Andringitra trekking

Andringitra trekking

Overview

The national park of Andringitra is characterized by a low-altitude forest, Andringitra site is classified World Heritage by UNESCO as a refuge of the fauna and the flora of the Middle East. We ranked second level of hiking in Madagascar the trekking in Andringitra and it is a real wonder for hikers. The magmatic mountain range divides Andringitra into two, including the East, Namoly Valley and the West, the Tsaranoro Valley. The trekking in the Andringitra range leads you to the peak of Boby Peak at an altitude of 2658m and 1208m elevation difference from the starting point. The Andringitra National Park highlights offer landscapes, people, culture, waterfalls, natural pools, rivers, panoramas, viewpoints, lemurs, decorative palm trees, twilights…

Paragliding and climbing allowed.

The Andringitra trekking tour starts in Ambalavao, ascending Boby Peak, then descending the Tsaranoro valley and camp catta to join the RN7.

Itinerary

 

Day 1: Ambalavao / Namoly / Andringitra

Go off road towards Namoly. About 40 km of track but Betsileo landscapes enliven the scene through the mountains, local fields of culture, terrace rice fields and villages and typical habitats of the Betsileo.

Once you arrive in the village of Antanifotsy, after the instructions of the local guide of andringitra with the porters, you will start the hike by the track leading to the heart of Andringitra. View to the sacred waterfalls and the forest, climb through shrubs or forest at low altitude, detour to the natural pool before continuing this fake flat and join the first Andringitra camping site called Andriampotsy.

5 hours of hike

Night under tent

 

Day 2: Andringitra / Boby Peak / Lunar Place / Iantaranomby

Early departure for a harder day, hike to Boby Peak. The climb becomes serious with the presence of irregular steps until the crossing of the bowl, a fake dish. Then continue on the second climb on the left side of the boby peak and gain the summit of Boby Peak. Apart from this, the Andringitra lunar place with its impressive granite formation gives you a sense of space. And to finish the day, make a bit steep descent animated by endemic palm trees that are the Ravenea Glauca before arriving at the second camp of Andringitra at lantaranomby near the natural pool.

The ascent of Boby peak, panoramas 360°, The lunar place, sunrise and sunset.

7h of hiking

Night under tent

 

Day 3: Iantaranomby / Morarano / Tsaranoro Valley

On the way to end the 3rd day trekking in Andringitra.

First by a false flat and a zigzag descending by visiting some villages, follow a flat bordered by fields of culture and join Morarano village.

Beautiful view of Tsaranoro Valley

03 hours of hiking.

Night at the hotel

Madagascar birding tour, the highland to the south

Overview

This birding tour in Madagascar is a tour that you could also see Malagasy cultures, way of life, let us say discovery tour because apart nature and birds, there are more unforgettable places along the tour so you could take advantage of it.

The itinerary offers you 5 family birds and 5 birds manificient nesting birds from Antananarivo to Toliara. After visiting the Ramsar site in Antananarivo named Tsarasaotra private park that is a breeding place of more birds. go to join Ranomafana national park. Ranomafana is famous in watching birds, it is one of the best nests of several beautiful and rare birds in Madagascar. We can count around 75 species of birds. In addition, the park of Ranomafana shelters a high percentage of reptiles, frogs and lemurs. One can count more than 120 frog species, 13 species of chameleons and more than 10 species of lemurs. Continue to Ranohira where the Isalo national park is located. This national park is not renown as a birding park, it is famous to its canyons and sandstone massifs, just a really worth visit when people ax to the south of Madagascar but one can find some lemur species and endemic birds like Madagascar Kestrel, Madagascar button Quail, Madagascar bee-easter, Madagascar Sunbird…Following to that, visit Zombitse Vohibasia national park, a mixture of dry and dense forest that the site present 47% of endemic birds of Madagascar or more than 80 bird species, then, 8 species of frogs and an important lemur species. Also, in the vicinity of Toliara, the Tsimanampetsotsa national park which shelters 112 bird species, most of them are aquatics and not to forget flamingo colonies make scenery in the lake and then in Anakao the Nosy Ve Island, a place of Red Tailed Tropicbird breeding and other species. To finalize itinerary, visit the Ifaty baobab forest in Renala. A dry spiny forest that shelters several small bird species.

