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ANDASIBE & THE RN7 TO IFATY | 13 DAYS/ 12 NIGHTS


Andasibe; Tana; Antsirabe, Ranomafana, Fianarantsoa, Ranohira, Isalo, Tulear & Ifaty


Level:
Medium
Rating: Doable:
From April to December

Next Departure: April 12-24, 2018

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  • Bamboo Lemur
  • Cameleon in Ramomafana Park
  • La Reine de l'Isalo
  • Dancing lemur
  • Ifaty sun Set
Andasibe & the RN7 to Ifaty map


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THE SPECIALIST


anja ANDRIANJATO

anja ANDRIANJATO

The specialist himself is on your services for more informations about this trip; available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.




 

PRIVATIZE THIS TOUR

Choose your own date
Travel with your family & friends
Optionally, tell us your comments or desired changes

Privatization possible from 2 persons




 

PLAN YOUR TRIP


 

OVERVIEW

This tour is going to make you discover the Peyreiras reserve and its endemic reptiles (Chameleons; geckos; frogs; bats; Butterflies and lemurs…); Vakona reserve and its famous lemurs (Black and white; brown; Ring tailed and bamboo lemurs…). Analamazotra reserve which is the secondary forest of Andasibe National Park discover its fauna and flora. You will discover the biggest lemur; the golden or diademed Sifaka and another species. Drive back to Tana and the continuation to the famous RN7 more than 590 miles. Beautiful landscapes; serpents’ hills, plains, rice fields, various ethnic groups; admiring their cultures and handcrafts (the Zafimaniry woodcarving in Ambositra; the Antemoro Papers and silks in Ambalavao and more other). Visiting the best of the national parks and reserve in Madagascar (Ranomafana N.P; Anja community reserve; Isalo; Zombitse N.P); crossing the amazing plateau of Horombe and see the majestic baobabs and the Mahafaly’s graves and its Aloalo and reaching Tulear and then Ifaty which is one of the best beach in Madagascar. Excursions available: snorkeling; diving; big game fishing; whales watching (from July to the mid-September); Reniala reserve or the Baobabs Forest. Fly back to Tana...The next day; learn about the history of Antananarivo and Madagascar by visiting Ambohimanga Kings Palace which is the second world heritage by UNESCO in Madagascar…

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Highlands Landscapes, the serpent’s hills, the plains, the rice fields
Highlands’ house architectural and its red bricks
The Peyreiras reserve and its endemic reptiles
Vakona private reserve and its famous lemurs
Analamazotra reserve and the biggest lemur alive (Indri Indri) and other species
The various ethnic groups, its cultures and arts ...
The 2nd biggest zebus market in Ambalavao
The national parks and reserve (Ranomafana, Anja; Isalo & Zombitse N.P)
Dry landscape of the most Southern part and the plateau of Horombe
The multicolored graves Mahafaly and its Aloalo The majestic Baobabs
The tropic of Capricorn and Tuléar
Ifaty and its beautiful beach + activities (Diving; snorkeling; Reniala reserve …)
Ambohimanga Kings Palace (UNESCO SITE)

PRICE PER PERSON SHARING

From € 1,450/pax (BASED ON MID-RANGE HOTEL)


The price indicated is per person sharing room (DBL or TWIN), it is based on 4 Persons + 1 private assistant/guide during the whole tour; if more, we will send you the final price at the confirmation.

INCLUDES & EXCLUDES

Includes:

Private Meet & greet
Return private transfers from/in airport/hotel
Private vehicle with a driver (Gasoline included)
The private tour guide English speaking durnig the whole tour
Accommodations in standard DOUBLE/TWIN room with private sanitary
The meals as specified
Entrance Parks/reserve and local guide fees
The internal flight ticket Tulear/Tana
Taxes, VAT and handling fees

Excludes:

All international flight costs and visa fees or assistance unless otherwise specified .
Tips and personal expense and none specified items .
Travel insurance, it is a condition that all clients travelling with GMT+3 must have appropriate Travel insurance, including emergency medical evacuation cover .

