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RN JUNGLE TRAIN TOUR

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Our Jungle Train Tour brings you via the RN7, the most famous highway in Madagascar, from Antananarivo to Tulear. During this tour you visit three parks. Starting in Antananarivo you go to Antsirabe and from there via Ambositra to Fianarantsoa, the second largest city in Madagascar. Here you take the train to Manakara. Then you drive to Ranomafana NP. After visiting this park you go via Ambalavao and the Anja Park Reserve to Isalo NP to hike through the sandstone massifs. This tour ends in Tulear. From here you can visit the beaches of Anakao or Ifaty or you can take a domestic flight to other part of the island.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS TRIP
  • Find unique experience with untamed wildlife in National parks and private reserve
  • Authentic interaction with local people throughout your journey on the train
  • Excursion in pangalane chanel with picnic seafoods
  • Overland journey from rainforest with exotic orchids and lemurs.
ITINERARY: Antananarivo – Antsirabe – Ambositra – Fianarantsoa – Train to Manakara – Ranomafana National Park – Ambalavao – Anja Park Reserve – Isalo National Park – Tulear
PRICE INCLUDES:
  • Airport transfers;;
  • Car, including fuel;
  • English Speaking Driver / Guide;
  • Hotel for 9 nights;+continental break fast
  • Train ticket from Fianarantsoa to Manakara;
  • Park entrance fees;
  • Picninc lunch on the Pangalanes chanel excursion
  • All taxes.
PRICE EXCLUDES:
  • Food and drinks on the other days;
  • Tips;
  • Hotel before the tour starts and after the tour has ended;
  • All other expenses.

Please contact us for the price.

The final price depends on your choice of hotels: luxury or mid-range. For hotel suggestions, please check our recommended hotels.

The tour starts the day after arrival at the international airport.

This private tour can be customized according to your style. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations

Day 1:

ANTANANARIVO – ANTSIRABE

In the morning you drive to Antsirabe, the city of the ‘pousse pousse’, located at 1500 meter altitude in the central highlands. You pass rice paddies and drive through the mountains. Along the way, you can visit a craft market and see the tombs of the Merina. Antsirabe means ‘place of much salt’. It’s a nice city with colonial houses and a cathedral. It’s possible to visit lake Andraikaba, that is located 7 km outside the city. You can walk around the lake or visit the gemstone market next to the lake.
Overnight in a hotel ROYAL PALACE 

Day 2:

ANTSIRABE – AMBOSITRA – FIANARANTSOA

After breakfast you drive to Fianarantsoa. You pass the typical highland scenery of rice paddies. You stop in Ambositra, the centre of Madagascar’s woodcarving industry, to visit the handicraft factory. After lunch you continue to Fianarantsoa, the capital of the Betsileo. The old town of Fianarantsoa is build on the top of a hill and is nice to visit for a walk. Overnight in hotel ZOMATEL.  

Day 3:

TRAIN TO MANAKARA

Early in the morning the driver brings you to the train station, where the train leaves at 7.00 am. It’s a full day travel to Manakara, this spectacular journey takes about ten hours. The views from the train are great. The train stops in the villages, where the people sell fruit, snacks and drinks. The driver waits for you at the train station in Manakara to bring you to your hotel. Overnight in hotel PARTENAY.
Day 4:

EXCURSION IN PANGALANES CHANEL BY BOAT

During the boat excursion you will have a picnic on the river side.Overnight in hotel PARTENAY.
Day 5:

MANAKARA – RANOMAFANA NATIONAL PARK

Ranomafana means ‘hot water’. During the colonial era this friendly village was a thermal bath centre. Today people go to Ranomafana to visit the national park, the place where the rare big bamboo lemur lives. You can do a nocturnal walk in the park with a local guide to see mouse lemurs, frogs and chameleons.Overnight in hotel CENTR’EST.
Day 6:

RANOMAFANA NATIONAL PARK

About 20 years ago, the golden bamboo lemur was discovered in the forest near the village of Ranomafana. Subsequently, the national park was established to protect this rare lemur. After breakfast you drive to the entrance of the park where you meet your local guide. You can choose from several walks ranging from a few hours to half a day. In the rainforest you can see the Edward’ss sifaka, the golden bamboo lemur and reptiles. There are also about 96 bird species, some endemic. In the afternoon you can visit the village or go to the thermal bath and swim in the hot swimming pool.Overnight in hotel CENTR’EST.

Day 7:

RANOMAFANA NATIONAL PARK – AMBALAVAO – ANJA PARK RESERVE – ISALO NATIONAL PARK

Today you drive to Isalo. You stop in Ambalavao to visit two traditional factories, the Wild Silk factory and the Antaimoro Paper factory. On Wednesday the biggest zebu market of Madagascar is held in Ambalavao. You will also visit the community-run Anja Park Reserve, where you can see the traditional Bara family tombs, caves and ring tailed lemurs. You can picnic on the top of the rock. Overnight in hotel RELAIS DE LA REINE.

Day 8:

ISALO NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast you go to Isalo NP. You visit the park with a local guide. Isalo is sacred to the Bara tribe. The Bara use the caves as cemeteries. Isalo is dominated by narrow ravines and by wind and water sculptured rocks. First you hike to the natural swimming pool and after a swim you hike to the Namaza circuit. You can also choose to do only one if these hikes. After the hike you drive to the Window of Isalo. Overnight in hotel RELAIS DE LA REINE

Day 9:

ISALO NATIONAL PARK – TULEAR - IFATY BEACH

After visiting Zombitse NP you continue the way to Tulear, you pass the region of cotton. You see the traditional tombs of the Mahafaly and the painted tombs of the Bara and the Antandroy tribe. The tour ends in Tulear, from where you can travel to Ifaty beach, overnight in the hotel PARADISIER .