The National Road 7 to Ifaty passing through the Tsaranoro valley, Ranomafana and Isalo

12 Days

Trip Description

Prepare to be captivated by the wonders of southern Madagascar, a region that never fails to astound travelers. From the verdant forests to the vast arid peneplains, this area offers a mesmerizing array of contrasting landscapes. However, it is the extraordinary encounters and cultural exchanges that truly make this journey a treasure trove of unforgettable experiences.

Immerse yourself in the lushness of the forests, where vibrant flora and fauna abound. Marvel at the diverse ecosystems and discover the unique plant and animal species that call this region home. As you traverse the peneplains, be awed by the stark beauty of the arid landscapes, shaped by the forces of nature over time.

Yet, it is the encounters with the local communities that truly enrich your travel experience. Engage in meaningful interactions with the warm-hearted locals, immersing yourself in their traditions, customs, and way of life. Through these authentic exchanges, gain a deeper understanding of the cultural heritage and rich tapestry of southern Madagascar.

Prepare to embark on a journey where every step unveils new wonders and where the memories forged through connections with the people will remain etched in your heart. The south of Madagascar promises a remarkable adventure that will leave you in awe and inspire a lifelong appreciation for the beauty of this extraordinary destination.

Trip Highlights

  • Cultural knowledge of all kinds, from the highlands to the land of the the Bara ethnic group
  • Contrasting landscapes from central to southern Madagascar
  • Visit to Madagascar's 02 major parks
  • Rain forest of Ranomafana where you can see the famous sifaka, it is an ideal place for bird lovers
  • Isalo National Park with its viewpoints worthy of western films, its natural pools and the wealth of fauna and flora endemic to Madagascar, not forgetting an aperitif watching the sun set over the window of the Isalo.
  • Finish on a high note with a fine sandy beach at Ifaty and a visit to the turtle and baobab park


Upon your arrival at Ivato International Airport, our dedicated team will be there to extend a warm welcome and provide exceptional hospitality. We understand the importance of a smooth transition, and we will take care of your transfer to your chosen hotel, ensuring your comfort and convenience from the moment you set foot in Madagascar.

To ensure that you have a seamless and enjoyable journey, our team will also provide a comprehensive briefing of your trip. We will go over the itinerary, highlighting the exciting activities, must-see attractions, and cultural experiences that await you. Our aim is to ensure that you have all the information you need to make the most of your time in Madagascar.

In the event that your flight arrives at night, rest assured that our commitment to your comfort remains unwavering. Even if the briefing cannot be conducted immediately upon arrival, we will make alternative arrangements to ensure that you receive all the necessary information before you embark on your adventure the following day. Your satisfaction is our top priority, and we will go above and beyond to accommodate your needs.

- Overnight stay and breakfast at the hotel

Following a delightful breakfast, we will commence our journey to the captivating town of Antsirabe. Known for its rich history as a former spa town, Antsirabe exudes a unique ambiance that will surely enchant you. Prepare to be charmed by the old colonial houses that grace the streets, adding a touch of nostalgia and elegance to this picturesque destination.

Antsirabe is not only renowned for its architectural beauty but also for its thriving agricultural region. As we explore the town, we will have the opportunity to immerse ourselves in the local countryside, where lush fields and vibrant farmland stretch as far as the eye can see. Take in the breathtaking landscapes and embrace the tranquility of nature during our leisurely walk in the surrounding countryside.

Discover the essence of Antsirabe as we unravel its intriguing past, soak up its distinct atmosphere, and appreciate the interplay between history, culture, and natural beauty. Immerse yourself in the charm of this enchanting destination and let the allure of Antsirabe leave an indelible mark on your journey through Madagascar.

- Lunch at your own expense

- Overnight stay and breakfast at the hotel

Continuing our remarkable journey, we will depart from Antsirabe and venture towards the captivating town of Ambositra. Renowned as the ultimate haven for art and craft enthusiasts, Ambositra beckons with its vibrant creative scene. Considered the Malagasy capital of handicrafts, this charming town boasts an impressive array of intricately crafted wooden objects that are sure to captivate your senses. Marvel at the mastery of the Zafimaniry sculptures, which dominate the artistic landscape of Ambositra.