Best birding period October to December

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Departure city

Antananarivo

Duration Type Axis Level availability
14days/13nights Birding South 1 Sept to Dec

Itinerary

Day 1: Antananarivo

Go to the Tsarasaotra private park located in Antananarivo and have visit of the ramsar site that is a refuge and nesting bird place for fresh water birds in generally, other bird species, endemic bird species and some madagascar endangered bird species could seen like Madagascar Pound Heron, Meller’s Duck, Vulnerable Madagascar, Litle greb…

In addition to close day excursion in Antananarivo, have visit of Rova of Manjakamiadana that is one of the 12 sacred hills of Antananarivo.

Birding, historical place, viewpoints

Overnight accommodation

 

Day2: Antananarivo/ Antsirabe

On road to join Antsirabe, an architecture colonial town famous for its semi-precious and precious stone markets and handicrafts. Visit the aluminium foundry of Ambatolampy in the half way leading to Antsirabe.

Foundry of aluminium in Ambatolampy, visit of Antsirabe workshops, Antsirabe stone

markets and stone museum, people and culture.

Overnight accommodation

 

Day 3: Antsirabe/ Ranomafana 

Join the national park of Ranomafana, one of the most beautiful national parks of Madagascar with its hot spring water. Pass by Ambositra, a must break that offers several shapes of craftmen carved woods. The town is famous to its Zafimaniry Arts

Landscapes, some visits of Ambositra workshops, waterfalls, people and culture.

Overnight accommodation

 

Day 4: First visit of Ranomafana national park

Full day birdwatching in Ranomafana

“Early birdwatching catch the worm”. Go on early visit guided in this humid forest of ranomafana that shelters rare and beautiful birds are easy to find.

Hikking, Ranomafana bird species, reptiles, lemurs, viewpoints, landscapes.

Overnight accommodation

 

Day 5: Second visit of Ranomafana/ Fianarantsoa

A half-day birding in Ranomafana

We personally choose to add a surplus of half-day visit to complete successfully your photography and birdwatching. Followig that, go to Fianarantsoa, the capital of Betsileo ethnic and famous for manufacturing local wine

Bird species of Ranomafana, fauna and flora, swimming allowed 

Overnight accommodation

 

Day 6: Fianarantsoa/ Ranohira

After making some Fianarantsoa’s high lights, continue to the south and pass by a renown village which breed silk and manufacture antemoro paper in Ambalavao. and then visit the Anja community reserve with its numerous catta lemurs easy to find.

The old town of Fianarantsoa or high city, landscapes, view points, visit of zebu markets in Ambalavao allowed, Antemoro paper, workshops, ring tailed lemurs

Overnight accommodation

 

Day 7: Ranohira

Visit guided of the amazing sandstone massifs of national park of Isalo.

Hiking, canyons, panoramic views, swimming in Isalo pools allowed, some bird species, lemurs

Overnight accommodation

 

Day 8: Ranohira/ Zombitse Vohibasia

Have a first visit of Zombitse forest, a transition forest of the west and the east. Birdwatching in Zombitse Vohibasia are easier due its short dry trees.

Landscapes, more than 10 lemur species, rare endemic birds

Overnight Lodge

 

Day 9: Zombitse Vohibasia/ Toliara

Before finishing the RN7 to Toliara, have a second visit in Zombitse to complet birding. Then, continue to Toliara, called a town that never sleeps.

People and culture

Overnight accommodation

 

Day 10: Toliara/ Tsimanampetsotsa/ Anakao 

Let you go birding to the national park of Tsimanampetsotsa which shelters in generally several species of aquatic birds.

Birds watching in Tsimanampetsotsa, Flamingo colony

Overnight accommodation

 

Day 11: Anakao

Go to the island of Nosy Ve by traditional canoe of Vezo, a breeding place mainly for Red Tailed Tropicbird. Also the area is an authentic fishermen area.

Birds, Anakao beach, original Canoe Vezo, people and culture

Overnight accommodation

 

Day 12: Anakao/ Toliara/ Ifaty

Go to Ifaty resort famous for its white sandy beaches and turquoise sea protected by coral reefs.

People and culture, Ifaty beach, Diving allowed

Overnight accommodation

 

Day 13: Ifaty/ Toliara/ Antananarivo

Before going back to Toliara and taking flight to Antananarivo, take advantage to visit baobab forest that shelters also some species of small birds.

Ifaty beach, birding, Souvenirs in Toliara.

Overnight accommodation

 

Day 14: Antananarivo/ Ivato

After some shopping in Antananarivo, transfer to the Ivato airport

 

End of the tour

Best birdwatching period in Madagascar: October to December

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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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