The National road 7, known as Madagascar South Road, is long of 1000km and crosses the country from the central highlands through rainforests, wide savannahs to reach spiny forests and the coast. The weather, the sceneries, the activities and the wildlife found along the N7 are therefore variable and each more interesting than the next - so are the people: more than 7 different ethnic groups to meet and discover.Make an enquiry
Before riding to the south, Antananarivo – the capital of Madagascar – is worth a tour: step back in time by taking a tour with an historian guide, immerse in lively open market, take stunning photography from panoramic views…The next stopover on the southerly route throughout the central highlands 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.
Next stopover 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. Hikes at the massif of Andringitra are sportive but very rewarding. 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. Discover the wonderful adaptation of the vegetation and the wildlife hidden in the canyons. 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.