The fascinating journey on the RN7 road starts or ends in Tuléar, the City of the Capricorn where the Mahayana Sharangi Hotel serves as an ideal residence. 22 bungalows and 4 rooms are ready for the travellers in a complex of a colonial style. Located in the vicinity of the main conveniences of the city, the Mahayana Sharangi Hotel has a well chosen localization: at just a step away from the commune and the French consulate, the establishment is located actually in the heart of Tuléar. One of the particularities of the establishment is its panoramic restaurant: as the latter is set in the upper area, the guests can enjoy a panoramic view of the city and its surroundings.
On the road, the entrance of Tuléar is symbolized by an extraordinary flat mountain, visible at a dozen kilometres from the city. It is in its vicinity that the Auberge de la table is established, and whose name is inspired from the unusual aspect of the mountain. Having a privileged location, the establishment is adjoining the new Protected Area of Tsinjiriake as well as the Arboretum of Antsokay, an exceptional site where we can discover more than a thousand botanical species. Apart from its restaurant whose speciality is the goat’s cheese, the Auberge de la table also has 4 standard bungalows and 2 superior bungalows. In addition, the fresh-water swimming pool of the establishment is a place for relaxation which is highly appreciated by the guests.
The visitors are to step up about a thirty kilometres’ tarmac towards the north of Tuléar and they will get their luggage to the Belle Vue Hotel. Here the comfort is optimal with the nature as a background for the setting. In the very heart of a Vezo village, the complex does all to show the visitors the richness of the traditions in the area. The discoveries can start with a culinary journey in its restaurant where the seafood is exploited with refinement. The bungalows constructed at a few yards from the beach provide the change of scenery on board a traditional canoe.
Cheerfulness and conviviality are catchwords at Chez Alain Hotel, an establishment ideally located in the lively area of Sans Fil, at the entrance of the capital city of the Big South. Apart from the availability and the friendliness of the owners which give the establishment its reputation since some quarter of a century, the comfort, the conveniences and the cheerful welcoming offered by the complex are also to be experienced there. 15 bungalows, 4 rooms, and 1 suite are scattered over the complex where the vegetation has an important place. A bar-restaurant is also established in that complex where the guests will enjoy arranged rums as well as a delicious selection of the dishes of the area that only Chez Alain Hotel has owned the secret.
In the heart of the city of Toliary, the Amazone International Hotel mixes renewal and ancient features with its traditional setting and its ideal comfort. With its 24 rooms, this hotel also offers six high-standing suites for the most demanding clients as far as comfort is concerned. These are set in the top storey of its building and offer a breathtaking view of the sea. The Amazone International Hotel has a restaurant, a fitness gym, a swimming pool, and above all a spa for those who want to perfect their cocooning holiday. In addition, the hotel takes charge of the transfer from the airport of Toliary, offering it as an option, and suggests a car hire.
Tuléar, sur le Tropique du Capricorne
A l’extrémité de la route nationale 7, 1000 kilomètres après la capitale, se dresse dans un étonnant décor digne du Far West la grande ville du sud-ouest : Tuléar.
Tuléar, une ville du soleil
Surnommée « ville du soleil » ou « ville blanche », Tuléar est une des destinations les plus prisées de l’île. Ses larges avenues du centre-ville bordées de tamariniers et ses grandes propriétés blanches, ocres et colorées, affirment l’héritage colonial laissé par les pionniers du XIXeme siècle, visible en partie autour de l’avenue Philibert Tsiranana. Située à 12 kilomètres du Tropique du Capricorne, la ville est illuminée par un soleil quasi-permanent et les pluies y sont rares. Le « Tsiokatimo » ou vent du sud rafraichit les températures de Tuléar et des zones environnantes.
Tuléar, une ville culturelle
Le Musée des arts et traditions du Sud malgache situé en centre-ville présente les nombreuses caractéristiques de l’art funéraire des ethnies Sakalava et Mahafaly, comme les tombeaux et les « aloalo » ou totems. Le musée de la Mer, aux portes du port, expose un aperçu de la faune marine de la région. On peut y distinguer notamment le cœlacanthe, poisson préhistorique pêché en 1995 à proximité de la baie de Saint Augustin. Tuléar est également un point de départ pour rallier Morondava vers le nord en passant par Ifaty et Belo-sur-Mer. La route vers le sud mène à Fort-Dauphin via Anakao et Cap Sainte-Marie, la pointe sud de l’île.