Tsiribihina river tour and Tsingy de Bemaraha: day to day program
Airport – Antananarivo City – Hotel (15 kms)
Tongasoa!!! (Welcome) to Tananarivo capital of Madagascar.Antananarivo means ’city of thousand’ because a thousand warriors protected it. By the end of the 18th century, King Andrianampoinimerina had taken Antananarivo from his rebellious kinsman and moved his base there from Ambohimanga. We drive to the center of the city. Overnight at Chalet des Roses hotel: standard room.
Antananarivo – Antsirabe (170 kms: 3.5 hours including photo stops)
After breakfast, we will do some paperwork and then take Route National nr. 7 by a private car to Antsirabe. A good road through highlands and beautiful green rice fields. Along the way, we can stop to take photos, buy fruit or crafts etc. In the evening there is time to walk through the nice town center or take a “pousse pousse” ride around town. Overnight at Couleur Café hotel: standard bungalow.
Antsirabe To Miandrivazo (230Kms: 5 hours including photo stops)
After breakfast, you can wander a bit around the center of city. From 10 am we will continue our driving to Miandrivazo. We’ll be traveling through the wonderful and changing Malagasy countryside. In the evening, we can relax at our hotel in Miandrivazo where we will start our descent down the river Tsiribihina. Overnight at La Pirogue hotel: economic bungalow.
Miandrivazo – Masiakapy – Tsiribihina River Tour – Nosinapela Waterfall – Camping (Begidro Village)
After having breakfast, we drive to Masiakapy where we take a motor boat. From here, we will start the water river journey on the majestic Tsiribihina river. You can lay down on the boat, relax and we enjoy the beautiful landscapes, many kinds of wild animals like Herons, Wild ducks, Parrots, some raptors birds, Kingfishers, etc.
Before noon, we across the massif of Bemaraha. It overflows with a fantastic landscape, deciduous forest with its lemurs and the marvelous sounds of birds.
At noon, we will have a shower under the best waterfall of Madagascar “Nosinapela” and its natural swimming pool. After this nice waterfall, we cruise again along the river until the place where we pitch our tents. Here we will be setting camp on a sand bank, build a fire in the night and cook your dinner. Enjoy your meal and listening to the sounds of the river and watch the sun go down. Camping at night.
Tsiribihina River Tour – Camping (Ambatomisay Village)
Before leaving this first camping, we have a short visit at Begidro village where we have some opportunity to contact with local people or Malagasy rednecks. We cruise again along the Tsiribihina river by motor boat. Camping at night.
Tsiribihina River Tour – The End Of River Journey – Belo Sur Tsiribihina – Bekopaka – Hotel (100 km: 5 hours)
This is a last part of the motor boat trip and also leads us to beautiful landscapes with rice fields on the river banks and Baobabs trees. At midday we arrive on the end of motor boat trip. We drive by 4×4 car to Bekopaka. Arrival there around 6 pm and hotel check in. Overnight at Orchidee de Bemaraha hotel: standard room.
Bekopaka – Big Tsingy NP – Bekopaka – Small Tsingy NP
Early morning after breakfast, we drive to Big Tsingy car park (17 Kms: 1 hour drive).
We spend 4 to 5 hours hiking in the infinite Grand Tsingy (Andadoany’s circuit) to see 30 meters high cracks, beautiful forests, canyons with lemurs and birds. The flora is truly unique with its endemic and medicinal plants. Caves, cathedral of rocks, the infinite view on the highest roof of the Big Tsingy! At 2 pm we arrive on the campsite and have lunch at the Malagasy restaurant. After lunch we will explore the beautiful small Tsingy with Andadoany’s circuits to see labyrinth of limestone. 2 view points on the limestone’s pinnacles formation, the biggest Sifaka of the West of Madagascar called Decken’s Sifaka, Red fronted brown Lemurs, spiders, Birds. And then, we come back to the hotel. Overnight at Orchidee de Bemaraha hotel: standard room.
Bekopaka – Belo Sur Tsiribihina – Baobab Alley with sunset – Morondava (200 kms)
We will travel back to south by 4-wheel and arrival in Morondava. Passing through again Belo sur Tsiribihina village, the sacred and ‘Baobab in love’. At 4 pm, we stop for the nice souvenirs of photos at Baobabs Alley for Sunset with Baobab trees . In the evening we will arrive in Morondava and relax at the hotel. Overnight at Les Bougainvilliers hotel: economic bungalow.
The end of tour.