What about unwrapping your pack together? The Classis South is unique! It is a 13 days tour starting from Antananarivo to Anakao.
DAY 1: YOU ARE HERE
Tongasoa! Welcome! How was your international flight? You are now in Antananarivo, the Capital city! From the airport we will transfer you to your hotel, where you will stay overnight. Time to settle a bit. Get refreshed, we are leaving tomorrow.
DAY 2: ANTANANARIVO TO ANTSIRABE
Hello! How was your first night in Madagascar? We are on our way to Antsirabe, located 170km away from Antananarivo!
Today, we are heading south for a 4 hour drive! Get a glance of Madagscar through the rural Malagasy highland landscapes! Amaze yourself in the peculiar architecture of traditional houses, the rice fields and farming techniques (that are specific to the place).
We will stop halfway in Ambatolampy, where you will be able to walk a bit to stretch! This village, located in the foothills of the Ankaratra, is famous for its factories of aluminum cookware. After the visit, we will reach your hotel in Antsirabe, where dinner will be dished up and where you will stay tonight.
DAY 3: ANTSIRABE – RANOMAFANA
Ready? This is your second day in Madagascar! For you to groove on during each stop, we will visit Antsirabe and its history, this morning.
This city is so amazing: it looks like a labyrinth, each roads meeting each other! It is also a “go back in the past” city: many houses there still keep ancient architecture! Showing off for itself, it is famous for its thermal springs!
Discover Antsirabe through its history! To introduce you Antsirabe, we can presume that the city economically burst at the arrival of the Norwegian missionaries. Once here, they developed some great pastures due to the fresh altitude climate. Then, French people developed a thermal complex along the Ranomafana Lake. Its building can still be seen.
We also want you to see how Malagasy people love to play with natural materials and colors! So, we will visit the local art craft, where many semi-precious stone cutting, embroidery and traditional sweets factory are made! For you to remember, keep a list of your friend and close family with you, and bring them souvenirs of your time in Antsirabe!
Let’s take the road again to Ambositra, mainly famous for the master woodcarvers and furniture manufacturing. It is the “Zafimaniry” Capital city – Zafimaniry is an ethnical group, – where you will meet Malagasy people who master wood works. It covers gorgeous work of art, with shutters and walls carved in geometric designs.
After spare lunch, we will drive you to Ranomafana. Oh man, this is a pleasant lodge offers is so unique! It offers an open air museum sheltering various wildlife and endemic plants: the rainforest itself. Like Antsirabe, Ranomafana offers the opportunity to enjoy a thermal bath.
Today, we will go through 230 km in 6 or 7 hours. So, once in your hotel, please take time to relax before dinner, then enjoy your overnight stay there.
DAY 4: RANOMAFANA NATIONAL PARK
You are in another country! And you are not dreaming. Once in Madagascar, you will quickly notice its simple authenticity.
Madagascar seems to be a world outside the one in which we are living! Things are going slower, for us to enjoy every moment! And this is exactly what we’re going to do today: savor a full-day visit in Ranomafana National Park.
This park is exceptional. Located on a rain forested uphill that lies at an altitude of 800 to 1,200 meters, Ranomafana national park, was created in 1990 after the discovery of the “golden bamboo lemur” in 1986 (its scientific name is Hapalemur Aureus). This particular and amazing species of lemur has strange eating habits and can’t be seen anywhere else.
- We can also find 115 species of birds there, thirty of which are strictly forest species;
- 90 species of butterflies;
- 98 species of amphibians;
- Some species of fish;
- And 62 species of reptiles, chameleons, lizards.
We believe that this spectacular park will leave you hunger for more. Tonight, before sleeping in one of the best bed of your hotel, you will have a wonderful dinner. Do a little recap of everything you rejoiced in today!
DAY 5: RANOMAFANA NATIONAL PARK – SAHAMBAVY
Let’s kick ourselves in a vibrant little city known for its enormous tea plantations.
After 1hr30 drive through 60km, let’s make a last visit in the park, while we are hitting the road towards Sahambavy. Keen? To do so, in the afternoon, we will delight ourselves in a walk round in the tea plantations next to the hotel. And like a life basic pleasure tonight, you will lay yourself down in bed at the hotel where you will have dinner!
