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Colors and contrasts of Madagascar

Duration :

10 days

Departs from :

ANTANANARIVO

Ends at :

TOLIARY

Difficulty :

Journey along the national road 7 goes through changing sceneries for around 1000km. Rainforests, weird canyons and savannahs; high mountain and spiny forest can be discovered. Visit of more than 04 national parks and several private reserves reveal astonishing wildlife. Exclusive encounters with different ethnic groups show several aspects of the Malagasy culture.

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Colors and contrasts of Madagascar

Before riding to the south, Antananarivo – the capital of Madagascar – is worth a tour before the next stopover on the southerly route throughout the central highlands which is Antsirabe: the city is famous for its thermal water, rickshaws, art galleries and crater lakes. You can easily spend two days of hike here before going to the next destination which is Ambositra. Get to know the “Zafimaniry art”, the local woodcarving art that was added to UNESCO's list of the world's Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2003.

 

Not to be missed is the Ranomafana National Park. After a scenic drive down from the highlands, the rainforest of Ranomafana gives way to lush vegetation. Created in 1991, Ranomafana is home to 12 endangered lemur species and over 115 listed bird species with over 30 endemic. After immersion in the thick forest, drive to Fianarantsoa to discover the local ethnic group and their culture: the Betsileo. With a local guide, hike throughout rice paddies, hills and eucalyptus forest to encounter these welcoming people and share their daily life. From Fianarantsoa to Ambalavao, the wide spaces of the southern Madagascar begin. Zebu cattle are encountered at each turning as you drive toward the Bara territory.

 

Visit Anjà community reserve and take your chance to photograph ring-tailed lemur families closely. The underground natural caves of the reserve are worth a visit as well before you continue to Andringitra National Park. Three nights are needed to visit this beautiful park properly and to reach the Pic Boby. Beyond Ambalavao, the sceneries change again as you arrive in Isalo. The sandstone rocks of this another national park are eroded into deep canyons and weird shapes. Isalo National Park has 77 species of birds including the threatened Benson rock-thrush, 14 species of nocturnal lemurs, 7 of which are endemic and over 400 plant species, most of them are endemic to Madagascar. From Isalo to Tulear, the Zombitse National Park is a good place for birding and to see some baobabs. Beyond Tulear, the choice of beach extension is diverse: Ifaty, Anakao, Ankasy, or fly to Fort-Dauphin.