During our visit, you will have the opportunity to indulge in a delightful shopping experience, immersing yourself in the world of local artisans and discovering unique treasures to take home as cherished mementos. Let the allure of Ambositra's artistic heritage inspire you as you explore its bustling markets and encounter the exquisite craftsmanship firsthand.

After a pleasant and fulfilling shopping interlude, our journey will continue towards the renowned Ranomafana National Park. This pristine natural reserve promises an extraordinary adventure, where you can immerse yourself in the lush landscapes and encounter the incredible biodiversity that thrives within its boundaries. Prepare to be enthralled by the beauty of the park as we embark on a memorable exploration of its trails and immerse ourselves in the wonders of nature.

- Lunch at your own expense

- Overnight stay and breakfast at the hotel

Our next destination will take us to the remarkable Ranomafana National Park, an expansive tropical rainforest spanning over 41,600 hectares. Prepare to be immersed in the wonders of nature as we explore this biodiverse haven, home to a remarkable array of wildlife and bird species. Keep your eyes peeled for extraordinary creatures such as the Crossley's brachypterelle and the Grey-headed Bulbul, which grace the park with their presence. Let the symphony of nature's sounds and the lush surroundings transport you to a realm of serenity and discovery.

After our unforgettable encounter with nature at Ranomafana, we will continue our journey to Ambalavao, the captivating capital of the Betsileo region. Historically significant, Ambalavao was established by Queen Ranavalona I as a crucial stopover between Antananarivo and the capital. As we explore the upper town, you will have the opportunity to marvel at the well-preserved old residences from that era, offering a glimpse into the rich heritage of this charming town. Don't miss the chance to delve into the historical fabric of Ambalavao, as it reveals intriguing tales of Madagascar's past.

Time permitting, we will make a delightful diversion to the picturesque Sahambavy tea plantation. This idyllic location offers a serene escape, where rolling hills adorned with tea bushes create a soothing backdrop. Indulge your senses with a leisurely stroll through the plantation, immerse yourself in the aroma of freshly brewed tea, and perhaps even sample the exquisite flavors that this region is known for.

- Lunch at your own expense

- Overnight stay and breakfast at the hotel

As we bid farewell to the charming town of Fianarantsoa, our journey leads us to the enchanting town of Ambalavao, a destination that promises delightful discoveries at every turn. This picturesque town invites you to delve into the rich cultural heritage of Madagascar through two captivating workshops: one dedicated to the production of wild silk and the other showcasing the intricate craftsmanship of antemoro papers. Immerse yourself in the fascinating processes behind these traditional arts, and witness the skilled artisans at work as they bring their creations to life. Prepare to be captivated by the intricate patterns and vibrant colors that adorn the silk and papers, reflecting the unique beauty of the region.

Ambalavao also holds the distinction of hosting the country's second-largest zebu market, a sight that shouldn't be missed. Witness the vibrant energy of the market as locals engage in lively trade and exchange, showcasing the significance of zebu in Malagasy culture. Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere, marvel at the magnificence of these majestic animals, and gain a deeper understanding of their importance to the local economy and way of life.

Our exploration of Ambalavao wouldn't be complete without a visit to the charming village park of "Anja." Here, we have a wonderful opportunity to get up close and personal with the playful Makis, endemic lemurs that call this park their home. Observe these endearing creatures in their natural habitat, learn about their behaviors, and capture unforgettable moments in this tranquil sanctuary.

Continuing our adventure, we embark on a scenic drive towards the breathtaking Tsaranoro Valley. Nestled amidst stunning natural surroundings, this valley offers a serene retreat where you can unwind and immerse yourself in the beauty of your surroundings. Upon arrival, we will settle into our comfortable accommodations, allowing you to rest and rejuvenate before embarking on further explorations.