JOINING TOUR ABROAD

13 days/12 nights: From Antananarivo to Antananarivo. This is a tailor-made wildlife safari and can be edited to suit your needs, wants and budget. Talk to our destination specialists to find out more about this trip and to get advice on whether it is the best one you’re your specific requirements and interests.

Day 1: Antananarivo

Meet and greet at Antananarivo international airport by GMT+3 Tour guide English speaking and then transfer to your hotel in Antananarivo city.

ACCOMMODATION: Hotel | LUNCH: Excluded | DINER: Excluded | BREAKFAST: Included
TRANSPORATION: Private Vehicle

Day 2: Antananarivo – Andasibe (170km +/- 3h)

After breakfast, depart for Andasibe National Park, we leave the mountainous region and make a small stop at Marovezo to visit the Peyreiras Reserve with its butterflies, reptiles and chameleons, tomatoes frogs, snakes. After the visit, continuation towards Andasibe and check into your hotel. Time for lunch, in the afternoon you are going to visit Vakona private reserve and begins with the lemurs Island, you are going to discover the brown, the bamboo; the golden Sifaka; the black and white lemurs and the ring-tailed lemurs. It is the best time to have a wonderful time with them and you will be able to take some close pictures with. Continuation to the crocodile’s valley to see crocodiles, endemic birds, foussa foussana which is the famous Malagasy animal carnivore, some turtles and others….

ACCOMMODATION: Hotel | LUNCH: Excluded | DINER: Excluded | BREAKFAST: Included
TRANSPORATION: Private Vehicle

Day 3: Andasibe

After breakfast, Analamazotra National Park that you will discover the biggest lemur alive which is the Indri Indri and other 13 lemur species, such as the wooly, the grey bamboo, the diademed Sifaka, the brown, the red mouse-lemur, the red-bellied and the black and white ruffed lemurs. You will discover orchids as well, medicinal plants, endemics... After the visit, drive back to your hotel and then nocturnal visit before dinner.

ACCOMMODATION: Hotel | LUNCH: Excluded | DINER: Excluded | BREAKFAST: Included
TRANSPORATION: Private Vehicle

Days 4: Andasibe – Antsirabe (340km +/- 3h)

After breakfast, depart for Antsirabe “Malagasy Vichy” by the famous national road number 7 through the typical landscape of the High land such as: rice fields in terraces, red brick houses with thatched roofs... First stop in Behenjy to taste the famous “foie gras” which is the specialty of this small town. Continue toward Ambatolampy to visit the craft aluminum foundry which produces cookware like pots, spoons, forks that makes its reputation. Nearby, other workshops are dedicated to produce "football games" featuring the best international football teams. Reach Antsirabe and upon arrival, check in at your hotel and then visit the city by vehicle of Rickshaw, discover the avenue place, its beautiful garden, rail station and the old post office. Continuation to Mr. Mamy and his workshop of miniaturized rickshaw, cars, and bicycles will amaze you. Visit in the same time Mrs. Maminirina and her zebus’ horn workshop that you can see demonstration how it makes. Finally, day will be ended with the visit of the Malagasy’s candy shop manufactured by Mr. Marcel. After the visit, drive back to the hotel..

ACCOMMODATION: Hotel | LUNCH: Excluded | DINER: Excluded | BREAKFAST: Included
TRANSPORATION: Private Vehicle

Day 5: Antsirabe - Ranomafana (286km +/- 6h)

After breakfast, depart for Ambositra which is the capital of Malagasy wood crafts by the famous RN7 dominated by the green landscapes. Upon arrival, you are going to visit some handcraft workshops to see craftsmen working, marquetry and sculptures made from precious woods like Rosewood; Palissandre and Eben woods. Visit the finish products before having lunch. Continuation to reach Ranomafana National Park. Leave the highlands and enter the rainforest area. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel and have a nocturnal walk before dinner.

