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THE TSINGY TOUR | 12 DAYS/ 11 NIGHTS


Tana, Antsirabe, Miandrivazo, Tsiribihina; the Tsingy of Bemaraha, Baobab alley and Morondava



Available languages:


English, French (German, Italian, Russian and Mandarin are with a supplement cost)

Level:
Difficult
Rating: SEASON:
May to October

Next departure: May 30th - Jun 10th 2022

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  • Tsiribihina river trip_pirogue
  • Ferry tsimafana
  • Tsingy of bemaraha
  • Gorge of manambolo
  • Baobab in love
Tsiribihina & The Tsingy of Bemaraha 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.




 

PRIVATIZE THIS TOUR

Choose your own date
Travel with your family & friends
Optionally, tell us your comments or desired changes

Privatization possible from 2 persons




 

PLAN YOUR TRIP


 

OVERVIEW

Discover the best part of the West of Madagascar with a lowest price guarantee for this tour (river trip along the Tsiribihina river, the Tsingy of Bemaraha National Park, the Kirindy reserve; The baobab in love, the baobab avenue, Betania village, Morondava city and beach and then Antsirabe) by using the Taxi-brousse. Depart by taxi-brousse from Antananarivo to Miandrivazo and then to Masiakampy that you will start the Canoe trip 3 days/2 nights on Tsiribihina River; discover Anosin'Ampela waterfall that you will see some lemurs. Meet the local people in Begidro village and still discover the tobacco industry. Navigation to Antsirarake and disembark, reach Tsimafana with your 4WD and then ferry to Belo sur Tsiribihina, have lunch and then continue to Bekopaka via Manambolo river, visit the Tsingy of Bemaraha National Park to discover Manambolo Gorge, including the caves and the Vazimba tombs, the Big Tsingy and the hanging bridge, the caves and the cathedral. Depart to the Kirindy reserve to discover its amazing fauna and flora, male baobabs, the fossa, 8 lemurs species. Continuation to the baobabs in love and then to Morondava to relax before driving back to the Baobab avenue and with the sun set. Sun rises in the Baobab avenue and then visit Betania fishermen village and Morondava city. Taxi-brousse from Morondava to Antsirabe, city tour by tuk tuk to discover the independence avenue, the old post office and train station, the thermal and the handcrafts before taking the taxi-brousse from Antsirabe to Antananarivo. Visit Ambohimanga Kings Palace or the Queen Palace.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Discover the western landscape.
Cruise 3 days /2 nights on Tsiribihina river.
Discover of lemurs: Sifaka, the Elémur fulvus rufus, the Vasa Perrot.
The eagle Pigargue of Madagascar, groups of bat, Heron white and ashed teals, egrets ...
Meet the local people along the river
Tsingy of Bemaraha: World heritage natural and Heritage Cultural National (UNESCO SITE).
The Kirindy reserve and its famous 6 nocturnal + 2 diurnal lemurs & the foussa
The Baobabs alley and the unforgettable sun set ...
Ambohimanga Kings Palace (UNESCO SITE)

DATES; PRICES & REGISTRATION DATES 2021

FROM TO REGISTERED PRICE GUARANTEE REGISTRATION
May 30th Jun 10th - € 740 From 4 pax JOIN THIS GROUP
Jun 20th Jul 1st - € 740 From 4 pax JOIN THIS GROUP
Jul 5th Jul 16th - € 740 From 4 pax JOIN THIS GROUP
Aug 17th Aug 28th - € 740 From 4 pax JOIN THIS GROUP
Sep 12th Sep 23rd - € 740 From 4 pax JOIN THIS GROUP
Oct 10th Oct 21st - € 740 From 4 pax JOIN THIS GROUP

The price indicated is per person sharing room (DBL or TWIN), it is based on 4 Persons + 1 tour guide English speaking during the whole tour; if more, the price decreases for sure. We will let you for the final confirmation.

