Big Tsingy of Bemaraha, Panorama
Trip West – Madagascar Highlands
Trip West – Madagascar Highlands Amazing trip combining 2 different areas : The West Part of Madagascar (Tsiribihina river descent and Tsingy of Bemaraha) and a second part from the ighlands ( Antsirabe ) until the Vezo Coast (Ifaty) A very full and varied approach of Madagascar.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Accessible à tous
Group Size Large Group
Western and South part :
A trip in the middle of the Menabe’s country :
Fluvial descent of the Tsiribihina river and adventure in a remote area rich on endemic fauna and flora. An unique site : the famous Tsingy of Bemaraha. The second part of the trip starts from Antsirabe we reac from Morondava and continues throughout the south road, the highlands. You will going on with an English speaking driver guide (with 4WD).
- Tsiribihina descent : he cruise during 03 days and 02 nights on camps will show you the unique fauna and flora characteristic of the Menabe region.
- Tsingy of Bemaraha : This site is classified by UNESCO. You will walk inside the Tsingy (park is amenaged for the tourism comfort). Panoramas are spectacular.
Period : Depending on natural conditions (rainy season, roads the level of Tsiribihina river), the season for Tsiribihina River descent is from April to mid-November. These conditions have a real influence on the river descent season (The season could be shorter or longer). Excursions in the «Small Tsingy» can be organized from June to November and from June to October for the « Big Tsingy ».
Arrival in Antananarivo. Meet our team and transfer to the hotel which is located in the city center. Accommodation at Hôtel Belvédère.
Antananarivo - Miandrivazo
Departure at 8:00 am, head to the ”thermal town” of Antsirabe, down the road we stop at the village of Behenjy which is famous for its ”foie gras”, Ambatolampy known for its artisanal factories of aluminum objects like canner. Arrival in Antsirabe around noon, free lunch. At 2:00 pm we continue the road to the western part and arrive in Miandrivazo at the end of the afternoon. At the royal time, the king Radama awaited his first wife, who was a daughter of Sakalava King’s.Miandrivazo is located at sea level and considered as one of the hottest cities in Madagascar. Installation at the hotel Princesse Tsiribihina. Presentation with the guide who will ensure your descent of the river around 7:00 pm for a small briefing. (Step 390 km, 7h00).
Miandrivazo - Boarding point - Tsiribihina Descent
Around 9 am, transfer to the pier of Masiakampy. It takes an hour in the heart of the savannah to get there. The crew of the barge welcomes you, the cruise will begin in late morning , you will cross a vast cultivated plains, enter into the grooves of Tsiribihina around 2:00 pm; stop in the village of Sahambano and refreshing stop at a huge waterfall. The camp will be set up a little down on a large sandbank. The barges are motor barges once used to transport the tobacco, then arranged to transport tourists. At the rear of the barge is the cockpit, the kitchen. Passengers have seats on the lower deck where meals are served. A staircase to go up one Solarium with sunbed. Camp
The barge continue its navigation in the heart of the meanders of the Tsiribihina river. You will come across boatmen, barges, motor freight destined for local product and means of transport and exchange for the villagers, herds of zebu cattle that cross the river. Along the day you stop to Begidro village’s (which housed tobacco concessions) and Berevo which has a dispensary run by nuns. Landscapes succeed (cliff bats, giant capoquiers, rice fields …). At the end of this day where birds such as herons, teal, knob-billed duck will accompany the crew will find a sandbar for the camp.
Tsiribihina Descent - Bekopaka
The village wish you ”Safe journey!”, the barge takes on his way west Belo Tsiribihina; we perceive the first baobabs. Lunch on board the barge. End of descent around noon. The car gets us in Belo Tsiribihina, depending on season and rainfall it takes between 3h or 5h of track to reach Bekopaka, a starting point of the excursion in the Tsingy of Bemaraha. (Step 120 km track – 4h)Settle for 2 nights at Soleil des Tsingy.
Manambolo River and Big Tsingy
After breakfast, we will go for an excursion on 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 ). 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. We cross a suspension bridge. The set is perfectly safe and very well laid out by the National Park that provides safety harnesses. If we’re not too tired we can continue the ride by a recent circuit called Broadway circuit 30 minutes to 1 hour through subterranean galleries.
