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Antananarivo; Antsirabe; Ambositra; Ranomafana National Park; Fianarantsoa; Andringitra National Park; Ranomafana, Isalo National Park (Ranohira) and

Available languages:

English, French (German, Italian, Russian and Mandarin are with a supplement cost)

Rating: DOABLE:
Sept. and October



  • Antananarivo independance avenue
  • Green landscape
  • Post office antsirabe
  • Cameleon ranomafana
  • Isalo nationa park
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This tour will make you discover the best of the RN7. Ambatolampy and its aluminum foundry. Antsirabe and its beautiful colonial city, the independence avenue decorated by the stele including the 18 tribes, the oldest three stars hotel in Madagascar, the old train station, post office and some workshops. Reach Ambositra, the capitol of the woodcarving. Ranomafana National Park, the rainforest including the endemic Golden and Greater bamboo lemurs. Fianarantsoa and its beautiful old town that you will discover the six churches and beautiful view of the city. Ambalavao and its Antemoro paper, embroidery and silk workshops, the old colonial houses decorated with different shapes of the veranda and the 2nd biggest zebus’ market in Madagascar. Anja community reserve to see the famous ring-tailed Lemurs and chameleons. Andringitra National Park (Tsaranoro valley) and its fauna and flora, hiking to the Chameleon peak. The amazing plateau of Ihorombe, Isalo National Park and it’s the deep canyons, natural swimming pools, lemurs, scorpions, endemic birds... Isalo natural window for sun set. Ilakaka the sapphire village and along the road to Toliara where you will see the Mahafaly tombs and the Baobabs. Fly from Toliara to Antananarivo. On the last day, visit Ambohimanga Kings Palace (UNESCO SITE) or the Queen's Palace.


Highlands Landscapes, the serpent’s hills, the plains, the rice fields …
Highlands’ house architectural and its red brick
The various ethnic groups, its cultures and arts…
The national parks and reserve (Ranomafana, Andringitra, Anja and Isalo)
Dry landscape of the most Southern part and the plateau of Horombe
The multicolored graves Mahafaly and its Aloalo
The majestic Baobabs
Ambohimanga Kings Palace (UNESCO SITE)


From € 1455 /pax (LUXURY HOTEL OPTION)

From € 1185 /pax (MID-RANGE HOTEL OPTION)

From € 1030 /pax (BUDGET HOTEL OPTION)

The price indicated is per person sharing room (DBL or TWIN), it is based on 2 Persons; if less or more, please contact us and we will send you the final price.



Private Meet & greet at Antananarivo international airport
Return private transfers from/in airport/hotel
4WD Private vehicle with a driver English speaking (Fuel included)
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/Antananarivo (DECOUVERTE OFFER / LL1)
Taxes, VAT and the service fees


All international flight costs and visa fees or assistance unless otherwise specified .
Tips; drinks; personal expense and none specified items.

Ticket Flight Condition:

COUP DE COEUR (EL1): Nonrefundable and non modifiable rate after issuing the ticket flight
DECOUVERTE OFFER (LL1): Nonrefundable and modifiable rate with penalty of € 18/person after issuing the ticket flight
LIBERTE (YL1): Refundable and modifiable rate with penalty of € 18/person after issuing the ticket fligh
PRIVILEGE (CL1): Refundable and modifiable rate with penalty of € 18/person after issuing the ticket flight


10 days/09 nights: From Antananarivo to Antananarivo.
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

Welcome to Madagascar. Meet and greet at Antananarivo international airport by GMT+3 representative and then transfer to your hotel in Antananarivo city.

TRANSPORATION: Private Vehicle

Day 2: Antananarivo - Antsirabe (170km +/- 4h drive)

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 Ambatolampy to visit the craft aluminum foundry which produces cookware like pots, spoons, forks that makes its reputation. Nearby, other workshops are dedicated to producing “football games” featuring the best international football teams. On the way to Antsirabe, we will stop to meet the local farmers to know more about their daily life. Upon arrival in Antsirabe and upon arrival, check in at your hotel and then visit the city by vehicle or Rickshaw, discover the oldest three stars hotel in Madagascar, continue to the independence avenue, 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 at the same time Mrs. Maminirina and her zebus’ horn workshop that you can see demonstration how they make the comb, ring, and others. After the visit, drive back to your hotel.

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

Day 3: Antsirabe - Ranomafana (256km +/- 7h drive)

Breakfast and then continue to Ambositra which is the capital of the woodcarving handicrafts made by the precious wood like the rosewood, ebony, palissandre wood…. Possibility to visit the workshop before lunch. Continuation to reach Ranomafana National Park. You leave the highland landscape and enter to the rainy forest. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel. Night walk before dinner to see nocturnal animals. (The mouse lemurs, frogs, and birds)

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

Day 4: Ranomafana – Fianarantsoa (70km +/- 2h drive)

Transfer to Ranomafana National Park, try to see in the wild the endemic lemurs which are the greater Bamboo and the Golden bamboo; you may see other lemurs' species as the black and white ruffed; the common brown; Milne Edward's sifaka ... Please note that Ranomafana National Park homes more than 100 birds and the Henst Accipiter henstii which is the top one; the Nelicourvi Weaver and Madagascar White-eye… Five species of viverrids, reptiles, lizards, butterflies, and other insects have been recorded in this park. After the visit, have lunch and then visit Ranomafana village with its local fruits market; you can relax on the natural swimming pool with its hot spring water. Depart for Fianarantsoa, visit the old town where you will find the six churches and admire the beautiful colonial architecture, the beautiful view of the city and then transfer to your hotel.

