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Berenty Tour

Country: Madagascar
City: Toliara
Duration: 15 Day(s) - 14 Night(s)
Tour Category: Adventure Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99

Package Itinerary

Berenty

Day 1: Antananarivo

You will be met at Ivato international airport and transferred to your hotel in Antananarivo, the picturesque capital of Madagascar. With its bustling markets, friendly people, and ancient town on a hill with freestone churches and ancient royal places, it is unique among the world’s other capitals.

Day 2: Antananarivo – Antsirabe

Depart to Antsirabe, a pretty thermal town, that combines a typical Malagasy style with the tranquility of a small European provincial town. Antsirabe means ‘where there is much salt’ and is one of Madagascar’s major trading centers for semiprecious stones and minerals.

We will drive through the landscape, which is mainly composed of mountains and rice fields. In Antsirabe we will go on a city tour with a visit to Andraikiba lake and the legendary Tritriva crater lake. It is said that the lake’s water level decreases during the rainy season and increases in the dry season. We will visit a gemstone factory, where you can watch the cutting and polishing process and purchase souvenirs. [BD]

Day 3: Antsirabe – Ranomafana

After breakfast, we will drive to Ranomafana National Park, one of the richest for discovering biodiversity in the eastern humid forest. It is nestled in a mountainous and extremely rainy region, which accounts for its nickname the ‘misty land’. The tropical forest is home to 12 species of lemurs such as the golden bamboo lemur, brown lemurs, and various species of birds, colorful chameleons, and frogs.

In Ambositra we will stop the visit to some Zafimaniry woodcarving shops... Zafimaniry Art expresses itself through daily life objects (honey pots, weaving-looms, stools, plates…) as well as construction parts (doors and windows). We then head to Ranomafana National Park, where we will rest in preparation for our park visit the next day. [B]

Day 4: Ranomafana – Fianarantsoa

In the morning we will explore the Park to see lemurs, chameleons, and frogs living in the rainforest and discover some of the pandanus, ferns, orchids, and medicinal plants in the undergrowth. After lunch, we will go on a city tour of Fianarantsoa - the capital of the Betsileo tribe. It lies in the heart of Madagascar’s most fertile agricultural areas and is renowned for its vineyards, tea plantations, and terraced rice fields. [B]

Day 5: Fianarantsoa – Ranohira

In the morning we depart early for Ranohira. On our way we stop in Ambalavao - the commercial center of the southern Betsileo region, renowned for its folks, arts, and crafts – we will visit a wine producer for a wine tasting and the "Antemoro Paper" factory, where you can watch the paper being made and buy locally made cards and other paper products. The famous Antemoro paper is a delicate, handmade, flower-decorated paper made of the fibers of a tree called "Avoha".

On arrival in Ranohira, we check-in at Isalo Ranch and simply relax to prepare ourselves for the next day of trekking. [BD]

Day 6: Ranohira / Isalo National Park

Today we will spend the whole day trekking in Isalo National Park, which is chronologically the second one in Madagascar. Here, erosion has carved fantastic figures in the sandstone, from sharp needles standing up in the sky to rocky blocks apparently unstable on their base.

Apparently dry, the Isalo National Park is a land endowed with an important network of streams feeding the tributaries of the river Mangoky. It is a sacred land, as it also shelters the Bara ancestors’ cemeteries, dug on the cliff sides to prevent spillage. We will discover the massif of Isalo, its canyons, its endemic flora (Pachypodium, aloes,...), and fauna (lemurs and birds). We will even have the chance to go for a refreshing swim in the natural cascades swimming pool. [BD]

Day 7: Ranohira - Beza

After breakfast, we drive along a straight road, where the landscape is composed of dry and spiny forests, baobab trees, and some proudly decorated Mahafaly tombs. We arrive in Andranovory and then begin the track to the National Park of Beza, which protects significant areas of spiny and gallery forest, and provides a habitat for ringtail lemurs, tortoises, birds, and sifakas. [B]

Day 8: Beza – Beheloka

After a morning visit to the park, where we will see some lemur species such as ring-tailed lemurs, dancing lemurs, various birds, and some radiated tortoises, we drive to Beheloka, a typical coastal fishing village, where we will stay at ‘Chez Bernard’, the only hotel in the village. [B]

Day 9: Beheloka - Tsimanampetsotsa

Today we will drive to Tsimanampetsotsa National Park, which is stretching over 43 000 ha. The lake, whose water changes color from turquoise blue to topaz green, is an oasis in a region reputed to be the driest in Madagascar. Vegetation takes weird shapes as a result of its permanent fight against drought, creating an environment that looks unreal to the visitor.

The birds are the main attraction of the park, namely with the great gatherings of pink flamingos, dwarf flamingos, and grebes in the dry season. You might also see several lemur species, of which the famous Lemur Catta. The name Tsimanampetsotsa, which means ‘the lake without dolphins’, is to be linked with the blind fish Typhleotis, which lives in its caves. [B]

Day 10: Tsimanampetsotsa – Itampolo

After breakfast, we drive along the coast to reach Itampolo, a relaxing coastal fishing village. Along the way, you can see some wild radiated tortoises on the sandy road. We will stay at the ‘Gite d’Etape Sud’, the only hotel in Itampolo. [B]

Day 11: Itampolo – Faux Cap

After breakfast, we are off to Faux Cap – a beautiful beach with soft white sand and stunning views on the southern coast of Madagascar, along the coastal road. [B]

Day 12: Faux Cap – Berenty

Today we will drive to Berenty – a private reserve of over 240 ha stretching along the river Mandrare. The park offers the opportunity to observe lemurs at close range, including ringtail and brown lemurs, sifakas, birds, and nocturnal lemurs, as well as other wildlife. It also contains one of the country’s last stands of gallery forest. [BD]

Day 13: Berenty – Fort Dauphin

After we explored the Berenty reserve we then head to Taolagnaro, commonly known as Fort Dauphin – the small and pretty major town in south-eastern Madagascar. Its attractive location – with green hills, blue seas, fine beaches, and a myriad of surrounding attractions – makes it a popular destination.

At the bottom of Saint Louis Peak, the urban area between two bays is one of the most beautiful in Madagascar. The first people who settled in La Reunion in 1674 came from this area. It is also the capital of crayfish celebrated in an annual festival which has become a traditional event. [BD]

Day 14: Fort Dauphin – Antananarivo

After breakfast, we will go on a morning visit to Nahampoina reserve – a private reserve with lemurs that is only 7 km away from the city. Afterward, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Antananarivo. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Antananarivo where you will spend your last night. You can wander through the capital’s steep and narrow streets, taking in its architecture, atmosphere, and pace. Or you can climb up to the old rova (palace) and enjoy the views over Antananarivo and the surrounding countryside.

Day 15: Antananarivo

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home.

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Included in the Price:

Accommodation based on BED & BREAKFAST basis in a twin sharing room at mid-range hotels, and on a half board basis where stated in the itinerary, camping equipment, all transfers and transport (4x4) mentioned in the program, English speaking driver*, specialist guides in the national park as per program, all entrance fees, all excursions mentioned in the program.

Not Included in the Price:

English speaking guide, all excursions not mentioned in the program, bottled water, soft drinks, and alcoholic beverages, laundry, international flights, domestic flight from Fort Dauphin to Antananarivo, visas, and travel insurance, all lunches, all dinners unless specified in the itinerary, personal items.

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