General

TRAVEL MADAGASCAR

DAY 1: FLIGHT TO TANA

Flight to Tana. Night on board.

DAY 2: ANTANANARIVO

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Upon arrival at the airport, meet and greet with your driver guide. Transfer to your hotel. Get settled.

Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

DAY 3: ANTANANARIVO – ANDASIBE

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140km – 3h drive

Upon arrival at the airport, meet and greet with your driver guide.

You will leave Antananarivo to go to Andasibe. You will cross a myriad of villages and get acquainted with the traditional lifestyle of the Malagasy people. With pretty golden grasslands on the background, you will enjoy the amazingly abundant rice paddies, chimneyless long clay red houses and millions of roadside markets displaying a variety of handicrafts, fruit and meat.

You will arrive in Andasibe late in the afternoon and get settled at the hotel.

Dinner and overnight stay at your hotel.

DAY 4: ANDASIBE

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After an early breakfast, you will have a full day devoted to discovering Andasibe parks and reserves.

The humid forest of Andasibe is one of the most beautiful and the richest areas in terms of biodiversity. These forests are located at an altitude of 900-1,250 meters and trade winds blow permanently on its Eastern part. They also shelter many animals, this way ensuring their preservation.108 species of birds can be found in the park. Some of them, like the Terpsiphone mutata, contribute to some plants’ survival. There are also 14 species of lemurs, 51 species of Boa reptiles including the famous Boa “manditra”, and 84 species of amphibians. In terms of flora, they are home to creepers and epiphytes such as orchids, mosses and ferns. We can find there various orchids with more than one hundred listed species.

  • Special Reserve of Indri Indri: 3 h to 4 h stroll to observe the biggest species of Indri-Indri lemur. Besides, some endemic species as Eulemur fulvus and Hapalemur griseus can be seen there. We can also observe a few birds’ species.
  • Mantadia National Park: at 1h30 drive from Andasibe Village, territory of the « Diademed sifaka », one of the most beautiful lemurs of Madagascar, and some species of « Roller ».

Provide a lunch at your expense.

In the evening, you will explore the VOIMMA Park: This park is run by the village community. It is here that late-night strolls are carried out. There are many species of nocturnal lemurs and chameleons.

Dinner and overnight stay at your hotel.

DAY 5: ANDASIBE – ANTANANARIVO

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140km – 3h drive

After the breakfast, a last visit in Andasibe, the Islets of lemurs of the Private reserve of Vakona forest Lodge. The lemurs here have relative freedom. There are 4 species of lemurs (Ruffed lemur, Ring tailed lemur, Hapalemur, Propithecus diadema).

Provide a lunch at your expense.

Then, you will hit the road towards Antananarivo. You will arrive in late afternoon and get settled at the hotel.

Dinner and overnight stay at your hotel.

DAY 6: ANTANANARIVO – MORONDAVA – BELO SUR TSIRIBIHINA

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90Km – 2h30 drive

Transfer to the airport to have the flight to Morondava (depending on the flight availability and schedules). Welcome by your hotel and get settled. Passage through the famous alley of baobabs, green giants crowned with their canopy.

Provide a lunch at your expense, in Tana or in Morondava, depending on the flight schedule. Head to Belo Sur Tsiribihina, specifically in the locality of the Lodge.

Get settled at the Lodge

Dinner and overnight stay at your Lodge.

DAY 7: BELO SUR TSIRIBIHINA

Day devoted to birdwatching.

Dinner and overnight stay at your Lodge.

DAY 8: BELO SUR TSIRIBIHINA – BEKOPAKA

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120Km – 6h drive

Departure to reach Bekopaka, the gateway to the Tsingy of Bemaraha massif. We incrementally discover the unique western ecosystem of the Madagascar with its sparse dry forests. Crossing of rivers by a basic ferry: change of scenery guaranteed! Provide a picnic lunch at your expense, during the journey.

Arrival at the end of the day at the doors of the massif, and well-deserved rest at your hotel!

The passages of basic ferries require a little patience because they are the only way to cross these rivers. They are therefore subject to the river traffic.

Dinner and overnight stay at your hotel.

DAY 9. TSINGY OF BEMARAHA – THE GREAT TSINGY

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Have an early breakfast and then drive to the Tsingy. Enjoy the splendid hike to Andamozavaky, 17 km from the park entrance: mazes, joints networks and canyons with impressive dimensions that take you step by step to the top. You will pass through tunnels where it is sometimes necessary to get on all fours. You will have to go through the suspension bridge and its lookouts that have magnificent views across the park. Provide a picnic lunch at your expense, during the visit.

The trip is quite technical, combining many aspects of a mini-climbing: caves, monkey bridge, harnesses…

  • Distance: 6 km
  • Duration: 5 to 6h.
  • Interest: Tsingy forest, lemurs, wildlife, views from the lookouts, suspension bridge…
  • Difficulty: Moderate to difficult
  • What to bring: headlamp, good walking shoes, mineral water (1.5 L per person minimum)

Return to your hotel late in the afternoon.

Dinner and overnight stay at your hotel.

DAY 10: BEKOPAKA – KIRINDY

156Km – 6h drive on track

You will leave early in the morning for a long trip to reach Kirindy reserve, about 50 km northeast of the town of Morondava. Cross the bushland that is typical to the West. You will then cross Belo Tsiribihina before going your way to Kirindy. Also, you will have a fascinating discovery of the Sakalava tombs as you get closer to Morondava, the capital of Sakalava Menabe.

Get settled at the lodge and you will have a nocturnal visit to spot nocturnal lemurs.

Dinner and overnight stay at your lodge.

DAY 11:  KIRINDY – MORONDAVA

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Morning visit of the Kirindy reserve which is the best place in the whole island to observe the Fosa, the largest predator of the island, especially during the mating time between October and December. It also home to seven species of lemur. The most common are the common brown lemurs and the Verreaux’s sifakas.

Provide a lunch on spot at your expense.

Then, road back to Morondava in the afternoon. Stop on the famous Avenue of Baobabs in the late afternoon to watch the sunset.

Get settled at the hotel.

Dinner and overnight stay at your hotel.

DAY 12:   MORONDAVA

Spare day in Morondava.

Dinner and overnight stay at your hotel.

DAY 13:   ANTANANARIVO AND FLIGHT BACK

Transfer to the airport and flight back.

 

NOTES:

  • The trip will be done with a 4WD vehicle (4pax per vehicle). It is the best means of transportation to travel through Madagascar.
  • Starting from 05 pax, a separate tour guide will be included
  • This trip can be done during dry period (the Tsingy of Bemaraha is only accessible from mid-April to early November)

Available departures

Unfortunately, no places are available on this tour at the moment

Highlights

  • Watching the Indri indri, the Madagascar largest lemur, in Andasibe Special Reserve and hearing his special chant upon awakening.
  • An awesome experience “walking on tiptoes” on the Great Tsingy of Bemaraha and explore in depth its canyons, caves, …
  • Photographing the wildlife among others lemurs, birds, chameleons, and even with great chance to get a shot of the largest predator of Madagascar, the Fosa …

Overview

A comprehensive tour if traveler search for the iconic treasures of Madagascar: Lemurs, Baobabs and Tsingy. Andasibe national park would be the perfect spot for lemurs, especially the biggest lemur of the island, the legendary Indri indri. Tsingy, the Bemaraha one, classified World Heritage, and Baobab trees are seen in the western part of the country. Safaris are at rendez-vous ! it is also an opportunity not only to see lemurs but to do birdwatching in the region of Belo Sur Tsiribihina, and naturally the other Madagascar wildlife: chameleons, geckos, …