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

Day 5: Fianarantsoa – Andringitra (115km +/- 5h drive)

After breakfast, depart for Ambalavao or “the Door to the South”; the landscape will completely change due to the warm temperature. You will discover the beautiful colonial architecture well known for its veranda; the famous Antemoro paper, embroidery, and silk workshops. Continuation to the 2nd biggest zebus’ market in Madagascar that you can discover a thousand of zebus and men (Wednesday all day and Thursday before noon). Reach 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. Depart to Andringitra National Park/Tsaranoro Valley and check in at your hotel.

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

Day 6: Andringitra

After breakfast, depart with the local tour guide to reach the Chameleon peak, it is preserved by the gigantic rocky massifs. A beautiful hike to see the view of Tsaranoro valley, you will discover a lot of endemic plants, you will see the ring-tailed lemurs as well. Some 1000 species of plants are known within the park and vegetation differs according to the forest, dense and humid of lower and medium altitude. The Aloes Andrinitriensis, endemic and renowned for its spectacular flowers which bloom from June to September. Lemurs, birds, reptiles will enchant your stay through its multiple day trip.

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

Day 7: Andringitra – Ranohira (210km +/-6h drive)

Depart for Ihosy and you will discover the landscape becomes more dryer, crossing the plateau of Horombe which is a very unusual landscape to reach Ranohira. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel. Drive to Isalo Natural windows to see the sun set. Drive back to your hotel to relax after the long day.

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

Day 8: Ranohira

Today, you are going to visit Isalo National Park which is a massif 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. You will discover the natural swimming pools that you will be able to take fresher. Its deep canyons in the luxury vegetations that you will see the lemurs: the red fronted and the Sifaka lemurs; you may see the black scorpions; stick animals and some beautiful orchids like the Pachypodium. You will have the beautiful spot view of Ranohira city. After the visit, drive back to Ranohira and then to your hotel.

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

Day 9: Ranohira – Toliara (250km +/- 4h drive) & Toliara – Antananarivo by plane

After breakfast, departure for Tulear via the high plateau of Horombe, passing by the “Sapphire Village” of Ilakaka. Along the road, you will discover the Mahafaly tombs with their Totems carved from Aloalo and the famous Baobabs. On arrival, transfer to the airport for your flight to Antananarivo. Meet and then transfer to Lisy Art Gallery for souvenirs, you will find the vanilla, spices, Malagasy chocolates, Malagasy Rhum’s and diverse types of handcrafts (woodcarving baobabs, things made by zebus’ horn, aluminum, raffia, precious stones, painting and so on) and then drop off at your hotel.

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

Day 10: Antananarivo

Pick up at your hotel/home address and then depart to Ambohimanga Kings Palace also known as Blue Hill, located about 17 km from Antananarivo main city. Built on one of the twelve sacred hills surrounding Antananarivo, the Hill of Ambohimanga is the birthplace of the Merina kingdom, which is as a sacred city by the veneration of the royal tombs, different places of worship such as royal pools, sacrifice stones, was prohibited to foreigners and pigs. On the top the hill which is a walled enclosure containing the box where lived the King Andrianampoinimerina from 1788-1810 whose aim is the reunification of Imerina. It has a commanding view of Antananarivo city and even the international airport. This fortress consists of fourteen stones portals of which seven are outside and seven are located inside the village. This large stone wheel is still visible at the entrance of the village of Ambohimanga, which was opened and closed by at least a dozen men from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century. The enclosure wall was covered with a coating based on egg white. It is found in the royal city, the original palace that you will find all objects used during these times and the winter palace built by Jean Laborde and all gifts from other countries. There is as well an enclosure for beef, two sacred pools, four royal tombs and the public square. Ambohimanga is the only site which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It retains its atmosphere of spirituality and sacredness through ancestor worship and traditional rituals. After the visit, drive to the airport for your international flight home.

TRANSPORATION: Private Vehicle


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.


1  Antananarivo Radisson Blu  Sakamanga hotel Niaouly hotel
2  Antsirabe Royal Palace  H1 Hotel Hasina hotel
3  Ranomafana Thermal hotel  Centre Est Grenat hotel
4  Fianarantsoa Zomatel  Tsara Guest House Soratel
5 & 6  Andringitra Camp Catta  Tsarasoa Lodge Tsarasoa Lodge
7 & 8  Ranohira Jardin du Roy  H1 hotel Toile de l’Isalo
9  Antananarivo Radisson Blu  Sakamanga hotel Niaouly hotel
10  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 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 …


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 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 .


Take a flight from Antananarivo to Nosy Be



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.


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.



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.


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.


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.



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)


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



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.


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.


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.


NB: The update prices 2023 for all tours will be available on May 15th, 2023. If you have requests before that date, please send it to: and will give you the best price guarantee. Thank you