Unique and rich nature, workshops of artisans, the village culture and relaxing leisure at the beach – nothing is like Madagascar.
Your adventure starts in the city surrounded by twelve holly hills – Antananarivo or Tana, often called by the locals. This is the capital of Madagascar as well its economic and administrative centre with colonial style architecture. Visit the tourism centre to find out about the local sites and places of attraction. On the next day you will go to the National Park Andasibe-Mantadia, part of which is dedicated to protect the world's largest lemur species. Take an option to visit small private reserve Peyrieras to see lemurs, chameleons and leaf-tailed geckos. During the next days you will have the rain forest hikes, which is the natural environment of Indri or Babakoto lemurs. In addition to the Indri, the park has 10 other diurnal and nocturnal lemur species, large chameleons and the rarely seen blue boa.
Then you will go to the colonial town of Antsirabe, which is famous for its volcanic lakes, precious and semi-precious stones, and handcrafts. There you will stop by Merina tombs, rice paddies and visit the traditional family-run aluminium cookware factory. Then, after a short visit to Lake Andraikiba, you will make your way to the small village of Ambatonikolahy to stay overnight. Take your time to explore it, to find out about the local life and traditions, and to meet the ghost talker. On the next morning you can take an option to hike the Mont Ifasina (2.155 m). After, hit the road to Ranomafana village with the hot springs and the Ranomafana National Park, which is very mountainous and is one of the biggest in Madagascar (41,600 ha). This is the home for many species of mammals of Madagascar, including different kinds of lemurs, fanaloka, the eastern ring-tailed mongoose and the red forest rat, as well as great variety of bird life.
Enjoy the early forest walk in the morning and continue by transfer to the wine-producing region, stopping by the town of Ambalavao. There you will visit tea plantations, local paper factory that produces unique hand-made paper, as well as a silk factory to learn about the local way of making fabric or a piece of clothing from silk, and the process of dying them with natural dies. Then go to Anja Community Reserve. There, in the territory of 30 ha, one can spot wild animals and appreciate unique plants and preserved environment that reflects life of a small ethnic group during the few last centuries before the island was concurred by French. Then you will go to Isalo National Park with diverse relief – sandy cliffs, canyons and green oases. After the walk to the park you will go to one of the best waterfalls in Madagascar with the natural pool and, if lucky, see Sifaka, brown lemurs and ring-tailed lemurs.
On the next day, en route from Ranohira to Toliara, drive through the wide-open and vast desert landscape, pass through several unique frontier-style sapphire mining towns and see the remarkable fire-resistant Baobab trees and the Mahafaly tombs. After a short stop in Toliara, drive on to Ifaty to relax and enjoy the breath-taking beaches of the Mozambican Channel spending two nights there. The area's coral reef extends in 100 kilometres and makes an uninterrupted barrier that prevents form big weaves and is ideal for boating, snorkelling and diving. Take an option to have a horseback ride or a bicycle ride, visit the Reniala Reserve or the Lake Ranobe. In the final part of the tour you will fly back to Antananarivo to spend one more night there.
NB! Please check the hotel notice board for trip information and group meeting time.