The South of Madagascar

13-day itinerary visiting Andasibe-Mantadia, Ranomafana, Isalo and the southern coast

The South of Madagascar

Journey to the South of Madagascar on this 13-day tour. Beginning in the capital of Antananarivo, you'll explore Andasibe-Mantadia and Ranomafana National Parks, before continuing to the Dry South and Isalo, then ending on the coast at Ifaty.

Outline Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Arrive Antananarivo

    You will be met on arrival at the airport and transferred to the Tana Plaza Hotel for one night (B&B basis).

  2. Day 2: Antananarivo to Andasibe-Mantadia National Park

    After breakfast, embark on a short tour of Antananarivo - or Tana, as it is fondly known - in the company of a local guide.

  3. Day 3: Analamazoatra Reserve (Andasibe-Mantadia National Park)

    After breakfast, venture into Analamazoatra Reserve, part of the greater Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, with your guide on an early morning hike.

  4. Day 4: Mantadia Rainforest

    After breakfast at the lodge, depart with your guide for the rainforests of Mantadia.

  5. Day 5: Andasibe to Antsirabe, via Tana

    Depart Vakona this morning and drive south via Tana, across the Madagascan highlands region with its beautiful rice-fields and spectacular eroded hills (or ‘lavaka’), to Antsirabe, capital of the Vakinankaratra region. Expect to arrive early afternoon. After check-in at your hotel, Colour Café, embark on a guided tour of the city.

  6. Day 6: Antsirabe to Ranomafana

    Depart Antsirabe after breakfast and continue your journey south through the highlands region, with its green landscapes dominated by rice fields and forests of pine and eucalyptus, to Ambositra, the centre of Madagascar's wood-carving industry.

  7. Day 7: Ranomafana National Park

    Meet with your specialist wildlife guide after breakfast and set off for a 3-4 hour rainforest expedition in Ranomafana National Park.

  8. Day 8: Ranomafana to Isalo

    After breakfast at the hotel, depart for Isalo and Ihosy, stopping at the town of Fianarantsoa en route. This morning’s drive will take you through valleys and hills planted with rice. The labour is done mostly by hand, and everywhere you will see men, women and zebus working in the fields.

  9. Day 9: Isalo National Park

    After breakfast, meet with your guide and set off for a full day expedition into Isalo National Park.

  10. Day 10: Isalo to Ifaty

    Depart Isalo this morning and continue south to Tuléar (or Toliara), passing through the dry spiny forest of the south-west. En-route you will see the tribal tombs of the Mahafaly and Antandroy.

  11. Day 11-12: Ifaty

    The next two days are at leisure in Ifaty.

  12. Day 13: Ifaty to Antananarivo; International departure

    Late morning transfer to Tulear airport to catch the afternoon flight to Antananarivo (13:55 / 15:35).

Price guide

Price based on two travellers in shared twin/double accommodation and subject to availability at the time of booking.
Pricing

13 days from £1960pp

Pricing

13 days from £1960pp

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