1.190 € /personne
La nouvelle route du sud nous offre d’autres paysages, entre la côte –est et sa verdure et le grand sud et ses dunes de sables blancs, sauvage et indompté… sauf par votre chauffeur.
Ce circuit vous emmène à découvrir les endroits peu connus de l’île. Un voyage aventure et dépaysant.
- Duration: 14 days and 13 nights
Period: APRIL to DECEMBER
LEVEL OF PHYSICAL DIFFICULTYGOOD PHYSICAL CONDITION
PROVIDER: SUDMADATREK VOYAGES
2 * OR 3 * HOTEL ACCOMMODATION
(Local standards), basic double or twin room
BED AND BREAKFAST
Minimum: 2 persons – Maximum: 16 persons.
Day 01: TAMATAVE – CANAL OF PANGALANES
Transfer by car to the river port of Tamatave and boarding a motor boat and it is the departure for a cruise in another form on the channel pangalanes. Throughout the Canal appreciate its simplicity with its lush vegetation and the simplicity of the daily life of the Betsimisaraka.
The Pangalanes Canal is the second largest canal in the world dug by hand after the Suez Canal. It extends for 654 km, from Foulpointe north of Toamasina to Farafangana southeast of Fianarantsoa. He crosses the edge of the Indian Ocean crossing huge lakes.
You can visit fishing villages with typical “Betsimisaraka” huts and beautiful, peaceful beaches for naturalists and solitaries.
Overnight at the Palmarium lodge
Day 02 & 03: AKANIN NY NOFY
Akanin’ny Nofy is located on about fifty hectares, on the edge of one of the many lakes that form the Pangalanes. The lake on which lies the “Dream Nest” is named Ampitabe, it is 60 km south of Tamatave. It is separated from the Indian Ocean by a thin line of coastal dunes, sometimes only a few meters.
The main attraction of the place is the visit of the “Palmarium”, located on a peninsula of more than 30 hectares on Ampitabe. It is a private reserve composed of nearly 100,000 palm trees specific to Madagascar. Species that attract many people are the rarest species such as Dypsis, Ravenea, Orania, but also Voanioala and Lemurophoenix.
At the Palmarium there are ten species of lemurs among the rarest Indri Indri, the largest lemur on the planet; Varecia variegata; the Sifaka or Sifaka, a species that loves to stand vertically; the highly threatened Aye Aye, the micro lemurs and the lemur coronatus specific to the north of the island.
This very singular reserve is a real natural shelter for Malagasy fauna and flora with its extraordinary plant species composed of orchids, carnivorous plants, especially the nepenthes, the traveler’s tree or ravinala, etc.
The most common way to get to Akanin’ny Nofy is by boat, either by taking one of the barges that criss-cross the Pangalanes Canal or by renting a motorized canoe. The most common departure is from the small seaside town of Manambato. A visit to the “Nest of Dreams” makes it possible to make a small descent of the Canal of the Pangalanes, a canal whose construction dates from the time of Gallieni, the first governor of Madagascar in 1896.
Night and dinner at the lodge
Day 04: AKANIN NY NOFY – MANAMBATO -MAHANORO
After breakfast, continue by the canal to Manambato before continuing on the road to Mahanoro. Passage to the brickaville fruit market.
Night at the hotel by the sea
Day 05: MAHANORO- AMPANGALANA
After breakfast before taking the boat to continue the descent of the pangalanes channel to Ampangalana, a small village nestled on the banks of the canal. The fishermen’s canoes intersect us in this green network of lakes and lagoons that form the famous Canal.
Night in bivouac
Day 06: AMPAGALANE – NOSY VARIKA
After the morning breakfast, the route continues. The lush vegetation: bamboo forests, palm trees, ferns, pandanus, raffia, elephant ears, allamanda, aquatic plants and the comet, rare species of orchid Madagascar border the Pangalanes Canal. Passage of the bay of Lagnampotsy, picnic break around midday on a place overlooking the bay. Continuation of the navigation, meeting with the bush boats and discovery of the villages of fisherman.
Night in a Bush Cottage or Bivouacs
Day 07: NOSY VARIKA – MANANJARY
Last day of the descent of the pangalanes. The Canal still offers landscapes of daily life in symbiosis with a natural environment populated by legends and beliefs. Discovery of “the white elephant”, an enigmatic statue that represents an elephant rather than a boar. The trunk is clearly marked, as well as the broken defenses. Legend has it that Raminia brought it back from Mecca.
Small stop and visit to Mahela to see the “anchor of Jean LABORDE” man of confidence and architect of queen Ranavalona 1st (reign of 1828 to 1861). Arrival in Ambohitsara, picnic stop. Arrive on Mananjary in the afternoon after the passage of Andragnazavaka Bay.
Night at the hotel by the sea.
Day 08: MANANJARY – FIANARANTSOA – AMBALAVAO – CAMP CATTA
Transfer by car to the camp catta. Passage in the city of Fianarantsoa and Ambalavao. Opportunity to visit Antemoro paper and weaving wild silk on Ambalavao before discovering the famous Tsaranoro Valley.
