RIVER TOUR ( 9 days )

An 8 day tour and most popular destination. This tour can be taken for an express visit of the South west of Madagascar or it can be added in combination with one of our other tours. Travelling through remote parts of Madagascar, some of the highlights of this tour.

We invite to read the below tour programme:
Trip itinerary: Tana; Antsirabe, Miandrivazo, river descent; Antsiraraka; Kirindy, 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

Early next morning we will head to Antsirabe, situated 170km South of Tana.
Antsirabe, which means a place of much salt, is famous four 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.

  • 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: End of the river descent + trek to Antsiraraka

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 bungalow, overnight at Antseraraka in a penny pincher bungalow.

Day 7: Antsiraraka - Morondava

The following morning a 4WD will pick us up and bring us to Morondava. We will visit the Kirindy forest to explore lemurs and the biggest puma like endemic predator of lemurs called fossa
After our visit of Kirindy, we will drive to Morondava following some visit seen en route such us sacred baobab , Baobab in Love and sunset photos at the avenue of Baobab for an unforgettable amazing 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 8: 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 9: 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 3 people: 785 euro per person
  • 4 to 7people: 685 euros 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 & Tsingy + mineral water
  • Tax at Miandrivazo
  • Boat with boatmen
  • 4WD till Morondava
  • Camping materials
  • Transfer airport/hotel /airport
  • Accommodation listed on the tour programme
  • City tour of Tana
  • Domestic ticket flights (MOQ-TNR)

General Exclusions:

  • Personal spending money
  • Food and drink (except during the rivertrip)
  • Tips


Best regards
Your friendly tourguide
Belaza