ACCOMMODATION: Hotel | LUNCH: Excluded | DINER: Excluded | BREAKFAST: Included
TRANSPORATION: Private Vehicle

Day 6: Ranomafana

After breakfast, 6 hours’ expedition in the forest with special guide to see 12 species lemurs, Ranomafana is the most important site of lemurs in Madagascar. It is the only confirmed site for the two rarest species: the great bamboo lemur and the golden bamboo lemur. Varied species like Fulvus Rufus, VariecaVariegata, Hapalemurgriseus, Avahilanigeur, and Lepilemurmustelinus, Propithecus diademaedwardsi, Cheirogaleus major and Daubentounia madagscariensis can also be seen there. More than 100 birds, five species of viverrids, reptiles, lizards, butterflies and other insects have been recorded in this park. The area is covered with forests. In the higher areas, the trees are festooned with mosses and lichens. After the visit, have lunch and then visit Ranomafana village, able to relax at the natural swimming pool with its hot spring water. After the visit, back to your hotel.

ACCOMMODATION: Hotel | LUNCH: Excluded | DINER: Excluded | BREAKFAST: Included
TRANSPORATION: Private Vehicle

Day 7: Ranomafana – Ranohira (340km +/- 7h)

After breakfast, depart for Ranohira, via the colonial town of Ambalavao to see some beautiful colonial architecture and the famous Antemoro paper and silk factory. Walk to discover its beautiful verandah which makes them different with its old colonial houses. Continuation to the 2nd biggest zebus market in Madagascar that you can discover a thousand of zebus and men. We visit directly Anja Community Reserve, located 12km south of Ambalavao, has dedicated itself to cultural preservation in the region. It is the most visited community managed forest and ecotourism site in Madagascar that guest can easily see and photograph the ring-tailed lemurs, chameleons, snakes and birds. In the other side, Anja is also a rich cultural site, preserving ancient tombs from the previous two centuries. Guests can see two Betsileo tombs on the short loop. Funeral processions require the dead to be tied to a hand-made ladder, and then pulled by a natural rope that is found in the reserve, tenina Imperata cylindrical, and a thick herb with small white flowers is used to create the needed cord. After the visit, depart for Ranohira via the plateau of Horombe and a very unusual landscape. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel.

ACCOMMODATION: Hotel | LUNCH: Excluded | DINER: Excluded | BREAKFAST: Included
TRANSPORATION: Private Vehicle

Day 8: Ranohira

After an early breakfast, transfer to the entrance Park to discover its fauna and its flora. Isalo massif is a plateau of continental stoneware’s dating the Jurassic. Strongly affected, the only batons split by the sandy valleys and the canyons live: an exceptional show. Today, we are going to begin the visit Natural swimming pools and reach Namaza site. You will enjoy the panoramic views, rice fields, cliffs made an incision by gorges. We will cross the luxuriant gorges, marked by its exceptional flora of the rain forest and by its numerous groups of Lemurs. We find also birds, butterflies, lizards. We will continue to join the Namaza site, go up till the top (800m altitude) and have a beautiful spot view of Ranohira. Walk through the Canyon till Namaza site. After the visit; drive back to Ranohira and then reach the Isalo natural windows to admire the sun set before driving back to your hotel.

ACCOMMODATION: Hotel | LUNCH: Excluded | DINER: Included | BREAKFAST: Included
TRANSPORATION: Private Vehicle

Day 9: Ranohira - Tuléar - Ifaty (270km +/- 5h)

After breakfast, depart to reach Tuléar, we pass to Ilakaka, the famous sapphire village in Madagascar and visit the big place for gisement in the world before visiting the workshop. Visit Zombitse National Park to discover its fauna and flora and then continuation to Tuléar through arid desert landscapes. Along the way, see Mahafaly tombs with totems carved from Aloalo and the famous Baobabs. On arrival, transfer to the sandy road to Ifaty and then check in at your hotel.

