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THE TSINGY OF BEMARAHA N.P | 7 DAYS/ 06 NIGHTS


Antananarivo; Morondava, Belo sur Tsiribihina & Bekopaka


Level:
Difficult
Rating: Doable:
From May to October

Tailor-made program

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  • Belo sur Tsiribihina
  • Group GMT+3 Great Madagascar Tours
  • Peak of the Tsingy of Bemaraha
  • The bridge of the Tsingy of Bemaraha
  • The Baobab Alley Morondava
The Tsribihina and then Tsingy of Bemaraha National Park Location map


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THE SPECIALIST



anja ANDRIANJATO

The specialist himself is on your services for more informations about this trip; available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.




 

PLAN YOUR TRIP


 

OVERVIEW

This tour is going to make you discover Morondava; the famous Baobab avenue. Reach Bekopaka via 2 rivers which are the Tsiribihina & Manambolo. Visit Tsingy of Bemaraha National Park (The Limestone) which is a world heritage by UNESCO. Walking across the hanging bridge; the spectacular views of the limestones; see lemurs & endemic birds makes you feel lost in this hidden paradise including the Manambolo gorge and caves that you will be able to see the formations of the stalactite and stalagmite. The Vazimba graves on the cliff makes you feel to enter to the Malagasy history. Continuation the Baobabs in love and avenue + the unforgettable sun set. Short visit of Antananarivo before taking your home flight.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

1st Malagasy site registers as Heritage World nature and National Cultural heritage …
The karstic peaks extend over 157 710 Ha with 100 km long and 40 km wide
Spectacular pinnacles the access of which is extremely difficult.
General Endemic of 86, 7 % and the regional endemism Eco 47 %
11 species of lemurs are listed 5 families of bat
103 species of birds listed on the directory
The directory of the reptiles and the amphibians is also wide 34 quite endemic species.
The Tsingy of Bemaraha National has vegetation so original as endemic.
86 % of 650 botanical species listed on Bemaraha are endemic.
The Baobabs sacred, in love and Alley wish its unforgettable sun set.

PRICE PER PERSON SHARING

From € 1,390/pax (LUXURY HOTEL OPTION)


From € 1,175/pax (MID-RANGE HOTEL OPTION)


From € 1,000/pax (BUDGET HOTEL OPTION)


The price indicated is per person sharing room (DBL or TWIN), it is based on 2 Persons; if less or more, please contact us and we will send you the final price.

INCLUDES & EXCLUDES

Includes:

Private Meet & greet.
Return private transfers from/in airport/hotel.
The ferry fees.
Private vehicle with a driver/assistant/guide speaking English (Gasoline included).
Accommodations in standard DOUBLE/TWIN room with private sanitary.
The meals as specified.
Entrance Parks/reserve and local guide fees.
The return ticket flights Tana/Morondava in economic class
Taxes, VAT and handling fees.

Excludes:

All international flight costs and visa fees or assistance unless otherwise specified.
Tips and personal expense and none specified items.
Travel insurance, it is a condition that all clients travelling with GMT+3 must have appropriate Travel insurance, including emergency medical evacuation cover .

JOINING TOUR ABROAD

07 days/06 nights: From Antananarivo to Antananarivo. This is a tailor-made wildlife safari and can be edited to suit your needs, wants and budget. Talk to our destination specialists to find out more about this trip and to get advice on whether it is the best one you’re your specific requirements and interests.

Day 1: Antananarivo

Meet and greet at Antananarivo airport by GMT+3 staff and then transfer to your hotel in Antananarivo city. Briefing about the program and introducing the timing.

ACCOMMODATION: Hotel | LUNCH: Excluded | DINER: Excluded | BREAKFAST: Included
TRANSPORATION: Minibus

Day 2: Antananarivo – Morondava – Bekopaka 1h15 flight & 200km +/- 8h)

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Morondava. Upon arrival, you will be met and then departed directly to join Bekopaka. Passing by Tsimafana and cross Tsiribihina River before arriving in Belo sur Tsiribihina in time for lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch continue through an arid landscape to reach Manambolo River, cross it by ferry to reach Andadoany (Bekopaka) and then transfer to your hotel and check in

ACCOMMODATION: Hotel | LUNCH: Excluded | DINER: Excluded | BREAKFAST: Included
TRANSPORATION: Private 4WD

