This area is characterised by a dry semi-desert climate and can be visited all year, without much regard to the seasons.
Ilakaka is located 735km from the capital and 218km from Tulear. It would be more convenient to take a regular flight by Air Madagascar from the capital Antananarivo to Tulear and continue by road on the RN7.
Friends Hotel, an establishment located in the city of Ilakaka, offers you that warm and friendly welcome that the name suggests. You can also book your rooms further away, in Isalo in Le Jardin du Roy and Relais de la Reine or Isalo Rock Lodge.
The restaurant of the Hotel Satrana Lodge is famous in this area for its cuisine with subtle aromas. This property is located at the entrance to Isalo Park.
Since 2008, the mines of the so-called "Swiss Bank" zone located at 500 m aside of the RN7. It’s nicknamed still manifests the great expectations of the first diggers arriving at this spot. The local company, Colorline offers guided tours to the curious ones. For sure Ilakaka offers a real vision of what the Madagascan life in the bush is really like – far off the conventional tourist world.
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