Alternative: to discover the great Tsingy of a shorter and less ”sporty” manner, the tour RANOTSARA takes 2:30 , we can see a panorama of the Grand Tsingy. Back to the hotel after the visit.
Bekopaka - Morondava
Departure at 7:30 am, we return on track to join Belo Tsiribihina. Lunch advised the restaurant ”Mad Zebu,” one of the best in Madagascar. We will take a ferry boat and cross again the Tsiribihina river (45 minutes crossing). It will remain 2h30 to 3 hours to reach Morondava. We can stop at the alley of baobabs at sunset for the pictures. Arrival at the hotel Sun Beach in the early evening. (Step 220 km – 7-8 hours of track).
Rest day after track. Visit of the Mangroves by a traditional, stop at the fishing village of Betania. We can see the return of the fishermen sailing canoe (duration 2H).
Morondava - Antsirabe
Back to Antsirabe passing by Miandrivazo. Lunch advised at Miandrivazo.The road was remade in 2012 and it’s in a very good state. Arrival at the end of the afternnon (we can visit Tritriva Lake before Antsirabe entrance) . Installation at the hotel. (Step 62 Kms – 8h) Chambre du Voyageur.
A guided walk around rural Manandona (located 20 kms South of Antsirabe), picnic included. It consists to visit the villages and its about 3h to 5h of walk. Discover an old farmers village and wild silk, Protective ditches (or hadivory), the famous ”tamboho” of old time, You will also be brought to meet different types of customs (Famadiana, Famorana, Ala volon-jaza), which may reflect the culture of Malagasy people (season: June, July, August, September). You go for a walking tour in the rural countryside, crossing rice fields and small villages in the area, schools and meeting the real highlands peasant that will make you discover their daily life Folksongs and dancing around a fire with the villagers and families who welcome us at the end of the afternoon (Tandonaka). Back to the hotel after walk.
Antsirabe - Fianarantsoa
Breakfast at the hotel and city tour: we will visit a particular miniatures shop’s (rickshaws, bicycle, and trucks). The gem (amethyst, tourmaline, garnet …) are one of the main attractions of Antsirabe. The craftsman ”Chez Joseph” may make cutting demonstrations gems. Continuation to the southern part. After Ankaratra’s mountains, we cross of the cultural heritage rice terraces Indonesian. Break in Ambositra the artisanal capital; one street of the city is dedicated to shops sculptors on Wood specialized in marqueteire. Advised lunch at ”Artisan Hotel” to savor the Malagasy dish. Romazava ”meat and leafy vegetables. Following the road, in the heart of Betsileo lead us to Fianarantsoa Built on a hill valleys alternate site, your driver will take you to the Upper Town, the original site of the city with its traditional houses and many churches. Installation Guest House or Hotel.(Step 200 km, 4 h). Hôtel Cotsoyannis.
Fianarantsoa - Ranohira - Isalo National Park
Morning departure from Fianarantsoa. we cross the vineyards (possibility of wine tasting ”Lazan’i Betsielo”) to Ambalavao. If step falls on a Wednesday or Thursday morning you can attend one of the largest markets in the Zebu: thousands of heads are delivered twice a week. Special entertainment prevails. The capital of zebu is also known for its factory Antaimoro Paper and beautiful silk weaving shop. South of the city, visiting the reserve Anja. This reserve was created by a village association that provides protection. The walks are between 45 minutes and 2 hours;we will see Catta lemurs. Continuation of the N7 south direction; the landscape becomes more desert. Crossing the plateau of Horombe. We move to Bara’s countries one the ethnic group of the Island, known for the breeding of zebu. Arrival late afternoon at Isalo, exceptional site in Western décor which presents a variety of majestic landscapes, impressive canyons, rock formations carved by erosion. Installation at the hotel Isalo Ranch. (Step 270 km, 5 hours).