Day 3: Bekopaka (Big Tsingy)

This is probably the most rewarding half-day trip within the park as it goes deep into the limestone forest passing through several hanging bridges with the impressive karstic formations below your feet. The trail is not technically difficult and even children can cope with it, but you certainly should not suffer from vertigo! The look down from the hanging bridge is something to avoid for the easily fainted. Reach the canyon and then visit the cave of 1km long and then reach the car park, drive back to the hotel and relax

ACCOMMODATION: Hotel | LUNCH: Excluded | DINER: Excluded | BREAKFAST: Included
TRANSPORATION: Private 4WD

Day 4: Bekopaka (Manambolo Gorge & Small Tsingy)

After an early breakfast, depart to visit the Manambolo Gorge, It is a canoe trip along the gorge combined with an easier path through caves, stalactites, stalagmites and the famous family tomb of the Vazimba tribe. After this visit, continuation to visit the small Tsingy, passes through a labyrinth of limestone and two view points over the impressive pinnacles. There are some good chances to spot the Decken¡¯s Sifaka and red-fronted brown lemurs.

ACCOMMODATION: Hotel | LUNCH: Excluded | DINER: Excluded | BREAKFAST: Included
TRANSPORATION: Private 4WD

Day 5: Bekopaka – Morondava

After breakfast, depart for Morondava with the same road, have lunch in Belo sur tsiribihina and then continuation to reach the Sakalava to discover the sacred Baobab of 800 Years old. After this small break, continue to the Baobab in love and then to the Baobab Alley and experience sunset, one of the best memories of this trip (don’t forget to charge your cameras batteries). The Baobab trees are specifics in this area and Madagascar has six species out the eight existing in the world. Drive back to Morondava after and then check in at your hotel.

ACCOMMODATION: Hotel | LUNCH: Excluded | DINER: Excluded | BREAKFAST: Included
TRANSPORATION: Private 4WD

Day 6: Morondava – Antananarivo (1h15 flight)

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your fligh to Antananarivo. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. Visit Tana old town and the local market.

ACCOMMODATION:Hotel | LUNCH: Excluded | DINER: Excluded | BREAKFAST: Included
TRANSPORATION: Private Vehicle

Day 7: Antananarivo

After breakfast, depart for Ambohimanga Kings Palace which is located at 22 km from Tana, it is the cradle of the Merina dynasty, the Mecca of the Merina Kingdom and the starting point for the unification of Imerina. This ancient royal city was reputed to be a sacred city where no foreigner could enter. There's a lot to admire in this place. From the entrance of the village, the old stone gate-shaped disc in the chamber, the royal box of Andrianampoinimerina, the summer palace of the queens, the Horse Park and sacred ponds. The enclosure is surrounded by a wall consisting mainly of egg whites in place of cement. The door to the east has "Ambatomitsangana" inscribed on it, and is actually a large stone disc 4m in diameter rolled closed every night and open every morning by dozens of men. After the visit, continuation to the Digue market, the place for handcrafts Malagasy that you will be able buy some souvenirs. Transfer to the airport for your international flight.

ACCOMMODATION:On request | LUNCH: Excluded | DINER: Excluded | BREAKFAST: Included
TRANSPORATION: Private Vehicle

WALKING GRADES & FITNESS

Grading is a somewhat difficult topic as much depends on the individual's own perception of his or her abilities. The following is intended as a general guide to our walking grades. This tour is rated medium so everyone can join it. We will usually involve easy walks (2 to 6 hours/day) at low altitudes (below 2000m). Some previous hill walking experience would be beneficial but these walks should be within the capabilities of those who lead a normal active life.

TYPE OF ACCOMMODATIONS (LUXURY/MID-RANGE/BUDGET HOTELS)

DAYS CITY LUXURY MID-RANGE BUDGET
1  Antananarivo  Palissandre  Sakamanga  Niaouly hotel
2  Bekopaka  Soleil des Tsingy  Olympe of Bemaraha  Manambolo Camp
3  Bekopaka  Soleil des Tsingy  Olympe of Bemaraha  Manambolo Camp
4  Bekopaka  Soleil des Tsingy  Olympe of Bemaraha  Manambolo Camp
5  Morondava  Palissanre West Coast  Sun Beach  Trecicogne
6  Antananarivo  Palissandre Hotel  Sakamanga Hotel  Niaouly Hotel

Most of the hotels in Madagascar do not have the standard internationnal level, except some hotels in Antananarivo, Sainte Marie and Nosy Be but GMT+3 guarantees to find you the best hotels and accommodation for your budget. We will supply all of the necessary details for you to prepare your holidays and have a memorable stay in each hotel. Please note that in Madagascar, there is only one 5 star hotel, which is the Carlton Hotel in Antananarivo,. Once you leave the capital, the ranges of hotels are varied.