INCLUSIONS & EXCLUSIONS

Inclusions:

Private Meet & greet at Antananarivo international airport
Return private transfers from/in airport/hotel
All ferry fees
The transportation during the tour Taxi-brousse: Antananarivo/Antsirabe/Miandrivazo/Masiakampy & Morondava/Antananarivo 4WD Private vehicle with a driver (Gasoline included): Antananarivo & End of the river trip/Bekopaka/Kirindy/Morondava
The private tour guide English speaking durnig the whole tour
Accommodations in standard DOUBLE/TWIN room with private sanitary
The meals as specified
Cruise 3 Days/2 nights on Tsiribihina River by canoe (We provide the tents; sleeping bags; matrass; cook; Tour guide English speaking; porter and local taxes)
Entrance Parks/reserve and local guide fees
Taxes, VAT and the service fees

Exclusions:

All international flight costs and visa fees or assistance unless otherwise specified .
Tips; drinks; 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

12 days/11 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 international airport by GMT+3 private guide and then transfer to your hotel in Antananarivo city.

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

Day 2: Antananarivo - Miandrivazo (385km +/- 8h drive)

Pick up at your hotel by your private tour guide. Transfer to the taxi-brousse station and then depart for Miandrivazo. Discover the famous typical landscape of the High land such as: rice fields in terraces, brick houses with thatched roofs... Upon arrival, check in at your hotel and short visit of Miandrivazo small city.

ACCOMMODATION: Hotel | LUNCH: Excluded | DINER: Excluded | BREAKFAST: Included
TRANSPORATION: Taxi-Brousse

Day 3: Miandrivazo - Masiakampy - Tsiribihina - Miandrivazo river

After breakfast, transfer to Masiakampy by taxi-brousse and then embark to the pirogue (canoe) to enjoy the first day on the Tsiribihina River, discovering beautiful scenery, birds and wildlife. Picnic lunch will be served on the river bank or in the canoe, we are going to enter into the gorge and reach the campsite Anosin’Ampela.

ACCOMMODATION: Hotel | LUNCH: Excluded | DINER: Excluded | BREAKFAST: Included
TRANSPORATION: Taxi-Brousse

Day 4: Tsiribihina river

Take fresh bath to the waterfall and try to spot the lemurs before breakfast. Enjoy the second day on the Tsiribihina River. After one hour of navigation, your reach Begidro village and walk around to meet local people; discover this old colonial city with its old tobacco industry . After the visit; embark to your canoe and depart to reach the campsite; along the river; you are going to discover the beautiful landscape and some endemic birds. First spot of the Baobabs along the river. Arriving at the campsite around 5pm. Tonight, folklore dinner to welcome you by the people from the village.

ACCOMMODATION: Camping | LUNCH: Included | DINER: Included | BREAKFAST: Included
TRANSPORATION: Taxi-Brousse & Canoe

Day 5: Tsiribihina river - Antseraraky - Bekopaka (110km +/- 5h30 min)

After breakfast, you will enjoy the final day on the river. Upon arrival in Antserarake, disembark and meet our 4WD, reach Saint Marie/Tsimafana and crossing the Tsiribihina River by ferry to Belo sur Tsiribihina. Upon arrival, disembark and then have lunch in the local restaurant. Depart around 1pm to reach the Manambolo River and then cross it by ferry to able to join Bekopaka. Upon arrival, transfer to the campsite and relax after the long day.

ACCOMMODATION: Camping | LUNCH: Included | DINER: Included | BREAKFAST: Included
TRANSPORATION: Canoe

Day 6: Bekopaka

Depart to visit the Tsingy of Bemaraha National Park and starting the visit with the Manambolo Gorge. It is a return canoe trip from/to Andadoany and along the gorge combined with an easier path through the caves to discover the stalactites, the stalagmites and the famous family tomb of the Vazimba tribe. Continuation to the Big Tsingy which is located at 15km from Bekopaka. This is probably the most rewarding half-day trip within the park as it goes deep into the limestone forest, passing through the caves, climbing the cliff to reach the viewpoint of the stingy, reaches the hanging bridge with the impressive formations below your feet. During the visit, you may spot a sport lemur, the Decken's sikafa, the Ring tailed Mongoose; the giant coua (Coua gigas) and other species for sure. Continue to the Cathedral and time to have picnic lunch. Reach the car park and drive back to Bekopaka.

