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Hiking Tours Madagascar

We especially designed this expedition for great explorers. You'll be unharted mountain ranges and conquer some of the highest peaks of the Great Island. It is sport of course, but nothing too technical, and a good shape.

HIGLIGHT TOWER
- The Andringitra Park
- The uncharted Makay, and its intricate canyons
- The Tsaranoro Valley and its great cliffs (800m vertical)
- Many species of Lemurs

Itinerary

Day 1: TANA - ANTSIRABE

Stop At: La Musee des Papillons, La Ferme de Morarano Route de Tsinjoarivo - PK 9, Ambatolampy 104 Madagascar
Visit to the production of Ambatolampy's handmade pot
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Lac Tritriva, Antsirabe Madagascar
Meet and greet directly at the international airport of Ivato, and head straight south. Throughout the plains of the highlands, you'll discover the first amazing scenery of your trip: the rural villages surrounded by rice fields and the population of farmers whose lifestyle has not changed since the dawn of time

We'll stop to visit the city of Ambatolampy; well known for its aluminum craftsmanship.

Free lunch before Antsirabe, the thermal city constructed by Norwegian missionaries. This city is ranked first in agriculture and the second in industry in the whole country. The beautiful middle class houses are witnesses of this frivolous era.

Tritriva and Andraikiba.

Diner and night at the hotel

Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Night at the hotel

Day 2: ANTSIRABE - FIANARANTSOA

Stop At: Carved balconies, Ambositra Madagascar
We will start by visiting the city on a push shoot, the jewelers and craftsmen are many here, they work with wood and leather, but also with zebus' horns and clay.

We then head to Fianarantsoa. On our way, we'll stop by the little city of Ambositra. At 1200 meters of altitude, it is a commercial crossroad of the Zafimaniry tribes and the rest of Madagascar. It's the capital of craftsmanship, people come from every corner of the country to sell their work. We'll have a walk in the city and visit the craft shop of a wood sculptor. Free lunch.

The road then goes through the Betsileo land, the main ethnic group in the province of Fianarantsoa. The typical red clay houses and the intricate shapes of the rice fields are very important to the world. cultivate.

Night at the hotel in Fianarantsoa

Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at the hotel

Day 3: FIANARANTSOA - ANDRINGITRA

Stop At: Parc National de l'Andringitra, Ambalavao Madagascar
4 hours on a track with a small difference in height.

Before heading to the Andringitra, you'll get a glimpse of the local wine making. Visiting the Soavita Vineyard, you'll try the different wines and, in Ambalavao take a look at the crafting of Antemoro paper. This knowledge is brought by Arabs during the fifteenth century and is based on the bark of the blackberry tree. We will also have a weaving craft where wild silk is traditionally used.

 After that, a tough but beautiful track will lead us through the Gate of the South and to the Andringintra Park. The massive gigantic is sited right in front of us and its ridge blocks our horizon. The valley of Namoly lies here, where two big waterfalls have made their way through the ages. Once at Namoly, we start the first hike, three hours of the Betsileo villages and surrounding forests. Many plants are here to help you understand the secrets of this natural pharmacy. Our first camping site is at Imaitso, at the entrance of the inner forest

Duration: 4 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Camping

Day 4: ANDRINGITRA NATIONAL PARK

Stop At: Parc National de l'Andringitra, Ambalavao Madagascar
7 hours of walk, difference in height: 700m +

The track is easy at first, it links the Andringitra to the National Park of Ranomafana. While walking, you'll have plenty of time to enjoy the flourishing flora, and might even, with luck, see a couple wild lemurs, feeding on the fulvus trees. After an hour, we must start to reach a viewpoint on the Tanala (people of the forest) land. After the plateau of Ampasipotsy, with the microclimate and its characteristic vegetation.

Picnic lunch on the plateau, just before reaching the camping site, where you will find a natural pool, the Andreatelo, to dive in. The water is crystal clear but a little cold of course. There, at Andriampotsy, at 2050m of altitude, we'll set the tents and recover for the next day!