GMT+3 LUXURY (hotels/Lodges/guest house/Camping)

Wherever you stay in Madagascar, we will guarantee to find comfortable hotels, lodges or guesthouses with twin or single rooms and en suite facilities. Our hotels have air-conditioning/heating where appropriate and reliable hot and cold water. They generally have a very good level of service and mosthaveadded amenities such as a restaurant, bar, gardens or swimming pool.

GMT+3 MID-RANGE (hotels/Lodges/guest house/Camping)

These hotels usually have twin or single rooms with en suite facilities. They are generally standard, no-frills hotels with adequate amenities and service standards. Whilst comfort levels are perfectly acceptable to most, please don’t expect too much! These are often small, family-run establishments

GMT+3 BUDGET (hotels/Lodges/guest house/Camping)

These accommodations may be communal or dorm-style, and WC / washing facilities are usually shared. Running hot and cold water may be unreliable or even unavailable. However, these can be the most rewarding and memorable places to stay, despite the comfort levels being low.

BELO SUR MER

This Vezo fishermen village is located 80 km south of Morondava. This place has one of the best beach in Madagascar, you will be surprised by the long beach of bright white sands and an amazing transparent sea of emerald waters. Belo sur mer is the place that they built pirogues and large wooden boats. You will like as well to observe the birds in the mangroves, to visit wild islands surrounded with a superb coral reefs, discover the salt works, baobabs forest….

HOW TO GET THERE ?

Location: 80 km south of Morondava.
Transportation: by 4WD; Speed boat or sail boat

SAINTE MARIE

Sainte Marie Island (Nosy Boraha) is situated on the East Coast of Madagascar. The most Beach tourist place after Nosy Be and known by its kilometrical sandy beaches shaded by coconut palms, bays and coves protected by coral reefs. Please note that the best beaches are located in the northern; western and in Islet aux Nattes. In the same time, you will like its lush vegetation and animals. In winter (from June to the end of September) the humpback whales (Megaptera) are present around Madagascar but the best place to spot is in Sainte Marie Island …

HOW TO GET THERE ?

Location: You need to return in Antananarivo first and then take the flight from Antananarivo to Sainte Marie or continuation to Tamatave and then to Soanierana Ivongo + speed boat to Sainte Marie.
Transportation: by plane; vehicle & Speed boat

NOSY BE

Nosy Be island lying about 5 miles (8 km) off the northwestern shore of Madagascar. The name means “Big Island.” It is 19 miles (30 km) long, 12 miles (19 km) wide, and has an area of about 120 square miles (310 square km). Formed by volcanoes, the island is forested and has numerous craters and crater lakes. Its highest point is Mount Passot (1,079 feet [329 metres]). It has an annual rainfall of 78–118 inches (1,975–3,000 mm). The island’s products, chiefly sugar and oils for perfumery, also include rum, vanilla, black pepper, and bitter oranges. Nosy Be is the top beach destination in Madagascar with its surrounding islands remain paradise in the buff. A lot of activiies are available to make your holidays more Unforgettable .

HOW TO GET THERE ?

Drive back in Antananarivo and then take a plane to reach Nosy Be

YOU CAN MIX WITH THE FOLLOWING TOURS

GENERAL INFO

Area: 594,180 sq km.
Population: 23,129,189.
Language: French, Malagasy.
Religion: Christian, Muslim.
Local Time: GMT +3
Electric Supply & Plugs: 220V, 50Hz, two pin round plug.
Recommended Maps: Freytag & Berndt 1:2,000,00 Madagascar.
Recommended Books: Bradt Guide: Madagascar, Dervla Murphy: Muddling through Madagascar, G. Durrell: The Aye-aye and I, D. Attenborough: Zoo Quest to Madagascar, I. Sinclair: Birds of the IndianOcean Islands, I. Tattersall: The Primates of Madagascar.

