The Classic South

This 15 days and 14 nights’ tour will take you to the southern part of the island. This tour will make you discover the mythical eastern train, Ranomafana national park with its bamboo lemurs and Isalo National Park with its oasis. A stay to the beach of Anakao will end this tour.

  • : Arrival in Antananarivo (flight – by car)
  • : At your arrival, you will be welcomed at IVATO international airport by the team of our agency, and then we will transfer you to the hotel. If time allows, we will give you some briefing of the tour.
  • : Antananarivo – Antsirabe (170 km by car)
  • : After breakfast, you will leave the hotel and go to Antsirabe. On the way, you will make a stop at the foundry in Ambatolampy with its production made of aluminum. After having lunch at the place, you will continue the trip and you will arrive in the city of water in the afternoon. Then, you will install at the hotel.
  • : Antsirabe – Fianarantsoa (250 km by car)
  • : After breakfast, you will be transferred on rickshaw and make a visit of a workshop which transforms zebu horn into an object of decoration. After the visit, you will go to Fianarantsoa in which you will stop in Ambositra to admire its craftsmen’s skills of making marqueteries and woodcarving. Arriving in Fianarantsoa, taking a walk and visiting the town can be planned for you. Then, installation at the hotel.
  • : Fianarantsoa – Manakara (by train)
  • : After breakfast, you will go to Manakara. A folk journey with the railroad lines FCE which connects Fianarantsoa to Manakara. This is another way to discover the population of this fascination part of the island. The whole day will be spent in wagon with the sight of the inhabitant’s lifestyle.
  • : Manakara – Ranomafana (180 km by car)
  • : After breakfast, you will make an excursion on the Pangalanes Channel then you will continue your trip to Ranomafana, a national park rich in fauna and flora. It shelters different species of lemurs and interesting vegetation which are endemic.
  • : Ranomafana (hiking)
  • : Ranomafana is a national park rich in fauna and flora. It shelters different species of lemurs and interesting vegetation, which is endemic. Early in the morning, you will go for a walk about three hours in the forest. In the afternoon, a visit of a village called Tanala will be in the schedule and after the visit you can go optionally to the thermal pool where you will have the opportunity to take rest after these few days of trip.
  • : Ranomafana – Iarintsena (135 km by car)
  • : After breakfast, you will depart for Iarintsena. Then, you will visit tea plantation and the factory of tea fermentation in Sahambavy. Stop in Soavita cellar for a wine tasting and then you will plan a visit of the Antaimoro paper workshop.
  • : Iarintsena – Ranohira (200 km by car)
  • : After breakfast, you will go on to Ranohira. On the way, you will make a stop at Anja private park. This latter is managed by the village community and the story of « the three brothers » will be told once again by the local guide. You will be welcomed very well with joyful Cattas lemurs !Then , you will continue to Ranohira.
  • : Ranohira (hiking)
  • : The village of Ranohira is the gateway to all excursions at Isalo national park, which is a huge massif, eroded at Jurassic time. Hiking in the park through the Baras tombs, the botanical garden, the point of view that thereafter ends by the natural swimming pool of the limpid waters.
  • : Ranohira – Toliara (205 km by car)
  • : After breakfast, you will head for Toliara. Passing by Isalo national park and going through Ilakaka, a small market town of sapphire diggers. Baobabs and multicoloured Mahafaly tombs will accompany you along the way. Arriving in Toliara, you will make a city tour and visit of the market.
  • : Toliara – Anakao (by boat)
  • : Early in the morning, you will be transferred to the landing stage of Toliara in order to take the shuttle to Anakao which is a small village. The island of Nosy Ve near to Anakao and its wonderful corals will invite you to go for a swim. The rest of the day will be off.
  • : Anakao
  • : Day off
  • : Anakao
  • : Day off
  • : Toliara – Antananarivo (flight)
  • : You will go back to the capital after two well-deserved days in Anakao. For that, you will be transferred to Toliara airport and fly back to Antananarivo.
  • : Antananarivo – Country of destination (by car – flight)
  • : After breakfast, you will go to Ambohimanga. Located approximately 24 km from Antananarivo, Ambohimanga is the craddle of the Merina monarchy. If time allows, you can go for shopping at the craft market. Then, according to your flight’s schedule, you will be transferred to the airport and takeoff to the country of your destination.