Zafimaniry Antoetra trekking tour

Overview

The Zafimaniry trekking allows you to discover the Zafimaniry people and them way of life, they are intelligent, a whole tribe who has inherited know-how unique in the world. The zafimaniry art of carved wood is an atypical architectural style of the habitat of these villagers. Now Zafimaniry art is classified Madagascar world cultural heritage of UNESCO, a sacred original craft, a must-see place, which offers you a stage both cultural and sports.

Details

Departure city

Antananarivo

Duration

Type

Axis

Level

Availability

5days/4nights

Trekking

Highland

1

All the year

Itinerary

Day 1: Antananarivo / Ambositra

On the way to Ambositra, passing through Antsirabe a city of colonial architecture. Arrived in Ambositra we already find some exhibitions of carved wood in stores.

People, culture, landscapes

Overnight hotel accommodation

Day 2: Ambositra / Antoetra / Sakaivo

Beginning of the hike from 5 to 6 hours walk from the village of Antoetra. Go through forests, Catholic construction that was a rocky platform before, but it was formed into a large cross and not to forget the beautiful view.

Overnight bivouac

Day 3: Sakaivo / Ankidodo

Continue the hike for 6 to 7 hours through rice fields and some forests before arriving at Tetezandotra, a village of sculptors. And further afield are Vohitrandriana, an other steep zafimaniry village with a beautiful view and Faliarivo. To end the day, go down to the village of Ankidodo where you will spend the night at the camping site.

Overnight bivouac

Day 4: Ankidodo / Ifasina / Antoetra / Ambositra

A last step of 5 to 6 hours of walking. Pass through mountains and valleys to regain Antoetra via some original villages and typically zafimaniry especially the village of Ifasina.

Overnight hotel accomodation

Day 5: Ambositra / Antananarivo

Back to Antananarivo

End of the tour

The highland and the old FCE train

The highland and the old FCE train

Overview

This tour offers you retro feeling.It allows you to explore the highlands of Madagascar from Antananarivo to Fianarantsoa and the east coast to Manakara.After discovering the highlands where most of people are farmerand trader, you will get in the old train FCE or (Fianarantsoa Côte Est). The old train of fianarantsoa awaits you through the steps of cliffs in a rainforest down to the pangalanes channel and the Indian Ocean. Then we ascend to the Ranomafana National Park.One of the most visited parks and home to an astonishing biodiversity.

Details

Departure city

Antananarivo

Duration

Type

Axis

Level

Availability

6days/5nights

Discovery

South-east

1

All year

Itinerary

Day 1: Antananarivo / Antsirabe

Along the road on 168km length, you will meet local artisans before arriving in Antsirabe, a lovely city of colonial architecture and you will visit craftsmen’s workshops, precious stonecutting.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel

Day 2: Antsirabe / Fianarantsoa

After breakfast, we leave Antsirabe on road to join Fianarantsoa via Ambositra that is a Zafimaniry’s arts capital, an unavoidable visit. Arriving to Fianarantsoa, check in our hotel.

Diner and overnight at the hotel

Day 3: Fianarantsoa / Manakara (Departure FCE Train: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays)    

Early, after breakfast, departure for the unforgettable retro trip by train dated in 1936. Only 170km on rail way but it will be a long journey (17 stops with loading goods). Adventurers will be filled as they wind through green carpets, cascades, torrents, to be between hills with lush vegetation.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel

Day 4: Manakara / Ranomafana

After breakfast, we leave Manakara on good road to visit National Park of Ranomafana that is one of the most visited Madagascar’s parks and classified World Natural Heritage. Forest is dense and cutting by beautiful cascades, one can find many species of lemurs and you could enjoy the water of thermal station.

Swimming allowed

Dinner and overnight at the hotel

Day 5:  Ranomafana / Antananarivo

After breakfast, we go back to Antananarivo on road, have launch in Antsirabe

People and culture

Dinner and overnight at the hotel

Day 6: Antananarivo/ Ivato airport

Visit guided of Manjakamiadana king’s palace; one of the 12 sacred hills of merina, then finalize on shopping souvenirs before to be transfered to the Ivato airport.

