Espace Mada boat for Tsiribihina Cruise
Menabe Tsiribihina Tsingy
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Tour in the land of Menabe
Tsiribihina River Descent and Tsingy of Bemaraha: in the heart of the Menabe area, west of Madagascar; 3 must-see sites: along the river, discovered in remote places of unique flora and fauna, impressive panoramas unique at the top of the Great Tsingy, and to end in apotheosis the famous Baobabs Alley at sunset before the arrival on Morondava.
The Road Tana – Miandrivazo
. Before Tana – Miandrivazo was possible in one day.
. Due to road degradation, the time driving is too long, and we make one night stop in Antsirabe
The Trumps of this tour in the West of Madagascar
. Off the beaten track, the “deep” bush
. Meetings with villagers along the Tsiribhina River who are only served by barges and canoes
. Experience of Malagasy tracks (in 4×4 from Morondava to Tsingy )
. And of course the two spots: panorama of the sharp rocks and the final in apotheosis: the magic of the Baobabs at sunset
. Can we cut the Tananarive Miandrivazo road in half? Yes, intermediate night in Antsirabe, the next morning, rural walk around the village of Betafo and afternoon road to Miandrivazo
. Can we cut the Bekopaka-Morondava route in half? yes, nighted halfway Belo on Tsiribihina in a restored colonial house: the Menabe Hotel
. We don’t want to camp, alternative for Tsiribhina? possible, you will be offered half a day canoe on the Mahajilo a tributary of the river, and then road to reach the reserve of Kirindy then continuity Tsingy
. Seaside extensions after this tour? : a possibility the site of Belo sur Mer 2 hours by boat or 4 hours of track from Morondava
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Accessible à tous
Group Size Large Group
West Unusual : A tour of the Menabe region: a boat cruise on the Tsiribihina River, the discovery of unique flora and fauna in isolated sites; one world-famous site: the Tsingy of Bemaraha.
Tsiribihina River Descent : It stretches over 120 kms and is spread over 3 days with 2 nights in the bivouac. This river cruise can discover fauna and flora very rich. The distance of the descent is about 120 kms.
Tsingy of Bemaraha : Massif unique in the world, scored a world heritage site, this site is a logical continuity at the end of the descent of the Tsiribihina. The more courageous can climb the Great Tsingy, and admire the spectacular scenery. On the way from Bekopaka to Morondava its is possible to add one day with overnight at Kirindy Reserve.
Period : Considering various factors (rainy season, state trails, water level), the operating period of the descent of the Tsiribihina is from April to mid – November included. Climatic factors can shorten or enlarge the period of operation. For Tsingy of Bemaraha from June to November (Small Tsingy), Great Tsingy from June to October.
Occupancy / Health : On the river, accommodation is organized in camp on large sandbanks: Are available: tents with mosquito nets, mattresses 8 cm thick, sheets, blankets, pillows. The bivouac installed by the crew of the boat. In Bekopaka, the starting point of the Tsingy du Bemaraha, a private 2-century hotel. At Miandrivazo and Morondava comfort hotels.
Encadrement : English-speaking driver for itinerant parties; Menabe guide for the descent of the river.
Description of barge : Barge, one can compare it to a long barge from 10 to 15 metres following the boat. At the back: A post Steering, a kitchen, before the lower deck, 2 parallel with cushion seats, tables for the meal, part shade, roof on the Upper deck, for a more panoramic.
Transport Tsingy : 4WD vehicle ( could be Patrol or Toyota ).
Meals : The food during the descent is stored in large coolers and can be kept during the 3 days. Fruits, vegetables and bread are purchased before departure.
- Breakfast : Coffee or tea, milk, bread, butter, jam, cake, apple juice, egg.
- Meals : but salad and tuna, duck, raw vegetables, tenderloin, entrecôte, fish, rice, pasta, peas, pea cap, cheese, fruit.
- Beverages : charged to the customer, transported in ice chests (water, beer, coca wine).