- Lunch at your own expense

- Overnight stay and breakfast at the hotel

Day 6 :

Following a delightful breakfast, we embark on an exciting journey to Tsaranoro. Today's adventure is dedicated to exploring the magnificent Andringitra National Park, specifically the captivating Tsaranoro Valley. Nestled within the Andringitra region, this picturesque valley is renowned for its natural beauty and the awe-inspiring Tsaranoro reef, which has captured the hearts of adventurous climbers worldwide.

Prepare to be enthralled by the rugged cliffs, dramatic rock formations, and breathtaking vistas that adorn the landscape. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of this untouched natural wonder as you marvel at the sheer magnitude of the Tsaranoro reef. For those seeking an adrenaline rush, this iconic landmark beckons you to embark on exhilarating climbing expeditions, offering an unforgettable experience for adventure enthusiasts.

During our exploration, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a leisurely lunch, allowing you to savor the flavors of the region at your own pace. Indulge in the local cuisine and take a moment to relax, immersing yourself in the serene ambiance of this remarkable destination.

- Lunch at your own expense

- Overnight stay and breakfast at the hotel

After a delightful breakfast, we set our course towards Ranohira, embarking on a captivating journey across the vast plateau of Ihorombe.

As we traverse this immense plateau, prepare to be mesmerized by the expansive and awe-inspiring landscapes that unfold before your eyes. The journey offers a unique opportunity to witness the untamed beauty of Ihorombe, characterized by its wide-open spaces, rolling hills, and an abundance of natural wonders.

Immerse yourself in the enchanting scenery as we venture deeper into the heart of this remarkable region. Marvel at the rugged terrain, adorned with fascinating rock formations, lush vegetation, and a myriad of captivating sights along the way.

Allow yourself to be captivated by the sense of tranquility and vastness that surrounds you, as you embark on this unforgettable expedition across the Ihorombe plateau. The journey promises to be a visual feast, allowing you to appreciate the raw and untouched beauty of Madagascar's diverse landscapes.

With each passing mile, you will find yourself immersed in the rich tapestry of Ihorombe's natural wonders, forging memories that will last a lifetime. Prepare to be enthralled as you venture towards Ranohira, where a world of discovery awaits you.

- Lunch at your own expense

- Overnight stay and breakfast at the hotel

Day 8 :

After a delightful breakfast, we prepare ourselves for an extraordinary adventure: the visit of Isalo National Park. Our journey begins in the small town of Ranohira, which serves as the gateway to this remarkable natural wonder.

Isalo National Park is a place of unparalleled beauty and intrigue. As we delve into its depths, you'll be captivated by its breathtaking gorges and canyons, reminiscent of the awe-inspiring landscapes of the American Grand Canyon. The rugged rock formations and towering cliffs create a dramatic backdrop that will leave you in awe.

Amidst this rocky terrain, a surprising oasis awaits. Explore the park's primary forests, where lush vegetation and endemic plants thrive, providing a refreshing respite from the arid surroundings. Keep an eye out for the park's diverse wildlife, as it flourishes in this unique ecosystem.

After a rewarding hike through the park's trails, rejuvenate yourself by taking a dip in one of the enchanting natural pools scattered throughout the area. Immerse yourself in the crystal-clear waters, surrounded by the tranquility of nature.

As the day comes to a close, we return to the village, where you can witness the mesmerizing sunset from the comfort of your window, gazing out at the captivating beauty of Isalo. Let the vibrant hues of the sky paint a picture-perfect ending to your Isalo adventure.

- Lunch at your own expense

- Overnight stay and breakfast at the hotel

After bidding farewell to Ranohira, our journey takes us through the magnificent Zombitse Vohibasia Reserve, a haven of biodiversity. As we traverse the reserve, we make a stop to admire the majestic baobabs that dot the landscape. These ancient trees, belonging to the Andansonia Za species, stand tall as timeless guardians of the region.

Continuing our route, we encounter the captivating Mahafaly tombs adorned with intricate frescoes and sculptures. These elaborate tombs, lining the roadside, offer a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of the Mahafaly people.

