This package will take you to discover the diversity of the best of the west of Madagascar accessible from Morondava. The most popular photo of Madagascar are obviously the alley of baobab and the tsingy of Bemaraha which are included into this offer of seven days tour. Inside the spectacular mineral of Tsingy of Bemaraha there are over 11 species of lemur, 90 species of birds and 50 types of reptile. Designated a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 1990, this complex is made of the small Tsingy, the gorge of Manambolo and the big Tsingy. The “Alley of Baobab” is one of the most popular places in Madagascar to experience the beauty of the large baobab trees and a perfect photography location during your trip.
DETAIL OF TOUR
Day 01 Antananarivo - Antsirabe
After a brieffing at the hotel and check out, you start to drive along the RN7. Crossing typical landscape of the central highlands, you drive along a sinuous road and terrace rice fields. Coming closer to Antsirabe, various fresh products from the fields are displayed along the road. Many families in the highlands are celebrating a famadihana in winter time around August. This is a traditional bone turning ceremony. They take the silk-coffin out of the tomb, and then celebrate by carrying the dead along the road while singing and dancing. It is a big day for the entire large family. Arrival to Antsirabe after four hours drive. Check-in to the hotel. In afternoon, you will have a city tour in Antsirabe. It is the third biggest city in Madagascar. With its fresh air and cool climate all year round, Antsirabe is the favourite place of european people living in Madagascar from colonisation time. We take a tour around the city to visit the local craftsmen, famous for making tiny bikes and cars with recycled material, and working with zebu horn. Tour of the city. Night at hotel Le Retrait
Day 02 Antsirabe - Miandrivazo
On the road to Miandrivazo, you will visit the lake Tritriva. Located in the southwest of Antsirabe, Tritriva is a a bold aquamarine blue crater lake where the legend talk about tragic love stories long time ago. On the way back from the lake tritriva, you can stop at the lake Andraikiba to visit the market of precious stones for a while before heading to the west coast. Back to the road, you follow during a short time the large valley of the Vakinankaratra until Betafo and Mandoto. After a few more 200 kilometers, you reach Miandrivazo. Welcome to the region of Menabe. Night at hotel La Pirogue
Day 03 Miandrivazo - Morondava
Miandrivazo lives from the production of tobacco, peanuts, beans, and raising pigs and cows. Few years ago, the expedition along the Tsiribihina river started from there. Now, the river is less deeper and the expedition start from Masiakampy which is about 50Km from Miandrivazo. As you travel by car, you will drive to Morondava and start to see baobab trees after five hours drive. Check in at the hotel in Morondava. In afternoon, you can go to the alley of baobab until the sunset. Night at hotel Capanina Chez Lea
Day 04 Morondava - Bekopaka
After breakfast, you leave Morondava to the Tsingy of Bemaraha National park. All along this road, you will see baobab trees, oxcart wagon, and colorful local market. On the way you can obviously discover some Sakalava tribe tombs because of their size and their unusual paints decorations. You drive offroad for three hours to ‘Tsimafana’. From there, you cross the Tsiribihina river by ferry for more than thirty minutes. On the other side of the river, you arrive to Belo sur Tsiribihina where you will have a lunch (on your expense). After the break for lunch, you drive again to Bekopaka. For information, Bekopaka, is the village with hotels next to the Tsingy of Bemaraha. This second section of road last for three to four hours. You will travel with greating of kids dancing along the street and ask for candies . Arrival to the second Manambolo river before the sunset. Night at hotel Orchidée
Day 05 Bekopaka
After long drive, you start to explore the tsingy of Bemaraha : The journey in dugout offers a wonderful pallet of landscapes, gorges, canyon, caves… it is not recommended to people suffering of claustrophobia. The gorge of Manambolo is spectacular for this river considered as the front door of the Tsingy. The excursion is connected to the visit of small Tsingy. Back to the hotel for lunch. In afternoon, you can choose to relax at the hotel to save energy for the next day or going to visit the village of Bekopaka or Andadoany to observe local life and habits. Night at hotel Orchidée
Day 06 Bekopaka
This day is dedicated to the visit of « big tsingy of Bemaraha » : Departure from the hotel as early as possible after breakfast. You will meet the local guide and take the harness at the office of the guide. Drive pas the village of Bekopaka and continue for one hour for seventeen kilometers to arrive to the parking of big Tsingy. Young people looking for adventure can start with broadway circuit before the andamozavaky trail. The big tsingy is a trekking through « moon like » sceneries unique to Madagascar. A vast forest of sharp eroded karts’ pinnacles of 60 meters high. On these fragment of rocks you may see lemurs. The vegetation in the canyons is exceptional, a wonder of nature. Visitors can explore the Tsingy safely through boardwalks, cable ropes, steps, steel ladders or hanging bridges. Depending to your fitness, the visit can last till more than 5 hours consisting of trekkings and impressive trails. Not for claustrophobia and people having vertigo. Night at hotel Orchidée
Day 07 Bekopaka - Morondava
After breakfast you leave Bekopaka for the road back to Morondava. Lunch time in Belo sur Tsiribihina (on your charge) before crossing the river by ferry-boat. Continuation toward Morondava. Later you make a halt to see the impressive “baobab in love” and the famous Baobabs Alley, the most photographed site in Madagascar; these majestic baobabs (Grandidier) offers a natural special landscape at sunset. Drive to Morondava and drop off at the hotel. Hotel in Morondava is NOT INCLUDED and our service is over when you arrive to the hotel.
Important Notice :
- This proposal online is set in economy price with consideration of tourism standard. It may change according to the season and circumstance
- The online offer is a mix of midrange hotel and simple hotel with clean room and private shower. It is highly recommended to ask for midrange hotel for your comfort if necessary. We have to review the daily steps if you are looking for high-end hotel because such infrastructure doesn’t exist in some place.
- Price is per person sharing room as double occupancy. Departure is guarantee for 02 persons. Contact us for Single Price
- Are included into the price: 4X4, fuel, driver speaking English with his accommodation and food, all listed activities (entrance and guide of park, night walk), your hotel and breakfast,
- Are NOT included: lunch, diner, beverage and alcohol, additional activities, tips
- Please to specify if you need an AC car while booking otherwise you may have no-AC car
- Payment modality: bank transfer or VISA/Master Card or CASH on arrival. We accept USD and Euro with exchange rate online.
- Contact us for further detail. You can ask for tailor made tour according to your length of stay, your wish-to-see-list, your category of hotel, and your budget