Ranohira - Isalo
The Isalo National Park, crisscrossed by rivers and tributaries, extends over 81,540 hectares. This massive ruiniform is a sandstone plateau continental Jurassic. Heavily eroded, only the parceled witnessed by the sandy valleys and canyons remained. A truly exceptional show! There are many possible circuits in the park. We can make a walk in the morning and another in the afternoon or even make a complete loop in the day, the hotel can prepare you a picnic. We include two circuits which can be combined as follow :
– The cascade of the Nymphs : Easy level up to the waterfall, can be extended through the rugged trails to the black and blue swimming pools in the middle of lush vegetation.
– The natural pool : easy level, done in half a day, the water is very clear, we can swim (a little cool from June to August ). Since the pool, the park guide will take you to a lookout 10 minutes of the site (for panoramic view of Isalo)
– The canyon of rats and maki : Middle level, average 20 kms drive from Ranohira, We will reach a wide steep canyons with many palm trees and bamboos . We can see the Makis ”lemur”; it is advisable to be well protected sun for this circuit.
Ranohira - Tulear - Ifaty
Early morning departure towards Tulear, desert landscape where thorny plants emerge. Crossing villages gems of researchers which the more known is Ilakaka, who is sapphire’s city. First glimpse of baobabs and passing by Mahafaly country’s, overlooking the famous tombs of the same name, topped by large carved posts called ”Aloalo”. We visit the arboretum of Antsokay located at the entrance to the South Tulear grouping typical flora and many endemic medicinal plants in Madagascar. Lunch advised at Tulear. It remains a part of sandy track (around one hour) to reach the seaside resort of Ifaty Hotel de la Plage. (Step 250 km – 4h30).
Seaside stay to the hotel which offers various activities: visiting a baobab forest, output Vezo dugout along the coral reef, diving, fishing, snorkelling, quad biking, turtle village … All these activities can be arranged on site.
Ifaty - Antananarivo
Transfer to the airport to catch the flight to Tanà. Transfer to Hotel Belvédère.
City tour in Antananarivo, begining with the hightown, where there is the Queen palace, continuing to the independance avenue, which is limited by the rail station. After Lunch visit of the flowers market and ended by the handicraft shop to buy some sovenirs. Assistance at the airport to fly back home. End of our services.
Discover endemic faune in Madagascar National Parks
Madagascar Trip West and South
Sunset on Baobab Alley on the way back from Bekopaka to Morondava
Public rates 2019 in Euros TTC per person
|Nbrs Persons||Euros / person|
|2||2 107 €|
|3||1 657 €|
|4||1 447 €|
|Single Room supplement : 322 Euros|
Confirmation by email of the present trip.
After Espace Mada confirmation of hotels, transport and flights availability’s : Deposit of 30% of the total amount plus domestic flights by bank transfer . Balance before departure inTana :
- CB Visa only or Master Card
Domestic Flights Air Madagascar : in case of cancellation penality of 10 euros per person per ticket.
Domestic filght and International flight the same day : in case of domestic flight delay which will cause the no show on international flight, Air Madagascar will take anythings in charge : penalities fees, new ticket flight. also accomodation, transfers, restauration.
- Accommodation on double room,
- Necessary tourist taxes.
- Half-board (Breakfasts and Dinners) except in Tananarive base B and B
- Full board basis during the descent of Tsiribihina River on camping.
- Vehicle 4WD with English speaking driver from Day2 to Day 14
- Indemnity and daily fees of the driver.
- Fuels, Return of the car from Ifaty to Tana
- Roundtrip transfer on ferries to cross Tsiribihina and Manambolo rivers
- Transfers airport – hotel – airport
- Tsiribihina river Descent
- 01 bottle of water / day / person during the descent
- Boat , gazoline, equipages.
- 01 Menabe guide during the descent.
- Entry and guide fees within the national parks and reserves(Tsingy de Bemaraha, Anja, Isalo)
- Escursion on pirogue ( Morondava ) to visit the mangrove
- City tour on pousse-pousse (rickshow) in Antsirabe
- Hiking around the village of Manandona with picnic lunch
- Drinks, extras and tips
- Drinks, extra and tips, personal fees
- Lucnhes a part from the river tour and the hiking in Anrtsirabe.
- Diners in Tanà, Actitivities in Ifaty
- Domestic flights Tulear – Antananarivo
- Internationals Flights.