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Route Nationale 7 winds through central and southern Madagascar, starting at Antananarivo and ending on the south-west coast at Tulear.

Each town and village beside the road has its own character, from Betsileo country in the high plateau, through the wild Bara farmlands, and on to tiny Vezo fishing villages on the coast.

Ranomafana National Park

Starting in Tana and heading south, to the east lies the lush rainforest belt, including Ranomafana National Park, with rolling tree-covered hills, tumbling waterfalls, and lemurs, chameleons and geckos galore! Closer to the southern tip, the landscape becomes increasingly dramatic, more open and wild, as the climate becomes more arid.

Isalo National Park

Verreaux's Sifaka, Isalo National ParkIsalo National Park can be seen for miles away, with stunning rock formations, limpid tropical pools, and deciduous woodland where lemurs and sifakas frolic amongst the branches. At the southernmost tip of the road lies the spiny desert, with succulent aloes, twisted octopus plants and spiky cacti.

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Places to visit in Central & Southern Madagascar

Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting Central & Southern Madagascar, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travellers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.

Suggested itineraries featuring Central & Southern Madagascar

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Central & Southern Madagascar, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    Places in and around Central & Southern Madagascar

    Accommodation choices for Central & Southern Madagascar

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Central & Southern Madagascar. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Betsileo Country Lodge, Ambalavao

      Betsileo Country Lodge

      Medium

      The hotel is located outside of Ambalavao, close to the excellent Anja Park. There is a swimming pool and terrace, where you can enjoy the beautiful views over the surrounding area.

    • Satrana Lodge, Isalo National Park

      Satrana Lodge

      First Class

      Owned by the former Madagascan ambassador to the United States this is a brilliant new addition to the Isalo area.

    • Gardens at Camelia

      Camelia

      Simple

      Camelia is a small welcoming guesthouse situated in the heart of Antsirabe city. The garden is a haven of tranquillity and a perfect place to spend a relaxing afternoon reading a book.

    • Setam Lodge, Ranomafana National Park

      Setam Lodge

      Medium

      Though fairly simple and a bit lacking in character, Setam is the closest lodge to the national park, around five minutes away from the gate, and this is one of our favourite options in the area.

    • Couleur Cafe, Antsirabe

      Couleur Café

      Medium

      The five brick bungalows are located in a pleasant garden and the main building has a communal lounge and dining table.

    • View from dining area at Centrest Sejour

      Centrest Sejour

      Simple

      As the closest lodge to the town it is a good place for those who would like to wander down, but guests should be aware that the accommodation around Ranomafana is fairly basic and this is no exception.

    • Relais des Plateaux,Antananarivo

      Relais des Plateaux

      Medium

      A convenient hotel for passengers arriving late or departing early from Antananarivo airport and needing a comfortable stay for the night.

    • Relais de la Reine, Isalo National Park

      Relais de la Reine

      Medium

      Staying here is a real delight. The food is good, the staff are friendly and helpful, and the setting is one of the best we've seen in Madagascar.

    • Le Jardin du Roy, Isalo National Park

      Le Jardin du Roy

      First Class

      Most guests come to Jardin du Roy for only one or two nights to visit the park, but if you're keen to ride, or simply relax in beautiful surroundings, it's certainly worth a longer stay.

    • The garden at Pavillon de l'Emyrne

      Pavillion de l'Emyrne

      Medium

      This hotel is one of the most attractive and elegant in Antananarivo and its location is ideal for exploring the Isoraka area.

    • Pool at The Royal Palissandre, Antananarivo

      The Royal Palissandre

      Medium

      We have always enjoyed staying at Le Palissandre as it is one of the friendliest hotels in Tana - the staff cannot do enough to help you. It makes an excellent base for an overnight stop and the stunning spa is well worth a visit.