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is a large region of the island of Madagascar
The main overland route that budget travellers take through Madagascar is the RN7 which leads south from the capital Antananarivo
and through the central highlands before turning southwest.
The main stopping off place on the southern part of this route is Isalo National Reserve
, a landscape of rugged mountains and deciduous forests, with some really good hiking.
The main road hits the southwest coast at the city of Tulear, from which visitors turn North towards Morombe
or South towards Cap Sainte Marie
to reach the various beach lodges and dive bases.
The vast majority of visitors then fly back to the capital.
We tend to include this whole region in trip exceedingly rarely, for the vast majority of our guests there are far better options in other parts of the country.