Fauna and Flora : Due to its variety, we can compare the Tsiribihina, at a meeting of several nature parks; scene of a very dry and without vegetation, will appear on the dense forests, gorges, cliffs, huge sandbar, the first baobabs announcing the arrival on Morondave. The 2nd day one reaches a waterfall and natural pool. Fauna : lemurs, water turtles, chameleons, crocodiles, herons, sarcelles, humpback ducks, guinea fowl, martin fishermen.
Tana - Antsirabe
Picked up at your hotel by your driver who can take you to the upper town to admire the view of the capital ( Haute Ville ). Then, departing for the town of Antsirabe, you will stop along the way to the village of Behenjy famous for its foie gras, and to Ambatolampy known for its artisanal manufactures of aluminum objects including pots. Continuation to Antsirabe: the landscape and the environment reveal rich laterite lands, typical Imerina villages, Catholic or Protestant churches, lively markets. Arrival in Antsirabe, installation at the hotel. Then exit to Tritriva Lake located at 15 kms western of the city. It is one of the large crater lakes quite mysterious whose shape evokes the map of Madagascar. This lake also has its legend: two lovers whose parents refused marriage ended their day by drowning hand in hand. Back to the hotel Chambre du Voyageur. (Step 170 kms, 4 to 5 hours )
Antsirabe - Miandrivazo
Rural walk around Betafo (200 m vertical drop): We will start with a visit of a traditional Malagasy popcorn maker; then, meet with blacksmiths who design tools for villagers such as: knife, spade, grass, ax, and workers specialized in bricks, tiles and building clay houses. The ballad will continue off the beaten track, to the rhythm of the campaign and the meeting of Malagasy peasants. The travelers will be welcomed by warm families who will have the pleasure of sharing their way of life. Arrived at the top of the hill Ambatomalaza, picnic and panoramic view of the valley. We will descend on Betafo, visit an unusual royal tomb and join the vehicle. Head to the village of Miandrivazo, where in the royal era, King Radama I was expecting his future wife, the daughter of a Sakalava king. Miandrivazo, located at sea level, is considered one of the hottest cities in Madagascar. Installation at the hotel Princesse Tsiribihina. (If you go down the Tsiribihina the next day, your guide will be around 19h for a brief briefing). (220 kms stage, 6 hours)
Miandrivazo - Pier - Descent of the Tsiribihina
Departure around 9am from Miandrivazo, Transfer to the heart of the savannah, for the Pier near the village of Masiakampy (count 1 hour, 20 minutes of tar, 40 minutes of track). The crew welcomes us on the barge. Barges are motor barges formerly used for the transportation of tobacco. They were then arranged for the transport of tourists. At the back of the barge is the cockpit and the kitchen. Passengers have benches on the lower deck where meals will be served. A staircase leads to the Solarium equipped with deckchairs. The cruise will begin in the middle of the morning, we will cross vast cultivated plains, will sail along the banks and gorges of Tsiribihina and will cross the villagers of the river; they are part of the ”Sakalava” ethnic group, their huts are built mainly of reeds, and roofs made of rice straw or palm leaves. In the late afternoon, refreshing stop and swim at the waterfall of Nosy Ampela (women’s island), a small corner of paradise for that houses families of lemurs. The Camp will be set up nearby on a large sandbar.
Descent of the Tsiribihina
The barge continues its navigation in the heart of the meanders of the Tsiribihina river. We will meet piroguiers, motor barges for the freight of local products and by means of transport and exchange for the villagers. In the day, stop at the village of Begidro famous for its old tobacco concessions. The peasants still cultivate it in a traditional way; you can visit the warehouse. We resume the cruise, landscapes follow one another: cliff bats (Kina Kina), the giant capoquin, rice fields, the village of Berevo, more modern, with a Catholic school, a dispensary and a gendarmerie. At the end of the day, stop for 30 minutes to the village of Ambatomisay to see our first Baobabs ”Andasonia Za”. The crew will put up the Camp on a beach that can change from one year to another, depending on the rains. After dinner, you will participate, around a campfire, in a traditional dance show.
