(22 days / 21 nights)

Visit of the reserve of Périnet / Andasibe, then drive to Miandrivazo for the start of the downstream Tsiribihina River trip. Visit of the Tsingy of Bemaraha (UNESCO world heritage site) and drive through the Baobab avenue. Flight to Tana and then visit of the Nationalparks of Ranomafana and Isalo. This tour can only be done from June until October and is for the more sporty and adventurous type of customer, it is unsuitable for big people and people who are afraid of heights, as there are passages in the Tsingys where you have to climb through narrow gaps.

1st day : EUROPE – ANTANANARIVO
Meeting at Ivato international airport and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

2nd day : ANTANANARIVO – ANDASIBE (140 km about 3 h drive)
After breakfast ,drive to Andasibe through a landscape composed by a succession of rice fields, waterfalls, and scarce forest stations. On the way visit of the Marozevo exotic park with its chameleons etc.. Before dinner, off for a night walk along the road to see some nocturnal species of animals, with some luck you’ll see woolly and mouse lemurs, chameleons etc.. Back to the hotel and Overnight.

3rd day : ANDASIBE
After breakfast , visit of the reserve on a walk which takes around three hours, first a bit up, then mostly flat. Discover the species dwelling inside this forest like Indri Indri, the tallest of all lemur species , bamboo lemurs and brown lemurs. Rest of the afternoon at leisure, possibility of visit of the VAKONA private park. Overnight at the hotel.

4th day : ANDASIBE – ANTANANARIVO (140 Km about 3 hour –drive) – ANTSIRABE (169 km about 3 h drive)
After breakfast, drive back to the capital, continuation till Antsirabe. – “Town of Water”: so called because of its numerous thermal springs and the existence of two crater lakes.
Overnight at the hotel.

5th day : ANTSIRABE – MIANDRIVAZO (211 km about 5 h drive)
After breakfast, visit of a workshop where they make miniatures from recycled materials. Then drive to Miandrivazo through a hilly and mountainous area : Plateau of Betsiriry .
Arrival at Miandrivazo in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.

6th day : MIANDRIVAZO – TSIRIBIHINA (30 km about 1 h drive)
Transfer to the port and embark in a motor barge for a two and a half days cruise along the Tsiribihina river. You’ll see some villages and kids waiving at you, and some people doing their daily labour. You might also see birds ( whistling ducks , egrets, herons, helmeted guinea fowls), and probably some crocodiles. The landscape along this river is mainly composed of deciduous forest sheltering some species of lemurs. After crossing the Bemaraha gorge and its cliffs, one can see countless game birds. Visit of a marvellous waterfall “Anosin’Ampela” and a natural pool where you can swim. There are also some lemurs around there. Camping on the banks of the river.

7th day : TSIRIBIHINA
After breakfast, the cruise goes on. Some miles ahead, the landscape turns into a succession of green fertile plains and baobab forests. Optional visit of the village Begidro, where they grow tobacco. Camping on the bank of the river.

8th day : TSIRIBIHINA – BELO – BEKOPAKA (100 km about 5 hours drive)
Continuation of this wonderful cruise: arrival in the Menabe plain and its little villages mainly inhabited by fishermen and farmers: the end of the cruise. A 4WD car is waiting for you and brings you along dry plains with some bush, palm and baobab trees to Bekopaka, you and the car will have to cross the Manambolo river on a small local ferry before getting there. Overnight at the hotel.

9th day : BEKOPAKA
Visit of the large TSINGY, rare sharp limestone pinnacles, up to 50 m high, sheltering some species of lemurs, various species of birds and many endemic plants. This walk is sporty and exhausting, you need to be fit, It goes up and down, sometimes steep, you have to climb on some ladders, and will wear for security reasons a harness. This Tsingy of Bemaraha are on the UNESCO list of the world nature sites, and a large part of the park is not accessible for the public. . In the afternoon, optional visit of the small Tsingy with its limestone pinnacles, the Tsingy have been millions of years under water, and so you can also see some fossils enclosed in the limestone. Overnight at the hotel.