SEASON & CLIMATE

The climate is tropical, but very cold in the highlands (dropping as low as 5°C at night in July/August in Antananarivo). The dry season is March to October continuing into November in most areas. The southwest area is hot, dry and semi-arid. November (spring) is generally the best time for wildlife and birds, but lemurs can be viewed all year round. Additional information and climate charts can be accessed here.

The western coast of Madagascar is much drier than the eastern coast. In general, we can say the climate here is dry tropical. During the dry months between May and November it does not rain at all and the temperatures are pleasant (20 to 25°C on average). Between December and April it can rain torrentially or just a couple of showers, depending on the area and the year. The northern area is greener and indeed considerably wetter than the south. The hottest months are March, April, November and December, when the average temperature is 30° C or even more.

FORMALITIES

VISA REQUIRMENTS:

The visa is always free for an holidays less than month and subject to change. We will confirm you before your arrival. Your passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond the date of return.

All visitors must obtain a tourist visa (maximum duration 3 months).
This costs approximately 60.00 Euro per person and can be obtained in any Madagascar Embassy or upon arrival at the international airports of Antananarivo, Diego Suarez, and Nosy Be or in Tamatave (Toamasina). Return International flight tickets.

VACCINATIONS & PROTECTIONS:

Please consult your doctor when planning your journey: Malaria is present in most parts of Madagascar. Some form of anti malarial is recommended. Always use mosquito repellent and avoid being bitten. Vaccinations against tetanus, cholera and yellow fever are recommended. Bring your usual medicines because they may not be available in Madagascar.
In top Urgency, GMT+3 works with specialist doctors to assure and assist you before your evacuation.

INSURANCE:

We recommend you to see a Travel insurance to secure your holidays in Madagascar. You must take your policy document with you on tour and it should state in writing that you are the named policyholder and that the cover is valid for your period of travel. Your policy document must also indicate that you have medical expenses and emergency repatriation cover and a 24-hour contact telephone number for your Insurance Company must be shown on your documentation in case of emergency.

MONEY

CREDIT CARDS & TRAVELERS CHEQUES:

Credit cards are still not used widely in Madagascar. However, they are accepted in big cities, international hotels and in the banks of all cities. You will find ATMs in most main cities, where you can withdraw Ariary. VISA and MASTERCARD are most commonly accepted cards. It is also useful to bring some Travelers Cheques or cash in Euros or US dollars. AMERICAN EXPRESS is seldom accepted outside of Antananarivo. Please note that $100 date 1996 bills are not accepted (better from 2006 dated)

TIPPING:

Tips are expected for most services. The size of the tip depends on your satisfaction but 5 to 10 % is an acceptable level. We suggest that you plan on average 10 Euros per person per day for a guide. Remember that wages are very low in Madagascar so be careful not to over tip and create unreasonable expectations for other travelers

PERSONAL EQUIPMENT TO BRING

LUGGAGES:

Unfortunately it does occasionally happen that luggage does not always reach its destination on the same flight as its owner, or possibly it may be damaged in transit. If you are unlucky enough for this to occur, it is important that you file a PIR (Property Irregularity Report) with the airline before leaving the airport. This is essential when you come to make a claim either against the airline or from your travel insurance company. Please note that 20kg per person is allowed for the internal flight.

CLOTHING:

Given the variations of day and night temperature, and the changes of altitude between the highlands and the coast, we recommend that you dress in layers. Bring light clothes but have additional layers (fleece, pullover, jacket, windbreaker or raincoat). Make sure you have long sleeves and long trousers to protect against mosquitoes in early morning and dusk.

PERSONAL FIRST AID KIT:

On each tourt a first aid kit is carried but you should have your own blister kit, supply of plasters, aspirin and other essentials. Please do not give medicines to local people without consulting the tour leader. See the list in the General Information Booklet for more information. A good pair of sunglasses is essential for protection against UV rays and glare at high altitudes. Sun Hat, High Factor Sun Cream/Block & Lip Salve.
Choose a high factor sun cream (Factor 30 or more) to protect your skin against the sun at high altitudes. A combination sun block/ lip salve are ideal for facial protection. A head torch is essential for NOCTURNAL visit. Remember to bring some spare batteries and a bulb. Sun screen and insect repellent. Make sure you have enough camera film and spare batteries, as both are difficult to obtain locally. Bring a beach towel and swimming costume.