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Madagascar South Tour (9 Days)

Madagascar is a small paradise and the diverse wildlife and unique flora hypnotizes guests. Many guests return year after year to explore new corners of this stunningly beautiful island that boasts over 1,800 miles of beautiful beaches and exceptionally delicious cuisine. This tour is unique in that it incorporates incredible natural wonders such as Ranomafana National Park and small islands, as well as cultural wonders such as distinct Malagasy tribes and towns.  national park tour to the beach island relaxing, this trip will just really broaden your horizon. Our tours to the South of Madagascar include stay at the highly recommended lodges and hotels, making sure you enjoy every minutes.

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Tamboho Hotel

Set in an exceptional location, this boutique hotel combines traditional elements of Malagasy design with modern comforts. Since it located in a peaceful area close to the downtown and business districts, guests can easily stroll around Antananarivo, and explore delights in the town such as the Zoma market, Queen’s Palace, and various handicrafts markets. The Tamboho hotel comprises 30 air-conditioned rooms with all the comforts our seasoned travelers deserve. The hotel’s restaurant will tickle the senses – offering guests refined European dishes as well as delicious Malagasy specialties that burst with the flavors of local spices. Guests will enjoy the hotel’s unique design, excellent service and Malagasy charm.

Tamboho HotelTamboho Hotel

Le Royal Palace

Ideally located in a quiet part of the city center, the hotel boasts rooms, suites and apartments that are spacious, bright, elegant and comfortable. The rooms and apartments are equipped with satellite TV, a personal safe and a minibar. Guests are invited to relax in the impeccable gardens or lounge poolside, enjoying the hotel’s hospitable staff.

Le Royal PalaceLe Royal Palace

Setam Lodge

Located on the edge of Ranomafana National Park one is amazed by the magnificent views of the mountains and rainforest. The lodge has been built to leverage its location and as a result, the restaurant boasts magnificent windows overlooking the valley, and the rooms - nestled comfortably into the hilltop - have small terraces facing the valley. Guests often enjoy their meals outside so that they can fully experience the delightful view and fresh air.

Setam LodgeSetam Lodge

Le Relais de la Reine  

Relais de la Reine is cleverly hidden within jagged rocks on the southern boundary of Isalo National Park. Beautifully designed of wood and stone, the 30 rooms are arranged in groups around a courtyard, and each room has en-suite facilities and its own verandah. There is a lovely pool next to the main building, which houses the dining room and bar. A favorite amongst travelers, the hotel is renown for excellence, quality and beauty.

Le Relais de la ReineLe Relais de la Reine

Anakao Ocean Lodge

Anakao Ocean Lodge & Spa is a magical place, tucked away in a private and isolated corner of Madagascar. It is a new and exclusive destination especially suitable for those who have a spirit for travelling, and it stands out in the middle of a splendid half-moon bay like a small precious gem. This environmentally conscious lodge boasts a wonderful spa, a list of activities (e.g. kayaking, diving, waterskiing) and a high-end gastronomic expertise at its restaurant. 

Anakao Ocean LodgeAnakao Ocean Lodge

Combava Hotel

Nestled between the International Airport and the city center, guests find this hotel charming. It boasts a welcoming and immaculately landscaped garden as well as lovely rooms, each decorated in a unique style that marries traditional Antananarivo with modern comforts. All rooms are equipped with air conditioner/heater, TV-sat, mini-bar, dining room, lounge, safe deposit box, and wireless Internet.

Combava HotelCombava Hotel

Antananarivo
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After being welcomed by our representative at the International airport, you will be escorted to your hotel, located in the city center. Our guide and car will be pleased to take you sightseeing.

AntananarivoMadagascar trees

Dinner and accommodation in Tamboho

Antananarivo – Antsirabe (160km-3hrs)
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After breakfast we will drive along scenic roads that border rice fields and local villages to Antsirabe, a town known for its thermal waters. We will stop in Ambatolampy for lunch and visit a workshop run by micro-entrepreneurs that produces cooking pots out of recycled aluminum. After arriving at your hotel in Antsirabe you will enjoy a city tour via rickshaw, visiting marketplaces and artisan studios. 

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Accommodation in Le Royal Palace on HB basis 

Antsirabe – Ranomafana (240km-5hrs)
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After breakfast we will embark to Ranomafana, stopping at Ambositra, a bustling small town famed for woodcarving. You will continue to Ranomafana, situated on the Namorona River and a good entry point for Ranomafana National Park. In the evening you will visit the rainforest and experience animal viewing (Fosa, chameleons, frogs, Varibolomadinika, and the smallest lemur in the world, Microcebus lemur) by starlight. 