ACCOMMODATION: Camping | LUNCH: Included | DINER: Included | BREAKFAST: Included
TRANSPORATION: Canoe & 4WD

Day 7: Bekopaka - Kirindy reserve (125km +/- 5h drive)

After breakfast, depart directly to reach Belo sur Tsiribihina with the same road. Have lunch and then cross the Tsiribihina river by ferry. Continue to Kirindy reserve and check in at your lodge. Nocturnal walks to spot the 6 nocturnal lemur species and other nocturnal animal before dinner.

ACCOMMODATION: Camping | LUNCH: Included | DINER: Included | BREAKFAST: Included
TRANSPORATION: 4WD

Day 8: Kirindy - Morondava (75km +/- 3h drive)

Today, you are going to visit the Kirindy reserve. It homes one of the most outstanding and threatened wildlife habitats in Madagascar: the dry deciduous forest, whose extension has been reduced to 3 per cent of their original extent. Dominated by majestic baobab trees (you will discover a male Baobab) and a forest canopy of even 14 m altitude, this protected area of approximate 100 square kilometers is the only place where the world's smallest known primate, the giant jumping rat, occurs. You will spot the common brown lemurs and the Verreaux's sifakas. Several bats, tenrecs, mongooses and rodents complete the mammal population. 40 birds, 50 reptiles and 15 amphibian species are also found in this magnificent forest. Kirindy reserve is well known on its foussa and we try to find it too. After the visit, depart for the Baobab in love and then to Morondava, check in at your hotel and relax before driving back to the Baobab avenue; wait the sun set and then drive back to Morondava.

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

Day 9: Morondava

Sun rises at the Baobabs avenue and then drive back to your hotel for breakfast. Depart by canoe to reach Betania village. Upon arrival; you will disembark and then walk along the sandy beach; reach the village and meet local people to know more about their daily life; cultural. Back in Morondava and then visit the local market and relax on the beach.

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

Day 10: Morondava - Antsirabe (488km +/- 8h drive)

Early breakfast; transfer to the taxi-brousse station for your taxi-brousse to Antsirabe via Mahabo; Malaimbandy; Miandrivazo; Mandoto; Betafo and then Antsirabe. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel.

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

Day 11: Antsirabe - Antananarivo (170km +/- 4h drive)

Today, you are going to visit Antsirabe old colonial city by tuk tuk to discover the old Church, the thermal, the independance avenue, the train and the post office stations. Some handcraft workshops are available to buy souvenirs as well. Have lunch and then depart by taxi-brousse to Antananarivo. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel.

ACCOMMODATION: Hotel | LUNCH: Excluded | DINER: Excluded | BREAKFAST: Included
TRANSPORATION: Taxi-Brousse

Day 12: 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, continue 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.

WE ONLY USE THE MID-RANGE HOTELS FOR THIS TRIP

DAYS CITY LUXURY MID-RANGE BUDGET
1  Antananarivo -  - Niaouly hotel
2  Antsirabe -  - Hasina Hotel
3  Miandrivazo -  - Arc en Ciel
4 & 5  Tsiribihina -   Camping
6 & 7  Bekopaka -  - Camping
8  Kirindy -  - Kirindy Lodge
9 & 10  Morondava -  - Trecicogne hotel
11  Antananarivo -  - Niaouly Hotel
12  Antananarivo -  - -

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.

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 ?

Take a flight from Antananarivo to Nosy Be

YOU CAN MIX WITH THE FOLLOWING TOURS

GENERAL INFO

Area: 594,180 sq km.
Population: 24,890,189.
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 25.00 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.

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