Duration: 7 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Camping

Day 5: ANDRINGITRA NATIONAL PARK

Stop At: Parc National de l'Andringitra, Ambalavao Madagascar
9 hours walking and 600m + 900m- of difference in height.

Departure after breakfast for the ascent of the Bobby Peak, we'll leave before the sun comes up. The ridge on which is located The summit is very exposed to climatic influences of the East with a high humidity that can quickly cover the summits and thus ruin your beautiful climb to this prestigious peak of Madagascar. 2 h 30 walk, one refitted stairs and a humid basin filled with moss, lichen and Phylipias, to reach the peak of where you can enjoy a panorama of exception of the region, the Andringintra, the Isalo down south, Tsaranoro , the Gate of The South. In Nice weather, you can see the Indian Ocean. The Peak Bobby is also called Imarivolanitra, which means "really close to the sky". The name Peak Bobby was given after the first member of a group of alpinists geologists, their named dog Bobby, reached the top.

Descent then continues towards the path and leads to the 'DIAVOLANA' circuit, literally 'EXTRA terrestrial'. A huge plateau of rock surreal lunar landscape. The granite shapes and crazy formations are really characteristic and worthy of a science fiction movie set. View of the Valley of the Tsaranoro. On the descent afterwards, the 'ravenea glauca' is the endemic Palm species endemic to this very side of the mountain. We keep going to the campsite of Iantaranomby River 'literally' where the Zebus drink 'where you can cool off. Beautiful sunset at night on the banks of a charming river.

Duration: 9 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Camping

Day 6: ANDRINGITRA NATIONAL PARK - TSARANORO VALLEY

Stop At: Tsarasoa, Ambalavao, Madagascar
Length: 4h walking Difficulty: Easy

Difference in Height: 250 meters

After breakfast; descent to the Valley of the Tsaranoro, the Andringintra behind us. You will cross great pastures for zebus where many Pachypodium enchyflorum, and different species of Aloe, and numerous lizards can be found. Once at the foot of the massive, the path continues through several villages of the Barabory; where the Bara and Betsileo cultures mix. We cross the Sahanambo River to reach Morarano. We then need to follow the valley on an easy road to the Chameleon.

If you are interested, you can visit the only dispensary of the region, between Soavahiny and Andonaka and the school of Tsaranoro. The access to medical care is very difficult here, if you are willing to, you can support the actions of the dispensary

Duration: 4 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at the hotel

Day 7: TSARANORO VALLEY

Stop At: Il trekking del Camaleonte, Andringitra National Park, Ambalavao 303 Madagascar
Possible activities: picnic lunch is provided
- Chameleon Tour: Starting from the camp, it is a 4h walk to reach the famous Chameleon. Where is the last part of the walk, there is a steep bit, where bail is necessary. It is definitely worth it though, because it is absolutely breath taking. We recommend doing this early in the morning to avoid the hottest time of the day.
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- Tsaranoro Circuit: Leaving early, it's a 4 to 5 hour walk to reach the top of Tsaranoro. We have to conquer it from the other side, because the front can only be climbed. On the way up, halfway through the foothills, you'll discover Bara Tombs inside the rock itself. It's a tough part of the climb, but you'll be rewarded with a breathtaking panorama on the southern mountain ranges that surround us entirely.
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- Paragliding. Nothing more thrilling than paragliding to discover all this valley from the sky. One has a comfortable seat, with only the sound of the wind, it is an astounding opportunity to be there. You can do it for the first time with no problem, but in the future, please advise us at least 48 hours before if you want to fly.

Duration: 4 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at the hotel

Day 8: TSARANORO VALLEY - RANOHIRA

Stop At: Isalo National Park, Isalo Madagascar
Time to leave the Tsaranoro Valley, it's a 3 and a half hour ride to the city of Ranohira, and its famous national park; Isalo.

As we head South on the road drastically change. Pretty fast, the panorama flattens and huge tall grass fields surround us. This is the plateau of Ihorombe, land of the zebu farmers and golden horizon. Only one road goes through, the RN7, and people walk away from each other in these different savannah-looking plains.

Finally, we get to Ranohira, and the Isalo, to deserted mountain barrier.