ACCOMMODATION: Hotel | LUNCH: Excluded | DINER: Excluded | BREAKFAST: Included
TRANSPORATION: Private Vehicle

Days 10 & 11: Ifaty

Free days at leisure to relax on the beach or discover Ifaty

ACCOMMODATION: Hotel | LUNCH: Excluded | DINER: Included | BREAKFAST: Included
TRANSPORATION: Private Vehicle

ACTIVITIES AVAILABLE IN IFATY



THE RENIALA RESERVE HALF DAY TOUR

Reniala Private Reserve is a small protected area of only 60 ha which is a spiny forest. It homes more than 2000 plants species (many of them local endemic), some spectacular and very old baobabs (there is a giant baobab of 12.5 m diameter) and a complete endemic plants family, the Didieraceae. Reniala includes a botanical trail and a bird sanctuary. It is a paradise place for birders because can easily observe some very rare endemic species, such as the long-tailed ground roller, the subdesert mesite, the red-capped coua or the blue vanga. There are 65 bird species in total within the reserve. Visitors can also spot mammals including the grey-mouse lemur, one the smallest primates, and some carnivorous; reptiles, like the threatened radiated and spider tortoises, warty chameleons, lizards and snakes.

DIVING & SNORKELING

Ifaty offers a great site for diving and snorkeling. Madagascar Sport Concept is a PADI diving school offering scuba diving lessons, PADI (open water diver) courses and recreational dives in the Tuléar region of Ifaty.

SEA TOUR BY CANOE - HALF DAY TOUR

Sailing by pirogue in the lagoon, on the Great Barrier Reef - the boatmen usually offer you a full day: snorkeling in the morning and picnic with lobster in Ambolimailaka, where we witness the arrival of the Vezo fishermen, dozens of dugout canoes.

Day 12: Ifaty - Tuléar – Antananarivo (1h15 flight)

Free morning at the leisure and then transfer to the airport for your flight to Tana. Meet and then transfer to your hotel in town. You will visit Tana old town in the afternoon and then the handcraft market for souvenirs.

ACCOMMODATION: Hotel | LUNCH: Excluded | DINER: Included | BREAKFAST: Included
TRANSPORATION: Private Vehicle

Day 13: Antananarivo

After breakfast, depart for Ambohimanga Kings Palace which is located at 22 km from Tana, it is the cradle of the Merina dynasty, the Mecca of the Merina Kingdom and the starting point for the unification of Imerina. This ancient royal city was reputed to be a sacred city where no foreigner could enter. There's a lot to admire in this place. From the entrance of the village, the old stone gate-shaped disc in the chamber, the royal box of Andrianampoinimerina, the summer palace of the queens, the Horse Park and sacred ponds. The enclosure is surrounded by a wall consisting mainly of egg whites in place of cement. The door to the east has "Ambatomitsangana" inscribed on it, and is actually a large stone disc 4m in diameter rolled closed every night and open every morning by dozens of men. After the visit, continuation to the Digue market, the place for handcrafts Malagasy that you will be able buy some souvenirs. Transfer to the airport for your international flight

ACCOMMODATION: On Request | LUNCH: Excluded | DINER: Excluded | BREAKFAST: Included
TRANSPORATION: Private Vehicle

WALKING GRADES & FITNESS

Grading is a somewhat difficult topic as much depends on the individual's own perception of his or her abilities. The following is intended as a general guide to our walking grades. This tour is rated medium so everyone can join it. We will usually involve easy walks (2 to 6 hours/day) at low altitudes (below 2000m). Some previous hill walking experience would be beneficial but these walks should be within the capabilities of those who lead a normal active life.

WE ONLY USE THE MID-RANGE HOTELS FOR THIS TRIP

DAYS CITY LUXURY MID-RANGE BUDGET
1  Antananarivo -  Sakamanga Hotel -
2 & 3  Andasibe -  Sahatandra Hotel -
4  Antsirabe -  H1 Hotel -
5 & 6  Ranomafana -  Grenat Hotel -
7 & 8  Ranohira -  H1 Hotel -
9; 10 & 11  Ifaty -  Bamboo Club -
12  Antananarivo -  Sakamanga Hotel -
13  Antananarivo - - -

Most of the hotels in Madagascar do not have the standard internationnal level, except some hotels in Antananarivo, Sainte Marie and Nosy Be but GMT+3 guarantees to find you the best hotels and accommodation for your budget. We will supply all of the necessary details for you to prepare your holidays and have a memorable stay in each hotel. Please note that in Madagascar, there is only one 5 star hotel, which is the Carlton Hotel in Antananarivo,. Once you leave the capital, the ranges of hotels are varied.

