West of Madagascar
The principle of this 11 Day West of Madagascar tour program is simple, it comes to travel by taking the time to do things, to see the locals, to understand their way of life. This approach of Madagascar aims to be intimate and soft. Diego Suarez, the Amber Mountain, the Tsingy of Ankarana, Nosy Be … all names that evoke northern Madagascar’s atmosphere and diversity. We walk in this small charming city and visit the area and sites around the huge bay. We will see in the lands of extraordinary wildlife park of Amber Mountain. The Red Tsingy and those of Ankarana are unavoidable in the area. Our rides are quiet with exciting discoveries. It is on the island of Nosy Be that we finish our stay with a relaxing time on the seaside.
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Day 1: Arrive Antananarivo
Arrival in Antananarivo your guide will welcome you at the airport before transferring to your hotel. Depending on the arrival time, we let you relax a few hours before we then walk towards the town to discover the old town around the Queen’s Palace with our guide.
Hotel: Palissandre Hotel & Spa
Day 2: Antananarivo – Antsirabe
This morning we meet with our guide then enjoy breakfast in the hotel before heading south, passing through Antananarivo. Rice fields and typical villages of the Highlands represent the landscape directly after Antananarivo. Stop in Ambatolampy to discover the rather amazing work of aluminum for the making of cooking pots which are distributed throughout the country. We take lunch in town then continue towards Antsirabe in the afternoon. We take our time for a city tour and experience “pousse-pousse” (rickshaw) riding for those who want to try; it is the main transport for locals.
Hotel: Plumeria Hotel, 2 nights
Day 3: Walking in the Highlands
Why the Highlands? Simply because it has the emblematic scenery of Madagascar, a unique landscape composed of different hills with crest lines, villages on the slope, houses made of bricks and thatch roof, colorful valley with rice fields: green, ochre, red and beige. These magnificent hikes take us to the countryside world with authentic colors, meeting local people who enjoy discussions with their visitors. We see women carrying buckets of water on their heads as in Africa, farmers working in their rice fields and sometimes we meet blacksmiths working the same process for ages. The walk is organized by a local association, a partnership with young guides from the area so we contribute partly to the development of the region.
Day 4: Antsirabe – Tsiribihina River
Early start after the breakfast we pass through Betafo and Mandoto villages. Make a quick stop to have a look at gold washers from the bridge. We are in the mid-west, at Itremo region. We take a track after Miandrivazo village towards Masiakampy pier. Our barge and the crew are waiting for us to go down the River. Lunch on board. We leave the river bank straight and by the river meanders we run into the bush. It is only the beginning of the cruise.
A night under the stars around campfire, in the nature, We like it ! We provide SVALBARD brand FERRINO tents. These tents are for 3 persons but we only put 2 persons inside. Both sides have access door with mosquito net and the entrances are a kind of apse where we put a mat for your bags. We also provide a 5 cm thick foam mattress. Bring your own sleeping bag.
Hotel: Camp Site, 2 nights
Day 5: River trip on Tsiribihina River by boat
It is a large and quiet river, we go forward slowly with a relaxing and peaceful mood. We set up our camp on the white sand at water’s edge in the evening. The crew prepares the meal and serves it onboard. Passengers can move around, play cards, read books or go up to the solarium roof for a sunbathing and admire the scenery. Often the locals come to us in the evening and play local music and dance.
Day 6: Tsiribihina River – Bekopaka
Breakfast on board. Continue the descent in the morning and getting closer to many villages and the river is becoming more frequented. We come alongside Belo / Tsiribihina and still lunch aboard and finally bid farewell to our crew. We board our 4WD at the landing stage. An uncomfortable track leads us to Bemaraha Tsingy National Park, a hundred kilometers which takes half a day drive. We cross Manambolo River to get to Bekopaka village.
Hotel: Le Soleil des Tsingy, 3 nights
Day 7 & 8: Tsingy of Bemaraha National Park
This site is one of the most extraordinary. The TSINGY are real cathedrals of limestone, this dense network of faults, cracks and blocks of limestone carved in blades is one of the most spectacular landscapes of Madagascar. The formation of this massif was in the middle Jurassic, approx. 200 million years ago. During the period the sea still recovered this region of Bemaraha. Then this immense plate of corals and shells lifted up. Exposed outdoors for 5 million years, the rain, with its work of erosion sculptured the formation we see today. Among these marvels there are 6 species of lemurs, reptiles and 53 varieties of birds. It is also the housing environment of one of the smallest sorts of chameleon, the “Brookesia Perarmata”. These two days, together with guides and porters, are dedicated to the discovery of this most surprising site.
Day 9: Bekopaka – Morondava
We head back to Morondava, crossing the Manambolo and Tsiribihina rivers by ferry again. It can take a little time sometimes. We pass through the famous “Allée des Baobabs” just before we get to Morondava town. We are there at the right time, the sun is low, raking light, and smooth trunks reflect the orange rays of the sun. This is an opportunity for more great pictures. We returned to the town of Morondava and we settle into our hotel by the sea.
Hotel: Palissandre Cote Ouest
Day 10: Morondava – Antananarivo
Breakfast at the hotel and we transfer to the airport for our flight to Antananarivo. According to the flight schedules, lunch here or in Tana. If the timing is OK, we make a quick stop in the crafts market find basketery, marquetery, wood carvings, metal toys, miniature cars and some semi-precious stones, all in very relaxed mood.
Hotel: Palissandre Hotel & Spa
Day 11: Depart Antananarivo
Your guide is waiting at the reception of the hotel for take you to the airport.
|2020 Dates & Prices||Twin Share||Solo Traveller|
|Departs Daily from Antananarivo||Price on Application||Price on Application|
|Meals:||10 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners|
|Transport:||Airport Transfers & Minibus, coach or 4WD between Antananarivo to Masiakampy & 4WD in Bekopaka|
|Flights:||Flight Ticket: Morondava / Antananarivo|
|Guide:||Local English Speaking Guide|
|Entrance Fees & Touring:||Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary|
* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.