Free lunch, dinner at the hotel, and dinner.

Night and the hotel.

Duration: 5 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at the hotel

Day 9: RANOHIRA - ISALO NATIONAL PARK

Stop At: Isalo National Park, Isalo Madagascar
Difference in height: 400 meters
The National park of the Isalo, is about 81,540 ha wide and only constituted of sandstone. Throughout the centuries, it has been sculpted by erosion and weather. The result is really characteristic, stone deserts and natural formation, breathtaking canyons and natural pools, deep caverns and flourishing vegetation where we don’t expect it.
The major part of the park is really famous and hosts many endemic species. Rare birds and butterflies, lizards and a big population of laid back lemurs that sunbath on the rocks. There are not shy and you’ll get to see many of them while going up the water towards the beautiful waterfall of the Nymphs and its fresh waters. The difference of landscape and sensations between here and the plateau above is striking and really specific to this place.

There are different circuits to go for, the Maki Canyon, and the refreshing Natural Pools.

Picnic lunch on the road and night camping.

Duration: 7 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Camping

Day 10: RANOHIRA - IFATY

Stop At: Mangily Scuba, Ifaty, Madagascar
Time to cross the great and profound South of Madagascar.
On the way, a look at some familial tombs of the Antandroy and the Mahafaly tribes and the sapphire cities that popped out of nowhere in the desert, where the thirst for blue stones is just too strong.

After Tulear, Mangily. A tiny village on the coast, facing one of the most beautiful lagoon of the planet. The population here is mainly Vézo, a people of nomad fishermen and you will also get to see some Baobabs.

End of our service.

Duration: 5 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight at the hotel on the beach

Day 11: SUN AND SEA

Stop At: Ifaty, Ifaty, Toliara Province
This lagoon of Ranobe is a world famous diving site and one of the most beautiful lagoon on the planet. It offers on more than 40km of coral reef some of the most sought after locations to observe underwater wildlife. Its crystalline blue water and its extremely rich fauna and flora truly make it an ecological jewel. There are two channels, with really characteristic floors that will guarantee fascination to the diver inside you.
Free lunch.
The mixing flows of warm and cold water come sustain the great quantities of plankton and krill that nourish more than 400 species of fish and 46 types of coral reef. A glimpse on a marine map will reveal another secret, way deeper. There are canyons that run along the barrier, offering exceptional and preserved sites.
Visiting also the baobab forest aboard a zebu cart is always really appreciated by visitors. The Vezo villages and the beautiful reserve of Reniala around are also a must-see.
You’ll have all the time to linger in the sand and have sunbaths on the paradisiacal beach, even a massage or beach sports, buying souvenirs.

Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight at the hotel on the beach

Day 12: SUN AND SEA

Stop At: Ifaty, Ifaty, Toliara Province
This lagoon of Ranobe is a world famous diving site and one of the most beautiful lagoon on the planet. It offers on more than 40km of coral reef some of the most sought after locations to observe underwater wildlife. Its crystalline blue water and its extremely rich fauna and flora truly make it an ecological jewel. There are two channels, with really characteristic floors that will guarantee fascination to the diver inside you.
Free lunch.
The mixing flows of warm and cold water come sustain the great quantities of plankton and krill that nourish more than 400 species of fish and 46 types of coral reef. A glimpse on a marine map will reveal another secret, way deeper. There are canyons that run along the barrier, offering exceptional and preserved sites.
Visiting also the baobab forest aboard a zebu cart is always really appreciated by visitors. The Vezo villages and the beautiful reserve of Reniala around are also a must-see.
You’ll have all the time to linger in the sand and have sunbaths on the paradisiacal beach, even a massage or beach sports, buying souvenirs.

Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight at the hotel on the beach

Day 13: IFATY - TULEAR - TANA

Stop At: Antananarivo, Antananarivo, Antananarivo Province
Transfer to Tuléar to take the flight to Tana. There, if you have time before your connection, maybe visit the famous "dike market"
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
No accommodation included on this day.



Duration:13 days
Commences in:Antananarivo, Madagascar
Country:Madagascar
City:Antananarivo

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