In the West part of Madagascar, you can experience the real adventure. Paddle trough the Tsiribihina River with a traditional canoe in three days. The meandering, but peaceful river gives you the opportunity to experience the real Madagascar with the isolated villages, where you’ll meet happy children and other local people. If you are lucky you might spot crocodiles, lemurs and other wildlife in their natural environment.After the campfires under of bright stars and nights in tent, you’ll visit in the Tsingy de Bemaraha, the huge limestone forest. There you can climb way throughthe chaotic razor-sharp pinnacles and narrow caves, all the way to the top. Surely the famous Avenue the Baobabs cannot be excluded.
Day1: Antananarivo to Antsirabe: 170km
Drive southward, and on the way a lot of places to visit, part of that is the Merina tribe lifestyle. After lunch in Ambatolampy, we proceed to Antsirabe, upon arrival you will have time to explore around, overnight at Soaguesthouse BB
Day3: Antsirabe to Miandrivazo: 240 km
After the visit to this thermal city then shop of your own food for the next few days of river trips then continuation to Miandrivazo. Upon arrival at the village, you will have time to explore the area. overnight at Princesse Tsiribihina BB
Day4+Day5+Day6: Tsiribihina river trip
We leave early in the morning after loading the canoe with our luggage, food, and water. We begin our calm water river journey on the majestic Tsiribihina River, using traditional boats made out of one trunk of wood (pirogue). Those trees are endemic to Madagascar or the region. Nowadays pirogue builders are rare as more and more motorboats are coming up. The trip is slow and you can relax, but if you like some exercise you can help the boatmen peddle. Sit back and enjoy nature passing you by. The peace and quiet of the meandering river is amazing, spot the birds and if lucky the lemurs, watch the herds of zebu drinking and villagers busy with everyday chores, and wave back to the children running after the canoes along the banks. Before nightfall, we make our camp on the riverbank and enjoy the campfire, a good meal, and a sky full of stars.
During the two days and a half, you will pass through diverse landscapes, and isolated natural wilderness, reminding you how far away you are from home. In the end, we pass the Gorge of Bemaraha with its steep rocks before we stop at Anosin' Ampela, a wonderful waterfall where we can refresh ourselves. We will see dense vegetation along the riverbanks, towering cliffs, and baobab forests. Water birds, fruit bats, and lemurs will accompany our journey.
We say goodbye to the boatmen in Tsaraotana, where we will be transferred by 4WD to Belo Sur Tsiribihina
Two nights in a tent on Full Board
Night at Karibo Hotel hotel on BB on day 6
Day 7:Belo sur Tsiribihina to Bekopaka: 150 km
Pick up at your Hotel and drive to Bekopaka. Afternoon visit of the small Tsingy, overnight at Ttanankoay on BB
Day 8+9: visit Tsingy
Visit the enormous UNESCO World Heritage Site protects the largest of Madagascar’s Tsingy limestone plateaux and its wildlife. MNP (ex ANGAP) has built impressive walkways for the park’s circuit, because of the chaotic razor-sharp pinnacles. There are cable robes, rocky steps, steel ladders, and even a suspension bridge over one of the canyons.
Overnigjht at lympe du Bemaraha BB
Day 10: Tsingy - Morondava (200km)
After breakfast, start to drive to morondava, in the afternoon we will visit the Baobab Amoreux, two entwined baobabs hugging each other, and the Baobab Avenue. We will enjoy the stunning sunset here because the lowering sun casts beautiful shadows and colors on the baobab trees.
Overnight at Chez Maggie
A 4WD with a driver including fuel
Guide that accompanies you during the whole trip.
Full board during the river trip
Entry fees to mentioned parks and reserves including a local guide
Accommodation in hotels based on a double room, including breakfast
During the east tour, you will see a lot of nature, rainforest, and endemic species such as lemurs and reptiles. Starting from the capital Antananarivo you will drive eastward to the national park Andasibe. In addition, you always can continue your trip to the beautiful island of Sainte-Marie or other places.