In the center of a completely different universe, a trip to Madagascar is like living out a dream. A planet with a rich cultural heritage and diverse biological life. Visit the many fascinating attractions that contribute to the island’s allure, and experience powerful and unforgettable experiences.
Day 1: Arrival to Antananarivo
We are pleased to have you visit Madagascar. If you’re flying in today, you’ll be landing in Tana. When you arrive, your tour guide will help you with the paperwork and currency conversion. You will then be taken to your hotel, which is conveniently situated close to the terminal. You are free to do whatever you like for the remainder of the day.
Day 2: Antananarivo – Excursion to Ankafobe (135 Km)
The trip to Ankafobe will begin after breakfast. Ankafobe, a town in the Analamanga district, is 132 kilometers from the capital city. A trip to Ambohimanarina, a small town, to see where they make clay coal stoves. The people of this community have adopted the stove-making process as part of their cultural identity. The production of this is a significant source of income for them, alongside farming and animal husbandry. During your tour, you’ll get an inside look at how your stove was made. After checking in, we’ll go for a stroll in the woods. On this stroll, you’ll check out the project’s incubation space. Next, we’ll have our initial encounter with the brown lemurs. There are also 38 species of birds, 5 species of reptiles, 14 species of amphibians, and just three species of mammals besides lemurs that call the forest home. When the tour is through, you’ll hit the road for the nation’s capital.
Day 3: Road to the rickshaw city (170 km)
You will leave for Antsirabe in the morning and travel through the mountains and rice paddies to get there. After three hours on the road, you’ll arrive at Antsirabe, a major commercial, agricultural, and industrial hub surrounded by charming villages. Town was previously a high-end spa destination thanks to its mountain climate and thermal springs at an altitude of 1500 meters. Its legacy lives on in the form of villas, gardens, and the venerable colonial hotel. Here, unlike anywhere else in Madagascar, the streets are jam-packed with “pousse-pousse” bicycle rickshaws. An informative tour of the city is strongly suggested. You will gain knowledge about the jewels of Madagascar. Included in the schedule is both a miniatures workshop and an art gallery.
Day 4: Antsirabe-Fianarantsoa (The famous town)/240km
The name of our final stop for the day translates to “where one learns the good,” therefore we’ll be seeing the historic district of Fianarantsoa. It’s the most important city for the Betsileo people and one of the largest in all of Madagascar. You can learn a lot about a place from a guided tour, and one of the best ways to do that is by paying a visit to some of the city’s many religious sites and then taking a stroll through the old and upper city. The vineyards of Fianarantsoa are almost as well-known as the city’s cultural attractions and religious landmarks.
Day 5: Fianarantsoa – Ranohira (Sandstone formations) / 295km
As you make your way south, today is sure to be filled with exciting encounters in Ranohira. The dramatic transition from the verdant terraced hills to the parched territory of the south, marked by the gigantic granite rock known as “gate of the south,” on the journey to Ihosy is truly unforgettable. Cattle herds guided by shepherds will define the route into the Baras’ homeland. One of the most creative peoples of Madagascar is the Baras. Impressive rocks and rivers and little towns nestled under mango trees break up the grassy steppes. Over the somewhat treeless plateau of Ihorombe, you will find the settlement of Ranohira in the Isalo Mountains, a sacred site for the locals that you will approach today. Later in the day, when the sun sets, you can look out the “Window of Isalo” and take in the view.
Day 6: Isalo National Park (Natural Swimming pool)
Isalo National Park is what makes the city of Ranohira famous. It’s a good idea to take a day excursion to the sandstone buildings today. Particularly stunning is the rough rocky scenery, with its strange rock formations and caverns. Clear streams trickle through the deep gorges, creating little pockets of verdant vegetation despite the arid climate. Give surrender to the mountain scenery’s awe-inspiring beauty and bask in the glow of the rocks’ reflective surface. A stunningly designed natural bathing pool awaits you at the end of this arduous journey.
Day 7: Ranohira – Visit of antemoro paper workshop (225 km)
Your journey from Ranohira to Ambalavao will begin bright and early in the morning. Learn about the ancient paper of papier antemoro as you arrive at Ambalavao. This paper, which resembles papyrus, was impregnated with flowers and leaves and is famous across the world. You may take them home with you in the form of albums, post cards, and more, making this a must-see attraction. You may find the workshop next to the Boungainvillées hotel.
Day 8: Return back to Antsirabe (296 Km)
We’ll be making the trip back to colonial Antsirabe today. You’ll get out and about to take pictures and take in the sights at a few different spots. You will get to the colonial city about sunset.
Day 9: Back to the Capital (170 Km)
Today you will say goodbye to the real Antsirabe. Your journey back to Tana will begin after that. You’ll be able to enjoy the scenery as you travel through rice fields. An afternoon arrival is scheduled. Get out and see Antananarivo before checking into your hotel. You will be staying in a hotel for the night.
Day 10: Discovering the Perfume Island
Pickup and fly to Nosy Be’s airport. Nosy Be, the largest of an archipelago, is popularly referred to as “the perfume island” due to the abundance of fragrant ylang ylang, sugar cane, and spices grown there. In this fantastical country, you can indulge in a wide range of exciting pursuits, as well as relax on paradisical beaches. You’ll have the rest of the day to do whatever you’d like once you touch down. You will be staying in a hotel for the night.
Day 11: Nosy Komba &Tanikely
To get to the harbor, you’ll have to leave your hotel. A speedboat will take you to Nosy Komba from there. After Nosy Be, the island of Nosy Komba is the largest in Madagascar. When you get there, you may check out the local needlework and wood craft market and see the fishermen’s traditional pirogues. Then you may check out the mini-discovery park, home to the boa constrictor, chameleons, and other land turtles. You won’t find a better location to see macaco lemurs anywhere else. It won’t take much coaxing to get it to settle on your shoulder so you can pet it. Visiting the protected underwater natural reserve of Nosy Tanikely is the next stop on the tour. Stunning underwater hike revealing a marine ecosystem rich with corals, anemones, countless fish species, crabs, groupers, moray eels, sea turtles, and more. The dogfish and tree-dwelling lemurs can be seen on the way to the lighthouse, which can be reached by a short trek. Creatures as diverse as lizards, chameleons, and butterflies… You should pack a lunch to eat on the go and head back to the hotel for the afternoon. To spend the night in a hotel.
Day 12: Reserve of Lokobe
The Lokobe Reserve is a great place to visit after breakfast. A large number of medicinal and indigenous plants to Madagascar can be found in this final section of Nosy Be’s primary forest, which has been protected since the 1980s. This forest, to the delight of many researchers, is a lush tropical forest waiting to be explored. The discovery of nocturnal and diurnal lemurs (Macaco and Lepilémur), reptiles, chameleons, insects, and tropical birds is like an initiation ceremony; allow yourself to be escorted through this conserved cosmos. You will be staying in a hotel for the night.
Day 13: Leisure Time in Nosy be
beachside bike rides,… You can do just about everything in Nosy Be. Enjoy the freedom to let your creativity run wild as you embark on a unique journey to round off your stay.
Day 14: Departure
As of today, your trip is over. Please take the time to stop by the Andohalo Photography Museum on your way out of town; you’ll learn a lot! Here you will learn about the highlands during the time of the royals. Visit the vibrant local markets where you can pick up some unique mementos after the tour. The trip will end with a ride to the airport for your journey home.