By boat to the Tsingy – 7 days

From 4 to 12 people. See details below.

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© Malagasy Tours | Carte Discovery of the west of Madagascar.
Head to Miandrivazo, we stay overnight in Antsirabe. We continue the ride the next day to join Masiakampy where we embark on a boat by lunch time. We navigate in the afternoon. We spend two days of river trip on Tsiribihina, the boat crew prepare all the food we take on board. We spend nights in tent on the river bank.
Our 4WD then take us towards Bemaraha National Park to visit the Great Tsingy which is one of the most amazing spots.
Drive to Morondava, stop in the famous Baobab Avenue when the sun is setting to make spectacular photos. End the journey in Morondava.

Highlights

  • Two days river trip by boat ;
  • Evening parties on river banks ;
  • Tsingy of Bemaraha National Park ;
  • Amazing Baobab Avenue.

Travel identity card

  • Duration: 7 days
  • Participant: from 4 persons
  • Support crew: English speaking guide
  • Accommodation: hotels and tents
  • Transport: bus, boat and 4WD
  • Service: bed and breakfast (full board during river trip)
  • Period: from May to November
  • Effort = 2

    “Easy to moderate”
    Physical activity and / or punctual hiking occasional, 3 to 5 hours per day on good trails.
    Little or no gradients. You only carry your bag for the day.
    Madagascar is vast, the stages in the vehicle can sometimes be a little long.

  • Confort = 4

    “Standard”All nights are in hotels. The accommodations and/or the hotel are good categories and equivalent to 2 or 3 stars international standards.
    Dinner in restaurant, lunch at the restaurant and / or picnic.
    Travel take place in comfortable vehicle on roads and/or on relatively good tracks.

D 1 : Antananarivo > Antsirabe

Meeting with your guide.
We have breakfast in the hotel and start heading south passing through Antananarivo.
Rice fields and typical villages of the Highlands represent the landscape right after Antananarivo.
We stop in Ambatolampy to discover the rather amazing work of aluminum to make cooking pot for the whole country.
We take lunch in town. Continuation towards Antsirabe in the afternoon.
We take our time for a city tour and experience “pousse-pousse” (rick shaw) riding for those who want, it is the main transport for locals.

  • Duration : +/- 3 h
  • Distance : 170 km
  • Meals : Lunch not included / Dinner not included
  • Your hotel : Antsirabe. La résidence sociale.

    La résidence socialeLa résidence socialeLocated in the entrance of Antsirabe, in a wide garden, La Maison de Retraite worth the detour.This institution to which was basically built for old persons has undergone a successful transformation ; spacious and nice rooms decorated with care. We appreciate the restful tones, the woodworks, relaxing and warm mood. A happy surprise, all the galleries do not seem to promise that subtle charm. All is very clean and with such quietness.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      View site on : http://www.residence-sociale-antsirabe.com

D 2 : Antsirabe > Tsiribihina River

Start after the breakfast.
We pass through Betafo and Mandoto villages. We make a quick stop to have a look at gold washers from the bridge.
We are in the mid west, at Itremo region.
We take a track after Miandrivazo village towards Masiakampy pier. Our barge and the crew are waiting for us to go down the River. Lunch on board.
We leave the river bank straight and by the river meanders we run into the bush.
It is only the beginning of the cruise.

  • Duration : +/- 5h
  • Distance : 270 km dont 30 de piste
  • Meals : Lunch include at the restaurant / Dinner included
  • Your hotel : . Nuit sous tente.

    Nuit sous tenteNuit sous tenteA night under the stars around campfire, in the nature,… we like it !We provide SVALBARD brand FERRINO tents. These tents are for 3 persons but we only put 2 persons inside. Both sides have access door with mosquito net and the entrances are a kind of apse where we put a mat for your bags.We also provide a 5 cm thick foam mattress.You should take your sleeping bag.

D 3 : River trip on Tsiribihina by boat

It is a large and quiet river, we go forward slowly with a relaxing and peaceful mood. We set up our camp on the white sand at water’s edge in the evening. The crew prepares the meal and serves it onboard. Passengers can move around, play cards, read books or go up to the solarium roof for a sunbathing and admire the scenery… Often the locals come to us in the evening and play local music and dance.

