Discovery of the South and the North

Trip description


For the most complete trip possible of the Big Island, its landscapes, its culture and its people.

We will explore the famous National Road 7 and the north of Madagascar.

So we start the circuit in the south of the Big Island.

Starting from Antananarivo, we go down south through the High Highlands. The reserve of Anja, famous for the catta lemurs and the Isalo National Park are among the highlights of this trip in the south, we stop there for a walk. This first part of the trip ends in Tulear, also called "the city of the sun".

The journey in the north is mainly focused on discovery. We will make you discover the national park of the amber mountain with its lemurs and that of Ankarana with the Red Tsingy.

The trip ends with a free stay at the edge of the lagoon of Nosy Be


Crossing the Highlands;

Hiking in the Isalo;

The lemurs at Anja and the Amber Mountain;

The red tsingy and the one in Ankarana;

The stay relaxation on the beaches of Nosy Be

Travel identity card

Duration : 13 days  (from Tana to  Nosy be)

Participant : 2 to 12   persons

Support crew : English-speaking guide

Accommodation : superior hotels

Transport : 4WD,  minivan or bus

Meals : half-board

Period : all the year


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13 days

From : €2,415*

Day 1: Departure to Antsirabe

Day 2: Antsirabe - Marquetry in Ambositra - Fianarantsoa

Day 3: Fianarantsoa - Lemurs at Anja Reserve - Ranohira

Day 4: Hiking in the Isalo National Park

Day 5: Drive to Tulear

Day 6: Flight to the north of Madagascar

Day 7: The lemurs at Amber Mountain

Day 8: Discovery of an incredible phenomenon, the Red Tsingy

Day 9: Discovery of the Tsingy of Iharana and the surrounding villages

Day 10: Ankarana and Ambilobe market - Nosy Be

Day 11: Free day at Nosy be

Day 12: Free day at Nosy be

Day 13: Departure from Nosy be

Day 1 : Departure to Antsirabe

Paysage de rizières sur la route d Antsirabe (RN7). ©Sophie ROCHERIEUX

Arrival in Ivato Antananarivo.

Your travel guide is waiting for you in the hall of the airport.

We leave directly to the south.

 In Ambatolampy, we stop to visit manufacturers of aluminum casseroles.

Arrival in the afternoon in Antsirabe.

NB: The program of this day can be modified according to the arrival of the international flight.

Departure Antsirabe must be no later than 3:00 pm, for security reasons.

Distance: 170 km      Duration : +/- 4 h      

Meals : Half-board 

Your hotel:   COULEUR CAFE

Day 2 : Antsirabe - Marquetry in Ambositra - Fianarantsoa


Breakfast at the hotel.

Antsirabe is an industrial town, famous for its thermal baths and rickshaws. It is characterized by large colonial buildings and wide avenues inherited from the missionaries. Orientation tour of the city. Meeting and sharing with ingenious artists and craftsmen (zebu horn or wood workers, miniature makers, embroiderers ...).

Then, continuation of the road to reach the town of Ambositra, multi-ethnic commercial crossroads where we meet geniuses for the work of precious woods. Small stop to discover sculptors and markers in their neighborhoods, skillful and friendly craftsmen who will be happy to welcome you in their homes.

Continuation of the road through the magnificent Betsileo country with its rice terraces.

Arrival in Fianarantsoa at the end of the day.

Distance: 250 km      Duration: +/- 7 h 

Meals: Half-board 


Day 3 : Fianarantsoa - Lemurs at Anja Reserve - Ranohira

Lémurien Sifaka de Fort Dauphin. ©Nintsy Dino Rakotondrasoa

Petit déjeuner.

Before starting a day's drive, a visit on foot in Fianarantsoa with a historian guide.

Continuation of road to the south. A stop in the village reserve of "Anja" to meet lemurs, the Maki or Lemur Catta, emblem of the Big Island. It is also possible to meet curious reptiles such as the Parson's Chameleon (the largest of all species).

The walk can continue to a nice viewpoint.

Continuation to Ranohira, passing through the famous Southern gates and the Ihorombe plateau :

entry in the middle of the Bara territory. Arrival at the end of the day.

Distance : 296 km      Duration : +/- 2h of visit and  +/- 7 h of drive      

Meals: Half-board 

Your hotel :   RELAIS DE LA REINE

Day 4 : Hiking in the Isalo National Park

Jungle ©Pixabay


Day of visit of the Isalo National Park.

You find yourself in a setting dating from the Jurassic, alternating desert landscapes and green canyons.

The oldest geological formation of Madagascar reveals its secrets.

The park of Isalo offers sumptuous landscapes. Between lush forests and high plateaus with arid and deserted lands, you will not be bored. It is one of the most beautiful parks of Madagascar, with in these places of numerous circuits discovered.

Considered as the second largest national park of Madagascar, it contains an incredible wealth of biodiversity (endemic rupicultural vegetation such as Aloe, Euphorbias, Pachypodes, Kalanchoe) ... and a specific fauna.

Transfer to the entrance of the park for a hike crossing the most beautiful sites of the massif.

This quiet walk leads us through a most amazing landscape, to the natural swimming pool.

Hikes around the site are possible, a walk to the surrounding peaks allows you to enjoy the magnificent view.

