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Cactus Tours Madagascar

The Combo East-Overland Great South
15 days / 14 nights

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More than the RN7.

This is a fantastic discovery journey from the mountainous central Highlands with its red lateritic soil and terraced rice fields to the rainforest of the Eastern slope, then to the semi-arid savannah and the canyons of the south and which ends in idyllic and wild beaches. You will be visiting national parks and reserves to admire the unique fauna and flora of Madagascar. Through this tour, you will meet several ethnic groups and get to know their cultures: the Merina’s, the Betsileo’s, the Zafimaniry, the Vezo’s, the Bara’s and the Mahafaly’s. This tour also gives the opportunity to observe several species of lemurs quite easily.  The Mozambique Channel is warm and almost sunny the whole year round. Beaches are most protected by coral reefs and actually safe for snorkeling and diving. At the last stage of the trip, you will discover the Spiny forest of Ifaty know for its Baobab trees, endemic birds, turtles amongst other endemic plants . Nearby Ifaty and away from the crowded areas with its pristine water and white sand beaches.
  • Endemic wildlife and biodiversity of Andasibe and Ranomafana rainforest.
  • The great sceneries of the east, highlands and the southern Madagascar
  • The handicrafts and mineral workshops in Antsirabe and Ambositra
  • The rice fields in terrace of the Highlands
  • The breathtaking landscapes of Isalo
  • The Baobabs of the south amongst other typical vegetations
  • The spiny forest of the southern regions
  • The typical villages of different tribes
  • The pristine beaches of Ifaty

  • Hiking
  • Wildlife safari
  • Botanical exploration
  • Birdwatching
  • Nocturnal walks
  • Cultural immersion
  • Sea excursions
  • Possibility of snorkeling
  • Possibility of diving
  • Sun bathing
Itinerary outline
  • Antananarivo Andasibe [Périnet]
  • Andasibe/Mantadia National Park
  • Andasibe – Antsirabe
  • Antsirabe – Ambositra – Ranomafana
  • Ranomafana National Park
  • Ranomafana – Fianarantsoa – Ambalavao
  • Tsaranoro/Andringitra
  • Isalo National Park
  • Isalo – Zombitse – Tulear – Ifaty
  • Ifaty – Tulear – Antananarivo

Detailed itinerary

Arrival in Antananarivo. You will be met at the airport. Transfer to the airport and briefing.
Drive eastwards to Andasibe throughout the eastern slopes. En route,  visit the reserve of Peyrieras at Mandraka. In Andasibe, visit of VOIMMA nature reserve managed by the local community. Night walk.
Hike at Mantadia Reserve – a primary rainforest.

Early morning visit of Analamazaotra National Park.
Head to Antsirabe.

Continue down south to Ranomafana.
Several sightseeing on the way including and handicraft workshops and villages.

Walking safari in the park to spot lemurs and other wildlife and plants.
Visit of the village of Ranomafana.
Evening walks.

Depart southwards.
Visit of historical sites in Fianarantsoa.
Continue to Anja Reserve and hike in the reserve to spot the famous Ring-tailed lemurs.
Continue off-road to the valley of Tsaranoro.

Full day excursions and explorations of the western parts of Andringitra National Park and the valley of Tsaranoro.

Depart to Isalo. Sun downing at Isalo.

Full day hike at Isalo National Park through and on the canyons.

Drive southwards.
Visit of the Zombitse National Park.
Sightseeing along the way.
Continue to coastal and small town of Ifaty.

Day at leisure at Ifaty.
Boat excursion.
Possibility of diving.
Day at leisure.

Day at leisure.

City tour in Tulear and visit of the market.
Fly back to Antananarivo.

City tour in the Capital.
End of the tour.
Fly homewards.

Suggested extensions

Tour code: #OGS41


Combo East-Overland Great South

Trip notes

Departure: Any day
Ease of access: medium

Period: Whole year round
  • 4WD
  • Motorboat
  • Domestic flights
Accommodation: Hotels, Lodges City of departure: Tana
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