WEST WITH TSIRIBIHINA RIVER

WEST WITH TSIRIBIHINA RIVER

✓ Enjoy the beautiful landscape from the highlands to the west coast of Madagascar
✓ Enjoy a 2-3 day rafting trip along Tsiribihina river and see some of its endemic animals such as the lemur, chameleon and crocodiles.
✓ Witness the spectacular waterfall of Anosy Ampela.
✓ Trek the Rock forest at the “Tsingy of Bemaraha” National Park and witness its endemic fauna and flora.
✓ Have the opportunity to understand the customs and daily life of the local Sakalava tribe the main tribe in the West part of the Island.
✓ Visit a school in Begidro sponsored by Tanala Education project.
✓ Enjoy a 2 nights stay at Lodge de Saline and experience beautiful beach along the Mozambique channel and Baobab forest.
✓ Experience the beautiful sunset at alley of Baobab.

Antananarivo - Morondava
11 DAYS
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DAY 1 : WELCOME TO MADAGASCAR

When you are arrive at the airport, we will be there waiting for you holding a sign with your name on it. After picking you up at the airport we will drive to our hotel in Antananarivo and give you a special briefing about our upcoming journey and answer any questions you may have about our upcoming adventure

[170 km-3 hours on the road]
D2: ANTANANARIVO-ANTSIRABE

[170 km-3 hours on the road]

After breakfast, on day 2 we will begin our journey with a 3 hour drive to Antsirabe, and experience the beautiful landscape of “haute plateau”. Antsirabe is one of the coldest cities in Madagascar, and it has also been dubbed “City of Water” because there are many sources of water there, including hot springs that we can visit upon request. On our way to Antsirabe we will stop by Ambatolampy to see the local craftwork made from aluminum. Upon our arrival in Antsirabe we check into our hotel and take a moment to settle in. In the afternoon we will drive over to Tritriva’s sacred Lake, and Lake Andraikiba and spend 1-2 hour with a local guide learning about the history of the lake. After our trip to the sacred lakes we will return to Antsirabe and will have some free time to relax or take a ricksaw (pousse-pousse) tour of the city.

[220 Km-6hours on the road]
D3: ANTSIRABE-MIANDRIVAZO

[220 Km-6hours on the road]

After the breakfast, on day 3 we will continue our journey with a 6 hour drive west of Madagascar to the Bongolava mountain range through the town of Miandrivazo. Given that is located between the Bongolava mountain range Miandrivazo is one of the hottest regions in Madagasacar. Upon arrival into Miandrivazo we will check into our hotel and have a special briefing with the boatmen and captain assisting us with the Tsiribihina river trip excursion.

[20 Km on the road + 6 hours traveling by boat]
D4:MIANDRIVAZO-MASIAKAMPY-NOSY AMPELA

[20 Km on the road + 6 hours traveling by boat]

On day 4, after breakfast, we will go the port and get settled into the boat we will be traveling in for the next couple of days. During this river trip we will spend about six to seven hours each day traveling by boat which will cover a total 134 Km. Throughout our journey we will witness the lifestyle of the local Sakalava tribe in this region. Upon entering Tsingy de Beramaha we will see different wildlife such as the white lemur, “Dicken Sifaka”. In the afternoon we will arrive in the Waterfall of Anosy Ampela and see the famous common brown lemur. We will set up a tent and camp along the sands of the Tsiribihina river. During the evening we will have a special campfire program in which will include dinner and engulfing ourselves in the beauty of the forest at night.

[6-7 hours on the ship]
Day 5: ANOSY AMPELA-FOTOA

[6-7 hours on the ship]

On day 5 which will be our second day of our river excursion we will travel for another 6-7 hours to our final destination for the day Fotoa. On the way, we will see several types of crocodiles and visit the beautiful village Begidro off the shores of Tsiribihina River. Upon arrival into Fotoa, our final destination for the evening we will set up camp and get settled in. In the evening, we will have a fire camp activity where the local people play live music with their “kabosy” (traditional Malagasy guitar) and will show us their traditional Sakalava dance that called “kilalaka

[1 hour on ship + 150 Km : 6 hours on the road]
Day 6: FOTOA-BEKOPAKA

[1 hour on ship + 150 Km : 6 hours on the road]

Day 6 of our journey will be our third and last day of our Tsiribihina river excursion, on this day we will travel by boat for one hour. After culminating our river excursion we will travel for 6 hours to Bekopaka which the gateway to the Tsingy de Bemaraha Park. On our journey to Bekopaka we will cross Tsiribihina river by ferry and will stop for lunch in the town of Belo. Before arriving to our final destination for the evening we will also cross the Manambolo river by ferry which will be our second ferry of the day. Upon arrival into Bekopaka we will check into our hotel and get settled in for the evening.

Day 7 : TSINGY

On day 7 we will spend the day in nature discovering the Tsingy of Bemaraha National Park. Bemaraha Tsingy is classified as a UNESCO world heritage site and the biggest protected area by the Malagasy State. At the Tsingy we will see he cathedral, the “view point”, the hanging bridge and experience the animals that live here, such as Sifaka lemur and Common brown lemur. We will also see wild birds and the biggest carnivorious in Madagascar called Fossa. We will also see different kinds of indigenous plants such as the “palissandre”. After lunch, we will continue our excursion into the smaller section of the Tsingy.

[115 km-5hours on the road]
Day 8 : BEKOPAKA-TSANGAJOLY

[115 km-5hours on the road]

On day 8 we will begin our journey to the beautiful village located along the Mozambique channel Tsangajoly. Upon arrival into Tsangajoly we will settle into our hotel and enjoy free time for the rest of the day. Our hotel in Tsangajoly will offer several activities such as bike rides exploring the region, a visit to the salt producer in the region, as well as a visit to the baobab forest and much more.

[197 Km-4hours on the road]
Day 9: TSANGAJOLY-MORONDAVA

[197 Km-4hours on the road]

On day 9 we will travel 4 hours to the city of Morondava, on our way to Morondava we see the “In love Baobab”, which is the unique scene of two large Baobab trees that have grown together intertwined. These tree symbolizes the union of two lovers and many couples come here to renew their vows. After “In Love Baobab” we will continue our drive to admire the most popular sunset in all of Madagascar...the sunset at Baobab Alley. The Baobabs located in this region have been around for hundreds year and it is one of the most popular attraction in all of Madagascar. After our sunset experience at Baobab Alley we will continue our drive to our final destination for the day Morondava. Upon arrival into Morondava we will check into our hotel and get settled in for the evening.

[690 Km-12hours on the road]
Day 10: MORONDAVA-ANTANANARIVO

[690 Km-12hours on the road]

On day 10 we will embark on day long journey back to Antananarivo. Upon arrival into the capital we will check into our hotel and get settled in for the evening.

Day 11 : ANTANANARIVO-HOMECOUNTRY

During day 9 of our journey, which is also our last day together, we have a free morning to shop for souvenirs for your loved ones. During our shopping tour we will look at Malagasy craftwork, local spices, vanilla, and much more After shopping we will prepare for our departure to Ivato International airport. We will arrive at the airport 2 hours before your departure time. Looking forward to building memories together