Picnic lunch prepared by us.

Duration: from 2 to 4 hours of walking, according to your wishes!     

Repas : Half-board

Your hotel :   RELAIS DE LA REINE

Day 5 : Drive to Tulear

Charrettes à zébus au port de Tuléar ©Arnaud BONNEFOY


Departure for Toliara via Ilakaka, the sapphire village where a rush attracted more than a thousand people in the 2000s.  We cross the vegetation of southern Madagascar: Euphorbiaceae, Aloe and the first baobabs. You will also notice the amazing Mahafaly tombs.

Arrival in the capital of South Madagascar also called the city of the sun: Tulear. Small city tour and walk around the market before reaching the hotel.    

Distance: 250 km      Duration: +/- 5h      

Meals: Half-board

Your hotel:   HOTEL BAKUBA (bungalow standard)

Day 6 : Flight to the north of Madagascar

Aéroport ©Pixabay

After breakfast, transfer to the airport to fly to the capital. 

Assistance by a guide and then connection to the flight to Diego Suarez.

Welcome by another guide.

Stroll in town to the market and the port before leaving for Joffreville where we will spend the night.

PS : This day's program  may be modified according to the schedules of the 2 domestic flights.

Distance: 30 km       Duration: +/- 3h30 of flight     

Meals: Half-board 

Your hotel:   NATURE LODGE

Day 7 : The lemurs at Amber Mountain

Lémuriens de Madagascar. ©Eric Gevaert

Breakfast at the lodge.

Departure for the visit of the Amber Mountain National Park.

In the company of the park guides we hike in the lush forest with exceptional vegetation.

Perched on a volcanic massif, it shelters a large number of endemic species.

During our walk, we cross tree ferns, orchids and palm trees.

The national park also has a large number of sacred waterfalls. And without forgetting the Malagasy fauna such as the crowned lemur, the Sanford lemur, chameleons, gecko and other uroplatus.

The birds in the park are as numerous as they are colourful.            

Picnic lunch in the park and return to the lodge in the afternoon.    

Meals: Half-board 

Your hotel:   NATURE LODGE

Day 8 : Discovery of an incredible phenomenon, the Red Tsingy

Les tsingys rouges. ©Maïlys ALBERTO

After breakfast, direction to Ankarana National Park.

We stop on the road to visit the Red Tsingy. It is a rocky formation of red laterite formed by the erosion of the river Irodo.

After the visit, we take the main road again to the village of Mahamasina before continuing until we reach the Iharana Bush Camp Hotel.

Late afternoon walk to the lookout to reach the viewpoint via the trails of the massif. On arrival at the belvedere, an aperitif is served to us while we contemplate the magnificent scenery that surrounds us.

Distance : 180 km      Duration : +/-5 h of drive et 2h of visit

Meals: Half-board 

Your hotel:   IHARANA BUSH CAMP (standard)

Day 9 : Discovery of the Tsingy of Iharana and the surrounding villages

pirogue ©Pixabay

The Tsingy massif is accessible from the Camp either by canoe (15 mn) or on foot (10 mn).

We invite you to take a walk with, from the belvedere, a plunging view on the lake and the camp and in clear weather, a panorama that leads to the Mitsio archipelago. The paths here were laid out by a speleologist. The walk, without being engaged, goes through narrow passages and small step ladders.

Return to the hotel for lunch.

In the afternoon we will visit the Sakalava villages at the gates of the park.

Duration: during the day

Meals: Half-board 

Your hotel:   IHARANA BUSH CAMP (standard)

Day 10 : Ankarana and Ambilobe market - Nosy Be

Coucher de soleil sur la plage de Nosy Be. ©italiansight


Departure to the Sambirano valley, through its cocoa plantations and aromatic plants.

Embarkation on a speedboat in Ankify and crossing to Nosy Be.

Welcome by our local representatives at the Port of Hellville and transfer to your hotel.

Your guide will install you at the hotel and debrief you before leaving you.

Lunch free. Afternoon of relaxation at the hotel.

Distance : 155 km       Duration: +/-  2h of visit and +/-4h of drive and 45mn of boat

Meals: Half-board 

Your hotel:   NOSY BE HOTEL (loft room)

Day 11 : Free day at Nosy be

Nosy be ©Pixabay

This day is free, the activities are at your choice.  
Nosy be is also called the island of perfumes because of its scents of ylang ylang, sugar cane and spices. It is the main island of an archipelago that includes a dozen small islands. Land of dreams and adventures, you will be able to practice many activities but also enjoy the paradisiacal beaches that litter the coasts.

Meals: Half-board

Your hotel:   NOSY BE HOTEL (loft room)

Day 12 : Free day at Nosy be

Paysage de Nosy Be. ©Luca Bertall -

This day is at leisure, the activities are at your choice.  

Meals: Half-board

Your hotel:   NOSY BE HOTEL (loft room)

Day 13 : Departure from Nosy be

Nosy be ©Pixabay


And because everything has an end, today is the day you leave this beautiful site.

We are sure that you had a great stay and that you will return home with beautiful memories.

The hotel staff will drive you to the airport.

We tell you Veloma and are already waiting for you for your next stay!


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