Night at camp catta
Day 09 & 10 & 11: CAMP CATTA
Circuit Hara Aravatra: Short walk half a day, with a fairly high altitude on a short distance. Departure from the camp through the rice fields, then climb to the top of the hill about an hour. We begin to descend, then we fork to a small forest where catta lemurs live. There is still an hour of downhill walk to return to camp, with a beautiful view of rice terraces and surrounding villages.
Circuit Sacred Forest and Village: Duration of 4h. This tour begins with the prepared trail, which is used by locals who cross cassava fields and rice fields. You will pass by the village of Andonaka and can visit the green school of Tsaranoro. Then you join the sacred forest by a small path. You are now on the territory of ring-tailed lemurs (Lemur Catta). The sacred forest is also a place where you will find many Bara and Betsileo tombs. A natural pool is added to the enchantment of this forest. You will then continue through rice terraces. The village of Soavahiny (“where foreigners are welcome”) is not far away. Finally, before returning to Tsara Camp, you can stop at the clinic, the visit is very informative and the need for important drugs.
Circuit mont Chaméléon: It is a day hike. From the camp, there is a 4h walk to reach the top of the Chameleon. On the last part of the climb, there is a difficult passage: do not be dizzy! On arrival, you will have a superb view of the Tsaranoro Valley. The picnic lunch will be taken at the top. To go down again, it takes about 2 hours. Along the way you can discover several endemic plant species, such as euphorbia, pachypodium resolatum, aloe, kalanchoe
Night at the Lodge
Day 12: CAMP CATTA – RANOHIRA
Departure for Ranohira. The southern road leading to Tulear then takes on airs of solitude with granite monoliths and more sparse vegetation. Past the city of Ihosy, the famous plateau of Ihorombe and the massif of Isalo extend to infinity. Free lunch.
Free Afternoon at the hotel.
Night at the hotel
Day 13: RANOHIRA
16km 7 hours of walking 400m of elevation gain
Maki Canyon and Natural Pool
The National Park of Isalo, it is an area of 81,540 ha which is made up of sandstone. Over the centuries, sandstone has been sculpted by rain and erosion. Stone deserts, natural pools, breathtaking canyons and caves make up the bulk of this by offering an exceptional show. The Isalo National Park contains some species of birds and reptiles.
Transfer for Ranohira Bass.
After a short walk at the foot of the immense cliffs have remained some forest relics that are home to some lemurs including the lemur catta, recognizable by its long tail adorned with white and black rings, and the all-white sifaka, indefatigable jumper. With luck and silence, it is possible to surprise them at the bend of the path between the trees and the boulders. The canyons open their doors and reveal their splendors to the curious who dare to venture into their bowels. The huge walls crush by their size and reveal real treasures hidden in an unusual setting.
Return to the sun, and climb to the crests of Isalo where you can enjoy a superb panorama to the north. Once these fantastic walls are crossed, the originality of the forms due to a thousand-year-old erosion opens its heart. Throughout the circuit, amazement succeeds surprises, so forms, colors and vegetation have developed exceptional landscapes! After 4 hours of walking in this mineral desert under a blazing sun, this is the reward of this hard day: the natural pool and its welcoming waters. A well deserved bath and a soothing sunset conclude this end of the day. Night at the hotel
Day 14: RANOHIRA – TULEAR
Discovery of the sapphire city, the southern baobabs and the Mahafaly tombs.
End of our services
- Pangalanes Canal
Reserves of the palmarium: fauna and flora of the east
The desert plateau of Ihorombe near Ranohira.
The crossing of the three provinces of Madagascar.
The meeting with the local population: Betsimsaraka, Antambahoaka, Betsileo, Antanala, Bara and Vezo
In Ambalavao: architecture (house with varangues)
Antemoro Paper Factory
- The Zebus market, vegetable market & medicinal plants (markets on certain days of the week only)
The baobabs of the south
Catta camp (Tsaranoro valley)
The sacred forest, the chameleon mount and the lemurs in the Tsaranoro valley
PRICE PER PERSON SHARING from 1120 € TTC
The indicated price is per person,
for a package stay of 14 days / 13 nights. Non-contractual program that can be modified at any time.
14-day / 13-night B & B tour
- Private car
- Fuel for the whole tour
- Vehicle insurance
- English speaking driver
- Indemnity, accommodation and catering driver
- Basic pharmacy kit
- Insurance RC
- Communal tax
- Entrance parks and reserves fees
- Local Guides of parks and reserves
- Boat for Tamatave pangalanes in Manambato and Mahanoro in Mananjary
- Fuel of the boat
- Visits mentioned
- Free meals
- The single room supplement (230 €)
- Sleeping bags
- All drinks. Extra and other expenses than those proposed by the formula.
- Personal expenses Tips.
Cancellation, Assistance and Repatriation Insurance.
Passport (children included) valid at least 6 months after returning to home country. Out of European Union, consult your consulate
We strongly recommend the classic vaccines for Madagascar.