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The Wondrous Highlands
5 days / 4 nights

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This is a 4-day cultural and active tour around the mountain chain of the Ankaratra region, in the very center of the Highlands. Immersed in the Imerina tribe, you will start the tour from the west of Antananarivo by visiting the lemurs Park and a village of artisans specialized in recycling-tins. You will also discover one of the old King’s palace, situated on one of the twelve sacred hills, with a great panoramic view.

Your visit will continue to a thermal spring and geyser then to the fishermen’s village at Itasy lake. Then reaching Faratsiho to visit a typical weekly market.

Getting more inside the Red Island, you will have some walks to visit a smiths’ village as well as traditional herbalists and will taste typical cuisine when staying at a rural inn. You will be then heading to Antsirabe, the city of water and rickshaws, also known for its precious stones and minerals.

  • Cultural experience
  • Lemurs
  • The village of can recycling artisans
  • Rural life of the highlands
  • Diverse sceneries ranging from rice ricefields, mountains, rivers, lakes and forest.


  • Sightseeing
  • Nature viewing
  • Walking
  • Cultural encountering and immersion
  • Participation in local community projects
  • Minerals and stones initiation
Itinerary outline
  • Antananarivo
  • Lemurs’ Park
  • Itasy / Soavinandriana
  • Faratsiho
  • Ambohibary
  • Antsirabe
  • Antananarivo
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Detailed itinerary

Arrival in Antananarivo. Meet and greet at the airport and transfer to hotel.

Depart to Itasy
Visit of the Lemurs’ Park on the way.
Visit of villages of recycling tins and handicrafts workshops
Evening at Itasy Lake and tasting typical local food.

Early depart through the gorgeous valleys and  the Ankaratra Massif mountain chain.
Visit of villages.
Observing the local life styles.
Overnight at an inn.
Attend evening local animations among villagers – if matched.

Depart to Antsirabe, a thermal city.
Visit of minerals workshops and the local market.
City tour.

After a leisurely morning, return to Antananarivo. End of the tour.
Tour code:#EGE002

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The Wondrous Highlands Tours


Trip notes

Departure: Any day
Period: Whole year round
Transportation: 4WD 
Accommodation: Lodges
City of departure: Tana

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