Stories, souvenirs

End of tour

End of tour

Map

Services

Inclusion

Meet and greet service by our representatives at airports

All transfers by private air-conditioned vehicles

Assistance of our representative during your stay

Accommodation for 5 nights on Bed and Breakfast according to the program

Sightseeing tours in Antsirabe

English or french speaking tour guide throughout the tours

Entrance fees to all sites as indicated in the itinerary

Transfers APT/HTL and HTL/APT

Local guide

One way ticket FCE train

All service charges and taxes included in the package price

Transfers APT / HTL and HTL / APT

Exclusion

Entry visa to Madagascar

Any optional tours

Drinks

Personal spending

Tipping

Any other item not mentioned above

Pictures

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Madagascar south tour or RN7 tour, from Antananarivo to Toliara

Madagascar south tour or RN7 tour, from Antananarivo to Toliara

Overview

This Madagascar south tour or the more common is « rn7 tour » offers you the beauty of the landscapes and culture varieties from Antananarivo the midle highland to the south to Toliara with its way of life, customs and colors. Pass through Antsirabe colonial town and Ambositra the Zafimaniry’s arts or carved wood artisans. Then you continue to visit Ranomafana national parc, one of the best tropical forests and beautiful parks in madagascar Following that,  Have city tour in Fianarantsoa, the capital of the Betsileo ethnic, sahambavy tea plantation and local wine provider. Continue to follow this rn7 tour, pass by a well known village by silk breeding and the manufactured Antemoro paper in Ambalavao. Then, visit of the Anja reserve, a villagers association. In addition, visit the famous and have hiking in Isalo national park with its amazing sandstone massifs. To finalize the RN7 itinerary to Toliara, pass by Antsokay arboretum and have some visits and city tour which are worth seeing in Toliara that is the capital of the south-west before joining the seaside resort of Ifaty.

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Details

Departure city

Antananarivo

Duration Type Axis Level availability
10 jours/9nuits Discovery South 1 All year

Itinerary

Day 1: Antananarivo / Antsirabe

Departure for Antsirabe or the city of water, Antsirabe is famous due to its hot spring water and its colonial architecture town and not to mention its typical handicrafts and markets of semi-precious and precious stones.

Highlights: ambatolampy aluminium foundries, people, culture, colonial architecture…

Wink: City tour in Antsirabe, semi-precious and precious stones museum

Night at the hotel

Day 2: Antsirabe / Ranomafana

Before joining Ranomafana, that is one of the best national parks in madagascar, have a break to visit Ambositra, famous for making carved wood.

Highlights: Terrace rice field, landscapes,…

Wink: Visit of some workshops, zafimaniry arts

Night at the hotel

Day 3: Ranomafana

visit of Ranomafana National Park, a tropical forest which shelters lemurs, frogs, reptiles and rare birds…

Highlights: Endemic flora and fauna

Wink: Convenient hiking and thermal swimming pool allowed

Day 4: Ranomafana / Fianarantsoa

Departure to visit the Sahambavy tea plantation and visit the city of Fianarantsoa in the afternoon.

Highlights: Traditional house, panoramas, crafts, people and culture

Wink: Visit the old town of Fianarantsoa and Sahambavy tea plantation

Night at the hotel

Day 5: Fianarantsoa / Ranohira

Departure for Ranohira via Ambalavao, where is located the 2nd zebu market, have some visits in Ambalavao such as silk and antemoro paper.

Highlights: Crossing south doors, panoramas, antemoro paper …

Wink: Visit of the zebu markets

Night at the hotel

Day 6: Ranohira (Visit the National Park of Isalo)

Departure for a guided tour of the Isalo Park, a sandstone massifs.

Highlights: Pachypodiums, lemurs, aloes, euphorbias, panoramas, natural swimming pools…

Wink: Hiking in the park

Night at the hotel

Day 7: Ranohira / Toliara

On the way to Toliara, where the rn7 from antananarivo to toliara is finished and where still found fossil fish still alive.

Highlights: People, culture, crafts, its great rickshaw, fossil fish …

Wink: Visit of Antsokay arboertum, the marine station

Night at the hotel

Day 8: Toliara / Ifaty

Departure for Ifaty, a seaside resort that contains beautiful beaches with its seabed. Have advantage to visit of baobab forest

Highlights: People, culture, swimming, relaxation, …

Wink: Snorkeling or bottled possible, sighting humpback whales

Whale period: July, August, September

Night at the hotel

J9: Ifaty / Toliary / Antananarivo

Toliary / Antananarivo flight

Night at the hotel

J10: Antananarivo / Airport

Antananarivo city tour, Shop souvenirs

Transfer to the international airport

End of the circuit

Or visitors would like to extend their stay or tour by combining with other activities or excursions

Services

Inclusion

Meet and greet service by our representatives at airports

All transfers by private air-conditioned vehicles

Assistance of our representative during your stay

Accommodation for 9 nights on Bed and Breakfast according to the program

Sightseeing tours in Fianarantsoa (The old town)

English speaking tour guide throughout the tours

Entrance fees to all sites as indicated in the itinerary

English speaking local guides

All service charges and taxes included in the package price

All tansfers APT / HTL and HTL / APT

Exclusion

Entry visa to Madagascar

Any optional tours

Drinks

Personal spending

Tipping

Any other item not mentioned above

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