TANA- TOLIARA IFATY- RANOHIRA-FIANARANTSOA TRAIN-MANAKARA-PANGALANES-RANOMAFANA-TANA
After Toliara and its beautiful seaside resort of Ifaty, this circuit takes us to the discovery of the south is Malagasy. From Fianarantsoa, take the train trip along the FCE line to Manakara. A stroll on the Pangalanes Canal will enhance your stay.
To discover : RN7 Tropical East The FCE line The Pangalanes Canal Ranomafana National Park The lagoon of Ifaty
The circuit in detai
DAY 1: ANTANANARIVO- IFATY
IFATY Arrival by plane in the afternoon to Toliara. Reception at Toliara airport and transfer to Ifaty. Night at the hotel
DAY 2: IFATY
Relaxing day by the sea. Beaches of fine sand and turquoise sea are waiting for you. You will be spoiled for choice between several marine activities: scuba diving or snorkeling, canoe trip on the lagoon, visit the Reniala reserve ….
Otherwise, you can meet the Vezo fishermen and discover their way of life and their culture. Picnic lunch on the beach. Night at the hotel.
DAY 3: IFATY - RANOHIRA - FIANARANTSOA
After this wonderful day by the sea, we take the road up the RN7 from Toliara. Next step, Fianarantsoa. Stop in Ranohira, for a small photo break at the window of Isalo. Arrival in Fianarantsoa in the eveninge
DAY 4: FIANARANTSOA - MANAKARA BY TRAIN
Very early in the morning, we take the FCE train to Fianarantsoa railway station. Along the way, beautiful greenery landscapes of tea and coffee fields, waterfalls and waterfalls line the course for more than 160 kilometers. Numerous stops in the villages punctuate this superb journey by train and offer you the opportunity to live the daily life of the inhabitants settled along the railway. Lunch on the train. Arrival in Manakara early in the evening. Dinner and overnight at the hotel
DAY 5: MANAKARA - CANAL OF PANGALANES
After a night’s rest, you will spend a picturesque day on the Pangalanes Canal from Manakara. Nothing better than a traditional pirogue ride to discover part of this 654-kilometer river route built around 1896 by the colonial administration. Let yourself be lulled by the tranquility of these fresh waters. Throughout the course you will meet authentic fishermen from the villages along the canal. A picnic lunch and a swim complete the ride. Return to Manakara at the end of the day. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
DAY 6: MANAKARA - RANOMAFANA
We take the road towards Ranomafana. A beautiful 5-hour car ride, through different landscapes made of Ravinala or traveler’s tree and banana trees. Arrival in Ranomafana late afternoon. Night at the hotel.
DAY 7: RANOMAFANA
The small town of Ranomafana owes its reputation to its national park as well as its thermal spa center. A visit to the park gives you the opportunity to meet lemurs and chameleons, not to mention the endemic plants that have attracted the attention of the greatest perfumers in the world such as DIOR. You can also opt for a night tour of Ranomafana National Park. To end the day, treat yourself to a dip in the natural pool of the Ranomafana Thermal Center. And if you feel like it, give yourself a little massage. Enjoy the benefits of nature and your body
will thank you. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
DAY 8: RANOMAFANA -ANTANANARIVO
Departure very early to reach the capital. The humid, green landscape of the tropical east is fading. The cascading rice fields of the Highlands and the red brick houses resurface all the way to Antananarivo and adorn the landscape beautifully. Stop at Ambositra for lunch. Along the way, purchase handcrafted products such as basketry, wood carvings and marquetry. Arrival in Antananarivo in the evening.