GMT+3 LUXURY (hotels/Lodges/guest house/Camping)

Wherever you stay in Madagascar, we will guarantee to find comfortable hotels, lodges or guesthouses with twin or single rooms and en suite facilities. Our hotels have air-conditioning/heating where appropriate and reliable hot and cold water. They generally have a very good level of service and mosthaveadded amenities such as a restaurant, bar, gardens or swimming pool.

GMT+3 MID-RANGE (hotels/Lodges/guest house/Camping)

These hotels usually have twin or single rooms with en suite facilities. They are generally standard, no-frills hotels with adequate amenities and service standards. Whilst comfort levels are perfectly acceptable to most, please don’t expect too much! These are often small, family-run establishments

GMT+3 BUDGET (hotels/Lodges/guest house/Camping)

These accommodations may be communal or dorm-style, and WC / washing facilities are usually shared. Running hot and cold water may be unreliable or even unavailable. However, these can be the most rewarding and memorable places to stay, despite the comfort levels being low.

SAINTE MARIE

Sainte Marie Island (Nosy Boraha) is situated on the East Coast of Madagascar. The most Beach tourist place after Nosy Be and known by its kilometrical sandy beaches shaded by coconut palms, bays and coves protected by coral reefs. Please note that the best beaches are located in the northern; western and in Islet aux Nattes. In the same time, you will like its lush vegetation and animals. In winter (from June to the end of September) the humpback whales (Megaptera) are present around Madagascar but the best place to spot is in Sainte Marie Island …

HOW TO GET THERE ?

Location: You need to return in Antananarivo first and then take the flight from Antananarivo to Sainte Marie or continuation to Tamatave and then to Soanierana Ivongo + speed boat to Sainte Marie.
Transportation: by plane; vehicle & Speed boat

NOSY BE

Nosy Be island lying about 5 miles (8 km) off the northwestern shore of Madagascar. The name means “Big Island.” It is 19 miles (30 km) long, 12 miles (19 km) wide, and has an area of about 120 square miles (310 square km). Formed by volcanoes, the island is forested and has numerous craters and crater lakes. Its highest point is Mount Passot (1,079 feet [329 metres]). It has an annual rainfall of 78–118 inches (1,975–3,000 mm). The island’s products, chiefly sugar and oils for perfumery, also include rum, vanilla, black pepper, and bitter oranges. Nosy Be is the top beach destination in Madagascar with its surrounding islands remain paradise in the buff. A lot of activiies are available to make your holidays more Unforgettable .

HOW TO GET THERE ?

Take a flight from Antananarivo to Nosy Be

YOU CAN MIX WITH THE FOLLOWING TOURS

GENERAL INFO

Area: 594,180 sq km.
Population: 24,890,189.
Language: French, Malagasy.
Religion: Christian, Muslim.
Local Time: GMT +3
Electric Supply & Plugs: 220V, 50Hz, two pin round plug.
Recommended Maps: Freytag & Berndt 1:2,000,00 Madagascar.
Recommended Books: Bradt Guide: Madagascar, Dervla Murphy: Muddling through Madagascar, G. Durrell: The Aye-aye and I, D. Attenborough: Zoo Quest to Madagascar, I. Sinclair: Birds of the IndianOcean Islands, I. Tattersall: The Primates of Madagascar.

SEASON & CLIMATE

The climate is tropical, but very cold in the highlands (dropping as low as 5°C at night in July/August in Antananarivo). The dry season is March to October continuing into November in most areas. The southwest area is hot, dry and semi-arid. November (spring) is generally the best time for wildlife and birds, but lemurs can be viewed all year round. Additional information and climate charts can be accessed here.

