RIVER AND TSINGY TOUR ( 11 days)

Our River and Tsingy tour is a 10 day tour with an emphasis on adventure and wildlife spotting. This tour travels through the rugged south-west of Madagascar also combined with the untouchable forest of limestone pinnacle rock formation known locally as Tsingy home of lemurs, birds, reptiles and other wildlife not to forget the fantastic sceneries of the big Tsingy & the small one, the NP Tsingy of Bemaraha is one of the largest park in Madagascar & classified as a UNESCO World Heritage.

We invite to read the below tour programme:
Itinerary: Tana, Antsirabe, Miandrivazo; Riverdescent; Antseranaka; Belo; Bekopaka; Morondava, Tana

DAY1: Arrival at the international airport of Tana

Welcoming at the international airport of Tana, meet and greet, then transfer to your hotel.
Overnight at the proposed hotel:

  • Sakamanga hotel
  • Chalet de Rose hotel
  • Tana Jacaranda

DAY 2: Tana - Antsirabe

We will meet you at your hotel after breakfast with your driver and then proceed along the N7 to head to Antsirabe, situated 170km South of Tana.
Antsirabe, which means a place of much salt, is famous for its thermal pools which are rich in healing properties. The town attracts many locals and tourists due to its cool climate and location. Antsirabe is also the capital of rickshaws, and THB, the local beer. Be sure to enjoy the taste of a true Malagasy beer whilst here.
An option is to visit the two crater lakes of Andraikiba and Tritriva. Legend says that there were two young lovers forbidden to marry by their parents, so they threw themselves into Tritriva and drowned.
Overnight at the proposed hotel:

  • Résidence Camélia
  • Couleur Café
  • Le Retrait Hotel

DAY 3: Antsirabe - Miandrivazo

This morning, before heading west, we have the option of visiting a famous crystal factory in Antsirabe. The drive west will lead us to the hottest town in Madagascar, Miandrivazo, our starting point of the famous river descent of Tsiribihina.
At Miandrivazo is a great market where you can purchase any last minute items you may need for our river adventure such as; hats, sunscreen or clothes. We will spend the night here before setting out on our river adventure!

  • Princesse du Tsiribihina
  • Baobab Hotel

DAY 4 - 5: River descent

We begin our day on the river after an early breakfast at Miandrivazo, a full day casually canoeing. After an early start, you will be able to relax and immerse yourself in the surroundings. The Tsiribihina River is one of the best places to enjoy the nature, bird life, animals and to observe how the locals go about their daily activity, always happy to see visitors passing by.
Each day will be filled with watching the wonders of birdlife, lemurs, bats, swimming in fresh water pools and waterfalls. You will have the opportunity to try paddling, still the way life and transport on the river after thousands of years. We will meet fishermen who will offer fresh fish and children from the surrounding villages will follow us from time to time running on the riverbank.
Each day we will stop for lunch in beautiful spot and great, healthy meals will be cooked for you. After an afternoon on the river we will set up camp at the side of the river. You will enjoy spectacular sunsets whilst sipping on drinks and snacks, whilst another meal is prepared for you.
Campfire, songs, local stories and laughter, make this river trip an exciting and very special time in a wildly beautiful and remote setting that is so hard to find in the modern world. You will be acclaimed by the local children saying "Salama Vazaha" (hello white people) who are very happy even with so few possessions.

DAY 6: River - Antseraraka

This is our last day of canoeing and at mid day we arrive at Andadoany village where we have the opportunity enjoy cold drink and then continue our trip after lunch with “zebu car” for 2 hours till Antseraraka
We arrive at the remote town of Antseraraka where you will stay in a rustic bungalow.
Overnight at Antseraraka in a local bungallow.

DAY 7: Antseraraka - Bekopaka (150KM 6 hours)

After breakfast we will head off toward Belo sur Tsiribihina; we will cross the ferry then continuation of the trip till Bekopaka by 4WD with a sandy & bumpy road. Lunch in Belo and dinner at Bekopaka.
Overnight at the proposed hotel:

  • Vazimba Hotel
  • Olympe du Bemaraha
  • Tanankoay Hotel

DAY 8: Visit of the Tsingy

The following morning a 4WD will pick us up & bring us to explore the Tsingy of Bemaraha located 17km north of Bekopaka village. We visit the big Tsingy in the morning, then the small one late in the afternoon.
The Tsingy is also home to a number of different species of lemurs such as Decken's Sifaka, Red Fronted Brown Lemur, Grey Mouse Lemur, and Milne Edward's Sportive Lemur. Abundant bird life includes Coquerel's Coua, Sickle Billed Vanga, White Headed Vanga and many kinds of reptiles. Overnight at the same hotel.
Overnight at the proposed hotel:

  • Vazimba Hotel
  • Olympe du Bemaraha
  • Tanankoay Hotel

DAY 9: Bekopaka - Morondava

Drive back to Morondava, stop at Belo for lunch, cross the ferry again; then continuation of the trip till Morondava by stopping en route for some visits:
Sacred baobab
Baobab in Love
Avenue of Baobab for a sunset photos. After the magnificent time at the Avenue of Baobab, we then drive to Morondava for 19 km...

  • Maeva hotel
  • Chez Maggie hotel
  • Renala le Sable D'Or

DAY 10: Transfer

Transfer at the airport of Morondava to fly back to Tana following your flight schedule, then transfer to your hotel.
Overnight at:

  • Sakamanga hotel
  • Chalet de Rose hotel
  • Tana Jacaranda

DAY 11: International airport transfer

Before we transfer you to the international airport of Tana, we will offer a free city tour depending your time. This can be the visit of the Lemur's Park located 23 Km West of Tana or the Queen's Palace located at 18 Km North of Tana following the shopping time at La Route Digue on the way to the airport. End of our services.

Pricing:

  • 2 to 4 people: 995 euro per person
  • 5 to 7 people: 895 euro per person
  • 8 and more : contact me

General inclusion:

  • Land transporting + fuel
  • Driver guide
  • Escort of an English speaking guide
  • Park Entrances fees & guides
  • Full board during the river trip + mineral water
  • Tax at Miandrivazo
  • Boats with boatmen
  • 4WD during the Tsingy ( 3days )
  • Camping materials
  • Transfer airport/hotel /airport
  • Domestic ticket flights (MOQ-TNR)
  • Accommodation listed on the tour programme
  • City tour of Tana

General Exclusions:

  • International ticket flight
  • Personal spending money
  • Meals ( except during the river descent )
  • Tips


Best regards
Your friendly tour guide
Belaza