10th day : BEKOPAKA – KIRINDY (160 km about 7 hours)
After breakfast, you and the car will have to cross the Manambolo river on a small local ferry again. Drive to Belo, and after this small town, cross the Tsiribihina river on another local ferry boat, then continue to Kirindy.  First visit of Kirindy reserve to try to see the night active animals. Overnight at the simple lodge of the reserve.

11thday : KIRINDY – MORONDAVA (45 km about 2 h drive)
After breakfast, visit with a walk of around 1,5 to 3 hours on mostly flat trails the Kirindy reserve again to see lemurs (dancing lemurs), tenrecs, reptiles and birds. Drive to Morondava, on the way, visit the “Baobab in love” and stop at the Baobab avenue (you can wait for the sunset, a magic moment in this beautiful and unique surroundings). Then drive to Morondava and overnight at the hotel.

12thday   :  MORONDAVA
Day at leisure : relax on the beach, watch the fisherman coming in from their catch, or visit the market. Overnight at the hotel.

13th day : MORONDAVA – ANTANANARIVO (flight 3 to 4 times per week, tour must be adapted accordingly)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight back to the capital
Meeting at Ivato international airport and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel

14th day : ANTANANARIVO – AMBOSITRA (260 Km about 5 hour-drive)
After breakfast, drive to Ambositra
Overnight at the hotel.

15th day : AMBOSITRA– RANOMAFANA (150 Km about 4 hour-drive)
After breakfast, visit of some Zafimaniry handicrafts centres: woodcarving. Continuation to Ranomafana. Check in at the hotel. Night walk along the road to try to see the nocturnal species of lemurs (mouse lemurs) and perhaps fossa (the Malagasy “Puma”). Back to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel

16th day : RANOMAFANA
After breakfast, visit of the some 40’000 hectares big Nationalpark with its lemurs, chameleons, spiders, frogs, varieties of orchids and medicinal plants. Only in 1986 was discovered the golden Bamboo lemurs here, and there are more than 100 species of birds. This walk takes around 3 to 4 hours, and goes mostly on trails, sometimes a bit steep up and down, and sometimes you’ll go off the paths and into the forest to spot the lemurs, it’s a bit exhausting and requires endurance and agility. Overnight at the hotel.

17th day : RANOMAFANA – FIANARANTSOA (85 Km about 1,5 hour-drive) 
FIANARANTSOA – RANOHIRA (295 Km about 5,5 hour-drive)

Early departure to Fianarantsoa – the capital of the Betsileo tribe
Stop in Ambalavao – the commercial centre of the southern Betsileo region, renowned for its folks, arts and crafts – to visit the “Antemoro Paper” factory (visit not possible on Sundays). This paper is a delicate, handmade, flower-decorated paper made of the fibres of the tree called “Avoha”. Another stop 12km south of Ambalavao to visit the Anja park, where you can see on a walk of around two hours on a little bumpy tracks, but not steep, some families of ring-tailed Katta lemurs in their natural surroundings. Continuation to Ranohira. Overnight at the hotel.

18th day: RANOHIRA
Morning trek inside the Isalo National Park to discover on a walk of around three to five hours on sometimes bumpy tracks, at some parts a bit steep, the massif of Isalo, its ruin like sandstones, canyons, endemic fauna and flora (Lemurs and endemic plants such as Pachypodium , aloes,..) and to swim in its natural pool. Overnight at the hotel.

19th day: RANOHIRA – TULEAR – IFATY (240 Km about 4 hour-drive + 27 Km about 1,5 hour-drive)
After breakfast, off to Tuléar along a straight road. The landscape is composed of dry forests, baobabs and some proudly decorated Mahafaly tombs. Arrival at Tuléar visit of the Arboretum with many species of endemic plants. Transfer to Ifaty –a seaside resort protected by a coral reef, on sandy road and through spiny bush. Overnight at the hotel.