DAY 6: FIANARANTSOA – RANOHIRA
Put on comfy clothes and shoes and: Get ready for a 5 to 6hr trip to Ranohira!
We are first leaving Fianarantsoa to go Ambalavao, where we will discover the Anja’s Private Park. This dry forest is located at the foot of an enormous granitic dome. And today we will encounter the « Ring Tailed Lemur ». Your guide tour will lead you into a 2h30 ride.
Breathe fresh air. Feel warm wind on your skin, before heading to Ranohira through the grassy savannah plateau of Ihorombe. You are right in the heart of the Bara territory. Here, the Zebu regulates men’s life. People refer to it as the “Zebus’ civilization”.
During these memorable road times, admire the magnificent scenery of terrace-rice fields and vineyard to which savannah succeeds. Watch the diversified type of landscapes. Tonight, after dinner, relate to your dashboard to enjoy everything you saw, then rest. You are not going to work tomorrow, you’re just on your way to do exotic discoveries!
DAY 7 & 8: RANOHIRA TO THE ISALO NATIONAL PARK
You came in Madagascar because you wanted to see something new. We are now investing our time in two whole-days discovery of the second biggest national park of Madagascar. The massif of Isalo, the oldest geological formation of Madagascar, is made up of sandstone massif ruin formed during the 1stJurassic era.
Climate in Isalo is often rude, but still it gives a beautiful uniqueness to the animals, vegetation and park’s geomorphology. What’s amazing is that most of them are endemic species! We can quote the Benson’s blackbird or Pseudocosyphus bensoni (out of the 77 species of birds living there). There are also 14 species of diurnal and nocturnal lemurs in the Isalo massif, and 7 species are endemic to the country. You will encounter birds and lemurs, but also see reptiles, amphibians, carnivorous, insectivorous and rodents complete the list.
Let’s have a ride to the bedrock of the massif of Isalo to discover the park. Bring your swimsuit, and your comfy shoes, and give yourself a treat please!! You will have different possible visits on the spot: the natural swimming pool, the Canyons, the Nymph waterfalls or the Namaza forest.
Depending on your hotel and your needs, it will be possible to organize bicycle and horse rides. And if you are too tired, you can also enjoy the SPA of your hotel where you will stay overnight after dinner.
DAY 9: RANOHIRA – TOLIARA – ANAKAO
We never tried drugs, but yesterday was an ecstasy! So excited to leave early this morning! This 4 hour drive (220km with stops) is leading us to our next adventure! We head south to Toliara, a city located on a broad coastal plain, surrounded by dunes and mangroves near the Tropic of Capricorn and in the Mozambique Channel.
Put your imagination in gear! These weird amazing trees you see are called “baobabs”, rising majestically in the middle of the savannah. The creator made a joke by planting those roots on top! And look at these magnificent Antandroy and Mahafaly tombs, who are surely lying down in beautiful peace.
Take a deep breath, we will board a speed boat at Toliara port for 1hr, it will be a transfer to Anakao where your hotel is located! Did you think about cooking? Don’t worry, we are here to serve you tonight. Choose something for dinner, then take a night to rest at your hotel.
DAY 10: ANAKAO – NOSY VE – ANAKAO
You are doing awesome! Thank you for trusting us as your tour guide! We’re on fire!
Today we will make you thrill with a whole-day boat trip to discover Nosy Ve and Anakao! Not to be confused with “Nosy Be”, Nosy Ve is another famous island, commonly known for its red-tailed tropicbirds (the “Phaeton rubricauda). But most of all, Nosy Ve is notorious because of the extraordinary richness of its seabed. We understand your desire to swim deep in this gorgeous blue ocean! And you know what? It is possible to go snorkeling safely, we will provide: mask, fins and snorkels for you to fulfill your wish!
On the other hand, Anakao will seduce you with its beautiful white sand beaches. Don’t worry about time. Keep your sunglasses and beautiful hats out: we will have a full-day pleasure in Anakao tomorrow!