RanomafanaRanomafana woodcarving

Accommodation in Setam Lodge on HB basis 

Ranomafana – Ambalavao – Ranohira (366km – 4hrs)
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After an early breakfast, a park ranger will accompany you on your hike through the rainforest. The park contains twelve lemur species – aside from the golden bamboo lemur, visitors can spot eastern woolly lemur, red-bellied lemur, eastern grey bamboo lemur, greater bamboo lemur, red-fronted brown lemur, black-and-white ruffed lemur and brown mouse lemur – as well as several bird species.After checking out from the hotel in the late afternoon, you will continue on your road trip to Isalo and stop at Fianarantsoa, an ancient town perched on the hills that is an UNESCO world heritage site due to the beautiful architecture of the buildings. You will also visit Ambalavao, a colorful and quaint village in the highlands that is the center for Zebu (Malagasy horned cattle) trading. Many tribes bring their herds of cattle here to the weekly Wednesday Zebu market, a noisy but fascinating experience. You will also visit nearby Anja Reserve, a small private park that was created to promote ecotourism and benefit the community. 

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Accommodation in the hotel Le Relais de la Reine near the rock formations of Isalo, on HB basis 

Isalo National Park
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Isalo National Park was established in 1962, and has rocks dating from the Jurassic period. These rocks (known as “ruiniformes”) have been sculpted over the centuries, by wind and rain, into incredible and unusual shapes cut through by impressive gorges and canyons. The park homes also approximately 80 species of birds (including the rare Benson’s rock-thrush, the knob-billed duck or the crested ibis), 35 of reptiles, several endemic frogs. There is also lovely flora and interesting local endemic plants among the 500 species that are found within Isalo, such as the elephant´s foot and some rare palms and aloe species. A natural stone cave overlooks a crystal-clear waterfall, which tumbles into a deep green pool surrounded by overhanging pandanus trees; a true oasis. 

Isalo National ParkIsalo National Park animals

Accommodation in the hotel Le Relais de la Reine on HB basis

Ranohira - Tulear (243km – 4hrs) – Anakao (45min speed boat)
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Morning drive to Tuléar will weave you through diverse scenery, baobabs, colorful tombs, and villages born due to the discovery of sapphires in Ilakaka. From Tuléar’s port, you will catch a speedboat to Anakao Village.

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Accommodation in Anakao Ocean Lodge on HB basis 

Anakao
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This Vezo fishing village bustles with life and offers visitors a number of options for entertainment and sport (for example, visiting Tsimanampetsotse park by quad bikie or scuba diving). The private and gorgeous beach offers fine white-sanded beaches and coral reefs. Without doubt, you will also enjoy sailing to a small nearby island, Nosy Ve, which has an incredible beach and a breeding colony of red-tailed tropical birds that are fascinating to watch. Leisurely enjoy the beaches and waters of the Mozambique Channel. 

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Accommodation in Anakao Ocean Lodge on HB basis

Anakao – Tulear – Tana (internal flight)
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You will transfer to Tuléar by boat to the airport for your internal flight back to Antananarivo. Enjoy a day in Tana to browse through the city’s wonderful markets.

Accommodation in Combava on HB basis

Departure from Tana
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Enjoy a day in Tana, a lovely and undiscovered town with hidden wonders. Stroll, shop, relax and explore before transferring to the airport for your international flight back home.

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2013 private tour rate per person when sharing double/twin room*

Group of 2 people: RMB15,400

Group of 4 people: RMB12,650

Supplement on single room: RMB3,670

*Valid from June 1st 2013 to October 31st 2013

2014 private tour rate per person when sharing double/twin room*

Group of 2 people: RMB17,000

Group of 4 people: RMB14,000

Supplement on single room: RMB4,030

*Valid from November 1st 2013 to October 31st 2014

Internal flight ticket extra charge

TULEAR – TANA on economic class: RMB1,800 per person

Including:

· Accommodation on double/twin room on half board or full board basis when mentioned

·4WD car with experienced driver-guide and fuel

· Mentioned boat transfers

· Mentioned excursions

·All transfers from/to the airport

·Park entrance fees and guide services at the parks

·On-Board extra services

·Vignette and touristic taxes

Excluding:

·Personal expenses (tips, beverages)

·Any extra activities not mentioned in the program

·Long haul and domestic flights

·Lunch (* boat trip lunch is included)

·Insurance