A delightful lunch awaits us in Tulear, a coastal town known for its vibrant seafood market. Take the opportunity to immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere, explore the stalls filled with a colorful array of fresh shellfish, and savor the flavors of the local cuisine.

After our exploration of Tulear, we set our course back to Ifaty, where the tranquility of the coast beckons. Return to the comforts of your accommodation in Ifaty, where you can unwind and reflect on the day's adventures.

- Lunch at your own expense

- Overnight stay and breakfast at the hotel

Day 10 :

Nestled along the picturesque coastline, Ifaty has blossomed into a charming seaside village and one of the premier beach destinations in the southwestern region of the island. With its enchanting allure, Ifaty beckons travelers seeking tranquility and leisure.

Embrace the turquoise waters and embark on captivating boat trips, where you can immerse yourself in the mesmerizing marine world through exhilarating scuba diving adventures. Explore the vibrant underwater ecosystem, adorned with vibrant coral reefs and an abundance of marine life, creating a paradise for underwater enthusiasts.

A visit to the baobab forest is a must-do in Ifaty. Marvel at the magnificent giants of the botanical world as you stroll through this unique landscape. These ancient trees, with their distinct shapes and enchanting presence, provide a fascinating backdrop for unforgettable moments and photographs.

Ifaty is a haven dedicated to pure relaxation. Bask in the serenity of its beautiful, unspoiled beaches, where the gentle waves lap against the shore, inviting you to unwind and rejuvenate. Indulge in moments of solitude, soak up the warm sun, and let the rhythmic sound of the ocean lull you into a state of blissful tranquility.

- Lunch at your own expense

- Overnight stay and breakfast at the hotel

Upon concluding your unforgettable stay, the hotel will ensure a seamless transfer from your accommodation to Tulear airport. From there, you will board a domestic flight bound for the vibrant capital, Antananarivo. Rest assured that Madagascar Destination will be eagerly awaiting your arrival, ready to assist you with a smooth transition to your chosen hotel.

Regardless of your flight's schedule, our dedicated team will be there to greet you upon arrival, ensuring a warm welcome and a comfortable transfer to your accommodation. Whether you touch down during the day or in the evening, our commitment to your convenience and satisfaction remains unwavering.

Allow us to handle the logistics while you savor the final moments of your Madagascan adventure. Trust in Madagascar Destination to orchestrate a seamless journey, from the farewell at the hotel to your arrival in Antananarivo, where new experiences await.

- Lunch at your own expense

- Overnight stay and breakfast at the hotel

Immerse yourself in the rich history of the country as we explore the Upper Town, where remnants of the Manjakamiadana and Andafiavaratra palaces await. These architectural marvels will transport you back in time, offering a glimpse into the cultural heritage of Madagascar.

If weather conditions permit, we will also make a stop at the bustling artisanal market of the Dike. Here, you will have the opportunity to browse and purchase unique souvenirs and handicrafts, showcasing the artistic talents of local artisans. Take home a piece of Madagascar's vibrant culture and craftsmanship as a cherished memento of your journey.

As the day comes to a close, we will ensure a smooth and timely transfer back to the airport, tailored to your flight schedule. Our team will be there to bid you farewell and assist you with any last-minute arrangements or requirements.



  • Rooms during the trip
  • Vignettes and tourist taxes
  • Breakfasts
  • Dinners at Tsaranoro and Anakao
  • Visits mentioned in the program
  • Visit to Ranomafana National Park (day and night) with a specialised local guide
  • Visit to the "Anja" private reserve with a specialised local guide
  • Visit to Isalo National Park with a specialised local guide
  • Visit to Andringitra National Park with a tour guide
  • Car with French-speaking driver from Antananarivo to Ifaty
  • Fuels
  • Transfers to and from the airport


  • Lunches and dinners, except dinners at Tsaranoro
  • Free and optional activities and services, visits
  • Mineral water, drinks, tips and other extras
  • Multi-risk insurance
  • Any service not mentioned in « these prices include »
  • International and domestic flights and corresponding airport taxes

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The National Road 7 to Ifaty passing through the Tsaranoro valley, Ranomafana and Isalo
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