When you travel to the south of the island, you approach the Capricorn Tropic. You’ll cross path with vast deserted areas soaked in the yellow sunlight.
In Ranohira, the lichen sticks to the impressive rocks of Isalo as sinuous streaks of yellow powder. The trails are indeed yellow during dry season. The desert comes to mind, and with it, the infinite…
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The Far South is a semi-deserted land. During austral winter, the few stands on the markets carry some prickly pears, bananas and sweet potatoes.
Each year, the drought strikes as clouds of grasshoppers eat at every plantation. Still, the bush remains a must-see with the raketa, the long didieraecées allaudia procera that rise to the sky, the aloe and its euphorbia. Malagasy flora is truly impressive with a rate of 80% endemic wildlife.
Despite the rude green environment, the sifskas and the makis catta (lemurs) multiply; they layer the vegetation with a vermillion dust with their playful games while the sokatra, the tortoises slowly cross the scorched laterite lands. At night, the cries of the lepilemur seems the haunt the bush.
Recommendations: arriving at least 3 hours before the time of the check-in at the CDG or Orly airport according to the airline. Meal and breakfast will be served on board.
In Antananarivo – once the formalities are completed (visa, authorities, health) – a Jacaranda representative will welcome you… and say hello to Madagascar!
A ride will drive you to your hotel. ANTANANARIVO, the capital of Madagascar deserve our attention for a few days to discover the cultural, historic and environmental heritage. Landing place of many international flights, this city is the first step to the discovery a cultural tourism and the daily life of the highlands inhabitants.
In Madagascar, people rise and go to bed with the sun. Your guide and driver will be waiting with the 4X4 car at the hotel for your departure around 7.30 a.m.
Visit of AMBATOLAMPY
Ambatolampy is well-known for the for its pot fabrication and other kitchen sets in aluminum. Generation after generation of Malagasy from this region work in smithy and foundry.
Over 100 miles away from ANTANANARIVO, ANTSIRABE is the crossroad between the west, the south and the south-west of Madagascar. This unique position has changed the city into a place of exchange and craftsmanship, especially in the trade of precious stone… Both the Andraikiba and the Tritriva volcanic lakes are a must-see. The word “Antsirabe” (current capital of the Vakinankarata region) comes from the word « Any-sira-be » that can literally be translated by “there where the salt is abundant”. Later, the word transformed into “Antsirabe”.
BALADE into the BETAFO village
As a travel guide, a Vakinankarata native will introduce you to the local US ET COUTUMES, to the local population and their daily life…
Stroll across the rice fields and visit of the BETAFO thermal spring.
Briefing each night to learn about duration of the journey to your next stage and the schedule. The golden rule : always reach the stage before sunset.
On the road to RANOMAFANA
AMBOSITRA is the entry into the mountainous Zafimaniry region. This area displays remarkable wood houses that required neither tenons nor mortise. You will see beautiful sculptures and windows that, in fact, were registered in the UNESCO World Heritage. The geometric patterns and the roses are a token of the relationship this welcoming population has with the environment, the ancestors and the after life.
RANOMAFAN is a 160 square miles green park that was ranked in the World’s natural heritage in Atsinanana in 2007. It is the home of a great endemic biodiversity that is today endangered like some rare lemur species. The forest is also the home of endangered plant species and streams that end in the Namorona river.
On the way to AMBALAVAO.
Visit of the Antaimoro paper factory.
Elaborated from the avoha plant, this flower-decorated paper is entirely handmade. The making of the paper originated in the Antemoro region, on the south east coast and began in AMBALAVAO in 1930. The paper reached its peak popularity during WWII, with regular white paper lacking. The process of making the Antaimoro paper makes it an esthetic product used for paintings, card decoration, photo albums and many more.
On the way to RANOHIRA
Visit of the ANJA parc
Located 7 miles west of AMBALAVAO on the edge of the RN7, Anja is a small park ran by the ANJA MIRAY (AMI) village community. It is a rocky landscape where typical plants of the region grows. You will be able to see makis catta and chameleons and traditional tombstones in the caves.
ISALO is the national park of the Great South. This canyon ruin from the Jurassic era is the most visited site of Madagascar. Kingdom of the Isalo Queen and birthplace of a wild nature with an unique landscape, lovers of the outdoors will fall in love with this park. A sunset seen in the ISALO is an absolute must-see.
Natural swimming pools and the cascade des Nymphes (Nymphs’s waterfalls)
The natural swimming pool is an unexpected oasis amid the rocks, where a fresh water waterfall runs. You will discover the cliffs, the plain of Tapia, a tree with multiple uses, the vast savannas and the eroded canyons with the odd shapes. The visit of the Bara and Sakalava graves constitute the mystical touch of the circuit. This tour is also a live slideshow of plants that had to adapt to the geological shift of the Isalo. Finally, in the Mangily forest, get a glimpse at the Lemur Catta.
We now leave the great outdoors of the « Malagasy Colorado » to meet with the Mozambique canal. To reach TULEAR, the last stage of the national 7, we go through the cities of the sapphire mushrooms…
Capital of the South of Madagascar, known as the « white city » or « city of the sun », Tulear is a true ethnicity mosaic where smiling and the sun are part of the culture.
Boarding to ANAKAO.
Do not lift a finger!
The transfer-shuttle back to the land via zebu-cart are one of the kind!
A wide range of activities are available in Anakao: diving, trawling or palangrotte fishing, island excursions, mangrove and hinterland walks, humpback whales sighting… Anakao is truly where marines and terrestrial biodiversities meet. The tiny island of Nosy Ve, is a sacred place for the Vezo population.
We will be waiting for your arrival at the Tuléar landing stage to take you to the airport. Then it will be time to fly back to Antananarivo by where a representative of Jacaranda will take care of you. Your hosts will welcome you for dinner…
Mass of the Chiffonniers and visit of Father Pedro Opeka’s villages.
Guided tour of ANTANANARIVO and its markets
ANTANANARIVO has several hundreds staircases – from the most basic to the most imposing, according to the differences in altitude and the neighborhoods.
The Ranavalona staircases has 168 steps. It goes past the Regional Tourism Office of Analamanga and is the fastest shortcut from the lower city to the Independence Square. The longest staircase is the Razafindrazay with 480 steps; it connects the Mahamasina basin to the upper city.
ANTANANARIVO is the focal point of the island’s craftsmanship and the craft markets display these assets. The Malagasy artisans know how to make the best out every material: from wood to ore, from fabric to Zebu horn. Many districts shelter specialized shops and many of them highlight the work on zafimaniry wood and the raw silk that can only be found in Madagascar.
The « Pavilions » of Analakely are the last remnants of the Zoma, the former biggest open market in the world. Quaint with the maze-like paths where the bargains are whispered, everything can be found from cooked meats to wedding accessories, medicinal plants and trinkets.
Transfert to the airport.
Flight to PARIS. It is time to go home because all good things must come to an end!
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Accommodation: charming little hotels and guest rooms.
|Number of participants||2 pers. min||4 pers.||Extra singleroom||Extra inland flight
|Price per person
(flight not included)
|1221 €||912 €||225 €||283 €|