The western coast of Madagascar is much drier than the eastern coast. In general, we can say the climate here is dry tropical. During the dry months between May and November it does not rain at all and the temperatures are pleasant (20 to 25°C on average). Between December and April it can rain torrentially or just a couple of showers, depending on the area and the year. The northern area is greener and indeed considerably wetter than the south. The hottest months are March, April, November and December, when the average temperature is 30° C or even more.

FORMALITIES

VISA REQUIRMENTS:

The visa is always free for an holidays less than month and subject to change. We will confirm you before your arrival. Your passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond the date of return.

All visitors must obtain a tourist visa (maximum duration 3 months).
This costs approximately 25.00 Euro per person and can be obtained in any Madagascar Embassy or upon arrival at the international airports of Antananarivo, Diego Suarez, and Nosy Be or in Tamatave (Toamasina). Return International flight tickets.

VACCINATIONS & PROTECTIONS:

Please consult your doctor when planning your journey: Malaria is present in most parts of Madagascar. Some form of anti malarial is recommended. Always use mosquito repellent and avoid being bitten. Vaccinations against tetanus, cholera and yellow fever are recommended. Bring your usual medicines because they may not be available in Madagascar.
In top Urgency, GMT+3 works with specialist doctors to assure and assist you before your evacuation.

INSURANCE:

We recommend you to see a Travel insurance to secure your holidays in Madagascar. You must take your policy document with you on tour and it should state in writing that you are the named policyholder and that the cover is valid for your period of travel. Your policy document must also indicate that you have medical expenses and emergency repatriation cover and a 24-hour contact telephone number for your Insurance Company must be shown on your documentation in case of emergency.

MONEY

CREDIT CARDS & TRAVELERS CHEQUES:

Credit cards are still not used widely in Madagascar. However, they are accepted in big cities, international hotels and in the banks of all cities. You will find ATMs in most main cities, where you can withdraw Ariary. VISA and MASTERCARD are most commonly accepted cards. It is also useful to bring some Travelers Cheques or cash in Euros or US dollars. AMERICAN EXPRESS is seldom accepted outside of Antananarivo. Please note that $100 date 1996 bills are not accepted (better from 2006 dated)

TIPPING:

Tips are expected for most services. The size of the tip depends on your satisfaction but 5 to 10 % is an acceptable level. We suggest that you plan on average 10 Euros per person per day for a guide. Remember that wages are very low in Madagascar so be careful not to over tip and create unreasonable expectations for other travelers

PERSONAL EQUIPMENT TO BRING

LUGGAGES:

Unfortunately it does occasionally happen that luggage does not always reach its destination on the same flight as its owner, or possibly it may be damaged in transit. If you are unlucky enough for this to occur, it is important that you file a PIR (Property Irregularity Report) with the airline before leaving the airport. This is essential when you come to make a claim either against the airline or from your travel insurance company. Please note that 20kg per person is allowed for the internal flight.

CLOTHING:

Given the variations of day and night temperature, and the changes of altitude between the highlands and the coast, we recommend that you dress in layers. Bring light clothes but have additional layers (fleece, pullover, jacket, windbreaker or raincoat). Make sure you have long sleeves and long trousers to protect against mosquitoes in early morning and dusk.

PERSONAL FIRST AID KIT:

On each tourt a first aid kit is carried but you should have your own blister kit, supply of plasters, aspirin and other essentials. Please do not give medicines to local people without consulting the tour leader. See the list in the General Information Booklet for more information. A good pair of sunglasses is essential for protection against UV rays and glare at high altitudes. Sun Hat, High Factor Sun Cream/Block & Lip Salve.
Choose a high factor sun cream (Factor 30 or more) to protect your skin against the sun at high altitudes. A combination sun block/ lip salve are ideal for facial protection. A head torch is essential for NOCTURNAL visit. Remember to bring some spare batteries and a bulb. Sun screen and insect repellent. Make sure you have enough camera film and spare batteries, as both are difficult to obtain locally. Bring a beach towel and swimming costume.