  • Duration : 2 journées de navigation
  • Distance : +/- 120 km
  • Meals : Lunch include at the restaurant / Dinner included
  • Your hotel : The same as the day before

D 4 : Tsiribihina River > Bekopaka

Breakfast on board.
We continue the descent in the morning and get closer to many villages and the river is more frequented.

We come alongside Belo / Tsiribihina and still lunch aboard and finally bid farewell to the crew.
We get our 4WD at the landing stage.
An uncomfortable track leads us to Bemaharaha Tsingy National Park, a hundred kilometres takes half a day drive.

Cross Manambolo River to get at Bekopaka village.

  • Duration : +/- 5h
  • Distance : 140 km de piste
  • Meals : Lunch not included / Dinner not included
  • Your hotel : Bekopaka. Tanankoay.

    TanankoayTanankoayTanankoay is a simple hotel located close to Bekopaka village. Bungalows are made of local materials (thatch roof, cob wall…), following Sakalava architecture. All have private bathroom. The restaurant uses local food stuffs for a simple cooking.

    View site on : http://www.tanankoay.com

D 5 : Tsingy of Bemaraha National Park

This site is one of the most extraordinary which is!
The TSINGY are real cathedrals of limestone, this dense network of faults, cracks and blocks of limestone carved in blades is one of the most spectacular landscapes of Madagascar. The formation of this massif of the middle Jurassic began there is 200 million years, during the period when the sea still recovered this region of Bemaraha. Then this immense plate of corals and shells lifted up itself. Exposed outdoors since 5 million years, the rain, with its work of erosion sculptured the rest. Among these marvels there are 6 species of lemurs, reptiles and 53 varieties of birds. It is also the housing environment of one of the smallest sorts of chameleon, the “Brookesia Perarmata”. These two days, together with guides and porters, are dedicated to the discovery of this site of the most surprising. The lunchs are in picnic.

  • Duration : de 2 à 5h de marche
  • Meals : Picnic lunch included / Dinner not included
  • Your hotel : The same as the day before

D 6 : Bekopaka > Morondava

We head back to Morondava and cross Manambolo and Tsiribihina rivers by ferry again. It can take a little time sometimes …
We pass through the famous “Allée des Baobabs” just before we get to Morondava town.
We are there at the right time, the sun is low, raking light, smooth trunks reflect the orange rays of the sun.
Great pictures in perspective. We returned to town, Morondava, and we settle into our hotel by the sea

  • Duration : +/- 7h
  • Distance : 180 km de piste
  • Meals : Lunch not included / Dinner not included
  • Your hotel : Morondava. Chez Maggie.

    Chez MaggieChez MaggieLocated directly on the beach of Nosy Kely along the Mozambique Channel,  Chez Maggie is one of the best known properties in Morondava.The huts and bungalows are scattered on a green property. They are all spacious and comfortable, equipped with air conditioning, a large terrace and a bathroom.The bar-restaurant Le Soleil also offers a very relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. A swimming pool is available for guests.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     View site on : http://www.chezmaggie.com

D 7 :  Morondava > Antananarivo

Relaxed morning before transfer to the airport organised by the hotel.

End of Malagasy Tours services.

Fly to the capital of Madagascar.

 

  • Duration : 1h de vol
  • Meals : Lunch not included / Dinner not included
Number of person 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Supp single
Price per person 778 € 769 € 717 € 658 € 638 € 636 € 620 € 591 € 559 € 76 €

Price includes:

  • Driver/guide during the travel,
  • Bus or 4WD between Antananarivo and Morondava
  • 4WD for the visit of Tsingy and Morondava,
  • Accommodation as mentioned in the program,
  • Meals as mentioned in the program,
  • River trip on Tsiribihina, boat and crew,
  • Fees in Park and specified sites,
  • Local guide in Parks,
  • All transfers.

Price does not include:

  • International and domestic flights,
  • Meals as mentioned in the program,
  • Optional activities in Morondava,
  • Tips and drinks,
  • Personal insurance.

 

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