Descent of the Tsiribihina - Bekopaka
The landscapes are confused with tamarinds, mango trees, jujube trees, ricins, sensory mimosas, balsas, and date palms. Last day of your cruise to greet once again herons, fishermen, drongos, green bee-eaters, teals, humpback ducks. Arrival at the end of the morning at Bereketa pier in Belo sur Tsiribihina; lunch on board the barge. We join the 4WD which has left Morondava in the morning. It will take more or less 4 hours of track to reach Bekopaka, starting point for excursions in Tsingy of Bemaraha. (120 kms stage, track – 5 hours). Installation at the hotel Orchidées du Bemaraha.
The Tsingy of Bemaraha
After breakfast, we will go for an excursion on a traditional pirogue all along the Manambolo river; it lasts around 1 hour and a half. We will see caves, Vazimba Tombs ( Vazimba were the first ethny leaving in Madagascar) , birds. Then departure with the 4WD from Bekopaka to join the starting point of ”Grands Tsingy” ( 17 kms of a bumpy road, it will take from 1 to 2 hours driving according the season and rain ). The trip is called ”Andamozavakay”, it takes around 4 hours It is not a trek but a slow and observation walk. This not requiere not a particular physical condition, but it is not good for those subject to vertigo or claustrophobia. During the hike we will discover: secondary forest, caves (bring a headlamp) of the diaclases, panoramic views of this unique massif in the world. You will cross a suspension bridge. The set is perfectly safe and very well laid out by the National Park that provides safety harnesses.Back to the hotel after the visit.
Bekopaka - Morondava
Departure at 7:30 am, we return on track to join Belo Tsiribihina. Lunch advised at the restaurant ”Mad Zebu,” one of the best in Madagascar. We will take a ferry boat and cross again the Tsiribihina (45 minutes crossing). It will remain 2h30 to 3 hours to reach Morondava. On the way, you will stop at the Sacred Baobab, a tree with a thousand years of notoriety. By the end of the afternoon you will stop at the baobabs alley to enjoy the sunset and take pictures. Arrival at the hotel early in the evening. (Step 220 kms – 8-9 hours of track)/Night at the hotel Sun Beach. Before arriving Morondava, overnight can be added in Kirindy Reserve.
Morondava - Tana
Transfer airport for correspondance to Antananarivo. End of the Menabe Tour.
Big Tsingy of Bemaraha, Panorama
Sunset on Baobab Alley on the way back from Bekopaka to Morondava
Public rates 2024 of Menabe Tour
|Base||€ per person|
|2||1 161 €|
|Supplement Single Room : 115 Euros|
Modalities Booking / Payment
Confirmation by mail of the present trip.
After the confirmation of hotels, transport and eventual flights availability’s, done by Espace mada : Deposit of 30% by bank transfer or online payment. Balance before departure in Tananarive:
- CB Visa or Master Card.
- Euros Cash
- Overnight on the basis double room
- Taxes and Vignettes from tourism
- Half Board – Pic Nic Lunch Day 2
- Vehicule for Tana – Antsirabe – Miandrivazo (vehicle driver fuel included)
- Rural Balad around Betafo day 2
- Transfer Miandrivazo – Boarding point
- Barge, fuel, crew
- Descent of the Tsiribihina to bivouac fullboard, all camp equipment
- Guide for the descent Menabe ( English Speaking )
- 4WD from day 5 to Day 7, Driver, Gasoline, fees and taxes on the trail, ferry crossing
- Entry and guide fees in the Tsingy of Bemaraha
- Excursion big Tsingy or small Tsingy and Manambolo
- Beverage, tips and and extra – Lunch excpet Day 2 3 4 and 5 included
- Domestic flight Morondava – Tananarive.
- On Request : one supplementary day can be included on day 6 : night in Kirindy reserve with visit by night and bay day eary morning