

Breakfast: Ecolodge
Lunch: Picnic during the hike
Dinner: Ecolodge
Accommodation: Ecolodge
2h - 95km
Ambositra
3h 30m - 150km

Day 4Driving in Betsileo country, between wood crafts and ingenious traditional agriculture

  • After breakfast, we leave Antsirabe to continue to the South. We cross the Highlands and visit the town of Ambositra, the famous capital of wood craft. We arrived in Fianarantsoa in the late afternoon.

Breakfast: Ecolodge
Dinner: Villa Sylvestre Hôtel | Fianarantsoa
Accommodation: Villa Sylvestre Hôtel | Fianarantsoa
30m - 20km
Mahasoabe
30m - 20km

Day 5Canoe descent on the Matsiatra river and discovering the tea plantations in Sahambavy

  • Departure for the village of Mahasoabe, located about twenty kilometres to the East of Fianarantsoa. Presentation with the piroguiers, beginning of the river’s descent in traditional pirogue. Two and a half hours of navigation, the river winds its way between rice fields and granite mountains, many stops to immerse itself in peasant life. Several species of water birds are visible.

  • We reach the village of Iseta and after half an hour of walking through fields and villages, we take back our vehicle for Sahambavy. In the afternoon, visit of the Madagascar’unique tea plantation. Back to Fianarantsoa at the end of the day.

Breakfast: Villa Sylvestre Hôtel | Fianarantsoa
Dinner: Villa Sylvestre Hôtel | Fianarantsoa
Accommodation: Villa Sylvestre Hôtel | Fianarantsoa
1h 30m - 60km
4h 30m - 210km
Ranohira

Day 6Meeting with the Lemur Catta and driving on the vast plains of the Horombe Plateau

Fianarantsoa - Ambalavao

  • Through the patchwork of terraced rice fields and various cultures where all the shades of green are declined, road to Ambalavao known for its vineyards.

  • We make a stop at Anja's reserve : a forest of ficus, lianas and orchids developed in between a spectacular rock chaos, sometimes forming caves used as shelter by animals.

    The rocky slopes have been colonized by succulent plants such as kalanchoes and pachypodiums.

    In this lush green paradise live in small colonies the makis catta, this lemur with a striped tail which represents Madagascar. They spend a lot of time on the ground, are not too wild and so easily observable.

    The profit of Anja's reserve are managed by the AMI (Anja Miray) organization, and are donated to finance social and economical projects, which purposes are to improve crop yield, crafts development, health and education towards the villagers.

  • Visit of the artisanal factory of Antemoro paper, secular method invented by the first Arab migrants.

  • Continue to the South in Bara country and cross of the largest highland of Madagascar, the Ihorombe desert, before seeing the village of Ranohira that we reach in the late afternoon.

Breakfast: Villa Sylvestre Hôtel | Fianarantsoa
Dinner: Isalo Ranch Hôtel | Ranohira
Accommodation: Isalo Ranch Hôtel | Ranohira
Ranohira
5h - 13km
Ranohira

Day 7Hiking in the Isalo National Park

  • A beautiful day of discovery walk in the massive ruiniform of Isalo. We cross cliffs, the plateau of Tapia, a tree with many uses, savannahs and the massif eroded in strange shapes. The presence of the Bara burials makes the mystical touch of the circuit. This circuit is also a slideshow of plants "adapted" to the dry climate, plants as strange as the others.

Breakfast: Isalo Ranch Hôtel | Ranohira
Lunch: Picnic during the hike
Dinner: Isalo Ranch Hôtel | Ranohira
Accommodation: Isalo Ranch Hôtel | Ranohira
Ranohira
4h - 250km
45m - 45km
Ifaty

Day 8Tulear and Ifaty, the Mozambique Channel

  • Departure to Tuléar. We cross Ilakaka, a small village of 50 residents that has become a real mining town since the discovery of a Sapphire deposit in 1998. First overview of baobabs and the famous tombs topped with funerary sculptures called "Aloalo" and painted in naïve scenes of life.

  • Visit of Tulear city and lunch.

  • Road in the early afternoon for Ifaty, about thirty kilometers north of Tulear, to join the country of Vezo fisherman.

Breakfast: Isalo Ranch Hôtel | Ranohira
Dinner: Hôtel Belle Vue I Ifaty
Accommodation: Hôtel Belle Vue I Ifaty
Ifaty

Day 9Free stay in Ifaty, on the Capricorn Coast

  • Ifaty, Mangily, Madiorano and Ambolimailaka are small villages facing the majestic lagoon of Ranobe with turquoise water, renowned for its coral reef. They serve as seaside resorts.
    Free stay, activities to see with the hotel or with your guide: hiking in the hinterland of the dry forest to various endemic varieties of endemic thorns, euphorbias, Didieraceae, pachypodiums and Baobabs. The visit can be done in zebu cart or on foot; or possibility of relaxation to enjoy the joys of the beach, a beautiful invitation to bathe in this beautiful lagoon.
    Will also be present: Featured excursion, canoeing in traditional dugout canoe, trolling, water skiing, snorkeling or diving in bottle... Or simply stroll along the beach and meet the local people and explore in depth the life of these fishing villages.

Breakfast: Hôtel Belle Vue I Ifaty
Dinner: Hôtel Belle Vue I Ifaty
Accommodation: Hôtel Belle Vue I Ifaty
Ifaty
45m - 45km
1h 15m - 935km
10h - 8500km
Paris Roissy CDG

Day 10Back to Tulear, Flight to Antananarivo and then towards Europe

  • Free time before the transfer to Tuléar airport.

  • Flight to Antananarivo (1h15), welcome on arrival and assistance for the flight to Europe.

Breakfast: Hôtel Belle Vue I Ifaty
Accommodation: Hôtel Au Bois Vert I Ivato
Paris Roissy CDG

Day 11Arrival in Europe

  • Arrival late in the morning in Europe. Misaotra and see you soon !

duration 11 days. International flight not included.

from 780€ (per person)

Difficulty:3/5
Comfort:5/5
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