SOUTH TOUR RN7
Day 1: Arrival in Antananarivo. You will be met and transfer to your hotel in Antananarivo, the picturesque capital of Madagascar
Please be aware that your driver/guide will be waiting for you at the International Arrival gate. An airport sign with your name should be seen and you may have to look for a logo if the airport gets overcrowded. If you cannot locate your driver/guide please remain calm and approach the Airport Welcome Service.
An announcement intended for your driver can be broadcasted there, and this will then become the rally point. In the case of an emergency or you cannot locate your driver/guide, the emergency contact details are on your documents and you should call the mentioned numbers before attempting to leave the airport.
Day 2: Antananarivo-Atsirabe-Ambositra. After breakfast, depart for Antsirabe then to Ambositra. You will drive through landscape which mainly composed of mountains and rice fileds and after 4 hours drive, you will arrive in Antsirabe. This is a pretty thermal town that combines a typical Malagasy style with the tranquility of small European provincial town.
Here you will have lunch before a city tour and visit of local gemstone and crafts workshops where you can watch the cutting and polishing process of gemstone or things made of zebu horns… After this visit, you will continue for another 1 hour and half drive to get to Ambositra where you will overnight at an hotel
Day 3: Ambositra- Ranomafana. After breakfast, you will be taken for a short visit of some Zafimaniry woodcarving shops. This art,classified as world intangible heritage by UNESCO. Zafimaniry Art expresses itself through daily life objects as well as construction parts( doors and window).
After the visit; you will continue the drive to the south and direction is Ranomafana national park. The park contains twelve lemur species. Aside from the golden bamboo lemur, visitors can spot eastern woolly lemur, red bellied lemur, eastern grey bamboo lemur, greater bamboo lemur, red-fronted brown lemur, black-and-white ruffed lemur, Milne-Edward´s sifaka, Small-toothed sportive lemur, greater dwarf lemur and brown mouse lemur and the very rare aye-aye.
Other mammals include 7 species of tenrecs, 8 bats and 6 carnivorous, like the Malagasy striped civet and some mongooses. Overnight at an hotel
Day 4: Another full day of Ranomafana national park. Lemurs,mangoose, chameleons, and birds as this is avery good place for birding too. Birds have profited from these discoveries, and we´ll be alert for the huge Henst´s Goshawk, the timid Brown Mesite, Madagascar Wood Rail. the stunning Blue Coua, the secretive Yellow-brow Coua, and mixed flocks containing Spectacled and Gray-crowned Greenbuls, spectacular Pitta-like Ground-Roller, Green Jery, and Rand´s Warbler. Night at the same hotel
Day 5: This adventure continues as you depart the highlands area in the comfort of a privately driven vehicle, and travel further South towards the semi-dry landscapes this truly diverse island country. The first scheduled stop of the day is in the small town of Ambalavao, one of the cultural hubs of the country, boasting a variety of architectural treasures and quaint veranda-lined houses. Enjoy a visit to the entirely natural Paper Factory in Antemoro.
Here, inlaid paper is created from plants and flowers which are exported nowadays all over the globe to create some of the world's most famous and beautiful greeting cards. The day’s journey is completed upon your arrival into Ranohira the main town outside Isalo National Park. Isalo National Park is home to some of Madagascar’s most stunning scenery, with barren landscapes, twisted rock formations and extraordinary plants life.
Day 6: Morning visit of Isalo national park then afternoon drive to Zombitse reserve and overnight at Zombitse ecolodge
Day 7 : Early morning visit of Zombitse national park for endemic birds,sifakas knonw as dancing lemurs,reptiles… Then drive to Toliara and Ifaty. Night at a beach front hotel
Day 8-9: Full days in Ifaty;
Day 10: Drive back to Toliara and take the flight back to Tana following by the flight out.END OF THE TOURS