SOUTH OF MADAGASGAR
Day 1 Paris – Antananarivo – AF flight 06.30/22.55 Arrival at the airport welcome at 22.55 pm. Meet and greet by you Essence of Madagascar representative and then. Transfer to you hotel. A cold meal will be served in rooms. This program depends on the arrival flight Overnight Le Louvre Hotel & SPA D-BB
Day 2 Tana - Tulear After breakfast, transfer to the airport and flight to Tulear. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel “HYPPOCAMPO” in the center of Tuléar. Depends on the flight, discovery of the city of Tuléar. Tulear is also home to an incredible mix of tribes: the Antandroy, Vezo, Masikoro and Mahafaly, with their ornamental tombs.
For a fascinating insight into the lives of these people, visit the cultural museum run by the University of Tulear. You will see rare artefacts such as masks with real human teeth and hair, black magic fetishes used by the Mikea and erotic carvings of the Menabe Sakalava.
Day 3 Tuléar - Ranohira (ISALO) After Breakfast, drive for 5 hours from Tuléar to Ranohira. Along the road, if time permits, visit of the Antsokay Arboretum which was established around 1980 on the initiative of a Swiss amateur botanist Hermann Petignat, for the purchase of several very poor land parcels consisting of calcareous marl and decalcified red sands.
The arboretum is located 12 km south-east of the city of Toliara, 2 km north of the Tropic of Capricorn and 3 km from the Mozambique Channel waters. Antsokay refers to a small nearby hamlet of limestone are found which are used to produce quicklime. The arboretum has a collection of more than 900 species of plants in southwestern Madagascar, 90% of which are endemic to the region and 80% have medicinal properties.
Among these many succulent species are recognized as endangered. More than 25 species of reptiles and mammals were identified. Among the most common to see are the Warty chameleon, Oplurus cyclurus and Phelsuma mutabilis. L'arboretum home to several species of mammals including the lemur Microcebus griseus rufus and tenrec Echinops telfairi, both nocturnal.
The lemurs are the smallest lemurs of Madagascar, measuring only 12cm long and can be seen asleep in tree holes during the day, they eat insects and fruit. Visit of the sapphire mine at Ilakaka. At the end of Continuation till Ranohira. Installation on half board at the hotel ISALO ROCK LODGE.
Day 4 Ranohira (ISALO) Full day discovery of Isalo National Park We leave the hotel for the visit National Park of Isalo, an exceptional nature spanned over 81.540 ha where water and wind have carved world alien forms. There are 2 trails options. So we choose between to do the combined trail “canyon des Makis “, “Namaza trail “or” the natural swimming pool».
Pic nic Lunch in the park. Return to the hotel. Malagasy Folkloric show during the Gala Gala Dinner at the restaurant, open bar and DJ Player
Day 5 Ranohira (ISALO) – Tulear – Anakao Pic nic box breakfast, early transfer to Tuléar to take the boat to Anakao. 5 hours of drive and 2 hours boat crossing. The group should be at Tulear port at least at 10.30 am. Upon arrival, welcome to Anakao and installation at ANAKAO OCEAN LODGE.
Lunch at the hotel, free afternoon to have rest or to lay on the beach. Dinner at the hotel
Day 6 Anakao –Tsimanapetsotse - Anakao Breakfast: Full day discovery of Tsimanapetsotsa national Park This park is protected on the coast of the South West and on the limestone plateau Mahafaly area.Tsimanampetsotse is dry most of the year with less rain 300mm/years. The average temperature is above 23 ° C. Tsimanampesotse Lake is a turquoise blue that turns green topaz. It literally means "lake without dolphins," an oasis in this area known to be one of the driest of Madagascar.
Possibility to see the bird “Flamants rose” according the season. Picnic lunch included on the spot. We do this excursion with 4wd. Along the road we stop at a village to visit a primary school and to meet the students and teachers. If time permits we visit the village of Ambola which is an idyllic place with a beautiful lagoon. Return to the hotel in the end of the afternoon. Overnight with dinner at ANAKAO OCEAN LODGE.
Day 7 Anakao Full day free on all inclusive at the hotel. Lunch at the hotel A lot of activities are available: quad, kite surf, wind surf, surf, diving, fishing, jet ski, excursion Nosy Ve In the evening dinner, overnight at ANAKAO OCEAN LODGE
Day 8 Anakao Full day free on all inclusive at the hotel. A lot of activities are available: quad, kite surf, wind surf, surf, diving, fishing, jet ski, excursion Nosy Ve Lunch at the hotel In the evening dinner, overnight at ANAKAO OCEAN LODGE
Day 9-10 Anakao – Tulear – Tana – Paris After the breakfast, transfer by boat the city of Toliara, Transfer from port to the airport and flight back to Antananarivo according to the flight schedules Lunch in Antananarivo or Toliara Meet by our staff, transfer for a day use room at “Relais des plateaux” restaurant and hotel Dinner at restaurant with traditional Malagasy shows for farewell. Transfer back to airport for international flight
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