Tonight, you will enjoy dinner and your overnight stay at your hotel.
DAY 11: ANAKAO
You wished it. You got it! Today: you are more than free to leisure on the beach. No hurry: live life to its full. Who knows much about tomorrow, today is a beautiful day.
You may get used to have dinner at your hotel, don’t make it a routine. Certainly, you will eat at your hotel, but remember: you are staying in one of the most beautiful fishermen village ever! So, what about trying fish dishes? Yeah! No problem if you are full, you will stay at this same hotel overnight. Walk a bit before going to bed!
DAY 12: ANAKAO – TOLIARA
Sweet dreams? We hope you went to bed to get some rest yesterday because today we are leaving early in the morning to have a boat transfer to Toliara for about 1hr. From there we will lead you to your hotel.
Good news: you will have a free afternoon at your hotel. Whatever you are doing, please try something new from the menu of your hotel today! It’s the right time to get another great taste of Madagascar! Take a breathing space tonight during your overnight stay at your lodge.
DAY 13: TOLIARA – ANTANANARIVO
Don’t be sad, you didn’t leave yet! Today we will transfer you to the airport for the flight from Toliara to Antananarivo. Once there, you will be met and board for the international return flight. Make the most of your night on board to close your eyes and encounter Madagascar in your mind. No, it was not a dream. You now got footprints there. Prepare yourself for your arrival the following day.
We are so happy you are reading these closing words. We also hope we gave you an inspiring taste of your future trip in Madagascar. We are used to say that these are just words, but still you are the only one who can make them come true by coming here. Our country is truly extraordinary. We are a destination management company. And we aim to satisfy you. By trusting us, you just enroll for a tour that we’ll make you encounter Madagascar.
[Find here all information you need about the “Classic South” Tour]
|Day||Location||Superior Hotel||Standard Hotel|
|D1||ANTANANARIVO||PALISSANDRE HOTEL||CHALET DES ROSES|
|D2||ANTANANARIVO – ANTSIRABE||COULEUR CAFE||MAISON TANIMANGA|
|D3||ANTSIRABE – RANOMAFANA||SETAM LODGE||CENTREST SEJOUR|
|D4||RANOMAFANA||SETAM LODGE||CENTREST SEJOUR|
|D5||RANOMAFANA – FIANARANTSOA||TSARA GUEST HOUSE||LA RIZIERE|
|D6||FIANARANTSOA – RANOHIRA||JARDIN DU ROY||ISALO RANCH|
|D7||RANOHIRA||JARDIN DU ROY||ISALO RANCH|
|D8||RANOHIRA||JARDIN DU ROY||ISALO RANCH|
|D9||RANOHIRA – ANAKAO||ANAKAO OCEAN LODGE||HOTEL LALANDAKA|
|D10||ANAKAO||ANAKAO OCEAN LODGE||HOTEL LALANDAKA|
|D11||ANAKAO||ANAKAO OCEAN LODGE||HOTEL LALANDAKA|
|D12||ANAKAO – TULEAR||BAKUBA CONCEPT||MORINGA|
|D13||TULEAR – ANTANANARIVO|
- The trip will be done with a 4WD vehicle. It is the best transportation to travel through Madagascar.
- You will be accompanied by a driver/guide
- Starting from 05pax, a tour guide will be included
- This trip can be done all year round
- Supplement for domestic flights : 240 € / pax (subject to change)
- 4WD vehicle rent from Antananarivo to Toliara, Day 2 to Day 9 with fuel and a driver/guide
- Starting from 05pax, a tour guide will be included from day 1 to day 13
- 4WD vehicle in Tana on Day 12
- Accommodation on a double or single basis
- Breakfasts, lunches and dinners depending on the pension chosen above
- Entrance and guiding fees in the following parks and reserves: Ranomafana, Anja and Isalo
- Welcomes and transfers as programmed
- Visits mentioned
- Tourist taxes
- Flights and airport taxes
- Free activities
- Lunches except on Day 10
- Dinners in Antananarivo
- Drinks, tips and extras
- Multirisk and personal insurances
- « Possibility to » visits and those which are not mentioned in the program