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Antananarivo tours - discover the hidden gems of Madagascar Madagascar

Antananarivo tours: discover the hidden gems of Madagascar

The South-East circuit offers a complete experience to discover the biodiversity of the island. It includes visits to Antsirabe, known for its thermal water reserve and numerous sites to explore. Visitors can also tour workshops specializing in aluminum recovery and transformation, zebu horn crafting, embroidery, and silk fabric production. The journey continues with a visit to Ranomafana National Park, which is home to various plant species, a thermal pool, and the golden bamboo lemur.

Traveling further leads to Manakara where travelers can pass through Farafangana and Vohipeno before reaching Sandravinany in Fort Dauphin. This part of the trip allows visitors to admire agricultural landscapes filled with cloves, coffee trees, lychee trees, pine trees, ravinala palms, and various other palm tree species.

The route then provides an opportunity to appreciate the culture of the Antanosy and Antandroy people who engage in peasant farming activities such as rice cultivation, cassava growing, sugarcane farming, and sisal production. A visit to Berenty Reserve presents encounters with Verreaux’s sifaka lemurs and red-fronted lemurs among other lemur species along with rare bird species in addition to strolls through the spiny forest where one might encounter small spider tortoises.

Continuing on towards Cape Sainte Marie brings travelers to Ambola village from where they can access Tsimanampetsotsa National Park as well as Anakao fishing village before enjoying some relaxation by the sea at Anakao beach. The journey progresses towards Ranohira leading up to Isalo National Park while crossing Horombe summit characterized by savannah landscapes. Finally arriving at Ankaramena in Betisleo country offers a change of scenery featuring huts and small fields instead of palm trees and ravinala plants.

A stop at Ambalavao reveals the renowned Antemoro paper workshop showcasing traditional papermaking techniques unique to this region.

Heading North from Antananarivo

The journey starts from the capital and goes through RN 4 to Majunga, then continues to Diego Suarez. The trip usually takes at least 10 days. It covers three main provinces: Tana, Majunga, and Diego Suarez.

In the northern circuit, visitors can explore the Three Bays of Ramena near Diego Suarez. These bays are Dune Bay, Pigeons Bay, and Sakalava Bay. Each bay boasts unique natural beauty with varying colors of fine sand—sometimes pink or golden blonde—and requires a 4×4 vehicle to access.

Nature enthusiasts can visit the Ankarafantsika National Park to see diverse flora and fauna on a sandy massif that represents unique biodiversity with over 825 identified species in the park, including eight lemur species and hundreds of endemic bird species.

Another attraction is the Amber Mountain National Park covering a vast area of 18,200 hectares in the north part of Madagascar’s Diana region. This mountainous area features dense humid forests housing various endemic animal species such as crowned lemurs and red-bellied lemurs—the world’s smallest primate.

Furthermore, there’s Tsingy d’Ankarana National Park known for its limestone formations and basaltic soils characterized by lush humid forests and dry forests on basaltic soil. Visitors can explore deep crevices sculpted by water erosion over a century ago containing underground rivers, caves serving as sacred sites, and even royal Antakarana tombs.

Tana Circuit to Eastern Regions:

The East circuit in Madagascar is all about exploring the tropical rainforest. It’s known for its lush greenery, rich biodiversity, and humid climate. The region is home to various natural reserves, national parks, beautiful beaches, and diverse cultural experiences.

In Andasibe, you can visit the Peyrieras Reserve to observe a wide range of reptiles, from the smallest to the largest. The Andasibe Mantadia National Park is a primary rainforest that shelters numerous animal and plant species, including rare birds.

Venturing into the village of Kambana offers an opportunity to witness the traditional production of betsabetsa – a local rum. Additionally, visitors can tour a niaouli distillery which produces essential oils from aromatic plants.

Traversing through Pangalane Canal allows access to the Palmarium Private Reserve where lemurs roam freely alongside reptiles and amphibians. The area boasts diverse vegetation with orchids and carnivorous plants.

Sainte Marie Island provides an authentic experience with turquoise waters encompassed by coral reefs. It was once frequented by pirates whose remnants can still be found on the island.

Discover splendid beaches like Mahambo for surfing or Foulpointe for an authentic village experience amidst coral formations. Sainte Marie’s Iles aux Nattes offers pristine sandy shores and coral reefs for relaxation and tranquility.

Antsirabe and Ambositra are renowned for Malagasy craftsmanship such as horn objects, embroideries, woodwork, and silk fabrics – perfect for unique souvenirs. In Bekopaka Tsingy de Bemaraha lies a World Heritage site featuring stunning limestone formations.

Andasibe-Mantadia National Park shelters various lemur species while Andringitra Camp Catta offers outdoor activities like hiking and snorkeling.
Embark on a guided pirogue ride along Pangalane Canal or explore Isalo National Park known as “the Malagasy Colorado” with natural pools ideal for canyoning adventures.
Additionally,Mangilyand its surroundings provide opportunities to marvel at giant baobabs trees and indulge in underwater diving explorations.

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