20th day: IFATY
Day free for leisure at the beach, or a walk to the nearby fishermen village, or an optional visit of the Reniala reserve with its Baobab Trees, birds etc.. Overnight at the hotel

21st day: IFATY – TULEAR – ANTANANARIVO (27 Km about 1,5 hour-drive)
Relax on the beach then transfer to the airport and flight to the capital city of Madagascar. Meeting at the airport, Transfer to the hotel and overnight.

22st day : ANTANANARIVO – EUROPE
In the morning, excursion to Ambohimanga – a King‘s palace, 21km north of the city (UNESCO World heritage site). In the afternoon visit of the handcrafts market to buy some souvenirs. Day use at a hotel. Then transfer to the airport for the flight back to Europe.

TARIFFS PER PERSON:

1 person SINGLE: 5235 Euro
2-3 people DOUBLE: 2825 Euro
4-5 people DOUBLE: 2165 Euro
6-7 people DOUBLE: 2000 Euro
Single supplement 550 Euro

Including:

  • Transfers from and to airport
  • The small cruise on the Tsiribihina river on full board
  • Accommodation based on bed and breakfast in simple to midrange Hotels
  • Camping equipments (tent, mattress, blankets)
  • Ferry transfers
  • Road transfers: Antananarivo – Andasibe – Antananarivo – Antsirabe – Miandrivazo by sedan car or bus, Belo – Bekopaka –Morondava by 4WD car, Tana – Antsirabe – Ranomafana – Ranohira – Tuléar – Ifaty – Tuléar by sedan car or bus
  • Driver’s indemnities and Fuel
  • Park and reserve fees ( Marozevo, Andasibe, Tsingy, Kirindy, Ranohira, Anja, Ranomafana)
  • Service of local guides in parks and reserves
  • Visit of the handicraft market
  • Tourist levy and VAT

Excluding:

  • Domestic flight with airport taxes( Morondava – Antananarivo and Tuléar – Antananarivo) : 500 Euro per person without reduction, if flying long haul with MD, tariff will be reduced.
  • Visa fee  (80’000 Ariary (around 24 to 27 € depending on exchange rate) for a stay up to 30 days)
  • International flights and their airport taxes
  • All other meals and drinks
  • Water sports and diving, excursions in Ifaty
  • Personal expenditures
  • Personal insurance for eventualities like accidents, theft or damage to luggage, cancellation etc.
Supplement for guide escort from the agency 1300 Euro (to be shared by participants)
Supplement for best hotels DOUBLE: 580 Euro /person
SINGLE:  1020 Euro /person
Supplement in best hotels for Half board: 260 Euro
Full board:  500 Euro

Planned hotels for this tour (subject to availability, other hotels are possible, tariff may have to be adjusted):
Name of city / Standard hotel/ best hotel
Antananarivo /Lapasoa** / Royal Palissandre**** Std room
Andasibe / Grace Lodge** / Vakona Forest Lodge***
Antananarivo /Lapasoa** / Royal Palissandre**** Std room
Antsirabe / Chambres du voyageur** / Royal palace*** std room
Miandrivazo / Princesse Tsiribihina** / unchanged
Tsiribihina / Camping / unchanged
Bekopaka / Orchidée** / Soleil des Tsingys***
Kirindy / Kirindy Lodge* / unchanged
Morondava / Renala au sable d’or** / Palissandre Côte Ouest****
Antananarivo /Lapasoa** / Royal Palissandre**** Std room
Ambositra / Artisan** / unchanged
Ranomafana / Centr’est** / Setam Lodge*** (Setam lodge on half board base compulsory)
Ranohira / Isalo Ranch** / Isalo Rock Lodge**** on half board
Ifaty / Hotel de la plage** /Paradisier*** suite
Antananarivo /Lapasoa** / Royal Palissandre**** Std room