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Walk at Betsileo’s country


10 D - 9 N

This itinerary allows us to discover the real lifestyles of the Betsileo ethnic group. Among the 18 ethnic groups existing in Madagascar, this group is unique since they retain their traditional civilization. The only tea plantation and production in Madagascar is also found in this region. The Betsileos are excellent wood workers, particularly known for their great artistic sculptures. The Zafimaniry in particular, a sub-group of Betsileo, who have kept this tradition alive with wood-based architecture and decorative arts alive. The knowledge of the Betsileo Zafimaniry wood was classified by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity in 2002.


- Discovery of the highlands,
- Meet and discover the Betsileos,
- Descent of the Matsiatra river and the only tea plantation in Madagascar,
- Hiking to discover the famous Isalo National Park.

Rate per person based double room

1 585 € ******

Arrival at Ivato airport. Welcome with our representative and transfer to your hotel located in the center of Antananarivo. Antananarivo is the capital of Madagascar and the largest city on this large island in the Indian Ocean. Antananarivo means "the city of a thousand", a reference to the 1000 soldiers supposed to protect the newly founded city during the reign of the venerated king Andrianjaka in 1610. Antananarivo is nowadays called by the inhabitant Tana. And it will surprise you with its rice fields, its Asian looks, its many staircases, its steep hills, its palaces, its cobbled streets and its churches. Antananarivo has a population of approximately 1.5 million people.
Accommodation and night with breakfast.

Breakfast then drive to Antsirabe, the spa town on the national road N ° 7. Along the way, you will cross the typical landscape of the highlands, the rocky hill, the savannah, the rice terraces and a large orchard. First stop at Ambatolampy to visit the foundry workshop. Lunch at your charge. Continue to the town of Antsirabe, famous for its rickshaw. We continue south to the village of Ambositra, the famous craft village. Ambositra is renowned for marquetry and wood carving.

Accommodation and night with breakfast.

After breakfast, we head to the small village of Ifasina. For about 2 hours by car to the village of Antoetra. We leave our car behind and we set off on foot to explore the countries of Zafimaniry, for a short hike of 13 km. This visit allows us to discover the customs and Us of Zafimaniry. Due to this group, we can discover their know-how, in particular houses assembled without the slightest nail, with finely carved doors and shutters. Lunch on site, return to Ambositra in the afternoon
Accommodation and night with breakfast.

After breakfast, you can visit the handcraft market before continuing south. After the visit, we continue to Fianarantsoa.

Accommodation and night with breakfast.

After breakfast, departure from Fianarantsoa by car and arrival in Mahasoabe 1 hour later. Descent in a traditional pirogue for 4 hours on the Mahatsiatra river to the village of Iseta, admiring the beautiful landscapes of typically Betsileo villages, the daily life of the Betsileo ethnic groups (the way of dressing, the structure of their house .. .). After the descent, we walk 45 minutes to reach the place where we take the picnic and then we drive to Sahambavy where you will visit the only tea plantation in Madagascar. Return to Fianarantsoa by taking the RN7 and next to the railway.

Accommodation and night with breakfast.

After breakfast, continue to the village of Ambalavao where we visit the workshop of the mythical Anteimoro paper and Malagasy artisan embroidery. Ambavalao is also renowned for its large zebu market every Wednesday. After the visit, we continue to the village of Ranohira

Accommodation and night with breakfast.

Breakfast. Day dedicated to the discovery of the Isalo National Park, an exceptional natural area of 81,540 ha where wind and water have sculpted extraterrestrial forms. By following a well-marked path on the ground and the rock, you continue your journey towards the natural swimming pool located in the deep canyons. A canyon with lush vegetation, which is lost in the savannah of tall grass. Return to the hotel in the evening. Overnight at the same hotel.

Accommodation and night with breakfast

Early in the morning, after breakfast, we take the road towards the highlands. We head to Fianarantsoa, we stop for lunch (at your charge). On the way, we can meet herds of zebus who will join the Ambalavao market. We continue to Antsirabe with the landscapes of rice fields.

Arrival in Antsirabe in the late afternoon.

Accommodation and night with breakfast.

After a good night and a good breakfast, we make a short visit to the city of Antsirabe. Then, we drive to Antananarivo. Arrival in Antananarivo in the middle of the afternoon.

Installation at the hotel. In the evening, we will watch the sunset and have dinner at the restaurant.

Breakfast, according to your flight schedule, transfer to the airport and assistance.

Espace commercial HI-POLE, LOT PRES 71B
Antanetibe – Antehiroka
Antananarivo, Madagascar


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