SOUTH CLASSICAL TOUR COMBINED WITH THE TRAIN AND EXCURSION ALONG THE PANGALANE CHANNEL in MANAKARA

SOUTH CLASSICAL TOUR COMBINED WITH THE TRAIN AND EXCURSION ALONG THE PANGALANE CHANNEL in MANAKARA [Top]

This tour will allow you to discover the evergreen landscape , forest of travellers trees, houses on piles through mountains through your train windows; the convoy meets the Sahambavy tea plantation , then you discover the Mandriampotsy waterfall.
Train link Fianarantsoa to Manakara every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday ;the other way round Manakara to Fianarantsoa every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
Travelling by train is a good experience, you will have direct contact with the local people ; At each stop , you will see street sellers , selling bananas , doughnuts , Samos ,cinnamons . The train is very important for the Tanala tribe,the people living alongside the railways and the mountains , as it is the only means of transport

Day 1 : TANA

Assistance at the airport
Transfert to the hotel, If you have more time, you can go to the point of view of Antananarivo
Overnight at the hotel

Day 2: TANA – ANTSIRABE

Drive to Antsirabe across the highland sceneries, traditional red clay house of highland, to reach the town of Antsirabe which means a place of much salt
Antsirabe , a town of water for its thermal source ,spring water .Antsirabe is also a capital of rickshaws
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3 : ANTSIRABE – FIANARANTSOA

Drive to Fianarantsoa across the Betsileo region with varied mountainous landscape and famous rice field in terraces.
Visit of the Fianarantsoa’s town as the panoramic view , the old town
Overnight at the hotel

Day 4 : FIANARANTSOA – MANAKARA by train

Morning departure at Fianarantsoa Railway station to join Manakara .The evergreen landscape , meeting with the local people makes this tour spectacular
Overnight at the hotel

Day 5 : MANAKARA

Excursion in the Pangalane’s channel by pirogue’s local with local guid and boatmen , fresh sea food will be prepared for you by the guid .you will see fisherman village , tradition and the real life of the local people
Overnight at the hotel

Day 6: MANAKARA – RANOMAFANA

Drive to Ranomafana through the green scenery of “ ravinala” or traveller’s tree.
Overnight at the hotel

Day 7 : RANOMAFANA NATIONAL PARK

Visit the Ranomafana National Park for more wildlife of this rainforest .Birds, frog, chameleons ,12species of lemurs are seeing in this park such as the golden bamboo lemur, the greater bamboo lemur without forgetting orchid ,different medicinal plants.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 8 : RANOMAFANA – AMBALAVAO

Drive Ranomafana to Ambalavao.
Possibility to see the market of zebu in Ambalavao, if you arrive at Wednesday day . Ambalavao is known for the market of zebu , the first biggest market of zebu in Madagascar in each Wednesday
Ambalavao is known also for the paper Antemoro. Visiting of the craftswomen local making Antemoro paper
Stop along the road for having contact with the local people
Overnight at the hotel

Day 9: AMBALAVAO- ISALO

Visit of ANJA reserve before going to Isalo, Anja reserve created by the local villageous for protecting the fauna,It’s a model for environmental protection .You can see specially the ring- tailed lemurs, the point of view that you can see Amabalavao and his area , the medicial plants. Passing at Ihosy, the capital of the Bara tribe.Crossing through the dry and desertic landscape of the South, the land plateau of Horombe which extend as far as the eye can see.
Overnight at the hotel

Day 10: ISALO

Visit of Isalo National Park. Isalo National Park formed by a sandstone massifs of ruined forms, whole day to explore the National Park, trekking through the Isalo’s canyon, natural swimming pool,the blue and black swimming pool, a refuge for lemurs such as Brown lemur, ring-tailed lemur; birds such as Benson’s rock ,Madagascar Wagtail endemic in Isalo
overnight at the hotel .

Day 11 : ISALO – TOLIARY – IFATY or ANAKAO

Drive to Tuléar , the last itinerary across the desertic scenery and the South spiny forest before entering the sunny town of Ifaty or Anakao.
Stop along the road for having contact with the local people

After Toliary, You have choice between IFATY or ANAKAO
If you choose IFATY
Day 11: ISALO- TULEAR – IFATY

Drive to Tuléar until Ifaty

Day 12;Day 13 : IFATY

Activities in Ifaty
– Relax on the beach
– Snorkeling, Diving
– Excursion with local’s pirogue’s for seeing the coral reefs
– Visit of RENIALA RESERVE . Reniala reserve is a spiny forest including the forest of baobab,medicinal plants; birds such as blue coua , long-tailed ground roller endemic in Reniala reserve, tenrecs, the turtles.

Day 14: IFATY- TOLIARY- TANA

Transfert to the airport of Tuléar for join Tana

Day 15: TANA

Pick you at the aiport .
City tour in Tana , depends on your schedule for the international flight
We give you free the city tour in Tana .Visiting the lemur’s park , Digue’s market,market of souvenirs before your transfert to the airport for your international flight

If you choose ANAKAO
Day 11 : ISALO – TOLIARY

Drive to Tuléar , the last itinerary across the desertic scenery and the South spiny forest before entering the sunny town of Ifaty or Anakao.
Stop along the road for having contact with the local people

Day 12: TULEAR- ANAKAO

Taking the boat in the morning for going to Anakao

Day 12;13;14: ANAKAO

ACTIVITIES in ANAKAO
– Relax on the beach
– Snorkelling, Diving
– Excursion with local’s pirogue’s for seeing the coral reefs
– Excursion in Nosy Ve with the pirogue’s local that you have opportunity to see the long tailed tropic bird.

WHALEWATCHING:

From July to mid September, humpbacked whales come around Anakao .

Day 15 :TULEAR- TANA

Transfert to the airport of Tuléar to TANA

Day 16 : TANA

Pick you at the aiport .City tour in Tana , depends on your schedule for the international flight
We give you free the city tour in Tana . Visiting the lemur’s park , Digue’s market,market of souvenirs before your transfert to the airport for your international flight

EXTENSION : ZAFIMANIRY VILLAGE in ANTOETRA

ANTOETRA situated 45km from Ambositra .There lives a group of people known as the Zafimaniry, or the “the people of the forest.”
ZAFIMANIRY is famous for its woods carvings, most of the families are involved in the manufacture of wooden objects from towers “by hand “.
Most of all the houses are built with wood. The sculptures carved in the doors and windows,furnitures,tools,and every day objects with attractive geometric patterns are highly codified,and so wonderful ; that’s why they were included in the world cultural heritage of UNESCO.
Trekking in Ifasina village for discovering Zafimaniry’s village , the magnific landscape of ricefield in terraces

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