West Circuit – Baobab Avenue, Riverboat Voyage, and Rainforests
- Duration: 13 Days (approx.)
- Product code: mtt-3-en
Arrival in Antananarivo from your international flight. Customs formalities. The Visa is free for any stay less than 30 days. Meet your driver-guide at the exit and transfer to the city center to join your hotel. Accommodation and breakfast at the hotel.
Day 2: Tana-Antsirabe-Miandrivazo
169 KMS 3H30 ASPHALT
Breakfast at the hotel. Early departure. Hit the road towards the west of Madagascar along the famous National Route 7 until you reach Betafo.
Crossing the small town of Ambatolampy, the third highest point of the island in the soaring Ankaratra hills, stop in Antsirabe, Lunch. Leave behind Route 7 to take Route 34 and enter a morphing, evolving change in the landscape up to the city of Miandrivazo, the granite massif giving way to sedimentary rocks. Cornered between the chain of Bongolava in the East and the plateau of Bemaraha on the West, this situation assures the status of the hottest city of Madagascar, with an annual average of 28°C. Thriving in this is a unique ecology different than anywhere else on the island. Accommodation and half board.
Day 3: Descent into Tsiribihina
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer by car to the pier of Masiakampy, situated in the northern side of Miandrivazo.
Beginning of the cruise down the Tsiribihina river by dhow. During the descent, we pass through many villages, farmers, and ranchers of zebu and there are opportunities to visit some villages. The stunning and varied scenery is waiting for you all along the cruise. It’s an opportunity to observe diverse endemic plants of Madagascar as pachypodium, aloes, kalanchoes, baobabs, as well as several species of birds, lemurs, crocodiles. Dinner and overnight on bivouac.
Day 4: Descent of Tsiribihina - River Voyage
Navigation through the amazing scenery of western Madagascar
Day 5: Tsimafana-Bekopaka
100 km 04 Track
Last day of navigation. Lunch. Here in the village of Tsimafana is where we leave the dhow. Your driver-guide and the off-road vehicle will be waiting.
Drive to Belo-Sur-Tsiribihina after crossing the Tsiribihina on a ferry boat before continuing until Bekopaka. The rest of the day will be devoted to this long journey on track towards the Tsingy, hidden in the bush. Arrival late in the afternoon. Accommodation on half board.
Day 6: Bekopaka
In the morning, accompanied by a local guide, start your exploration of the Tsingy world.
Initially, you embark on boats to visit the caves in the throat of the Manambolo and its stalactites. After that, continue in the park to see the stalagmites, the beauty of magnificent limestone peaks, all very sharp and alien. Picnic lunch. The evening dinner is memorable out here, in the wild west. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 7: Bekopaka Bemaraha
The Parc National de Bemaraha :
3h to 6h of trekking according to your physical condition.
The trek into the tsingy presents some technical peculiarities. Alternating passages on the roofs of Tsingy, descent in canyons, passage in geological galleries, and possibly visits of caves.
All the tours in Tsingy are fitted out via ferrata ; scale, suspension bridge…
To enjoy you tour, don’t forget :
- Walking shoes
- Sun protections
- Anti-mosquito repellent
Expedition into the small Tsingy. We descend into the Manambolo Gorges on a traditional “pirogue” canoe, Inside visit the small Tsingys and the caves.
You may see some different lemur species such as the Sifaka or the Gidro and if you’re lucky, you might see the famous Aye-Aye. You can also observe the characteristic xerophyte flora of this area, including pachypodiums and arofys..
Day 8: Bekopaka Bemaraha
The Great Tsingy
Breakfast at the hotel. This day, you will visit of the Great Tsingy on the far side. Picnic Lunch. Back to the hotel late in the afternoon. Accommodation and half board.
Tsingy de Bemaraha Nature Reserve covers an area of over 250 square miles (666 square km) and only a portion of this great park can be accessed by visitors. Today we travel by car to the start of our walking tour of the great massif. The park offers a range of tours with various levels of difficulty, all requiring a guide, with the 4 to 5-hour Andamozavaky tour being the most difficult.
Whilst exploring the Tsingys on foot, you can look for Decken's Sifaka, red-fronted brown lemurs and the critically endangered Madagascar fish eagle, amongst others.
05h TO 06h of trekking according to your physical condition
Crossing the Tsingy roofs using scales, canyons descent;… marked out and crossed route, safely secured by a belt
Day 9: Bekopaka-Morondava
212 KMS 7H PATH
Breakfast at the hotel. Early departure. Crossing the western shrubbery which characterizes the savanna. Long day of driving to join Morondava. Lunch on the way. In the late afternoon we arrive at Baobabs Alley in time to watch the sunset framed by these strange gigantic "upside down" trees. We then check into our hotel.
The capital of the Sakalava tribe. A pleasant city with wide boulevards; a multicolored daily market, with its picturesque harbor of schooners and mangrove swamps, establishing a very particular and perfect ecosystem: The encounter of the sea and the river.
Day 10: Morondava-Belo sur Mer
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the harbor of Morondava. Speed Boat crossing from Morondava to Belo sur Mer. Remainder of the day at leisure.
Belo sur Mer:
A nice village of Vezo fishermen. Surrounded by crystal water. A place to observe the construction of dhows, one of the more active shipyards of the west coast of Madagascar.
Day 11: Belo sur Mer
Day at leisure.
Possibilities of many activities to book on the spot. Water sports and fishing, nature hiking, or relaxing in a perfect backdrop.
Day 12: Belo sur Mer-Morondava
Breakfast at the hotel. Return by boat to Morondava. Reception by the staff of the hotel then transfer by car.
Rest of the day at leisure.
Day: 13 Morondava-Tana-Paris
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport of Morondava. Flight to Tana. Lunch in Morondava or Tana depending on the flight schedule.
Car at your disposal for a last visit of the capital. Dinner and day use at Combava hotel. Back to the airport of Ivato in the evening. Flight out.
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- Transfer hotel – airport – hotel
- Car 4WD with driver speaking English
- Fuel during all the tour
- Activities mentioned in the program
- Local guide in the national park and reserve
- Hotel room double + breakfast
- Half Board on day 3 and day 5
- Full Board on day 4
- Barge during the descent of Tsiribihina
- Personal needs
- Lunch + diner + drink
- International and national flight (One way from Morondava around $275)